Thursday, September 6, 2007

HOLY COW!!!..., no, really, that's exactly what I thought when I saw your response to the ribbon wrap from last week!!! No way I was expecting it..was just playing with a ribbon, lol! I'm so happy that you liked them and thank you SO MUCH for all your comments! Believe it or not, I've read them all!:) No matter how bad my day has been, your *love* always warms my heart! THANK YOU AGAIN! Sending *LOVE* to you all!!!

P.S. Remember tomorrow is the last day you can grab them! After that they'll go to my store @ DD and you'll have to pay for them, lol. But guessing from the amount of downloads I believe most of you are set, aren't you?! lol

Some of you reacted to my 'complaint' about young babies going to daycare. Huh, I know it's quite complicated. Sometimes you just have to even if you don't want to...Brooke, I can't even imagine your situation and how sad you must have been!!! I was crying even when I was putting Amaia to preschool at three years...I didn't have much of a choice either at that time. She has always been a little advanced mentally and at 3 years (even earlier) I could tell she NEEDED to be with other kids. And the sad thing is that there are NO other kids her age (or a little younger) on the street!!! I don't have a clue what I'm going to do with Eneko in a year or so when he'll be more interested in being with other children....sometimes I just feel like going back to Prague or to Edinburgh where you can go to 'playgroups'. I've been even thinking of setting up something like that here but then I realized that it was not such a great idea since almost all kids are at daycares...:( We'll see...maybe we won't be here then! Ok, back to the topic - I know that some women just don't feel that staying at home with their children fulfills their needs and ambitions. That's ok too, I mean, I think that for the child is better to have a happy mom/dad for a few hours a day than a full day of an unhappy parent. The reason for my 'sigh' was coming from the local situation. Here, I hear all the time: 'Oh, you're SO lucky that you can stay at home with your children for so long.' And then either: 1) 'I wish we also had such a long maternity leave!' or 2) 'We can't afford it. We both have to work to pay the mortgage. Housing is so expensive here!' My point is - Ad 1) The ML in Spain is 16 weeks right now, and 28 in the Czech Republic (quite a difference...) BUT in both countries you can enjoy a 'leave of absence' up to 3 years of age of the child with almost the same conditions (keeping the job and monthly contribution from the state/social security). Ad 2) Housing is VERY expensive here, that's true BUT it's not only that, it's the lifestyle people have here. People have a house (or two), two cars, the newest electronic gadgets (not everybody, I know!!!:))...Plus Bilbao is famous for how well people are dressed here. So add designers' paying for the daycare and often somebody to drop off/pick up the kids and do some house cleaning....That's all fine with me, I'm not envious or anything, we live quite well...what upsets me is that these people DO complain that they can't afford enjoying their kids for the first few years! WHY??? Ahhhh, sorry for the's just one of the things that makes me 'boiling' every time I hear that...ok, on to less deep things:)

You might have noticed that I added a subscription button in the left column so if you don't want to miss a freebie, it's a good idea that you put your email addy there...You know I'm not posting THAT often so don't worry about getting tons of alerts, lol!

And other than that there's not much new over here. My ribs are almost fully recovered (after 6 weeks!) and I'm already thinking when to go horseback riding again:) My two little angels are keeping me quite busy so I haven't managed to prepare stuff for this weekend's GRAB BAG sale @ DD...:( Oh well, next month for sure! Be sure to check it out though!
I've only done two new LO's this week (and you can tell I'm in minimalist mood:)) I've done this one with the fantastic new collab between Gina Marie Huff and Gina Miller - Shabby Fall Garden:

Credits and journaling here.

And this one for the last week's Hodge Podge - scrapping somebody new (=not our children):

Credits here.

I have another two in works but my mojo seems to be on vacation lately, hehe...Haven't even touched the new gorgeous stuff from Heidi - Seeing Stars! Shame on me...Would you believe that until tonight I haven't even had an idea for a freebie for you...?lol But now it's uploaded and waiting until tomorrow:) Have been playing ribbon but it turned out excellent! Be sure to stay tuned!

Ufff, it's been a long one again:) And it's way too late here (or too early, it depends:)) and I better go to bed. Have a great evening and see you tomorrow! *LOVE*


susan said...

Gorgeous LOs! And I loved the freebie! The childcare/staying home thing is such a touch decision for so many families. I'm glad mine are older now so I don't have to do that!!

BrigittevT said...

First of all, I love your minimalist mood, great ! Wanted to tell you I have used your gorgeous ribbons in a LO, if you want you can see it here . I sort of agree with you abt parents that want the world and complain not having time to share with the children. However, I felt the same untill I went totally nuts and had to quit working. It was than that I realised I didn't need all that expensive stuff, 4 vacations in a year and so on and so on .... I feel totally free now, enjoying my life, my children and the sort of minimalist life I have ;-) Well, to be honoust, we still are very 'rich', considering there are a lot of people who have less ! And that's the most important thing, enjoy the things you have, don't crave for the things you don't have ;-) Oke, sorry for that, had to get that off my chest ! Enjoy your day !

Garynka said...

Ahoj Luci,
tak to jsme na tom s hlidanim deti a podobnymi vecmi nazorove uplne stejne. Take se spokojime doma s jednim autem a malickym domeckem. nejdulezitejsi pro nas je, ze se muzu detem venovat, ze neprichazim o jejich pokroky a vse to muzu prozivat s nimi. Pata by mel jit pristi rok do skolky, taky budu brecet jak zelva ;)
Uz bydlime, tri tydny a je to parada! Jakmile se k tomu dostanu, tak dam fotky dohromady a pak je hodim k nam na net.
Uzivejte slunicka (my tu mame take nadherne, vcera 40 st ;) ) a mejte krasny vikend!
Pusinu detem. Pa

Lilaclady said...

I totally agree with you on the fact that some Mothers go back to work way too early...I have not gone back to work since having my eldest child...we are really doing it tough, really, I need to go back to work, but we would prefer to struggle financially than have children in day care. I know single Mothers have no choice and I salute them, it would be a hard life, but I just can't see the need for married women to work full time, part time is fine. I am constantly seeing or hearing about Grandparents or nannies looking after children, it is very sad, I think.
Anyway, enough of the rant, thank you for your lovely textured papers and star overlay, they are lovely! :-) Have a nice week end