October 31st

Hope everyone's Halloween was the loveliest––however you celebrate! We changed it up a bit this year, met up with friends, and checked out a different neighborhood we were invited to. It was lovely as can be. I love how some people are so sweet and caring––a table set up with hot apple cider, toys, and candy. If you are able, giving is such a treat (quite literally!)

This year, we had an avatar from Pokemon Go and a sweet little fairy. Everyn's costume was as easy as him showing me his avatar (you design your own in the game) and finding the pieces to place together. He turned out pretty handsome, I think! Despite the cold, he left his sleeves rolled up the entire evening. One must stay in character, you know.

I had so much fun with Elspeth's costume. We were going for a nature fairy. She loves pink, so that was our base. Then she went to the craft store with me and we picked out flowers and leaves. It was an evening or two of faux flowers and stick after stick of hot glue. For the shoes, I designed and glued everything to clips and then just clipped them on her shoes (that way she could still wear them later without the embellishments!) I also glued flowers to her bucket, headband, wand, and wings. Now I'm looking around trying to figure out what else I can hot glue! It was too easy and too fun!

Lots of candy and lots of, "I said 'trick-or-treat! Did you hear me?!'" Elspeth was protected by the big kids, yet led the way to each door. It was a wonderful time and we picked up pizza and headed home for a night of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

I cannot believe it is November already! Happiest of Halloween to all!


You can see last year, here.
Also, Sean and I dressed up as a doe and a buck for a Halloween party. Check that out here


Thirteen years

Well, we've got a teenager on our hands. He's a fabulous one and we were so excited to celebrate his special day in his way! Complete with a pig piƱata, donuts on a string, a fire pit to roast marshmallows and make s'mores, running around the farm, a scavenger hunt, and a s'mores cake! 

Finding the perfect way to please a mixture of mostly twelve and thirteen-year-olds seemed tricky, but, really, they just wanted to eat lots of food and run around (roll around?) every which way. They humored me for some photos and mostly did there own thing. And, little cousins were peas in a pod.

I love being able to come back and see all the years past. So many changes this year! All the boys together sounded like a bunch of young men, everyone has grown inches (or a foot?!), and personalities are started to really, really form.

We're so proud of our guy. Happy birthday, my love. This will be your best year yet!