Pattern self drafted//Fabric 
Here we are. Mid January. I haven't left the house in days. I'm totally ok with that. My kids are totally not. So to appease them, I stepped into our backyard to take these pictures. I figure that's gotta count for something?
I just had to snap a few quick shots of this dress. And the girl who I made it for, because she's growing fast. All her friends are losing their baby teeth and I figure I need to document her right now before she gets big girl teeth and becomes officially not my baby anymore.
I drafted this pattern and added some front pockets. I was just messing around, so I won't lie, I wish I'd picked a different type of fabric for the style of the dress. (Note to self, quilted knit is thick and therefore hard to pleat.) But Lila is always really sweet about anything I make her, which is so much less than it used to be. :( #somanykidsnotimetosew 
(by the way, this pic below is more true to the color of the fabric, just FYI)
But at least, we documented the teeth. And I got outside. 


The goose is getting fat

We've had all sorts of surgeries going on in the last couple months and we've definitely been feeling it. You know what I'm saying? Just that heavy feeling that comes with an irregular routine. I probably wouldn't notice it much, but kids need structure in a big way and when you change that up, everything feels off. So when everyone was finally feeling up to moving around again, I loaded the kids up to go on a wild goose chase. Literally. My parents have beautiful property that's essentially a refuge for animals everywhere. Yearly, they get every animal from moose to porcupine. I can't blame them. I mean if I were a member of the animal kingdom, my parents property would be my first pick for a retirement home.  I grew up with just about every bird known to man. Peacocks, parrots, you name it. :) Recently, my Dad found two domesticated African geese out by one of his ponds. 
Naturally, my kids were delighted when they found out Papa had geese, so we had to go hunt for geese. And we didn't have to go far. In fact, they followed us around and the kids were in heaven. 
When I was little, our roosters would chase me and on a field trip I got charged by geese. They smell fear on me, so of course, they tried to chase me every time I turned around. The kids thought it was hilarious. So a lot of pictures turned out blurry because I was getting goose chased. But oh well, fun memories. 
Besides, it's not everyday that geese want to join your family pictures. 
Plus it kinda fits for Christmas. Geese getting fat and all that. I doubt we'll eat these guys though, we'll stick with these tasty peppermint cookies that my brother-in-law made. 
Poor Madelyn just got her tonsils out. :( She was a good sport about the cold. 
I can't even tell you how happy these kids make me. Our lives would be nothing without them.
Adding Penelope and Clementine to our family has only added to our happiness. Life is good and God is good. 
Merry Christmas friends! Hope your season is the merriest. 



Shirt Pretty in Peplum//fabric old similar here and here
Sometimes I load all the kids up to go run errands and I get them out of the car only to realize that at least one of my kids doesn't have shoes on. I look at said child and sigh. Because it is oh so nice to be needed, but sometimes couldn't they need me just a little less. Just long enough to put their own shoes on? Oh well. Such is the conundrum of motherhood. 
And sure, sometimes it's frustrating to know that your child has no shoes on and you're bound to get looks. But someday these same kids will put on their own shoes and walk out of the house and I won't know exactly where they're going. And no doubt I'll feel old and lonely. So for now, if I forget to check their toes before we drive away, I'll smile and think about how nice it is to be needed.  All the time. Because someday they won't need me in quite the same way or at quite the same level. Blessed is the mama who is always needed.
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