Monday, November 7, 2011

Some of my favorite memories of Christmas are....


{aside from reading the Christmas Story from the bible on Christmas Eve}














Night Vision goggles

I got Jake a Karaoke machine for Christmas...What have I done???...


Lizzy's Home-made Blackberry Peach Jam that we made from the Blackberries that she harvested from her own blackberry bush and then stored in the freezer.





Watch out...Lizzy got a sewing machine from her Namma!
Trevor played ALL day with his Geo Trax set. :)
Just waking up

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Trunk-or-treatin'


Lizzy went as a 'Vampire Cheerleader' this year. This was all her own concept. She specifically wanted hot pink and black. She knew exactly what she wanted to look like and looked over my shoulder through the entire costume-making process to make sure I got it right {in the sweetest way possible, of course}. 
I bought the turtle-neck & black skirt from Wal-mart
Made the cheerleader vest. {Don't look too closely at my awful sewing skills. I am a very sloppy sewer. :)} Lizzy loved the pink sparkly material. We made the skirt more "cheerleader-ish" by glueing the matching white ribbon around the edge & cutting the toole to show it off.
Then I just made a hot pink tu-tu to go underneath the skirt to make it more "vampire-ish".  The toole was on sale for only $2.50 a spool! Lizzy wanted zebra stripes incorperated for some reason so I grabbed my left-over zebra striped ribbon and tied them into cheer bows. :)


The coolest Ninja on the block.  I was so happy with his choice because this costume was one of last year's Christmas presents. Score!

Ali went with the cheerleader theme as well. :) This was Lizzy's old costume. Another score! Mr. T originaly wanted to be a 'White Ninja" to go along with Ryan but while we were in the dollar store looking for Ninja wepons, he happened upon a gun and badge and so he became a cowboy.  Totally fudged the vest. I'm not kidding when I say that I'm NOT a good seemstress. :) The trim was something I found at Hobby Lobby while looking for fabric for Lizzy's costume.

Mr. T with his BFF. Cowboys and Aliens!! Hahaha! Didn't even plan it. :)

One more with attitude. :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pick-a-Pumpkin/Haunted House


This year we went to Day farms.  We got to take a tractor ride out to the HUMUNGO pumpkin patch and snatch our own GIGANTIC pumkins off the vine. It was...perfect. :)

 
















Later that night, Jake & I took Lizzy to a Haunted House. Not just any Haunted House...it is one of the best in the country! She BEGGED and BEGGED us to take her. We tried to explain to her that it was way to scary for her. She was not to be pursuaded. So then we tried to prep her. We showed her behind-the-scenes videos from thier website and that made her more excited. She really liked the pre-show. She really liked the decor. She liked the Haunted House until about 3 steps in...then she turned to us and said: "I wanna go home." hahaha! This is what I was trying to avoid. This place is NOT cheap but we splurged to satisfy her fancy. I knew this would happen. Lol. So we laughed and Daddy carried her through the ENTIRE Haunted House. She got brave and strated looking around {still being held by daddy of course}. She really didn't like the actors coming up to her so she looked when we told her to look & hid her eyes in Daddy's neck when we told her to. She ended up having a good time and said at the end of the night: "It was really fun but it was really scary." She currently has not plans for a return trip in the near future and has not had any nightmares. I think she's learned to listen to mommy & daddy from now on. :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Welcome Fall!!


To really welcome in the Fall season, we had a super-fun-very-fall-ish FHE {Family Home Evening}.
First, we ate THIS for dinner:
mmmmmm....Potato Leek soup....
I may or may not have had thirds seconds of this.

Then we dipped these...


...and added these {spider sprinkles}...
...until they turned into these yummy Halloween creations. :)



Then we all snuggled up to see what Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban were up to. It was a perfect night complete with rain and chilly weather. :)