Sunday, January 26, 2014


I've been trying to be better about doing the girls' hair before we go out.  On Sunday, we tried two little top knots for Eleanor and Laurel got her piggy tails.  They were both super cute.

Sunday was Michael's farewell party for work.  Eleanor really enjoyed her frosting.

Laurel has fallen asleep at more meals than we can count.  I can usually tell when she needs a nap, but usually it is too late in the day or she refuses to nap.

Saturday, January 18, 2014


This week was a mostly stay home week, though Michael and I did get a date night and on Sabbath we went to a Bible Bowl.

I was sure Laurel was going to fall asleep right there, but didn't.  I was a little bummed.  Though I personally don't like skeleton or bone/skull related clothing or items, these are her favorite pajamas, because they glow in the dark (hand me downs from my aunt).  I just found a hole in them, so I think I'm going to need to find some glow in the dark fabric paint and make her some new glow jammies without bones.

I love it when they spend quiet time reading.

It is really hard to take photos of the girls sometimes.  As soon as they see the camera they like to stare at it or be super silly and ham it up.

Sunday, January 12, 2014


This week we finally got enough snow and nice enough weather to play in it.  (Sadly it only lasted a day.  It started melting the very next day.)  I've been waiting all winter to have a chance to let the girls play in snow.

Eleanor was so excited to make snow balls.

I love the smile on Laurel's face here.

We even got to make the girls' first really snow man.  They were so sad to see that it fell over the next day due to the melt.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Little Rain Clouds

I meant to blog about this a while ago, but forgot to get pictures.  Then today the girls just happened to both be wearing them at the same time so I took some quick shots.

Every year, on the first weekend of November, the youth group we help out with has a leadership retreat at the camp we live/work at.  On Saturday night of the retreat they always have a dress up (costumes rather than formal) banquet.  Each year is a fun theme and this year's theme was rain (thanks to a VERY wet camporee).  The attendees were supposed to dress prepared for rain or the opposite.  I thought it would be cute to dress the girls up as rain clouds.  So right after everyone else was finishing Halloween costumes, I was starting these.

I only made the skirts and leggings.  The bubble skirts were from a pattern from the book Making Children's Clothing.  It is a really cute book, but I've found the sizing to be all over the place.  This is the book that got me started on making clothes for my girls.  I had wanted to make the skirts using the same fabric I used for my ironing board cover, but I had less than I thought I did, so I used an old bed skirt.

I used an Ottobre Designs pattern for the leggings, but I don't remember which one.  I appliqued nearly 50 raindrops between the two pairs.  I highly suggest getting fabric paint if you are going to do something like this.

I thought about embroidering "I'm just a little black rain cloud..." or "Tut tut! It looks like rain!" but I was too lazy.  In the very least, I tried to get the girls to say it whenever I could.

This is what they wanted to do instead of standing still for me.

Monday, January 6, 2014


Last night, while I was deciding when I should try to go to sleep, I saw a facebook post from Petit à Petit and Family about a fun idea/project from Practising Simplicity called The 52 Project.  It is all about cherishing the everyday moments through pictures and choosing one picture to represent each week.  With all the changes and the rate the girls are growing up, I thought that this would be a perfect goal to me to undertake.  I just hope I can remember to take pictures each week.

Since I only found out about it last night, I didn't have very many moments captured, but these pretty much sum up today.  

The girls have been nearly glued to their Leap Pads since getting home after the holidays.  They got a Tangled game in their stockings for Christmas and since it is all about letters, I'm okay with them playing away.

Laurel is such a silly girly girl.  She loves dressing up, especially if she is supposed to be using the potty.  She added a hair clip, pettiskirt and backpack soon after this.

Well, that's it for today.  I'm hoping to put a post up each Sunday, so we'll see how that goes.