During our trip, I had an all-day work meeting on Friday. My parents had a day full of fun for Sam (except the hair cut--that wasn't any fun, I hear), and I met up with them at a corn maze/petting zoo/all the fall activities. Sam had fun playing in a huge container of corn, going down a giant slide, getting licked by a cow, seeing pigs and goats and holding a bunny. We also took a hay ride to the corn maze, which was a lot of fun. We only got lost in the last little part of it. I mean, it took us a while to get out, but we finally did. Like, we could have sworn we tried that way and it was wrong, but then magically there was the right way? what? mazes, right?

Sunset was gorgeous. The weather this trip was seriously amazing. Sunny, warm and full of fall colors. I was really sad to leave that behind for the rains for days in portland!

Sam even learned to say what a donkey says (hee haw) cause we kept repeating it. It's adorable.

oh hi

Hello! Writing posts kinda fell off my list in October, but we're back! I went to Utah last week for work trip, but I extended it by a few days so Sam and I could hang out with my family. I always find myself with a few deadlines before I take a trip, and usually they are self-imposed. This time was no different, so the last part of September and first part of October I was finishing up things (and watching parks and rec like crazy) during Sam's nap time.

Some fall projects included a toddler backpack and jeans for Sam (although now they are almost too short, ahh!) and a duffle bag. I also worked on a belle dress for my sister's halloween costume. I didn't think I would be making princess dresses already, but this was fun to try.

I also managed to squeeze in a skirt for me and a shirt for sam. And then when I came home, it was halloween costume time! And now...I may be taking a sewing break until...it's time to sew for Christmas and I have another trip deadline. :)

summer sewing

Most of the pictures I sent to my sister this summer were selfies in the bathroom with an unfinished shirt on (picture not included). I wrote earlier about a dress I was making with a pattern that I printed out with the wrong proportions...and I will say that things did improve from that, other than the fact that I barely eked a shirt out of the dress, which is a little sad. But it is only a tiny bit too small. And part of me wants to buy more of that fabric to make the intended dress, and the other part of me is soooo over that fabric so, whatever.

I've gone back and forth over the past couple years about making some clothes for me and I thought I came to the conclusion that I was not going to feel bad about not doing it, even though I could.

Until...patterns. I love sewing patterns (especially the newer "indie" patterns). There are so many tutorials out there and while they are great, they never work that well for me--I need someone to do the hard part and I can just trace and cut. So I tried a shirt pattern this summer and it's my favorite--I made four shirts so far from it. I have a few patterns in the line up and a few I can't wait to try, including a button up shirt.

I mean, how many button up shirts is too many?

And anyway, not that everyone needs to see all the shirts I made myself, but here they are. I love that chambray one. That is the fun part about making things--you can pick out the fabric! I think I will spend the rest of my life looking for the perfect black and white striped fabric, but other than that, the new, modern fabric out there is so great.

I also sewed some things for Sam too--I'll eventually post about those. Dave, probably wisely, changes the subject when I offer to sew him something. 

fall adventures

September has had great weather. It's cooled down and started raining more, but earlier this month we were still playing at splash pads! Some of the fun things we've done include story time, oat dumping/playing, toy store exploring and good old fashioned playing in the rain. Sam loves puddle jumping.
So this was just the funniest thing. I encouraged him to go play with all the kids in the middle (he is very shy and introverted at story time) and he did, and then they all went to sit with their parents. Sam? He just stood in the middle, still as a statue, for at least 5 minutes. Seriously, still as can be. I was just laughing in the corner. This last week, he actually went and sat on the teacher's lap during a song. I was shocked! 
He loved this little stroller, and I've been thinking for months of getting him one. It seems must less tear-inducing than our big one that he likes to push around (and get it stuck).
 The other day we walked to the park and it wasn't supposed to rain for a few hours, but of course it started to rain the second we got there. I had his boots and jacket, but I just got his boots on and he was off!