Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Skulls and skeletons.

You're invited, so come on in
and let the fun and surprises begin.

Beware of skulls and skeletons too
they are lurking everywhere, trying to scare you.

But even the spiders and witches agree
Skeletons know how to party you see,

They'll laugh and play and then in between
Stop and make sure YOU have a
Happy Halloween!

All ages are welcome .......

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Halloween outing.

Saturday, McCall sent me a text message, "They have a trick or treat thing at Riverwoods in Provo from 4:30 - 6:30.  I was going to see if you wanna walk around with me and the kids."  Yes I did.

The first thing we saw was a horse drawn carriage, and standing beside that was a headless horseman.  How AWESOME is he?!  (This was gonna be good.)  

Spending time with three of my favorites, in a sea of Disney Princesses ... 
Libby and I were both in heaven.

 LOVED this little Halloween outing!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Fall (is falling).

I was thoroughly enjoying the fall.  The cooler temperatures, the beautiful color in the mountains, my beloved geese overhead .... and then, more quickly than any of us expected .... fall fell.

And so did the snow.  What?!

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Macabre side.

I decided it was high time for some more Halloween on my blog.  The countdown is on afterall .... and I am a slightly obsessed with Halloween.  My house is just about all done being decorated.  I think I counted ten totes. TEN?!  Pretty sure I have more Halloween decorations than most people have Christmas.  When my kids were little, it was all about cute.  Cute tole painted pumpkins, cute "fairyland" costumes, lots of purple, green and orange all over the house.  

As they have grown ... I have taken a turn for the macabre side of Halloween. Not quite sure when that first started happening, but I do seem to favor the dark side .... spooky, black and grey, skulls, ghosts and goblins ... that kind of stuff.

I was looking through photos of celebrity Halloween costumes and thought this one of Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnilo was so great.  Vanessa looks adorable.  Nick - well ... he's actually a little sick and creepy.

BUT ....

I think my VERY favorite celebrity couple costume had to be the year Christina Aguilera and her (then) husband dressed up as a Zombie bride and groom. 

I LOVE their makeup ... although, they both look a little too pretty to be zombies.  You may remember, I am a little partial to zombies.  I was super excited to get out my own bride and groom portrait that I had transformed into a zombie portrait of my ex-husband and I last year.  Gotta be one of my favorite things I own. 
(Is that awful?)

Last year, when my brother and his wife decided to be zombies, I helped them out with their costumes and told them that I had the perfect backdrop for a photo shoot.  

(How awesome is this?!)

 What are your costume plans?!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

A new smile.

someone got her braces off.
she's a little excited about it.
i'm lovin' her new smile too!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Krispy Skremes.

Saturday was a day full of "fall" cleanup.  I had had a restless night of sleep, so at about 5 am I decided that I may as well get up and be productive.  The problem of getting up at 5 am to start your day of productivity is that no one else is awake yet.  Especially on a Saturday morning.

I  knew I couldn't start any laundry because my laundry room is right above my renters' bedroom and that wouldn't be very nice.  I couldn't get out in my yard to mow and edge yet, first because it was dark, and second because I have a rule for myself (it's for the neighbors too although sometimes they break it) that I won't start a noisy mower on any given morning prior to 8 am for the benefit of those who like/need/want to sleep in a little bit on a morning they don't have to work.  I couldn't go down and do the dishes or run the vacuum for pretty much the same reason as all of the above, so I laid there and wondered what chore I could possibly get up and do (that needed to be done) that would be quiet for the rest of my sleeping household.  Hmmm?  What to do .... ?

Then I remembered the article I had read in that MORE magazine about cleaning out your closet - so that's what I decided to get up and do ... for the next three hours.

You've probably read various articles where they say a good rule of thumb when cleaning out your closet is this:  If you haven't worn it in the last year, get rid of it, right?  But in the article I read in MORE she had a little different take on when to get rid of something.  The author said that if she was debating whether to hang on to something or not, she would wear it to work.  If she liked it and felt comfortable in it all day, it stayed in her closet - if not, out it went.

Now since I am fortunate in that I get to wear jeans to work every day, by bigger issue was, how far away from fitting into these jeans am I, and will they still be fashionable when I do?!

I tried every single pair of jeans on ... well, I got them up as far as they would go, and then made the decision to keep them or give them away based on the aforementioned question.    

The author did say that she ended up keeping a sweater that she had bought with her boyfriend on their trip to Paris once.  And even though she didn't really love it anymore, and had no intention of wearing it to work, she just couldn't bear the thought of giving it away.  There were just way too many sweet memories in the threads of that sweater.  (I have a few of those items too ... only I might be keeping them remembering how much they cost and just hoping that one day they might actually come back into style.  Apparently, I didn't pay close enough attention to the article, did I?  I did, however, find an awesome, super comfy, black pajama outfit with the tags still on in my drawer.  I didn't even remember buying it - but I put it on and I love it! Sweet.)

After three hours of clothes sorting, I started some laundry, then went out into my yard for the final edging and mow of the season (love that), some trimming of the bushes, and gathered up several piles of things that belonged in someone else's home, not mine.

McCall and her babies needed an outing so they joined Sophie and I as we ran our errands. Libby's favorite stop was for some donuts at "Krispy Skremes."  SO.DANG.CUTE.

I did have high hopes for getting all of my Halloween decorations out too, but ... clearly, that was a little ambitious since our last stop of the day was at WalMart for groceries and it ended up being after 9 pm.  Sigh.  

Maybe tonight .... (are you decked out yet?)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Quiet time.

Sunday was my birthday.  I turned 52.  Sigh.  52.  Really?  Geez.  But ... it happened.  I don't usually make a big fuss over the fact that it's my birthday.  I don't require much.  I am one of those moms who have always told my kids, Just draw me a picture. Or, Make me a card. Even now I really do appreciate the cards my kids give me with their sweet words more than anything. (Although when you have kids old enough to have jobs, they give pretty nice gifts too.)

Sunday morning I woke up before anyone else did, came downstairs, and opened the fridge.  There was a plate of spice cupcakes with cream cheese frosting staring right at me.  Yum.  That, and a cold diet coke sounded just about right for my birthday breakfast.

I sat down in my living room chair and picked up the latest edition of MORE magazine.  (Have you heard of MORE magazine?  It's for older, mature women.  That would be me.  I had just mentioned to Sophie that I decided not to renew any of my magazines for the coming year, but instead, take the time to read the magazines that had come during the last two years that I hadn't read yet.) I spent the next hour or so in my chair ... flipping ... looking ... reading ... eating ... sipping ... enjoying the stillness of the house. It was way nice.

Later on in the day, Sophie and I went to church together. McCall and the babies came up too.  I had a nice day at home with good food and good people and lots of love.  I thoroughly enjoyed my day.

(Have I ever mentioned that four of the five siblings in my family have September birthdays?  I said to my mom one time, "Cold winter nights Mom?"  And she answered, "Happy New Year."  I shouldn't have asked.)

(This is on September 4th when Drew turned 50 ... poor guy ... I remember that sad day for me.)