Bumblebee Inspired Halloween Costumes

We just got back from Indiana.  We went up there to visit Devin’s family and we timed it so we could celebrate Dieter’s first birthday and Halloween all at the same time.  Devin and I knew this year that we wanted to dress up the whole family and we wanted it to be one cohesive idea.  After a little brainstorming we came up with this.

There we are!  The entire DeWitt family dressed up with a bumblebee theme.  It was really fun to make all these costumes and I’ll give you the rundown.

Devin was the beekeeper, naturally, and his costume was the easiest.  His white suit is one of those painter coveralls from Home Depot that I just bought.  His hat is one he uses when he’s working out on the golf course.  If you’re looking for one, it’s called a “pith hat” and you can Google it and probably find one at Party City.  Since he needs his hat on the course, I couldn’t glue or sew anything to it so I just bought a half yard of some white tulle and pinned it to the underside of his hat.  Then, I bought some of those little bees in the flower section of Hobby Lobby that have the wire attached to them and I just pulled them off the wire and hot glued them to his hat and suit.

I was the queen bee.  I made myself a tutu out of black and yellow tulle, some elastic and some black satin ribbon.  I also made myself some wings out of 4 wire hangers, 2 pairs of white tights, and some more elastic.  I wore black leggings, black boots, and a black sweater.  Simple.

Rylea was the princess bee.  (Seriously, you can make anything into a princess version to get your little girl to love it).  I made her a tutu also and added sparkly tulle to hers.  Her wings were made the same way as mine and I added some puffy paint to hers to make them more fancy.  Her shirt is a black long sleeve tee from WalMart.  I ruffled some yellow fabric scraps and sewed them to her shirt.  She wore black leggings under her skirt too and some little ballet type shoes.

Dieter’s costume was originally going to be a honey pot but I scrapped that idea when I got a couple more Sugarplum orders and I went the store bought route and got him this adorable bear costume online from WalMart with free shipping.  He actually kept the whole thing on the entire time.  Score.

We had a great time going to a local trunk or treat, and Rylea told everyone that she was a princess bee.  Devin and I are already talking about next year’s costumes and what we’re going to do.  Hopefully I can get started on those a little earlier so I’m not scrambling to get everything done in the end!!

Sun Ripened Iced Tea

We’ve been doing a lot of very summery things around here in Louisiana.  The heat is insane as it has been 100+ since June.  We’re just spending a lot of time in the pool and indoors in an effort to avoid sunburns and heat stroke!

Devin mentioned the other day that his mom used to make sweet tea by putting it out in the sun in the Indiana summer.  So I decided I’d try and recreate that sweet tea for him because surely all this heat can be good for something.  🙂

So, here it is, my own recipe for Sun Ripened Iced Tea.

You need:

  • A 1 gallon container with a lid (I got mine at Walmart for around $5, it’s plastic.)
  • 10-12 tea bags
  • Water (You can use bottled if you’re fancy, but I just get it from the tap.  Good ole bayou water.  Yum.)
  • Direct sunlight 
Fill up your container with water and add all the tea bags.  I use 12.  I used 6 the first time and Devin said it was horrible.  10 was getting closer to his liking and 12 put us in the money zone.  So, trial and error worked for us, so just start somewhere and go from there.  
Then, I put the tea directly in the sun to brew for about 4-6 hours.  Make sure you put the lid on it.  I actually ended up forgetting about it and left it outside overnight once and it was fine the next day.  Thank goodness the lid was on, there’s no telling what kind of bugs might have been going for a swim otherwise.  So, just leave it out there until it gets as dark as you want it.  In the picture at the top, my tea was only out there for about 20 minutes.  It gets darker and darker. 
Once it’s done, I bring it in.  Throw away all the tea bags and put the whole thing in the fridge.   I don’t like sugar in my tea, just a splash of lemon for me, but Devin likes A LOT of sugar like a true southerner so I just put the whole thing in the fridge to cool, and we fix our glasses how we like it.  Works better for guests that way too.
Have fun making some awesome summer iced tea!

June

June has been a very challenging month around here to say the least.

Teething has been awful for Dieter and has caused all sorts of symptoms like fever, throwing up, no sleep, no eating, stomach problems, you name it he’s got it.  I even took him to the doctor once because I thought surely something else must be going on here but they couldn’t find anything else wrong with him.  He’s just been super sensitive to his teeth and he’s miserable.  He’s got 2 now on the bottom and he’s working on 2 more.

I started potty training Rylea which was a complete failure up until recently and we often started our days with her screaming, “I NEED A DIAPER MOMMY!!!!!!!”  No amount of Minnie or Dora big girl panties was going to convince this girl that she could be a big girl.  I was determined though to not regress so we pushed through it.  If she can tell me when she’s doing a #2 and tell me she needs a new diaper then it’s time to go on the potty as far as I’m concerned.  Plus, 2 babies in diapers is exhausting mentally and financially and I’m over it.

Dieter also discovered this new trick called crawling.  He’s not the typical crawler though, he’s an army crawler.  Using one of his feet to get some leverage, he pulls the rest of his body using his arms and just kinda drags himself everywhere.  Surprisingly he’s really quick and getting into everything he can get his hands on.  I also think being direct pressure on his belly constantly has added to the throwing up and it’s often heard around here, “Mommy, Dieter pook again,” and sure enough I round the corner to see him sliding around in it all over the floor.  Yuck.

