We are in the midst of planning for Eli's big, bug-themed birthday party that will be coming in a couple of weeks. I was really hoping for a laid-back party at a park with a couple of friends, but it turns out that Eli wants to invite every single person in the neighborhood so we're just going to have another big backyard barbecue with about 50 people or so. Last year I swore I was not going to have another big huge party again, but here I am doing it again. Oh, well. It's good to get the neighbors together every once in awhile even if I have a big huge panic attack while it's happening. My goal this week is to get the invitations made.
My sister-in-law is having her baby shower on Saturday so I've been busy making swaddling blankets, burp cloths and bibs. The shower is in Minnesota so I won't be able to make it. I'm pretty sure she doesn't read my blog so I'm not worried that she's going to see these pictures. The bib pattern is from Amy Karol's Bend-the-Rules Sewing. The burp cloth directions come from here. The swaddling blankets are just squared flannel pieces with the edges hemmed.A friend of mine told me of this genius idea to keep the kids occupied in the backyard: give the kid a pair of scissors and let them trim the grass. I love this idea. No wasting paper and it helps build up hand strength for all those fine motor skills. By the way, I got these child safety scissors in the back-t0-school section at Target. All plastic scissors with no metal blades are really hard to find, so I snatched up a couple of pairs. No more worries about Sadie cutting her finger off.
I'm starting a yoga class this week. I've never done yoga ever in my whole entire life. I'm really excited and am looking forward to devoting an hour to my health every week!
Coming up later this week: cloud painting and edible magic wands!