Hello blog friends! I’d like to announce that we’re moving! Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to find me here. 🙂 My husband is changing jobs and in 3-4 months we will be moving to Anywhere, USA. We are excited for the change and a bit nervous too. Even though this will be our 6th move since we’ve been married, there is always something to be nervous about. This time, I have little man to take care of during the move. I’ve amassed quite a bit of knowledge when it comes to moving and I have many tricks up my sleeve. I’ll be sharing some of these as the months go along. If you have any tips on moving with a little one, I’d love to hear it!! My little man will be around 18 months old at the time of the move.
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You may have wondered from time to time why I’ve been a bit absent lately. Well, I’ve been working on launching something awesome, something amazing, something huge!! I’ve been starting up Little Man Shoes™. Little Man Shoes™ are a line of soft sole crib shoes that I’ve created for my son, Little Man. They are all handmade in the USA from up-cycled materials. At the moment, they are made from Levi’s denim with Indian burlap soles for durability and texture. Over time I will be introducing other up-cycled materials. For now they come in sizes 9-12 months, 12-18 months, and 18-24 months. The sizes are a guide not a guarantee of fit since all children are different. Little Man Shoes™ has it’s own website, they are sold on Etsy, and updates are sent to Twitter. I’m so excited about this and I hope that you are to. So please check out Little Man Shoes™ and let me know what you think. I’d love some feedback and I love being able to share this with all of you!
I’ve never thrown a party by myself before. But I’ve sent out the invitations now and in a week, I’ll have people over for little man’s first birthday party! I’m so nervous. I’m sure everything will go just fine. Later today I plan on heading to the dollar store for some crepe paper rolls for decoration and the must have “1” birthday candle. I’ll also get some balloons for inside and out at the mailbox.
I’m still at a loss for what to do about party favors. I wasn’t all that thrilled about doing them but it seems so expected. My parents will be getting into to town the night before the party so I really am on my own for this one. Well, my husband is a big help and has supported all the things I’ve figured out so far. I know I want a nearly sugar free “cupcake” for little man. It will be more like muffins really. I hate the idea of giving a one year old a complete sugar shock for the sake of celebration.
We are still narrowing down what we will give our son for his birthday present but thanks to Amazon Prime and their 2 day shipping, we can procrastinate a little longer. And thanks to a grocery store that’s walking distance, I have a little more time to figure out what appetizers / snacks to serve at the party.
What have you done for your kid’s birthday party? Did you give out party favors? How did you decorate? Any advice on planning a party would be very appreciated!
I’d like to thank everyone who sent notes of condolences to me for the passing of my grandmother. It has been hard accepting that she is gone when there are so many things in life that remind me of her. Even so, I must continue to live my life as she wanted me to. Before she died, she said that I had inherited the strong woman mindset like her mother had. I didn’t feel strong when I found out she passed away, I felt just sad. Though it must be the strong woman blood that allowed me to carry on through my grief. I embodied my Norwegian heritage and felt like a pioneer while I cooked up some Soda Bread, potatoes, mashed food for little man, and kept the house running. My grandmother lived in the basement of her home with one fireplace for heat in the middle of winter wile my grandfather finished building the upstairs of the house. I come from a long line of strong, amazing women. And maybe, just maybe, my grandkids (many, many years from now) will think I’m pretty amazing too.
So thank you again to everyone for their support and kinds words. And now, I will return you to your regular scheduled amazing recipes…
I feel I must share some thoughts and feelings now. My grandmother is 83 years old and is the most amazing women I’ve ever met. I had the privilege of living with her for a couple of years after high school and I learned so much. Not just things I learned from her, but things I learned about her. She has lived an incredible, full life. Our family has known that we may not have much more time left with her for awhile now. When I got pregnant, I prayed that she would meet my son (who’s middle name is after her late husband). She met him for a few hours back in November and I loved that time we had.
Recently, her health has been failing faster and I’ve held it together pretty well. I haven’t been in the thick of it like the rest of my family since I live so far away. Well, today I couldn’t keep it together any more. I’ve cried most of the day. I’m comforted only by the fact that my family can see my grandma and be with her in her last days. Yet it pains me to realize that I will most likely never see her again. She’s not gone yet, but I can’t give her a hug, or see her smile. I have an Aunt who visited her the other day and wrote about what was said. It was reading that, that made this a reality, a truth.
I know that my grandma has lived a very full life and has done some amazing things. She’s been to China and seen the great wall. They all built a 42 foot boat when my dad was 10, in their backyard! She’s met a president and various congressman and senators. She won awards for her amazing sewing skills. She’s beautiful and has a heart of gold, yet she’ll let you know if you’re out of line. Grandma and grandpa raised three amazing kids, have 8 grandchildren and 1 great grand child (my son). There are millions of amazing stories that I’ve been told over the years. Some are so crazy you’d think it was from a movie. But it was my grandma’s life. I hope to grow up and be just as amazing as her.
I pray that my grandma’s last days are filled with love, family, and good stories.
In case you couldn’t tell, I take after my dad’s side of the family, and little man takes after me.