But what do you wear to a cookie exchange?

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My husband & I both come from families who love to love their holiday traditions – especially at Christmas. One of my favourite traditions of all time is Christmas cookies. I LOVE cookies! And I LOOOOOOOOOVE cookie exchanges, so the idea of tying in a virtual cookie exchange with a sewing project is really my style.

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A few years ago a friend & I put together a Christmas cookie exchange, and it was as fantastic as I had dreamed. To exchange our cookies we all got dressed up & came together for a fancy potluck Christmas supper. We spent the evening relaxing, eating, socializing, and being merry, then went home with several dozen delicious cookies. Yes, we were clearly all without little kids at home!

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Over the years the group of women that I exchange cookies with has changed but the baking, the good company, and the giant pile of cookies are all there in the end. This year’s cookie exchange is with other moms from our weekly drop-in playgroup. Because we’re all busy moms with young babies & preschoolers, there won’t be a fancy supper or an evening to ourselves – just a gym full of our tiny humans who will be even more hyped up than usual on cookies & hot chocolate. Let the good times roll!

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My all-time favourite shirt to wear to play group (or anywhere that involves chasing/refereeing/herding/supervising my kids) is a Weekender Tunic that I made a long time ago:

It’s the perfect amount of length to cover my bum (sorry, I am firmly in the camp that says leggings aren’t pants!) without being so long that it looks like a dress. It has enough ease for motion & to be gracious to my postpartum belly, but not so loose that it looks frumpy. And of course, Dolman sleeves without looking like I’m about to fly away. Basically, if I’m feeling “bleh” it’s my go-to, and always seems to be just what I need to feel comfortable in my own skin again. It’s also super simple to whip up, I was able to go from cut to finished in 2 hours (accounting for 1.5 of those hours being interrupted by a toddler pattern weight & a sick baby). So obviously,  I need 68975322579053 of them in my wardrobe…why do I only have 1?!

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This cookie exchange/blog tour was just the excuse that I needed to make another, but this time I added snaps partway down the side seam to make nursing access simpler. I used this single brushed poly from my stash – the floral print is beautiful & I thought the single brushed would be comfortable to wear. Originally this fabric told me that it needed to be a raglan nursing top, but I didn’t listen…lesson learned, because I find that it changed the fit drastically enough that it’s not as flattering or as comfortable as my cotton/spandex version. That said, even though it’s not what I had dreamed, it IS still cozy & fantastic for today’s rainy day weather – it paired perfectly with some leggings, a zip-up hoodie, a vest, and my Bogs. Because this is Ottawa, everything needs to be layered on rainy fall/winter days!

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Want to try making a Weekender Tunic of your own? Comment below with either your favourite Christmas tradition or cookie recipe (a link is great!) and I’ll pick a winner at the end of this tour to get the pattern for free (graciously donated by Jessica from 5 Out of 4 Patterns). Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more hidden pattern giveaways!!!

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Oh, and which cookie am I making for the exchange, you ask? My favourite, with a little vegan twist. Thanks to my babies both being born with a milk protein allergy, we’ve nailed down a delicious version of almost everything dairy free – and by default, usually vegan as well. Bon appétit!

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Blog Tour Schedule

December 1 – <a href=”http://marvelousauntiem.com“>Marvelous Auntie M | <a href=”http://www.ah-baby-custo<a href=”mdesign.com/kissthisstitch/“>ah baby! Custom Design

December 2 – <a href=”http://www.elliandnels.com“>Elli & Nels in Stitches | <a href=”https://sewnatseams.wordpress.com“>Sewn at Seams

December 3 – <a href=”http://www.patternrevolution.com/blog“>Pattern Revolution

December 4 – <a href=”http://myheartwillsewon.com“>My Heart Will Sew On | <a href=”http://fabuloushomesewn.blogspot.ca“>Fabulous Home Sewn

December 5 – <a href=”https://wonderfullyhandmade.com“>Wonderfully Handmade |<a href=”https://randomsbyrydz.wordpress.com“>Randoms by Rydz

December 6 – <a href=”https://sewingwithd.wordpress.com“>Sewing with D | <a href=”http://octavesofcolor.com“>Octaves of Color

