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Poke Pillow Tutorial

Lego club ends with a rousing game of “guess the animal I am.” How or why this is such a hit is best left for another day, trust me. Kids jump around the room one a hawk another a worm. “Who am I?” Squirt yells. “Mew.” I say as she crashes to the ground and flops on her side and asks “how did you know? Who am I now?” Parents cock their heads and guess “um, fish?” “No!” She happily squeals. Their is silence as they look to me for the answer. “Magicarp?” I say. “Yes!” She jumps up turns into another Pokemon. That’s our days now: “Guess which Pokemon I am, Mama.” The answer is almost always Mew, but she takes a level of joy in acting out Magicarp. Mostly, I assume, is because she Magicarp gets some serious air. She honestly thinks I am bordering on psychic when I guess Mew and turn out right. I tell her that is all part of the all knowing powers you get as a mom. So far that …

The Fremont Solstice Parade

Summer is a magical time in Seattle. After months of gloomy clouds this big blue thing appears in the sky along with a glowing orb. After months of being cooped up people take to the streets celebrating anything that can be celebrated. Summer is a time to cruise the lakes, taste the food truck offerings at the farmers markets, and hang out at the street fairs. Summer to me is all about the Fremont Solstice Parade. In the simplest of terms it is a parade that celebrates the Solstice, but there is so much more. It’s live theater. Every year artists of all kinds take to the street with floats that they make themselves and also push down the street. There are motorized vehicles here nor are there any brands, logos, or words of any kind that you will see on the parade route. Every group has something to say ranging from light hearted play to more hard hitting issues. This year was one of the most impactful I’ve seen. Many of the groups took on …

DIY Carseat Canopy

This year I promised myself that I would buy no more fabric until I use some of what I already have and finish up projects that have been on to get done list. There are amendments to this. 1. I can buy fabric if it is needed for a project I need to finish. 2. I can add new projects to this list if they are essential. That’s when I found robot and space ship fleece on crazy sale. My brain said “Sam you don’t need this.” My heart chimed in and said “yes, you do.” My brain tried to respond, but my hands declared it was love at first touch. That’s when my brain rationalized that I was having a baby in January and he would need a car seat cover to keep him warm. That would justify amendment two on my list and since I didn’t have any fabric at home for this project amendment one was covered.  This was also the day amendment three was born: I can buy fabric when it …

10 Things My Friends Have Taught Me

Last week was my birthday. It really got me thinking about life and the things that I have been taught along the way. Outer beauty doesn’t make you beautiful. It is amazing how so many times people who are beautiful by society’s standards look ugly to me while those who aren’t conventionally pretty are beautiful in my eyes. Beauty comes from much further within. It comes from confidence, kindness, and compassion. It comes from being comfortable with who you are.  Things aren’t always black or white. What is right for one person isn’t always right for another. We all need to make the best choices for us and not based on what others think is best for us and that doesn’t make it wrong, just different. What we want isn’t usually what we need. Often we try to fill a void of what we really need by going after what we want. Once we get it we are on to the next thing. So what do you really want?  You can get through it. Sometimes the bad things aren’t …