Sunday, November 03, 2019


 I thrifted an amazing Alice in wonderland feedsack.
 And a bag of so cute fiber optic witches.
 And quilts and things.
 This one REALLY needed some sun to clean it, but it was already too late in the season and I haven't had a good day since.
 I made a cute runner for my MIL's birthday.
 Thrifted an amazing afghan.
 Grant's been sick again.
And the cat is enjoying the fire in her old (ancient) age.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

A few Halloween things to remember

 Sam's pumpkin from her class party.
 An upgraded porch this year.

 The front window (for my own reference, it was hard to find last years photo)

And a nice new addition to the collection.

Friday, November 01, 2019

Legends and lanterns

 Somehow I hadn't realized that historic St Charles has a Halloween event that is similar to the Christmas one we all really enjoy.  We managed to make it there on the very last day they were open, and it was a super fun time for all of us. There was a hay ride, a scavenger hunt, a Victorian museum (my fav), and loads of historical characters scattered among the streets.  My kids learned SO MUCH from the actors!  (Plus they enjoy collecting the stamps.)
 The make up and costumes are AMAZING.

 (Sam is supposed to be looking wretched, LOL)

We will definitely be doing this again next year!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Halloween costumes - the night fury and the light fury

 The kids decided AGES ago they wanted to be the night fury and the light fury for Halloween. They LOVE how to train your dragon. I was all on board until it came time to try and figure out how to engineer these things.  I struggled mightily with Sam's tail, but by the time I got to grant's tail I had a much better system.

(hers is also fleece and his is felt, the felt is far easier to deal with.)  Then! I was on top of things and took the photos the day before because it was early release and we had daylight. At about 9 pm I realized WE TOOK THE PICTURES WITHOUT THE WINGS!

Of course on Halloween day it was snowing and the wind chill was 20 degrees and we had to try and retake a photo with wings before the bus came. Grrrr.

 With the forgotten wings.
Grant really didn't want to take his costume off. Hopefully they see a little play action too, because they were the hardest costumes to make yet! (And much blood was shed, which is ridiculous when you are working on a white costume!)

Hapde Burfday Jack

My dearest Jack,

15!  The years now are really starting to fly by (and pile up!). This will be the year of driving permits, first part time jobs and so much more.

You are a pretty awesome teen.  Easy to get along with, responsible, happy and really growing into yourself.

I couldn't be happier (and it's a tremendous relief) to see things turning out as they are.

I look forward to the years to come as you continue to turn into a fully grown human! ;)


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Patching it up

 A second trip to the pumpkin patch was necessary, since the first one was BOILING hot and I thought we would all die. (Seriously, grant was just dripping with sweat. We barely lasted 20 mins. It was 110 under the tarp things in the animal part. Dangerously hot and in October!)

This time it was a little chilly!

 (So handsome and grown up these days)