I found a great tutorial on MADE recently. In fact, all of Dana's tutorials are fantastic. Anyway, I usually have a ton of fabric laying around, so I decided I needed to sew my daughter a skirt. I took her measurements and pulled out some fabric. Then I proceeded to do absolutely nothing else for two months. Fast forward to today. I buckled down and sewed my daughter a skirt! I'm saying that I actually created clothing for my child to wear and it was really easy! If I can do it, anyone can.
I'm pretty proud of the end result. Not only does it look cute, but it actually fits! Jellybean liked it enough that she wanted to try it on the minute I sewed the last stitch. She's pretty particular about what she wears, so it was a huge compliment.
The t-shirt doesn't match it perfectly and I didn't brush her hair, but she is still adorable. I have a vision of creating a t-shirt to match it, but that may be another two months down the line.
Buddy had to get in on the photo shoot action in his new Target pirate outfit.
A HUGE thank you to Dana at MADE for helping me feel like a super mom!
I remember my parents taking myself and my siblings to a frozen yogurt place called Yozen Frogurt. I thought the name was terribly clever at the time. Frozen yogurt seemed like a really special treat. My favorite flavor then and now? Chocolate with gummy bears.
Am I crazy or is frozen yogurt majorly back in? I've seen frozen yogurt places popping up everywhere. Because I love, love it, I made it a habit to treat my kids every once in a while. When I discovered Red Mango, I started treating myself and my kids a little more often. It's all natural, so I can justify eating it for lunch. It's delicious. I think I've become an addict.
I don't get chocolate with gummy bears, but I do get the mixed berry parfait. My little ones like the original flavor with berries and mochi. We have a good time of it as you can see.
I suggest stepping out and treating yourself (and your little ones) to your favorite fro yo.
We generally struggle to find activities that will occupy the kids during church services on Sunday. I lug a large tote bag filled with different items each week and pray that we can keep them entertained enough for me to actually listen during the meeting.
A little activity I put together has stood the test of time for keeping Buddy occupied. I cut out some felt letters using a few different colors of felt. He becomes totally engrossed in laying out the letters (which stick great to the cushioned seats in our chapel).
We also take turns spelling words for each other and impressing our fellow church goers with Buddy's amazing reading skills. The family that sat behind us this last Sunday told me that they were thoroughly entertained.
When play is over, I just crush all the letters up into a ball, place them in a baggy and toss them into my tote bag. Just a little tip for some quiet play.
On Friday, I handed two cellophane bags to my kids and we took a walk. They each began collecting small items from nature. Jellybean was way less selective than Buddy. She also listened better to the instruction: "Don't dump your bag until I get a picture!"
Look at all the different colors and textures!
Step 2: Observation (i.e. destroy)
Dump out the bag.
Wait patiently while Mom displays some of the different items for a picture.
Now really start to experience the different colors and textures by crushing, pulling it apart, throwing it up in the air, pretending that you have really big lips, etc. Whatever floats your boat.
Step 3: Storage
If you have a hat, that is where the remains of your nature collection should go.
We love getting out the sidewalk chalk when the weather begins warming up. Usually you will find Buddy working on his ABCs. Here he's decided to switch it up and work on his numbers.
You have to love the beanie with a propeller.
There is something about having a large canvas that makes this activity so much more fun than writing on a piece of paper inside. I love seeing Buddy's imagination and art skills blooming. Now he is drawing pictures for himself. Though, I miss his requests to draw clocks on the driveway. Good thing Jellybean is starting to make requests. Today I drew an entire family of bunnies for her.
Either the toy or the book on its own is a good gift, but together they would be awesome. This dynamic duo is capable of teaching color recognition, grammar, fractions and how to hold a knife (an essential skill for ages 1-4. heh.). My little ones have enjoyed both.
Last Sunday (Easter), my new nephew was born. Jellybean is in love with him. We got to see the little guy today at my parents' house. Here's Jellybean checking him out. He's being held by his beautiful aunt (my sister-in-law). D asked me if the new baby made me want to have one. I said no. Though, there is something particularly sweet about holding a newborn baby that you don't have to take home with you.
I have to make a note about Jellybean's cute outfit. I scored this adorable Lauren Ashley dress and those sweet turquoise sandals at my favorite bi-annual consignment sale last week. $6.00, not bad.
We spend a lot of time swinging on Grandma and Grandpa B's porch swing. Buddy, Jellybean and some of their wonderful cousins got to hang-out Sunday evening. They have so much fun together.