Happy Friday and TGIF for sure.  First, thank you all so much for your wonderful comments on my last post.  I've been thoughtfully chewing on them all even though I haven't responded to any of them yet.  I like to sit and stew on those kids of things for a little bit, plus yesterday was a little busy...

Gus started kindergarten yesterday!  I was afraid that he would be a nervous wreck and wouldn't get on the bus when it came and would cry, but he was 100% a-ok and hopped right on with our neighbors and off he went.  He was actually really excited and asked if we could go to the bus stop when he got up (and came down fully dressed) at 7am.  So once we got first day photos done and got him safely on the bus, Greta and I set off for home.  At then it got a little weird.

Here's the thing: I haven't been alone with a 2 1/2-year-old since Gus was that age, and that's when we had Greta.  I don't remember how to interact with a small person without having a larger person there talking and helping out.  I didn't realize how much Gus does around here until he was gone all day long!  I didn't realize how much Greta still needs help with some things because he always gets to it first.  He's trained in helping out and cleaning up....her not so much.

So now I'll have some time to teach her the things that Gus usually takes over.  This morning I asked her to go get me the kitchen towels to put in the laundry, and she had no idea what I was talking about, so I had to show her what to do.  She's so used to following him that it seems like she knows more than she does.  I'm just hoping she doesn't get bored without him home.  She's never not had him around, and she's never not been busy because he's gotten busier with friends and activities as he's gotten older.  She's always along for the ride.

I also realized that I'm going to have some more quiet time, and even more when Greta starts back at preschool next week (she is so flipping excited- she doesn't understand why she can't go NOW).  One thing Gus does not have is the ability to play by himself for very long.  He needs someone to play with, or he likes to play right near someone.  But Greta will disappear up in one of their rooms and play happily for a long time.  I got a lot of work done yesterday, which is good because I have a lot of shows coming up this season.  I cleaned up my office in order to try and get some new projects started, and I cut into some new fabric for scarves.

I enjoyed having some time to play, and I'm looking forward to having some alone time when Greta goes back to school.  In the meantime, I think we'll do a little cooking.  That girl needs to learn how to crack an egg.


  1. Paige @ Little NostalgiaAugust 29, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    I cannot BELIEVE he's in kindergarten! Exciting and kind of strange at the same time. :-) I'm glad you have all of that extra time to sew, because you're going to have a busy holiday season.

    It's funny that you mention Greta not knowing as much as you thought because Gus is always there to help her. When I was watching my nephews, I realized that the younger one isn't walking or talking yet (he just turned 1) because he's totally happy to sit and watch his older bro do everything. Haha.

  2. I can only imagine that things feel quiet around the house, and will probably feel even more quiet soon enough. But yay for time for YOU! I'm glad that you have something to look forward to with the shows as well. :)

  3. Nice for you and Greta to have some one-on-one time! I was the older sibling, so I never had to be the one left home. My brother (18 months younger) was SO curious about what I did all day at school (no Kindergarten for country schools so I went all day every day in first grade)--so my Mom hung a blackboard in our hallway, and every afternoon when I got home from school, we played school. I was always the teacher and he was always the pupil. So he went into first grade already knowing how to read and do math---and ended up completing 2nd and 3rd grade in one year (you could do that in country schools, long before IEPs -- every kid had an unofficial IEP). Enjoy your coming quiet time. Good luck preparing for the shows. I'm way behind where I wanted to be on Fall craft fair prep. Life happens.

  4. I am enjoying the one on one time as well with K! :) It's nice for a change!