A Shoebox Full of Love.

Matilda loves to play with baby dolls. She has a few of them, one for the bath, one in her bed, one in the playroom, and lately I’ve been finding them in funny places. Sometimes they are laid on her bed, covered with a blanket, sometimes on the floor, or her favourite place, on one of my bookshelves covered with a facecloth as a makeshift blanket.

I had to get this kid a bed for her dolls, its a little sad really. I headed down to the basement, where there is quite a horde of Sophie’s old toys that she has grown out of, I’ve always meant to get rid of them, but there’s always been something else to do. I found a tiny little bed that came with a Cabbage Patch doll and brought it up for Tilda to play with.

It worked out alright for a little while, but she kept putting her hand between the cardboard and the plastic and getting it stuck, and the biggest problem was that it was too small for her favourite doll, Baby Anna. She would try to jam her doll into the small plastic bed and get frustrated really quickly. As anyone knows, a frustrated almost two year old is not a lot of fun to deal with. I decided that I could fix this; I have fabric, I have a sewing machine all I needed was a shoebox, or more specifically a boot box. Baby Anna HAD to fit in this bed. I grabbed some of my extra fabric, some fiberfill, hauled out my sewing machine and got to work.

It was a fast project, and not too precise. I didn’t use a ruler or a measuring tape, I didn’t pin my pieces, I just traced my box, I cut, and I sewed. A project for my baby girl, I didn’t need anything more than love, and the ability to sew a straight line, thankfully I have both. It only took me about an hour, which was a “mommy hour”, meaning that in that time I also changed a bum, got some snacks, put on a movie, and found a toy buried in the bottom of the toy box.

In the end we had a mattress, a pillow and a blanket for baby Anna. It might not be as pretty as a store bought dolly bed, but Matilda loves it, and there is just something about making something with my own two hands for my kids that is incredibly rewarding.

Night night, baby Anna.

Sisters.

“For there is no friend like a sister
In calm or stormy weather; 
To cheer one on the tedious way, 
To fetch one if one goes astray,
To lift one if one totters down, 
To strengthen whilst one stands”

Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market

Yesterday, I took my oldest daughter, Sophie to see Frozen. She had already seen it with her friend, but I had been dying to see it myself, I love Disney movies, despite all their flaws, passive female characters, unrealistic male expectations, I don’t care. I just love them. I read that Frozen was good and even that it had really positive female characters, which made me happy, but I certainly didn’t except the experience I got while sitting in that theatre. It was an amazing story of sisterhood, of girls supporting each other, loving each other and saving each other. There were princes, and while they were interesting characters that provided support to the characters, they were no longer riding up on white horses (in fact it was mostly a reindeer) there to save a damsel in distress. The movie made me laugh, it made me cry and I felt so happy to share the experience with my Sophie and I can’t wait to share it will Matilda when she is a little older.

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See, the thing is, when I was a little girl, I really wanted a sister. I wished I had someone I could tell all my secrets to, complain about parents to, someone to play outside with me, to share toys and clothes, and be my best friend that lived in my bedroom. I know that not all sisters get along like that, but that was what I wanted. Watching Frozen with Sophie I was so excited that she has a sister, someone to play with, someone to steal her toys and her clothes, and be her little buddy. Sophie is a lot older than Matilda but when I see the way they love each other, it’s like my heart overflows with joy. I might never have gotten my wish for a sister (just a stinking brother), knowing that my girls will get that special relationship makes me just as happy.