Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Katrina's 4th birthday

This weekend we celebrated Katrina's 4th birthday!
 We met with my in-laws at the park nearby.  At first we went to the little kid playground and tried to use part of the little pavillion there, but a bake sale was taking over, and on of the playgrounds was closed.  We decided to go to a different part of the park that was unfamiliar to us. There was a huge pavillion there and another playground, and both were empty! So we had our party there.
 Auntie Em made this cake.  I told her Katrina's wish for a cake: Knight-Katrina fighting Chuck the Evil Sandwich-making Guy with her Rainbow powers.  But since I knew that would be way too much to ask, I asked her to make a rainbow cake.  Imagine my surprise and delight to see the cake she and Adam's mom made! Knight Katrina, complete with rainbow cape, is fighting Chuck!
 Katrina was pretty thrilled.
 It was an absolutely gorgeous day. 
 Both kids had their first soda.


 Dora dollhouse.

 Princess Barbies.
 And I don't have a picture of the My Little Pony unicorn that she got, but that one was a hit as well.  Katrina has been playing with all of these gifts non-stop.
 And her gift from us was a bike!  She loves it.  We wanted to get one last yer, but when we would take her to the store and try them, the pedals really threw her.  This year she figured it all out right away.
 We knew that Daniel would be really upset to not have a bike too, so we decided to get one for him.  I figured the pedals would be too difficult for him, so Adam and I decided to try out a balance bike. They don't have pedals, and the goal is for kids to learn how to balance on a bike and then later on when they go to a bike, they can skip training wheels.  It was a bit of an impulse, but I'm glad we got it.
 He didn't really get it the first day, but last night he was able to push himself around on it.  We'll see how long it takes for him to learn how to coast around on it. Oh, and we did buy helmets for them after the party, we just wanted to buy them in person to make sure they fit!
 So after a few hours of fun, everyone was pretty tired out. 
 Oh, and that red carseat is one I was able to buy with my purse money a month or so ago, and I'm super proud of being able to pay for it!

Happy Birthday Katrina! You are super cute and a wonderful daughter!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Mammoth Easter post

This is a fairly clothing-centered post, though it's kind of about Easter too.  But it's mostly about clothes!  First off, Adam's parents are celebrating their anniversary this weekend.  They decided to treat us to a family dinner at a nice restaurant.  I have to share a picture of his parents because I think they look great, and his mom is so beautiful in this dress (she made that jacket!).  When they invited us to this dinner, I decided I would use the chance to make myself a new dress with some crocheted lacy fabric I had bought a couple of months ago.
 First off, this was our morning yesterday.  Katrina here is wearing the Easter dress that her Nana (pictured above) made for her.
 Daniel didn't get a special Easter outfit because his dress clothes all still fit.  He's only grown about an inch since July.
 We went and had an Easter egg hunt at Nana and Pop pop's house before going to the restaurant.  The kids all stayed with a babysitter and did great!

 I finished off Katrina's dress with a fishing line hem.  Super cute, right?

 I told Katrina to say cheese and Daniel stepped in front of the camera and said cheese instead. :]
 She actually kept this flower in her hair for an hour before deciding she was tired of it. Big progress for her!

And here is the dress that I made.  It is Butterick 5559.  Adding the top crocheted lace layer made it a bit tricky, but it still came together fairly well.  I had to make a couple adjustments to the neckline, and I added an extra strip along the bottom for length.

 These pictures are kind of dark, sorry.
 I got a few compliments on it today, so that make me happy.
 I also made myself a reversible circle skirt this week.  These pictures are awful, sorry, but Adam was busy getting the kids lunch and so I had to use the timer and set the camera at a funny angle.
 I am not sure how flattering this skirt actually is, and I'm not sure how often I'll actually wear it away from home.  I need a close-fitting cardigan or jacket, I think.
It was a super easy skirt to make.  Here's the tutorial. The original isn't reversible, but it was very simple to adjust it to make it so.    I might make Katrina some skirts like this, since you can whip one up in about half an hour!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A dress for Katrina

General Conference is hit and miss at our house--this weekend was more of a miss than a hit, though I did enjoy what I heard.  The kids had a hard time and it's pretty difficult to hear talks through little kid chatter! The nice thing was that I finished a dress for Katrina.
 I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I made up the pattern, and I was a little nervous of how it would fit and also how I would put it together with the lining and zipper.
 I also had to take special care of interior seams because the outer skirt is sheer, so you can see the seams from the outside.
 The whole reason I made this dress is because Katrina fell in love with the sparkly fabric and I agreed to make her a dress from it.  I was planning on making it earlier this month and then having Adam's mom make her Easter dress, but because I just finished it today, she'll wear this for either Easter or birthday and the one her Nana made will be for the other.  Katrina's dress supply is a little small at the moment, so I'm super glad she'll have two new dresses!
There was supposed to be one more short tier, but I actually didn't like how it looked, so I eliminated that layer.  Now I think it would have looked fine, but too late now! There is actually one thing left to do, and that's the hem.  I am debating between a simple rolled hem, and a fishing line hem, which is basically just a rolled hem where you stick fishing line in it and it makes a fun bouncy look.  That just may be a bit more formal than I want.
Katrina really likes it, and especially enjoys twirling in it. I'm very glad it turned out well! And that I could get it done all in one day.