mrs. pat's quilt

our beloved swim teacher, mrs. pat,
entrusted me to a very special project:
to finish a quilt that her mother started for her.

bits and pieces from her childhood clothing
were cut and sewn together to form dresden plates.
after much ironing those darn things would.not.lay.flat.
the original plan was tweaked in order to keep as much of the original work as possible.
and the fans were born from there.
each fan is hand appliqued, and then the blocks were sewn together.
the binding is made of the extra pieces of fabric for a scrappy look.
i opted for tying instead of quilting.
it just felt like the right thing for this quilt.

so 30 years after it was started,
it is now being loved on!


party time

last friday night we had the family over for august's birthday.
he couldn't have been happier,
family, pizza, and presents!

we also made him blow out candles stuck into a brownie.
he made it very clear that he was NOT going to eat that brownie!
(paper bag face clearly resembles paper bag head from that new orleans trip long ago!
i clearly need to find that picture!)


science night

a few weeks ago, august and i went to the school's science night.
there were so many great activities,
and sooo many people.
we had fun,
but darted out early to get some quiet.
sometimes he's alot like his mama!


7 years ago

7 years ago this boy made me a mama.
i can't think of a more perfect fit for our family.
he's funny,
good looking,
a deep thinker,
full of questions,
builder of legos,
and big hearted.

yesterday he lost his second front tooth.
a day after school pictures,
but just before his birthday.
doing things in his own time that one.
we went outside to capture his new smile,
and little sister was right there by his side.
just as she is most days.

*in that particular moment, he wanted to be a photographer, so i let him have at the camera.  not too bad.


september from the iphone

we spent labor day at the lake,
and made some great memories:
kissing fish,
a lip getting bit by fish
(there was blood),
and mama learning how to clean fish.
superheros who steal my heart.

we found her on the couch,
curled up and angelic.
we found her mess in the bedroom :/

my pink tutu ballerina.

turning things pink in tatum's big girl room.

my artist in training.

worn out and looking all pretty.

we got all dressed up to celebrate local champions for children.


growing up

it's been a big week around here for our little girl.
she now has her very own big girl bed.
and it's the first time in 7 years we haven't had a crib set up in our home.
she didn't let her mama get too emotional about it though.
after much shenanigan's leading up to taking down the crib,
we were slap worn out around here and ready to curl up in our own beds.
think: early wake-up time, bathroom accident in which mama stepped in poo,
and tearing curtain rods (bracket and all) out of the wall.
yep, that girl looks innocent,
but she keeps us on our toes.
(she just ran into the office naked!)
there is still lots to do to make her big girl room complete,
but just maybe i can share it here sooner rather than later.

adding to all this growing up, included her very first dance lesson.
she was shy at first, but warmed up, and started moving around that room.
we can't wait to see her blossom into a little dancer.
some front porch posing was in order after class.
she kept cupping her hands and signing,
so mama just went with it!

"the days are long, but the years are short."
~gretchen rubin