We went to the park on Friday for a play date.
Before I talk about how much fun we had, I must make note of the fact that these pants were the worst possible choice to put on Lass to go to a park where the ground is covered with mulch.
They're not just fleece pants. They're extra fluffy, nubbly, super-fleecy fleece pants. Watch, and take note. Don't put super duper fleecy pants on your kid if there's mulch at the park.
A little while after I took the photo below, I put Lass in the sling so she could have a little snack. The whole time I was holding her I was picking mulch off her pants. I didn't even make a dent in the matted, embedded mulch stuck in these things. The big pieces came off, but the smaller fibers seriously got matted into the fabric and will not come off. I took them off her the minute we got in the door, tried a little while longer to de-mulch them, and then put them in the trash. They are that far beyond saving. Who knew?
We did have a wonderful time at the park. It was a great park.
And we were there with great new friends. I just have to say how much I enjoy finding a new mom friend with young kids who is easy to talk to and fun to hang out with.
When we first moved here I hated that I didn't know any other moms for so long. It's hard to be a new mom living far away from family and not really having any friends. Over the years I have gradually met some really cool mom friends. It helps more than I can explain to have other moms for support and just hanging out. Friends who understand that when we get together, conversations will necessarily be fragmented, between corralling kids, wiping noses, answering questions from curious two year olds, excusing oneself to change smelly drawers, etc. Friends who will grab your kid before she falls off the teeter-totter if you're distracted for a second with another kid running the other way. It's an extra special bonus to find a friend with whom I have things in common besides just being moms. The kind of friend with whom I laugh a lot and can talk about just about anything. I have a few of these treasured friends. Sometimes I don't see them as often as I'd like, but I'm thankful to have them. Friday's play date was with a new friend (and her kids!) whom I think is going to be this type of friend. It was a good day.
On a completely unrelated note, I have been feeling super crafty lately. The other night, while watching Chopped, I made Miss a new tutu. This weekend I finally finished a yarn wreath (I totally got this idea from another mom blog, Mrs. Priss) I have been working on for months. This was the wreath in June.
I really struggled with getting the wreath covered with the yarn. The straw wreath was not the best choice for this type of project. I chose it because it was half the price of the foam wreath, and I thought it might be kind of cool and rustic looking. It turned out looking fine (though not especially cool or rustic), but the extra hassle of getting it covered completely was not worth saving $3. And I have to say I do not know the trick (is there one??) to working with yarn. The above pile of tangled mess started out all nice and neat. It repeatedly got tangled beyond untangling, and I had to cut it and start again more times than I'd like to remember. Anyway, even after I finally got the wreath covered, I was so fed up with the project that I put it away for two months, until this week, before finally finishing it. It took some nice crisp fall weather and a desire for a pretty fall-ish wreath for my front door to prompt me to pull it out, along with some great fall-colored felt.
I made a bunch of felt flowers. Check out Mrs. Priss's tutorials for these pretty and absurdly easy rosettes here.
Find Mrs. Priss's pom-pom-looking flower tutorial here, and yarn wreath tutorial here. I told you I got the ideas from her!!! I'm totally giving credit where it's due.
I love how it turned out! I swore I wouldn't make another yarn wreath, but I like this one so much, I just might.
Next time I'll get the foam wreath though...