Sep 23, 2014

Wait, what is this?? I am ALONE???

 Well, I'm not really sure what to do with myself at the moment.  The Sparrow is napping, Sonny is at preschool (PRESCHOOL!!) and the giant pile of laundry I was going to tackle this morning is in the same room where the Miss is asleep.

So obviously I CAN'T do that.

So hey internet!

Here's a little recap of the last few weeks...

I make school lunches now.  Because my sweet wee baby is IN PRESCHOOL.  And loving it.  Having 15 other kids his very same age around is EXACTLY what that Turkey needed.

We live on campus at UBC, which is pretty kick ass if you don't mind me saying so.  I'm crossing my fingers that I will make a couple friends... some of the moms and dads at preschool seem cool and nice.  But I am not going to be a weirdo and force the issue.  I will be cool.


Back to living on campus...
We haven't done a major exploration yet, just a few nice long walks here and there before classes started, but there is some very seriously cool things nearby.

Like THIS!

 The Biodiversity museum is home to this amazing Blue Whale skeleton (I'm pretty sure its a Blue Whale, I could look it up and confirm but I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE before the Sparrow wakes up from her nap and hell no I am not going to Check my Blog for Inaccuracies.  That's ridiculous)

We are going to go back THERE soon, for sure.

There are sprawling avenues like this all over the place...
 (hey cute husband!)
 This castle is the Chemistry Building.
Please Chemistry, give me a break.

And there is a plaza with ten or so of these weirdos.  Lounge Poofs for Lounging.
Sonny was impressed.
 Pretty flowers.

And this view, from the Rose Garden.

Yeah, UBC has it's own fancy shmancy Rose garden.

With those mountains.

Sep 11, 2014

(the sound of crickets)

So once upon a time I wrote this blog.

And then we had another baby.

This lovely little Sparrow.
 Who is completely ADORED by all of us.  Especially her big brother.  Who is The Best.  Holy shit, the BEST big brother there is.  Sometimes a little too rough and tumble, sometimes a little frustrated with how small she is, how much she needs us and how often we say "STOP DOING THAT TO HER!"



 But those moments are interspersed with moments like this...

 Every morning he climbs into bed with us and has to day good morning to her, his favorite lately is
"Nice to MEET you Hazuu! Nice to MEET you HAY ZUUU"

It's absurdly cute.

And moments like this...
 And this...

 I was told while I was pregnant that having two is Exponentially more work.  That it's really hard and that I can kiss my free time goodbye.  Which has been more or less the case.  Except for the Exponentially part.  She has been a DREAM baby. (up until last week, an unbelievable, super chill little dream baby.  Now she is teething and on the verge of crawling and FLIPPING MAD about it)  Yes there have been times when I have literally pulled my hair out in frustration.  Days when Sonny has needed more from me than I could give him and the guilt that made it that much worse. 

Days when there has been no time for me AT ALL, no time for Geoff, no time for anything other than taking care of these two perfect humans THAT WE MADE.

But they are both so wonderful and funny and I could not imagine life without them.

And I am so aware of how lucky we are.

Oh yeah, and we moved to a new city.
So now we are doing it without family around.

So, in light of this, Janamade is taking a hiatus.

While we are back in Vancouver (Yep, we're back!) my kit is in storage and I will not be making jewellery.  At least, not a lot.  We might be able to swing trips back to the island where I get time to work on the odd commission.  But it will be few and far between.

It's hard to think about not working or making right now, but it's also TOTALLY INSANE around here.  So I am not going to take on any extra stress at this point.

And in light of the shift away from work and back towards family life, this little space here will be changing as well.

Don't worry, it won't all be pictures of my kids.  There will be some Mom, but I am not super comfortable spreading their faces on the internet, so they will be sparse.

So I don't know what will happen to this space actually.

I am hoping to start drawing again.  That has been on my mind a lot.  But until I can get this little Sparrow of mine to sleep ON HER OWN, ever, that is still on the back burner.

So follow along if you wish, if I haven't lost you already.

And now I have to go get her out from under the armchair.  I kid you not.  She's already giving us a run for our money. 


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