Weekend in Yosemite

Advertisements

Bathrobes for the family

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.😁

Time Flies

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.

Backyard garden 

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. 

DIY Headband Storage

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.

To make this all you need is a large oatmeal container, A scrap size of fabric to cover the oatmeal container, some paint to paint the top cap and a hot glue gun.

Our Garden

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! 🐌🐛☀️☀️☀️☀️🌱🌱🌱🌱



Here’s some photos of our work (and a little baby boy trying-and succeeding- to eat grass)

Perfect Day

I don’t want to jinx it but I’ve had a wonderful day today so far. I went for a walk with the little guy after dropping lex off at preschool. We stopped at Bel Bacio which is an amazing Italian coffee shop and I had a cardomoccachino. Next I finished an etsy order and packed up Christmas cookies for some family and friends. I finished little guy’s Christmas handprint ornaments and then just sat outside with him for a little while watching the breeze and listening to sounds. Babies grow so fast and I’m enjoying every minute of my time with this guy as an infant. Today was so productive yet relaxing.  

  

cardomoccachino at Bel Bacio

  

little guy’s first christmas handprint ornaments