Well, the weather has finally been consistently warm the past couple weeks.  It's hard to believe that July is almost here!  We've crammed in a lot of stuff so far this summer, and I only anticipate it getting even busier with the new pool opening in a couple weeks and swimming lessons starting, on top of summer school.  Even though it's hectic and a lot of running around, I do enjoy it.  It gets easier every year, especially now that the kids can buckle/unbuckle themselves (or help the younger two if they need it).

He wanted a picture with his Avengers cup  :)

His usual spot...in front of the computer playing League of Legends or WoW

Hanging out at the cabin

Giving Elly kisses

Posing for pictures!

Loves his new life jacket.  Fits so much better!

Ernie.  (Chris thinks he bears a striking resemblance to Ike from South Park)

Hogging the bed...

Riding the teacups together at the festival

Playing baseball at Mimi and Grampi's house

She loves getting her picture taken  :)

Wearing her Twirly Skort and Reversible Tunic.  


Filles a Maman Marc Pattern

I was given the opportunity to test the Marc Shirt by Filles a Maman.  From now until Monday night (June 30th) the pattern is only $7.  After that, it will go up to the full price of $9.  It is the "brother" shirt to the Mimi pattern by her, which I also got to test.

As you can see, it's a little long, but it's the same length as his other size 5 shirts.
It has its similarities to the Mimi (side collar, stitching the facing down, curved hem), but it also adds it's own little personality (straight collar, two buttons with a placket).  I really like it and couldn't be happier with it.  The collar facing was a little finicky to get right (when attaching a woven to a knit, there's bound to be a little bit of finagling to get it to attach correctly without stretching it), but it all worked out perfectly in the end (even though I poked myself a few times from using so many pins!).  It's a unique twist on a collared shirt and Casey really liked it and wore it all day (and a few times since then).  Of course, I think it helped that green is his favorite color!

I love the stitching!
The collar and shoulders both use woven fabric.
Had to add green buttons, of course!