December 7 – <a href=”http://www.turtlebirdies.com“>Turtle Birdies

This post (and shirt!) has been baby approved

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Fabric: Water Tower Textiles Canada

Pattern: 5 out of 4 Patterns

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Pattern Love: Maxaloones

When our eldest was 3 months old, we decided that it was time to dive into the world of cloth diapers. It was an interesting adventure, but most interesting of all was figuring out how to fit his pants over top. We use one size pocket diapers – if you don’t know anything about cloth diapers & don’t ever care to, all that means to you is that the smaller the baby, the bulkier the diaper. Exhibit A: a tiny chunk with a huuuuuge fluff butt.

One day I asked a friend & fellow mama about the pants that I always saw her son wearing – adorable “manly leggings” is what I think I called them, and they fit over his cloth diapers. Then I found out that they’re actually “grow with me” style pants that will fit for several years. Whaaaaat?! I was determined to set out to find us a hundred pairs of these magic pants when my friend mentioned that since I sew, I should just buy the pattern off of Etsy & make them myself – it would probably be cheaper.

Usually, people who say that are not crafters themselves, and don’t always value the time that it takes to make the item. Even then, some crafters don’t value their time enough. But as a fellow crafter & mama with a young baby of her own at the time, I thought if she was making the suggestion then it must be worth investigating. And so we quickly descended down the rabbit hole of knit fabrics & sewing clothing for my family.

We are coming up soon on the 2 year anniversary of that life-altering conversation, and I would say this pattern has more than paid for itself. My first-ever pair with awful fabric & embarrassing mistakes are still in rotation in 2Point0’s wardrobe, and the first pair that I ever made with quality fabric are still worn regularly by both kids.

My sewing & photography skills are way better now that I’ve had a couple years of serious practice, so if I gifted you something I made a while ago, I’m sorry!!! Haha. While I was making the most recent pairs, it struck me that the day is already here where our boys are wearing the same size grow with me. How did that happen so fast?! #2 can still fit the size smaller, but it’s not worth making that size since he also fits the bigger pair, and they’ll last longer. So instead of making adorable big & little brother “twinning” pants, I found other ways to tell their pants apart.

I also thought as I was sewing them that BigBrother is probably over these pants & wanting to dress more like his dad (yes, we’re at that stage!), but the idea of wearing “boat pants” blew his mind in a way I never expected (thank-you, Moana, for the boat obsession…).

Since the first day we put them on him for pictures, my demanding toddler has asked, begged, pleaded, cried, and insolently demanded his “boat pants” more than once.

This mama, for one, is over the moon that there’s a fabric & style we can both agree on. I’m not sure how long it will last, but I will gladly take it while I can!!!

Pattern: Max & Meena Maxaloones

Fabric: Fabric Crush

From teacher to student: why I still take lessons

After 20+ years of sewing, you would think I’d know it all. But sewing is a lot like engineering – just because your title is similar, doesn’t mean that you can do it all. You wouldn’t trust a civil engineer to build your spaceship, and you wouldn’t take your MacBook to an aerospace engineer for simple repairs.

In the same way, there are seemingly endless types of fabrics & projects, each requiring its own set of skills or expertise. Sure there’s some overlap, but just because I can do one thing really well doesn’t mean I’ll rock every sewing project. Sometimes it’s trial & error, and my family gets to be my guinea pigs.

Because there is still so much that I don’t know about sewing, or have never tried, I love taking classes & learning new things. Last week I snuck in the time to take a class that I was really excited about – snack & wet bags!

The class was offered at Sewing a Rae of Sunshine, where I often teach but have never been a student! I have to say, now that I’ve gone as a student I may never want to go back as a teacher!

But really, even though I already knew the basic concepts of how these bags go together, it was nice to sew in community. And in an organized, dedicated sewing space. And before the sun went down. And before the kids were in bed. All things that normally just don’t happen if I’m sneaking in sewing time at home – where I sew after the kids are in bed, in the dark, wedged into the corner of our guest room that’s sort of set up with my sewing things. Or I work on the living room floor or the kitchen table, where my cutting mat sort-of fits. You get the idea…

Anyways, I signed up for this class in particular because I knew nothing about sewing with PUL – the waterproof fabric that keeps the wetness IN your wet bag, rather than spilling out into the world. I didn’t know what stitch to use, or if there was a special foot, or any secret tips from the “pros” that I should know about. I didn’t even know what type of needle or thread to use with it! And then there’s snaps – do you install them any differently? Any wise words about where to place them?! (It turns out there’s some serious logic to the snap placement on this wet bag – who knew?!). But seriously – sew many questions!!! The teacher, Laura, was patient & all of my beginner-level questions were kindly answered.

