I know this is about a week late but my days have been full and fleeting.
Over our Labor Day weekend we celebrated my baby's 4th birthday with a pool party. Wow, my Sarah's is four already. It doesn't seem so long ago that she was born, yet our lives have changed so much since that it seems like a life time ago. Sarah's was our surprise baby. When I found out I was pregnant with her I had just quit my job to start an at home daycare and Carlee was still a baby, only eight months old. Needless to say, we were a bit overwhelmed. I couldn't imagine how I would manage it all. But things have a way of working themselves out and now I couldn't imagine life without her.
I also got to hold my new great-niece and great-nephew. And before you start wondering just how old I am anyway, let me explain a litte. I am the youngest of four and my brothers were teenagers when I can along. I have been an aunt since age five. These babes belong to my oldest nephew and niece who are only five years younger than I.
My Mom and Sister also have a birthday this month and this was my gift to them.
Inside are ( I should have taken a pic )handmade potholders, grocery bag dispenser, and dishtowels.
This is what my sky looked like all weekend and it also reflected my mood. I can feel that change of the season coming on and its really affecting my spirit. The summer went so quickly and I don't believe I made the most of it. I know that there are still good times to be had and that I should live in the present making every moment count no matter what the season. I still can't help feeling a little sad. I believe it has more to do with working outside the home and not being able to spend as much time with my kids and at home as I would like. Unfortunately thats something that can't be changed for now so I must keep trying to make the time we do spend together as special as I can. As far a the change of season goes, I do love the fall and it looks like were going to have a good harvest of pupkins from the garden this year. Just thinking of the autumn colors lifts my spirits.
My husband was out of town this past weekend so it was just me and kids. We didn't leave the house the whole time. I must admit to you that I am a real homebody. I love to be a home and when I have two days in a row that with no where to go I am in heaven. The kids, not so much. They are way more social than I am and are use to the constant business of school. So to keep them happy during my hide out weekend I have to come up with projects for them or else they'll either meld minds with the television or kill each other. Not just any project will do for the girls. Their relationship is still abit tricky right now being that they are so close in age and attitude. I happended apon this blog post Friday and knew it would be perfect. And they really enjoyed it.
They loved making their own quilt and didn't fight or say "I'm bored" for at least thirty minutes. I'd call that a sucessful kid craft and time well spent together.
...and it felt good to cross this off my list.
The Vintage Smock as seen on SewMamaSew. Its for my husband's Aunt Betty. She is a wonderful gardner and everytime we visit her we go home with flowers to plant in our garden. Aunt Betty lives in her mother's (my husband's grandmother) house and alot of the flowers there were orginally planted by her mother more than fifty years ago. I hope this smock finds her well and will be put to good use in her gardens.
I altered the back of the pattern a little bit so I could leave the button off the back. I'm still a little intimidated by making button holes.
Now onto the next item on my "things to sew" list.
We took a last minute summer trip to Lake Winnie over the weekend. We had a great time and it was the perfect way to wrap up the summer. I also learned that my girls are a couple of little dare-devils. They weren't scared a bit of the bigger rides like the Scrambler, the Tilt-o-whirl, or the ferris wheel. They were even disappointed when they weren't tall enough to ride the really big rides. I was amazed. The photo ops were abundant so I'm posting more than one for each day. Although technically they were taken in August and I was only going to post pics for the Summer pic-a-day group through July, I couldn't resist including these.