Sunday, March 23


We watched the sun rise over the hills this morning from the warmth of our home, Kaelin with her foam curlers and Douglas wrapped in an antique quilt. It was 17 degrees outside.

The smallest two were still asleep in dreamland.

The breakfast table pushed by the windows, filled with banana muffins, croissants,
sour cherry jam from our trees, smoothies, and farm butter.

And then the kids dressed...

I'm so thankful for kids that will humor me and stand mostly still for photos.

Catherine's bonnet was the easiest thing to make, just a rectangle with a draw string casing in the back and ribbons to tie in the front. Her dress pattern is the children's regency pattern from Sense and Sensibility.

Kaelins's dress is from the same pattern with pin tucks and satin navy blue ribbon by the hemline in both her dress and Catherine's.
Kaelin's bonnet had a not so lovely former life.
I pulled off the hot glued polka dotted ribbon, and followed a tutorial on how to make a regency bonnet.

Douglas had requested overalls for Easter. After looking for several months, I finally found a vintage pattern on ebay in his size and made them up in a light weight navy wool that I also preshrunk.

Christopher requested a suit "like Papa's". The same navy blue wool and three sweet navy buttons later...

(I think it was a McCalls pattern.)

I convinced a certain three year old to let me take his handsome photo to send to Great Grandma and Pop Pop. In exchange, he got to take mine, which you'll see below.

Do you see that ratty wall? I wonder if I can fix it before the baby comes...

He managed to get my whole head in this one and I'm trying to ignore the chubby chin this pregnancy has lovingly bestowed on me.

No one spilled juice on their clothes or fell in the mud.
I considered myself lucky and blessed considering last year we weren't so fortunate.
Off to church we went.
Sean taught in the children's service.
Home to let out Brutus and Bear, pick up my grandmother's spice cake I made yesterday, play clothes for the kids and then to our friend's house for a beautiful meal.
There was no way I felt up to cooking for family or guests this year enjoying the back and hip pain of late pregnancy. Being invited to Sam and Sandra's was so nice.

Sandra is the Martha Stewart of menu planning and hostessing, only with a much nicer personality and definitely no prison record.Here she is feeding the younger of their two sons. Isn't she gorgeous?

Kaelin and Sam and Sandra's other little boy who said to me, "Hey, I saw you at church, but where is Douglas?"

Catherine preferred playing with Papa over napping.
Sandra made so much delicious food and we all had such a nice meal!

Sam made us lattes for our spice cake and cream puffs.

Home again now with sweet children asleep exhausted and a tidy (mostly) house ready for friends tomorrow.


Lauren Christine said...

I absolutely adore the Easter dresses and bonnets! How pretty and handsome your babies look :)

Me said...

Thank you, Lauren Christine! I had fun making the outfits. And the kids all look like their Papa, so of course I agree with you that they look cute!

Meghan Durst said...

Your children are adorable...absolutely beautiful. And their outfits are magnificent.

--Meg (MontgomeryGirl from S&S)

Anonymous said...

You did such a beautiful job on that suit! I really popped by to invite you to post your work on my new blog carnival for seamstresses. You can find the details here:

Unknown said...

your pictures should be in a magazine!

Anonymous said...

The kids outfits came out wonderfuilly - of course! Great job, Hannah!

Mrs. D said...

Christus ist auferstanden!

As far as I can tell from the pictures, you seem to have had a wonderful Easter Sunday.
And the clothes of your children look great.

Sally said...

Oh those cute outfits for Easter. How lucky you are that the kids will sit still for you. And it looks like you had a wonderful day with family and friends.


Anonymous said...

I love the kids outfits too! What a seamstress you are! I was wondering if you are going to do a post on homeschooling soon? Glad you had a blessed Easter.

Lynn Hasty said...

Oh, Hannah, I love love love the outfits. Your children are absolutely beautiful! They look like their mama as well as their papa though! ~:-D


Catherine Holman said...

Your children are gorgeous and their Easter atire was fantastic. You simply amaze me.

Sommer said...

What a beautiful family! The kids look splendid in their mama-made duds!

Lots of love,
Sommer(from S&S)

Beth said...

I stumbled across your blog, by no mistake I am sure :-) God has been slowly leading me to re-think homeschooling, and your advice is incredibly timed. I LOVE the photography, even your 3 year old takes great photos! Very sweet.
mommy to 3 so far

Me said...

Thanks everyone for the sweet compliments on the kiddos clothes. I had a lot of fun making them!

Me said...

Thanks everyone for the sweet compliments on the kiddos clothes. I had a lot of fun making them!

Anonymous said...


I just wanted to make sure I told you how lovely your children look. You have done an absolutely wonderful job on all their garments.

This post was a favorite for me to visit and I have been back a few times. Lovely work and your son did a nice job on getting your picture. You look beautiful with your delightfully growing belly.

May the Lord Bless you,