Sure, I could have Googled & YouTubed all of that & after some digging probably would have come across the right answers. But you can’t always trust everything that you read on the internet – I’ve come across enough sketchy sewing bloggers to know there’s a whole wide world of crazy to sift through. Then you have to factor in the cost of materials & time for trial & error. I have to say now that I’ve taken the plunge & taken my first class, I will probably just always want to pay for lessons when learning something new!

And yes, I could also just buy wet bags or snack bags, but then my husband wouldn’t have a Wookiee bag to show off BAHAHAHA!

The perfect nursing hacked hoodie

It’s here!!! After 5 straight days of over 31C (40C+ with the humidity!), our fall weather has finally arrived, and I for one could not be any more relieved! To keep myself preoccupied & to help hold onto the hope that fall & winter are actually coming to stay, I’ve been going through my closet on the hunt for cold weather nursing clothes. Last week I found this hoodie that I made & photographed 2 years ago with baby #1.

The original pattern is a women’s Henley that I modified to have nursing access. Some parts need to be repaired & altered before it can be worn again this year, so it’s out of commission for now. It was always the plan to make another, but spring came early that year & there wasn’t much point.

After closer inspection and another fit check (since it was intended to be a wearable muslin), I tweaked my approach to come up with this year’s design for muslin #2.

Both the inner & outer front panels changed significantly for this version, and even though it’s comfortable & I love wearing it (likely because this fabric is divine & I’m in love with the basic, crisp colour combination), there will be more changes made to version 3.

I’m thinking that I will be most happy with the outer layer from #1 and the inner layer from #2. Hopefully the third version will be faster than 2 years in the making! In the meantime, version 2 was perfect for today’s cool weather – a quick run over to Sewing a Rae of Sunshine to help with some “office” work (in my lounge pants too, because morning) & our afternoon family walk.

My only regret is that these photos do not do this green justice no matter how I edit them – it is gorgeous in person.

Yes, I take my coffee (or tea or water) on family walks…don’t you?!

Pattern:

Patterns for Pirates Women’s Henley

Fabric:

Bamboo Stretch French Terry in Olive

Black 10oz Cotton/Lycra

*fabric from 2 yrs ago no longer available

Back to Blogging

It’s that time of year when everyone who’s anyone in the mommy blogging world is talking about back to school – the shopping, the organizing, the tips & tricks to sending your firstborn off in the least traumatic way possible & *finally* getting a chance to pee by yourself at least once a day. Some have older kids, or no kids at all, and they’re talking about all things fall: pumpkin spice, apple picking, how to wear plaid like you actually love it year-round & not just when you get to wear skinny jeans & riding boots.

The underlying theme of it all is renewal and, if you’re a fellow Canadian, gratitude (because lets face it, Thanksgiving is better when it’s about thanks, and not about a Christmas parade). A fresh start for a fresh season – hope & anticipation as we move forward from a permanent state of vacation to feeling like we have a purpose other than wanting to spend every waking minute outdoors (BAHAHAHA ok so all of you may want to be outside, but summer & I have a truce: I stay inside as much as possible & it promises to not be around for very long…).

A lot has happened in our little family over the last year since I last “seriously” (“regularly”?!) blogged. Exhibit A: #BabyRydz2Point0

But one of my goals for the upcoming season of my life is to return to blogging more often. I’m not committing to a rigid schedule, because life, but more often than every 6 months is a good place to start. It’s something that I like to do, and I want to be more intentional about doing it, if not for my 3 fans but for me. My 3 fans can hold me accountable though…

So let’s talk about fall. When it comes to favourite seasons, I’m that weirdo friend that everyone has. You know, the one who complains when the mercury hits above 20C & claims Winter as their favourite over all others. Yeah, that friend. You think you don’t have one? Think again, they’re hiding somewhere.

