lessons in becoming a knight

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This boy of ours has been obsessed with stories of knights, Robin Hood and hunters as of late and so I thought it in order for a family hike up in Mount Madonna County Park. They have the perfect setting for a young boy to let his imagination run wild. Tall majestic trees, white fallow deer, wild turkeys, an archery range and the ruins of the old Henry Miller estate make for the perfect “castle” to practice your sword fighting techniques or play hide and go seek, because hey who doesn’t like to play hide and go seek!
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All in all it was a fabulous day only it did leave our boy whining on the way home wishing he had a real bow and arrow to go hunting with and Mama yearning for more time in the mountains amongst tall trees and natures animals. One day, we will have our country mountain home and our children each their very own bow and arrows.

 

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the perfect summer play dress

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When I saw this pattern I instantly fell in love. I found it at StraightGrain: a blog about sewing. The pattern for the dress can be found here. This pattern was easy and straightforward; just the way ALL patterns should be (in my opinion!) and the results were fabulous! I would even go as far as to say that this is my best dress yet. I told Sal this dress is the most professional looking of all the garments I have ever made and it wasn’t even the hardest to make. When shopping for fabric I wanted to find something soft and comfortable, in hopes that this could be more of a fun play dress than a dress up for a party dress. I decided on a beautifully grey linen with pastel colored polka dots (I cannot remember the name of it for the life of me at the moment. Maybe you do Jenna, your so good with fabric lines and names!). The result was exactly what I was searching for; the perfect summer play dress. The first time she wore it we were visiting my parents in Canada and going to a music festival for the day. We played with boats in the river, had a picnic, danced our hearts out, took turns taking wagon rides, and she even got her face painted for the first time (she chose to get a kitty cat). From sunrise to nap time this dress was well suited for all sorts of adventures.

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I just can’t wait to make more of these! It really is the perfect summer play dress. What has been your favorite summer pattern?

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this moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual (inspired by soulemama). A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Wishing you all a peaceful and beautiful weekend.

-April

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this moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual (inspired by soulemama). A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Wishing you all a peaceful and beautiful weekend.

-April

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