So we bought our trailer, got our house on the market…..now, if we could just get out of here! My husband and I both have a tendency to think we can accomplish more than we really can. We were shooting to leave around early April. Each week we keep saying, maybe next week. So the end of April is rapidly approaching and we are still not leaving. Why? Hmmmmm……good question. The trailer retrofit is coming along, but my husband is also working so managing both is tricky. I can’t put anything into the trailer until he is done making a mess. I have however, been sewing away. I have made sheets for the boys (mind you trailer beds are not normal sizes), throw pillows, black out curtains, regular curtains and next up is privacy curtains for the boys bunks. I think once we get on the road we will be glad we took the time to make some modifications and pretty the trailer up (why are trailers SOOO ugly?!) but in the meantime I am getting a bit antsy. I am however, enjoying spring and all the little things that seem to be emerging in our yard. Spring always puts a smile on my face!
So I know I am not the first one to start a blog and then let it lie fallow….I have done it before and I’ll probably do it again! Ever since I started a Rock and Fern Instagram account, I haven’t felt the need to post here much. I was originally posting here to share my photography and creative endeavors and doing that on a simpler level on Instagram has been really rewarding.
That said, as of late, I have also been rather quiet on Instagram. Sometimes in life there is just a lot going on, and I tend to be a rather private person. I also don’t have a very reactive personality, I tend to let things simmer in my head for awhile before I make decisions, form opinions or share my thoughts. So, it has been awhile and I am now ready to share. In the past few weeks we have had a number of things happen. First I decided that being home with my two boys 24/7 was wearing on me and thus, them. I made the decision to put them in daycare for two days a week and work as a substitute teacher in my old school. This would give us a little space, time with people our own age, allow my older son to do some more formal learning and get me back in the school to see how I was feeling about returning full time. All in all, this has been a great decision, and I’m not really sure why I didn’t think of it sooner.
One of the reasons I probably didn’t do this sooner was that we thought we would be moving this winter/spring. However, just a few weeks ago we determined that the move to a suburban environment far from the mountains wasn’t going to be the right move for us. This was huge, as we had kind of been preparing for this and thinking it would happen since late fall. So all of a sudden we were back thinking about our original plan…..our original plan was to just leave. Sell the house, pack up a travel trailer and explore. All of a sudden, we seemed to have that option again, and we got excited. We have kindergarten and the school year looming in September, but if we leave soon we have a good few months of travel available to us. So, that is it folks, we have made the decision to do this. We want to see parts of the US that we have never seen. We want to check out areas we think we might like to live in. We are just ready for a change. Two weeks ago we bought a travel trailer, which my husband is retrofitting to work for us. We are continuing to finish up all those millions of small projects around the house, but did manage to get the house on the market last week! In a few weeks we hope to push off and the only thing we definitely have on the docket is going south and enjoying some warmer weather.
I have always loved arts and crafts. I often found myself saying, “I can make that!”. Often times I did. In high school I used my mom’s sewing machine to create a purple and green table runner and pillow to match my hunter green bed spread. That was back in the day that hunter green, maroon and navy were HOT! Does that date me?! I learned to knit from friends. I took art and photography classes in high school. At one point I made handbags and sold them. I have always had that creative itch.
I just read Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon. Wow! Some of the things in this short, sweet book really, really hit home for me. It was almost as if by reading it, he gave me permission to move forward. Here are two quotes that spoke to me.
“What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original.”
I get hung up thinking everyone else has great ideas and that I can’t think of anything original…..especially with Instagram, Pinterest, blogs, etc. I often think I have an original idea but then realized about 1000 other people had it too. Damn internet, I thought I was so cool before you.
“Don’t throw any of yourself away. Don’t worry about a grand scheme or unified vision for your work. Don’t worry about unity-what unifies your work is the fact that you made it. One day, you’ll look back and it will all make sense.”
When I started this blog I couldn’t decide what to focus on, so I made the focus more general, giving myself permission to play. Kleon just validated that for me.
Those are just a couple points that hit home for me. If you are in the need of creative inspiration or a shove to stop procrastinating, I highly recommend this book. Once I finished it, I quickly headed to the basement to mess around and take a few pictures before my quiet was interrupted by the pitter patter of little feet! Happy creating.
My oldest turned 4 a few weeks ago and we had a little get together with some of our family friends. The kiddo picked space as the birthday theme which I loved. I was truly surprised I did not have to do a car themed party. Hallelujah. I was thankful he picked something that I think is “cool”. The science teacher in me couldn’t help but plan a few activities to go with the theme. We made these rocket launchers which the kids decorated with stickers. They had a blast shooting them up into the air. The kiddo and I also made moon rocks from the moon dough he had been playing with all week.
We hid bouncy balls inside. The kids got to then unearth the bouncy balls by using vinegar to make the moon rocks fizz apart.
The kids had a blast, however the best part of the party (for me at least) was the fact that I got to make this cake again. This is hands down the best cake I have made. Except for the fact that the kiddo wanted vanilla frosting, as the chocolate frosting is superior (I made that for my husband’s birthday a few months ago).
This cake is from Half Baked Harvest, an amazing cooking blog put together by Tieghan. She has decadent recipes and fabulous photos.
The thing about this cake is that is is SO moist, I mean ridiculous….and it did not dry out for the few days of its short existence. Every piece was amazing. The recipe uses not only buttermilk, which makes EVERYTHING better but also Greek yogurt. These two things help make the cake what it is. The frosting is a nice buttercream. How can you go wrong with butter and sugar?!
So in keeping with the space birthday theme I made it look like the moon, complete with craters and astronauts.
Overall, space party success. Fun activities and yummy food with good friends.
I have seen the saying, “My brain has too many tabs open!” floating around the internet. I am feeling that way today. I am a thinker and love to come up with ideas. Right now I have so many things taking up space in my brain. The problem with this is that even though it is exciting to feel so excited about life, I don’t know where to start and thus don’t start at all.
Things that are taking space up in my brain right now…..
SkillShare-I signed up for a membership because they said they had free classes, but then I couldn’t find any free ones! I just got an email this week about a free class on brand identity that I thought would be interesting. Watched most of it tonight, but it wasn’t really what I was looking for. However, the website is neat and I hope to use it again.
Clutterfree with Kids-I know, this is a joke, but truly we have been slowly but surely paring down our belongings since summer. I hope this book might just be the inspiration I need to keep at it! Really for $2.99 I think it will be a great impulse buy!
And then there was sewing. One thing I am doing is getting rid of fabric/knitting stuff I don’t use. It is so hard! I don’t want to give it away since I paid for it at some point, but giving it away is so much easier than trying to sell it! Last night I worked on taking photos of different lots of fabric to sell. However, going through my sewing stuff makes me want to sew…..my brain just takes flight. Maybe I should make this bag or this bag or this bib, or this duvet cover I have been meaning to do for a year! JUST PICK SOMETHING and DO IT!
Sometimes the best medicine when your brain is like this is to get outside and exercise. I went for a snowshoe with my two littles earlier this week. I think I need to get out again tomorrow. Hoping for a productive day ahead.