Fall, as the precursor to winter, is my second favourite season. It doesn’t usually last long here, and in recent memory there have been years where there didn’t seem to be one at all, but to me fall brings with it all that everyone else loves best, topped with a huge helping of relief. I’m just physically & mentally relieved to not be suffering through the summer heat. To be back in my favourite jeans, a sweater, and Bogs because they are FINALLY appropriate attire again. *sigh* I’m relieved to have a “regular” weekly schedule and that we’re not packing as much as we can into each weekend.

I’ve already started sewing pieces for our family’s fall & winter wardrobe, including a slouchy beanie & a new car seat cape for #BigBrotherRydz – how cute is he all grown up now?!

He’s also full of beans & had croup AND a cold this past week, so taking pictures was more than a little challenging.

What’s your favourite thing about fall? Any traditional family plans? Let me know in the comments below, and maybe we will add them to our fall schedule too!

Pattern Testing: Women’s Camilla Cowl

Hey there world! It’s been a long time since I last posted (you know, for my 3 loyal fans) but so much has happened in our little family over the last 6 months! This past week I was busy helping Jessica over at 5 Out Of 4 Patterns test the maternity version of the women’s Camilla Cowl (In case you missed it on Facebook & Instagram, yes I’m pregnant & not just getting fat!).

I’ve been through a few pattern tests now, and every time I’m selected to participate it’s always such an honour. I feel like especially because I’ve tested for this company before, it would be so easy for her to say “Meh, I want someone new.” Or “Meh, she didn’t really help much last time.” But for some reason she keeps picking me, and it’s always a week of fun, excitement, and stress all jumbled together. My son was VERY excited that mommy was always taping so many pieces of paper together, he even learned how to say his own version of the word “ruban” & took great pride in passing me each piece. Pattern testing is now a full family affair!

I was skeptical of this test at first, because I thought that I wouldn’t love this shirt as much as my other 5oo4 patterns. Cowl necklines aren’t usually very forgiving for my body type, and bending over chasing #BabyRydz around can take them from a PG to an R rating pretty quickly. It’s not exactly my ideal for the lineup of play dates, play groups, and doctor’s appointments that we have scheduled over the next few months. Jessica surprised me, though, by finding a great balance between drapey cowl & cleavage covered, so I’m thrilled.

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The options in this pattern are endless and at first I was overwhelmed, but in the end I chose:

  • shirt length,
  • elbow length sleeves: because even though there was a snow storm this weekend, there WILL be spring weather soon! I wanted something different from the usual 3/4 or short sleeve options that most patterns have, and I’m about the temperature of a sauna at this point in the pregnancy so long sleeves are a no-go,
  • banded sleeves AND bottom, to avoid hemming (Yep, that’s right: NO HEMMING!!! ALLLLLLL the love for a pattern that doesn’t make me hem!)
  • maternity ruching: this one seems pretty obvious, but I’m thrilled that there’s enough room for me to keep growing – it should fit right to my due date. Check out that gorgeous ruching:

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I originally planned on making a shirt that would be a nice match to my casual boot cut maternity jeans. In the end I was surprised to find that I made a really versatile shirt that paired nicely with khakis for church, and will work with most of my skirts too.

And how much do you love this floral?! I’ve had my eye on the Knottingley print for a while over at Water Tower Textiles Canada, and when they asked if I would be willing to sew up a sample of the new rayon/spandex that’s stocked for the summer, I knew exactly which one I wanted! The cream background is a touch sheer, because the fabric is so lightweight, but I like to layer tanks & camisoles under most of my shirts anyways so I didn’t mind. Really, it’s a small price to pay for such a gorgeous summer weight fabric, and I’m assured that the darker backgrounds aren’t nearly as sheer (if at all).

 

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The moment of truth for this shirt was when I came home & decided that I wanted to wear comfy lounge clothes the rest of my Sunday afternoon. What did I change into? Well, leggings and slippers of course…but the shirt was too comfy to switch, so it stayed on for the rest of the day! The next morning, I stared at it sitting on top of the dirty laundry basket & debated long & hard if I could get away with wearing it for a second day. Would anyone notice?! I mean, did Instagram it the day before. And share it on Facebook. But was I going to see anyone who saw the posts?!

