Thursday, September 15, 2016

The indoor adventureland

valor at 16 months
romp o rama
serene at 2 years 11 months and valor at 16 months
serene at 2 years 11 months and valor at 16 months
valor at 16 months
valor at 16 months
valor at 16 months
serene at 2 years 11 months
serene at 2 years 11 months
serene at 2 years 11 months and valor at 16 months
serene at 2 years 11 months
valor at 16 months
serene at 2 years 11 months
serene at 2 years 11 months and valor at 16 months
serene at 2 years 11 months and valor at 16 months
valor at 16 months
valor at 16 months
valor at 16 months
serene at 2 years 11 months
valor at 16 months
valor at 16 months
Alex likes to joke that we're tired parents. Keeping up with our two kids ages two and under takes a bit of energy; oftentimes, Serene's and Valor's combined energy is unmatched. Which is why we're thankful suckers for indoor play places - ample yet contained weather-proof spaces with plenty of play opportunities for the kids, and rest areas for parents to watch them take on all the fun. We discovered a new indoor adventureland this past week for family day, which quickly became a resounding favorite. The kids gravitated towards the pretend city section, and I couldn't resist snapping pictures. It's such a joy to watch the kids play, learn, imagine, create, and discover - and to be in the midst of guiding them through it all. It is a precious gift from God we pray we steward well.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A keepsake softie

handmade doll using baby blanket
When a friend had the thoughtful idea to turn his wife's beloved baby blanket into a keepsake softie and asked me to help bring his vision to life, I was thrilled to help. I thought he had such an amazingly sweet idea. The baby blanket was so soft and wonderfully worn; I used it as the doll's dress. I selected other fabrics in colors that would complement the baby blanket. The doll has a sweet embroidered face, purple felt hair, green-and-white striped legs, and a removable cape made from vintage linens. Serene and Valor each thought I was making the doll for them, and were so sad I wasn't. Valor kept crying and reaching for "bay-bee," and Serene has been requesting a new softie ever since. A mermaid soft doll, to be exact. I'm thinking I know what to make her for her third birthday coming up soon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Palm Springs getaway

palm springs august 2016
palm springs august 2016
palm springs august 2016
palm springs august 2016
palm springs august 2016
palm springs august 2016
palm springs august 2016
palm springs august 2016
palm springs august 2016
Kind church family members blessed us with their Palm Springs timeshare last month, which facilitated two nights of rest & relaxation. All we did was nap, swim, and get super tanned. Thankful for unexpected and undeserved time away together in August.