Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Being Thankful

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I have not posted in a long while! I've been lucky to get through day to day! This thanksgiving, as the kids and I discuss the holiday we are also talking about being thankful for what we have and what we are given. Especially since the start of school, attempting to introduce my middle to letters (I think we are going to wait and focus on other things, like this), and the baby needing much attention and rarely sleeping, having the visual reminder of things we are thankful for is so important. The kids and I need it (ok, maybe mostly me), and it's been fun!

I did a simple 'kids thankful craft' search. There are so many ideas on pinterest for thankful trees, displays, banners, and even jars! I've decided to go with a banner, writing what we are thankful for on leaves printed from here done like what was done here.

But before we got started with the leaves, I needed an introduction. Teacher me coming out here. They really have no frame of reference for the Thanksgiving dinner. I don't think I have really talked about it with them directly. And if I did, they most likely do not remember. Especially my middle, after all she is only 3!

I reserved a lot of books from the library. Some that we have been using are: (each book is linked)

It's been a fun. We have been talking about:
-The First Thanksgiving and how the pilgrims were thankful for the help when they needed it
-How to be thankful when you don't have much and are given something (even when it might not bee what you specifically want) <-- This one is because we have a hard time with that, just thankful for generosity
-Finding things to be thankful for when you think there is nothing to be thankful for
-Saying thank you to people for more than just giving you things
-Being thankful for God's grace and love

So far, I love it. Writing and coloring on the leaves is so fun.

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My favorite one to this date is my middle, "I'm thankful for my heart that beeps". I think that is the cutest thing!

My little boy so far is thankful for star wars characters. Ha!

It might not be the most glamorous of banners, but it is something we've been looking at and reading as a reminder. It's serving it's purpose. The leaves have some thing written on the front and the back...

And, what I am very thankful for, is that this has been said by one of my littles...

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I'm hoping to make this a tradition. Or at least some variation of this every year. I'm not going to save the leaves though. That would be too much, and I trying to use craft supplies not change their shape.

What thanksgiving traditions do you have?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Back to School Tour

We may have been in school for half a quarter already out here, but the rest of ya'll are getting ready for Back To School now! But it still feels like summer just began yesterday!

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What I made: My kindergartener has everything he needs for now, but I have started doing some preschool with my middle monkey. I decided to make something to carry her workbooks and coloring books in. She loves it, stole it from my hands as soon as I finished sewing the last seems (which means there are still a few threads to trim)!

It holds a couple coloring books and her favorite fat markers. Made like this one I did 4 years ago for my niece. only I realized I forgot the tab to keep it closed.

It folds like a book, and even though the markers are towards the center, they don't fall out!

My middle one loves the handles and so far it has accompanied her to school drop off all week!

The outer is recycled denim from husband's jeans and the inner/handles are quilting cotton. I did not use interfacing or a stabilizer. I measured a coloring book and hoped that a color wonder book would fit (she had gotten one for her birthday, but it needs to be a tad bit longer for the color wonder book!

Don't you just love my 3 year old's coloring skills?

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Brook Blossom Skirt: One Thimble: Issue 12 {Blog Tour}

Welcome to my stop on the One Thimble 12 Blog Tour! Such amazing items sewn up! 

I have a Brook Blossom Skirt from Orange Blossom sewn up to show you today, and I am super stoked at how it turned out! After running rampant with kindergarten having started and our schedules are so out of whack, I needed some self-care sewing! This pattern is available in kids sizes too!

I used the high-low hem view with the knee length hem view and I am loving this overlay skirt! I had inspiration from a skirt in the clothing section at our local Fry's (seriously, that store has everything) and thought this pattern lent itself perfectly for it.  

The high low hem is sewn up using a sheer chiffon as an overlay and is super light. Perfect for our Arizona heat and still looking cute! And even though the outer fabric is a chiffon (I bought the fabric at walmart a  while ago) The skirt was still cheaper than the sale on the skirt at fry's! So, my budget is happy!

The underskirt is a white something. I honestly don't know as I just pulled it out of my stash. Score for a double stash use!

The directions are easy to follow and lend itself to a well constructed skirt.

Something about skirts like this that make you want to twirl.  It's so swishy, I love it! (don't mind my little photo bomber. my little man was taking pictures and I wasn't to focused on the little girl!)

Honestly, I did not understand the point to high low hem skirts. But it is too fun to wear. I cannot wait to wear it out! I feel so nice! 

Check out these other awesome creations coming soon over the next week! 









Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Lately {Week 82}

Jumping in on Sunday Lately today with the Blogger Tribe! It's been a few months since I last joined in! It's been a crazy!

This weeks themes are Doing, Appreciating, Designing, Humming, Expecting

School. My oldest started kindergarten this last week and our days have been driving to and from school. He goes for only a few hours since we do half day kinder out here. We have not adjusted with naps or our eating schedule yet, especially since he goes in smack dab in the middle of the day! Ah, but I am still so excited! We've started practicing sight words as homework every night and he already knows 5/20 of his first quarter words! He has been segmenting well too (he did it on his own the other day!), and I am super proud of him! It's still new though, we will see how we go towards the end of the year when we've burned out on the crazy schedule! Ha!

Family. I could not have caught up on cleaning, or preparing, for my middle one's birthday party the day before school started. My mom has been coming over to help with the baby's room (it's still not ready yet) and helped get things cleaned up and in order for the birthday party. For once we were fairly ready on time, aside from a few veggies getting cut up, we were set to go on time! For us, that rarely ever happens and it would not have been without my mom's help!

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The layout for the baby's room in my head. Where will I put everything? I'm just ready to get her out of my room. She wont fit in the bassinet of the pack 'n play for much longer.

"it is well with my soul"
I'm sure there is something God is trying to tell me and I haven't figured it out yet if He keeps putting this song in my head. Until I figure out what it is I will continue to listen to Audrey Assad singing it... And perhaps look for a few more versions.

I have not relaxed this last week because of anticipation. Anticipation of time to leave for drop off/pick up, waiting for the next fit to ensue, the whining to start, the constant demands of "mommy, I want I want I want, need need need, mine mine mine, now now now" (in the voice of Dustin Hoffman as Hook). It's been too much and I cannot wait for my next get together with lady friends over dinner. Seriously it has been too long and I need the time with them! Now that we know a little more of what to expect with school, I'm hoping this dies down a little bit. But, I am going to 'try' to start preschool with Samara. I'm a little scared of this, she is my crazy 'spirited' child and only really listens to her daddy. So, we shall see.

Linking up!
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