Sunday, October 21, 2012

Happy Fall, Y'All!

Happy Fall Y'all

Soren has discovered leaves!

Happy Fall Y'all

Happy Fall Y'all

Happy Fall Y'all

Happy Fall Y'all

Saturday, October 20, 2012

New Jammies for Everyone!

New jammies


This month the Sewing for Boys sewalong pattern is the Goodnight, Sweetheart PJs. The pattern is really cute, and we can always use another pair of pajamas. Unfortunately, the pattern only goes down to a size 3/4T, so I couldn't make them for Soren who is the child in dire need of pajamas. I just unpacked the 18 mo clothes, and he has tons of everything--except pajamas. There are several pairs of footie pajamas but only a couple pair of long-but-not-winter pajamas. I guess when Will was in 18 mo clothing, we were able to let him wear the same pair more than one night. Not Soren! His are almost always dirty by the morning. 

Anyway, so I set about to make Will the PJs. I wanted to use some flannel I bought back in March when JoAnns had a big sale. Unfortunately I didn't know at the time how MUCH flannel a full set of PJs would require, so I ended up with not quite enough. I decided I'd just do the arms in a contrasting fabric (I asked Will, and of course it had to be red), so I ran out and got some from Hobby Lobby. Because I just barely had enough of the weenie dog fabric to get everything but the arms, I couldn't cut both legs at once. And, can you guess what I did? Yep, as usual, I forgot to flip the pattern piece over when I cut the second one, so when I went to sew it up, I discovered I had two right legs. ARRGH! Did I mention I was already short on fabric??? I didn't fret about it long, but did the only sensible thing and went for the harlequin look, with one leg in the red contrast. Fortunately, I'd gone ahead and gotten a whole yard of it, just in case, so I had just enough. I added a pocket in weenie dog fabric to the red leg, hoping to make it look more integrated and intentional.

New jammies

I also used vintage brown bias tape I had on hand. It was more than twice the size the pattern called for, so I cut it in half, but it was still bigger than it should have been. Having it in the right size would have looked better.

Despite all the errors and fabric problems, I thought these actually came out pretty cute, and they fit Will well, especially if he has his giant night diaper on. If I were in the same boat again, though, I think I'd have cut the yoke or back facing--whatever it was called--out of the red too in order to bring the red around to the back.

New jammies

All in all, the pattern was very nice, directions clear and simple. This one was rated intermediate, but either I'm improving or it might be a touch easier than other intermediate projects. Maybe it's just all downhill after the Henry Shirt

Since Soren was the one who ACTUALLY needed pajamas, I whipped him up a pair using the Envelope Tee pattern from Growing Up Sew Liberated (also used for his birthday shirt) and Little Comet Tails Crescent Moon Yoga Pants.

 New jammies

New jammies

 The pants are meant to be made of more substantial fabric, so I'm going to have to go back and open the waistband and insert some elastic--the stretchy jersey isn't enough to hold these up, especially when they are a bit too big anyway. The fabric for this set of jammies was leftover from my second Renfrew Tee, which I LOVE. Now I understand why everyone's so obsessed with that pattern! Maybe I'll get some pictures of it up soon.

New jammies
Right now these bottoms give us an excuse to sing, "Pants on the ground, pants on the ground..."

Monday, October 15, 2012

Soren's One!: Part II

More pics from Soren's party and notes about our current bout of shared misery.

Soren's Birthday

Mr. One-Year Old
Mr. Cutie Pie before he covered himself in chocolate frosting.


Family Birthday Pics
Maybe if we could meld these together we could have one decent family picture.

Birthday Moments

Soren's 1st birthday cake
The monster cake.

