28 May 2015
27 May 2015
22 May 2015
20 May 2015
I 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.
I 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.I 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.
I'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.
Grab a warm drink and take your time because it is beautiful!! I love the things I made but my co-contributors really outdid themselves!!
15 May 2015
Last 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.
(2014, and last year's post)
(2013 and that year's post.)
Also this, from that year, because it is unreal how different they sound in just 2 years.
The 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!
Chris carried Hannah for a little bit but eventually she had to run across the line with him.
Even 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
Some 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.
There 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.But 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.