8 Sep 2014

Side By Side

I'm not sure how things are at other people's houses, but for us there is only one day a year where we consistently get a picture that can easily show growth and change like the "first morning of school picture."  Even on the kids' birthdays when there are lots of pictures of one of them, we rarely get a family photo or a picture of both kids together.  But the morning of the first day of school, we do it, we plan for it, I tell them all ahead of time to be ready for it.  
Here are Jayce's First Day Pictures and Jayce and Hannah on each of his first days of English Primary School.  
(For pictures of the whole family, one parent at a time, or more details, click through on the year to go to the original post.)
Firstday 1Firstday 2Firstday 8

6 Sep 2014

The First Day of Year Two

Year Two First Day 6This past Wednesday was Jayce's first day of school.  He is in Year 2 now, in the Otter class.
Year Two First Day 3

3 Sep 2014

I Couldn't Resist It: The Knight Hoodie for Perfect Pattern Parcel

A Knight Hoodie  Our Family Four 1
 I'm so excited to show you another garment available through Perfect Pattern Parcel today because this one has been a long time coming.  Jayce saw me reading about this Knight Hoodie pattern one day several months ago when it first came out, and when he saw it said, "Oh cooooool.  Mom, will you get me one of those?" and I said, "Buddy, I will MAKE you one of those!"  So I bought the pattern, printed it, then I got snowed under a bunch of other sewing commitments and it never happened.  But it has been on my Must Make ASAP list and I'm so glad I finally jumped on it because, you guys, it's so much better than I was even hoping for.
A Knight Hoodie  Our Family Four 2

1 Sep 2014

Retro Maroon Zippy Jacket for Perfect Pattern Parcel

I'm really excited (and honored) to help promote another Perfect Pattern Parcel today, and thrilled that this time I got to involve my favorite little guy.   
Maroon Zip Hoodie  Our Family Four 6

30 Aug 2014

Aster Swing Coat Re-Mix and Watercolor Kudzu Skinnies

When we landed back in London two weeks ago, the impending school year was suddenly in my face, and when I saw that Willow & Co was hosting a back to school sew-along using their incredible patterns I knew I'd like to join in.  I've just baaarely made it but I'm so glad that I did!  I bought a few patterns from this company when they were having a summer sale, but I wasn't able to try any of them out before our trip, and this was the perfect excuse to dive right in.
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With the weather firmly planted in the 60s and 70s, I knew Hannah needed some warmer options and the Aster Cardigan was front and center on my radar.  But once I decided on a great fabric, I wanted to line it, and then I started playing with the shape and before I knew it I had taken the adorable Aster bones and mixed it into a warm and polished little swing coat.
 Aster Re Mix Swing Coat  Our Family Four 27Aster Re Mix Swing Coat  Our Family Four 14
As for bottoms I knew she'd be better off with pants then shorts so the Kudzu Cargos were the obvious choice.  I am DYING over these pants, but more on those in a minute… Watercolor Kudzu Skinnies  Our Family Four 16

29 Aug 2014

Around Here: Singing, Sewing, and Calling Chris Dan

School starts for Jayce on Wednesday, we picked Chelsea up from the airport this morning, Chris has been back at work since the day after we landed and I've sewn 3 full garments in the past week to get ready for school.  Even though we are pretending like it is still summer a little bit, it seems like fall and back to school season have finally arrived. 
Now that we've been back a few weeks I'm attempting to get back to swing of the every day stuff around here.  But there are a few "right now" stand out moments that need to be recorded.
Maroon Zip Hoodie  Our Family Four 5
1.) Jayce.
About 2 days before we left for our trip I was having a really stressful day and snapped at the kids in that unfortunate but memorable "mom is losing it" sort of way.  That night before bed, Jayce turned to me and asked if I would like for him to rock me in the rocker.  I didn't really know what I was up for, but I said yes.  We went into my room where the rocker is, he instructed me to sit down on the rocker, handed me his bears and blanket, sat next to the chair and rocked it back and forth, with me in it, and sang me a song that I usually sing him when he's really tired.  
I was so blown away!!  What a sweet little man we are raising!  Needless to say it really caught me off guard how perceptive and nurturing the whole thing was.  My little buddy. :)

26 Aug 2014

The Big Girl Bed

Hannah s bed 3For some reason I have lucked out not once, but twice, with children who loved their cribs and never bothered trying to climb out of them.  It's amazing.  It's also part of the reason why we just moved Hannah out of her crib and into a toddler bed a month after her third birthday.  We moved Jayce out of his crib when I was 7 months pregnant with Hannah, just before he turned 3, and what persuaded me/us to finally move Hannah was our impending vacation.  We would be staying at several different places over the course of the trip, and she was too big for a pack n play, so she needed to be bed-ready.

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