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What I learned over the holiday weekend…

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Did you all enjoy a long, nice Labor Day weekend?  
(Well, those in the U.S.?)
In honor of men and women working hard in our country, I didn’t work for one minute.  My house was seriously neglected…….but it was all in respect of a great holiday.
And I didn’t even sew.  Though I wanted to.  That’s always harder to set aside.
So the project in the works, will have to wait to be shown on another day.
But I did learn 2 great things over the weekend.
First thing learned?
That these squash looking melon’s, that I often see at the grocery store, actually are delicious.
I bought one without knowing what it was or what it would taste like…..because summer is ending and I will miss all of the fresh summer fruit.
I came home, looked it up online, and found out it was called a Juan Canary Melon.
It was so so sweet and roll-down-your-arms-to-your-elbows juicy.
It was similar to a Honeydew Melon and a Cantaloupe.  Maybe a mix between the two?  But 10 times sweeter than a Honeydew.  
And maybe I just got lucky and selected a perfectly ripened one on my first try…
But hooray, it made for a delicious weekend.
Have you ever tried one?  Was it delicious?

The other lesson learned this weekend?
 That younger brothers want to be just like their bigger sisters. 

No matter what.
Even though in a few years, he may be embarrassed as to how he looked.
But this boy races his big sister for the dress up box when she says she’s wants to try some things on.  
He begs for help putting on dresses and skirts.  
And occasionally a Dorothy wig.

Even pretend girl princesses have a lot to talk about on the phone.
One day he may be furious at me for taking these sorts of pictures.  
But for now, his silly little self just makes me laugh.
Makes me realize though, that he would have been just as cute as a girl.
Whew, what a nice and simple weekend.
With plenty learned.


Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Brenda says:

    save it for his wedding day!! I'm doing that with a letter my son gave his "big" sister when he was 4.
    FUN WOW!

  2. angela says:

    when i made a skirt for my niece for her 2nd birthday, i needed a model to make sure i sized it right. enter my son, 6 weeks younger than his cousin. of course photos were taken. and his father was beyond livid when i posted them on my blog. :) they get over it.

  3. Beth says:

    I'm so happy to see that my son isn't the only one who does that! His sister is 2 1/2 years older than he is and he absolutely adores and looks up to her! My husband gets mad that I let him play dress up with her, but I think it's just innocent fun and some day he will grow out of it!
    I LOVE that you took pictures!

  4. Melissa says:

    I am glad to know that my son (2.5) isn't the only one. He loves everything that his sister does (3.5) and imitates her every move! It drives my husband crazy!

  5. Brenda says:

    Blow that up to poster size and present it to him at his wedding!!
    I have an envelope my son when aged 4, wrote to his big sister for Christmas…"to a very specal girl from her very imptnt brother. He was going for important and missed entirely! :}
    He's getting it framed for his wedding day, presented at the reception.
    I thought it best, rather than as the Rev. asks: if there is any reason they cannot be wed? hahaha.

  6. Gena says:

    I seriously thought that was your daughter when I first glanced without reading!! That is so cute. I love how they have the same look. My husbands always saying how he hopes all our kids have that family look where you can tell their siblings.

  7. Robyn says:

    That is too funny! My husband and I tried our very first canary melon this weekend, too! I couldn't believe it when I opened up your blog and that was the first pic!

    We thought it was delicious, as well. Like cantaloupe with honeydew texture…yum!

  8. akraftycatch says:

    Absolutely priceless! So adorable…..would make for a fabulous slide show for his one day 21st birthday LOL

  9. Ells says:

    mmm, those melons are delicious! I had never tried them until we lived in southern Italy, where they just called them 'yellow melons' (in Italian, of course). I could eat some right now!

  10. Christal says:

    We have labour day in canada too :)
    cute pictures love your blog!!

  11. Mary says:

    That is too cute! When my girls play, the oldest one is always the princess or girl character while her younger sister always ends up being the prince or boy!

  12. Very Verdant says:

    Oh, I once caught my daughters painting their younger brothers toenails. I SO took pictures. Cuteness!!

  13. Melinda says:

    My 2 year old son insists on wearing barrettes or hair clips if either his sister or I am wearing them. He even insists on wearing them if my friend comes over with one in her hair! It probably doesn't help that he desperately needs a haircut and can't see unless he has a clip in holding his bangs back :) I think it's endearing…he doesn't know the difference anyway.

  14. Angela says:

    I would also like to add that little sisters want to be just like big brothers. My daughter is always running around playing Pokemon, Harry Potter and other boy games with her brother. I guess you could just call it love :)

  15. bethanndodd says:

    Love it!!! He is so darn cute! I have a picture of one of my boys wearing girls shoes and pushing a baby doll in a stroller (and he doesn't even have any sisters…lol!). He is 7 now and still laughs about it but he probably won't for much longer ;o).

  16. Courtney says:

    Don't worry, my son will be right there with your's plotting ways of payback. But, ya know, he begs me to take the pics for now. Muahahahaha. :D That wig is pretty sweet.

  17. Amanda Joy says:

    My little boy loves it too, because of mommy, and his little sister. It's fun, though I think so more than my husband does:)

  18. nopinkhere says:

    I bought one of those melons when my grocery store had them a few weeks ago. YUMMY! I sometimes like to buy the uncommon stuff to encourage them to keep getting it.

  19. Cindy's Crafty Creations says:

    omg… he is sooo adorable :) cute as a button!

  20. Trista says:

    oh man, you are right! One day he is going to hate you, but until then he is seriously cute, and would have made a cute girl!

  21. Nobodys Nothings says:

    that is absolutely adorable! you have to have at least one set of pictures that will turn your son's face tomato red from embarrassment when he introduces you to his girlfriends. i think this one is it! ;)

  22. sippy cup mom says:

    How adorable, now you know what he would look like if he was a girl. how cute! Karen
    Sippy CUp Central Mom

  23. Holly says:

    My son did the same thing and I, too, have pictures!! he would have made a lovely girl!!!!

  24. Inspiring You To Save! says:

    I found you through another site.ta I love your site. I can't wait to get to know you better. Stop by when you get the chance. I have a Meet Me Monday blog hop and I would love if you could join in. Hope to see you then!

  25. Jill says:

    That's sooo cute! I was at a wedding Saturday night and the groom's aunt told a story about when she babysat the groom and his brother, and in order to do things they normally wouldn't be allowed to do (drink pop in the living room!) they had to dress up and pretend to be girls!!

  26. --strings and things-- says:

    thats cute :)

    I'm thinking an ad in his highschool yearbook?

  27. M.O.T.B says:

    He looks so so so cute!

  28. Fran says:

    Be sure and file that picture away for a wedding rehearsal video! We had a few of those that we threw in and they were a hit, even with the groom!


  29. Lorie says:

    I want to try the canary melon now! And that picture is priceless!!

  30. Jess says:

    What a precious, priceless pic!!!

  31. Linda Chapman says:

    Sounds like a perfect 'LaborLESS' Day!!

  32. Amy @ Increasingly Domestic says:

    That melon looks scrumptious! and so does your little "prince"ess:)
    I love that you took pictures of that.

  33. Anonymous says:

    That's so cute! When my brother was much younger he loved dressing up as princess Jasmine from Aladdin!

  34. Karena says:

    Ashley how adorable and yes he will not let you show these to anyone!!!

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  35. Krista says:

    Your son looks adorable! How sweet!

  36. Amber says:

    How adorable is that? My son loved playing "princess dress up" at home and at daycare. Can't wait to show his future dates LOL

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