You know the feeling when things don’t go as you planned them? Well, thus wekenend has been like that so far.  Plus all the snow that’s on the ground I think has something to do with it. 

Usually W does 1-1.2 hrs in the morning and then maybe 45 min in the afternoon.  It hasn’t been quite that way.  Her morning naps have been 30 min and Michael has had to go and extend her nap by picking her up and rocking her, which ends up with him holding her. I really wanted to move away from that so she could learn to sleep on her own. This will also give the four of us time to spend together, or even for some ME time. 

On a more fun side, we decided to take the kids tobogganing yesterday – nothing big.  But when you’re 42 and out of shape, trudging through a foot and a half of snow can send you panting and having leg cramps.  It was fun while it lasted but extremely tiring. 

I don’t know if this is a boy-thing, but Z kicks everything he sees.  Ok I understand kicking snow is fun.  But when he is in the house and sees something on the floor, instead of picking it up,he kicks it around. It drives me crazy. He’s been pushing and testing limits a lot today. Other than remaining calm, what else do you do or say as a parent?

Don’t get me wrong. I love him to pieces but when we say, “time to go”, he acts as if he doesn’t hear us.  He takes his time and goes slowly.  It’s the story every morning on school days.  The pickup van would arrive and be sitting on the driveway waiting for him and he slowly wanders to the foyer and doesn’t get dressed and ready to leave.  Like, what do you do? M gets so frustrated and ends up rushing him out. It’s like he has no sense of urgency. Happens with V too, though not as much. 

On a happier note, While W napped this morning, we crafted something as a family.  Sharpie mugs. We used vinyl letter stickers and drew designs on them.  

I’m looking forward to Zander’s Chanukah concert this Thursday. 


Upcycled Balaclavas 

It is -8 degrees Celsius out today.  Thank goodness there is no windchill factor.  Also the sun is out so that helps. But the one thing is find challenging is dressing infants and toddlers in this weather.  We don’t have. A garage so our car sits out in the cold. Even after 5 min of warming up the car, it’s still freezing.  And they say it’s unsafe to buckle a small child with winter coat.  I wish they made thinner suits for the car – kind of the like the car coats they have for adults.  

Zander has a million hats in the closet but he likes to wear certain ones a lot.  I’ve been wanting to make him one of these and I finally did. It’s a balaclava, which doubles as a hat and a scarf because it’s long enough to also cover the neck.  

This was made using an old sweater and a fleece material. I found the template that fits a 5/6 yo here. I lined mine so it would be reversible. I didn’t get to finish the raw edges on the bottom here.   And I also found it tricky to sew the face hole and flip it inside out. I had to try a few times to get it right. 

V also wanted one but in pink and purple – of course.  So I made her one out of this lavender mink material and a pink cotton sweater I don’t fit anymore. I just love to upcycle things – so good for the environment and my pocket. 

Here’s what the other side looks like.  

I didn’t have a child model as V is in school today and the baby is sleeping. 

It’s not a difficult project to make but definitely a challenge to do reversible. 

If you make this, I’d love to see what you chose for your two fabrics. Happy sewing. 

P.S. The only time I’m able to blog or see or do anything else is when the baby is sleeping.