Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween 2007

We had a great day!

It started when I went to bring treats and play games with Genna's class.

In the afternoon, we went and helped out at Connor's party. The 4th grade teachers are a hoot, we couldn't find the other little pig when it was picture time.

Jameson came home and told us the game they played for their "party" was where you try and pass the orange from under your chin, without using your hands. He "hated it". He must have been by a girl. Poor kid!

Hot dogs were already on my menu for today- something fast and easy- and then I saw this fun idea on Amber's blog. They look much better than they taste.

After dinner, it was finally time for trick or treating! We had a lot of fun getting their costumes together this year. I altered a large graduation robe to fit Genna and then made scarves from a very funky pair of vintage pants. It was a shame to cut them up, but they were perfect Gryffindor colors.

Here are my 3 cute kiddos. Genna was the talented and brainy, Hermione Granger. It was so cute the past couple of weeks when people would ask what she was going to be for Halloween, she would always start out saying, Hermione, but then people usually didn't know who she was talking about, so we would have to pipe in, the girl from Harry Potter. And Connor was going to be Harry originally. But after I bought his robe, Jameson tried it on. He thought it was pretty cool, and Connor graciously decided to go as Ron Weasley. It's just too bad we didn't have a pet rat for him to carry along.

Most houses we went to didn't get who they were tonight, but that's ok. We even had someone ask if they were choir singers. Oh well, we still had a lot of fun. Although, it was really a lot more fun before the sun went down completely. By the time we quit, it was 40 degrees and despite the layers of socks and long underwear, we were pretty chilly. As our teeth were chattering, I suggested next year they consider going as Eskimo children.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Lucky + Cards

Last week I won a blog giveway over at Savoring the Details! I have long been an admirer of Melissa's work over at 2peas. I got a copy of Cards- which is one of those magazines I drool over, but never buy because I am too cheap. Thanks so much, Melissa!

Melissa also inspired my October card challenge- a gender neutral birthday card. My friend, Marilyn gave me the star stamp.

Pumpkin Carving

For FHE last night we carved pumpkins. We invited the Jones/Propp clan over to join in the fun. These are Troy's cousins who recently moved to our town. We are excited to have them here. Grandma Koski got us the pumpkins quite a while ago, so the kids had lots of time to decide how they wanted to carve them. The boys decided to do a big Husker "N" vs a Texas Longhorn, after the big matchup last Saturday.
Genna originally wanted to do this face:

She changed her mind at the last minute wanting to do something Rockets. I suggested the template I used for her t-shirt, but she decided to be like Jameson and just do one letter.

Here are the finished pumpkins, glowing cheerfully on the kitchen counter:

Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Perfect Fall Evening

It started with a gorgeous sunset on the Nebraska plains...

Next, we enjoyed good food(chili, cinnamon rolls & hot cider) while visiting with good friends...

There was a definite chill to the air, so we were grateful for a warm, toasty fire...

We watched the Harvest Moon rise...

Then, we rode the hayrack over terraced cornfields for a ride full of bumps and lots of laughter.

Friday, October 26, 2007

8 Things About Me

Amber tagged me today, so without further ado, here are 8 things maybe you didn't know about me....

1. I am a collector, almost more so than a scrapbooker, stamper, seamstress or crafter. I seriously get just about as much enjoyment from purchasing items for my hobbies as I do from actually participating in them.

2. I like to dip my grilled cheese in ketchup and then honey. Strange, I know.

3. I love handmade onion rings, but will pick out of a dish any distinguishable chunks of onions- especially if it is raw.

4. When Troy is gone, I usually sleep with the TV or my lamp on.

5. I am not a big tv watcher. I prefer to waste my time in front of a computer, lol! However, my all time favorite tv show is Alias. I just need Season 5 to complete my collection.

6. Our dog died in the winter of 2004, shortly after we moved into our house. We had her cremated with the intention of burying her ashes at our old house(where she was happy), once the ground thawed out. Well, before we could get there, that house sold and so Sands is still sitting on top of our cabinets in the kitchen. I think she will probably stay there forever.

7. I've always wanted a claw foot tub for a reading nook in my house. We had one at Meadowlane Elementary in the library and I LOVED getting a turn to read in it.

8. I LOVE popcorn. I have such fond memories of having it when we got to stay up later at Grandma Olson's house. She would make popcorn on the stove and we would drink 7up out of the bottle. Then when I was in college my Mom gave me a 18 pack. I took it almost everyday for lunch, until I ran out.

There, more than you probably wanted to know about me. If you haven't done this meme yet, and you read my blog, consider yourself tagged!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Knock, knock!

Who's there?


Orange Who?

Orange you glad fall's almost over so I can't post anymore leaf pictures?

