A Little Update…..i.e. Why I Have Been MIA

So it’s been awhile since I’ve been writing regularly (soooooooo sorry about that BTW) I figured I would write an update post for ALL my awesome readers that have continued to stop by even though I’ve been kinda laaaaaame. I want to let all you wonderful people know how much that means to me and that some of you have even dropped emails to ask about things around the McDonald casa. Those emails always seemed to land in my inbox on days when I was feeling too overwhelmed & really needed a lift in my spirits. I know I was terrible and didn’t always answer, but please, please KNOW how much those few sentences meant to me and that someone was thinking about me. I promise I’ll make it up to you guys!!

So enough about me……ok, actually maybe a little more about me since this IS an update post after all  :D

Well, we have all been doing well……just super busy over the summer. It always took up so much time to take the kiddos places to keep them active and entertained and keep them from maiming each other whenever they got cabin fever and had had too much of each other. It gets pretty HOT ’round these parts in the summer (or this week too!!) and we need to visit the pool often or find alternate sources of indoor fun.

My migraines also got worse there for awhile and I just wanted to focus all my non-agonizing time with my sweet little girlies (no, really……look how sweet & cute they all are…..mostly while they are alseep). I am learning to manage the migraines better and treat them faster, so that’s good.

We have also been working really hard with Kira everyday to try and catch her up with speech (she’s very behind and we were starting to worry). But, we just found out that she is having hearing problems due to fluid buildup in her ears…..which we were starting to suspect. So, they’ll drain them to see if it’s a chronic problem and then check for any other issues. Even though this is not necessarily a good thing….we are relieved to know that this should help her speech immensely.

Other than that……Madison just turned 7 (gasp!) and is now a big 2nd grader. She is at a larger school campus and was worried about that all summer. Sissy #2, Aislyn, is still 5 & now enjoys her mornings in Kindergarten and LOVES it!! Although I suspect she still gets lost in “Aislyn-Land” sometimes. Kira will be 3 soon and is still small in stature, but makes sure her presence is known throughout the house. She is making huge strides in development, but just needs more help with speech (as I said earlier).

Anyhoo, since the older 2 kiddos are off to school these days and I have more time in the day to spend with Kira and to keep up a little better with my blogging…..after all, I have many months worth of crafty things to show you all! I also want to open up my Etsy store again soon……so stay tuned!!

BTW, don’t you all just adore this year’s family pics!!! And yes, you guessed it…… these were all taken by the very lovely & talented Jen Gagliardi, thanks SO much again Jen!!!

Have fun!!

About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


  1. what beautiful family pictures! makes me want to run out and have my kids photographed! love them! good luck with your daughter’s ears-i’ve had one who had to have tubes put in and my son has been in early intervention since he was 2 because he wasn’t talking-it’s better now, he’s talking more, but still in speech because you often can’t understand him unless it’s in context-early intervention is a great program if you haven’t looked into it yet

  2. Beautiful photos! I was just thinking about you yesterday – I’ve started up on halloween crafting, and so much inspiration has come from you in the past – can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store!

  3. The pictures are SOOOO great, Emily! I’ve never seen Kira smile so much and she looks so beautiful. The first one of all 3 girls is my favorite :)

  4. You’re family is absolutely beautiful! I’m excited to see what you’ve had going on craft wise. I love the things you do!

  5. What a fun post! I’ve wondered off and on how your family is doing. Your girls are all so beautiful. I’m glad your headaches are more manageable.

    Your blog was one of the first ones I came across when I first learned about craft blogs…and it totally got me addicted. I have always been so impressed by how wonderful and simple your ideas are. We’ve tried a quite a few and there are several that I still plan to do. I’ll look forward to your posts…but of course family comes first. I had grand plans for my own blog this summer and have posted almost nothing because I’ve been enjoying having the kids home for the summer…and trying to keep them from killing each other when they’re bored. :)

  6. Your pictures are beautiful.
    I image you’ve tried everything, but I wanted to tell you about a good friend of mine who suffered from migraines for years. Eventually she had a few a week, and they got worse and worse. She tried many different medications, but they all had bad side effects. Last year she started seeing a very well known accupuncturist who does accupuncture on her as well as neck massage. Last year she was told she might need brain surgery, now she’s migraine free.

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  8. I love your blog, so many great ideas I have used! I read an article recently either in Shape or Self Magazine about magnesium deficiency and migraines. A gal suffered from debilitating migraines and found that she was deficient in magnesium. After supplementing with magnesium for a few months, her migraines have been far, far less!

  9. these pictures are darling!! I love your blog! I have just been catching up on it, and found this post. So cute. I wanted to tell you, though I’m sure you already know!, but fish oil is supposed to help with speech! It tastes gross, but maybe you can sneak it into her food :-P

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