{pretty, happy, funny, real}

Capturing Contentment in the Everyday…


This week’s sewing.  The dress on the left was made from fabric shown in a previous {pretty, happy, funny, real} post.  I made bloomers for it out of the green fabric pictured there, but it was hard to show them in the lineup.  I had cut out the material for two other patriotic dresses–one for Sunshine and one for the little cousin whom we’ll see on the 4th–but alas, Sunshine decided to stay up late on two of my best sewing nights.   We’ll see–there’s still a bit of time left.


Happy is putting this sweet little girl’s hair up in bows and bands like her sister.  Of course, it lasts about 15 minutes, but we’re working on it. 😉

Our intrepid swimmers have begun to receive these ribbons for the swim meets they’ve attended.  The 6 and unders aren’t timed, so there’s no 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. but the coaches like to include everyone in the ribbons.  Our boys love them–especially Dinosaur, who call them his “John Deere Swimming Ribbons.”


You might look disgruntled, too, if you had to live in a jar on top of the refrigerator (until the time we obtain a larger LEGO bin for the downstairs toy closet).


Lately I’ve been “incentivizing” chore time with a sweet reward.  It has gotten Dinosaur to willingly make his bed and to volunteer to clean up messes.  Sometimes it backfires, and the younglings ask for a lollipop for the slightest bit of cleanliness performed.  The first day of my plan saw a reformation in the speed and accuracy of their toy clean-up.

The large cars and the kitchen stuff were, amazingly, in the correct baskets and in the closet itself.  There was just this other thing….

How they figured tying the small car basket to the toy closet door with my bathrobe tie qualified as “putting it away.”


6 thoughts on “{pretty, happy, funny, real}

  1. LEGOS!!!! All of your kids will love them! I remember the days of the family room being converted to an entire Lego town with the airport and the huge race track! And all of that was amid the Playmobil frontierland, Indian village, and Army fort. It was worth tip-toe-ing through since it provided DAYS of imaginary play (& took so long for them to set it all up!) Playmobil is another great investment if you haven’t already discovered it. (Those are 2 collections of toys that still exist in our house awaiting grandkids some day, I hope!)

  2. I love this {phfr} – we are working on picking up after ourselves at our house, too, and baskets and bins are lifesavers. Sometimes their little arrangements are too cute: I would have to hide a chuckle if I saw a basket of toys cars tied to the closet door with my bathrobe belt. 🙂

  3. I love your {funny} – something I’m sure I have in my future 🙂 We’ve used lollys as a reward at the end to get the boys through Mass when we were transitioning out of the cryroom (because that had become more of a chance for acting out!) and after a couple months they don’t even ask for them any more 🙂

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