18 Sep 2014

Around Here: School, Crazy, School, Loss

As always, the absence of blogging does not mean a slower pace of things around here but a greater pace of things.  It is worth mentioning also, the uninteresting but important news that I have done something to my hands/wrists/arms that is making them regularly/constantly sore, stiff, and numb.  I had an accompanying photo that I took one morning last week of my hand covered by my trusty bag of frozen peas, but it was just a little too depressing for a blog post.  But I'm trying some different things and hoping to get back to normal soon.
In light of that, here is a slightly shorter than usual "around here."
York House 4My buddy has been back in school now for about 3 weeks.  The first week or so back was rough, which I imagine we should have been braced for but we weren't, as our chilled out little guy came home more temperamental than I have ever seen.  Actually it was a lot like the stereotypical "young girl with PMS," with random outbursts, lots of stomping and pouting, and irrational rage that was highly disproportionate to the offenses.  
He spent a week without Legos, 2 days without tv, weekends full of mandated naps, had several calm chats with me and Chris, and order seems to have been resumed.  I don't know what triggered him being so crazy at first but it has been nice to have my reasonable son back, and I feel like I've had a glimpse into Hannah's preteen stage, which will not be a favorite.  It seems to have been the usual settling in sort of thing.  We know that Year 2 is a pretty rigorous school year, so hopefully there isn't too much pressure on him already.  I guess we're in a  wait and see spot and hoping for the best.
York House 1Chelsea is back at work and working hard to finish up.  She presents and turns in all of her research next Wednesday, so there will be much celebrating after.
The Friday after she presents we are all headed to Nottingham for Chris and Chelsea to run the Robin Hood marathon, so it will be a week of wrapping up a few different major tasks that hours of hard work have been poured into.  It's a very big week. :)
York House 2As for Hannah, her first day of school is tomorrow, and of course I will be writing more about that after the fact.  Aside from the normal sadness that accompanies such a thing, we are all so ready for it.  She is ready, and I am having a hard time distracting her from how excited she is to get started.  It's time.
MenH 1With the impending "free time" that I have ahead of me with Hannah starting school, I have, as always, loaded my plate rather full with various commitments.  I anticipate that I will have a bit of a hard time adjusting to not having my girl around in the mornings, and intend to stomp out my sadness by powering through those few hours with various projects.  More on that later.
A few weeks ago now we received the very sad news that Chris' grandpa JC had passed.  Chris went back to Kentucky to attend the funeral and be with his family.  There is almost too much to say about such a thing to even try to scratch the surface, but I can't leave it without saying that JC was a really good man who lived a very full life, and will be wholeheartedly missed.
That's it for now.
 I'll be be back soon and I anticipate it will be regarding preschool…

8 Sep 2014

Side By Side

I'm not sure how things are at other people's houses, but for us there is only one day a year where we consistently get a picture that can easily show growth and change like the "first morning of school picture."  Even on the kids' birthdays when there are lots of pictures of one of them, we rarely get a family photo or a picture of both kids together.  But the morning of the first day of school, we do it, we plan for it, I tell them all ahead of time to be ready for it.  
Here are Jayce's First Day Pictures and Jayce and Hannah on each of his first days of English Primary School.  
(For pictures of the whole family, one parent at a time, or more details, click through on the year to go to the original post.)
Firstday 1Firstday 2Firstday 8

6 Sep 2014

The First Day of Year Two

Year Two First Day 6This past Wednesday was Jayce's first day of school.  He is in Year 2 now, in the Otter class.
Year Two First Day 3

3 Sep 2014

I Couldn't Resist It: The Knight Hoodie for Perfect Pattern Parcel

A Knight Hoodie  Our Family Four 1
 I'm so excited to show you another garment available through Perfect Pattern Parcel today because this one has been a long time coming.  Jayce saw me reading about this Knight Hoodie pattern one day several months ago when it first came out, and when he saw it said, "Oh cooooool.  Mom, will you get me one of those?" and I said, "Buddy, I will MAKE you one of those!"  So I bought the pattern, printed it, then I got snowed under a bunch of other sewing commitments and it never happened.  But it has been on my Must Make ASAP list and I'm so glad I finally jumped on it because, you guys, it's so much better than I was even hoping for.
A Knight Hoodie  Our Family Four 2

1 Sep 2014

Retro Maroon Zippy Jacket for Perfect Pattern Parcel

I'm really excited (and honored) to help promote another Perfect Pattern Parcel today, and thrilled that this time I got to involve my favorite little guy.   
Maroon Zip Hoodie  Our Family Four 6

30 Aug 2014

Aster Swing Coat Re-Mix and Watercolor Kudzu Skinnies

When we landed back in London two weeks ago, the impending school year was suddenly in my face, and when I saw that Willow & Co was hosting a back to school sew-along using their incredible patterns I knew I'd like to join in.  I've just baaarely made it but I'm so glad that I did!  I bought a few patterns from this company when they were having a summer sale, but I wasn't able to try any of them out before our trip, and this was the perfect excuse to dive right in.
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With the weather firmly planted in the 60s and 70s, I knew Hannah needed some warmer options and the Aster Cardigan was front and center on my radar.  But once I decided on a great fabric, I wanted to line it, and then I started playing with the shape and before I knew it I had taken the adorable Aster bones and mixed it into a warm and polished little swing coat.
 Aster Re Mix Swing Coat  Our Family Four 27Aster Re Mix Swing Coat  Our Family Four 14
As for bottoms I knew she'd be better off with pants then shorts so the Kudzu Cargos were the obvious choice.  I am DYING over these pants, but more on those in a minute… Watercolor Kudzu Skinnies  Our Family Four 16

29 Aug 2014

Around Here: Singing, Sewing, and Calling Chris Dan

School starts for Jayce on Wednesday, we picked Chelsea up from the airport this morning, Chris has been back at work since the day after we landed and I've sewn 3 full garments in the past week to get ready for school.  Even though we are pretending like it is still summer a little bit, it seems like fall and back to school season have finally arrived. 
Now that we've been back a few weeks I'm attempting to get back to swing of the every day stuff around here.  But there are a few "right now" stand out moments that need to be recorded.
Maroon Zip Hoodie  Our Family Four 5
1.) Jayce.
About 2 days before we left for our trip I was having a really stressful day and snapped at the kids in that unfortunate but memorable "mom is losing it" sort of way.  That night before bed, Jayce turned to me and asked if I would like for him to rock me in the rocker.  I didn't really know what I was up for, but I said yes.  We went into my room where the rocker is, he instructed me to sit down on the rocker, handed me his bears and blanket, sat next to the chair and rocked it back and forth, with me in it, and sang me a song that I usually sing him when he's really tired.  
I was so blown away!!  What a sweet little man we are raising!  Needless to say it really caught me off guard how perceptive and nurturing the whole thing was.  My little buddy. :)

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