One MO Picture – Sisters, Birthday, and Easter

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birthday_sistersWhen people ask me what I do, like what my job is, the answer is always the same. I’m a stay-at-home dad, illustrator, and crafter. It’s always my hope that this blog reflects those different aspects of my life and job, because this is as much a document of my lifestyle as my work. I’m very lucky to be able to do what I love and still feed the kids most days…Just kidding, they always get to eat.

When we’re talking about Handmade family our backgrounds are always part of the conversation. We have one of those rare and cool jobs that take where you’ve been and use it to help define where you’re going. Kids have always been important to us, as have games and storytelling. First products often spring from seeing a need in your life and acting on it. When we finally got around to having kids of our own, we soon found that the receiving blankets we had just weren’t big enough, so Amy made bigger ones. At the same time, we began looking for characters that personified qualities we hoped to see as they got older. Kindness, cleverness, confidence, compassion, strength, imagination…While there are several good examples of these qualities, we felt that exploring these stories on our own would help really tie them all together. Over the past Six years we’ve made a LOT of content to help promote these things in individual children as well as social games that promote role play, problem solving, comfort, and community.

Six years. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long since Abby was born, and seriously I don’t think we could have imagined how fantastic she would be. Is that too sappy? Well, this is a dad writing about his daughters birthday…you’ll just have to deal with it. 🙂silvie

It’s been an interesting week. We had our first fish fatality. It’s just such a sad thing to see the poor little thing floating at the bottom of the tank. I couldn’t find the net to get her out, so poor Silvie had to sit there until Abby and Amy got home. Abby was crushed (this is her first fish), but pulled it together pretty quickly, and wanted to scoop her out and take care of the body. She seemed to get a good sense of closure from that. I’m glad we waited for her to see.

swing_setLeveling this section of the yard has been an on and off project for the past two years, and I finally got it finished in time for the birthday party this weekend. Now maybe I can focus on the garden for a little bit.sisters

This picture was hilarious trying to get. Olive kept wanting to grab her sister and fall into her. Abby really wanted to have the fish tank visible between them…Sometimes, you just have to do the best you can. Ha-ha-ha!abby

She called these tiny sombrero party hats her “Fiesta Hats”. Which makes a lot of sense. It’s funny how they look at the camera differently depending on who’s taking the picture. In a lot of ways, this is the most “like her” of any picture I’ve ever seen. Amy’s mom took some great pictures this weekend.easter

Amy’s mom made this suit for her when she was a kid…a couple of years ago, you know. The year before last, Abby wore it as her Easter outfit. It’s funny to me how kid’s brains latch on to certain things. This suit has been forever now her “Easter Outfit” and she has to wear it. Well, it’s getting too small. She managed to get the shirt on, but the pants just would not fit….

So she gave them to Olive. And the tradition lives on.