Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pumpkin Carving 2014

The way we got the girls to go pumpkin picking this year was to promise to carve them.  We've only carved them once before when the girls were younger and just been slackers ever since.  Usually just display them outside with nothing on them.  Oh well!  No parent of the year prizes here!!

So today we got out our carving supplies, chose designs and got to work.

Gianna took to digging out the guts like a pro.

De-gutting pumpkins is serious business around here.

Gianna chose to do a Dalmatian, but I quickly took over since it was bath night, leaving a little for her to finish.  I've since been reprimanded about carving duties and had my arm twisted into getting more pumpkins for them. (secretly it's always been my wish to have a porch full of pumpkins so this is no problem! LOL!)

Marissa chose to carve Stitch, which is her favorite character.  Knowing I'd take over if she didn't finish in time, she diligently carved it all herself.  She did fantastic!

We added the lights and set them outside, and they look awesome!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Thoughts About Project Life

For some time now, I find myself reluctantly working on my Project Life pages.  I find that having to "work" at a hobby drains the fun out of it.  It's become too time consuming.  I'm working on our June trip to Disney and will end my first album for the year with this trip.

I like the idea if you don't do any other scrapbooking, but I started out scrapbooking and thought this would be a fun side project.  When the side project became the ONLY project, it became work.

I have a ton of Pocket Scrapbooking supplies as well as my original supplies.  It's out of hand.  So now I have come to the decision that I will finish out my album for 2014, but that's it.  I'm not going to purge all my PL stuff since I'm sure I could incorporate it into my regular scrapbooking...then again I might do a giveaway. Who knows??!!!

I also won't be sharing my album pages.  It's getting pretty redundant.  A lot of pages look similar to some degree.  I love looking at them but I'm just done with it.  I want to bring back the "fun" to scrapbooking.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pumpkin Picking 2014

One of my favorite things to do in the Fall is go pumpkin picking!  We never went last year (girls had zero interest) so I was happy we went!

It was a sunny but chilly day.  Gianna went hunting immediately and found a lot of contenders.  She would've brought home a dozen if we let her!

Marissa needed a bit more coaxing, but quickly chose a pumpkin.

Gianna found herself a cute hat too. ;)

Never a dull moment.  Never.

Had to talk her into this but I love the result.

She didn't want her picture taken here but I told her we'd get a caramel apple.  Bribery at it's best.

The lighting was rapidly changing so this was the best I got.

Before we left I asked Marissa to take a picture of Joe and I.  I LOVE it!!!!  Didn't even realize that we matched until afterwards! Great minds think a like!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

No More Bare Walls!

Give Joe a can of spray paint and some items, and he will work his magic. I had given him these trays to paint but I wasn't sure on the color.  My first choice was black but since they were meant for my scrap room, I decided on white.  

About a week later, he gave them back to me and I could not resist messing around with them right away.  He even hung them right up for me!  I love how it came out!

I even nagged coaxed him into hanging up a few other things, I've had lying around.  He did great!!  

Now it's not just a boring wall with a TV on it.  It's a wall of "me"!!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Light It Up!

First fire of the Fall season.

Makes me think of chestnuts, reading books, hot drinks, and fuzzy socks.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Our Not So Scarey Halloween 2014

Halloween is one of my favorite "holidays", my most favorite is Christmas, in case you were wondering. ;). So I went all out and finished decorating for Halloween today. I re-discovered some things I haven't seen in awhile and it was all fun again! 

We don't do the scary stuff around here, basically because I'm chicken. Most of our stuff is Disney themed. Bet that's a complete surprise! LOL!! 

Some of this stuff we've had since Marissa was a baby so it's sentimental. Then of course I've added to it with each visit to Disney World. 

This sign gets updated constantly by Gianna with my comings and goings. 

My pumpkins don't get changed up that much from year to year but I love them. 

Around here we love Stitch.

I've come to realize that I have a thing for cute candy dishes/cookie jars. 

Ready and waiting for cute little trick or treaters!!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

World Card Making Day 2014

I had zero plans to make cards this weekend, but realized I needed one for my friends birthday we were seeing tonight. 

