These pups...they have thirty acres to spread out. But nope. The go outside and are *ThisClose* the whole time.
A three part story.
Part 1: Maine has had no snow for the last month. It's cold out there. Snowpants are cumbersome when it's cold but you're not in danger of getting wet. Adrian has two pairs of flannel lined carharts. He loves to wear them on hikes. Warm and comfortable.
I decide to make a pair of flannel lined corduroy pants for Anna-Kate.
So she now has a pair of flannel lined corduroys. She loves them because she can just wear them all day and be ready to go outside to play whenever the mood strikes her.
I made Grace for Audra on her 4th birthday, in 2016.
Grace never did turn up. Here and there Audra would bring it up how she missed Grace and I commented that I had no idea where she was.
Fast forward to Christmas 2020, I made Anna-Kate a doll (which I haven't even taken the picture of her yet!). Audra again was sad she lost Grace I hugged her and comforted her.
Then right around New Year's, Audra was up at night, sobbing about how sad she was she lost Grace. She said "I wish I never left her in the closet when we stayed at that place when we went to Plimoth Plantation."
I replied, "What? You brought her to Plymouth with us and left her in the closet? First I ever heard of that story! Are you sure? You are? Okay, we'll let's see if we can find where we stayed and ask them if they can locate her."
Somehow my husband found the place we stayed at in May of 2018, contacted the owner of the rental and asked her if she found the doll in the attached picture. The lovely woman said "Yes, she's here. She's in a different dress, but she's here."
On Audra's 8 1/2 birthday, she received mail from Massachusetts. The very doll she lost in 5/2018 she received back 1/2021. It truly feels like a miracle!
Grace has had numerous hugs, outfit changes and now always sleeps in Audra's bed.
The kids have been generating their own good ideas lately.
Adrian decided to make the jam filled cookies, in tractor form, true to his soul. Found the recipe in one of my magazines. They're stuffed with raspberry rhubarb jam...with the jam we made from our own raspberries and rhubarb. (Fun tidbit, he's wearing the vest I made him).
Here I drew the cat ears and she finished the picture.
Because I cannot help myself, the rest of the thrifting was for my kids. I bought ahead for each of their birthdays.
Anna-Kate modeling the Christmas base and overlay dresses I made her. I also made those pants for one of her siblings years ago.