Monday, 31 August 2015

Kids' Sewing Project

 One day I did manage to break out our sewing machines (there's 5 in the house now, but one's not working) and I had the Elena, Sebastian, and Isabel sew themselves new music bags for their piano books.
 While these pictures look idylli, don't be fooled.  Sewing with a bunch of kids is a workout.  Wowsers.  I cut all the fabric beforehand and I drew lines where they needed to sew, but I still spent all my time going from kid to kid to kid detangling stuff and rethreading needles and calming Sebastian down when he went off the lines (he probably sewed the straightest of anyone--but Isabel was mad because he was using her much easier machine.)  I serged the inside seams after they sewed them and then I sewed the handles onto the bags, but that's it.  They did everything else themselves.
 Ana, my awesome photographer, was taking pictures.


 Hey, you can kind of see my haircut.
 The kids were bored and whiney near the end, but not so bad that we didn't persevere.
 And they ask for sewing lessons all the time, so I guess they liked it.  And as a note to myself, I should always have the kids sew on a paper following lines first before throwing them into a project when they haven't sewn for a long time.  It would have helped their confidence and also a good way to remind them to stay on the line before it matters.
And of course, it was an excuse to use my embroidery machine a bit.  Yay!

Sunday, 30 August 2015

The Rest of August






Isabel got glasses.  But she only has to wear them at school.
 And she lost her first tooth.

 Jubal wreaks havoc wherever he goes.

 First day of school!


 New backpack!
 Even decorated with Canada gear.
The end

Friday, 28 August 2015

August Birthdays

 Right after we got back from Canada we had two birthdays to celebrate.  And yes, this cake does look familiar because ever since Sebastian had a Spiderman cake this spring, Lando has wanted one too.  He never deviated from Spiderman ever.  He was so excited. And he chose Macaroni and Cheese for his birthday dinner.

 But he was so excited to open his present, that we let him do that first, and he did not like it.  Just that day he had gotten it into his head that he wanted something (Mater? A sword? I don't remember now.) and so then when he opened his present and it wasn't that, he started crying and then got angry and threw it across the room.  Nice.  He was still recovering while we ate cake.
 See, sad boy.  But then, after cake, he was totally happy again and spent the rest of the night playing with the big box of Knex we got him.  I love that 3 year olds have such a short attention span sometimes.
 Then we had Leo's birthday.  He chose Pollo Loco for his birthday dinner.  That was easy. I tried making eclairs for him.  They tasted fine, but they were a little flat.
 He sure liked them though, and that was the important part.
 He tried to convince us that they weren't for anyone else to eat, just for him.
 I gave him a picture to hang in his office. Because I think working in a bare-walled office would be so dull, although Leo said he didn't mind.  But he said he liked his picture (of a P-51) a lot too.  Yay!

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Bestest wife ever!!

 Since I am the best wife in the world, I asked a friend in our ward who owns a plane if he could take Leo flying sometime.  He was so nice that he took Leo AND me flying.  Leo flew almost the whole time once they were up.  It was a Piper Malibu.  Very nice.  It brought back a ton of memories of flying with Leo in Florida.  Those were good times.

 I hung out in the back seats, and fell asleep.  Leo though, he was in heaven.