Super Heros

Please excuse what just might be the world’s worst photos! The boys were recently invited to a birthday party for a friend; it was the first of a round of four year old parties. We are also in the planning stages for our own four year old’s party; he, however, refuses to turn 4. He claims that he does not want to get older, and although he loves parties, he only agreed to have one for his birthday this year if we agreed that he could stay 3. Enter super mama; we will be having a 3 + 1 party this year.

I digress; I thought long and hard about the perfect 4 year old gift for this particular little friend. Then I remembered seeing a super hero cape somewhere that someone else had made, and I knew just exactly what the little guy needed. I dispensed with a pattern, chosing instead to draw with a white charcoal pencil directly on the fabric. I cut out two black cape pieces, appliqued the letter and lightening symbol to one of them, and then stitched the two pieces to each other right side together. I left the top/neck open for turning, turned it right side out, pressed it, and used bias tape I’d made to close the neck and create the ties. Then I made a quick, unlined, drawstring bag to hold it; a boy can never have too many little bags! This was so simple and such a hit that I can see us using it as a go to birthday gift for a bit here. We might even need one for a certain 3 + 1 party I know is coming up…

I also need to share that the boy NOT turning 4 is teaching us exactly how difficult parenting a nearly 4 year old boy can be. Bedtime has become even more of a challenge, and this one is pretty determined that learning to use a potty is just not for him. We are currently going through more patience than we thought we had at our house, and I want to be the first to tell you the Hubby is super dad! He seems to know exactly when to stand his ground and when to offer grace; it is a delicate balance, you know. And I am proud to be married to the guy who can handle it so very well!

1 Response to “Super Heros”

  1. 1 Linda
    June 30, 2010 at 7:53 am

    The cape was a huge hit! “L” wore it yesterday while he “helped” my husband mow, and asked if he could wear it today at school (sadly, no capes allowed, not even on birthdays 🙁 )

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