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. :)
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