Monday, January 26, 2015

Soaking in the Sun



                                                                 

    






Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A much needed fresh start


I am not sad to say goodbye to 2014. It was probably my hardest year yet and after several not so great years I have reached my breaking point.  I need to make some major changes,a fresh start.
Chronic stress and putting myself last has taken a serious toll, I tried to push through the last several years, though depression, isolation, exhaustion and chronic health issues. I put myself last for so long that I am now paying the consequences and dealing with an autoimmune condition. 
 In a span of three years I have lost the ability to look forward to things as I once did. I guess that is just part of being in a funk. It is really hard to get out of once your in it, especially with out any help. I  lost the motivation to pursue my dreams and goals and had been living day by day, some times just barely making it through the day.
But on a bright note, I feel things are finally starting to look up. I am regaining my motivation to make the changes.and some really major changes are going to need to happen this year. I have an issue with change in the past,  avoiding it at all costs. Even when things are not working and I am miserable, I just suck it up an barrel through. That is no way to live. 
I am welcoming the new year and a new way of looking at my life. I don't have to constantly sacrifice myself for my family. I don't have to always put myself last. 
I am looking forward to change, at last.



Thursday, January 1, 2015

Seven Times Around the Sun


Can you tell he decorated his own cake?




 Happy Birthday to my sweet Solomon. The arrival of your birth was the reason I started this blog over seven years ago. To share the news of your arrival with friends and family that live far away.Time goes by way to quickly for this Mama of yours. 
Even though you are a big kid now, and in 1st grade,you still let me call you my boyfriend,and still write me love notes. Your are smart and creative and would still rather build a cardboard robot than play a video game on the computer. You are a great reader and are reading way above the expected grade level in school. You changed your favorite color from yellow to blue. You actually enjoyed going to the dentist and declare that your future career of choice.
You are a blessing to my life and I am grateful to be your Mama every single day. I am so glad I started this blog because I can go back and watch you grow through the years any time I want.What a special guy you are! I love you so and can't wait to see what the future holds for you.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tropical Butterfly House and The Pacific Science Center











Luckily I asked about fun things to do with kids in Seattle in a mom's group and found out that our Oregon Museum Of Science and Industry membership was honored at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. So great! Going to any museum usually costs a fortune for a family of five. When I found out they had a tropical butterfly house I made sure we added it to our list of to do's in Seattle. Lucky for us it was only 4 blocks from our hotel!
It was a great place for the kids. Since their ages range from 2-13 it is hard to find activities that make everyone happy, but they all had a great time. We were there for several hours and still didn't see it all! We will make sure to visit again next time we are in Seattle.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A trip to Seattle


We took a little  family weekend trip up to Seattle this past weekend. It has been a long time since I had been out of Portland, or done anything at all really so it was a nice change of pace.
Our trips are usually out and away from any city because I am not much of a city person, my soul craves the quiet and peace of nature and Oregon has so many beautiful places to chose from. Not to mention spending time in any city is expensive, especially with a family of five.I thought Portland was big but compared to Seattle it feels very small. 
That being said we had a great time.
One benefit of Ben traveling constantly with work is that he earns rewards points towards free hotel rooms and it doesn't take long at all before he racks up enough points for a free room. So we stayed for free all weekend.The hotel we stayed at was just three blocks from the Space Needle and we had a great view of it from our room. The kids had fun watching the elevator go up and down while lying in bed. We found out that the Pacific Science Center accepted Portland OMSI membership so we also all got into the Science Center for free! What a thrifty trip it was!
That's how we roll.
We also got to spend some time with Ben's sister which was fun.



To be Continued.....


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Yarn Along:How many mitts can a knit Witte knit if a knit Witte could knit mitts?


Hello. Just checking in for the Yarn Along with Ginny at Small Things. I am still busy knitting fingerless mitts even though I promised myself I would stop by Thanksgiving. I am send off a batch for my friend to sell in her lovely waldorf craft shop and a few to sell here locally in town and in my Etsy shop.
Whew. So mindless and easy I can whip up a pair or two every knit when my kids are sleeping. I love mindless knitting so I can watch a movie at the same time. My last name is Witte and that little rhyme in my title goes through head constantly now. Maybe I am going a little loopy.
I am taking a break from knitting my sweater until after the holidays as I am contemplating trying to complete several knit gifts in time for Christmas. Several gifts, none of them I have even started. Am I nuts? Well, yes maybe a little. The super cold weather that has been trading off with warm dark days of pouring rain have made staying inside and crafting my way to stay sane lately, although I do miss hiking terribly. At least I am being productive I guess.
 
I am still reading Arcadia by Lauren Groff. It is lovely and I find myself reading into the very wee hours of the morning. It is very poetic story of a young boy growing up in a hippie commune. I have always liked the idea of living in such a place. As a stay at home mom with a husband who travels for work it sounds lovely to have other people around all the time,at times I feel very isolated. The self sufficiency of the commune also appeals to me. To have daily meaningful self sustaining chores sounds very satisfying and quite opposite of trendy city living and fighting over parking in the Whole Foods parking lots.That sounds pretty good to me at the moment since I am at the stage in the holidays where I truly loath city life and my trendy neighborhood. A cabin in the snow far up the mountains sounds lovely. Guess I am a bit of a hermit not meant for city life. As long as I have some yarn, I'm good.
What are you knitting and reading? Please join the Yarn Along to share what your knitting for the holidays.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Visit HumbleLuna for Cyber Monday!

Hello Friends! I just wanted to let you know there are a few new items up for sale at Humble Luna and I am offering free shipping today 12/1/14 for Cyber Monday with the coupon code CyberMoon.
First  there are a few new dragon tail costumes in a hot pink with purple polka dots and a dark forest green tail with olive green spots. 







 A few fun and funky clothing items are available made from a bright vintage corduroy that can be made to order in your child's custom size. There is still plenty of time to have these made for the holidays.





There is also a new Christmas Elf hat costume available that would be fun for holiday parties or for caroling around the neighborhood.



Please stop by Humble Luna for Cyber Monday.
Happy Holidays!