We had a mini vacation last week. It was our week with the tween and it worked out perfectly that my in-laws were hosting an event while we had her. This did mean a lot of car time, but we got through it. My step-daughter doesn’t get a lot of time with my husband’s side of the family which is really sad, so we try hard to find times to go see them. Anytime we have to work out these trips I think about how lucky I was that my mom didn’t try to keep us from seeing the other side of the family and did what she could to make sure they got time with us. We were pretty blessed that our whole family was willing to travel and make time when they could.
The trip up there went smoothly. The little man slept for part of it and was in an ok mood for the rest. The ride home did not go as smoothly; he wasn’t feeling well and his teeth were bugging him. I spent a lot of time in the back trying to keep him occupied. It was a long 3 hours.
Little dude howling at the puppy
I spent most of the party watching the little dude interact with everyone. It’s funny how confident kids are. I wonder if he will keep that confidence as he gets older. Our visit went well, the kids all seemed to have fun together. The tween gets a little over controlling of her brother and cousins, but I understand that. I was the same way at that age. Controlling the little people around you is a safe outlet for feeling like you have some control in your life. We just gently remind her everything is ok when she gets a bit overbearing and life carries on.
We had a couple of good discussions with her about things going on in her life and she asked me to teach her how to do hand sewing and embroidery. I found a few patterns I think she could use as learning projects and then we spent some time sewing. I told her if she enjoys it and sticks with it I would get another pattern for her. She is pretty excited about that so we’ll see how it goes. She did ask to work on it a few times, which is a good sign. Hand sewing is a good skill to have. You can fix a hem, sew a button back on, stitch up a hole… We also had a talk about how I enjoy projects like that as it is good for occupying the hands when anxious.
I managed to get a few more of my projects completed in the car. Two little foxes are now listed in the shop. I also managed to find time to sew a doll for my little dude and started on some Christmas gifts.
New foxes in the shop
I think it is super important for the tween and my husband to have time together so I always work a day or two when we have her for the week. The baby goes to daycare and the two of them go off for an adventure or just hang out and do normal life stuff. I asked them to pick a recipe or two for the week and so that lessened some of the stress I have over meal planning. I know kids are picky eaters, but I hoped that if she was picking the meal it would work out better. And thankfully it did. Whew.
The week was busy, but there was a lot of giggling. She got to have lots of solid quality time with her little brother. The weekend isn’t enough time sometimes, so it was nice to see the two of them running around and laughing together. She looked so sad when she had to hug him goodbye, but I reminded her that she would be back in a week. She took a few photos of him too, and that will hopefully help ease the sadness.
After running around all week we relaxed on the weekend. I’m working on more projects for the shop and I’m pondering content I can also sell. I wish money wasn’t so tight all the time, I just keep hoping once my CDN bills are paid off things will feel easier. We’re getting there, but there is always a new expense that pops up. I’m trying hard to manifest a more positive outlook about money and doing all I can to bring in extra income. It is tricky, society has taught us that money is evil, and yet it is so necessary for so many things. I’m working through that. The free courses I have taken online recently have helped with that mindest.
I am selling tarot readings again, if you are interested send me a message through the Facebook page. I plan to get something put up in the store about it soon too.
I hope you are all having a fabulous summer! Do you have any exciting vacation plans? Or do you do staycations? Whatever it is you do, I hope you enjoy it!