Having not created a card in who knows how long, I quickly turned to Pinterest for inspiration.   Found this card and decided to duplicate it. 

I dry embossed, stitched, heat embossed and stamped on this. I forgot how fun it all was!! 

So happy with how it came out. I need to get back to making cards again. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pie Season Has Begun!

Made the first apple pie of the season today. Felt guilty seeing all the apples from our picking expedition still sitting on the counter and decided to go for it.

I had grand visions of making some turnovers as well but gave up after peeling all the apples. So I made two pies. One for my sister and one for us to enjoy. 

It satisfied my sweet tooth for sure. Apple pie is my favorite.  Especially the crust, if you're not going to eat that just save it for me! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Backyard Findings

Life with the puppies has opened my eyes to our backyard a lot more lately. 

The other day I found the dogs fighting over this feather. Emma was fiercely protective over it. Not sure what bird it comes from but I'd have to guess a hawk, since they're always flying around. 

Then another day I spotted a lump of something laying in the yard. No idea what it could be, I went out to find it was a dead bird (pigeon or dove). Somehow the dogs weren't going near it and I had to dispose of it, freaking out the entire time, hoping it wouldn't wake up and attack me. (No picture that time.)

Tonight the dogs were outside again, and all but Piper had come inside. I called her a few times but didn't see her until I went out. It was starting to get dark and the lights didn't go on until I went out and saw her wrestling with a dead squirrel. 

Now I'm pretty sure she did not kill it. I've seen her "hunt" squirrels before but they're too quick for her.  I think a hawk killed it and it fell either from its claws or it died somehow in the trees above and the wind knocked it down. Who knows?? All I do know is Joe wasn't home and I couldn't leave it there since the dogs would be going back out again. I, very squimishly, got the pooper scooper and got it in a bag to get rid of. Again, thinking this thing was messing with me and would wake up and attack me! 

Next time Joe better be home to dispose of things!! 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September 365 2014

September has been a busy month. Lots of fun. Lots of memories. 

Love the Fall season, just not the cold that follows. 

Riley's Gotcha Day

I've learned to never say never the hard way. We always said we'd never get a dog. As the girls grew up, we realized getting a dog wouldn't be too bad. At first we used it as a way to keep the girls in check. Yep parenting at its best.

Eventually, I realized I wouldn't mind having company with me during the day. I  thought of all the pros that having a dog would bring, of course I also thought of the cons. 

Finally the day came when we went to visit a puppy named Riley. She was so playful and sweet. 

We got to bring her home for the day to get to know her better. 

It was instant love.

A year ago today, we made her official and got to bring her home for good. It was the best decision ever!

Monday, September 29, 2014

National Coffee Day

In honor of National Coffee Day

I plan on having another 3 or 4 cups!  I'm no quitter!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Apple Picking 2014

The Fall season means warm, fuzzy slippers, hot coffee, and in particular.  Okay, pumpkins too, but today's focus was apples.

We drove out to an apple orchard about 40 minutes from us and found we were basically early for most varieties of apples.  Yep, we planned this well.  Determined to find apples, after already paying our admission fee, we took off to find the Yellow Delicious.

We had to do some hunting for trees not picked over but we managed to find some and got to work. 

Of course, we had to do some taste testing too.

The best part about this place is leaving.  Laugh all you want, but as you leave, you can buy freshly made, warm, apple cider donuts.  Mmmmmmmm!  So good!


Tortured the girls by making them take pictures together.  Best part of being a mom!

A Magical Day

17 years ago today, Joe and I had just started our vacation at Disney. Tired from the trip, but still excited, we got our picture taken in front of the castle. Later on we had lunch at Tony's Townsquare, which I loved since it was themed after the movie Lady and the Tramp--so romantic! 

We had a delicious lunch, then (long-story-short) Joe proposed. I was stunned! We had talked about getting married so I knew it would happen but he lead me to believe we had a "plan", so I wasn't expecting it then. 

He did good!! The ring, the place, the magic! He did very good!! 

Now married 15 years, still happy, still in love, I'd still say yes! Love him to infinity and beyond!! (Another Disney reference!)