Friday, October 31, 2014

A Halloween blast from the past

I was feeling a bit nostalgic today, thinking about the fact that Jake is 9 years old this Halloween and probably won't have a whole lot more in him before he's too old and too cool to dress up with the bunch. So, with that said, I'm cherishing these last few with all four in their cute costumes.

I decided to look through old family pictures to see how many old Halloween ones I could find. Oh my cuteness. When and how did my babies get so big?!?!! I know we have pictures of Jake when he was only 6 months old (wearing the cutest frog costume), but I can't find it anywhere. I think I've got the rest of the Halloween's covered, though!

Starting with this gem from Halloween 2006....

And then Halloween 2007 is also missing a picture! Boo! I can't even remember what Jake was that year. All I know is I was about 6.5 months pregnant and looked like I had a pumpkin hiding under my shirt!
Here's our cute little tiger, Brett, for his first Halloween at 9 months old! Not shocking that his big bro was a Seahawks player. You'll notice a recurring theme with his costume each year. ;-)

Halloween 2009
These first couple pictures make me miss my grandma. Each year, on Halloween, we'd go to her retirement home for a fun kids' carnival. It was a highlight of the year for us and I know she was in heaven the entire time. Showing off her grandbabies for everyone to see!

And a fun cousin picture....
Halloween 2010
These pictures make me sad because not only do I miss my grandma, but I had recently found out I was pregnant in these pictures...and about 6 weeks later, we lost this baby. =( But look how cute my little dinosaur and firefighter were!

Halloween 2011
I was only a month from delivery in these pictures and this was such a fun Halloween!

See that giant baby belly!!?
And how fun that my sister was just over 2 months away from delivering her first baby in these pictures! I can't wait to share about the fun year we had being pregnant and giving birth to cousins just 5 weeks apart.

Every year, we start by trick-or-treating in Adam's grandparent's neighborhood. Such a sweet tradition that we hope will last for many more years.

Halloween 2012
Molly's first Halloween and can you handle the cuteness of this plush little elephant?!?! I mean, really!

And I couldn't not include this adorable group of babies. These are all of Molly's buddies and they were seriously the CUTEST!!!
Halloween 2013
And baby Brylie's first Halloween where she was passed down the elephant costume, looking cute as ever! I think Brylie will always be in a familiar costume. That's what happens when you have girls just 18 months apart.
Which leads me to ....
Halloween 2014

Am I the only one dying right now??? She's too much!!!

Absolutely not sure what's going on here. She's throwing me a sultry look with a popped knee and hand on hip. All I asked for was a smile. Oh dear.... And incase you didn't figure it out, she's Ariel. Naturally.

I really wanted a kid pic here, but Molly insisted that daddy was in the picture. When I suggested that he shouldn't be, this is what we got.

Cutest little chef I know! He got lots of compliments on originality! ;-)

And no surprise here! He asked if we could do an "independent picture." Well, okay then.
We had a fun afternoon at a Halloween carnival, ending with trick-or-treating in our neighborhood. In fact, as I write this, all my boys are still out and about. I'm loving the pictures of all of your families in their festive gear!!
Hope you have a safe and fun evening! Happy Halloween, friends!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Leibster Award

I am honored to have been nominated for the Leibster award by a sweet fellow blogger Joy, from Joy in the Morning. She's going through similar experiences in motherhood, raising her three beautiful children. Check her blog out when you've got a moment. I think you'll love it! Powerful and inspiring.

What is the Leibster award you ask?? Great question! It is described as "a high five in recognizing and supporting the work of fellow bloggers."  I'll admit that I haven't been as good as I'd like in reading and commenting on fellow bloggers works, but as soon as football is over, I plan to return! And perhaps I'll be better at prepping and writing these posts. ;-)
So without further ado, here are the responses to the questions from Joy:

Favorite breakfast when you have the time to indulge. would definitely start with coffee. I love black coffee with a bit of cream. Preferably pumpkin, peppermint or coconut. Once I've had a chance to drink coffee, I'd have a large fresh fruit filled crepe sprinkled with powdered sugar. We have a restaurant near us, The Original Pancake House for all you locals, that serves one of the best! It's mouth watering and so, so, so good!!! In fact, I'm already thinking this will be my birthday breakfast in a few weeks. Pretty much I love anything I don't have to cook because I love being lazy in the morning. And I married a man who makes a mean breakfast, so he spoils me weekly.

