8.25.2014

A Skater Dress, School Days, and Hazy Days

Tomorrow I will officially have a kindergartener.  This girl right here.

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  Tia, playing dress up

Late last spring, we made the decision to enroll Tia in an art-based, play-based half-day (morning) kindergarten program.  Iris will be joining her two mornings a week, too for their young 3s program.  They have an outdoor classroom, a vegetable garden, and Tia will only have nine other kids in her class.  It's perfectly our philosophy.  It will give her something fun to do while I work on homeschooling with the older two kids.  And I won't be as stretched at home.  Jude and Indigo came to homeschooling knowing how to read and write, having been in school, and that worked so beautifully for us.

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 Tia is absolutely obsessed with art and after we toured the school she asked, "Can I started tomorrow?!"  She's so excited.

tia the artiste


Of course, such a big occasion as starting school for the very first time called for a special dress.  I chose the Skater Dress (highly modified).  I shortened the bodice, added width to the skirt and gathered it, and left off the sleeves.

skater dress 

I bought the fox fabric here.  I had planned to use it to make something for Iris last spring, but the moment Tia laid eyes on it, she fell in love and asked me, ever so sweetly, if it could become hers.  How could I refuse?  I love when my girls share in my enthusiasm for fabric.

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 Tia was so excited to try on her new dress for the first time.  But when we got outside to take photos, she said, "Mom, how about this?  You give me a treat or in every picture, I will make this face."

skater dress


I said, "Ummm, no.  How about this?  All dresses received with grumpiness will be returned to me."  :)  And with that, I lucked out and she cooperated.

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Hazel is doing so well and we are soaking in all things newborn.  She's such a sweet, sweet baby.  It's been hard to come up with a suitable nickname for her.  Indigo calls her Swazel, a combination of Sweet Hazel.   I've found myself calling her Hazy. I've been kind of obsessed with taking photos of her.  Newborns change so quickly and I'm astonished at how hard it is for me to remember the details of my other newborns.  Maybe it's because newborn days are kind of hazy in their own way.   Here are some photos of our Hazy days.

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15 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. Too much beautiful happening here. Tia is stunning. Even when she's making her grumpy face. Her new school sounds fantastic too, and it bet she's going to love it. I want to go! Describing newborn days as hazy is spot on. I never really thought of it that way, but it fits perfectly. And lastly, those baby shots are just the best.

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  2. no. you are not allowed to give me newborn fever when i JUST GOT OUT OF NEWBORN PHASE myself. i'm totally enjoying my 6 month old, thankyouverymuch! argh but her toes, her big eyes, how tiny she looks in Dan's arms, how much she looks like a mini version of you! she's so precious. Hazy is the perfect nickname for her, hehe.

    i'm so excited for Tia and her school! i love your philosophy - reading and writing does seem like it'd make homeschooling much easier from the get-go. Em would love to go to art/music based school - she did a camp like that at the beginning of summer and was just thrilled about it every single day. perfect first day dress, too - i need to try lillestoff knit sometime. it looks fantastic and Tara's right - she's gorgeous.

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  3. Oh, what joy to see your beautiful Tia in this fox-dress plùs the prettiest pictures of your sweet Hazel! Total bliss.

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  4. Wonderful! Again such beautiful photos. You have the most gorgeous children ;)

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  5. I love the fox fabric! That's a great dress for the first day of school.

    I have a little Hazel myself and we call her Hazey as well, sometimes even Hazey Mae (even though her middle name isn't Mae).
    My Hazel is definitely the ray of sunshine in our house, it sounds like maybe yours will be that way as well? Congratulations. You really do have a wonderful family.

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    1. That's so funny, because I've been calling our Hazel 'Hazel Mae' too sometimes, even though her middle name isn't Mae either!

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  6. Oh my. Your Tia is beautiful. Those eyes! Glad baby ( and you ) are doing well. Gorgeous pics

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  7. These pics with Hazel are so sweet... Full of hapiness. And Tia is such a beauty, she's got the world in her eyes, and foxes on her dress ! Thank you for sharing, once again, Rachel.

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  8. Good luck Tia!! Hope your first day goes well! Sweet shots of Hazel! She's so alert and knowing :) beautiful photos !

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  9. Well, I have to give Tia credit for her negotiation skills...she's a business woman in the making :)
    That sounds like such a fantastic program that you found for the girls. They are going to flourish there!
    And ohhh, those baby pics! So beautiful!

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  10. Oh that Tia - just when you think she coul not get any prettier, you post pictures like these! How she looks into the camera in that last picture - wow! And Hazel is such a little model too - those big eyes!

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  11. oh, sweet girls :) hugs to you and all of your lovely family!!

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  12. Oh !! these photos of your baby are looking amazing, and so so profesionnal. And your big girl is so gorgeous too! what a family!! love this dress you made! anything foxy does it for me!!

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  13. So beautiful, I am tearing up and I am holding my own newborn.
    I hope your little darling enjoys Kindy.
    xx N

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