Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Christmas dress

Mom gave me the use of her pleater so I could try smocking some things for Caroline. So about 4 months ago, I went to the fabric store and asked for an easy bishop pattern. I'm glad I started early. I really didn't think I would ever get finished and at one point I was convinced the project was cursed. The first dress went through the pleater three times (incurring some tiny holes at some point) and got smocked twice. Due to unclear construction instructions (this is an easy pattern???), I neglected to insert sleeves into the dress before pleating. Mom kept saying that she always sewed the sleeves in first, but the pattern seemed to suggest otherwise. I now know that, yes, you do sew the sleeves in prior to pleating. (Mom always knows best!) Instead of taking out the smocking (again) and ripping out the seams, I decided at that point to spend $5 on another yard of fabric. It was amazing how quickly the process went once I knew what I was doing!

I am so pleased with the results--probably even more so because of the struggle it took to get here. When I put the dress on her, I have to admit that I got a little teary. She just looked so darn sweet and angelic! She could probably make a burlap sack look cute. You will be seeing a lot of this dress between now and Christmas! Time to start on her Easter dress...

Monday, November 27, 2006

A very blessed Thanksgiving

We traveled with my Mom and Dad, Erin, and Autumn over to a resort outside of Hot Springs, AR. We met up with my dad's family there - his mom and dad, all of his brothers and sisters, and most of their children were able to make it. The last time we were all together was about 15 or 16 years ago in Colorado. Needless to say, our Thanksgiving was very special!

Thanksgiving photos

Thanksgiving videos

Monday, November 13, 2006

"Busy"-ness as usual

All smiles here!

She has all these cool toys, but her favorite is a plastic cup. I think she likes the noise when she talks into it.

Our happy girl!

She covered herself with the blankey for a nap.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Just some smiles...

A wave (kind of - it's pretty close!)

Scrunch face!

A Princess Party

Caroline was invited to her very first party: her friend Elizabeth turned one! The theme? Princess pink, of course!

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!!!!

Caroline got to wear a special princess hat, made by Mommy.

Caroline let Mommy wear the princess hat, too.

Daddy's Prince hat was very dashing.

Caroline gets a princess kiss from one of our blog's most loyal viewers, Brittany!

Grammy and Grandy read to Caroline