This week my husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. To celebrate we decided to go for a little hike with the kids at Quechee Gorge in Vermont. Below are a bunch of pictures from our trip. It is amazing how fast 10 years can fly by!
Today I am participating in Sewing for Kindergarten by Mie from Sewing Like Mad.
Sewing for Kindergarten is a fun little series were we make an outfit for that special little one starting kindergarten. Starting kindergarten is a big deal in this house. We choose not to send our kids to preschool at all so kindergarten is their first experience with school. Below are a few questions that Mie wanted me to answer. It’s been so fun reading through everyone else’s answers.
Do you feel like crying or celebrating? And what about your child? I feel like crying for sure…and do! I love having my kids home with me and it feels so weird when they are not around. My little girl is celebrating all the way. She told me the other day that if I get sad and start missing her then I should look at one of her pictures and I would feel better. So then I asked her what would she do if she started missing me. And her answer was that she does not miss me at all. Ouch! Actually I am very thankful that she feels that way. It means that she is ready and she is just fine without me. Its a huge sense of relief. But I do know that she misses me a tiny bit. The way she yells “Momma” and runs off that school bus each day shows me so.
What type of school (public, private, homeschool) will your child attend?My kids attend public school
For my little kindergartner I wanted to make something comfy and for the cooler weather that will be arriving soon. My girls are all about comfort and anything that can be paired with tights or leggings, so this is the perfect outfit.
For the top I used The Perri Pullover pattern from Cali Faye.
I used a soft sweatshirt fabric that I had in my stash. I sewed up a size 4 even though she wears a 5/6 right now. And as you can see it is still a little big on her. I have sewn the Women’s Perri Pullover Pattern a few times so I knew that the sizing was very generous. The pattern itself is a very easy to follow and a pretty quick sew. I highly recommend it.
For her pants I used the Hosh Pants Pattern from Lou Bee Clothing. This is my fourth time sewing this pattern and I just love it! These pants go together super quick and the sizing is spot on for my kids. The only modification I did to the pants was make them with a ribbed knit waistband.
It is still so hard to believe that she is in kindergarten!
If you follow me on facebook or instagram you know that I am competing in the Summer Flip This Pattern over at Frances Suzanne. I shared my “flipped” look over on Frances Suzanne this week and today I am finally sharing it with all of you.
First of all, here is an overview of the Flip This Pattern Series for those of you who have never heard of it before. Basically four Sew-ers were given the same pattern the Ethan Shirt Pattern by Sis Boom to start with. From there we could turn it into whatever we wanted to. All this week we got to have a look at everyone’s “flips” and they were all amazing! Each look is so different and unique but have the same basic pattern in common. Today the voting finally opens, so head on over here to vote for your favorite look.
Now on to my “flipped” look!
I will admit, I was super nervous to reveal what I made. Flipping patterns is not really my thing and I had so many struggles along the way with this one but in the end, I really like what I came up with. More importantly my little girl LOVES it and that is all that really matters. She loved it so much that she decided to wear it on her first day of kindergarten. Way to make your Momma feel loved right?! Oh and by the way she LOVES school!
As you can see I decided to turn the Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom into a dress for my little girl.
I had to make a lot of changes to the pattern in order to get a well fitting dress for my daughter. Starting with the shoulders I had to adjust the width as well as the armhole a few inches. I also made the back of the shirt under the yoke slightly gathered. I just added a few extra inches to the width of the pattern to allow for the extra gathering and then matched the gathered piece up to the altered yoke piece.
Then I did the same gathering technique to the front of the dress as well. Since there was no “yoke” piece for the front of the dress I just cut the front of the pattern where I wanted to gathering to be and then added in the seam allowance. I didn’t make any changes to the collar but should have made it a bit larger. It is too tight around my little girls neck and cannot snap it. I should also mention that I used snaps instead of buttons. I am just not a huge fan of buttons on my kids.
I made a little tie belt as well as added some belt loops to the dress.
I decided to make some flutter sleeves instead of the long sleeves so that my little girl could wear it now as well as into the cooler months. A cardigan layered over it will allow for wear throughout the seasons.
Surprisingly I did not adjust the length of the pattern at all. I happen to love the length and it even looks super cute with a pair of leggings or tights underneath.
Now make sure you head on over here to vote for your favorite look. Voting is only open until Saturday, August 30 and I know all of us would love to see our “flips” shown a little love!
This past weekend my little girl lost her first tooth, so I stayed up late Saturday night making her a tooth fairy pillow.
I had seen these tooth fairy pillows over at The Homemade Home and just fell in love with them. I decided to use the same basic concept for mine but mix it up a little bit.
My little girl woke up super early Sunday morning to see if the tooth fairy had come. When she saw her pillow hanging on her bed she was excited. She was even kind enough to wake up her sister to show her. The excitement from both of them was so contagious! I wish I could keep it like this for forever!
Of course her favorite part was the magic fairy dust that the tooth fairy left.
Last year one of my husband’s cousins brought us sucker fishing and we ended up having a blast. So this past weekend we headed out to see if they were running up stream yet.
It’s fun getting there because you have to walk through the covered bridge in order to get down to the river.
There are lots of big rocks to walk and climb on which is one of the kids favorite part.
The sucker fish were running but they were very sparse.
Daddy searched for awhile before he could catch one. We even got caught in a brief downpour while waiting, but Daddy was determined to catch one for the kids. Luckily hanging out under the covered bridge was a lot of fun.
The girls found a little pool of water with rocks in it and proceeded to fish out every singe rock to stash into their pockets.
When Daddy finally caught a sucker fish we all cheered and ran to check it out.
My little girl of course wanted to keep it, but when we told her that we had to throw it back in so that it could finish swimming upstream to lay its eggs she was OK with it.
We have been told that in years past people used to catch sucker fish by the hundreds in this spot. Then they would salt them in a wooden barrel for storage.
We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful area and that we can catch sucker fish just for the fun of it…and not for survival.
Have any of you gone sucker fishing before?
Every chance we get we head out exploring.
The kids favorite spots lately seem to be the covered bridges, ponds and rivers.
They will spend hours climbing, collecting and throwing rocks into the water.
I emptied about 5,000 rocks out of my car the other day and each and every one of those rocks were so special and their favorites. Our rock garden is growing fast this year.
I try not to complain because I love that they are enjoying nature and the simple things in life right now. How do I keep it this way?
When we were exploring around the big boulders I found some frog eggs. My little girl begged me to bring some eggs home so we could watch them hatch…so we did. We had our first two tadpoles hatch yesterday. As you can imagine, there were screeches heard from miles away. She is the same little girl who is raising Woolly Bear Caterpillars right now.