Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Special places

We moved here with a large selection of road maps, collected during our road trips while living in Alberta. Some were duplicates, and some falling apart. I decided a DIY was in order...
The dresser in our girls bedroom is one from Kathryn and I's bedroom when we were young

Downtown Edmonton, where the hotel Hunter was born in is located

Tyson Lake aka God's country

Longlac Ontario, one of my top three places to visit in Canada, My mom grew up here and we spent many wonderful vacation days here.

Kamploops BC, where our aunt and uncle live. This was our first big road trip with DJ.

Cold Lake AB, where we spent the past six years

And you can't really see it, but this is part of Jasper, where we went camping for Katie's 3rd birthday.
I wanted to incorporate maps in their room, and I think this turned out pretty cool. I am however, missing two handles now...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Not the Only Crazy Parents On the Planet Homeschool Group

So, both Jess and I have "officially" started homeschooling (aka the girls are kindergarten age). I'm definitely glad that we have each other to talk to because we've been having a ridiculous time finding like-minded people. I've been trying unsuccessfully to contact the local homeschool group and Jess has started an online one where she lives, only to find out that she'll be the only one still in town within the year! When she found this out she told me that we should start our own group, so here goes!

I am hereby forming the Not the Only Crazy Parents On the Planet Homeschool Group.

Founder: Kathryn
Guilty by Association: Jess

Membership Requirements:
Willing to hang out with us/our children (in a loosely educational sort of way).

Strongly Recommended:
- Having children that you are or are planning to homeschool
- Living close enough to actually attend events

Group Goals:
- Having people who know what we are talking about so that we don't feel like fringe lunatics
- Social interaction with humans over the age of three for our children
- The ability to gather in a group to prove that more of us exist

Membership Fee:
A willingness to put up with our pseudo-hippy ways


P.S. Sorry for the lack of crafty posts. I am still making things but I keep having minor catastrophes that delay the finished products. I'll tell you some of those stories in the next few posts.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Baby Doll for Deacon

Early in the spring we got Deacon something he really wanted, his own baby. You should have seen the way his face lit up when I gave it to him! When you press the belly it says "Ma, Mama!" I don't normally like talking toys but that was his favorite word at the time and he thought it was so funny to hear it from another baby.

I don't think it was just having a sister and seeing her play with dolls. He's always been fascinated with real babies too. His current goal in  life is to pick up baby Hunter off of the floor without being caught. Unfortunately he kind of scoops her around the middle. Babies are pretty top heavy so we've made very sure he doesn't succeed!

Chilling with his baby. 
I love seeing him try to take care of people and toys from such a young age. I'm sure some of it is personality but I like to hope that we can take some credit in modeling it to him. (This may have something to do with the fact that I had to carry him for most of the first year of his life and almost went mental doing it. I take some comfort in the theory that filling that need for him has let him be a secure and loving person.)

How are these pictures only a few months apart?!?

This is actually one of the things that I felt really strongly that I wanted to teach my son, that he will probably be a bigger person than many of the people around him one day and that in our family that means he will have a responsibility to use that strength to help and care for others. He will probably be a father one day and I want him to be a good one. I imagine every parent feels the same, but we don't always make sure we give them the tools. How many little boys would have babies without sisters? Would I have thought of it if he hadn't started stealing Sophie's?

I'd actually started writing this post not long after that first photo was taken. I hesitated though because I am extremely careful  about what I post about my kids that could embarrass them some day. This generation of kids is basically all growing up in public and has no say in it. I didn't like the idea of having something I'd written come back to haunt him some day but when I thought about it again I realized that I'm not ok with the mentality that boys can't be caring and by keeping quiet I was essentially saying that this would be a valid thing to tease him for, when in fact I'm proud.

The real challenge has been finding dolls that ARE boys. The Lalaloopsie ones are the closest I've gotten. I think they'll be friends for adventures when he's older but they aren't good for hugging right now. Most of the babies we have are actually gender neutral in that they have cloth stuffed bodies and plastic extremities. They just come with such an overwhelming array of pink clothing and accessories that it's clear they're "supposed" to be girls. The pink overload and the crappy quality of the clothes makes me want to make them all a whole new wardrobe, but since my kids instantly undress any baby with clothes I've refrained so far.

I'll fix their wardrobe before he's old enough to realize he's not well represented in the toy baby population ;)B

Friday, September 5, 2014

First Day of...Not School?

It felt a little strange having all of the chaos of back to school around us, and then having a perfectly normal day. (We are homeschooling and this would have been Sophie's first week of Kindergarten.)

This year she was still pretty oblivious to it all but in the future we may have to come up with some of our own traditions. Maybe getting to choose some exciting new project supplies, or a field trip to a suddenly quiet during the day attraction. Or a party with her cousins. I'm incredibly grateful that Jess is homeschooling too. It keeps me from feeling like the only crazy one out there!

On the spur of the moment we found our own way to celebrate this year. We let Sophie dye her hair purple!

We used Manic Panic, which is very gentle and washes out (fairly) well.  This is the best picture I could get, hair colours are hard to photograph.

I only hope it doesn't fade weirdly!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Skirting The Issue Round Two: Two Kinds of Jersey Skirts

So, you remember those simple skirts I showed you last time? Well these are even easier. Prepare to have your socks knocked off!

If you were to take a nice t-shirt and cut it straight across at just longer than you'd want a skirt to be... than all you'd have to do is sew the waistband and you're DONE! How nuts is that? So nuts I made five apparently.

I did cut out a sixth, but I had this cute yellow elastic lying around in just the right length and it seemed a shame to hide it in a waistband. So we just zigzagged it on top.

So, ten yesterday plus another six today. Not a bad contribution if I do say so myself! (I felt compelled to beef up my donation this year since I'm the only person in the city doing it this year!)

Check out this link here to learn more about Skirting The Issue :)

P.S. Yes, I realize that I counted wrong the other night. Don't judge me.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Skirting The Issue: Two Kinds of Cotton Skirts

So here are the first of the skirts I've been working on. I was given a donation to buy supplies for this year's project, (I won't lie, it was my mom) so I had some really cute prints to work with, They were nice enough that I just went with a simple skirt pattern. You know, side seam, hem and waistband then insert the elastic. Easy peasy.

! made eight this way. The sizes vary from about a size 4T to an adult small.

These two are actually refashions. They were tank tops with elastic bodices. I cut off any unnecessary parts such as straps, folded the top in half and stitched it to the inside seam where the bodice and the main piece meet.

Like so. (In case that explanation made no sense.) Those ones where the easiest of the lot.

So that puts the count at nine skirts so far. Stay tuned on Monday for the rest of them!

P.S. Did you sew any skirts? <3