28 May 2015

Floppy Bow Limon Top

 I am so happy to be joining in on the Willow & Co pattern tour today because I am really excited to show you this amazing top that I made this week!
The Limon Dress and Top is the latest pattern by Elizabeth of Charming Doodle that I'm just all obsessed with.  (My other favorites makes from her patterns are these incredible pants, the best hoodie, who could forget the reindeer head, and these pants featured in Stylo.) 
This pattern has sweet and feminine details but still seems young and sassy enough for a little peanut to strut around in. 

27 May 2015

Our Family Four + One

 
If it seems like things have been a little quieter here on the blog than usual, my apologies, but at least now I can finally share why.
We are all so thrilled with this happy news and delighted to finally be able to share that by the end of the year we will be a family of five.  Our smiles are bigger in real life. :)

22 May 2015

Jayce at Seven

 Jayce, I don't know how it happened, but you are seven.  
It seems incredible to me because that seems like the age of a kind of "big kid," which I guess you are now.

20 May 2015

Stylo Magazine

Pink Debbie Dress STYLOI have been sitting on a little secret for just over three months now that I am so excited to finally let out.  

In February I was invited to contribute to an incredible project, Stylo Magazine.  If you haven't heard of it before, it is a Kids Fashion Magazine entirely composed of clothing that you could make.  All pattern links and fabric links are included and contributors are encouraged to outdo themselves with fun styling and photos.  Even if you don't sew or aspire to sew it is incredibly inspirational and fun!  The kids, clothes, and photos are just amazing. 

Liberty Theo Shirt StyloI ended up making seven different garments for the issue, five with patterns that I had never used before, and one pattern that was in Dutch and I had to Google translate (and head scratch) my way through.  Luckily the photos in the tutorial were very helpful and I was so pleased with the way that everything turned out.  I was especially happy to have a good excuse to sew for Jayce and I just adore his look.IMG 7041I even made a tutorial for the pineapple pocket dress that is pictured above, and it will be up on The Sewing Rabbit later today.  I love that dress.

Zebra Persimmon Dress stylo1I'll be back later on in the week with some more details on some of my looks, but I don't really see any reason for that now because you really need to just go check out the magazine itself here.
Liberty Desert Rose Dress styloGrab a warm drink and take your time because it is beautiful!!  I love the things I made but my co-contributors really outdid themselves!!Reversible Autumn Coat stylo

15 May 2015

Racing With Kids

SSP TR A02046  EHLast Sunday Chris ran a half marathon that he has done for the past three years.  We met him at the finish line and he ran in with the kids, as he has done in past years.  Just for kicks, here are the previous years.

SSP CA 032332  EH(2014, and last year's post)

SSP CA 54903  EH(2013 and that year's post.)

Also this, from that year, because it is unreal how different they sound in just 2 years.

IMG 6924The kids and I were waiting for Chris as he came around the last bend before the finish line.  He rescued me from an endearing but insanity-inducing game of I spy with the kids.

Jayce: Mom, I spy with my little eye something starting with g and t….give up?  Ginormous tree!!

Hannah: Mom, I spy with my little eye something starting with pretz…that's right mom!  Pretzel bag!  Well done! 

IMG 6926Chris carried Hannah for a little bit but eventually she had to run across the line with him.

IMG 6929Even carrying/running with the kids the last little bit Chris still ran his new personal best race time of just over 1:29. (Sorry, I don't remember to the second.)  We celebrated sufficiently afterwards with crepes for lunch and the noodle bar for dinner.  But only because we like to support our local businesses...

Congratulations Chris on another job very well done! :)

7 May 2015

Jumping

Pillow Jumping 3Some days, when it's cold or rainy, and the kids need to burn off some steam but Chris and I aren't up for a park trip we do this.  'Pillow jumping' is what the kids call it.  We bring down one or both of their mattresses, every pillow from every bed in the flat, make a big pile and let them jump and jump.  

Pillow Jumping 2Pillow Jumping 1There is a (sturdy) table behind the back of the couch that the kids jump from, so they get a little bit more height and distance than if they were just jumping from the couch to the floor.  Sometimes they flip a little bit, sometimes they land on their backs, sometimes we throw pillows at them while their jumping, which they try to avoid (or try to jump into), but there is always lots of giggling.Pillow Jumping 5But there is always hair flying, some cool moves, and lots of giggling.  It is probably one of Chris' most proudest accomplishments, the invention of this game for when boredom strikes.  Because honestly, the park is really great, but sometimes we just can't, and this fits the bill in a way that makes everyone happy.  

Pillow Jumping 4

29 Apr 2015

Cinderella at the Movies

IMG 6587A few weeks ago we took Hannah and Jayce to see the new live version of Cinderella at the movie theatre.  Hannah was excited, Jayce wasn't, and Chris and I were in that way that you are when you think your kid is going to be really delighted by something.
It wasn't entirely delightful for anyone.  

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