Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring.

By far, fall is my favorite season.  But honestly...spring isn't too far behind on my list of favorites.  I feel like we come back to life a little more, as we watch our surroundings come back to life.  The grass is getting greener, the days are longer, trees are filling with buds and leaves and little flowers are popping up all over the place.  Ahhh.  Spring.

I love that Louis gives me flowers almost every time we are outside.  Sometimes the flowers are weeds that he's found in the woods while exploring with Daddy.  But if it looks like a flower to him, he collects it and will excitedly give it to me as soon as he sees me.  He knows how to work his Momma, I've told you this.

The winter was really starting to get to me.  I usually don't let the cold weather get me down but this one did.  I think it's in part to me being a work-from-home boss lady now.  I have to try hard to get myself out of the house once my 8-5 shift in my little studio is over.  And in the winter, when it's dark at 5:00, I don't ever feel like leaving.  I'm such a homebody but I think I even pushed my own limits of containment this past winter.

But during the warmer months?  It's impossible to keep me indoors.  I'm looking forward to setting up our silly blow-up pool and having water fights.  And grilling hamburgers, hotdogs and everything that we can on the grill.  Oh my gosh, the idea of fresh grilled corn on the cob has me salivating.

Louis has spent the last two days with his feet in the sandbox.  You can't keep him out of it.  I think he's been missing outdoor time as well.  Although...we are having some issues convincing him to go outside.  He's hard to convince to do anything, especially once he has a routine set in that brilliant and stubborn little mind of his.  Because he's been in a flow of hanging inside, watching tv and playing JustDance, going outside isn't in his schedule just yet.  I'm hoping we can quickly break him of this mindset.  I'm sure it won't be a problem.  Especially when we start busting out the water toys.

Fresh air in our lungs and warm weather gear is something we've all been needing.  So happy the change of seasons is upon us.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Lately :: Week 15

I've never (ever) been so good about blogging a series in my life.  Sunday Lately is the biz, for sure.
You should probably join in if you haven't yet.  Just saying.

This week's themes: Completing, Visiting, Repeating, Applauding, Scheduling.

Completing. A full 32-days of tracking food and exercise on My Fitness Pal.  Which is kind of a big deal to me.  Because I'm really good at getting serious about something like this for two weeks, not seeing any progress and then giving up.  I'm still trying to figure out exactly why my efforts aren't showing any more results but I'm not giving up.  Not yet.

Visiting. The White House and other special places around our Capitol was amazing. Ah-mazing.  I generally hate all medium to large cities but I'm growing quite fond of DC.  I can't help but love it.  The architecture gets me.

Repeating. The same activities with Louis over and over again.  This weekend has been full of tea parties with the kiddo.  We found a tea party set in the dollar zone at Target and he has been LOVING pouring water out of the teapot into the cups and pretending to be a little extra fancy.  It's sweet and I love it.  A lot, really. 

Applauding. Myself.  For being capable of blogging for 15 weeks straight.  On the day I was supposed to.  In the format I was supposed to.  Seriously.  I love that Nicole, Meghan and myself have decided to do Sunday Lately.  LOVE. IT.

Scheduling. A trip for Bennett. MY MOM IS MOVING HERE!  Well.  Not "here" here.  But close.  She found a house in PA and will be packing up all of her things and moving from Idaho in the next week.  My amazing husband decided that he didn't want her driving across country by herself, so we are flying him out to Idaho and having him drive my Momma, her puppies and her most precious belongings (you guys. her sewing machine!) over here.  Everything else will be following in a moving truck.  I'm insanely excited to have her so close to us.  It's been since my freshman year of college that I had her within driving distance of me.  So 11 years now?  A girl needs her Momma close.  This is amazing news.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Lumberjack Shirt #2 by Patterns for Pirates

Remember when I made this jacket for Louis last fall?  Well I took the same pattern and made a completely different version of the shirt for him to wear to the Easter Egg Roll at the White House this past Monday.  I ADORE this shirt.  Seriously.  I couldn't have been prouder of something I've sewn for Louis.  It turned out exactly as I'd hoped.

I sewed the unlined version of this pattern, still in a 4T, and this time around with a standard collar.  Swoon.  His jacket fits him pretty well still, so I thought I could chance it and make another 4T.  The beauty of P4P patterns is that she makes the bodice pretty long on everything.  So I don't have to worry much about with length, even with my super long torso kiddo.

Oh my gosh, I loved putting the little details into everything.  The back yoke, collar lining, cuff lining, placket and pockets all had a differing fabric than the main print.  It was so much fun to see this come together.  Honest to goodness.

I love that Louis loves the clothes I make for him.  I'm hoping that I can continue to do this throughout life for him, because it seriously tickles me to see him wearing something I've sewn.

It also helps that he is incredibly handsome and the camera loves him.  I mean.

The delightful fabrics I used were both found on Fabric.com...which is the best place to shop for me because I don't have access to a local fabric store other than JoAnns.  And my local JoAnns leaves much to be desired.  This chambray with mini polkadots was amazing to work with. And I just LOVE how it turned out.  :: heart eyes::  

Chambray [HERE].  And the Seersucker [HERE].

Patterns for Pirates is selling the Lumberjack shirt [HERE].
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