Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Blankets

When the weather starts heating up and it means we no longer have to burrow under heavy blankets at night. Unless you're my daughter. Lillian has a fleece Elmo blanket my mom made her for Christmas. It's her favorite blanket, which means that it goes to bed with her each naptime and bedtime. It wasn't enough to just have in the bed with her, she had to be covered up with it. I started to sweat just looking at her. I tried to convince her to use one of her lightweight blankets, but she insisted on her Elmo blanket.

The solution...make a lightweight Elmo blanket for the summer. To keep things fair, Levi chose Cars fabric for his. These blankets are quick and easy to put together. They can be used as bedding or kept in the car for a small picnic blanket or to snuggle with on a long car ride.

I made them similar to how I made Lillian's flannel baby blanket, just without the rick rack around the edge. I used one yard of each fabric-one side is flannel to make it cozy, but still lightweight and the other side is the cotton of your choice. For an even lighter blanket, you could use cotton fabric for both sides.

The kids have put their blankets to use for the last month and are loving them.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer So Far

Though today is officially the first day of summer, we've been having plenty of summer fun already. I've been away from my blog for a while, so I thought I'd give you a recap of how we've been keeping busy.

John and Levi headed to the zoo while Lillian and I stayed home working on her potty training.

The next week, John headed off on a fishing trip in Minnesota while the kids and I stayed home for Vacation Bible School. It was a western theme and they had fun dressing up.

We had our share of the usual fun and silliness around the house.

A few days ago we headed to Rock Cut State Park for a one night camping trip. It was perfect weather and the kids had a lot of fun. We went hiking while we were there. This was the first time Levi has had to walk the whole way on a hike. It was a little rough-lots of whining-but we made it through. His valiant efforts were rewarded with a picnic lunch and time at a playground.

I hope your summer has gotten off to a good start. Summer is in full gear here and we're soaking it up.