4 Aug 2014

Planes, Delays, and Disney-Bound

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Just over a week ago, we boarded a series of planes to bring us stateside for a quick 3-ish week visit.  3 weeks always sounds like a good chunk of time, but never is quite enough to visit both families, friends that are spread all over, and have a little beach vacation time just us 4.  But we do our best to make the most of it, and this trip is no exception.

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We headed to the airport early and ended up with several delays.  We had breakfast, had another round of breakfast, bought snacks and magazines, and eventually boarded our first flight.

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The flight was okay.  It wasn't terrible, it wasn't great.  Our 4 seats were divided up so that Chris and I each had one of the kids, and we were right in front of the other.  I started off with Hannah, found Frozen quickly on the movie menu and she was ready to go.  Her headphones kept falling down, so I had to stuff my cardigan underneath the band to keep them in place.  This was her first real experience with headphones, and I laughed at her unawareness of her own personal volume level while they were on.  Over the noise of the plane and the full volume of her movie, she shouted every random comment about what she was seeing, every request, and every song.  That monkey.  She was a handful when she was with me and shortly after I passed her back to Chris she fell asleep.  Lucky guy.

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Unfortunately Jayce had a little bit of a rough trip.  He had been playing some on the LeapPad, some with legos, and reading some of his magazine, and by the time he moved up beside me his face was pale, he was a little limp, and he informed me that he had "travel sickness."  I escorted him, bag over his mouth, to the bathroom where we hung out for the next half hour or so.  But eventually his stomach settled, he calmed down, and we had a pretty decent rest of the trip.

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Hannah re-joined me and we dove into some coloring.  In case you're wondering, if your "flat surface" for coloring has a little bit of an incline and you don't want your crayons to roll away, putting them into mom's shoe will keep them accessible and off the floor.)

When we reached Newark, we discovered that our morning delays meant that we had missed our connecting flights, and we would not be hanging out there for 6 hour until we could board the next flight to Orlando.  But when we got closer to our boarding time, some storms rolled in, and we were delayed an additional 1 1/2 hours.  For the last hour I loaded Hannah into her stroller and pushed her around until she fell asleep, but other than that we ate dinner, claimed a little section of chairs as our own and let the kids do whatever they wanted to keep them and us sane.  Legos on multiple chairs, play dough on the ground, snacks and then ice cream, whatever.  (We cleaned up obviously, but at this point we had been up for about 24 hours and were slightly delirious.)

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But eventually we arrived, checking into our hotel around 2 am US time, which was about 7 am London time.  Yuck.  But we were there!  We stayed at the Art of Animation Resort which was full of sketches and characters from the Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, Cars, and the Lion King.  I think you can tell which building our particular hotel room was themed after.  The kids enthusiastically bounced into our bedroom and then each fell asleep immediately as soon as they were horizontal.   

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We did the same. 

19 Jul 2014

Elsa Swirl Explorer Hoodie

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I was so excited to be able to test a few patterns for the Make (Believe) pattern collection by Pattern Anthology and I'm sharing them all this week.  Wednesday was the Adventure Tee, Thursday was the Bookworm Button Up, and Friday was the Imagine Jacket and today is the Explorer Hoodie.
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18 Jul 2014

Rose-y Girl Imagine Jacket

MBOFFI was so excited to be able to test a few patterns for the Make (Believe) pattern collection by Pattern Anthology and I'm sharing them all this week.  Wednesday was the Adventure Tee, Thursday was the Bookworm Button Up, and today is the Imagine Jacket.
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17 Jul 2014

Liberty-Bowed Bookworm Button Up

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 I was so excited to be able to test a few patterns for the Make (Believe) pattern collection by Pattern Anthology and I'm sharing them all this week. Yesterday was the Adventure Tee, and today is the Bookwork Button up.
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16 Jul 2014

Hawaiian-Striped Adventure Tee

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I was so excited to be able to test a few patterns for the Make (Believe) pattern collection by Pattern Anthology!!  
That said, Hannah was the luckiest one, because check out some of her new fall duds above.  Great, right?  And the even better news is that all of the patterns are unisex, so Jayce is getting a little mom-made infusion for the fall as soon as we get back from vacation.  I can't wait. :)
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Up first is this adorable Adventure Tee.  It's amazing.

15 Jul 2014

All About Boys: The Series

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A few weeks ago a few friends and I struck up a conversation on Instagram about the lack of sewing series/emphasis on sewing for boys, and a few hours later the All About Boys series was being planned.  I had intended to get some summer sewing for Jayce underway, but almost 2 weeks of a chest infection put me extremely behind, and these sweet ladies were gracious enough to let me bow out of this round.  BUT I cannot wait for the next round.
Each person has taken the same two FREE patterns and transformed them into something completely unique for their boys.  In addition to the unique spins on the patterns, each boy is a different age, and I always think it's fun to see how the same pattern looks on different children of different sizes and personalities.  Fun, right?

14 Jul 2014

Around Here

A week from today is Jayce's last day of school, and the next morning we leave for a very long plane ride.  Summer vacation is almost here!
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