We spent all day Sunday outside and my goodness it was wonderful. We all played and worked in our back yard. I was able to get back to work on a couple of my stumps and some other sanding projects while Kevin worked on ripping up more of our deck (We want to see as much nature as possible everywhere we can). The girls went back and forth between helping us out and climbing trees.
During our outdoor time Kevin found this tiny lizard on one of our trees. He showed us and we all fell in love. We took turns gently holding him.
K was first. I think she was the most excited out of all of us. She had never seen a lizard before. She giggled with delight as he ran back and forth across her hands
...and up her arm. She didn't want to have to put him down. She really has a love for everything in nature - big or small, cold or warm, slimy or furry. I have to say, that makes me quite proud. She truly is living up to one of the many meanings of her name : One who is close to the earth.
C was excited to hold him, too but once she felt how cold and sticky he was, she quickly changed her mind. She liked her view next to K holding him better.
Seeing my girlies outside enjoying nature while in their play dresses reminded me of my newest obsession. I thank (*cough* blame *cough*)Mary and Renee for it. They have me wanting to sew all my girls clothing now. I love the idea. It seems like the best way to go, too, because then I know their clothes will be more modest.
I thought I would seek your insight, resources and thoughts, if you don't mind.
I love the idea of the girls being in dresses as much as possible, at least for 3 seasons out of the year - I am uncertain about winter, yet. I am thinking sweet, old fashioned 'Little House on the Prairie type' dresses. Problem is, patterns for such dresses seem to be a bit hard to come by. Have any favorites you'd be willing to share?
Then I was thinking, since my girls are monkeys and always climbing trees they need bloomers to wear underneath but where would I find a pattern for bloomers that is made to fit a child instead of a baby?
Lastly, I want to make sure this is cost effective for us as well, so I need to use relatively cheap fabric. Especially since some of the dresses will get covered in mud and grass stains. I want to be able to enjoy seeing them play outside without thinking about the cost of what they are wearing...know what I mean?
I also only want to use natural fibers and simple prints. Where would you suggest I look? Have any good resources? I have been checking local thrift stores but no luck so far. I was thinking maybe of using some vintage sheets but then wondering if that was taking it a bit too far...Hmm, suddenly I feel like singing songs from the Sound of Music.
Those are all of the questions I can think of right now. I sincerely appreciate any help you might be able to give me. If you prefer not to comment here you can e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much!!
Wishing you all a week of outdoor fun!!