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In the end, I decided it was wise to leave the shirt in the laundry, and make myself another one instead. Once the next shirt is done, I’ll probably get to work trying to piece together the scraps of this Knottingley into a pair of maternity undies. Seriously, the fabric is that comfortable!

Looking for the pattern? Find the Camilla Cowl here: https://5outof4.com/product/camilla-cowl-neck-top-dress/?affiliates=49

Looking for the fabric? Find the Knottingley rayon/spandex in cream here: http://watertowertextiles.ca/product/knottingley-rayon-spandex-watercolour-cream/

Men’s Halftime Hoodie Release

Hi there Internet world! I know it’s not been my thing lately to post outside of Sundays, but the ladies over at 5 Out Of 4 Patterns have been working hard to release the Men’s Halftime Hoodie today, and I want to give them a quick shout-out. PSSSSTT…be sure to read all the way through, there’s a discount code at the end of this post that’s good for ALL 5oo4 PATTERNS AAAAAAND a chance to win $50 in free fabric!!!

 

This has been the easiest pattern test for me so far. Despite a house full of illness (myself included), I didn’t feel manic or rushed at all, there were very few drastic changes in the size that I was making (medium), and the two that I made are completely wearable. For the first I used bamboo stretch fleece for the entire sweater, including cuffs and band, and a plaid cotton to line the hood (more on that later!) – it is exactly as the final pattern is written. For the second I used brown sweatshirt fleece for the body and hood outer, with green bamboo french terry for the cuffs, band, pocket, and hood lining. This one is made from a previous draft, where the body of the pattern is a smidgeon different from the final pattern, so fits a little baggier than you can expect from the purchased pattern – but the hood, sleeves, pocket, and band did not change between this version and the final, so it is very close.

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The options for this pattern include hood or crew neck, tall or regular pocket, and thumb hole or regular cuffs. Based on my husband’s personal preferences, both of these have the tall pocket, regular cuffs, and lined hood.

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I used grommets for the drawstring holes, rather than sewing on a button hole, and I used non-stretch spaghetti strap as the drawstring itself.

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Although the pattern isn’t written that way, two of us testers used woven fabric as the hood lining, and the other woman even used woven as her pocket – time to break out all those wovens you’ve been hoarding, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for! Here I chose a brushed cotton plaid, cut on the bias (because pattern), to line the hood.

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This is the perfect casual, relaxed hoodie – it’s a simple, easy to follow pattern for a beginner (though a word of caution if you have never sewn thumbhole cuffs or installed grommets before: watch the videos!!!). Be sure to use a thicker sweatshirt material and avoid drape-y fabrics like french terry for the body & sleeves, unless you’re going for a very oversized shirt. Otherwise, you might want to think about sizing down.

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Overall, this pattern gets the thumbs-up from my husband, which means it’s a thumbs-up for me!

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With the weather soon turning cold all day long, this is a perfect addition to your man’s wardrobe. Or, if you’re the kind who likes to snag a sweater from the other side of the closet every now & then for those extra-cozy days, this will do just nicely! I might need to make one for myself so that he can have this one back…

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If you’re looking for the pattern you can find it here at 5 Out Of 4 Patterns, and be sure to join their Facebook group for ideas, tips, suggestions, and free pattern support directly from the designer herself! The discount code HALFTIME is valid for 20% off all patterns until Sunday, October 9, 2106. 

Need fabric to start creating? To celebrate the launch of this much-anticipated (by our men) pattern, 5oo4 is having a drawing for a $50 Purpleseamstress Fabric gift certificate! To enter, make sure that you purchase your pattern TODAY, Thursday, October 6, 2016. Happy sewing!

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Sunday Lately (Week 92)

Sunday Lately with Blogger Tribe

New to Sunday Lately? It works like this: every week there are prompts from the Blogger Tribe (led by KatyAngelicaMeaghan, and Nicole) to describe what is happening in your life. Then you join the linkup and we e-hang out every Sunday, sharing that small glimpse into everyone else’s corner of the world. Trust me, it’s really fun.