After his party, we broke down and admitted he had an eye infection, which he got ointment for on Monday, then he started running a fever and being super-fussy later in the week, and I found out Wednesday that he had an ear infection. I had Fall Break Thurs-Fri and Granny & Papa Weaver were planning to take Will home with them Thursday evening to spend the weekend with them and Ella & Aubrey, with me driving down and picking him up later. However, on Thursday we went to the Science Museum and came home when I realized Will was feeling hot. His temp was over 102 by the time we got home, and after ANOTHER trip to the pediatricians Friday morning, he was pronounced to have a double  ear infection--had to outdo his brother, I guess! Poor kid has been on antibiotics more weeks the last two months than he's had off. The NP prescribed a different (very expensive) antibiotic this time, so I hope that it is able to get rid of the bug.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Soren's One!: Part I


I can't believe how Soren's first year has flown by--so much faster than Will's. I'm not sure if it's because Soren was an easier baby or because there were two of them to keep me even busier!!

Just in time for his first birthday, Soren fell into the guest-bed frame, cutting himself above his eye and the inside of his mouth--poor baby! They also had pictures at school that week, so he's decorated in those as well. Will got scratched really badly on his face by another boy the same week as pictures too. I wonder what the photographer thought when he took their "sibling pictures" with both of their messed-up little faces!

 Soren's Birthday
The only halfway decent pic I got of him on his birthday. It was a super-busy, long day for me. Here you can see his injuries and the beginning of his gummy eyes.

On top of that, Soren also was fighting an eye infection and cutting 2 molars in addition to his bottom 4th tooth that had just finished cutting through a couple days before. Not much of a break from the miseries of babyhood for his birthday!


We did manage to have a really nice birthday celebration with just family, though. Bil picked a monster theme for him, and we sent out really cute themed invites. Sadly, beyond the cake and his monster shirt, the theme pretty much ended there, but that's OK--I'm sure Soren won't remember!

Soren's Birthday Shirt 2
Notice his little "1" shirt here--mama made, shirt & all. 

I was pretty worried about the cake for a while there. I waited till Saturday morning to start on it (no choice, really) and was having a migraine in addition to trying to keep Will from tearing the fondant up and licking it as I was decorating it. I tried marshmallow fondant this time (from this recipe), and liked it pretty well. I think it was slightly easier to make, and it did taste better. I didn't think it was going to get done, but it did.

Soren's Birthday
Here it is, warts and all (literally!). 

Soren's Birthday
The back looked so bad with fondant wrinkles that I added an unplanned tail to try and camouflage it! 

Soren's Birthday
It was nice to see him actually enjoy the cake and be able to get those fun "cake in the face" pictures, unlike Will!

soren1bdaycakecollage

Jimmie and Rachel were able to bring the girls down, and Will had a great time playing with Ella (and he wasn't too mean to Aubrey, so that's progress!). They played a long time in the back even though it was a very chilly 50-something-degrees that afternoon. We finally did shut down their play when I noticed they had turned on the water hose so they could "clean off" the porch. Then they spent almost an hour playing in the bathtub.

Soren's Birthday
Pontificating from the hearth.

Soren was a bit slow to warm up to everyone since he wasn't feeling too well, but his hammy side eventually came out, and he had a good time showing everyone how he could climb in his toy crate.

Soren's Birthday

For gifts, he received a pair of Robeeze winter boots from Mommy & Daddy, which he seems to love. He proudly wore them all around and will bring them to you to put on if he finds them in the floor. So cute! He got a musical toy from Aunt Jana & Uncle Brad that so far has been of more interest to Will, as well as some books that have been a hit with Will. Maybe when Soren gets a bit older. From Aunt Rachel & Uncle Jimmie, he got a wooden box of activity toys, which he has enjoyed throwing around quite a bit. He really enjoys the little stacking rings game, and has played with it quite a bit. He's impressively good at it! It's one of the kind that just has a small stick, not the big plastic ones, so it's a little more challenging. His grandparents gave him money, which we will probably put towards a new carseat for Daddy's car and put the rest in his savings account. One thing about being the second kid, there's not a lot he needs that we don't already have.

sorens1bdaygiftcollage

Sorens1bdaypeoplecollage2

sorens1bdaypeoplecollage

Check out Part II of the Soren's birthday for more pics.