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Other Than Sewing

My mind has been occupied with other things lately, mostly my husband’s sister Alisa. She battled cancer for eight long years, and she finally ended her battle yesterday by passing away peacefully with her family by her side.

She passed away on her and her husband’s 15th wedding anniversary, which is so tender and symbolic to me. I believe that families are eternal and that death is not the end of marriage so it is very fitting for her to leave this life on her anniversary. Her family will be with her again!

We are leaving soon to spend the next several days with Jon’s family so it will be awhile before I’m back showing projects on here. I have a few that I have finished but I haven’t taken pictures of yet, and I don’t know if I’ll get around to it. I might just start over when we get back home instead of playing catch up.

Owen’s Sunday Pants

I finished some church pants for Owen last week. I wanted to take a picture of him in them before we left, but we were running late like usual.

Then, I had to leave church a little early because Owen is at such a hard stage right now. He usually takes two naps a day, and church is right in the middle of when he would be taking his morning nap. He won’t sleep anywhere but in his crib so by the last hour of church he’s so tired it’s terrible.

I left early so he could take his nap. Then when he woke up, Jon and his amazing camera skills were gone to a meeting. So I had to hurry and take a picture of him in his pants before I took his clothes off to feed him lunch. He’s super messy so naked it is for eating!

My pictures aren’t as good as Jon’s, and Owen has an I-just-woke-up-from-a-nap face on, but here’s a picture of the pants:

They’re a bit big right now, but that’s good because I don’t want to have to make new ones when he grows a little next month. Also, he needs a new Sunday shirt, but I made that one he’s wearing in January so I’m happy that it’s lasted this long. Oh and I made that tie for Easter so that’s why it’s got purple in it.

I love Sundays! We went on a family walk this afternoon. When we left, it was cloudy but pleasant so we were all shoeless and some of us were shirtless and pantless.

Jon with a shirtless Ezra and a pantless Owen.

After we’d been walking for about 10 minutes, it started pouring rain. Huge raindrops fell from the ground and landed in loud splats all around us. The wind picked up something fierce and it was cold.

So we took cover in the entryway of an elementary school. We had fun in there and the boys thought it was so cave-like.

Owen decided he needed to play in the rain. Even though this picture’s not in focus because Owen is running, I think it’s pretty cute:

 It finally stopped raining and we made it back home. But not without walking through every puddle we found first!

My Favorite

Awhile ago I bought some rayon fabric that I thought would look really good as t-shirts for my boys. But after the first shirt was about half finished, I had to admit that rayon doesn’t work well for boys’ clothes (it’s too drapey) and abandon the project.

So I inherited the fabric. I already used part of it to make a maxi skirt a few weeks ago. This week I used the rest of it to make a top for me. I shirred the sides of the shirt by serging rubber elastic into the side seams of the shirt and tugging the elastic as I serged it in.

I think this is my favorite top I’ve made so far. I broke it in today by wearing it on our family hike.

About halfway up the butte we were hiking, we realized our little doggie Lucy wasn’t going to make it. She was so hot and panting so hard that Jon took Owen and Lucy back to the car and I went up the rest of the way with Seth and Ezra.

We saw some fun stuff on the way up.

A little lizard hiding in the sticks.

A pretty dragonfly.

We made it to the top and it was really too bad that Jon wasn’t there to take the pictures. When I’m in charge of taking the pictures, they turn out like this:

I did get a cute one of Ezra though.

On the way down, it had cooled off enough that the trail wasn’t hot anymore and we could take our shoes off and hike down barefoot. Oh my goodness, there is something exhilarating about bare feet moving through dirt. It feels so wonderful to dig your toes in deep.

Now the boys are asleep and Jon is watching Star Trek (he’s a total nerd) and I’m eating apples and chocolate while I sit next to him on the couch. But shhhh! Don’t tell my kids I’m eating food out of the kitchen.