"When you called me to be a Mama, You didn't ask for perfection. But that with every breath, I'd point them to You."

Friday, October 31, 2014

'52' - Week 43

"a portrait of each of my children, once each week, in 2014"

Happy Halloween from our little super heroes!

Jaden: Spiderman. He loves his mask and that he knows how to pretend to shoot spider webs from his fingers. ;)

Brandon: This is his "tough Superman" face he makes whenever he puts this costume on. He's wanted to be Superman for months. He likes the cape. ;) Cody and I think he looks more like Mighty Mouse, and we absolutely adore this picture of him. Future graduation party material, for sure. :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

the great pumpkin carving

Stopping by just to post a few pictures from our little pumpkin carving party this weekend. I'm falling behind on things around here, with Cody and I both battling colds over the weekend, and mine turning into a full-blown sinus infection that finally required a trip to the doctor last night and some new meds. I'm very much looking forward to a full night's sleep again at some point in the near future!

The forecast for the weekend was beautiful, and the general consensus is that this will be our last "hurrah" before Winter rolls in. Low 70's and sunshine in late October provided the perfect opportunity to visit a few open houses on a Sunday afternoon and messy our driveway with pumpkin seeds on a Saturday. We nursed our runny noses with a movie night and spaghetti squash on Friday, introducing the boys to E.T. with blankets on the living room floor, and comfy pajamas before supper. And we decorated our front stoop with jack-o-lanterns in preparation for Halloween week.

The boys and I threw together some quick and easy Pinterest-y treats and invited Ella over for some carving. These snacks were so easy and quick to put together, and I think the boys actually enjoyed watching them come to life more than the actual eating of them! (And of course they know nothing of Pinterest, so they just think their mama is the coolest and most creative lady on the planet). ;)

It's funny how things change from one year to the next. Last year, Jaden wanted nothing to do with diving his fingers into the pumpkins but Brandon couldn't get enough of it. This year was the exact opposite. Jaden absolutely loved the goopy mess on his fingertips, and Brandon took one handful and said, "Yuck! I am not doing THAT!"

Along with our traditional UNI pumpkin, Brandon specifically requested a pumpkin with bats on it. They studied bats for a week with Mrs. W in daycare this month, and it is amazing the knowledge this kiddo comes home with every night. He can tell me more about the anatomy of bats and the life cycle of a pumpkin than I could have ever told him!

Also tradition... we never use templates. Cody free-hands all of our pumpkins! ;)

And then Ella taught the boys how to use screw drivers to poke holes all over the pumpkins for the light to filter through. I think this was their favorite part... an excuse to use a screw driver and be destructive. ;)

The finished products!

Looking forward to my meds kicking in and feeling like myself again. The holiday season is quickly approaching, and we have lots to look forward to. Including a new little punkin joining our family any day now. Very excited to meet our new niece!

Enjoy these last few days of October... it's been one of the prettiest in my memory. Before you know it, Christmas music will be blasted at every retail outlet and Peppermint Mochas will reappear on the Starbucks menus. I can't wait! ;)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

october snippets // happy things








// Halloween movie night on a Friday. Spaghetti, bread and wine.
// blowing dandelions, making wishes
// a UNI-Dome game watch party. Blankets on a football field, free wine, beer, food, cupcakes and footballs, kids playing catch and tackle in the end zone, my boy trying on his future uniform, and a Panther victory seen on a brand new high-def video board.
// a Sunday afternoon date to the library with my boy. Hours of watching his imagination at work with toys that aren't his. Perusing the aisles of worn books for Halloween tales and old video rentals. Watching as he quietly made himself a lunch in the pretend kitchen, built "Fall trees" out of lego's and put on a puppet show. Curled up together on the old leather chairs, reading stories of ghosts and goblins.
// quiet Sunday mornings after church. Football watching, story reading and Autumn picture coloring.
// countless hours of leaf play. Working hard to rake up big piles only to scatter it all again within 60 seconds.
// park play on the most beautiful October day. This is why this place is home. Midwest is best.