Sorry, I just can't help myself. You are just really lucky you aren't my kids. I ooh and aah every where we go these days. Then there are the stops in odd places, in front of people's houses, on the side of the insurance companies, etc. I am a lazy photographer and only take what I can reach with my zoom from my car.

So, I finally finished up my blog giveaway goodies. It took me a little longer because I decided now would be a good time to learn how to use some of the bias tape from my stash. I will apologize now to Kassie and Lucy, because I am still a beginner when I comes to binding, but hopefully we can chalk some of the imperfections up to homespun charm. My favorite part of the whole wall hanging is the ribbon I stamped so they can hang it up. I was inspired by Patchwork Pottery.

I haven't had a chance to start on my I Spy bag yet. When I get that done, next I want to make some napkins. But first, I better start figuring out my discussion questions for our church book group tomorrow night. We are reading the 5 Love Languages. Then Saturday, I have a training meeting I am teaching at that I really need to get working on as well.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Pumpkin Patch

The sun was setting as we arrived at the Roca Pumpkin Patch. Because of that, I didn't get a lot of great pictures, but we still had a wonderful time.

Highlights from the night:

-petting the goats and sheep

-walking around and seeing all the displays- they have it all from Alice in Wonderland to the 3 Little Pigs. One of my favorites is the bunny village. They have a cute little clothes line with little Peter Rabbit clothes hanging on it.

-having a husband who was happy to take the boys on the Haunted Hayrack ride and the Psycho Path

-having a sweet little girl who couldn't get enough of the fun "haunted" house, she also had to try out every cut out picture spot there, and believe you me there are a ton of them!

-enjoying a funnel cake

-being together as a family!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

And the winners are....

Kassie and Lucy are the lucky winners! Can you ladies please email me your shipping address? Thanks to everyone who commented and who reads my blog! I sure appreciate you all!!

Here is a little sneak peak at what I am going to send them this week when I finally finish them. (Sadly, I am not a very fast crafter)

On Saturday, the boys had their last soccer games. We are sort of sad to see the season end, they had so much fun.

After the soccer games, I went to my Super Saturday at church. I thought I was going to get my 2 projects done. Ha! It took me about 5 hours to do my table runner.

Here it is...

I actually decided to hang it on the shelf in my kitchen for now.

The trees are just amazing right now. I am so thankful for this beautiful world we live in! I just want to soak in all the rich colors of autumn, because I know it won't be long before the leaves will all be gone and the world will put on it's winter coat.

Just wanted to say thanks again for reading and stopping by!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Happy 2 year Blogiversary to me!

I started this crazy little blog 2 years ago today. As silly as it sounds, I think my life is better because I blog. I have "met" a lot of cool people through blogs, so many of whom are so inspiring. Besides, I am awful at keeping a journal and so this will have to suffice. I guess I technically do scrapbook and journal there, but I am definitely not caught up with my scrapbooks, so hopefully this can fill in some gaps. My thoughtful Mother did print out a bunch of my entry's and put it in a binder for me. I need to get in the habit of printing out my posts after I enter them.

Anyhoo... here are a few things in honor of my 2 years of blogging:

I had 2 krispy creme donuts today(not pictured, lol, but they were definitely tasty!)

I crossed 2 things off my to do list that have needed to be done for a while- cleaning out the refrigerator and the freezer. Tomorrow I need to tackle the pantry and file bills.

2 things that I made recently:

2 things I found at the thrift store today:

Materials for 2 projects I am going to make at our Super Saturday on the 20th:

(Christmas table runner & ABC I Spy bag)

I love it when you make dinner at it lasts for 2 meals. Yesterday's broccoli cheese soup, was just perfect for this dampy, rainy day.

sweet! Connor had an auction at school today where they could buy little trinkets, toys, etc. with the "money" they earned in the classroom. He said, Mom, I passed over the junky toys because I have a hard time keeping my room clean and I got you this:

Yesterday I spent 2 hours helping Jameson with his poster for his 5th grade state report. Next week, he is going to help me make crab dip for when he
gives his oral presentation.

And last but not least, I want to give away 2 things. I am not sure what yet, because my brain is kind of fried from thinking about Cub Scout popcorn for way TOO long tonight. But on Sunday, October 21st I will draw from commenters on this post and give away 2 fun handmade things.

Sunday, October 14, 2007





My heart leaps up whenI behold a rainbow in the sky~Willaim Wordsworth
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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Super Saturday

Fun stuff from today.

My boys playing football with their cousins..

Genna loving on her littler cousins...

Fall Colors...

Roadshows(Troy was the Donald)

And not pictured, but still good...

2 more hair clip sets finished up, a polka dotted sheet found at the thrift store and leftovers from the Cheesecake Factory, yum!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Hair Clips

Subbing went pretty well today. 1st graders are pretty cute. They still like their teachers and give lots of hugs. I go back for the same class tomorrow, which is always nice, part of the struggle of subbing, is getting their schedule down. And believe you me, they will tell you if you step one toe out of order as far as scheduling goes.

