An attempt at camping and a 4th of July dress

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Well, we tried to go on our first camping trip in the Yellowstone. I’m just going to copy and paste the status I wrote on Facebook about the experience, as I’m not sure how I could sum it up any better here: “This stage of life is really all about making family memories. So some day my kids may recall the time that our travel trailer was not quite ready to camp in yet, but Daddy wanted the family to accompany him on a business trip, so Mom stayed up until midnight trying to figure out how to air condition the thing and then packed in a haze and hurry after church, and we made it to Elizabethtown, but then Mom tried to go inside the trailer at a gas station to get something and the only door key broke. And then how we sat in a blazing hot Lowe’s parking lot while Daddy tried to have a new key made, only they don’t make that shape of key anymore, so we bought grease instead and tried very hard to open the door before the key split the rest of the way but we couldn’t, so we drove back home and the dog practically kissed the ground she was so glad to be back and Mom made a pitcher of margaritas for herself and let the kids eat the junk food we’d packed for the trip. Ahhhh, my kids will say, those were the days.”

The photo is my poor hot, sweet boy asleep on the sofa when we came back. We’ll try again soon and I’m sure things will go better. First I have to find a new doorknob, which I’ve not been all that successful with so far.

I’ve taken a break now from all things trailer-related to do a little sewing for people. Myself, first off. I’d bought this fabric a few weeks ago to make a dress to wear on the 4th of July. I feel like sewing it on Independence Day itself counts, right? It’s mid-afternoon and the dress is done; I was on time with the project. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I cobbled this pattern together myself from a bodice I liked the idea of but had to alter (Butterick B5176) and the skirt pattern I always use (Simplicity 2758). It has a zipper up the side under the arm. It fits comfortably and I love a dress that is wash and wear. The fabric has the very fancy schmancy name Imperial Pheasant Paisley and Butterflies and is from Fabric.com. It is more pink in person than it looks on Fabric.com, but I like it and the pinky shade makes it seem more appropriate to wear on any other old day of July too.

I am cracking up in the second photo, as you can tell. I insisted to Rob (who is not our usual family photographer) that he quit taking my picture from navel-level, which is pretty much the most unflattering possible vantage to have one’s photo taken from, so he climbed our kids’ slide and promised to save my camera if he fell, then snapped the shot. Thanks, sweetie.

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6 responses »

  1. Darling…matches your little red trailer 🙂 I saw your link to your t shirts and am going to get one for myself. I’ve decorated our little Bambi all in reds and I think I need the sleep shirt for camping! I’ll match nicely!

  2. The more that goes wrong on a trip, the more memorable it usually becomes, I rarely here anyone talk about the trip that went well years later. I like how the trailer is coming together 🙂

  3. Pingback: My trailer might be cursed « There's no place like homemade

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