This week (while the boys are at sports camp and the baby is napping) I've gotten some sewing time in. I finished five more pairs of shorts for the baby to match all the onesies I appliqued for his "spring" outfits. These really whip up so quickly and take so little fabric.
I don't use a real pattern. I trace existing pairs of his pants, add seam allowances, and draw my template onto poster board. I then just pull out my template, trace, cut, and sew. Simple. And for shorts, I just cut the legs shorter. I also make reminder notes on the template with elastic size, Sawyer's age, etc.
I have used this tutorial in the past, which explains it better, but I use my own method.
For the past two days, my five oldest children have been playing with water, sidewalk chalk, and the kitchen set.
They are mixing the water with the chalk, which is tinting the water. They say they are making smoothies. I think they were giving them Star Wars names, like "Jedi Juice." It has kept them completely entertained for hours. Hours. Very nice. And if they are fighting, I can't hear them. Have I said how nice it's been?