Got the boys fed and off to soccer and a court of honor and went to my meeting. I was envisioning a nice, long, relaxing night at home, just Genna and I. It was at home and it was pretty relaxing, but the time just flew by. I had to fix dinner for myself when I got home, because I wasn't talented enough to come up with 2 meals(meal 1 that is quick and easy and meal 2 that is Body For Life legal) in the hour I had after school. This is where the lightbulb should go off, Kristi, if you planned your meals out, your life would be so much easier.

After I ate dinner, Genna really wanted to play dolls with me. So we fed and burped and changed their diapers and put them to bed. Next it was bathtime and bedtime for Genna. The boys got home and we had to get a run down of their evening, as well. By that time it was after 9:00. Add in some laundry and then finally I was able to sit down at the computer and think about what I wanted to do tonight.

I saw these cute felted hair clips on Flickr and thought they would be fun to make. Easier said, than done, even with a tutorial. You have to remember, I am still getting to know my sewing machine. Here are the results.

Notice, there are several, 4 to be exact, that didn't turn out. One was the wrong size- I made a pattern after that- and 3, count them, 3, I sewed with the sleeve on the back going the wrong way. Yep, I am just silly sometimes. The sad thing, was that I sewed one, and realized it was going the wrong way, so I started again, and ended up doing 2 more, the exact same wrong way. Anyway, they are finished. Genna won't be able to wear them for a while, but the only other red shirts she has have black on it and I couldn't find any cute black buttons in my stash.

While I was searching for other options to put on the top, I came across some clips where the lady making them, had encased the whole barrette. She said they worked well for fine hair. Genna's hair is pretty fine, so I decided to try one of those, without a tutorial even.

I like how it turned out. It did take a little while though, as I hand stitched the whole thing. I felt a lot more in control, however, and so I plan to make more of these. After making a match for the pink and white one, I think I'll do some black and orange ones for Halloween.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow...

It's been a good couple of days.

Here was yesterday...

We got to spend the afternoon with my friend, Amber. Genna thinks Amber and I are sisters and Anna is her cousin. It was so fun just to hang out together.

Amber's house is so cute. She is great at accessorizing. She puts the cutest vignettes together. Here are a couple.

The rest of the day wasn't as relaxing. We had to rush to soccer after Jameson's trumpet lesson and then from there I had to run up to Lincoln for a presidency meeting. I did get to shop at the new Super Target all by myself, which was fun. I normally shop at Walmart, so it was fun to have a different variety of things to choose from.

Genna and I were able to go to lunch with my Mom and Dad, at Grisanti's up in Lincoln. My sister, Linda worked there when I was in high school. So it has a lot of good memories for me. Plus they have really yummy bread that you dip in a marinara type sauce. Ok, so there really weren't many BFL choices, so I went all out for the scrimp scampi with angel hair pasta. Definitely yummy! It really was so nice to be able to spend time with my parents. In 2 weeks, they are headed south to Mesa for the winter. We are going to miss them!

Genna went home with Grandpa and Grandma and I got to stop at the fabric store. This shopping by myself I could get used to. Anyway, I finally picked up an embroidery hoop for my 2nd ever vintage sheet project. Ok, so this one was as simple as could be. I saw this in a Martha Stewart magazine. I still was happy with how it turned out. I am going to use this for laundry that is waiting for special treatment.

I also picked up some faux replacements for my fuzzy pumpkins to go in my jar on top of the entertainment center. Sorry for the wonky angle. You know, I try to do something artsy and it just looks silly to me.

Driving back to my parent's house I was hit with the memory of when I was 12 and would walk home from school down the street, crunching in the leaves. I love the trees that canopy the street. Oh, to be 12 and carefree again. Well, I guess I really don't want to relive my teenage years, but I'll settle for taking a stroll through the leave next time I go over to their house.

We got home today and found that the cornfield behind our house, got a hair cut!

My Mom got this awesome feed sack fabric for a quarter at her neighbor's garage sale. I just love the colors and print! Thanks Mom!

We had roadshow practise tonight. It is on Saturday. I a little worried about how it is going to go. Hopefully, everyone will have fun doing it.

Tomorrow's plans...

I am subbing in 1st grade.

Jameson's friend, Aaron will come home from school with us and then I'll run the boys to soccer.

I need to bring punch and cookies for a Court of Honor tomorrow night. I think it will be Oreo's or some other store bought variety, since I just found out about it tonight.

Cub Scout Committee meeting down at the Popcorn Store. We have a week left to go for popcorn. My boys met their goals and so we are personally done selling- but we still have to get all the pack popcorn taken care of.

Maybe tomorrow night, I will get to get a little crafting in? We shall see.