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WEEK19

This week we tried for some passport photos…and ended up with mostly outtakes. I ended up busting out the flash to fix up the shadows…and hopefully we ended up with something passable.

“our family, once a week, every week, in 2013.”

PART OF THE 52 PORTRAIT SERIES : STARTED BY CHE & FIDEL

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Baby Shower & Handmade Gifts

As I mentioned earlier, I went back to VA to help throw a baby shower for my sister who is expecting her first in June. My mom and I hosted her shower, and also both set out to do some handmade gifts for her and the baby. My mom is quite crafty as well, and while it has traditionally been on the sewing machine, she picked up her hooks and busted out a few crocheted blankets as well. I ended up making the Lotta Jansdotter’s Snuggler and Tag Blankie from the Simple Sewing for Babies. The kids and I made a little dog rattle for the baby as well. The idea came from the book Sewing School, and we then added the rattle part inspired by the rattles in the Simple Sewing for Babies. That project involved them decorating the puppy outline with crayons and then ironing the dog to set the colors. We then turned it into a little plush and added the rattle.

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We had some crafty fun at the shower too. We set up a station where guests were invited to decorate a one-sie for the baby. We had a number of freezer paper stencils available and a selection of paints, and I think they turned out super cute! There are tons of tutorials online for how to do this, and I looked at these here, here and here.

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In addition to making the lovely green and white baby blanket below, along with a diaper caddy,  burp and wash cloths, my mom also whipped up these cute little pouches with a party favor for guests.babyshower_17 babyshower_75babyshower_01

All in all it was quite the lovely little celebration, and I’ve found a new obsession for this summer…Berry Fizz, the muddled berry/soda concoction my sister in in the midst of making below.babyshower_34

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This week Tanner had a poetry recital. The whole class selected poems by Shel Silverstein, and he chose Warning, a poem about a sharp toothed snail that lives inside your nose and bites your finger if you stick it in. Given his poem topic, I found it amusing he wanted to pick up a shirt and tie for the recitation. He selected this lovely combo, wore it proudly (and a little sleepily) and did a great job of presenting his poem.

Spring soccer is in full swing, and this is Kaya’s first time playing. It is quite a sight seeing these little girls run around the field, and despite not scoring a single goal this season (well in their goal at any rate – they’ve added a few to other teams’ scoreboards), they seem to be having fun.

“our family, once a week, every week, in 2013.”

PART OF THE 52 PORTRAIT SERIES : STARTED BY CHE & FIDEL

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This was one of those weeks. You the know, the ones filled with kid faces hitting hard surfaces, shoes being ripped to shreds as laces get tangled in spin bike pedals, forgetting that box tops on the roof rack keep you from fitting into the garage, ear infections, allergic reaction to antibiotics…you get the gist. But, it ended nicely with an afternoon spent on the deck, the kids playing and the hints of summer in the air.

“our family, once a week, every week, in 2013.”

PART OF THE 52 PORTRAIT SERIES : STARTED BY CHE & FIDEL

15/52 {a little late}

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So, this past week I was away from the kids and visiting my family in Virginia, celebrating my sister’s growing belly and throwing her a baby shower. As such, my portrait for week 15 is of my sister her husband and her growing family. More shower photos to come, especially the maternity portraits and pictures of the handmade goodies.

“our family, once a week, every week, in 2013.”

PART OF THE 52 PORTRAIT SERIES : STARTED BY CHE & FIDEL