Friday, October 31, 2014

October 2014

It has been crazy around here.  Crazy!  Too many events happen in October--Mea's birthday, Halloween, Halloween parties, etsy costume orders.  Up until a few days ago, I didn't have a moment's rest.

First off (and I should've posted something about this weeks ago), Mea turned 7!  We had a party for her, with 7 of her friends.  She wanted a Rio 2 theme, with watching the movie being the main event of the party.  Stupidly, I neglected to take any pictures of her friends that came or of the party.  But I did take a picture of the cake:

My etsy shop went well beyond expectations these last two months.  September blew me away with 12 orders, 23 items sold.  I didn't think I'd get much more than that in October.  Wrong.  22 orders, 51 items sold.  Mostly pony costume items--ears, tails, horns, wings.  But I've also sold a number of dresses, a tie, an apron, and a couple of Aloha shirts.  Needless to say, most of my time this month has been spent sewing.  I'm glad the orders have stopped pouring in.  It's kind of nice to be doing something else.  And my housework has been grossly neglected.

Also this month we had a trunk or treat at our church, a pumpkin carving party with friends, and then Halloween itself.  This year Mea decided she wanted to be Elsa (with about 70% of other girls this year).  I had made her costume earlier this year.  And ironically, I have no good picture of it.  But I'm quite happy with her dress.  Not only did I sew it, I also designed the pattern for it.  I've sold a few of the same dresses to friends locally, but I'm not ready to have it go crazy on etsy.  Anyway, here's Mea at the trunk or treat with her other Elsa friends:

Spencer wanted to be a baseball player.  After vacillating for weeks on which baseball player he wanted to be, he decided on Adam Rosales from the Texas Rangers.  Why him?  Spencer is proud of being from Texas, AND Adam Rosales grew up in our current ward.  His parents still live here.  He comes and has brief stays here during off season.  And Evan was his home teacher for a brief time.  Just recently he was here and took a few hours on a Saturday afternoon to play baseball with Spencer.  So Spencer is a huge fan of him right now.  

Luckily Spencer had all the gear to be a baseball player for Halloween, except for the jersey.  I couldn't find any patterns for baseball jerseys, though.  So not only is his shirt homemade, I also made the pattern.  And I'll be the first to admit it isn't perfect.  If I had had the time, I would've made some changes (longer overall, and better sleeves), but I had no time!  So it was design, draft, cut, sew, and just hope that it would work out right.  So considering I wasn't able to test out my pattern before sewing the real thing, I'm quite happy with how it turned out.

(It's wrinkled at the bottom because he had it tucked in). I also painted the lettering on.  (And I wish I had made the TEXAS part bigger).  I used an old sheet, but had to buy the fabric paint, so his costume was just a few bucks to make.  Definitely cheaper than the $50 jersey I found on Amazon.  

Davin was a skunk.  The same skunk costume I made for Spencer 9 years ago, and the same costume Mea used when she was 1.  But because the booger is always on the move these days, all the pictures are blurry.  

 But you get the idea.

We thought the weather was bad on Halloween last year (just rain).  But this year takes the cake.  Right now (Halloween night), it's in the 30's, with windchill in the low 20's.  Rain, sleet, snow mix.  35 mph sustained winds with gusts up to 55 mph.  Not fun!!  But Davin was dying to go outside.  So we layered him and Mea up, and I took them out for about 15 minutes.  (Spencer was off with some friends (and a parent)).
 The picture certainly doesn't show how bad the weather was!

Pumpkin carvings this year:

Mea and her angry bird:
 Spencer's new obsession with the Texas Rangers:
 And I opted to not carve mine this year, and instead enhance it with hardware (on the left):
Mine was the only one that the squirrels left alone.  

One more thing:  Mea got a princess cookbook for her birthday from Grandma and Grandpa.  So Mea made dinner for the first time:  
I helped with the prep, but she did the braiding all by herself.  

I'm so glad October is over.  Maybe November will give me some much-needed rest.......  Here's to hoping, anyway.  

Friday, October 3, 2014

September 2014

September has been all about settling into the routine of the school year.  I can already tell it's going to be a busy one, especially for Spencer.  He has after school sports (a school program that's free for 4th and 5th graders) on Tuesday and Thursday, swim lessons on Wednesday, baseball practice on Thursdays and Fridays, and a baseball game on Saturday.  Spencer is also taking saxophone lessons through the school, during school hours.  He is one busy guy!  But it's been great for him.  

Mea is busy making new friends.  She is also taking swimming lessons on Wednesdays with Spencer.  And she has been planning her birthday party all month long (it's not for two weeks still).  

After school each day I walk Davin over to the school playground and let him roam free.  His is a daredevil!  But he's not at the stage that I just let him be--I have to hover (not fun!).  But it will be cold before we know it, so I have to let him have this time to explore, exercise, and be free.  

On one of the hotter days this month I decided to get the sprinklers out and let Davin try them out.  Mea saw him and joined in:

Spencer at his baseball game (he's #5):

Eh-eh came up for a weekend with his rollerblades.  We borrowed a bike trailer from a friend for Davin and went for family bike ride to a park nearby.

Spencer and his friend, J, "practicing" their instruments:

Aside from the 10 mice (and counting) we have caught in our garage, and the 12 etsy orders I had, it has been a busy but uneventful month.  On to October...