Life lately + some crafty stuff

Monday, July 20, 2015

We've been having a pretty low-key summer since we got home from vacation. The temps here in Washington state have been  hovering around the 100 degree mark for weeks now, so staying inside with the icy chill of the AC has been a must. Unless you're in water, it's too dang hot to be outside, and venturing out to our favorite summer spot sounds like a lot of work nowadays with Harper around. The big kids and I were able to hit up the lake for a few hours one day while Harper hung out with Grandma. I wanted to take her with us but the secluded spot we frequent doesn't offer a lot of shade, so my blonde, fair-skinned sweetie would have fried out there!

Obligatory beach selfie for Instagram.

This is what they looked like at the end of the day.

We also enjoyed a beautiful day outside at our friends' house for a little play date. My pregnancy/mommy buddy invited us over and had a kiddie pool and slip n' slide set up for the little ones. Now, normally us moms try to get together on a school day and just let the babies play and nap so we can have our "bitch session" on a somewhat regular basis. However, summer has kind of put a damper on our mommy-friendly visits, and we spent more time hollering at the kids, applying sunscreen on wriggling, squirmy bodies, and cleaning up spilled drinks (thanks Harper) than we actually spent talkingwith each other. It was still fun and I managed to scarf down a fair amount of yummy chips and salsa for the afternoon.

I tried my best to get all 5 kiddos in the picture, but you can't really see Harper under her giant hat!

I finally broke out of my crafting rut and started working on a quilt. I've had this fabric forever but wasn't sure what to do with it until now. Doesn't it make the sweetest little baby quilt? 

This was a fun way to quilt it together! I love that it's all random spacing.

Machine binding- my favorite part.

It took me 2 nights to finish this one. More pictures to come later on!

 Up next...

Just as I started getting in my quilting groove, I broke my last machine needle and had to take a break. I hate when that happens! 

That's all for now! I'm working on a new gel polish tutorial for you all very soon :)

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