Friday, October 19, 2012


Halloween is definitely one of my favorite holidays...really any excuse to dress up and eat candy gets me excited, so this celebration is basically perfect. No matter how much stress has been piling on lately, at least I can decorate, plan costumes, make a couple spooky menus and get excited for trick or treating! Of course, I cannot blog about Halloween and not include old costume pics. Y'all already know that. Do any of my long-time blog readers remember this header? it was one of my favs!

last year the girls dressed as Alice and the white rabbit:

Maddie was two months old, and not super duper thrilled--

ok,ok, perhaps a teeny bit terrified...

Avery and I had to laugh at little sister
At least my big girl was happy to be in costume :)

This year I've had another paired idea for costumes, but I'm not yet sure if it's going to work out, as I've had a couple of ebay snafus. It's a little late in the game, but hopefully it will happen and I can share in a couple of weeks.

Decoration-wise, I've definitely stepped it up this year with new mantle deco:

and Maddie helped me pick out some new little trick or treaters
for the book shelf the other day. They are wood, so she can play with them!

I also designed a quick little Halloween printable that I'd love to share!! It's 4x6, so easy to frame. You can print on photo paper, like I did, or print on regular paper and use as a greeting :)

Download it as a high-res, ready-to-print .pdf  HERE.

I have mine on the counter next to a treasured photo of my little fairy Avery at one year old! It's one of my fave photos of all time.

and speaking of free printables, I had to share this simply adorable Halloween dress-up paper doll from Babalisme <--- check out her page to download!!


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October makes me crazy

yep, it does.  It may have to do with how the weather keeps playing tricks on me, or how the holiday season is already approaching too quickly for me to keep up! Or maybe the fact that every weekend is totally booked, and I am totally missing my lounging time...where I can lay on the couch and veg for a bit. And talking about lounging, my little baby has turned into an expert lounger. NO idea where she gets it {wink, wink}.

 exhibit A:

She will come over to me on the couch and say, "up-up-up" and so of course I have to oblige! Then she'll put her arm up on the cushion and lay back like she owns that couch. Cracks me up.

She's really turning into more of a climber- lord help us! She especially likes to climb all over US. Here she on Mt. Daddy-

she already mugs for the camera!

I wish I had more time to blog about all the things this little bug does daily that make me giggle! Her sister too of course. As much as they drive me up the wall sometimes, I am grinning ear to ear at them way more than not.

I really appreciate all the nice messages about my last post. Avery is doing well in spite of these weird episodes, and we will find out more after this weekend when she goes into the hospital overnight for an EEG. Not a fun thing to do, but worth the answers we will get. I will keep y'all posted. Meanwhile, I've got to get all our photos together from last weekend-- our annual State Fair trip to Dallas! We had a great time and the girls did well. I was a proud mommy :)

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