I need to find balance in my life again…it seems to move forward at the speed of light and I barely remember what happens from day to day.

We had a great trip to London and Paris. The kids had a blast in Disneyland even with their poor mom limping after them (I managed to swan dive into a Paris tree on the way to the Eiffel Tower…was looking ahead of me and twisted my ankle when it landed half on the pavers and half in the dirt where the lovely Parisian tree was growing near a cafe, graceful I tell ya…and what a lovely shade of black, purple and yellow my foot was for a while!)… The kids got autograph books and pens from their nice momma and proceeded to stalk any characters in their vicinity for autographs…we have minnie, daisy, snow white, donald, goofy, and Aine’s favorite, Robin Hood.  We really enjoyed our time with Katy and her family as well…the kids loved their London Halloween and just loved hanging out with their buddies! Moms and dads enjoyed time to read, play games, and mommas got to sew and knit (well I knit…) it was a lovely time…

Election Day was only a few days after we returned home and I stayed up till 5:30am Irish time watching the amazing returns come back. I actually burst into tears when they flashed the announcement that Barack Obama was the next president of the United States, who knew I would be so emotional. And then I cried again when the future First Family came out and when Obama gave his speech. It was a great night and I’m glad I stayed up to see it happen. 

I haven’t been producing a lot lately, we’ve had lots of playdates and activities, the normal pace of life here, and Aine has just had her 6th birthday party just yesterday which needed organizing as well…an Art Party for her and 10 friends (a SMALL party, woo hoo!) I had a local art teacher come and do some projects and face painting with them and it worked out really well…
Aine's Birthday Cake Blowing out the candles
My kids like chocolate cake, so I do a Betty Crocker special and then print out on photo paper whatever character/graphic they want that year to personalize it. When it is time to cut cake just lift off the paper and go…very inexpensive, personalized and easy! Love it!

I have managed to finish one pink sock and here is the current status of the second one…
Marilinda Sock Progress

Here are the slippers I knit for Aine at Katy’s house, slightly smaller and felty now…Aine's Ballet Slippers

I made this angel for someone…for Christmastime…DSCN2517

I am verrrrrrry slowly working on marking my ocean waves quilt with this celtic knot pattern in the muslin areas..
.Celtic Knot motif for Ocean Waves

I am also slowly doing freehand fans on my tree quilt…
Freehand Fans on Tree Quilt

So I am doing things, but nothing finished but the angel at the moment.

Tomorrow I start my diet yet again…I am tired of being the weight I am…maybe if I can find some balance to my days, more exercise, more sleep, less running around…a better rhythm to the days, that might help. Here’s hoping that I can do that…and find more time to QUILT too!!

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