We didn’t plan much of our vacation to Colorado Springs — we knew it would be quick and we knew we were staying with my brother and his family and they’d lead us in the right direction. But we did know that we wanted to see Garden of the Gods. It’s pretty, it’s right in town and it would be a nice “hike” with the girls.
And so I did the thing any insane Mom does that wants perfect pictures: I shopped and sewed like mad the couple days before we left so that I would have the perfect outfits for the girls to be in amongst the red rocks.
I was able to luck out and find this great polka-dot dress for Julia at a resale shop:
And I found this great bubbles fabric (Salina Yoon Kids! by RJR Fabrics) at The Quilt Store, which I fashioned into this surprisingly sophisticated dress (New Look 6613 – I’ve made it before but it had a completely different feel):
As you can tell from the last dresses I made (shown here), I have gotten into the whole “big prints for little girls” fad that is out and about right now. And I love that fad and those dresses, BUT I also recently read a blog entry written by Oliver + S with the principle that you should see the child before the outfit. I really considered this principle when I bought this fabric, and I really like the outcome. BUT, I can’t give up my big prints completely! Instead, I hope to have a nice mixture of both styles.
By the way, I say I found that fabric, but Elena also saw it and proceeded to carry it all over the store! And Julia loves the fabric just as much! Every time she catches sight of the fabric or the subsequent dress, she keeps pointing and repeating “Bubble! Bubble! Bubble!” I think she’s trying to label each and every spot! Love it!
As for our hike around Garden of the Gods, it wasn’t quite as idyllic as we would have liked. Elena complained about the torture of walking the whole time, and Julia insisted on being held by me and me alone. (some serious Mommy-attachment issues). Didn’t stop Daddy from trying to hold Julia and enjoying his baby girl and the scenery:
And it was so bright I couldn’t see my camera screen and didn’t realize that many of my pictures ended up blurry ~ ack! There goes my perfect planning of the outfits for pictures! Getting a good picture of the girls together is near impossible already, much less adding unexpected blur! (You can click to enlarge these blurry pictures.)
Nonetheless, both my girls and the scenery were beautiful, and they had a bunch of fun when we let them jump and play amongst and with the rocks.