A Summer Outing

by Lindsay on 11/16/2014

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Our little historic town has quite a celebration for Fourth of July including a pancake breakfast, parade, and a carnival that comes for the weekend. Last year, Lucas loved going on the simple rides that go around in a circle so this year he was anticipating it as he saw the signs around town. Since we can walk to the area where they set up the carnival, we were alarmed before they even finished setting everything up. This year a different company was hired and it looked like they had recovered the rides from an abandoned amusement park… back when people were smaller. Everything was miniature. By the time the rides were supposed to be opening, the crew was already disassembling it because of unmet safety requirements. The games remained open, though, allowing carnival-goers to “win chicks” and rabbits along with the standard goldfish.

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We didn’t want Lucas to be disappointed, so we decided to take him to Chuck E. Cheese for the first time. It took him awhile to soak in all the lights, sounds, and action and until then he wore this face:

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Once he had tried a few things, he loved the little rides and winning tickets from the games. This video makes me giggle every time I watch it because it was one of the first times I really saw him let loose and dance with reckless abandon. But I already knew he loves to dance.

Dance With the Mouse from Scott Ramon on Vimeo.

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Three

by Lindsay on 10/24/2014

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Our last few weeks as a family of three…

This is becoming a bit of a tradition. It was much harder with an opinionated toddler.

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Lucas Lately

by Lindsay on 07/14/2014

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Lucas has been in rare form recently, occasionally letting me take a picture of him smiling! Even acting silly! Here are some fun photos so you can get a glimpse of what Lucas is up to lately.

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Channeling his inner pilgrim woman.

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At one of his favorite restaurants. The chocolate ice cream goatee was just too cute.

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He certainly isn’t deprived of sweets, is he? Some nights he still remembers this cupcake in his bedtime prayers–every part of it. “And dear God, thank you for that cupcake with the sprinkles, and thank you for the frosting, and thank you for the cake and the brown thing on the bottom.”

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Grandma Lois brought him this fun toy when she visited in May and he loves to help daddy mow the grass. He really is convinced he is doing something.

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Yes… he’s that neighbor.

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Father’s Day

by Lindsay on 06/29/2014

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On Father’s Day Scott picked out a black polo for Lucas to wear. Lucas commented that it was “like Daddy’s!” So Scott decided to wear his black polo that day, too. When we went out to brunch after church I loved the colors and natural light in the restaurant. Even more I loved watching my two matching boys having fun and loving each other.

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A Look Back: On Track Fabrics

by Lindsay on 04/13/2014

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This is part of a little series looking back on events that I always wanted to tell you about, but never did.

Towards the end of last year, I had the opportunity to sew a few items for my neighbor, Jill McDonald, a very successful and talented children’s illustrator and designer. Her blog and website are full of all the adorable products and designs she has created. (Can you believe I live right next to her? I know!) Jill’s designs can be found on products at Land of Nod, Oopsy Daisy, and Barefoot Books. She also has her own product line which is sold at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, and boutiques across the country. I first noticed Jill’s artwork when I worked with her mom as a para-educator in her classroom 7 years ago. (Small world…). Jill’s posters caught my eye because they brought so much color and fun onto the otherwise blah, brick walls.

We collaborated on some items to be sewn using her On Track fabrics. It’s a great fabric line for boys, of course, but as you can see by the cute little girl’s dress it is versatile.

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Girl’s Dress:

Fabric- Drive Brite in white, pink duckcloth

Pattern- Ellie Mae Designs Kwik Sew K3940

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Fabric Bin:

Fabric- Drive Brite in white, Crosshatch-back in black, Metrogeometry in red

Pattern- Ellie Mae Designs Kwik Sew K0107 Stash Basket (medium) with modified handles

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Bag:

Fabric- Hustle and Bustle in blue, Metrogeometry in blue, Out of This World Circles in black (out of print)

Pattern- Betz White Isabella Tote (larger size)

Lucas' Hat

Hat:

Fabric- Crosshatch-back in white

Pattern- Eddie Cap Tutorial by Mushroom Villagers

He isn’t always so serious, I promise! I think he was thrown off by the camera. I haven’t used the dSLR in awhile. I need to remember to get it out more. My iPhone is convenient and takes good pictures, but not great. Oh yeah, my phone is also easier to use “secretly.” If Lucas thinks you are taking a photo or video, he will either a)stop the cute thing he is doing and ask to see the picture or b)refuse to have his picture taken.

As part of my collaboration with Jill, I also did a pair of pants for Lucas using The Right Direction fabric in black. They are super cute, but still a little big on him. I made the 2-3T size because I wanted them to fit for more than a few months, but he is a little guy (the shorts in the picture are size 18-24 months and I’m pretty sure he could still fit into some of his 12 month shorts which he wore last summer). Look for pictures of the pants in the fall!

