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Or…skirt…as it were.
And a mini skirt at that.
It’s extremely conducive for crawling.
This tutorial was fabulous. 
It saved me, since my previous project sort of flopped. 
Although, the irony is that I picked up an adorable dress at Baby Gap today for $0.49
God really has a sense of humor.

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Like I said, it is mini…but it works. 
And that is all that matters.

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Julia was not super happy about being photographed.
I made her deal with it.
 

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Lots of Links were a welcome distraction…

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And then we took the circus outside…
And she cried some more.
 

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The flowers seemed to take her mind off her world of troubles though

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And, really, I should have seen this coming from a mile away.
She puts everything in her mouth.
Why not flowers?

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Thank goodness this child finally has an Easter outfit.
Hope you all have a fabulous day tomorrow!

For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last He will stand upon the earth.”
~ Job 19:25

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I love early mornings.
(if I can get up for them.)

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Coffee
+ The Word
+ Classical music
+ a warm blanket
+ light beginning to stream in the windows
+ birds chirping (really rather loudly) outside.
= quite a lovely time of day.

I’ve been using this Easter Week Devotional my church put out.
It has been so good. 
Today was my first day trying it, and it really spoke to me.
I was praying that the Lord would use this week before Easter in particular to remind me once again of the Gospel.
And wouldn’t you know right after praying that I found out about this? :) 
I love how God answers specific prayers. 
I don’t know if I’ll get through all of it before Easter, but the little I have read has truly fed my soul.  I highly recommend it.

These are the tutorials I used as my guides:
DIY: Onesie to Dress Tutorial
10-Minute Onesie Dress

 

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And now, a few things you should know:

1) If the tutorial says 10 minutes, just add an additional 10, and then add on 300 more for good measure.  That’s right.  It took  me 5 and 1/2 hours.

2) Be prepared to call AND text Margie 5,000 times.

3) Expect your machine to get tied up in one humongous knot and break a needle or two.

4) You will probably cry.  Several times.

5) If you are an amateur like me, you can expect to be rather pleasantly surprised when the dress DOESN’T, in fact, resemble a colorful potato sack.

6) Sixthly, if you are once again an amateur like me, you can expect the dress to not fit your child 🙂 (I clearly did not allow enough room for the waist to stretch, and I’m not sure how to either.)

7) Next, since you spent 5 hours on this darn thing, you will probably want to attempt to stuff your baby in it even if it’s the last thing you do.  You may (very happily, at first!) succeed in this venture…but there is of course a number 8 on this list.

8 ) Once you have determined that you can indeed fit your kid inside the object of your blood, sweat and tears, you will find that you cannot get her OUT.

9) Have your husband on hand so he can help you twist and turn your screaming, squirming child as your wrestle her out of what is, essentially, a baby straightjacket.  We were 1 minute away from cutting her out of it when Mike figured out a solution.  Trust me, then I REALLY would have cried.

10) Anybody want a pretty green and yellow dress? :)  Because if she is going to have a handmade Easter dress, it’s going to have to be a different one.

And now, for some pictures.
Sadly (fortunately?), I do not have any of the trauma caused by trying to extract Julia from the dress.  That would have been a good addition to her baby book for sure.

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If you have any suggestions for how to fix the waist problem , please please please send them my way!!!!  I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I have no idea what I’m doing :)  So any and all help would be very much appreciated!

Happy Thursday!

Easter is late this year.
And the Easter Bunny is early.
We had some nice weather so I took advantage of the opportunity. 
It’s been a rough week for the Smith house between everybody being sick and a certain somebunny pushing teeth.  Have I mentioned I hate teething?  It is a week I am eager to forget and get as far away from as possible ;) 
These pictures of my cutie are helping…
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Hoppy Easter.
A month early.

The Easter Bunny Photo Shoop…
or Photo Shoot if you are not the lovely J. Prater 😉

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Somebunny had a lot of fun dressing up in pretty colors and rabbit ears.

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And here, I have to say a few words.

Mom sent Dad out to get “jelly beans.”  Or at least, “candy for the candy bowl.”  And THIS is what Dad came back with:

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We do not know what they are. 
Correction: Mike knows what they are.  Some sort of marshmallow candy. 
Still, I do not think Mom will ever send Dad out for candy ever again.  Not Ever.

Happy Easter!!

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