Tuesday, November 29, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like We're Moving...

Hello.  How are you?

How was your Thanksgiving?  Hoping your turkey was delicious and your gravy was lump-free!

For the first time in almost 11 years of marriage, i cooked Thanksgiving dinner.  Turkey, mash, gravy, brussel sprouts with bacon and chestnuts in maple syrup, stuffing, cheese bread, and pumpkin pie.  Whew!  It was very enjoyable--especially because we got to stay in our scruffies all day and change just before sitting down to eat our meal.  And i didn't poison anyone. :)

This past month we've been living in anticipation of moving and out of boxes and the chaos is starting to really wear on us, however it looks like there is a light at the end of the tunnel that isn't an oncoming freight train. 

I'll let you know more when we are for sure of the details, but for right now, i like to think of the day when we hopefully live in the sweet little community of farmers in a city nestled in the foothills of this mountain in the picture. 

I keep praying that everything works together this time!

So, i'm gonna say that until next year, this little hapless blog may be even more neglected that it already is.  As soon as i can, i'll be back to resuscitate it and show you all the changes that we hope will be going on around here.  You'll love it.  I promise!

And most importantly, i want to wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a blessed Christmas!  Hoping your preparations go smoothly and your time with family and friends is plentiful and enjoyable!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Halloween Decorations

With Cookie's feis the weekend before Halloween, we were a little late in getting our outdoor decorations out for the trick or treaters.  That and packing up a 2700 sq ft house doesn't really afford a lot of time for arts and crafts, either. 

When we returned home on Sunday the 30th, we made a plan of attack so that we could have a fun day of Halloween arts and crafts.

First we hit the store, looking for a pumpkin.  Would you believe they were all sold out?!?!?  So, Plan B became hulling out an overgrown zucchini from our garden which Cookie named Gina.

Next, we were looking to find orange balloons from the one-stop shop to make the ol' Martha glow-in- the-dark faces with glow sticks.  Neery a orange balloon in site, we found white balloons to make ghosts and orange paper plates to make pumpkin faces.

Mr. Pumpkin Ghost and the Cowardly Lion

Another ghost and a pirate pumpkin


Wicked witch
Another craft we had on hand was spurred on by a chemistry experiment entitled Do Molecules Really Disappear? in which we had to see if flour would dissolve in water like sugar does.  With all that paste left over from the experiment, it seemed like a shame to throw it out.  So we covered a balloon with paper mache and it languish on our piano for a couple weeks till we figured out a use for it.

With a little black paint, some construction, and yarn to hang him out our window above our walkup to assist, we'd like to introduce you to:  Batty!

Last but not least was Cookie's phenomenial crown she designed.  Moose helped with the construction of the base of the crown, and Cookie designed the rest using glow-in-the-dark stars and other embellishments we had on hand.


Does that look like a hip Glenda the Good Witch crown, or what?!?!?