Wednesday, November 27

Mustache Face

Happy Wednesday.  Our house is full of sickness right now so we have been taking things slowly and keeping everything low key.  Just hoping for and looking forward to better days....  Isn't that the best mustache face you have ever seen?

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving this year was great!!  We were able to hold it at our house which was a little stressful but it made us get our butts in gear and get things done! 

We decorated a thanksgiving tree complete with turkeys we had made the year previously and acorns we put together this year.  Ruby loves it, Noni tolerates it, Eldy doesn't participate!
Teepee painting.  This was SO FUN!  and easy!  The kids loved it so much and I loved it too!  They made great center pieces.
Candy turkeys.  We made one for each kid, they were really fun too and really easy for noni to make on his own.  Though next time I going to pick better tasting candy...

Pies, Pies, Pies!  I made so many pies!  I made all the apple Kathy made the rest, pumpkin, custard, lemon, and coconut!  They were all delicious!!  The sad part is that my apple pie didn't get cooked until the end and everyone was gone by the time it was ready to eat...  So only a few of us got to enjoy it, but it too was delicious!
Noni loved peeling and coring the apples, that little man of mine is a really good helper.
And before all the festivities started we headed out to Kathy's and picked some pumpkins!  She grew a ton and they made the best jack o lanterns for halloween and great decoration for thanksgiving.  Plus it was a REALLY fun day!  The kids loved it!
Thanksgiving this year was great.  I'm glad to live near family so we can celebrate it together!!

Tuesday, November 26

A Little Catch Up

Its time for the blog game I like to call-
A little catch up
aka- a year in a nutshell

I was recently going through this last years photos and I just can't believe that we made it.  It was quite the challenge at times.  But one thing I did notice was that on the whole it was amazing.  We had some challenges and hills to climb but we still had fun doing it.  I know there will always be challenges and I am forever grateful for the family that I have to help me through them.

Ruby's first day of school.  It was hard for me, but she is doing very well.  She is making great friends and has a great teacher.   I just love her so much it is still hard for me to say goodbye to her each morning.  I am always happier when we are together.
Here we are drowning my school sorrows with frozen yogurt on the second day of school
If there is one thing that Noni loves it is nerf guns.  He just thinks they are the best (and lets be honest, they are)
The after effects of Noni feeding eldy a fudgesicle.  Sometimes moms have to use the bathroom too, and apparently dads think it is a good idea to arm a three year old with a fudgsicle and head to work while mom is doing just that.  It made me laugh so hard, this is what I came out to.  Myers said- 'He kept moving his face!' So he couldn't get it in his mouth!!!
Squinkies up the nose- enough said.
Sharing a milk shake at Child's Play, the best milkshakes ever.
I picked up some sod for our front lawn, justin had had enough of the hedges.  Our van is amazing!!
Getting ready to lay the sod.  Don't be fooled, they didn't do much.
New sod!
Sleep Eldy, my view every night as a I rock him to sleep...
Starbucks always makes the cold rainy day blues go away.
Caramel steamed milk, my favorite...
Noni's new sheets, they were on a crazy clearance at target, I love that place...
More starbucks, this time while we waited for Ruby's dance class to be over.
I love our front porch.  Absolutely love it.
Sometimes a dad just has to ride his daughters bike.
Target Halloween wigs, look at that sweet face!
Noni the Geisha
Justin's Mowvember.  I love this man.
Pumpkin picking at Kathy's, that was one of the best days!
Noni really wanted a hoodie this day, sadly he had outgrown all his hoodies.  Luckily he is good at improvising!
Ikea, we all survived!
My most favorite target purchase.  Look at that cute eyeball boy!
Eldy didn't want to be left out.
Myers loves to put stuff together and work with tools.  This kid put this whole shelf together!
Ruby concentrating on reading, look at that cute concentration forehead complete with dimples.
I love to get Noni to try on glasses, I mean seriously, he is adorable!
We love to hang out at the park after school!  This particular day they made a lady bug house for their new found ladybug friend 'Chariot'

This sweet baby naps about once a day for 20 minutes, then he gets so tired and ends up like this!
Spaghetti head!

I am so grateful for my family and for digital photos.  I love being able to look back on the memories of the past while and remember the best of times.  It is important each day, each moment to choose to be happy.  It makes life better, it makes everything better, and it CAN BE DONE!

Sunday, November 10

Styrofoam Head

To complete our Halloween festivities we actually decorated this year!!

We made clay eye balls for Justin to bring to work, I mean there have got be perks to being an optometrist and one of them is definitely your ability to decorate with eye balls on Halloween.  But don't worry, I have some Christmas eye ball decorations up my sleeve!

No Halloween is complete without the annual pumpkin carving.  We were lucky enough to get some awesome garden pumpkins from my sister!  We each got our own!
 Ruby even did all the carving herself!!!  It turned out so awesome.  That girl is my favorite.

 The styrofoam head (she really needs a name)  found Justin again.... mwahahahaha
 We decorated outside too.  The bats were my favorite!
 But I also love the caution tape, the monster face that Ruby and Noni designed (complete with mustache) and the wooden pumpkins that were a complete pain in the butt...  but turned out better than I could have imagined!

Halloween was so fun this year!  We were able to trick or treat with some great friends and my mom and dad came and handed out candy for us.  It was the perfect weather and the perfect night.  We had a blast.

Sunday, November 3

Popcorn Head

I'm finally getting to my halloween post, but before I begin and just so I don't forget I have to mention that Eldon took his first step today!!!  It doesn't mean he is walking- he's still a long way off, but he took his first step!!  This little baby of mine is growing UP!

Halloween was a lot of fun!  I love Halloween.  It makes me happy.  It is when the creative juices are free flowing and I get to sew whatever my kids hearts desire!  This year was probably the easiest of them all.  Noni got a store bought costume (gasp- I know) I am usually one for purely homemade but I saw the ninja costume was on for 15 dollars and I knew I couldn't make anything for that cheap- so I bought it.  He added his own homemade twist when he requested a popcorn head.  So he became our popcorn head ninja.  And he pulled it off!

Just hanging out with his popcorn head.

Ruby started off wanting to be a spy. Not a special spy, just a spy that wore black- and that's it.  No mask, no name tags, no gadgets, just black.  Eventually her ideas changed and she wanted to be a vampire spy so I was able to make her some bat wings and I snuck in a name tag.  She loved it.

(Here she is with our trick or treating partner (the other Ruby))

And here she is during the costume parade with Noni and surrounded by Hulks!

Eldon still has no say in his costumes, which is just the way I like it, so he became popcorn.  I knew I would be wearing him in the Ergo so I wanted something that would work with that.  Plus 2 birds, one stone.  I instantly became a popcorn vender, or a movie critic or simply a girl who loves a whole lot of popcorn.  It was great.

Justin was a giant eye ball.  I found it at target and I couldn't pass it up.  My only regret is that I didn't buy two.  Hopefully they will be back next year....

And I also made my dad's costume this year.  The 'What Does The Fox Say' song is really popular at his school and I thought I could make that come to life.  I made this awesome fox hood and freezer paper stenciled on the saying and we were done.  It was quick and easy and wonderful.

If you want to check out other halloweens you can check them here and here and here.  I love halloween, I love making costume dreams come to life...  Until next year my friends...  And now ON TO CHRISTMAS!


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