Updates…

Between computer uploading woes and life, I really haven’t posted anything for the past 3 months! It has been busy, fun and full of exciting events..sorry I haven’t shared! Luke had his first Christmas this year and is now 10 months and fully mobile, pulling up on everything (he pulled over the high chair yesterday as I was trying to get Christmas stuff down and put away!) and walking around furniture. DSC_6427-001 He also mastered the stairs at my parent’s house over the break…getting up them, that is! Getting down is another story! Hopefully by the time we get to try out the stairs in our new house, he will be a bit more prepared:)DSC_6416 Speaking of new homes…ours is progressing. They have the downstairs framed, most of the upstairs (except over the garage) and some of the roof trusses up!IMG_20160103_165335 Exciting times for sure! We also celebrated Christmas, two birthdays, our Anniversary and New Years in the last three weeks, with another birthday in a few days! Caroline turned 8 right after Christmas, but her Grandparents asked if she would be ok waiting to get baptized until February, when her cousin is being baptized. She was fine with that, and we are happy that she will get some more time to celebrate in February, with less craziness going on! Carter also had a birthday and turned 11 (he got to go out to lunch with dad and see the new Star Wars movie!)….I can’t believe how fast time flies. They are both such great kids and we are lucky to have them in our family. IMG_20151226_122536DSC_6441-001 After Christmas, we spend some time at my parent’s house in Idaho Falls…where we almost froze to death!! It was routinely below zero, but that didn’t stop the kids from sledding and ice skating. DSC_6497-001 We also put together 4 puzzles…over 2000 pieces! IMG_20160101_224322We think it may become a new Christmas tradition….What a blessing it is to have them 2 hours (instead of 3 days) away.  We also got to see my sister, Danille, which hasn’t happened for over a year.  Too bad she is still a 3-days-drive away😦.  Anyhow, to start the new year I thought I’d share some more pictures.  So, without further ado, here are the goods:DSC_6512-001DSC_6480-001IMG_0240-001DSC_6491-001DSC_6467-001DSC_6460-001DSC_6457-001DSC_6461-001DSC_6436-001DSC_6424-001DSC_6384-001DSC_6363-001DSC_6355-001IMG_20151219_171820IMG_20151224_124254IMG_20151228_140429

A Star Wars Halloween…the full cast :)

I didn’t get around to taking individual pictures of all the kids prior to Halloween..so we’ll have to settle for some last minute shots before they rushed out to trick-or-treat.DSC_6272-001

First up: Clara as R2-D2. For her costume I did a variation of the one seen here.  Instead of a one piece costume, I did a front and back on the top and connected them at the shoulders and sides with ribbon. DSC_6269-001Then for the skirt, I made a circle skirt (reversible) and bound with bias tape. The accents are felt and fabric sewn on by machine.  It was twirly and girly, but still R2-D2…so she loved it!   I had all the fabric/notions except for the bias tape…so the costume came in at around 1 dollar! Yea!DSC_6251-001Next we have Ella, as Yoda.  I made her the bear hat from the book Little things to Sew, drafted some Yoda style ears, and then sewed them into the seam towards the back of the hat.  Before I sewed them in, I also sewed some pipe cleaners around the perimeter of  the ear to give them shape and help them stick out. They are hard to see in the pictures (because they are all from the side), but they were definitely yodaesque.DSC_6278-001 The hooded cape was made from the Melly Sews free Robe pattern, that I altered, lengthened and added a hood to.  It will be useful for many costumes in the future I think… Ella’s costume cost nothing to make…as I used things I already had on hand.DSC_6274-001

Caroline was Princess Leia (of course).  Her hair kind of cemented that role for her. Although I did cut it at the beginning of the school year, so I was unsure if I would be able to get it to stay. It worked great (tons of bobby pins can hold anything!).  DSC_6276-001She wore a tunic that I had made last year, a 25 cent belt find and some tan pants and boots.  Her costume cost 25 cents total:)DSC_6256-001

