Scavenger Hunt Sunday {11.17.13}


These are the patterns that I used to make the Jedi costumes for my husband and sons. The fact that I was just getting them put away today should give you some indication of how busy I have been in the past few weeks!


Somehow I have become a collector of lost sunglasses. I have discovered many pairs in the library where I work, and if they go unclaimed for long enough then I can take them home. This is one of my favorites.


The moon is big and bright tonight. We caught a glimpse of it when the clouds blew away for a minute.

Looking In

Sometimes I can't resist looking in on my baby girl when she is napping. I know she could very easily wake up (and she has several times), so I guess I am tempting fate. But she is just so darn adorable when she is sleeping!


It has started to get colder here and we have had frost several mornings this week. Here are some little ice crystals that I found on a leaf in the back yard. The ice crystals on the leaves make for extra crunchiness.


This week's Songography is such an awesome song that I had to participate. The song is, "What a Wonderful World".

I see skies of blue,
And clouds of white.

The bright blessed day,
The dark sacred night.

And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Yes, I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Ni Hao Yall
Weekly Top Shot #93
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Scavenger Hunt Sunday: The Halloween Edition {11.03.13}


My favorite type of candy this time of year is definitely candy corn. Yum! Sadly, this is an archive picture because when I went to the store to buy some candy corn this week they told me they were completely sold out! Can you believe it?


I crocheted a darling little pumpkin hat for a friend who recently had a baby, so of course I had to crochet one for my little girl. She loves her pumpkin hat and I think she is so adorable!


This year my boys wanted to carve spooky pumpkins. I think we came up with some pretty good ones!


There are some bushes not too far from our house with these lovely orange berries on them, so I had to stop and take a picture.

Dress up

This year my boys were determined to be Jedi for Halloween, so I set about making some costumes for them. I was so pleased with how they turned out and my boys LOVED them.

I have so many awesome pictures of my Jedi that I had a hard time choosing which ones to share! I even ended up making a costume for my husband. Doesn't he make the perfect General Kanobe? I know he prefers the more serious Jedi photos I took of him, but I caught him laughing and I just love this photo.

 Luckily I did not have to make Miss Aubrey's costume. She was perfectly happy to wear the Cinderella dress that we found for her. Isn't she adorable?

We had such a fun Halloween! I love my little family so much!

This week's song prompt was "My Life Would Suck Without You". There are many things that I wouldn't really want to do without such as chocolate, colorful Autumns, and living near the mountains. However I don't even want to imagine life without my husband and my three beautiful kids. They are my everything.

Ni Hao Yall
Weekly Top Shot #93
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Scavenger Hunt Sunday {10.27.13}


Last week I posted a picture of the 60 bell peppers that we pulled out of our garden. I have to admit, I was actually disappointed that peppers were nearly all green. I planted red, orange and yellow bell peppers because they are sweeter and I love to eat them. This week I was pleasantly surprised when some of the peppers in my big box started to change colors! Hooray!

Your Mood Today

Yesterday my kids were feeling pretty giddy, like this painted hay bale. I finally took them to one of our favorite fall destinations, Cornbelly's! They have a corn maze and tons of other fun activities. We had planned to go over Fall Break, but then I got sick, ruptured my eardrums and we didn't make it. But we finally found time to make it there!


Welcome to Cornbellys! It is such a fun place to go in the Fall. The kids had a great time and I have a ton of pictures. Maybe I will post more later, but that depends on whether or not I get all our Halloween costumes sewn this week!

Depth of Field

This is one of my favorite pictures from yesterday. The boys did the pedal races several times and loved every minute of it.


We stayed at Cornbelly's until it got dark and a little chilly. We had so much fun that we hadn't managed to even go into the corn maze! So we took a short trip into the "5 minute maze" rather than the big one. I wanted to get some pictures of my kids in the maze, but it was pretty dark by then. If you look in this picture, you can just see the three of them on the path.

Ni Hao Yall
Weekly Top Shot #93
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Scavenger Hunt Sunday: {10.20.13}


“The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.”
-Tahereh Mafi


"Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower."   -Albert Camus

Is it any wonder that this is my favorite time of year? It is so beautiful!

First World Problem

This weekend my husband cleaned up the garden because it is getting to cold for the plants to survive. Would you believe he picked 60 peppers? What am I going to do with all of them?


I went on a walk in the early evening with my children just as the sun was setting today. I love the golden hour, when the world is becoming quiet and still. I admit that I did more picture-taking than walking!

A Good Day

I offered to take some family pictures for my sister this year. I am not a professional by any means, but I enjoy taking pictures and my sister thinks I am pretty good at it. However my first attempt was a dismal failure. I was coming down with a horrible head cold (which resulted in rupturing both my eardrums a few days later), so my settings were a little off and many of the pictures were blurry. (I think I was a little blurry too). Luckily she let me try again and the pictures turned out SO much bettter! Here is a picture of my cute little niece. Any time you can get a cute, smiling picture of a two-year old is a good day!

Ni Hao Yall
Weekly Top Shot #93
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Rebuilding Legos (and Eardrums)

I had planned to participate in my usual Sunday Scavenger Hunt, as well as post about what we have been up to lately, but then I caught this darn head cold.

Why is it when my kids get sick, they just get runny noses and coughs but when I catch their same virus it mutates and gets into my ears? In the past two days both of my eardrums ruptured, which was not a pleasant experience to say the least. I finally feel a bit better, but can't really hear much of anything. Ah well! At least my house is quieter, right?

So here is an iPhone photo review of our recent happenings. Grandpa came to visit and we had so much fun with him! He got to play with the kids, go to soccer practice and help Daddy with projects. One Saturday we went to a frosty, early morning soccer game... luckily Grandpa suggested we bring our propane heater. The team thought it was awesome!

While Grandpa was here we also had what I call the Great Lego Explosion, also known as the Great Lego Rebuild of 2013. Grandpa and the boys went through our enormous Lego bucket and tried to put everything back together again.

As you can see, it was quite the project! There were TONS of little Lego bits all over the floor. But they were determined to get everything rebuilt.

I couldn't believe that they actually did it? There were a few pieces missing here and there, but here are most of the boys Lego sets. Their Lego Star Wars sets are not in this picture (mostly because they wouldn't all fit on the table).

While the boys were working on Legos, I worked on a little crocheting. My dear friend just had a baby, so I had to make a tiny pumpkin hat for him. While I was at it, I made a bigger one for my little girl. Aren't they cute?

Speaking of my little girl, we finally moved her into a big girl bed!  Doesn't she look so tiny?

She has been able to get in and out of her crib for a while now, so we figured it was about time. Plus, Grandpa was here to help Daddy put the bed together! Luckily Miss Aubrey handled the transition pretty well.

So that's what we've been up to. I hope we are done with this virus and that my ears will heal quickly. It's annoying to feel like I am walking around with earplugs in and also kind of obnoxious to have to keep saying, "What?" all the time.

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