Potty training is going really well, thanks for asking.

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Hi. My name is Bethany, and I'm a recovering potty training parent.

Hiiiiiii Bethany.

It's come to this. I'm joining a support group for parents recovering from the trauma of having to clean so many poopy underpants you don't think your nose will ever recover. I'm ready to dip my hands in bleach, folks. That combined with the endless tinkle-fest happening on our floors. I'm done.

Take the other day for instance. Just me, ready to take some quick pics of Sophia in her new Flora Dress. I can't even tell you how many times I sat her on the potty before we left. And she was giving me nothing.  Nothing, I tell you. We're talkin' sound of silence, Simon + Garfunkel style. So naturally, as soon as I get her out of the car, positioned accordingly, ready to click, this child has the nerve to announce, "I need to go pottyyyyyyy." Of course. And I know in my heart, I need to find a place for her to squat, but for crying out loud, surely we can get through these pictures? But no. Noooooo. Out comes Niagra Falls and Sophia laughs because my "Oh no!!!" is really hilarious, apparently. But you know what? I just went for it with pictures. So there I was, clicking away, while my daughter was whizzing to her hearts content. (Or more likely, her bladders'.) And the whole time I'm thinking, "I can't believe I don't care more about this whole situation." But what's another accident in the day in the life of a mom with 6 littles? So we're back on the diaper. I'd like to say I've quit potty training for good, but I just can't seem to give it up. Come Monday, I'll be thinking that we can give it another go. I'm afraid I'll be using for the rest of my life.

But in happier sewing news, this awesome pattern by the talented, Heidi of Elegance and Elephants is on sale here, plus it's 10% off (using CODE: FTD10 ) through Dec 8th! I'm gonna sound like an infomercial here, but I mean it when I say that this is a beautiful, versatile pattern (no enclosures guys. I repeat, no enclosures!) It's already made it's way into my list of favorite patterns. Did I mention no buttons or zippers??? ;) It comes together quickly, which makes for a quick Christmas dress sew or a fast tunic. It's lined, no serger needed, and it has 3 different sleeve lengths. It also has 3 different bodice styles. I went with the basic A bodice and ended up rolling up the sleeves, just for fun. I liked the vibe with the large gingham flannel checks. Plus the fit is great. You may have noticed that it is short. The fact is, I made it for one of the twins, but they were unavailable for hire at the time. (Read: tired and cranky). Sophia is basically the same size as the twins, except for height, so we're going to saw I went with a "vintage" style, but if I'd remembered pants, it would have made a great tunic. :) Obviously, whatever works is the theme of my life. You guys know I don't really get on board with a pattern unless it's simple, so if you're in the market for a lovely sew, I'm a fan. So hop over here and use CODE FTD10 for 10% off and happy sewing! Or potty training, if you happen to be on that fabulous parenting journey, like me.


my favorite apples in the bunch

I took the kids apple picking a couple weeks ago. Boy, that's a sweaty feat for a mother. My head is all "Oh, apple picking. That's a fun picturesque idea." And by the end of it, I just want to nap. But even though this particular tradish had me picking most of the apples by myself, we still had fun. I am loving this season our family is in right now. Not because it's easy, but I think more because it's hard. It's exhausting. The bags under my eyes are proof, but it's rewarding to hang out with little kids because they are just so cute and simple and funny. My little humans bring me so much joy. We have up moments and down moments. And that's ok. The twins are giving me a run for my money and I just can't keep up and that's ok too, right? Right universe?? I think it is. Because at the same time, I'm having so much fun with them. They are all the good and bad things about having one 18 month old, only just add in another one. So a lotta frustration (I mean how much toilet paper can a little person possibly unroll before they are satisfied??) but double the happy. And double the chub. I'll love my little people forever. 


