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Sunday, September 16, 2012

A stitch here, a stitch there


Last year, Chris's cousin Kelly asked me to make her a teeshirt quilt featuring all her college & highschool shirts. Since she lives in Indiana, I waited until we met up in Florida on family vacation this summer to give it to her. Kelly picked out all the fabrics online last fall. I had a great time making this quilt, and I can't wait to make another one! I saved all the shirts I bought at concerts over the past two decades, so I'm really excited to put that one together as a Christmas present to myself (:


I didn't take as many pictures early on in the process, but here are the ones I snapped when I remembered to grab my camera. This first picture is after I cut all the shirts into squares, and sewed the pipping on. To get the perfect square each time, I used a square ruler which I bought on Amazon last fall. I loved how easy it was to make every shirt the exact same size. I chose to get Kelly's name embroidered at the bottom since it was such a personal quilt, and I chose the collegiate type font since they were all school shirts! I *love* how the embroidery turned out!

The front panel of the quilt all sewed together, before I added the outer border.







After I added the outer panel to the original front side, I added a layer of batting and a panel of fabric to the back. I sewed that all together and attached a grey border around the edges to complete the look.



I just love this quilt!! Kelly is lucky it has her shirts on it, I might have kept it otherwise, Ha!



Another project I worked on recently, was a Halloween dress for Abs. As soon as I saw the idea on Pinterest, I couldn't wait to make my own variation! Abigail was SO excited to see her new 'ghosty dress.' Whose do you think turned out better?? (;




Last, but not least, is a tote bag set I'm working on for two sweet sisters. They weren't finished by the time I took pictures, but don't you just love these fabrics??


As always, stay tuned for more sewing projects (:

Weekends in the Fall

Going to school five days a week has been such an adjustment for all of us! This year we made the switch to afternoon classes, which basically demolished naps at my house. We already knew we were in the minority having a 4.5 year old and 3.5 year old who still napped... but those naps allowed our kids to stay up a little later, and spend time with Daddy when he got off work later during the week. No naps means our kids go to bed at least an hour earlier than they used to, so time with daddy is a hot commodity. Our weekends have become a precious time together as a family, so we're trying to spend every moment we can together. It's been awesome!

A few weeks ago, Chris' grandma on his Mom's side (Memaw), celebrated her 80th birthday. While she was in Dallas, we celebrated with Chris' Dad's Mom and sister, and that weekend we traveled to Houston to celebrate with Memaw's family. The party was at a park/pavilion area down in Baytown, so there was a nice breeze and awesome cloud coverage that kept the weather tolerable. All of Abigail & Brody's cousins on daddy's side were there to celebrate with us!

Memaw & Abigail trying on party favors







Chris' family on his Mom's side

All the big cousins... Madden & Peyton, Lily, Abigail & Brody

Myself & Chris


Last weekend, we went to a community picnic at Windmill Playground in the city my husband works in. The park at this particular place is unique, in that it was a community build park, so my husband got to work on it and help build parts of it! We love taking the kids there, and last weekend they were able to use the splash pad for the first time (it hadn't been open the other times we were there). Our kids are close in age to Chris' boss' kids, so we found them and let the kids play and eat together at the park. Abigail and Trey walked around holding hands the entire time, yikes! (: They were all so sweet together, it was nice to catch up with the Webbs!


Trey & Abigail <3

Brody, Trey, Chandler (back) & Abigail

Sweet Mommy + daughter pic of Allison & Chandler


On the way home, we heard the train coming, so we parked and let the kids climb on the back of trailer to watch it go by. Beautiful sunset!!

THIS weekend, we went to Daddy's softball game on Friday night, which is always a blast! He didn't play ball over the summer, so it was our first game to attend since last spring. One of Abigail's friend's dad got to sub, so they kids also enjoyed cheering for Mr. Dougy (ha)! Team Mojo played a great game, and pulled off another W, 15-6. Go team Mojo!!

Abs & Brody cheering on Daddy & Mr. Dougy


One of our favorite things to do on a Saturday is explore new parks in the area. This weekend, we ended up at Limestone Quarry park in Frisco, which is my new favorite park. The city park is adjacent to the neighborhood park, which are both connected to a hike & bike trail. The community park is multi-level and set into the ground, and features public art work and built in stone benches for story time. It is so lovely, and I can't wait to go back again!





After playing at the park, we enjoyed a picnic outside before taking the kids over to a Real Bookstore in Fairview to pick out some surprises!  ARB is a big, local bookstore with an incredible children's section. The kids love to go there and play, look at books, and pick out something to take home (of course). The store has lots of kid sized tables to play on, floor mats to lay on, and most importantly, an oversized chair to cuddle up with your little brother read.




