Thursday, October 31, 2013


First and foremost
It was early and Julia was running late to school. I couldn't get my camera setting right fast enough so I just put it on manual with the flash.
so I am not happy about that!
but I wanted to show you their costumes while I still have a chance.
I will be getting a group picture later and will share that tomorrow!

This year The Julia decided to go as something some what scarey. 
she's never done that before
Remember her epic costume from last year
and 2011
I am not sure exactly why she wanted to be a vampire but her costume was really easy to make!
I went to St. Vincent De-paul and picked up a black velvet skirt for like 50 cents!
cut along the seam and used the button to keep it in place around her neck. then I sewed on a red stiff felt for the collar.
she is wearing a black pants, red, shirt and teeth we had on hand and we got some blood for makeup.
 Later tonight she wants me to tape a zipper on her forehead and have blood dripping from it.......

I am at a lost as to why and where she got this idea.
 Now Miss Belle is always fun 
I like to play off her name when picking out her costumes
She was Princess Belle her first Halloween
Cow Belle the next
Taco Belle last year and this year.... drum roll please.....
Statue of Liberty Belle!
Her's was really easy too!
I picked up another skirt but this time it was sparkly silver
draped it around her sweater (it gets cold here on Halloween)
and pinned it down. 
Grandma Jo got her crown and flash light.
I sprayed her hair a little with silver and blotted some on her face.
she's wearing gray sweat pants
I want to record her saying what her costume is because it' s the sweetest thing ever!
"Satue ob wiberdy!"
Last year Stella was a peacock
 Lil Stella is having a few issues lately and it's making her cranky!
VERY cranky!
she likes things done her way and on her time!
she is very particular about her naps and bed time
she likes her food and drinks at a certain time
she likes quite time
she likes watching her show every day
she likes taking a walk every day. 
she is very much like clock work and if things don't go like she wants them
she yells. hits, and yells some more.
We think she has a grumpy little old lady trapped in her little body somewhere!
so what better costume than to make her a grumpy little old lady!

She is wearing a kitty cat sweater with a little knit cardigan over it. pearls and gray spray paint in her hair.
since she will be riding in her stroller while we go trick or treating
I am giving her a blanket and ball of yarn for her to work on her sewing project.

 Last but defiantly not least!
My step dad said I was crazy but
I have to dress Jerky up again!
so he is going as a swim suit model!
(I never buy anything for his costumes (that would be crazy) I just grab things around the house and make something up.
He is a great dog and loves to play dress up so he will more than likely wear this all day!

Can't wait to see what other costumes everyone else made!!!
I love making my kids every year and they really enjoy it too.
knowing mommy made it just for them. 
I plan the details far in advance (like June) and get so excited!
Today is finally the day we can show them off!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


We carved our pumpkins
well 3 of us did the other two painted theirs.

 This is without a doubt one of my new favorites!!
Tomorrow I am going to share with you my kids Halloween costumes I made! SO excited!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Minges pumpkin festival

I know I said I would keep better track of writing but then I got busy again! 
you lived and so did I :)
BUT I am back again
I thought I would share with you some pictures of Minges Pumpkin Festival
This is by far my favorite festival EVER!
lots of crafts and handmade everything!
They have a few rides but the big attractions are the down home games 
(catch a greased pig, hay sack races, axe throwing)
They have some of the yummiest food....ok I don't usually buy any but I love to walk by each booth and just smell it. 
weird I know!
but roasted almonds and handmade pies, kettle corn made on the spot! 
my nose is in heaven at Minges!
 I got a few pictures of some of the cute things for sale....Then a lady yelled at me! something about stealing her ideas....HAHA she obviously doesn't read my blog and know that my crafts would NEVER turn out good enough to sell!

 Julia signed up for the pumpkin pie easting contest.
then she gave me this mad at the world look that she gives us all the time
I said "what's wrong?"
she huffed 
"there's no whip cream! I only signed up for this for the whip cream!"

 but she geared up for it anyway

 The boy next to her won but she did end up liking the pie and finished eating it

 I love this girl so much!
I'm a going to continue this: contes
till the end of this week!
make sure you get me your little things in life picture to me ASAP! 
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or comment below with the link
so excited to send out your prize if you have the best picture!
and remember camera phone photos are acceptable!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

photos and a contest/giveaway!

So I know it's been about a week since I posted on here. 
This is my SUPER busy season and I have been clicking away on my camera non stop!
I love it!
  but I miss writing and sharing.
so I am back!
Be ready for tons of photography post but for now I want to share with you a few phone photos from the last two weeks or so...

My house is all ready for Halloween!
(I have no idea why the lines are in this picture.....maybe my house is haunted!)
 Julia's school only has three buses. every else lives in walking distance including us. so most people walk everyday. I thought it was weird that they celebrated national walking to school day like it was something unheard of.....
 something about my third daughter's eyes just gets me everytime
 She's always wanting to be goofy
 long legs
 Julia vogues with her pumpkin
 daily visits from Mrs. Garnette
 someone didn't want their breakfast and decided to let me know

 she's been having a hard time sleeping lately. but I am loving our extra cuddles at night
 blooming in October?
 I have fun with her hair when she lets me.
 best of friends
 Love this little man!

 Tomato soup
 sun burst
 these two are so alike it's starting really scare me!
 can you tell I am a little obsessed with taking her picture?
 With something so simple she always brightens my day!
 They were playing hide and seek but they both wanted to be the counter....
 daily coloring
 trying to get a selfie with miss Belle napping on my!
 She has to read a book to daddy every night.. she says it's her homework
So these are the little moments that fill my days. I am trying to take more pictures of any and everything that just reminds me of the blessings God has given me. and when I am having a bad day I look through my pictures and it make the bad disappear. 
here's a challenge for you
Take a picture today of something that made you smile. I use my phone for these because it's always with me. your picture doesn't have to be award winning or great quality. You wont regret stopping for an extra second to snap a picture. you never know one day you might look back and think I am so glad I captured this!
tag me on Facebook or post the link in my comment section below! 
My favorite picture will win a special prize! 
 can't wait to see!!! 
(only open for USA residents)
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