peaches, peaches, peaches, peaches

It was the perfect kind of weekend to cozy in. I'm not one to wish a season away or want one to come so badly. I dislike Halloween decorations up in July. It just bugs. Let me enjoy my summer while it's summer! I say. In my mind. To the workers at walmart everywhere. But once a season sets in, I'm ready. And this week, after several weeks of trying to hang onto what was left of summer, I felt the chill in the air and the coziness that is Fall. And I felt ready. I love that comfortable coldness that forces you to wear sweaters and slippers. And the harvest that forces you to don aprons and can peaches. Well first, I have lament that I didn't pay more attention to my parents when they canned peaches in my childhood, so I call my trusty friend, Deborah, who is an expert at canning (and basically everything else in life) and have her walk me through the peach canning process, then I can peaches. The little middies are helping, the twins are sleeping. I can leave the window open because it's not too cold, not too hot and the oven is warm and the house smells like fruit leather and our favorite peach pie. (Which is this one. You're welcome.) Nothing better than ringing in a new season, especially one this cozy. You can't force Fall, but when it comes, we welcome the sweaters, pie, and the extra 5 lbs of weight that comes with it. :)


Halloween 2017

Prepare yourselves for a boatload of pictures because it's that time of year again. You know what I'm talkin' bout. Where I tell myself that no way am I going to spend 40 bucks on a costume when I could make it myself. And then I end up spending more on one costume alone. Sigh. No this year, I stuck to a budget pretty well and truly, I really enjoy making costumes for my kids. It's fun to see things come together. The kids went with a "nature" theme this year. At least that's what Ezra informed me. He was boss of the op. He specifically wanted to be the dark haired guy. Martin? Because they have similar hair apparently. But he wanted to wear blue, which, I guess was Chris? Honestly, I'm not up to date on my Wild Kratts knoweldge so he's a Kratt brother. I feel like I've spent way to much time explaining this, but believe me, Ezra had to specify. Anyway, I saw so many DIY Kratt brothers costumes, but I just went with what I had, which was some black knit and blue fabric paint. And black gloves. Then I grabbed some khaki shorts and a blue shirt and called it a win. Ezra was tickled. 
The twins costumes were from the store. We've had that lady bug costume for years. I bought for like a dollar the day after Halloween and come heck or high water, we were using it on at least one of our babies! I originally had plans to copy it and make a full on striped bumblebee costume for Clementine, but life happened and I grabbed a black and yellow tutu from the dollar store because, let's face, an 18 month old can wear anything and still look cute.
Now if you'll just step this way on our nature walk, you'll notice our bird exhibit. (or as Jonathon put it, "birds you would find see in the Hunger Games movie series." :) For the feather skirts, I bought a bunch of boas and mostly used this tutorial from Simple Simon & Co. Then I kind of just did my own things measurement/waistband wise. And honestly I didn't even hem. Then I just used leftover feathers and hot glued them to felt and a hair clip for the feather clips.
First up, we have our swan getting ready to fly south for the winter. But guys, isn't she so sweet? Really, a swan is Lila's spirit animal. Shes's graceful, sweet, quiet and has always had the best posture I've ever seen. We had so much fun painting her face. And we had so much the opposite of fun taking off her sparkly face paint. I mean really, it felt like a torture chamber. I think we've successfully made her petrified of ever wearing make up. 

 Next up is our little flamingo. I have no words to tell you how much I adore this little Sophie-bird. She's just so cute. And she was proud of her flamingo stance. :)

And last, but certainly not least you can spot our little peacock, Madelyn in the wild. This tutu and costume were just a mix of a zillion I found on pinterest, just google DIY kids peacock costume, but this one was helpful with the headband/feather peacock plume dealio. Then I just added a shirt that we already had and threw in some black leggings. Easiest and itchiest (or so I've been told by Madelyn) costume ever.

And that's our crew. Happy Halloween 2017! I think I've broken my own personal record by actually posting this before Halloween. What?? If you need me before next year, I'll just be here, cleaning up feathers. Because my house looks like a chicken coop.
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