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This week’s Read With Me book is “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Scout’s favorite. She’s looking forward to watching the series after she finishes the books. 😉 These kids light up when they see Pearl and Scout walk in their classroom. It’s not a lot of time, but I think it makes a big difference. They hug Scout and tell her they love her when we leave. #scoutandatticusdill

Want to know how I feel about this? Scroll back two posts. 😭😍

Because when you’re privy to a ballet session, you take aaaaalllllllllll the photos.

Most days I drop her off and she disappears for hours to work and sweat and play and stretch and leap. I usually don’t see all of this. Because. 5 other kids. But, we’ve been filming videos for some auditions and I was privileged to see her work with her amazing, kind, talented teacher. After watching some of the videos, I almost cried because she’s so unbelievably beautiful and graceful and it’s like her body was just made for ballet. THIS is the joy of motherhood, to witness a being, your own little being, find their passion and then help them develop it to the best of their capability. I feel honored to call her my Olive.

#katybikestochurch without her bike. 😂 Seriously, though. Enough with the cold. You killed my trumpet vine and my elephant ears and my hibiscus trees. Isn’t that enough? Also, Ryan is tired of being my foot warmer at night. Well, he hasn’t come outright and said so, but it’s the vibe I’m getting.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a #scoutonmyfabric post, mostly because I haven’t done a huge amount of sewing lately (except for pioneer clothes for the teenagers trek re-enactment they just did last week), but I just got my sewing studio cleaned up and purged. Well, as much as fabric CAN be purged. Amiright. 😉 I was going to make some sequin leggings, but I need some sort of slick and stretchy lining, so they can be my fancy lounge pants. 😏 Any suggestions of fabric you’ve used? I’m going to draft the pattern from @zedessewingstudio’s class. When I was at the Babylock Makers Convention, they were whipping up leggings right and left for everyone—made to fit perfectly for each body! I’m a leggingholic 🙋🏼‍♀️ and I’m hoping I can be satisfied with crafting one of a kind pieces that fit like a glove. Maybe Scout is trying to tell me she wants some,too? 😂

The problem with having an insanely classy sewing friend in the other half of the hemisphere is that you get inspired by her and start sewing with sheer cottons and lightweight linens in the middle of the worst winter cyclone bomb. Thanks for the Russian pattern help @adaspragg. You’re my sewing crush. 😘

“This year, mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Apologize. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more. Express your gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love and then speak it again.” Howard W Hunter. I love these words. I’m going to read them every week to remind myself that being a better person isn’t so complicated. It’s all in the little things. I love that Pearl and Scout are the main subjects of my favorite 9 of 2017. And my dryer door. 😂

The older I get, the less I’m apt to make New Year’s Resolutions—probably because I only find failure and then a deeper sense of hopelessness in changing for the better. In January, however, I started working out again, mainly because we get some fitness reimbursement through Ryan’s work that needed to be in December’s billing. And after a year of amazing, uncharacteristic consistency 😉, I’ve come to this conclusion. You can resolve your brains up, down, in, out, and all around, but in the end, it has to be something you enjoy and WANT to come back to, because it won’t stick otherwise—if that looks like a treadmill and your favorite audiobook or rowing a boat, it has to speak to you. I found something (Pure Barre, in case you wondered) that holds my attention—it has for a year. I’m stronger and more toned because of it. I’ve also found, as superficial as it might sound, that if I’m wearing something I feel good in and happy wearing, I’m also more likely to workout. We only get one body, so take care of it. Just my two cents. Also. This shirt. I couldn’t not, right?!

Pearl made the dogs get in age order, too. 😂

Merry Christmas from the Dills! We slept in until 8 and even had breakfast before opening stockings...they must be getting older. 🤷🏼‍♀️😂

We went to pick up Atticus and Scout and they happened to be out front on a walk. Seeing us turned Scout into a hopping bunny and Atticus into a bulldozer. The lady holding them said Atticus always gets excited and smiles when they’d come in, but that she had never seen Scout show emotion. 😂 These dogs have been the best for Pearl. For all of us, really. They’re the only ones who act happy to see me anymore. 😉

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