Carter was Han Solo…and he looked awesome (and apparently has the attitude to fit the costume in this photo!). It was a fairly easy costume to put together, but looked so cool!! I think Erick’s contribution (the belt and holster..even without a gun) made the costume.  He used a 25 cent thrift store belt and some leather scraps I had (along with a needle and thread) to create it.  I altered a shirt he already had (just cut a v in the shirt and added a simple facing), and then made a quick vest using another Oliver and s pattern..The Explorer Vest from the book Little Things to sew. DSC_6257-001 I made the most simple version–thrifted black fleece with no lining, no closures and simple patch pockets.  It was perfect though, and only cost about 50 cents and 15 minutes to make. HIs pants were school pants with red electrical tape down the side.  The tape was the most expensive part…running us $3…but we only used a tiny bit, so I guess we have some if we ever need it in the future:) As seen in other posts, Will was C3PO and Luke was Luke Skywalker. Here’s a picture of Luke on the big night. I made him a little pilot cap (Sweet Pea Pilot cap free pattern)in case it was cold. Not too cold, but nice to have to keep him warm and cozy!DSC_6263-001Erick was Darth Vader and I was Padme… but we really don’t count, so I won’t go into details about these costumes:) Here is a group photo…unfortunately we only have one that mostly everyone is looking up in–and Will happens to be playing with a sucker in it and is half-hidden by a not-so-happy looking Clara. Oh well:) DSC_6287-001We had fun…got lots of candy…and great weather(unlike the snow that is falling as I type this!!). Can’t ask for much more!

A Star Wars Halloween Installment 2: Luke Skywalker

DSC_6121-001 It was pretty challenging to get good pictures of this wiggly 7 month old!  I had to try and have the two year old help hold him up …so this was the best I could get! DSC_6101-001The rest had to be either on the ground or sitting up, so you can’t see the tunic very well. And the faces…well, he is always smiling, until we try and snap a picture.  That darn camera wipes that smile away every time! Anyway, back to the costume.DSC_6128-001 His tunic is made from a linen mystery fabric (thrifted from who knows when) using the baby Kimono PJ’s pattern from Amy Butler’s book “Little Stitches for Little Ones”. I sewed up the 6-9 month size and the fit was perfect–I also made my own bias tape out of the linen fabric and chose to use the same linen for the contrast band. So, a pretty neutral shirt, but perfect for Luke!DSC_6111-001 I already had some brown legging type knit pants that worked perfectly with the shirt. Pair that with some brown crocheted booties (that I made a few years ago) and a newly crocheted light saber…DSC_6117-001and you have yourself a costume!

Luke…always on the move

DSC_6019What a sweet boy, our little Luke is.  Really, he is the most good-natured kid. Always smiling and happy to see anyone! He is such an inquisitive little fellow(7 months now)–so curious in fact, that I am really worried about when he starts to crawl. He can already wriggle his way out of the Bumbo, sits straight up in the bouncy seat and LOVES to be on the ground.  He used to just turn in circles using his hands, but now his favorite trick is to get up on all fours and rock back and forth.  Now, while he isn’t crawling full force yet, he can move forward…and I fear the crawling will come any day! Will really never crawled much at all, and didn’t walk until after he was well over a year old…so this is a bit soon for me. Especially for my last one.  Luke, you are growing up too fast!!DSC_6016

A Star Wars Halloween Installment 1: C-3PO

DSC_6095-001Note: my costume making happened to coincide with Kids Clothes week.  And, although I confess I made these costumes last week, I will still be sewing an hour a day to fulfill my sewing obligation (ha ha!).

After my last baby was born in March..and we named him Luke, the kids decided we HAD to do Star Wars (as a family) for Halloween this year.  I realized this meant I would be sewing at least 6 costumes for my kids alone..but we decided to go for it.

