I know, I know – where did I go!? I guess I needed a little break because I just couldn’t seem to make myself sit down and focus on blogging for awhile. I have been thinking while absent, though! I’m not going to get into details at the moment but I’m brainstorming, trying to figure out how I can bring a little bit more of myself into this blog. A LONG time ago, kids took over – and there is nothing wrong with that, but I am hoping to even things out a bit here. Of course I’ll still share our homeschooling adventures, our favorite books, etc, (homeschooling and children are a big part of my life and I love it!) but I want to share more of the things God teaches me over time, what I’m thinking, etc, too. Its not easy to do and is going to require ignoring the thoughts that often cause me to change my mind about sharing something I’m thinking… What if they aren’t interested? Maybe that’s too silly. I might sound like a do-do! No more! This is me, being braver. :) Also, I will need more quiet time than I get lately, but the kids are getting older and more independent as time goes on, and I need to reinstate quiet time for them again. : ) That makes a world of difference for all of us! They are very much into the “I need”, “I want”, “Can you do this for me?” every minute of every day so I’ve been working on teaching them the importance of being quiet and happy with what they have for awhile.
So one thing that has kept me preoccupied lately is an impending life change for us. We’re getting ready to buy a house! Okay, that’s about as far as we’ve progressed so far – we haven’t even looked at any houses yet, but we are getting our ducks in a row and are beyond excited at the prospect of owning our own home. We have been renting a 700 square foot house for 4 years now and I never really settled down and did much as far as decorating because I didn’t intend for us to stay very long. But the time wasn’t right until now and as soon as the pros of moving hit me I became very impatient. We are moving closer to my husbands work (he drives 2 hours a day, sometimes Saturday!), want to have a fenced yard for the kids, and I imagine that any space we find that is larger than 700 square feet will feel like a castle to us. : ) We also have only two closets in our entire house so I am requiring good closet space… otherwise – clutter, clutter, clutter! It’s tough trying to keep this house clean, let me tell you. But the large yard was a huge plus after apartment life so that was all I really cared about when we moved here. The problem is it isnt fenced and is next to a busy road so I worry constantly as the children are playing. A fenced yard or safer, more private area to play in away from roads would be sooo amazing. Oooh, I am just so excited about moving! : )
Now you see why I haven’t been able to focus. I have been online looking at houses! And watching House Hunters.
In other news, our cocoon hatched! I know, its a bit early… thinking keeping him inside the house caused him to hatch sooner than he would have normally, but we plan to keep him until its warmer. (I don’t know why I assume its a him.) At least I THINK its too early – we had a frost this morning but later in the day it was maybe 65 degrees, sunny, and there were bees, flies, and stink bugs in the yard. We took him outside today and he had a chance to try out his wings over a good distance – he flew from Emma’s hands about 12 feet away and landed on the lawn. Emma retrieved him and he escaped and flew up onto the house. Then ensued much weeping from a little girl who wanted “THAT moth!”, not another one later. Apparently bonding took place during the caterpillar stage. ; ) So of course mommy took a tree branch and he obligingly crawled onto it so the little girl was ecstatic again. Ah, dear. I remember a time a moth flying around the house freaked me out… incidentally, Emma asked if we could let it live with us and play in the house with her. I said no. I know, mean mommy. Would you like a giant moth zooming around your living room?
This is what it looks like when it unfurls its wings (image from bugguide.net):
So lets see, is anything else new? Well, I am currently trying to decide whether to use pure body art quality henna that I already ordered or use color oops to get the henna mix I have on my hair off. (Update: Tried the Color Oops on a strand of hair and it really just turns it lighter orange so I don’t think that’s going to work unless I’m going to dye over it with chemical dyes which kinda defeats the purpose.) My husband likes my natural color better, but I don’t. This is tough. On the other hand, I am not sure if I want to have to keep up a color on my hair FOREVER – dyeing the roots every month. And since I started dyeing it I have noticed my hairs everywhere which has made me paranoid about losing too much, ha! This wouldn’t bother me if I didn’t already have very thin hair – I don’t have much to spare! They say that henna is natural and can’t make your hair fall out (like chemical dyes can), and that I am probably noticing the shedding more now because my hairs are so dark. This is very true because my hairs before were almost blonde and I never paid attention to how much went down the drain. And anyway, my hair definitely appears THICKER with henna so how can it be thinner at the same time? I have been borderline obsessing about what to do and am starting to feel very self-absorbed which was not my initial intent. :-/ Anyway, the reason I bought different henna this time is that the mix from Mountain Rose Herbs isn’t staying on my hair very long – my roots start showing within 2 weeks of applying and the color is fading out, probably partially because I have been using baking soda and vinegar to wash now and then. (See the updated henna post here.) Unfortunately it’s fading out to the orange-red color, not to my natural color. It’s not terrible, just not the natural look I was going for.
The Evolution of My Hair
Speaking of baking soda and vinegar, have you ever tried an apple cider vinegar rinse for your hair after shampooing? I cant believe what it does for mine! I can NEVER allow mine to air dry because its curly/frizzy and ends up looking really terrible without some management, but it is soft and has a lot of body to it that isn’t frizzy when I mix a little apple cider vinegar with water and pour it over my hair right at the end. I rinse it off under the shower and then let it dry. I love it! Try it. (Tip: Wash your skin right after this unless you like the vinegar smell. It doesn’t stay on your hair, though! I am not a fan of vinegar at all but I do this because I love the results and have seen a huge difference in my hair when I use it as opposed to when I skip it.)
Next week I’m going with my church to a women’s retreat at the coast! I’m very excited, especially since my sister is able to take time to go with me. She lives over an hour away so we don’t get to see each other as much as we would like. This will be the first time in about 10 years that we have been able to have time to play together again. :) The week after that, my immediately family is traveling to visit family members we haven’t seen in a very long time – they haven’t met Isaac yet! So that will be fun. I anticipate being a very worn out mommy by the time April rolls around.
And this ended up being longer than I thought. I hope you enjoyed this little foray into my world!
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