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For some reason Aleksa wanted a bathrobe just like mine. This translated to me modifying an adult bathrobe pattern that I already had into a cute kimono robe to fit her. As I was making it, little guy decided he HAD to have one too and my husband jumped on the bandwagon as well. A few months later, the whole family has some homemade cozy flannel bathrobe s (just in time for winter). I’m pretty proud of myself for how nicely they fit. Maybe one of these days I’ll attempt a garment again.😁
One thing that I’m coming to realize as a parent is that time goes by so quickly. I’m looking at photos on my phone and google conveniently makes me these flashback photo comparisons that really make me think about times that seemed like yesterday, but in reality they were a YEAR ago (or sometimes more). I think about all of the things I’ve meant to do that just haven’t gotten done. Part of me knows to forgive myself and think about being present, however the other part of me pushes myself to work harder to achieve more for my family and be better.
One example of this is reading. I realize that I have not been reading enough with my daughter. This is particularly on my mind as she’s having some recent challenges with reading. I think about how I could have facilitated her passion towards reading more than I have. We read together, but I haven’t taken her to the library as much as I should have to pick her own books. I’ve often been tired and moved through our reading time quickly instead of treating it like a fun and engaging time for both of us. I’ve often been climbed on and had books torn out of my hand by my young son which prevents me from reading books with more complexity and age-appropriateness for my daughter. The past week has made me feel like a failure and has made me realize how much time has flown by.
But then again, I stop and think about all that I have done right. She is creative, fun, playful, and DOES love to read. Even though I haven’t done it all right or always had time to be perfect for her, she’s doing pretty great. It is a reminder to me to check in with myself and the priorities of our household.
This parenting and life thing is pretty crazy. You definitely can’t have it all, but I have everything I need. I’ll keep a positive attitude and remain even more mindful of parenting choices going forward.
Did a lot of work on our backyard today! We planted some pumpkins and carrots and also got a fancy purple tomato cage to keep the tomatoes from falling over. We also planted some perennials: lantanas, salvias and A mystery purple flower that I can’t find the name of. So far we’ve only had a mild slug problem in the garden and I’m hoping the gophers don’t discover all the plants I planted.
So I guess anybody who has a little girl should be prepared for a ton of headbands. I found myself in this predicament and decided I need to find a way to make them more organized. After making this simple do it yourself headband organizer, now my daughter is able to find any have been she wants much more easily. I love that she got to choose the fabric and design and it was something that we already had in our pantry.
We got around to planting the garden today and it was fun. So far we have tomatoes, eggplant, tomatillos, jalapeños, two kinds of sweet peppers, a zucchini and some herbs. We also have a blueberry plant in a pot. I’m seriously hoping the snails and Caterpillar’s don’t eat it all. Lex and I will be checking it for bugs and she’ll be helping me take care of it. I’m hoping this will be a fun family project for us over the summer! 🐌🐛☀️☀️☀️☀️🌱🌱🌱🌱