The New Normal

This past Friday was the very last day that I will have to drive a 90-minute car pool school run.  And I cannot tell you in words how that makes me feel.  Dude.  It makes me feel like this photo, that’s how:

Screen shot 2013-06-03 at 2.06.35 PMPeaceful and relaxed.  That driving was insane, so many hours and so much frustration and so much SITTING STILL.  I did the math the other day and I have been driving an 8-mile-plus school run twice a day for the past FIVE years, which amounts to an average of two hours a day, 190 days a year, or a total of 1900 HOURS of driving back and forth.  Last year, it was so bad that I didn’t even think a daily schedule that looked like this was all that unusual.  I have since changed my mind.  I’m ready for a New Normal.

We are in full summer mode over here, and I am feeling the healing seeping in.  Something about having more time makes all the best ideas come to the surface, and I love, love, love the freedom to get a wild hair and go chasing after it, just to see what magical thing will arise.  That’s how I’ll be spending most of my summer, y’all–soaking in the sun and letting ideas percolate.  Getting the balance back.  More recreation.  More pretty dresses.  Better housekeeping.  More love.  Looking people in the eye and making new friends.  Hosting cook-outs and learning to be a better neighbor.  Sewing up a storm and not worrying if it takes a few tries to tweak it just right.  Folding and re-folding my fabrics, and then finally cutting into the ones I’ve been saving for the perfect time.

The perfect time is always today, you guys.  Today is rocking out.


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  • Rachel at Stitched in Color
    June 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Sounds fabulous! Congrats on your new normal. I’m happy for you =)

    • Deborah
      June 3, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks, Rachel! Isn’t it funny how sometimes, you don’t know exactly what you needed until you get it, and then you don’t know how you did without it? Like the perfect glass of lemonade on a hot day? This change has been like that for our entire family–really looking forward to all the other things that come along with it. We should totally celebrate! 🙂

  • Debbie G.
    June 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Hurray for you! I too am so ready for a new normal. Today is the last day of school for the kids and we are so ready for summer! 🙂

    By the way, I love your Knit Top pattern so much in your Stich Savvy book – I’ve made three of them so far! 🙂

    So glad all is well with you! Enjoy your beautiful family this summer!

  • Jennifer Mathis @ Ellison Lane
    June 9, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Love the dresses and the new normal. PS: Did you make the bag with the round handles too? CUTE!

    • Deborah
      June 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks! That’s the bag I got in Hawaii last time my husband and I were there. Am still totally obsessed with Hawaiian quilting, but wanted something I could use all the time and not feel like I had to baby too much. Needs a wash, but was great with this dress–glad you like it!