This week’s prompts areDoing, Appreciating, Designing, Humming, Expecting.

DOING

It’s been a busy week, but yesterday was especially packed – in the morning I went to volunteer at our city’s Ride for Refuge. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a cool idea and supports multiple charities in Canada and the US who raise money for displaced, vulnerable, and exploited people. I was brought in by friends who volunteer with Matthew House Ottawa, and helped to serve with the food team. It was great fun, and so far they’ve raised almost $80,000!!! Donations are still being accepted, and though I haven’t registered to be pledged donations, some of my friends have – if you’re interested in donating to this great cause, you can sponsor the Crazy Camels – every little bit counts!

APPRECIATING

Relaxing Sundays. I’ve said this before & I’ll likely say it again – Sundays are the best day of the week. Today has been full of toddler snot & now a sick husband as well, but I’m just so grateful that we have the day to rest & recover before work starts tomorrow.

DESIGNING

More things than my husband wants to hear about – he’s often on my case about finishing projects that I’ve started before moving on to something else. I see his point of view, but I also see that it’s nice to have more than one thing to work on, for when one project gets too boring or overwhelming (or I have to wait for fabric to arrive in the post or be pre-washed once it has arrived). This week that just passed I finished hanging some artwork around the house (a “project” that was supposed to be done a couple months after we moved in 2 years ago!), and I finished re-doing a dresser that I started at the beginning of June. It’s nice to finally have that one out of the living room & into our bedroom where it belongs!

HUMMING

newworldson – pretty much their entire discography! lol. My son LOVES their music, and so do I, so cranky teething baby + newworldson = happy smiles & living room dance parties = happy mom. It’s a pretty awesome equation.

EXPECTING

My husband to complain as I try to snap a million pictures of him in his new sweaters I’m making. A favourite pattern company of mine has a men’s hoodie in testing right now, and my husband really doesn’t mind being a guinea pig, which is great. He’s not so fond of posing for pictures after it’s all said & done with, however. He does it to amuse me/because I ask, and I love him for it, but it’s really not his cup of tea. I’m sure one day he’ll come around though, right?! *fingers crossed* (pictures to come next week!)

 

Sunday Lately (Week 91)

Sunday Lately with Blogger Tribe

New to Sunday Lately? It works like this: every week there are prompts from the Blogger Tribe (led by Katy, Angelica, Meaghan, and Nicole) to describe what is happening in your life. Then you join the linkup and we e-hang out every Sunday, sharing that small glimpse into everyone else’s corner of the world. Trust me, it’s really fun.

This week’s prompts are: Planning, Loving, Reading, Wishing, Feeling.

Planning

To finish moving into our house – I figure it’s probably about time! You know when you move, and you end up with that one room of leftover boxes that never really gets unpacked? Well, our plans for that room were always to be an office/computer room, but now that we have a 1 year old I want to make it into his play room & get the toys out of the living room. That means unpacking those last few boxes. I’m actually a little excited to really be fully moved in…after 2 years…hahaha. Step 1: the box of artwork…

Loving

The weather! I just had to say it, because I know some people say they love fall, but as soon as the weather turns cold they start to complain that A) it’s cold and B) how much they hate winter. Just to be clear, after my weeks of agonizing over the heat, I. AM. SOOOOOOOOOO. HAPPY!!! Seriously, our heat wave broke a couple days ago and we’ve been sitting around the 17-21 degree mark, and I’m in love. I’m in love with the season, and with the clothes that I finally get to wear again (and to dress Baby Rydz in!). And have you ever noticed how gorgeous the sky is during the few short weeks of fall? I don’t just mean sunrise or sunset, but every time of day – something about the weather is just so spectacular, even before all of the leaves start to change. Driving into town has never been so beautiful.

Reading

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Well, in theory that’s what I’m reading, and I was supposed to have it done by next Friday’s book club. But, next Friday’s book club has been cancelled & we’ll discuss 2 books next month…which is probably for the best, since I haven’t actually started it. On the bright side, I’m already halfway through next month’s book – My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman and I’m really enjoying it! I’ve also already finished November’s book – After You by Jojo Moyes – it’s another one that I’d recommend, but read the prequel first!

