23 Apr 2015

Antalya Dress

Antalya Dress at Our Family Four 15I am so excited that I finally got my hands on the Antalya Dress pattern by Olga at Kid Approved this week!  It is the first of several new patterns by the Willow & Co pattern company and the details are just so fun.  I love it!   Actually the pattern has a special introductory price this week, so jump over and get a copy now!

(Also, in an attempt to distract Hannah from running away I asked her if she could stand like Princess Aurora, and this is what she did-a kiss.  I don't know.  There were lots of flowers to be picked and she was a girl on the move!)

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Back to the dress.  The Antalya has a slightly loose fit with dolman sleeves, so a good comfortable fit in the armpit and bodice area, perfect for running around at the park.  The swooping curved line on the front extends up the bodice on the back, but I decided not to break up this beautiful floral panel on the back, and I topstitched along the curve instead.  There is the option to close with a button panel or an exposed zipper, but the best zipper option I had was invisible so I went with it, thinking that it would still peek out a little.  Ironically it is the best invisible zipper installation that I have ever done, and you can barely see it when she's standing up.  Oh well.

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I love how this pattern gives you the option to do some cool color blocking between the sleeves, the main portion of the dress, and the back panel, or you could use the same fabric on the whole dress and accent the lines with piping.  I have been sewing through my fabric stash this winter and spring and didn't have enough of any one piece of fabric to do the whole dress in, but that is what's happening next time.  Piping accents everywhere! :)

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I made Hannah a size 2 per her chest measurements but added extra length at the bottom that I hid up in a wide hem that I'm sure will be let down later this summer.  She has been growing in height more than anything else recently and I didn't want this dress to graduate to a tunic anytime too soon.  

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She loved this dress and was particularly happy with the spin factor on the skirt.  It got a full thumbs up for scooter-riding too, which you can't really beat.  

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I'm linking this project up to Kids Clothes Week.  I have a few more things up my sleeve that I hope to finish off in the next few days, so that's all for now!

20 Apr 2015

Jayce Says

Red Nose Day 3I know I often write about the funny things that Hannah says, and three year olds certainly do have lots of funny things to say.  But almost-seven year olds do too.  Red Nose Day 1The other day we were at a restaurant and Jayce was washing his hands and attempting to find that happy medium water temperature. 

Jayce: Mom, that one was too hot, and this one is too chilly.  We need it to be chot, that would be just right.  "Ch" from chilly and "ot" from hot.  Chot.

Me: Yeah, we could call it that.  Or there's actually already a word for that, called warm.

Jayce: Oh yeah, warm.  So yeah, we could say either chot or warm.

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He has been making me smile a lot with his prayers at bedtime.  For a long time Jayce would exclusively and stubbornly thank God for me and Jack (his favorite stuffed animal), and Hannah would balance things out by thanking God for Chris and her favorite stuffed animal.  But recently Jayce has started spilling out a variety of different things, like thanking God for his creativity.  The other night he thanked God for all of the wonderful things that he does to help people who are poor and sick. :)

Red Nose Day 4Red Nose Day 7That night Hannah wasn't feeling very cooperative, and after some persuasion finally thanked God for her dresses.

Dresses are a fine thing to be thankful for, although I would argue that I have a small hand in those as well.

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I sometimes feel like only a few small things aren't worthy of a post of their own, and I need to have a long string of hilarity to recount.  But I love remembering what little and big things are going through these kids' minds, and want to write them down before they slip out of my mind forever. 

Also these pictures are from last month when the kids were getting ready for Red Nose Day before school, just in case you were wondering if this was just an average face-painting day. 

15 Apr 2015

Bubble Magic

Bubbles 10Bubbles 14Hannah has been dying to go outside to do bubbles since February, but we didn't have any and I didn't make it a priority to get some.  But last week I texted Chris at the end of the day and asked him to swing by the Pound Store on the way home and it was basically Hannah's dream come true.  Jayce initially wasn't interested but quickly changed his mind and decided to join in too.

30 Mar 2015

Chelsea's Graduation

Chelsea s Graduation Ceremony 2Just over three weeks ago Chelsea graduated from St Mary's with her Master's Degree.  Despite the fact that it is typically a much smaller scale than in the US, she had ten guests as her party because everyone wanted to cheer her on to victory.

26 Mar 2015

Three Year Olds and Mature Conversation

Hannah mirror 1Oh Hannah.  I have brought up our conversations many times before.  Talking with you often makes us smile because of your alarmingly strong British inflection, your sweetly descriptive re-telling of events, and your choice of British words.  But in the past few weeks you have kicked things up a notch by regularly using words that seem a little advanced for your age.  I end up texting your dad in the middle of the day saying things like, "Hannah just used the word 'otherwise' in a sentence."
 Do three year olds usually say otherwise?  I don't feel like they do.  Actually I was a little more startled that you used it correctly.

24 Mar 2015

Irish Dancing

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, I'll just go ahead and admit that I never remember St Patrick's Day.  The kids don't do anything special at school, I don't send them in green because they're in uniforms (or at least Jayce is), and I don't think to do special holiday things around the house like dye our various meals green.  I know, pretty lame, right?  But I forget year after year.

However, I DO have this wonderful video of Hannah and Hadley dancing with professional Irish dancers at an Irish Pub in Disney World.  She absolutely adored this and killed it on the dance floor.  Watch for around :40 when she does a double high kick and gets cheers from the other diners.  Hadley was like, "Uh…I'll just let Hannah do this one."

I have watched this video over and over since this summer.  It is so my girl, ready to dive into whatever it is, full force.

And it's so cute that she can't find her hips to put her hands on.  Three year olds just kill me.

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