a little bit of this, a little bit of that

Life has a funny way of speeding up and then slowing down, up and down, fast and slow, yet all the while always actually moving at the same pace. So many things going on, all of them like little flashes of light that flicker quick and then are gone, leaving memories in their shadow. 

We had a beautiful weekend and a pretty breezy Easter day which came and went so quickly, though I tried my hardest to soak it all in. Scott headed out to his first Cubs game of the season while Summer and I got all dressed up in our pretty flowy floral prints and went to church with my dad where hundreds of others followed suit, overflowing the church to standing room only. We stood in the back with lots of other families with kids and I was so proud of my perfectly quiet girl who was content eating puffs, watching the people, and literally humming along to the songs which was the prettiest little sound I’ve ever heard. After church, we went and hung out with Nanna for a bit where there was a little lamb waiting for my little monkey…


Then, given the fact that we had beautiful weather and nowhere to be, Summer and I walked around the lake by our house where we saw a snake that stopped me dead in my tracks for a moment, we quacked at some ducks, and because I didn’t come prepared, we fed the geese some banana flavored puffs that I had shoved in my pockets after they fell on the floor at church a few hours earlier. Luckily, the geese didn’t seem to mind.

Once my pockets were empty, we continued on the path and eventually came to a pier that stretched out over the lake, turned under a covered bridge and then looped back around on the other side to dry land. I thought it would be fun to take the pier path with the stroller but after getting far enough to where it wouldn’t make sense to turn around but not far enough to be able to see the end, I quickly decided that nope, no sir, it wasn’t fun in the slightest. All of a sudden without warning, my hair began whipping wildly and stinging me in the eyes as the air screamed in my ears and my flowy floral shirt threatened to fly over my head because for some unforseen reason the wind was 3,000 mph stronger on the pier. It took all my strength to stay upright and keep the stroller moving forward while practically pushing my entire body against it backwards and I’m really glad strollers have straps to keep baby in because she probably would have gone flying across the lake otherwise. I know we must have looked absolutely ridiculous to anyone on the land path considering there was barely a light breeze over there and we were wrestling with an invisible wind storm 20 feet away. And once we made it to the other end, for me, someone who likes to get lost just to discover new places and find my way back, my lesson that day had been learned – sometimes it’s actually better stay on the beaten path. Who knew? 

Once we made it all the way around the lake and back to the car, Summer and I hit home to relax the rest of the afternoon away in the backyard on a soft blanket in the sun. This little one definitely inherited my love for adventure and curiosity of new things – you stick her in the middle of a boring old blanket and she’ll insist on making her way to the fun stuff…

It was one of those perfectly unplanned, wing-it kinda days with nowhere to be and no agendas to follow and it was so great just spending it however we chose, just me and my girl. That is, of course, until she tried to stick a dandelion in her mouth and I went to grab it from her, missed, and BINK! I accidentally poked her in the eye. There were lots of tears. She might have cried a little, too, though I can’t be certain because I couldn’t actually hear anything above my own sobbing.

I’m sorry, punkin, I’m so so sorry. 😦 Although she’s forgotten all about it by now, you can just call me Mama Bruiser. Or Big Mama FAIL. Sigh, while I know I definitely have it slightly better than the guy I work with who was playing with his son and throwing him up into the air onto the bed and broke his own son’s arm, I think it’s safe to say that this time around I’m definitely not winning mother of the year. I’m sorry punkin, I’m so so so so sorry.

Her baptism dress is coming along slowly. The shell that I posted before has been cut up, revamped, and discarded already, though it definitely helped me figure out a thing or two about making an actual wearable dress. This is as far as I got with this one before deciding to scrap it and start over…

I ended up buying a backup dress from Children’s Place just in case (I’m obviously not dead-set on her wearing all white)….

And I hit up Joann yesterday for new fabric, bias tape, satin ribbon and a zipper to start fresh on a whole new dress after measuring between armpits and across her chest. I drew up my own pattern modeled somewhere between the backup dress and another beautiful one I saw at a children’s formal wear store I walked through last weekend that I can’t stop thinking about. And during this whole process, I’ve learned that I sew like I cook. I can follow a recipe, I can follow a pattern, but if you ask me to just kind throw stuff together and make it work? Fuggedaboutit. So last night I got started on dress #2…or would it be dress #3 by now? Either way, I cut my pattern and I cut my pieces.

And that’s it so far. And this dress. It will happen. It may happen 7 different ways before the baptism. But it will happen. And I apologize to any future boys that I may give birth to because after having the option of buying 10 dresses by now but insisting on doing this my way, oh ya, I will make all of my future children wear this dress to their baptisms, too.

No luck on the job front for Scott yet, though he has found interesting ways to keep himself occupied in the meantime. I spy with my little eye a very handsome Nacho playing basketball…

My honey’s done gone and become famous or something. 🙂 



Filed under crafts, DIY, Easter, Holiday, Parenting, Summer

7 responses to “a little bit of this, a little bit of that

  1. loveandrenovations

    Summer is getting so big! She’s so, so beautiful! 🙂

  2. Morgan

    That sounds like a lovely, carefree Easter you and Summer had! Well, other than the eye poke part 😉

    I look forward to seeing the finished dress!

  3. What a wonderful Easter!! I’m so excited to see the dress you come up with. No matter what, you’re much more talented than I!! And I love that Scott did a commercial!! So much fun!

  4. Kelsey

    If it makes you feel any better, my dad gave me a black eye on accident. We were playing Chinese jump rope and I bent down to scratch an itch just as he jumped. Knee collided with eye. Ouch!

  5. Mandy

    Aw, don’t be too hard on yourself! I’m sure we’ve all done it… little baby skin will heal up in no time 🙂 Summer’s so sweet!

  6. sounds like you two had a lovely day. and yay for making the dress–it’s going to be darling!

  7. Oh I like the revamped dress! But I also cannot ‘wing it’, I need a pattern/recipe/protocol for everything, ha – so I understand. 🙂 Summer is looking as adorable as ever!

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