Wishing

Actually I can’t think of anything that I’m really wishing for – I have a lot to do, but for once I’m not finding myself wishing away the time or the responsibility. It’s odd, but refreshing to just be so content with life right now. Except maybe, if someone could do something about the obnoxious number of spiders that are trying to invade my house, that would be great. When I came home after dark last night, I counted 7 of them taking up residence around the front door. SEVEN! And those are just the ones that I could see in the dark. UGH. Sometimes country living does have it’s downsides.

Feeling

Tired. Exhausted. Drained. I’m halfway through my first coffee, and already I know that it’s not going to be enough to get me to church. My husband is putting Baby Rydz down for a nap right now, and I keep thinking how nice it would be to just curl up & go back to bed as well. But today, like most days, I choose to adult. There’s always tomorrow…

Sunday Lately (Week 90)

New to Sunday Lately? It works like this: every week there are prompts from the Blogger Tribe (led by Katy, Angelica, Meaghan, and Nicole) to describe what is happening in your life. Then you join the linkup and we e-hang out every Sunday, sharing that small glimpse into everyone else’s corner of the world. Trust me, it’s really fun.

This week’s prompts are: Completing, Visiting, Repeating, Writing, Scheduling.

COMPLETING

Whatever sewing projects can be completed on a serger, as I’m still sans sewing machine. I’ve been dragging my feet about deciding between fixing my old Bernina & buying a new machine. I keep thinking I might want a new one, but then feel guilty about giving up on my old faithful. But Betty the Bernina is 18 & has been guzzling my fabric budget as she’s been in for a tune up & repairs several times already this year. But then Betty *is* a Bernina, she could last forever if I love her enough. Ugh. The struggle is real. So to cheer me up I finished these adorable pants for Baby Rydz. He needed something warm & cuddly to wear after morning swimming lessons – scraps of brushed hacchi fit the bill, and look adorable too.

 

VISITING

And then, after swimming lessons, he wore the comfy pants apple picking & playing with his cousins…we love to spend Saturdays relaxing with my in-laws, and letting the kids play. It doens’t happen as often as we’d like, but when we do have “Cousin Saturdays,” they seem as relaxing and refreshing as our Sunday mornings. It rained all afternoon, but yesterday morning we were able to get out apple picking, and apple crisp was the perfect comfort food while the kids played inside.

 

REPEATING

“Ne touche pas [insert object my kid is about to touch but shouldn’t be, like turning the Blu-Ray player on & off 40 times in a row]”…until he’s distracted by the balloon on the ceiling… Oui, c’est un ballon” …repeat again every 10 seconds until toddler finds a picture of Elmo, at which point… “Oui, c’est Elmo” …repeat again every 10 seconds until toddler finds a balloon left from his party, at which point… “Oui, c’est un ballon.”

Baby Rydz is discovering more of the world around him, and learning how to push boundaries (and buttons), so really every day this week is just like the one before. I’m at the stage every parent loves, when you live through your own personal Groundhog Day, but on a 20-minute cycle. In some ways, it’s awesome & so much fun to watch him learn. In other ways, it requires more coffee & patience than I usually have.

 

WRITING

A post about what to pack for baby’s first swimming lessons. The idea was to take pictures as I packed his bag for the first lesson of the season – I’m pretty sure I started it on Monday, but it still isn’t done yet. His first swimming lesson of the season was yesterday, so I guess I’ll be taking pictures when I pack his bag for next week? Ooops.

SCHEDULING

The next holiday. I love to plan ahead to avoid last-minute panic & chaos. I know that it’s inevitable, and my plans don’t need to be completely firm or inflexible, but I like to have a plan, so that when surprises come up, or when people ask, most of it is decided & you only have to tweak it. There’s nothing I hate more than planning Thanksgiving dinner, for example, the Thursday before Thanksgiving because nobody else realised that it’s already Thanksgiving weekend (you laugh – or cringe – but it’s happened!). This means once we’re done with one event/holiday, I like to look ahead in my calendar to see what’s next. Our American friends probably think it’s premature, but since our Thanksgiving is in October, it’s actually only 3 weeks away! Do you have any tips, tricks, or traditions when planning your Thanksgiving weekend? I’d love to hear them!

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