Accessible Play for All

Owen's Playground: Accessible Play for All regardless of ability

Owen's Playground: Accessible Play for All regardless of ability

Owen's Playground: Accessible Play for All regardless of ability

Owen's Playground: Accessible Play for All regardless of ability

Owen's Playground: Accessible Play for All regardless of ability

Owen's Playground: Accessible Play for All regardless of ability

Owen's Playground: Accessible Play for All regardless of ability

Owen's Playground: Accessible Play for All regardless of ability

The girls and I had the absolute privilege of attending the opening ceremony for an all inclusive playground called Owens Playground. If you have a moment, I encourage you to check out the story behind it here. It was incredibly beautiful and happy to see this place, which began as a thought, come to life. And what was even more beautiful, was seeing the diverse crowd of greater than 500 people that showed up to support and play.

We had the pleasure of meeting Owen, just a few times, and call Stacy and Kelsey our friends. It was an incredible emotional moment that I am so thankful we were a part of.

I know there has been a lapse in sewing posts around here (which I promise to remedy soon), but I felt compelled to show this snippet of joy that we shared, in hopes it will shine a little light where there is so much darkess, as of late. Social media is wonderful, on one hand, because it is a great channel to connect with others. On the other hand, we get bombarded with bad news all the more rapidly.

I think the world needs more happy. And this is happy at it’s purest.

What Happy have you seen this weekend?

Back from Fiddle Camp with TMI

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Oh my goodness! We are back from Moses Lake Fiddle Camp (like last year) and tons of fun was had. While The Bee was fiddling her heart out in class for 6-8 hours a day, we took our Falafel everywhere there is to go in Moses lake. Swimming at the waterpark, running at the Highschool track, movies, bowling, and even a gymnastics class for our little gymnast! The most fun was had with our friend,  and her adorable boys on the lake.

At night, we went to the Contra Dances, which are always a blast. Any student can jump in and play with the band. One night they had over 100 people playing. It is so much fun to dance too.

Now for the TMI part. The last night we were there, I ran out of clean underwear (as one will do when one tries not to pack too much stuff), so I went “commando” ahem with the thought that I would sit on the sidelines and photograph all the action. That is when the caller came over and asked me (out of about a dozen other people sitting around us) to particpate in one of the dances, because they were short one person. How could I say no?! Ha! I danced very carefully so my dress didn’t ride up, and laughed the entire time. My husband just said, well you’ll get a great story out of this one.

Now you have, I am sure, waaaaaaay too much information about our trip. The most important thing is it was fun…and we are back! Afterall, there is no place like home (uh, and somewhere you can wash your underwear).

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Where have YOU been lately?

Star Hair

While I was perusing Pinterest, as one often does (and by “one” I mean ME, and by “often” I mean every night), I found this fun hairstyle for the Fourth of July. I gave it a try, and it came out adorable. BUT a little while after I did it, my girl was complaining about it pulling and hurting the back of her head, so it didn’t last the whole parade. Luckily, though, I am an opportunist when it comes to blog work, and photographed her with it (before we went to the parade) for an upcoming tour I am on. Since the tour is next week, I can only show you her head.

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Cute, right?! I actually can’t wait to share the whole outfit with you. That will have to wait for another post.

Have you tried any hair styles you found on Pinterest?

Fourth Recap

Brace yourselves for another year of a crazy amount of Fourth of July parade photos.

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I made another skipper top for my youngest (like here, here, and here) so she would have something festive to wear to this year’s parade. She paired her stripey shirt with her Wonder Woman skirt, and she was good to go.

After the parade, we actually watched fireworks! In the 19 years we have been out in WA state, we have never seen a fireworks show. Our Falafel came up to us and said it was her dream to see “actual fireworks”, you know, not just the animated ones, and we realized we needed to make this happen.

We are all exhausted, but had a fantastic day, all together. AND it didn’t rain! WOOHOO!

How was your fourth?

Too Short to Model

Too Short Model dilemma

Looking at that title, you probably are thinking, “What do mean,

Too Short to Model??!”

Well, let me explain. My redhead has wanted to either act or do print modeling for many years. She actually did a runway modeling job last year for Rock it Like a Redhead and again for the Trashion Show this past Spring (both unpaid). Since she was little, she has had a love of acting and being in the spotlight . And I, not being in that field, had absolutely no idea where to start. Now that she is 16, braces off, and an adult size, not to mention that social media makes these things a bit easier, I asked around and found the names of a few modeling agencies to check out.

