31: I’ve been living
The weekend ran away and carried me with it, and it was lovely. Saturday evening the kids came for dinner and it felt like a perfect night to fuss over the table a bit. The previous day I’d found a nice queen sized sheet at the thrift store for $3. I cut it in half lengthwise and sewed two narrow ends together to create a LOOOONG table cloth– I think it’s probably about 16 feet long? I dream someday of having an actual table that long. For now we have a good-sized dining table with card tables at either end, long enough to fit 16 people or so.
We brought in pumpkins and fall leaves, and the girls made us bouquets. Then I lit the candles and snapped this picture of the table just before dinner. I realize looking at this photo that if I was a truly gifted home-decor kinda gal, I’d have ironed my tablecloth before getting that shot. But honestly, I was feeling like super-girl to get chili and cornbread on the table, WITH flowers. And who really wants to iron a 16-foot-long tablecloth when there’s life to be lived and babies to be cuddled?
I keep meaning to get an actual picture during dinner with everyone sitting down. But I keep forgetting. Also, half the time the mommas are nursing babies on the couches, and teenagers are getting up for seconds, and other folks are just milling around. It’s all a glorious jumble of loved ones, but only occasionally are we all sitting at the table at the exact same time.
Of course we all thoroughly enjoy both of these precious little guys.
This weekend there was also a little brother-torture, with two of the girls proving definitively that Daniel’s hair is long enough to braid. Love the look of amazement and shock on the little nephew’s face as he tries to figure out why the girls are laughing and his uncle is making dying-cow sounds.
At the same moment on the other side of the room two brothers were playing guitar while some of their sisters looked on and/or sang, as the mood struck them. Wanted to get a picture of that too, but didn’t want to ruin the mood. We do have fun! Hope your weekend was lovely too. Go here to see what my daughters — and others of you!– have been doing with their 31 days of Focus and Refresh. It’s not too late to join in if you’re interested!