Aug 25, 2012

Summer's End

It's hard for me to believe that we are at the end of summer.  Already!

Here at Then She Made... it's been a busy week.  Just so I remember, here's a recap of what has been happening.

- School started for my Miss M - 10th grade, drivers ed, eeek!  Mom's taxi service has started up making trips to and from the high school twice a day.  Truth be told, I really don't mind.  That time in the car is time well spent. She spills the details of her day and I'm so glad she does.  I hear about her successes, let downs and all the stuff happening at school.  Sometimes the things she tells me breaks my heart.  Kids can be mean, even kids she knows well from outside of school who are supposed to be nice.  I don't get it and I can't change it.  But, I'm glad she feels comfortable to talk to me about it.  Because of that, those rides are nice.

- The other two girls don't start school until Tuesday so a lot of this week was spent looking for things to do. One of them found her way to a tree, climbed it - in flip flops - with her ukulele.  She sat in the tree playing the only song she knows how to play.  It's called "I am a Child of God".  She sang it and played it repeatedly for an hour.

- I helped my friend, who is the Relief Society President (a women's organization at my church) sew a few owls.  She made over 30 of them, she did all the work, cut them out, packaged them into little kits and I just helped her sew only a few of them.  She gave them out to all the women that attended our Relief Society meeting this month.  Inside was a note that said "Whoo shall I serve?".  While I can't take credit for the owls, it was fun to help and I did make the tree that they hung from.  

-  At that same event I was completely inspired by these giant tissue pom-poms.  They were so cute hanging from the pavilion.  They were made by Katie from Katiedid designs  She recently moved to Colorado so I don't know her very well yet but I'm in awe of her creativity.  If you get a minute be sure to stop by her Etsy shop.  She makes the cutest invitations and announcements.  

- Speaking of Etsy shops, I was busy maintaining my own shop this week.  Several orders were shipped, some are still in the process and I even made some new designs.  Remember the courage word pendant necklace?  It's been a popular item and while I still offer it as a circle, I've upgraded it a bit.  You can now get it on a chain instead of on hemp, and it comes in either an antiqued finish with a copper chain or you can get it with pink on pink with a silver chain.  Because the original one was made in honor of my friend and my mother-in-law who had breast cancer, I've also added a breast cancer ribbon design on the back of some of them and now you can choose the word you want, Courage or Hope.  They are up and ready, you can see them here: Then She Made Etsy

- I've learned two very valuable lessons this week. Both are too personal to share details but they have had me re-evaluating a lot of things.  Both are related to quotes I love, 1- "If you see a need, fill the need."  We tell our kids this but I've realized that it might not be such a good thing, especially if they are taking on burdens that aren't meant for them.  And 2- "I've often regretted my speech but never my silence."  I learned that no matter how much you explain something, if someone doesn't want to understand your point of view, they won't.  And it can lead to some pretty deep wounds.    

- and last but not least, we've been trying to enjoy the last few days of the pool.  It will close soon and I'm sad to see it go.  Tonight we had the whole pool to ourselves and we celebrated the fact that some of us, after practicing all summer, can now do almost perfect handstands.  And that is awesome sauce!

Next week all three girls are back in school, I'm sad to see them go but happy to return to our routine as well.  It means quiet days and more blogging for me.  Until then.....