Hawthorne is pointing out the happiest girl in the room. My toothless little 6 year old finally got an Elsa shirt, but without any eyesore graphics or her weird face starting out at us constantly. Now she has something besides her Elsa dress to wear.
Baby brother is definitely tagging on to his sister’s interests and loves all things Elsa. He’s always devastated when none of the Elsa things are for him. He gets over it pretty quickly when he finds some spiderman or batman or star wars stuff to run around in though.
For her shirt, I pieced together bits from an old H&M shirt of mine, and used jersey I already had in my stash for the sleeves. There are little colorful confetti dots in the white fabric, which reminds me of snowfall.
I had to sew a seam down the center of the shirt just to get enough fabric out of the one I had hacked apart for upcycling. But it works.
Her skirt is from my previous post about the Oliver and S swingset pattern. She loves this one. So comfy and cute.
For the stencil, I just googled Elsa silhouette and found something to trace. Then I used metallic jacquard fabric paint that I had on hand. It’s not the obvious choice of color for an Elsa graphic, but it’s what I had.
Would anyone explain to me why my 6 year old looks like a teenager to me already? Worse yet, SHE thinks she looks like a teenager and loves it because she thinks it gives her an air of independence. Sorry, girl. No phones, and you still have a solid bedtime.
The wild middle child got a new shirt too. She’d been following me around moaning about needing a spiderman shirt, and that I was only making things for other people lately. So I whipped this out one weekend morning and unleashed her on the neighborhood.
Her tee is made with some leftover organic jersey I had leftover from Halloween. She kept telling me she should always wear a shirt made of that fabric because it felt so nice, so I’m glad I had enough to get one more thing made for her out of it. It’s a pretty inexpensive option from fabric.com when they have it in stock. Her Bilbo shirt and Hawthorne’s Han shirt were both made from it too.
They happened to both be in their shirts on the same morning, so I managed to get some very sweet and charming little pictures of them together. hahaha. For some reason, Hawthorne didn’t want to be in the pictures with them.
These girls party all day together. Their relationship evolves over time and I’m interested to see it as it grows and changes more with the years. They’ll be together so much being homeschooled and 18 months apart in age, and I’m hoping they’ll have a deep running river of memories of their childhood together.
Most of my childhood was spent in a house with no siblings, off on a hill far away from any friends or other kids. It gave me a lot of time to learn to amuse myself, read books, run around in the forest. But I do lack the memories and inside stories that come with growing up with others. Hopefully these kids will get the time to explore and the relationships as a whole package.
More moments are spend doubting my ability to manage parenting and homeschooling all of these little humans than not, but when I’m able to step back and see all they have at this age, I realize we’re doing ok. They have plenty of free time to play, they have friends and each other, stability, a flexible education. The girls can both read and use their imaginations. They know something about what caring for babies is like. Plenty of trips to the library. Evenings spent with daddy snuggling and doing read aloud time.
And they’re super weird homeschool kids in homemade clothes. There’s that too. Hahaha.
I’ve relaxed a lot of my expectations and plans for school this year, and brought us to a place that’s more doable and enjoyable for all of us I think. They’re 5 and 6 years old. They need to play and be read to, to learn about the world around them, find a daily rhythm.
Some days we just skip all the plans and play outside.
Violet has really taken off in her reading abilities lately, and I find her snuggled up with books reading next to Clover all the time.
They’re obsessed with A Series of Unfortunate Events and play Bodelaires every day. Clover composes poems that are multiple lines long and rhyme really well.
We’ve done a unit study based on a picture book with Five In A Row, which they really seemed to love. How to Bake an Apple Pie and See the World brought us to different places on the map, had us drawing street scenes in towns, and learning about/tasting apples
We learn about herbs from kids stories. Clover found a rosehip outside yesterday.
We use spotify with the lyric setting on to learn christmas carols (little drummer boy. Hawthorne is drumming Violet’s head…..)
And sometimes life is just an afternoon bathtime tea party with all your clothes on.