A horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day

Earlier this week, Jackson was having a hard time dealing with his day.  Somebody else got a present for no reason and he didn’t.  Somebody else ate the last granola bar that he wanted to eat for breakfast.  His baby sister was being mean to him and his other sister didn’t want to play with him.  Mean old mom wouldn’t let him play wii even though he so desperately wanted to do so at 8 a.m.  Definitely, a horrible, terrible, no good very bad day from his perspective.

So not wanting to take what a frustrated, grumpy 6-year-old can dish out (and in large quantities, this one) I gave him big hugs and cuddles, and then I got creative, artistic, and improvised.

We found a cardboard box and turned it into a gnome house (I was wise that day and refrained from ever insinuating that it was a dollhouse, thank goodness!)  We glued on green construction paper to give the gnomes a yard.  Jackson and Izzy made playground equipment and gardens, a garage and a card, boats and a huge lake… all from cardboard and popsicle sticks.

I got into it too and put some furniture together.

All day long we worked on our gnome house and played with our creation.

The day may have had a bumpy start, but I tucked in a very happy little boy (who got along with his little sister all day long!)

It’s been a long time…

It’s been a long time.

I pondered whether I wanted to come back at all.  You see this blogging thing takes time, and it’s another thing to add to my never-ending to-do list.  It’s time I have to take from my family and give to myself, and I’m not so good at that.  I have all these great plans for our homeschooling adventures for this coming year, so many from last years that I never got around to sharing, knitting, sewing, random thoughts, just pictures in iPhoto or notes jotted here and there.

And it doesn’t help that a little somebody deleted all of my blog links on my computer.  I know that I should have switched to a blog reader sooner, but I kept putting it off.

It’s been a difficult summer with twists and turns that none of us expected, the kind that changes who we are and how we live each day.

But when it comes down to it…

I want to try.