Sunday, February 26, 2012

New word for the dictionary

Don't you love it how kids are always making up their own words? We've had quite a few over the years but the latest word the kids have made up just makes me want to laugh every time I hear it (and also makes me cringe - especially when I am the person being called this word!!) So here it is - the official dictionary definition of this new word...

Bummy (adj) (verb): Used to describe something that is broken or not working as intended. Or to describe a person who is doing something wrong. Examples of use 'This is a bummy tower.' 'You are bummy.' Can also be used as a verb 'The tower just bummed' (ie. the tower just fell over).

I wonder how long the novelty of this word will last?

What funny words have your kids come up with?

Week 8 of Craft project a week: More things for the kids!

I finally got around to finishing Jacob's t-shirt this week. He was pretty happy with the end result - a dump truck to match the pants I made for him a couple of weeks ago. I'd forgotten how therapeutic it is to make applique t-shirts (lots of fast, straight stitching on the sewing machine!!)

Jacob in his new dump truck t-shirt

I also made Esme a reversible dress with some gorgeous apple fabric I bought a while back. These pinafores are so easy and quick to make. It literally took me only an evening to sew it all (well apart from the buttons and buttonholes which I did today - I think that's the fiddliest bit of it all!)

The front of Esme's reversible dress - I love this fabric!

The back of Esme's reversible dress - with a little pocket (she loves pockets to collect all her treasures in!)

These pinafores are so flexible too - they can be worn by themselves on a hot day or put with a short sleeved or long sleeved t-shirt for the colder days.

PS. Excuse the cheesy smiles in some of these photos - that's Esme's favourite pose at the moment (at least she's happy to let me take photos of her though!!)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

On the move!

A couple of weeks ago my little boy started crawling. I'd forgotten just how much fun life is when you have a crawling baby! Gideon is loving being able to get to places that he's wanted to for so long. His favourite things to do, now that he is crawling, is to eat crumbs off the floor (and everything else that happens to be on the floor!), chew on the power cords, chew on the vacumn cleaner and touch the hot oven!! The big kids are also discovering how much fun a crawling baby can be and are learning to do things out of his reach (building train tracks and making towers around Gideon is usually met with disaster!)

Gideon has also started pulling himself up on things. I took this photo the other day. Not long after I'd taken it Gideon let go and tried to stand by himself! I'm guessing it's not going to be too much longer before he's walking. Now, can someone please tell my little boy to slow down a bit?!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Week 7 of Craft project a week: More suck pads for slings...

I feel like I have lost of bit of my sewing mojo at the moment - things are so busy and I'm usually too exhausted at the end of the day to do any sewing. I did manage to make some more suck pads this week though - these sets are to sell! It's kind of exciting that people want to actually buy things that I make - it always gives me a bit of a buzz to make things for other people.

I have worked out a design for Jacob's dump truck t-shirt today too and I'm hoping to have that all done early next week (poor Jacob has been waiting so long!!)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Week 6 of Craft project a week: Pants for the boys

It's been quite a busy week here with Jacob's first week of school and me being back at work one day a week (I neve realised how much I actually do in a day at home!) so not a lot of crafting happening this week. I did manage to get some pants made for my boys though. Jacob has been asking me to make him some 'digger' pants for ages now so I finally got around to it this week. I also made a matching pair for Gideon which Jacob thought was great! Now to just get on with making a dump truck appliqued top which I have also promised Jacob!!

Jacob was pretty happy with his new pants!

Back view of Jacob's new pants

Monday, February 6, 2012

First day of school

Today my not-so-little boy had his first day of school. He headed off this morning with his bag on his back and a big smile on his face. It seems only yesterday that my baby boy was born. These past five years have flown by so quickly. I'm so proud of the boy he has become.

Both Chris and I were there to see him off on his first day of school. He left our side quickly and easily and was soon involved in drawing with the other kids (I don't think he even noticed we had gone!) The transition to school has been made a lot easier by having most of the same kids from Kinder in class and also having a similar 'routine' as to what he had in Kinder.

Seeing him fit so seamlessly into his new school has made me feel even more certain about our decision to send Jacob through Steiner education. This model of education suits his personality perfectly.

Jacob's bag on his hook with his name on it

Jacob quickly got involved with drawing and didn't even notice us going!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Week 5 of Craft project a week: re-purposing old sheets

Jacob starts school tomorrow (how did he get so big?!) so this week I've been sewing things for him for school. He will have rest time at school so parents have been requested to provide a sheet set which is what I've been busy making. The sheet set is basically a single bed sheet cut in half and sewn together again with a section folded over at the top to fit a small pillow - almost like a sleeping bag (and I've been thinking they would make great inners for sleeping bags too - to stop them getting so dirty!) Once I convinced Jacob to try it he loved it!

Jacob loved his sheet set - can you tell?!

And, of course, Esme had to have a go too!

The sheet I used for Jacob's set was an unused sheet we had in the linen cupboard but the op shop is a great place for getting sheets to re-purpose. I also found a doona cover at our local op shop that I turned into some drawstring bags - they are so easy to make and are great for storing all sorts of items. I made a small bag for Jacob and Esme each for them to leave at school/Kinder with their spare clothes and a bigger bag for storing Jacob's sheet set. And I still have heaps of leftovers to make other things with - not bad for only a few dollars!

The three drawstring bags I made

I also found a gorgeous purple doona cover at the op shop that I have plans for in the future - but you'll have to wait to find out what I do with it!
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