Celebrating our Independence…

5 Jul

The Fourth of July. Freedom and the right to play outside, eat yummy summer treats, and play with fire. 🙂

Our forth was filled wth plenty of time outside & time with our neighborhood crew.  Friday was a Pink Flamingo party, Sunday was the annual neighborhood 4th party (we made Lemon Cupcakes with Raspberry Jam Filling and Buttercream Frosting, Cupcake 7 from Ming Makes Cupcakes) – topped with patriotic sprinks and raspberries of course) and Monday we enjoyed a special S’mores Bar party – where we got to experiment with different combinations of campfire melty treats. (more on THAT coming soon..)

THIS is why we love summer.


mmm. fabric…..

27 Jun

FINALLY something crafty to post about. 🙂
I could not be more excited. There is now a fabulous boutique fabric store right here on the Northside of Indy!  It is The French Seam – and it is every bit as cute as you would hope.  They carry a patterns by a handful of independent pattern designer and loads of fabulous fabric!

I dragged  brought katelyn along for some girls-only time (ok, yeah, dragged is more right….)  and came home with some goodies!

I great bug huge puffy heart Oliver + S patterns. They are “vintage” looking without looking… old?  I bought my very first – the Seaside Sundress.  Katelyn picked out the fabric.  It also happens to be Oliver + S. Didn’t even realize it til we got home and I saw the selvedge with the Copyright info.
The zigzag stripe will be the main part of the dress, the polkadots will be the bottom ruffle/pocket bit.

This will be a Twirling Skirt.  The flower/butterfly fabric picked out by Katelyn.  🙂

I hope to be sharing pictures of finished products SOON!  YAY!

“this moment” {of life…as we know it}

24 Jun

Taking a prompt from the always inspiring Amanda Soule of SouleMama and starting the ritual of adding a favorite photo from the past week– a moment of “life as we know it” so to speak.  A moment to “pause, savor and remember”.

OK, so the whole “this moment” thing is supposed to be a wordless deal, but I have to make a little comment.  🙂 This is a prime example of “the best camera is the one you have with you” – this was taken with my iPhone and edited using the Camera+ app.

On another note? Can you believe this kid? He loves to lay back and float like that!


Happy Father’s Day!

19 Jun

As soon as he walks through the door at the end of each work day, I may as well have “chopped liver” written on my shirt. Each day, you’d think that he’d been gone for WEEKS. They adore him. So do I.

Happy Father’s Day!

For this little layout, I used a template from Paislee Press and modified it slightly.  🙂

“this moment” {of life…as we know it}

17 Jun

Taking a prompt from the always inspiring Amanda Soule of SouleMama and starting the ritual of adding a favorite photo from the past week– a moment of “life as we know it” so to speak.  A moment to “pause, savor and remember”.


Exploring Our World… what worked, what didn’t

17 Jun

Well, here we are a few weeks into summer, and already my plans of super-organization are falling to the wayside in favor of having a lot more adventures outside–but really, in the end, I think the “lesson” is for me, not the littles.  Chill. Out. It’s summer!  When you live in the frozen tundra  Midwest, you have to savor the warmth and bask in the warm days while they are here!

Here is the little summary (ha, the first time I typed that it came out “summery”) of what I had planned for the week initially, in my little dream world:

Goal is to eat our way around the globe- have a meal from each continent at least once. (Obviously not Antarctica. Or Atlantis if you believe that’s out there somewhere 😉 )
– Read some books about children of the world, what they wear, what school is like etc.
– International paper dolls or coloring pages
-Look up the weather for different places around the world

What did we end up doing?

-We had tacos for dinner once… Good ol’ Americanized ground beef on hard shells….
-We went to an “Island Breeze” concert – a free kids concert in the park with Carribean inspired music (with some Beatles thrown in for good measure) and Katelyn learned to limbo….
-We did check out some books from the library – a Children’s picture Atlas and a DK People of the World book that Katelyn found VERY interesting.

-We did some coloring pages of children in traditional dress from around the world, and of course I lost the link.  Blogger Fail! ooops!

Moral of the story? Make a plan, but don’t stress over it.  Children learn through play and through our everyday explorations anyhow.  I’ll continue to plan themed activities throughout the summer, but I’m not sure I’ll get too deep.  After all, there are bikes to ride, pools to splash, concerts to enjoy, crafts to make…..

The hit of the ‘hood

11 Jun

As soon as we saw the directions for the KidWash (make your own bike-wash/spray park) we knew it had to happen.  I saw this idea on Angie’s Six-tastic Summer List, and immediately sent an email to Michael – who in turn set off across town to get the parts (our Lowe’s didn’t have the mister thingies.).  

It came together in less than an hour, even with two little helpers. I think the final cost was around $20, maybe a little more since we bought a special cutter for the PVC to make it super easy.

So worth it.

All the neighborhood kids, big and small wanted a turn – even some Mommies were asking to have it out when they go running. 🙂 (well, our littlest friends, the 2 year old crew, didn’t really dig it, but everyone else did!)