When I made my last Mini Marthe, I had mentioned that I was contemplating making a short-sleeved version, but worried it might be weird.
Elizabeth gave me her vote of confidence that it would work. Later, I saw a short sleeved raglan dress when buying dress pants for Jude at a department store. So I went for it. I am really happy with the results. I think it definitely works! I might even like it better than the long sleeved version.
In addition to shortening the sleeves, I also added some piping to the bodice and I took about 1/2" off of the neckline. The neckline on this pattern is a little high otherwise.
This weekend, Jude had his final Children's Chorus performance of the season. It was truly incredible. These kids are so talented. Dan and I were both so amazed and so proud.
In San Antonio, there's a citywide holiday called Fiesta, so this concert was called "Fiesta in Song". They sang various folk and chorale pieces from Latin America, and some US folk songs and spirituals too. It was such a fun concert! They were also accompanied by various incredible musicians plus had the most amazing jazz quartet playing when the different choirs were moving on and off stage. Dan and I both joked that we felt like we were in a sophisticated 1950s jazz club. :)
Jude had to be at the Performing Arts Center two hours before the concert began.
Outside of the Tobin Center
The Center is right on the Riverwalk, actually.
We had such a great time. I really love this side of the Riverwalk. It's so quiet and the trees are so beautiful, growing along the riverbank.
It felt tropical, like we were on vacation.
While we were hanging out, we found this hotel called Hotel Indigo. Definitely a moment worth capturing.
And here's the hotel entrance from the Riverwalk side. Perhaps we'll have to stay there someday! :)
We've lived in San Antonio for over 9 years now and it's changed a lot in that time.
I'm really not that familiar with other Texas cities, since I am originally a Midwesterner. But I'd say San Antonio has a distinctly different flavor from the other big cities in Texas. Of course there is the strong Hispanic influence that sets us apart. The food is amazing and it's not uncommon when I am out shopping to hear more people speaking in Spanish than English. (Though I don't go shopping that often so I'm no expert.) I really like that about this city.
It's also an old city, so it has a lot of character.
But in recent years, there's been an investment in arts and culture, too. The Pearl Brewery has been redeveloped and revitalized, there are some great restaurants in Southtown, and the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opened this year. This city is getting better and better.
I could have taken photos on the Riverwalk for days! And I found myself feeling quite grateful to live here.
I had really hoped to take photos of Jude and Indigo together after the performance, but it was hot and the place was swarming with people at that point, with everyone trying to leave at the same time. Since Jude had been standing for a really long time he just want to go home and relax. And so he did. Well, mostly. After all, he does have four little sisters. ;)