Tuesday, March 09, 2010

How I Spent Last Week

No stitching, didn't get out to prune the roses. There's a newborn grandson that needs to be held, and I'm up to the job - and so are the aunts and uncles. :)


I also did a little more than my usual share of washing dishes and folding laundry by helping out the new mother of aforementioned grandson. What fun to be in a house with young children, especially when the weather is nice enough for them to be outside expending energy! Their imaginations are constantly entertaining.

And it's most consoling to be with the small ones after you've been shopping with your very youngest child, and come home with a dress like this one.

This almost-grown-up young woman cannot be my baby! But it is. She was in desperate need of some new clothes that actually fit, especially for church. Thank the Lord that Kohls had a nice sale and some decent dresses and skirts (shopping for a young almost teen can be so frustrating!). So here is Kirsten all ready to leave for the Father-Daughter Ball. They had a great time together, and with their friends.

I've begun a new endeavor that's eating quite a bit of my time, in addition to baby holding; I've started an online course in medical transcription. It's school on my terms which I hope will lead to a job with enough flexibility for me to help with grandchildren, run kids around to various activities, craft, stitch, and garden, and still make a little extra income. With a "baby" that will be in high school in the fall of next year, my homeschool career will end and I thought transcribing at home would be a good career to begin.

It's a challenge to be learning in a more formal way once again. There is certainly a lot to learn! But with my background as an executive secretary, I have the basic keyboarding and English skills, and even transcribing experience, to build new skills on. It's good for the kids to see Mom working on homework while they are doing the same. :)

So I'd better get back to it!

16 comments:

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

What beautiful "babies"! Good luck with your new schooling adventure - you'll do great!

mainely stitching said...

What a funny coincidence, Von. On Friday, I had to take my mom to some medical appointments and a friend of hers came along. The friend I were talking about work, and she'd just retired from being a medical transcriptionist. She said there was an incredible amount of work to be done in the field, but at 72 (!!) she wanted more time for her own interests. Good luck and do keep us posted!

a woman who is said...

ummm can we say many plates spinning at once???

Hold the new baby has to be the best!

Aussie Stitcher said...

Your new grandson is gorgeous. Your daughter looks lovely in her dress.

Sherry said...

What a beautiful baby and your baby is certainly growing up!

Felicity said...

Congratulations on your happy dance finish (new grandson) & on the gorgeous WIP (youngest off-spring)!

Kathy A. said...

Oh Von, congratulations on that handsome new grandson. My grandchildren are the great joy in my life.
I wish you all the best with your new career choice. May it give you all you need.

Siobhan said...

You can stitch any old time--that adorable baby won't stay a baby for long, as evidenced by your baby. What a beautiful girl! They grow up too quickly, don't they?! It's hard to find appropriate clothes for that age for girls, too--glad you lucked out at Kohls. Best of luck with the new course!

shakatak66 said...

wow, your daughter really is growing up fast! She looks really lovely in that dress :) Congrats on your studies - I think that would be really interesting work!

Brigitte said...

Oh Von, what a wonderful sweet picture of your new grandson. Must be heaven to hold him and talk to him.
And a very nice picture of your youngest. She looks so happy in her new dress.
Good luck with your online course.

Lynn said...

I could sit for hours rocking a newborn,especially one as precious as this!
Good luck with your schooling. Hope it leads to a wonderful new career for you.

Anonymous said...

What a precious baby. Congrats, viv

Barb said...

What a cute baby. Your daughter has turned into a pretty young lady.

Sharon said...

Medical transcription sounds great! Wishing you blessings in your new endeavor!

Stitchingranny said...

Congratulations on your new grandson Von. As for your other baby she is still just that - when your youngest baby gets to be 35 as mine will be next month, then you begin to worry lol.

Susimac said...

How gorgeous does your youngest look, I love her new dress for the ball, she is very lovely