is now three.
Dave, incidentally, took that picture. The man takes great pictures of our kids (and everything else). Rarely needs photoediting. I can never get any of our kids to look lovely like that on camera. I can't even get inanimate objects to look good on camera oftentimes, let alone wriggly living things. If I've become any less awful at photography over the years, it's from all the stuff I learned from Dave: use natural light, don't even bother to take photos if the light is substandard, get a decent background or backdrop, post fewer, rather than more, photos. He loves photographing the kids unposed and propless. And, therefore, he captures the most wonderful, natural expressions.
But back to Kate (all photos hereafter by me, unfortunately).
She turned three today. I no longer have babies. They are all grown up. We didn't have a fancy party for Kate - just a little family thing earlier in the week, with a trip to the Megamall for lunch and rides in the indoor amusement park. We came home for cake and presents.
Now some of those presents, I gleefully confess, I actually made. Naturally, I gave up sleep to accomplish this shocking feat - I don't want you all to go away believing I'm efficient or anything ludicrous like that.
Here's one of them, which you've seen before:
Here's another - a reverse pettiskirt.
I didn't make this because it's fashionable. I made this because Kate already owns one (bought from Old Navy) and will wear it every day if she can get away with it. In the interests of hygiene, I had to make her a second one, to distract her long enough to wash the first. I'll say more about it in a separate post later, but let me just quickly share that I very effectively learned that there is no such thing as soft tulle. Tulle is for tutus, not skirts.
Here's another: a Strawberry Shortcake replacement outfit. Her previous one is now far too short, far too tight and has filthy stains.
And, finally, a Blueberry Muffin outfit. I was on a roll.
As I said earlier, all very costumey. These outfits were both made entirely out of knits, so they're stretchy, soft, can be pulled over the head and are fun even as playclothes. Kate squealed when she unwrapped them, and tried to wear them to bed as pyjamas.
I'll deconstruct these in upcoming posts, together with a tutorial on knits!