He is covering his eyes and saying

He is covering his eyes and saying “Oh Dear, Oh Dear…” in true C-3PO fashion

First up is Will (because he is home with me and is easily bribed for photos with M&M’s🙂.  He is C-3PO, but we just call it his robot costume so he will put it on! DSC_6087-003I started with a Bimaa Hoodie, size 4 in everything but the length of the bodice and arms (those are size 3).  I then altered the front bodice to mimic the wires that show through around the mid-section of C-3PO. DSC_6068-001I used black knit for this area, and drew on the electrical wires with puffy paint.  It worked out great…although it would have been a bear to sew without my serger!! That spandex is tricky stuff, but it was SO perfect for the costume I couldn’t pass it up. DSC_6071-001 The pants are made from the Mini Hudson pants pattern, and are so comfy for him. I made them per the pattern except I omitted the drawstring and only sewed the elastic down in 4 places instead of around the entire waistband. DSC_6044-001 The fit is perfect though, so I may have to sew him some more that have less of a  70’s flashy-loungewear vibe🙂 Stay tuned for R2-D2, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Yoda and Luke Skywalker!

Finally footings!

DSC_5995-001We have footings, people!! I know this may not be exciting to many, but we are thrilled that at least some dirt has been moved, and concrete has been poured:) Here are a few photos to document the house progress…DSC_5996-002DSC_5998DSC_5994-001

Last Week of Summer

DSC_5536-001 We had quite the whirlwind end-of-summer blitz this year! Our kids didn’t start until after Labor Day (unlike the rest of the US it seems…), so we had a few more days to cram in some fun. IMG_20150903_120205 We got all our entries in for the fair…99 to be exact.  I never submitted anything to the fair when I was younger, but Erick did.  He was the instigator behind the madness the first year we submitted things, and then I jumped on the bandwagon. IMG_20150830_095910 We’ve been hooked ever since! All the kids won tons of ribbons and about $12 each; I submitted a lot too, mainly sewing projects, but also a few cooking entries.  IMG_20150903_120153This was the first year I had tried entering any of the contests, and while my pumpkin pie didn’t win (although Erick said half of mine was gone, while only a sliver was gone from the pecan-laden winner :)), I did win $25 and first place for bagels!! It was my first time making them, and they were quite tasty, especially hot out of the oven (did you know you have boil bagels in sugar water before you bake them??).  Anyway, we hauled in about $125, so we were all happy! DSC_5496-001 After the fair craziness died down, we decided to travel up to Sun Valley with Erick for a day–he worked while we played at an awesome park, and then we all went to the Y there.  It is SO much better than the one here, with a huge slide and a lazy river.  Caroline and Carter pretty much did the slide for 3 hours! It was a fun day..we drove home, and then turned around the next day and went up to Red Fish Lake by Stanley,ID. DSC_5490-001 SO beautiful, especially without all the people.  DSC_5506-001It was much less crowded since most of the schools had started…but it was rather windy, so a little cold in the water.DSC_5508-001  But we had a great time anyway, played in the sand and water and took the kayaks/paddleboard for a spin.  DSC_5572-001DSC_5619-001The wind made for rough going, but luckily it is so shallow so far out that I could take the little ones on the paddleboard with me. DSC_5635-001DSC_5625-001DSC_5542-001DSC_5537-001DSC_5487-001 Thursday was fair day, and Carters first CC meet…so that was busy as well.  Actually…it still hasn’t slowed down at all!  Welcome to the new school year and fall sports, I guess:)

Building a house…

Many of you know we have started the long, and I’m sure stressful…journey towards building a house.  DSC_5484The lot is 2.5 acres on the Snake River and is so quiet and beautiful.  On Saturday we were out at the lot trying to dig up fence posts that (of course) were embedded in concrete.  We needed to make a entry point for all the trucks/machinery through an already existing fence. Erick did most of the work, I will admit, but I tried!! The soil was really compacted and hard to get through–luckily a friend came with some kind of pole (that is often used for this purpose) and helped us get them out.  That took a large part of the afternoon, so it was around 4 before we started putting together the playset.  We got a great deal on one…but have had it in storage, and I really needed to free up the space.  So, we are letting it anchor the lot for now:) We got most of it put together, so at least it will give the kids something to do when we have to go and check on the house. IMG_20150905_181749 Since it was so late, I brought dinner out to the lot and we ate it in the trailer:) The kids thought it was the greatest!! Simple pleasures…or maybe they were just really hungry! Stay tuned for more pictures…word is they are supposed to start digging on Wednesday. Keep your fingers crossed!IMG_20150905_181737