The kids were extremely excited to find a baby snake. I think it was the combination of baby snakes and the chorus of evening frogs that forced me into the reality of spring.
February 8 was both my birthday and Emma's. I turned 42 (why doesn't being a grown up ever really feel like being a grown up?), and she, 10. I just can't believe she's so close to being a teenager, this girl of mine. At the same time, I can. She is so much fun, she loves crafting of all sorts, is enjoying being introduced to some of the movies and books I loved when I was younger (still do), and is generally a lovely young lady. I am planning to teach her to sew this summer, and am pretty sure she will do wonderfully. She is becoming interested in cake decorating, which I use to do a lot of. Unfortunately, my massive set of decorating tools were left behind when I went through a divorce in 1997. Fortunately, decorating tools will be a fun collection for gifting her with whenever she starts outgrowing dolls. She had seen a toadstool cake on pinterest, and wanted to make her own. She used fondant for the decorations, but she didn't want fondant covering the whole cake, just frosting.
Fortunately, she hasn't outgrown dolls yet, and loves her American Girl doll and all her knock off counterparts. I had wanted to order this kitchen for her at Christmas, but it was sold out everywhere, except for people on ebay selling them for twice their original price. Forget that! It's from Target, and is so stinking adorable!! I don't have pictures of all the accessories, but it came with the cutest measuring spoons, shakers, pans, food, a box of cocoa with six tiny cocoa packets! I would have been in heaven with a kitchen like that as a girl! She, Owen, and Mia have been having a wonderful time with it, especially because it's been ordered to stay in the living room until we finish fixing up the girls' room.
|Astoria Evening Budget, Astoria Oregon, Thursday, March 27, 1924|
Emma and I did take a bit of time to make our own version of Myquillin Smith's book page garland. We added some coffee filter flowers to ours, which I like for now, but may remove later. Most of them are hot glued directly to my craft cupboard.
I had to come back and add one more pic! Goofy Mia outside today on our not-so-wintry day. She's wearing the first sweater - the first anything - I ever knitted! I knitted the cable part a bit tight, but it's still really nice. I made it for Alan, who will be 12 in April. She's the fourth kid to wear it, which I love. I crocheted the hat last winter, and have a pink/brown one still waiting to be finished. Sigh.