Monday, August 19, 2013

First Day of School 2013

It's the first day of school! wahooooo!

That's not to say that I want to get rid of my kids or anything. I really love them and love having them at home with me... but MAN! they get bored at the end of the summer. We're done traveling, there's no more vacations, no more plans, no more cousins to play with, all the money is gone and the routine is missing. The girls could not wait to go back~ especially Ella. William likes to act like he wasn't excited, but he was.

He is in the 4th grade this year. He is pretty excited about his teacher, disappointed that his best friend is going to a different school this year, and very excited about starting soccer this fall.

I should have put that his favorite toys were legos... but I didn't think about it until these were already edited and saved.
In other news, you should have seen the 3 different outfits he wanted to wear for the first day before I helped him choose this one. Whoa!!! He does not even care about being cool, at all.

Ella on the other hand has had her outfit planned out for weeks.
She designed it herself and had the sketch pinned to my sewing area.

Of course, she has her necklace, earrings, and new boots included in the sketch.

She is going into the 2nd grade. She has the same teacher that William had in the 2nd grade, so we're very excited about that. She just loves school so much, more than any kid I've ever seen and she will also be playing soccer this fall.

I made her dress yesterday in record time. It's self drafted and I'm considering drawing up a pattern for it. I think it's really cute and the girls LOVE it.
We didn't have any blue and red fabric {like in her sketch} so she picked this pale pink ITY instead. It has a lovely drape and it's so soft and comfy, even though it looks like it's staticy in these photos. grr....


 And with a little sweater because it was chilly this morning.

 Super cute, right?

Lucy was a little less decisive. I asked her everyday for a couple weeks what she wanted to wear on the first day of school, to which she would say, "oh... I don't care", or "I'll just wear something I already have". or "why do you keep asking me that, Mom?".

It was fine with me, because Lucy has plenty of clothes, but when Ella got wind of it, she almost died in shock. "YOU DON'T CARE WHAT YOU'RE WEARING ON THE FIRST DAY, LUCY?" It was so funny. So she talked Lulu into making her own little sketch. {This was yesterday at about 2:00, when we had to be at church from 4-7}.... thanks.

 I didn't have pink and purple fabrics on hand, so we went with this adorable 'I love Lucy' knit that my Mom bought me. I have no idea where it came from, but I love it and I've been saving it for years.

 Lucy's going into the 1st grade and she is absolutely thrilled about her teacher. She also gets to sit next to one of her best friends and classmates from last year and she's been invited to be on the gymnastics team in town this fall.

For her dress, I used the Lakeshore Halter Dress pattern by Birdsong patterns.I have to tell you, I adore this pattern!!! This is the 4th dress I've made from this pattern and I'm still not sick of it. It is seriously so fast and smartly put together. It's a breeze to make. Ironing on the hem tape for the skirt takes more time that anything else. I'll show you the other versions I've made tomorrow.

Although... Lucy's may be my favorite yet.

I made a size 2 with a 6 length, which is a little long on her, but I wanted her to be able to wear it for a while. This style is just perfect for Lulu, because it's knit and comfy, but also twirly and girly.

 How fun is that?!

 The school year goes by so fast, but I'm so excited to see where it takes these little ones.
Also, to continue growing my business, with the help of my Mom, who is going to help me in the pattern making and drafting.

I don't make many New Year's Resolutions. I prefer to make my resolutions at the start of the school year... so here's to 1. working out more and getting healthier 2. producing more patterns  3. learning new sewing skills    4. keeping the house tidier  and 5. learning some new recipes for dinners for the family!


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daniKate designs said...

I love Ella's dress--she has such a great sense of style. I kind of want to dress like she does :)
But more importantly--look at that jump! That's amazing!