I've been so neglectful of my little blog. My last post was on January 3rd (albeit this year), and here we are in the middle of May. I have some 'splainin to do, wouldn't you say?
To say that I've been busy is probably the biggest understatement I could make to date. Being a single mom and trying to run a business isn't exactly conducive to much 'free time' other than for sleep.
Since my last post, my oldest daughter, Molly, turned 14.
Let me start by saying that I love her with every ounce of my being and finish with: she will be lucky if she sees the age of 15. Ovey! Parenting a teen is most assuredly the biggest test of all that is good in me.
Molly and Madison have also finished their competitive cheering season with Velocity Cheer. (Velocity Cheer is a non-profit program started through the town's Recreation Department by two local women - incredible coaches!)
The training and competition schedules were so grueling that any semblance of our normal lives was put on hold for months. The girls did nothing but school and cheering...no sleep overs, no dances, no Sunday morning breakfast with their Grandparents, and I found myself working at all hours (night and day) so I could stay on top of everything and still be the best cheer mom I could be.
Molly and Madison were also lucky enough to have the best Daddy, Grandparents, Aunt and younger sister who collectively made it to every one of their competitions as well.
|The younger sister, Mackenzie|
The entire team exhibited such determination and dedication and were rewarded with first place in their division at every competition. Quite impressive to say the least!
|Velocity Cheer - Team Force and Team Tempo|
|Madison, Kayla, Kashmir (friend) and Molly|
In honor of the girls, the parents formed their own team and performed during a special final performance put on for the town.
|Velocity Cheer - Parent Team|
I'll admit to three things after this experience.
#1. Cheering is a sport and should be respected as such (I was SORE). #2. I now do everything in an 8-count. #3. I will do any.thing for my girls...even wear a cheer bow (cheer bow = BIG and glittery).
On the flip side AKA the down and dirty. My divorce still isn't final. You'd expect it to be after two years, but because of the depths my husband was willing to drag this divorce in the name of spite it's been all uphill. The girls and I continue moving forward with our lives as best we can with the support of wonderful friends and loving family. We are going to be just fine. Of this, I am sure.
My business, Reverie Creations, has been blessed with an increase in custom orders. A ladies club in Oregon is hosting it's annual Spring Gala in recognition of it's members and their volunteer service. I was lucky enough to play a small part in honoring them.
Each member will receive one of these handcrafted memory albums with a custom bookmark as well as a gift bag full of goodies. I neglected to take photos of the bookmarks and gift bags before they were shipped out. :(
I was also asked by a customer to create a special 60th birthday card for her husband. She wanted the card to reflect his personality and his love of riding his Harley Davidson. It was crafted in the same style as the surprise party she was throwing him in celebration.
And of course there have been special days to craft for since January.....
I also created some pretty tussie cones, but I'll save those for another post.
So you can plainly see that I haven't been neglectful of my little blog because I don't care. I just haven't figured out how to add more hours to the day.
Take some time for yourself.