Did you make or buy your wedding dress?

Oh gosh, I definitely did not make my wedding dress! I can't sew! My wedding dress was purchased at a local store and I remember it being the very first one that I tried on.

What exotic animal would you own if you could?

Hmm...I'm not sure I'd want something exotic. Maybe an exotic tree frog??! ;-) Ha! Not much of a pet person, other than dogs, really!

Favorite book/movie on a rainy afternoon?

I absolutely love reading anything Jodi Piccoult. I think I've read all of her books. If I were watching a movie, I'd pick a romantic comedy. Or a good classic like "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", "Pretty Woman" or "The Princess Bride". Please tell me I'm not the only one who loves those??

First hymn you remember learning/singing?

I grew up in the Lutheran Church, so I pretty much had the LBW (Lutheran Book of Worship) memorized. One of my favorites was "In the Garden". It was my grandpa's favorite song and I sang it at his funeral. It's since been re-made into a more contemporary Christian song and I love that one, too!

What was your favorite Halloween costume growing up?

My mom used to sew our Halloween costumes. Yep, I'm not worthy, I still dont' even know how to load the string into my machine and I'll be 34 in a couple weeks. #momfail Anyway, I remember the year she sewed me a pink princess dress, complete with a beautiful cone top with flowing fabrics. It was my very favorite.

What language do you wish you spoke?

I wish I was better at speaking Spanish. I took 4 years in high school and could speak fairly well. It's since, gotten rusty. I hope my kids get an opportunity to study abroad in college and really immerse themselves in another country/culture.

Alright, I'm going to nominate:

Krystal at Rawkin Momma
Claire at Fashion and Feathers
Vanessa at Xtremely-V.

Here are your questions, ladies!
     1. What is your favorite item (to wear) in your closet?
     2. What person has inspired you the most in your life?
     3. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
     4. Where is your favorite place to vacation?
     5. What is your biggest fear in life?

It's been fun keeping up with their blogs and I definitely think you should check them out, too!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Week 3: Fall Style Challenge

I can't believe we only have a handful of days left in the Fall Style Challenge. It's been a lot more fun than I had imagined and I feel like I've got some great new outfit ideas tucked away, that will help me not to stare at my closet, aimlessly, in the morning.
Best part is the private Facebook group that posts daily pictures of the outfits. I'm loving seeing all of the variations of one look and being able to copy ones that I love! Seriously, if you are even thinking about doing the winter/holiday one, send me an email and we can chat. I think you'll totally love it! And Allison said that she'll be including a few more festive special occasion looks in there. Because I'll be out of town for a couple weeks, I'm not going to participate, but you can bet I'll be jumping right back in when I return from vacation!
And if you are over the age of 40 and reading this blog, there is a brand new challenge (registration opens on 10/31) where she'll help you put together a special capsule of age appropriate wardrobe basics. Check out Allison's blog for more details:
So on to what you are waiting are the six looks from the past week:

Day 12--This cardigan was a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchase and I'm in love with it. Just enough uniqueness to it that it doesn't look like every other cardigan in my closet. The scarf was a gift from my mother-in-law, and I believe she found it at Fuego. Finally, the grey wedges are from Target. They are my absolute favorite and I wish they still carried them because I'd buy a couple different colors!
Day 13--This was probably the most challenging outfit of the challenge (ha!) for me because it felt very plain. And because I don't love wearing leggings with a sweater of this length. But I wanted to stick with it each day, so I tried it anyway! Sweater is from H & M, leggings from Nordstrom and leopard flats from Target.
Day 14--One of my favorite looks from the challenge. Mostly because I'm loving plaid...remember? This wet seal plaid shirt, an Old Navy puffer vest paired with my grey jeans and Madden Girl boots. Totally fall.

