Family Hike in the Woods

December 15, 2016

Last Sunday we took a family hike in the hills around Scott’s Valley. We were visiting Dre – he’s been doing amazingly well in the inpatient treatment center, The Camp, that he’s been at for the past month. He’s got a 4 hour day pass to go offsite every Sunday, so this time we decided to go enjoy the great outdoors. The area around The Camp is gorgeous and it didn’t take us long to find a National Park trail that we could hike along.

We brought Sammy along too! He’s not very robust, so we carried him quite a lot. Luckily, he’s like 8 lbs so it’s very easy to just carry him along. We all take turns carrying him.

Dre even made his tee shirt into a dog carrying satchel! Sammy is basically like a baby and loves being carried in anything, so this was totally fine to him. 

Sometimes people ask Jeff and I if we are going to have another kid. Our response is that our dog is our other kid. Haha!

The woods were really gorgeous. It was a cool but not cold day, and it’s been rainy so it was pretty damp. There were a lot of banana slugs out! The kids had fun looking for them and picking them up gently. They emit a mild toxin so we made sure to keep Sammy away from them. He has a gross habit of eating the common slugs in our yard, so we were pretty sure he would try to eat one of them too! Slugs and snails are basically the only prey he can catch, with his tiny jaws.

Jeff climbed up on this enormous stump…. and then he JUMPED off! There were quite a few big old fallen trees and old stumps. It was really awesome to get to spend some quality family time together and enjoy the beautiful woods. I wore a faux shearling jacket I recently made, and have been meaning to post about. I had Jeff take some photos, because I know that if I don’t post about it now, it’s going to get lost in the mix. There are like hundreds of things I make and do that I don’t get around to posting about!

Vogue 1440

This is the jacket from Vogue pattern 1440. The faux shearling version I made was super fast and easy to sew. I did it in a few hours. The way the jacket is meant to be made is MUCH more difficult. It’s meant to be made of boucle and has a fringed edge, and about a million yards of self-made bias tape over the seams. That version would take a few days. However, sewing faux shearling (or regular shearling) is a lot easier because it’s basically self lined. I just sewed the seams the wrong sides out, and then made lapped seams so that you get the contrast fur effect. I sewed the inner sleeve seam and the shoulders the proper way, but I didn’t even need to do any seam finishing on the inside, other than trimming them shorter. It’s one 0f the cutest, fastest things I’ve made, and it’s also super warm and comfy. Win!

And that’s about it! I’m so happy that Dre is doing really well – and we got the good news that he will be able to come home on Christmas Eve! That’s only a few weeks away, and it’s the perfect Christmas present for all of us. Hooray!


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  • Reply Bri January 21, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Your family is amazing. 💓 I’m also curious, where do you buy your sewing patterns?

    • Reply Rachel January 21, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Awe thank you! I get my indie ones from their website, and my “Big 4” (McCall,s Vogue, Butterick, Simplicity) ones from JoAnne’s Fabrics, when they have pattern sales. They have them all the time, you just need to check the sales flyers.

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