Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Our first caricature
Emma and her cousins sat for caricatures at the festival on Saturday. I have never seen the likes of the faces Emma was making sitting in that chair. No smile, more of a sneer. She was being totally weird. Thankfully the artist was able to use her imagination. No one thought this ended up looking particularly like Emma, but it was cute so I guess that's OK.

Monday, March 23, 2009
Vacation Day
This is my day for me. It's a day to rest and recover from the insanity of the last several weeks. The last two weekends were festival weekends which means M and I both worked in the store straight through the weekends. I came in to work when he'd be the busiest which meant 4 1/2 hour shifts 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or so. That's a long time standing for me. I love to do it because I love to see all the people and I love to help out, but it took it's toll this time.

Aside from working at the store I've been working on cleaning and decluttering the house at a frenzied pace. I'm pleased with the shape it's in now except for my bedroom, the laundry room, and the junk room where there's still plenty to be tossed out. Still, where we spend most of our time I've created open space and order. It's amazing how much that helps me spiritually.

In the coming weeks we have odds and ends to take care of, mostly small things. Today on my day of rest I still took the stroller apart and cleaned everything. Man, what a big job that was! Most of the work and commitments I have left before the baby comes has to do with work. There's lots to do there. I really have to prepare a lot for my absence. And then I'll still have to sneak into work on Sundays to take care of things that others can't do for me. Blah.

Only six weeks two days to go!
A Birthday Celebration
After a long day in town taking in the festival we came back to the house and celebrated Little M's 8th birthday. We had a pizza and cake party. Here is Noni's colorful masterpiece...

Opening presents with the usual looming presence.

One of the gifts we gave her...big art kit for our budding artist.

Putting it to use right away.