Day 15--Oh boy, this day was a complete wash. I cleaned up puke all day and literally never got out of my sweats. However, about 4pm, I decided to run upstairs, change into the recommended outfit and snap a quick pic. Sadly, it never got worn, but at least I'm storing the idea for later.
Day 16-Recognize this cardigan? Yep. It's the one from my Stitch Fix box last week. I've actually never been complimented to much, on an outfit. So simple and very cute! Jeans are Wit & Wisdom's from Nordstrom. Booties are "Report" and necklace is Forever 21.
Day 17--I had fun mixing patterns in this challenge! The sweater is Gap, undershirt is Old Navy, scarf is from Ross and the striped flats are from Ross. So cute!!
Next week I'll have one final post about this style challenge and then it's over. I have really enjoyed participating and I hope you'll consider it, in the future, too. You know I'll be hounding you about it as one draws closer!
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Have a great day!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekend review & my favorite things under $10

You ever have one of those weekends where you look back and can't remember anything you did? Yep, well, that was me. In fact, if it wasn't for my phone pics to remind me, I'd say I did just about nothing.
Friday, I met my sister and her boys at the pumpkin patch. Trying to fit in as many pumpkin patches as we can before the season is over, has been a challenge! C'mon weather, cooperate!!! I'm still going to try one more this week. Pray for no rain!!

Friday night, the hubs had to scout a football game, which left me home with all of the kids. We rented a movie (Puss in Boots), ate pizza and popcorn on the couch and went to bed early. It was glorious.
Saturday was another lazy day with just a soccer game. Lots of clothing projects around the house....sorting, organizing, labeling and storing. In fact, I've got such a system down, that I'm planning to do a blog post soon!
Later in the evening, Adam and Jake headed to the Husky football game, so I took the other three over to my parents' house to hang out for a bit. They literally JUST moved in, and are still in the process of unpacking, but it's so nice to have them close. I made a brownie cake for our church auction and the kids ran around and had a great time with their cousins.

Brylie loves her papa. SO much.

This picture cracks me up. Maybe one of those you had to be theres. My parents new fridge has an auto fill feature where it senses the size of the cup and will automatically fill it with the correct amount of water. Amazing, really. And, the kids are fascinated. They fight over who gets to stick their cup in first and then watch in disbelief as the water quickly comes to a stop at the top of their cup, squealing with excitement.
Wild and crazy Saturday night, I tell ya! ;-)

This is the brownie cake that I started at my parents' house. Bless my mom's heart. I ended up leaving it undecorated with the plans to come over before church the next morning, and finish it. Well, two of my kids got sick in the middle of the night, so we didn't end up going to church. Not only did my mom decorate it, my dad hand delivered it to our house so I wouldn't have to drive over and pick it up! I heard it earned quite a bit of money at the church auction last night! Can't wait to hear the totals!!!

Meanwhile, my oldest son was taunting the Arizona State Sun Devil at the stadium and flashing his "dubs" sign. Typical.
They endured a 7:45pm start time, along with high winds and rain. True fans right there.
While they were enjoying the game, I was cleaning up puke. And lots of it. Oh the joys of parenting. Brett and Brylie both got sick in the middle of the night and because Adam and Jake were gone, until 1am, I was on my own.

Needless to say, this is what our Sunday looked like. No church, no plans. Just rest and relaxation. I have to say, kids seem to recover much quicker than adults. Both Brett & Brylie were running around and playing, as if nothing had phased them in the middle of the night. I, however, felt like I'd been hit by a train and needed to sleep an extra 10 hours or so.

I put the B's in the bathtub while I was sorting and boxing clothes. They spent over an hour in there and literally, the tub was freezing cold when I pulled them out. This picture was not staged, I just happen to catch them at the perfect time. Love how much they love eachother!
And, finally, our Sunday night looked a lot like this. We were still in our jammies, we laid around on the couch allll day, (watching the Seahawks squeak out a win) and all night. My kids are lucky to have this guy as their day. He's the best. For real.

And more of this before we all headed to bed. Praying that the tummy bug doesn't strike anyone else! This is the final week of the regular season for football and then it's on to post-season play. We've got to be healthy!!!
And one last thing before this random post is over. Are you ready for it to be over? I'm linking up with these ladies for a fun post about my favorite things under $10.
Um, I have 23479327 of them! How do I choose? I guess I'll start with the obvious.....


I used to be a PSL girl, but in an effort to be a bit healthier and more frugal, I've fallen in love with the Pumpkin Spice Americano. I don't think I could go back to the PSL if I tried! So good! And less than $4!!!
Another favorite is this lip balm.
At this time of year, the weather makes my lips chapped and I like to have something to apply that has just a little tint of shimmer and color. For less than $4 it's a bargain in my book.
And finally, I'll go with this Essie nail polish--"Powerful Peacock Teal"
A great fall color! And one of my very favorite brands. I think I paid around $7 for it, so well under my limit! And I'm loving dark teal for this time of year. ;-)
Happy Monday and Happy Fall!!!