Tuesday, November 29, 2011


We spent Thanksgiving in the woods again this year. My grandparents were unable to make the trip this time, so this time, there was no paranormal activity to speak of. We were, however, relatively technology-free and had a great time playing outside, eating, spending time with family, eating, reading, eating, playing games, and of course, eating. I actually had a food hangover on Friday. My blood sugar was so out of whack from Thanksgiving, that I felt awful all day! Note to self:  Do not repeat this experience at Christmas. Here are my favorite photos from the trip.

Dad carved some Thansgiving pumpkins. He had to add the "K" to the back of the second pumpkin. I'm ashamed to admit that I'm pretty sure I was the last one to notice...after someone pointed it out to me. And I'd been taking all kinds of photos of it!

Sweet, smiley Levi.

John, Aidan, and Levi playing Angry Birds, or Tiny Wings, or Battleship, or something.

Neely Bug. She was so cute with her ponytail, turkey shirt, jeggings, and pink cowgirl boots. It's too bad you can hardly see any of that in the photo.

Food prep. That's a lot of garlic! Mmm...

Some of the line-up.

Uncle Jopey, working for his supper.

Maggie and Levi.

Turkey time!

Gathered to eat.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Family Photos - Preview

Over the holiday, I took some family photos of the crowd at Jasmine Hill. They're downloaded to the computer, waiting to be edited, but I wanted to share one of my favorites. Isn't he sweet with his lil' snowman tie? Courtesy of Auntie Audra, of course. ;)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Lil' Turkey

Three years ago, I made Neely Bug her first lil' turkey shirt...using Stitch Witchery and fabric paint. Thank goodness my t-shirt making skills have improved. Here she is wearing the latest...and her best "cheese" face.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Mustache Bash - Baby Shower

Last weekend, I helped throw a baby shower for my sister-in-law. It was a mustache bash, and I loved it. I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

Little man onesies.

A photo booth - complete with ties and mustache props.

My sideboard all decked out.

Mustache soap party favors. Need some? Visit Mel's Fun Suds.

Diaper thoughts. I wish I'd taken photos of some of the things the guests came up with. They were hilarious.

We did something serious for Mama to keep in her baby book, too.

Kristen's lovely banner. Thank goodness. I am not skilled with paper.

Another shot of the fireplace as gifts began to accumulate. I love that they're color-coordinated. I'm a nerd.

Veggie cups. Of course, they have mustaches, too.

Homemade cake balls.

Limey green punch.

Mustache cookies courtesy of my friend Helene. If you need cookies and live in my area, I'll give you her number! They are awesome.

More food.

A photo booth shot...

...or two...

...or three...

...or four. I'm nearly done. I promise!

Mama and her fu manchu.

Mama in her screen printed mustache maternity shirt. This was my first attempt at screen printing. It turned out pretty well, I think.

Neely Bug had to get in on the mustache action, too. 

There you have it! It's been a while, but I still know how to throw a baby shower!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


It's hard to believe another Halloween has come and gone. We did it up big this year, since it's our first Halloween in our own house. We invited friends over and went trick-or-treating. A good time was had by all. 

Halloween morning surprises

I love my deep sink. It's perfect for Halloween color-coordinated drinks. Yes, I'm cool like that.

Wassail in the crock pot.

Halloween candles and banner.

I attempted to get a picture of the inside. It didn't turn out very well, but the kids wrestling on the couch is kind of funny.

Neely's least favorite decoration. She didn't like that I gave her horns.


Caramel apples. PW made it look so easy. Mine were drippy and funny...not to mention practically cemented to the platter.

Gru and Minions. And yes, this is the best picture I've got. It's hard to get these three to cooperate.

Happy lil' minion.


Clown and Tinkerbell. 

All the kiddos ready to hit up the neighbors for some candy.
P.S. Why didn't we get the memo to purchase an ATV and trailer for hay ride trick-or-treating?

Aidan's Jack-O-Lantern. Neely's is next to it, carved to look like Hello Kitty, of course, but I forgot to give her a candle.

Jack Skellington and Darth Vader.
Beaver had to have the pumpkin I chose for Darth Vader, then gave up on him 15 minutes in, so I finished the abandoned pumpkin. That, my friends, is love.

Our spooky house, complete with silhouettes, fog, and lights.