Lots has been going on here in the Rose household! I have been doing a lot of reclaiming, in many, many different ways. Come on in for a visit, grab a warm cup of coffee, and I'll get the cookies. Feel free to pick up your knitting if you like. Won't bother me a bit.
The past week has been a big one for us. While there hasn't been a defining moment so-to-speak, I would definitely say that the events of this week have helped to define some deep parts of me. Its helped me to focus on what is important, and to continue moving forward with ideas and plans for my future.
To start the week off, the mister went out to the field to work all week. For those of you not associated with the Army, in military terms "the field" refers to on-location work, literally out in the middle of the wilderness, practicing missions. Being with such an active unit is a wonderful thing for Hubby, and his recent promotion has given him a new role and perspective of the Army. As always, the kids and I are incredibly proud of him and all that he does. He continues to amaze me every day with everything that he is able to accomplish and do.
He and I are so different in so many ways, with him loving working outside in the heat and the dirt with big mechanical equipment that makes things explode... and me working indoors with the children, my sewing machine and small kitchen appliances. Still, at the end of the day we come together to form this amazing complimentary team. It boggles my mind, and I find myself reflecting on my blessings in him, and in the relationship we have had together over the past ten years. Yes, I am one lucky woman. In any case, its wonderful to have him home again.
While hubby has been gone, I have been busy planning my garden (this photo is of last year's seedlings). He said that before long he will build me a few Square Foot Garden plots for my organic veggie garden! I am so excited. In late March I can start planting outdoors, so I am going to be starting my seedlings in a few weeks. I'm also hoping to add a gate to completely fence in the side of our house so that we can get chickens this spring. More to come on that later!
The kids have been on a fruit kick (which I love for several reasons, not the least of which is that its very easy to fix, and healthy to boot). Still, even with all the extra vitamin C, the poor chillins have come down with the flu, and have spent the majority of the day today in their pajamas, snuggling and watching their favorite movies, or reading books.
Besides getting in as many snuggles as possible, I've been busy finishing up some crafty goodness. I've added a few items to The Shop, and am sending out several packages for orders tomorrow. I've been amazed at how the Amore Quilt Kits have gone so quickly, and how much people are loving them. It just makes my heart smile to share some creative goodness with others who find it fun as well. There are only a couple left if you were wanting one, and unfortunately this is one item that wont be restocked once they're gone.
We've also been busy this week handling some medical stuff going on. Many of you know from our conversations over at Ravelry, that our beloved little retriever, Buddy had to make an emergency trip to the vet this week (that's him above, helping me pick out fabrics). He was in severe pain on Wednesday night, and I couldn't get the emergency vet on call to return my messages. First thing Thursday morning the kids and I trucked him over to Sheridan Road Veterinary Clinic (a different clinic than the one that would not call me back all night). The vet was wonderful with him, gave him a thorough examination, and helped us all to stay at ease. He was even patient and understanding about my oldest, Abbi, having a total meltdown for the majority of time that we were there (its tough for her, sensory wise).
Thankfully, it turned out that there were no fractures or internal injuries. He was experiencing what we believe is the onset of a tough bout of canine arthritis. The vet put him on pain medication to see if it would help, and it really has made a big big difference for him. He's still tender and sore, but acting much more like himself. Hopefully the medication will help this to become more manageable for him.
Lastly, this weekend is my birthday (on Sunday), and as a present to myself (and partially from the amazing Hubster as well), I upgraded my photography equipment to a new Nikon D-80! It arrived today, along with my new lenses, flash, tripod, and accessories. I am loving it so far!
That said, I will probably not be around much this weekend between playing with my new equipment, and celebrating another year of life with family and friends.
I hope you all have a MARVELOUS weekend, and that you enjoyed your visit, and your coffee this time around. See you next week!