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One of the requirements is that women should be between 5’7 and 6 feet tall. Both agencies had this stipulation. If you are not that tall, don’t bother. Well, I measured my girl, and my ruler said she was 5’6.5, so we decided to take the risk, and go there for the open call. It is only half an inch, afterall.

We filled out the paperwork, I took special headshots and stressed about printing them (it only took about 7 times printing to get it right), we rode the ferry into Seattle, and walked 30 minutes there…only to find out she is too short. They measured her, without her shoes, and said she measured 5’5.5, and sent us on our way without a consideration, and told us that when she grows a few more inches, she can come back.

OK. Well, she is done growing, so that isn’t going to happen.

I was genuinely surprised. I thought, if anything, they would turn her away because of her pale complexion (which can be difficult to photograph), or her wild mane of red hair (which can be equally difficult).

This is not the end of the world, by any means. To her, though, it feels quite devastating. As a parent, I was trying to support my child in doing what she wants to persue, right now. And we both don’t give up very easily.

So my question to you, dear readers is: “Are there any other agencies/ roads/ ways for my daughter to do this, or is this brick wall too thick to bash through?”.

Look for the newsletter next week. I just couldn’t manage everything this week!

On that note, have a great weekend.

Beaching it before school is out

Beaching it with Falafel and the Bee

Beaching it with Falafel and the Bee

Beaching it with Falafel and the Bee

Beaching it with Falafel and the Bee

Beaching it with Falafel and the Bee

Beaching it with Falafel and the Bee

Beaching it with Falafel and the Bee

My poor girl has had a rough go of her first few days with braces. She not only is in pain, but the entire inside of her mouth is shredded. We had to go to the Ortho for an adjustment so that her mouth could stop bleeding, so I kept her home from school (her class was going on a field trip, so she couldn’t join them). We ended up having a great day at the beach (with a friend who also missed out on the field trip).

The temps last week were in the 90’s, and today have dropped once again into the 50’s. It was so incredibly windy and cold on the beach, and it ended up raining on us, but we all had a blast. The kids were happy to dig in the sand the entire time (they were creating a shelter from the weather), and we saw a large seal (or sea lion- we just saw his head) not to mention that flock of seagulls (heh, 80’s reference).

I know that school is almost over, but this was such a great pause in our week to enjoy one of our favorite places, and just get out to play (before everyone else has that same idea). Sometimes it feels good to shake things up a bit, doesn’t it?

And that first photo, is my new favorite photo. Ever.

What have you done today?

Braces for Child #2

Our youngest has had as much dental trouble as our oldest (here and here). We are small-mouthed, big-footed people in this house, which means Orthodonture (and special ordering shoes).

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She has started “Phase ONE” as our Orho calls it. Which means she had a palate expander for 3 months, and now partial braces for a year. Then she gets them off, the rest of her teeth can finally fall out and come in, and in a few years she gets full braces.

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Yesterday, her palate expander was removed (YAY) and her partial braces were put on (UGH).

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One day, and her teeth have shifted already, which means she is in a bit of pain.

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Ready or not, here we go (again)!

Found Nest

Our youngest found a nest in our yard two days ago.

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This tiny nest was just made in the grass. What a find! In fact, I am amazed that she saw it at all. Evidently, my husband even mowed over it, because it was hidden in plain sight. Brilliant, really.  After consulting our Facebook people, we have decided that they came from a  Junco.

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Our girl has been obsessing over it, worrying that the Mother has abandoned it. She is a step away from sitting on the eggs herself to get them to hatch.

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It is such a strange thing. One day, nothing. And then the next, there is a new nest that has come into focus, and causes worry. I suppose that is life, isn’t it?

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I have assured her that nature will worry about itself. We just need to give the nest some space (after photographing it, of course) to allow the Mama bird to do what she needs to do. Or not. For whatever reason.

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It is incredibly beautiful, this life. These eggs. Both delicate and strong. Robust and fragile. Intricate and simple. An incredible paradox that we get to be a part of.

I hope your weekend is full of exciting discoveries, both big and small, too.