Tag Archives: Beatrice

Summertime

1 Jul

Summer is usually a pain because it involves a lot of my husband and I trying to figure out how to keep the kids busy. 

Any ideas? 
Anyway, this year, they went to camp for a week. They would come home and fall asleep by 7pm. INSANE! They loved it so much they’re going back for three more weeks – thanks to two very generous grandmothers. 

We’ve been keeping them busy in other ways too. I spent about 4 days combing out Lucien’s hair – he hates the comb, and putting his hair into two strand twists. I loved it and thought he looked adorable, but he wanted a haircut.    

Do you think he’s into his haircut? 

The kids also have been working on their fort making skills. They built this epic one the other day. Well, Lucien built it and Bea kept saying “I love my new apartment” and “I can’t wait to decorate my new place!” Then they gave me 40 cents and two frisbees as rent. Hahahaha!    
What have you been doing for fun this summer? My next post is about what I’ve been doing besides school. 

New clothes for B & L

10 Feb

I finally got my sewing machine up and running this week. Thankfully school hasn’t gotten to be too busy yet so I was able to get some sewing done for the kids, including a shirt I had cut out and pinned for Lucien but before we moved last spring!

Here’s Lucien’s top, it’s the Charlie Tunic from Made By Rae. I like this pattern (and the dress version) because they’re easy! I also modify it where I don’t put in the buttons. The main fabric in this is wax cloth that my husband bought for me when he last went to Gabon. The coordinating fabric is vintage that I found at a tag sale last summer.

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I wasn’t sure at first how they’d go together, but I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I’m also pretty happy with Lucien’s crazy toothless grin! (Side note – he lost his tooth last week in the middle of the night, and couldn’t find it! Like it’s somewhere in his room, but we haven’t been able to find it. Maybe he swallowed it, but the night he lost it, he says he dropped it between his bed and the wall, and we woke up to the sound of him pawing at the wall to get it back – freaking out the that tooth fairy might not come. It was crazy!)

Anyway –

For Bea, I made a twirly skirt. I didn’t use a pattern, I just measured her waist, then doubled the measurement – so 22″x2 = 44, then I measured the length and added a couple inches to account for the hem and waistband, it was 14″. I just cut a rectangle from the fabric and sewed up the side, but instead of zig zagging the seams after sewing them, I did French seams instead. It took about 30/45 minutes to make, the longest part was putting the elastic in the waistband.

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First, Bea didn’t really want to pose – she wanted to twirl around…but she picked the fabric, it’s Alexander Henry from Joann’s maybe a year or so ago. I think I might make her some more and add some mini pom poms to the bottom, I think she’d like that.

Fashion Friday

14 Nov

Fashion Friday is a weekly series in which I will highlight some of my children’s outfits.

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Bea is wearing some princess chic. Her cape is from her Granny, the Barbie princess dress is from my mom. She has on bumble bee striped tights from We Love Colors, I think these are her favorites because she wears them all the time! She’s also wearing her gold boots, from Target.


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Lucien is wearing a jacket that his Granny bought for him last year, I don’t know from where but it must have been popular because 4 other boys at his school have the same one! Hahaha! His sweater was thrifted, he said he wanted to wear it because my mom wears argyle. He calls it his “grandmaman sweater.” The jeans are Tommy Hilfiger, but thrifted and the boots are Target.

I added a couple of my outtake pictures because they’re so cute.

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Wordless Wednesday: Miss Josephine lets kids play with her (finally!)

12 Nov

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* side note – Miss Josephine is the one who had been taking medication to calm her nerves because the kids made her too anxious and a bit snappy. We took her off the meds after about 9 months, and I think that with the kids gone most of the day (she’s home alone with me & our other dog & our cat) I think that’s helped a lot with how she deals with the kids. She lets them pet her now. She even played fetch with Lucien, which a year ago we’d have thought impossible. I’m mentioning all this just so you know that dogs can change for the better, with a lot of work.

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Wordless Wednesday: they’re getting tall!

21 May

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Sick days

22 Feb

I have been so sick – I had bronchitis and pneumonia, then my husband got pneumonia…we’ve been waiting to see if the kids get it, and so far, they’ve been healthy – thank goodness!

As a result of our varied illnesses, we haven’t been able to leave the house much and combine that with all the snow we’ve been getting – I am a seriously looking forward to spring!

Anyway, I think the kids are getting a bit stir crazy because Bea dressed herself like this and called herself a Princess. I just went with it.

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Lucien also dressed himself in scarves, including some tied around his waist and legs, and called himself a pirate – but he wouldn’t let me take a picture.

Day off from school = Day trip!

17 Oct

My kids recently had a day off from school on the same day that my husband was off from teaching so we decided to take a little day trip. We went to the Crayola Experience in Easton. It was really fun for all four of us! I didn’t take a ton of pictures but I’ll share some of what I took, because really it was fun.

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My kids about passed out when they saw the outside! They kept yelling “BIG MARKER!!” I think when I said we were going inside they didn’t believe me. Lol!

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The inside was set up with a bunch of hands on stations where you could paint with melted crayons, make your own molded crayons, make your own crayon labels, make your own markers…my kids were in heaven!

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They loved the giant markers and crayons outside. We had to pose and take pictures on all of them! And play on them. I think Lucien was disappointed that we couldn’t take one of the giant crayons home.

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I loved the crayon wall! Lucien did too!

We had so much fun that two little someones who passed out before we even left the parking lot:

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(Yes, I fixed her seatbelt before we started back home)

Big kids

4 Sep

It finally happened, my kids started school this week! They’re both in preschool. So far they are loving it every day, and that makes me very happy – I hope they keep loving it. I met their teachers, and they both seem really nice, which is a relief.

Here’s a couple pictures from their first day:

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They keep insisting on wearing the backpacks and it kills us because , I think they’d fit in the backpacks!

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Bea asked for big hair and a big bow. Lucien kept calling this his “unicorn.” Sometimes they’re too cute, even for me!

Bea’s summer hair

15 Jul

I don’t know if I’ve posted about this before, but I agonize, a lot, over Bea’s hair. I want it to look good but I also want to style it the way she likes. Unfortunately for knots, she’s really into puffs right now. But, she’s started combing her own hair when she takes a bath, and that helps a lot.

I’ve started putting her in head wraps. I saw a picture of a little girls with a head wrap and thought it was the cutest. So I called youtube and watched a bunch of videos. It’s super easy and she & I both like it.

Here are some pictures I took of her with various head wraps – justifying my hoarding of vintage scarves by the way:

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I have some ideas for braids and wraps that I think might be cute – and produce less knots.

Fashion Friday: Bea dresses herself

17 May

Fashion Friday is a weekly series in which I will highlight some of my children’s outfits.

This week I only have one outfit to show you, as Lucien wouldn’t stand still long enough for an outfit photo – he’s faster than my camera!

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Bea picked out this outfit herself. The top we picked up at Target the other day. I kind of forced her to like it at the store because she wanted all princess clothes and that’s not happening at this house. The overalls dress she picked out at Kohls when she went with my mom and I wasn’t there. She loves this dress, a lot. I couldn’t find it on the Kohls site, but this one is basically the same dress but with different colored ruffles – click here . Oh, and a downside of this dress – she wore it to the park and flashed everyone her underpants…next time she will have a costume change before we hit the park.

I also have a coupon code for kohls.com to share with all of you! It’s good until July 11. Just use the code BLOGGER10 at checkout. Let me know if you get anything good!