Next weekend the family is heading to Seaworld for the FIRST TIME!! We are so excited to take the kids to their first theme park. I can't wait to share it with you (:

XO.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Princess month part 2

Over the summer, we continued with our home school monthly units, so in June we focused on Princesses & Pirates. It was so much fun to have two themes intertwined with one another, which were both an easy follow up from our fairy tale month. As you know, I base my themes around the sensory bins I want to make, so since we had two themes I created two sensory bins for the kiddos to explore!


Pirate sensory tub:

 Princess sensory tub:
My goal was to make these two tubs as complimentary as possible, yet still incorporating the themes. the bases for the two boxes are beans (top) and rice mixed with confetti (bottom). For the pirate box, I burried change from my wallet in the beans so the kids could dig for buried treasure (like in one of the boxes I picked out for pirate week). 

[This was a HUGE hit, and my daughter ended up digging for buried treasures all summer long. On family vacation in August, my Aunt Brenda videoed Abigail digging for coins on the beach -- too funny!]

Both boxes included jewelry (plastic rings and bracelets) for the kids to find and wear, as well as small figures and toys that represent the different themes. The pirate box included two foam swords I found at the Target dollar spot. I was really excited that one looked like a "knight" sword and one resembled a "pirate" sword. [Side note: With each unit, I purchase one of the DK Eyewitness books that match out theme. This month, the Pirate book was a HUGE hit, especially when the kids were able to match the foam swords to real swords in the book.] One of my daughter's favorite elements from the princess tub, were the 'jewels' scattered throughout the confetti rice. She was able to use her plastic tweezers to dig them out.

Here is a close up of some of the features of the princess tub:




Another element of our classroom, that I update each month to match our theme, is our writing/activity station. When the kids come into class, they can sit down here and work on their first work sheet of the day while I'm getting everything started to begin class. Once their worksheet is finished, they can play with anything from the activity box, as long as they use all the items appropriately (don't use markers on yourself, stickers stay on paper, etc). The kids LOVE this box, and the beg to come in the classroom during non-school time just to explore new items in the box. Here are the goodies from princess/pirate month:





One of my favorite activities we did during June was learning how to fill out invitations & how to use them. During the first week, we talked about princess manners and politeness. During this lessons, we learned about letter writing and invites & thank yous. I had found some Disney Princess bday invites clearanced out a few months back, so I grabbed them up since I had already stated planning this unit. We talked about why we 'invite' people to parties/events, and we also talked about wording: To, From, Time, Date, Place, etc. I let the kids fill out sample invites, and we worked on spelling and hand writing. 

They had so much practicing all their new skills! Of course they both got really excited about their upcoming birthday parties - okay, by upcoming I mean 8 & 10 months away, but still. It was a fun, quick introduction to written manners. 


I hope you enjoyed reading about our adventures in Princess & Pirate month!! Stay tuned for our ocean unit!! I'll give you a hint... we use LOTS of sand (; 




Friday, September 7, 2012

First day of school!

Today concludes the first week of school for Abigail and Brody, and we couldn't be more proud of our kiddos! Abigail started Pre-K on Tuesday, and she went to school every day this week. Brody started on the same day, and went to preschool on Tuesday and Thursday. On Wednesday Brody started his speech therapy at the Early Childhood School, which he will attend twice a week. Both kids were happy when I picked them up each day, so that makes me feel really good. We are so grateful to be apart of such an amazing preschool community.

Here are a few pics from the first day of school:



Over the weekend, before preschool started, we asked the kids a couple of questions so we could remember what they were like at the beginning of Fall 2012. Here are their answers:


Abigail:

I weigh 38 pounds.
My best friend's name is: Brody, and all my friends are my favorite.
My favorite thing to play is: Barbies
My favorite color: Purple & Red
My favorite book: My Garden by Kevin Henkes
My favorite t.v. show: The Lorax or Barbie movies
My favorite food: Tacos
When I grow up, I want to: Be a mommy and an Olympian
Something I really like: Dressing up like a fairy
Something I really don't like: Bugs flying around in our yard.
My favorite thing about myself: That I like to hiphop dance.
Something I want to do this year: Ride my bike & be happy & play with my friends.




Brody:

I weigh 37 pounds.
My best friend's name is: Abigail.
My favorite thing to play is: Thomas the Train, Cars, Superheros
My favorite color: Purple
My favorite book: Monster Book by Ed Emberely
My favorite t.v. show: Cars
My favorite food: Corn Dogs
When I grow up, I want to: Be a football player... No! A teacher.
Something I really like: Gymnastics... doing cartwheels.
Something I really don't like: Flies (Brody likes to 'shoo' them away)
My favorite thing about myself: I like to play with cars.
Something I want to do this year: I want to learn how to fly.