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by Scott on 02/8/2014

Lucas truly believes there are letters in the alphabet called “taco” and “quesadilla.”

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A Look Back: Kid’s Clothes Week

by Lindsay on 01/31/2014

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This is part of a little series looking back on events that I always wanted to tell you about, but never did.

Have you heard of Kid’s Clothes Week? It is a challenge started by Meg of Elsie Marley to sew for your kid(s) for one hour every day for a week, and it now happens four times a year. It is going on right now, in fact. Sadly, this time around I had too much going on, but I did participate in the fall of 2012 and I never showed off what I made. You know, there were the holidays and hunting for a house and buying a new house and moving and selling our old house and then some life and some more holidays.

I made Lucas some skinny jeans using the e cord pattern from Jessica at Running With Scissors and a pair of Scott’s worn out pants. From what I remember, they weren’t too difficult and I even tried out adjustable waistband elastic for the first time. It’s usually a necessity for my skinny boy, but it was nice to be able to adjust it when he would wear cloth diapers. Since I used an old pair of Scott’s pants, I cut the pattern pieces to include the original hems on the cuffs and pockets.

KCW pants for Lucas

As I was hunting for pictures of the pants I made Lucas, I realized I only had photos from one day of him wearing them. <tear> How cute is that face up there, by the way? Baby hair, tiny hand, and lips that collapse upon barely-there teeth. Looking through the photos was a lot of fun. He had a different toy in his hands in every photo as he practiced walking around the room, bending down, and picking up.

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My opinion: “skinny pants” on a skinny kid are “normal pants.”

lucas in pants

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A Look Back: Halloween 2013

by Lindsay on 01/20/2014

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This is the first part of a little series looking back on events that I always wanted to tell you about, but never did.

Back in 2012, I saw this picture of a little boy dressed up as a runner in Parent’s Magazine. I had already decided Lucas would be a chicken that year, but thought I might use that idea in the future. I love to use Lucas’ Halloween costume as a creative outlet instead of buying one. Even though this is the first year I didn’t make anything for the costume, I did have fun rounding up some clothing Lucas already owned and a runner’s bib number from a race I did. I purchased the leggings, socks, and shoes from Target, but they are all very functional (even the girl’s leggings–shh, don’t tell–have been great for layering under jeans for spending time outside on a cold day).

I bribed him to wear the sweatband for just one picture. No wonder he didn’t want to wear it… his eyebrows almost met in the middle with it on. Do you recognize those two buddies in the middle?

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That extremely large pumpkin made it’s way to Kansas City from northern Illinois safely buckled in Grandma Lois’ car. She grew it in her garden. Lucas had fun helping us scoop it out and he picked out the shapes for the face, as well. Lucas loved going to neighbors’ houses and loved getting candy even more, but he did get shy every time we wanted him to say, “Trick or Treat” or “Thank you.” Maybe next year.

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Sea Life

by Scott on 01/18/2014

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Lucas and I spent the morning at an aquarium. Our favorite thing was the octopus (and the play area at the end of course).

I figured out how to make posts right from my phone, so maybe they’ll be a bit more frequent… and brief.

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Baby in the Hood Jacket

by Lindsay on 11/7/2013

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My most recent sewing project was this jacket from Anna Maria Horner’s book Handmade Beginnings. I had been wanting to make this for Lucas for about a year, but this time last year is when we started looking seriously for a house. That meant getting ours ready to put on the market. Which meant no sewing mess laying around. And no time for hobbies. Finally, in September I planned a sewing night with friends so we could all have an excuse to work on projects that only occupied a passing thought.

I used a grey-ish brown suiting fabric from JoAnn Fabrics that gives it a nice structure and is impossible to wrinkle. For the lining, I used the blue plaid from Carina Gardner’s Baby Safari line. And for the accent, a yellow Kona cotton. The pattern called for the button placket to be cut from the accent fabric as well, but I realized before I cut it that I had been envisioning the plaid peeking out from behind the buttons. With some creative pattern placement, I had just enough of the plaid.

Lucas is two years old, but he is a little guy. I hoped he would be able to wear the 18-24 month size as a fall and spring jacket, but I don’t think it will fit next spring. I rolled the sleeves for the pictures, but he needs the length when he raises his arms. As I was cutting pattern pieces, Lucas was asleep and, frankly, I was in The Zone and didn’t even think to compare the pieces to clothes that fit him now. Seeing it on him, I wish I had added a couple inches in length to the body. A quick search of others who have sewn this for toddlers and blogged about it shows many of them made that adjustment. Overall, I love the jacket. It’s a great pattern, and it came together pretty quickly. I found the hardest part to be sewing the curve of the neckline. I love that there are no visible seams since it is fully lined.

 I took many photos of Lucas wearing the jacket, but didn’t have room for all of them here. You can see the cutest ones here.

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