Saturday, October 22, 2011

One of those things that I did this week....

Yeah, yeah...there was that homeschooling thing we do. This was BESIDES that. About a month or so ago, I ran across a Facebook post about Katwise sweaters. Here is her Etsy shop.
I fell in LOVE with them! So did the girls. I picked up a few sweaters at a thrift store in McKinney for about $2 each. I used the Katwise tutorial (found at her Etsy store) and made Caroline a modified Katwise sweater. We are calling it a Pixie sweater (I have one in mind to make for Joseph, who feels left out and will call that one a Gnome sweater ;)).
Caroline's is made out of 3 mid-weight felted wool sweaters and 2 cashmere sweaters.

A couple of days later, I made one for Libby. However, Libby is an Anti-Woolite. Her sweater is made out of a cotton Fair Isle print sweater plus a TON of tshirts. All of Libby's pieces we had laying around the house.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Halloween sneak peak

The kids had a big meeting a couple of months ago, complete with pencil and paper. They brainstormed ideas for what they could do for costumes this year. They all agreed that they wanted to have a theme because they like the attention that it gets them. ;) After much discussion and crossing ideas off the list, they decided they were doing Angry Birds.
I have a few criteria for Halloween costumes. It has to be wearable and it has to be layer-able. Therefore, this year's costumes are NOT the big, stuffed circular felt variety of Angry Birds. (Joseph and Ken were on a scout camping trip, so we will have to wait a week to see Joseph's costume.)

 Alex, it's Angry BIRDS, not angry PIGS. (Did I mention that the kids decided that the adults would be the pigs?)
 Much better.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dallas Heritage Village

One of our favorite places to visit is the Dallas Heritage Village. We go to all of the homeschool days that they host there. The kids also enjoy dressing the part when they go. ;) We go to go this year with our friends (especially helpful when you don't have a car to get you places.

Monday, October 10, 2011

State Fair

The kids had their annual performance at the State Fair of Texas today. After a gorgeous day yesterday, we had a huge front come through and it POURED all night long. We headed to the fair anyway to wait and see what the weather would do. We did end up performing. Libby, again, did a boy part and was such a good sport about it. Joseph recovered and joined us (although he got sick right as we got to the car. bleh. Better the fair ground parking lot than my car though.)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Dance season

I ran into some glitches with storing photos on blogger. I think I have it figure out now so that it won't take me hours and a bunch of crazy gymnastics to get my pictures to post. I am going to backtrack a bit and fill in the last month or so. The Oktoberfest dance season has almost come and gone this year. I thought I better get some pictures on here before it completely gets away from me. I didn't get as many pictures as I have in past years because I spend a lot of time coordinating kids between dances and making sure we have everyone that needs to be there. I did get a few though. These pictures are from the German American Society luncheon in October. Joseph was sick, so none of him. Libby is wearing lederhosen. We were so short of boys this year that we had to ask some girls to dance "boy parts". Libby said she would, but only if she could wear lederhosen. Doesn't she look cute though?