All of this is normal kid stuff, but I don’t think it would be as taxing and exhausting if we had friends or family around to lend a hand when things get tough or when I need to go to the doctor or the store or something.  I have not had one single break from the kids since we moved here 1 year ago.  There’s just no one around to offer that break to us, and I refuse to offer my children up to any strangers.  It is so the desire of my heart that the Lord would orchestrate a job for Devin closer to family!

On top of all the stuff with the kiddos, some terrible stuff has happened at the golf course and Devin’s job security is now questionable to say the least and we’re just kinda living day by day not knowing what’s going to happen next.  Through all of this though, I hold tight to the promise of Jeremiah 29:11 for our family and know that He is in control and He is the One that we will answer to in the end.  I’m so thankful I’m not at the wheel of my life because I’m sure I’ve drive it into a ditch constantly!!!

Here’s hoping for a better July!

Rylea Goes Potty

Rylea finally decided to pee in the potty yesterday.  Holy cow, she won’t be in diapers until she goes to high school?  Great!

We’ve been without a diaper for 4 days now expect at bed and naptime.  Rylea knows she’ll get a diaper at nap so she would hold it the.entire.day. and she’d go in her diaper as soon as she went to bed.  I was even giving her liquids all the time, and hoping for an accident even so we could quickly make it to the potty and have the “don’t pee on the floor” discussion.  It was driving me crazy.  So, yesterday I had the revelation to not do a nap with her at all.

Finally, around 4pm she said she had to potty (which she was saying all the time and sitting and not going) so I said ok and told her to sit on the potty thinking that nothing would come of it.  Well she peed right away and just looked at me with a big smile on her face.  Mommy started acting like a fool, singing and dancing and jumping up and down.   I was so happy I was literally trying not to cry.  We cleaned up and I picked her up and swung her around in a circle.  Man that was awesome.

Now, she did have a #2 accident on the floor yesterday which is the most disgusting thing ever.  Ugh, so gross.  She started screaming “MOMMY I NEED A DIAPER!” and before the word diaper was out of her mouth, there it went.  Right on the floor.  That was especially awesome because I also have a crawling 7 month that is very curious.  You can imagine….

So, anyway, I just wanted to document Ry’s very first successful use of the potty here so I could remember it later.  Here’s hoping for more!

Oopsie

A little while back I saw this tutorial on Moda Bake Shop.  I thought that little Octopus was adorable and simple enough to make for little Rylea.  So, that’s what I did.  Here’s my version of Oopsie the Octopus.

I thought it came out great until I gave it to Rylea and she said, “Oh yuck!  Spidey!”  She then proceeded to stomp on it as if it were a spider.  Great.

I guess it looks like a ‘spidey’ from this view.

I guess this sweet little octopus will just be another addition to the toy box until she’s discovered later and played with.  If you’re looking for something cute and easy then I recommend this pattern.  I hope yours is loved more than mine was!

Emily’s Rag Quilt

This past week my two sisters, Melissa and Emily (or Aunts Melzy and Emmy to Rylea) came to visit on their spring break.  Mel is on spring break from college on Long Island and Emily is on spring break from high school.   So, they hopped on a plane in NYC and flew into Monroe for some time spent with us for a few days.  Emily recently moved into a new room in the house complete with new bedroom furniture and new bedding which, of course, means a new quilt!!

We went to the fabric store (a few times) and got everything we needed (and much more) to make Emily a rag quilt.  This is the first time I’ve made a rag quilt, but I knew it was going to be super easy and super quick and fit into the time we had to get it done.  Emily’s requests were zebra, pink and green with a little bit of black.  So, this is what we came up with.

For a little detail, I added her name to the lower right hand corner of the quilt.  Here’s a close up.

Each square started out at 6” and was backed with a flannel square and has another square of batting in between.  This quilt is so cozy and cuddly and warm.  It’ll be the perfect addition to Emily’s super awesome room.

Here are some of the details:

Size: Approximately 70” x 90” (A generous twin size)

Fabric: The solid pink and green are Kona Solids but I don’t know what the names of the colors are, and I didn’t pay attention to anything else when we were picking it out, but we did get it all at Hancock.

Completed over 5 days.   Melissa and Emily helped cut, pin, design, and fray the quilt.  Sewn by me using about 3.5 spools of thread!  There are 252 quilt blocks in all.  Multiply that by 2 for the front and back square plus another 252 squares of batting = 756 squares were cut, pinned and sewn together.

And, just for the record, this is what happens when you’re trying to get a decent picture of a quilt in ridiculous wind.  Oh well, at least you can see what the back looks like.

And, if anyone is interested, I have more than enough to make a few more of these quilts in crib size or maybe even in this same size.  Leave me a comment, email me, or find me on facebook if you’re interested in ordering one.

HE’S HERE!!

I’m an Aunt again and Rylea has another baby cousin too 🙂  Here he is, sweet little Ayden Cameron DeWitt 21 inches long and 7 pounds 10 ounces.  Wish we could be there in Indiana to celebrate this new life with you guys!  God certainly answered Cali’s prayers for an early delivery because he came 15 days early!  🙂

And…. here he is wearing a Sugarplum Cuties original designed onesie too.  What a handsome little man!