It’s kind of the Alma show here, but it’s hard to photograph a baby in an Ergo on my back…
Alma just made the transition from her ‘baby bed’ to her ‘big kid bed.’ We actually converted her crib into a twin bed and just had to buy a mattress. Jesse did a great job building the rails and platform for the bed. I love having such a handy husband!
I wanted this quilt to be special, so I actually bought, and (mostly) followed a pattern. All my other quilts have just been of my design and pretty simple. And quite small. This quilt is a whole twin sized quilt. Whoa.
I bought the Atkinson Designs Morning Noon & Night pattern and used the Scrappy Quilt pattern with more of the Sunrise Quilt color design. I wanted to transition from the aqua color to the coral-pink color. I bought the pattern and most of my fabric at my favorite fabric store, Piece by Piece.
As always, I had times where I would get nervous, but it all came together really beautifully, and quite easily.
A few months ago, I bought some clear contact paper and asked Alma if she wanted to make some art. She did, and we crumpled up tissue paper and pressed it onto the contact paper. Now whenever she sees the contact paper, she says she wants to make art. Apparently, to her, ‘art’ is anything made with contact paper. We might need to work on broadening her definition.
But for this project, it was perfect!
On Hattie’s birthday, we went to visit our friend Marilyn, and her lovely garden. She sent us home with a beautiful bouquet.
Last night Alma was a baby. Today she’s the biggest kid ever. She had her first day of school.
I love first days.
Alma was excited to get ready and get her backpack on. She wanted to help get the snack ready. As families at the preschool, we take turns bringing snacks for the whole class. I signed us up for the first day because that’s the way I roll.
Perfect first day.
Alma, I am so proud of you. You are such a happy kid. I know you are so excited to get to be in school. To get to be around kids. And Rachel. You make me so happy with your desire to play all the time. You are the best, my dear. Have a wonderful first year of school!
Saturday the 30th: Clouds. Love the clouds, rain, weather.
Sunday the 31st: Poppy. Got to meet a sweet baby.
Monday the 1st: Holidays.
Tuesday the 2nd: Thanksgiving. When Katrina suggested that she would roast a turkey and we would be sides, I was all in. And it was delicious.
Wednesday the 3rd: Walks. I love this early fall/ late summer weather. It is so much more pleasant to walk when there is a nice breeze and it’s under 90 degrees.
Thursday the 4th: School. Parent orientation for Alma’s school. Whoa.
This little girl is getting pretty big. In fact, she’s starting pre-school next week. We are so lucky to have her nanny be her pre-school teacher. Talk about the best thing that has ever happened in the history of education. Rach is Alma’s favorite person (actually, she’s one of our whole family’s favorite people). I had been worried about Alma going to pre-school, but since Rach will be there, I have no worries.
Well, I have the normal worries of her making friends, of other kids being mean to her, of her learning bad habits, of her getting her feelings hurt, of her getting hurt. But I’m not worried about who will be there to help her through these things. Because Rach will be there.
Anyhow, I made her a backpack to take with her.
I used the pattern in the Oliver + S Little Things to Sew book. As always, I loved the Oliver + S pattern. I used some outdoor fabric from a local fabric store. It’s nice and strong and I think it will hold up well.
Alma took the backpack on our trip to California, and it was great to have her carry her own snacks and books on the plane. She really loves putting things in, and taking things out, of the backpack. I put an extra long ribbon on the zipper, so it’s easy for her to open and close.
We got to spend a couple days in Coronado with some of our favorite friends. Tyler and Leia were amazing to invite us to spend some time at Tyler’s dad’s house. We thought it would be fun, but had no idea how wonderfully beautiful it would be. The house is literally across the street from an incredible beach.
We spent two nights, and just spent our time relaxing. We had grand plans of seeing the pandas, but didn’t. We spent our time on the beach, in the yard, having drinks, eating amazing cheese sauce, playing, and just enjoying everything. Thank you Leia and Tyler! And Mark and Jenny! Let’s do it again!
Alma really loved spending time playing at Avalon’s house. We all really enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of Michael and Michelle. They are such a lovely little family. We love them all.
We were also happy to get to spend some time with our dear friend Elvin. We met him in Azerbaijan when he was a teenager. Now he’s a brilliant young man studying in California. It’s been so great having him on the West Coast this year. He loves our girls so much, and honestly, the feeling is mutual.
We got to go to dinner at my aunt Nancy’s house with Nancy, my other cousin Mallory, and her fiance, Mike.
Our first stop on our California Adventure was Huntington Beach to visit with my cousins and aunt. We are so lucky that we have such fun, generous, funny, and wonderful family in such a beautiful town. We got in pretty late on Friday, and my cousin Michael, his wife Michelle, and their daughter Avalon had pizza and salad waiting for us. It was nice to have such a sweet welcome after our day of travel.
Alma got right to work playing in Avalon’s amazing playroom. I think she felt right at home, and Avalon did an amazing job sharing all her toys and helping Alma figure out how to use them. It was great to see the second-cousins getting along right away. They are almost exactly a year apart.
The next morning we went down to the pier to have smoothies and bagels. The kids got to run around in the grass, then we walked to the end of the pier. It was a cloudy, warm, humid day. There were lots of surfers to watch from the pier.
Before we went to California, we had grand plans of going to Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo and a baseball game. We ended up just hanging around and playing and it was amazing. We got to relax, catch up, and play.