Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Came!!

Welcome, Summer.

We spent a week camping at Duck Mountain right after school ended, Madeline was off to Senior Teen camp at Katepwa Lake Camp right after that and then yesterday we took her back to do her first LIT (Leaders in Training) week.  The way she greeted her friends you'd think they'd been apart for ages, not just two days...

Today feels like a little bit of normal; Nolan and I up in decent time, taking it easy, going on a park / geocaching / library adventure this morning (the pool was intended to be the main feature of our outing, but I forgot to check out that sneaking suspicion that this might be when they close for their annual cleaning).  And now, bliss, he is down for a normal-day nap.  We've had more off-normal days than on this summer, and combined with being in different places, messed up (short, late, and non-existant) naps have led to more than a few 11:00 pm nights.  That's just wrong. 

The first three days camping, it rained. Thankfully, our friends (with their trailer big enough for all of us!) were also there, so we spent lots of time over at "Mr. Harder's Campsite" as Nolan called it.  We were thankful for the trailer we were in, too, and that we weren't in a tent!

The most fun we had was on the lake - we rented a canoe for us and Nolan, and a kayak for Madeline.  Good family time, and the kids both loved their new experiences.

Sean had a guy's golf trip booked, but it morphed into a 'two families' trip.  The guys got in two games of golf, us girls had an afternoon at the spa, and it was a good weekend in spite of the long drive to get there.  Elk Ridge (by Waskesiu) is a nice place.

Nolan and E (also 2) checking out the balcony.

The boys: N in red is 5 and M in blue is 4.  Nolan had fun with all of them.

The trip overlapped a day over M coming home from camp, but aunts and uncles are wonderful and she happily spent time with Carla and Larry, taking in the Rider game and her cousin's hockey game.

There's a bit of a catch up for those of you who need to see photos of the kids... :)  Hope you're all having a great summer and getting a chance to get away and relax.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Three Big Little Adventures

Adventure #1  Goats!! No, they're lambs... Sometimes it's hard for city kids to tell.  We went out to a friend's farm for a visit and the kids loved seeing the lambs, baby kittens, and pigs.

The ones we saw were the bottle-fed crew, and we got to help with their feeding.

Adventure #2  Nolan and I took the bus downtown.  Other than the park and ride shuttles going to the soccer game last month (a coach and a school bus), Nolan has never ridden a bus, so this was a big deal.

Our first stop was at the downtown library.  They have different toys than our usual branch!

We went and sat in the park to have our (healthy) snack, then walked through the Farmer's Market.

And then ate the cookies that we bought there.  That's why the healthy snack on the front end!

A stop for a photo in a fun tree, then off to the playground!

Waiting for the bus home.

Adventure #3  We went to the Farm Progress Show with Dad's Exhibitor's Pass on Friday.  Nolan had fun climbing up on the massive machines, and seeing in person all the machines he reads about in all the books we get out of the library.

It's been a fun June!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Studio Shots

The kids and I were downstairs playing after lunch and it struck me as funny, all the different things I had on the go on my sewing counter.

This is a custom order camera strap cover I just finished.  There is a fitted version of this in the shop, but this girl wanted one of the scrunched styles.

A baker's dozen coffee cozies.  I've had this fabric sorted and ready to go for a long time, but finally got around to putting it together.  They just need buttons.

These are going to be mini zip pouches.  They are from basic grey charm packs, just like the coffee cozies above, which means narrower bags than I've been making, and each side, and each side of the liner inside, will be a different print.  I hope they turn out as fun as I think they'll be.  They are cut and interfaced and just waiting for zippers.

This stack will become handwarmers eventually.  I'll sew a few here and there and hope to have them all done by the fall.

I found this jellyroll at my local fabric shop yesterday and thought it was perfect for camera strap covers.  There will be 10, and they will have different prints on each side.  Can't wait to finish these and show them off!!

And a pile of magic bag covers to sew up.  I've made at least one of each fabric, so they're all listed, but I would like to get them all sewn up and ready to ship off.  I have to keep up my stash of the actual wheat filled bags, too - those were also out and sitting on the bucket of wheat on the floor.  Oh, now what to work on next.  That's the fun part of this 'job' - I get to pick!

I've also got this little bit of inspiration sitting out there as a reminder.  Thanks for coming on the little tour!  What are you making these days??

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Last One Ever!!

We've hit quite a milestone today - Madeline has her last piano lesson ever after school today.  She's been playing for 6 1/2 years, because we started her in the middle of the year, and we decided that she could be done with the mandatory 'discipline training' lessons that are oh-so-good for you even though you can't see that in the moment...  I sure hope she's like so many others and is grateful for them in the future.  In the present, though, she is ecstatic to be done and I am pretty happy about it myself.  She is a very musical girl, but sitting to play is just not how that flows out of her.  Get her singing along, maybe, but then she's more likely to stop playing and just sing.

One more week of practicing, a recital next Tuesday night, and then she's finite-o.  Whew.  To celebrate, here's a look at the girl and the keyboard over the years.

First recital.

Halloween Recital.

New keyboard.