Friday, December 13, 2013

Bits and Pieces





Time keeps getting away from me! It seems the only way I can capture anything these days is by taking a quick snapshot here and there. Here's a few pictures I picked out to summarize life these days. 

We did our pumpkin carving after Halloween this year. The kids were not interested in the actual carving, they just wanted to play in the 'mush' as they called it. 





We finaaaallly found out what has been causing all of Aubrey's UTI problems. This was her at UVA Hospital getting ready for the procedure she had that lead to her diagnosis. I'm hoping to write a full post on that later. 




Karate is taking off! Aubrey joined her brother when soccer season was over. This is her getting her first belt.



Hubby, my cousin and myself went to see Hunger Games! It was AMAZING!!! I can't wait for it to come out on DVD so I can watch it over and over!




These are some cute kids! 




We had a visit with Santa after Karate practice one night. Brandon hopped up with no problem, Aubrey was a little hesitant but finally caved in. Emma was not getting anywhere near that man with the beard. So she told him from about 4 feet back that she wanted a doll.




We looooove our kitty boy. He is just the best little kitty ever. 




The kids sat down and wrote their official letters to Santa to let him know what they wanted for Christmas. I helped Brandon and Aubrey helped Emma. 




These two were so cute the other night. Cuddling up to watch TV together. I just felt so thankful at the moment I took this picture. 



I am just feeling so incredibly blessed and thankful. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tiny Change: Taking Down A Mini Blind


This morning I was in some serious DIY, need to do something to this house mode. It's been awhile since my last project and I'm getting the itch to do something new! 

My plan is to completely redo my kitchen. It's pretty much the same as it was when we moved in. We haven't even painted it. I'm still in the planning stages but I can't wait and I'm so excited to give it a makeover! 

So until I have my plans sorted out I went ahead and did something really simple. 

I've been meaning to take down this blind ever since we moved in. 

Here is what it looks like. 




Here is what it has looked like for the last year. I love to see out the window as I'm doing the dishes and love letting the natural light in, so I just pulled it up so it was out of view. 




I finally got the gumption to go ahead and take it down. 

It did not come easily! I watched 2 YouTube videos and still didn't get it. 
Finally I just yanked really hard and it worked! 

Then all I had to do was take the brackets off and voila! 






I know it's a tiny change but I love it already! 


Monday, November 4, 2013

Halloween



Okay, I know I've missed a lot! But I just have to start off with Halloween. We had the best time! 

This was Aubrey ready for school on Thursday. They were allowed to dress like a book character so she was a kitten from the book 'The Three Little Kittens'. I was really afraid that her face paint would smudge and she would walk around all day with smudgy cheeks but I applied some face powder to it and it held up great! 




We live out in the sticks and our town is really small so we don't have too many options for trick or treating. Our town does do a trick or treat on the main street with all of the businesses but we tried it last year and there was just so much standing in line and waiting that it kinda took some of the fun out of it. The kids love to knock on doors and run through neighborhoods so we decided to go back to doing that, like we have done in the past. 

Thankfully one of my very best friends lives in a huge neighborhood so we had the perfect place. As soon as Aubrey was off the bus we were off! 

Here are the kids lining up for pictures.



Here is some trick or treat action. 







I just love trick or treating, especially with toddlers because they are just so darn cute!!! 

We just had the best time and enjoyed the company we were with. It was also really great because Hubby was off this year finally. He had to work the past few ones. 

On a side note - 

Jimmy Kimmel the late night talk show host issues a challenge to parents after every Halloween. Tell your kids that you ate all their Halloween candy when they wake up and record their reaction. He then takes some of the video's and makes a montage of them to play on his show. 

So when I work up on Friday morning I figured I'd give it a try. I fully expected the kids to laugh in my face and run upstairs and get their candy. I am always joking with them and doing small little pranks but this time they fell for it. They were very unhappy to say the least. 

So I did submit the video and someone from the show contacted me to say they MIGHT use it. So I'll be watching Jimmy Kimmel tonight to see if they do!


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