Sew What!

I’ve been teaching myself how to sew for the past year or so. I had only tackled extremely simple things like curtains and hemming, but I wanted to try something a bit harder. I had this idea to make the kids each an activity bag for our upcoming trip to San Diego.  I usually bring some quiet time activities on our vacations, but this year I wanted to do something special.  I came across this tutorial to sew a reversible tote bag and I thought this was the perfect little project for me to tackle.  Each of the kids got to pick out their own material, although I wasn’t going to tell them what it was for. And away I went! I made a few mistakes along the way, but I think they turned out pretty darn good for my first try.  I some extra fabric left over, so I decided to get all crazy and try this tutorial to make a matching case for markers and crayons.

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Carter picked a basketball pattern.

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Jaxon picked a construction pattern.

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Maddox picked a hockey pattern, of course!

I then wanted to fill them with things corresponding to our trip. We’ll be going to Legoland, Sea World and the San Diego Zoo, to name a few.  Jeremy printed out and laminated Lego Star Wars tags.
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I found a bunch of free printable pictures online and put them in a duotang to make a customized colouring book for them. Here’s a few of the pages from the homemade colouring book.  I also found a Zoo Passport designed for a trip to the San Diego Zoo for a fun zoo activity.  And of course the highlight was that I found some new Lego Ninjago colouring pages.

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Add some bubbles, a new animal book, a word puzzle book, some M&M’s and voila! We gave them the totes this morning and they were a big hit! Great memories for what’s sure to be an exciting trip.  Can’t wait!

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Like a boss

I haven’t always believed in prayer, although I’ve always believed in God.  I think that problem is that I believed was too insignificant for God to listen or even help me.  I know now that this isn’t the case. I do pray every day, but today I prayed for something very specific and expected an answer.  Jaxon had an allergic reaction and was taken to the emergency room in October after having his first ever dose of penicillin.  The ER doctor suspected an allergy, and put him off penicillin until we could get an allergy test to confirm. She said it was more than likely the case.  So we waited for his appointment date and today was that day. I headed to the appointment with a little anxiety because Jaxon has never even had a needle before, but I was at peace that the result would be negative.  I had faith that God’s healing power was at work in his body and that there was no room for allergies.

We waited forever in the waiting room before his test. Finally, it was his turn. The boy that went before us, who was about Jaxon’s age, screamed bloody murder while in the exam room.  The nurse was obviously a little shaken up from this little boy, because she asked if she could call a second nurse to hold Jaxon down because they had to for the last patient.  I said no, and that I would hold him.  Jaxon took all four needles like a boss. No flinching or tears. I could barely believe it and neither could the nurse. She said she’s never seen anyone Jaxon’s age react so well. And in the end, he wasn’t allergic to anything. The doctor was surprised, but I wasn’t. Not only did God’s healing power restore Jaxon’s body, but His peace was also there during the test.

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Jaxon showing off his arm after getting 4 needles. He was so proud of himself!

Some people might explain this away with whatever story they like. I know what happened today.  Prayer works and God thinks I’m significant enough to listen and to help anytime I ask. And he can do the same for you.

Whoa!

Where did the time go? I guess I’m not as good at blogging as I’d hoped to be. Oh well! Better late, than never.  And I’m learning to not be such a perfectionist, so I’ll choose to not let it bug me that I’ve dropped the blogging ball since October.  Here’s a few highlights from the past few months:

– Carter turned 5 on October 2nd. We had planned a party for him at A-Maze-in-Corn, but it got rained out! (Jeremy and I went ziplining there in August! It was awesome. We love that place. I’ll do a separate post about it.) So, we had a party at our house instead. He had a great party with family and friends. Here’s a few of his favourite presents. Hot Wheels was BIG this year.

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– We visited the dinosaur exhibit at the Manitoba Museum.

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– We took Maddox and Carter to see How to Train your Dragon Live Spectacular at the MTS Centre. What a great show! I think we might have enjoyed it more than the kids.  Jaxon had a play date with J.J. instead of coming with us.  I think he likes J.J. more than dragons anyway.

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We did a lot of other things, but I didn’t take pictures. I’ll have to start doing that more often! And post regularly.