Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Outside With Mama

The other day on Facebook, I announced that I had just had one of the most fun days of my life with Carter in our backyard.  I wasn't exaagerating at all.  It truly was one of the best afternoons of my life so far.  The girls were at school, and it was just me and my little man.  Carter had gotten restless so I thought we'd go outside and get some fresh air.  Carter LOVES to be outside.  Loves it more than anything.  The minute he hits the ground outside his whole demeanor changes and he just lights up.  So sweet. 

We didn't do anything special - just played with each other, laughed, ran and swung on the swing. Carter spent most of his time examining pebbles (the way he says the word "pebbles" is truly the cutest thing I think I've ever heard) and acorns, and when he wasn't doing that he was running the length of our yard. I love the way he runs - all loosey-goosey, like he's going to fall any minute, but with complete joy and abandon. Carter took an armful of his "choo-choos" (the word he uses for any vehicle - car, truck, actual choo-choo - they are all "choo-choos" to Carter. Heartbreakingly cute.) outside and we drove them around in the grass. He kept getting grass on his hands and then proclaiming it "duh-ty" (dirty) and throwing handfuls of grass to the ground, only to then look for the grass he had just thrown. I swear he was trying to reattach the individual blades of grass to their rightful spots in the yard. Oh how this boy makes me laugh. The smiles on both of our faces couldn't have been bigger.

I want to remember this day forever.  Me and my son.  Sometimes I still can't believe that I have a boy.  I was such a "girl" mom before Carter came along, and he has just completely changed my whole world.  I love being with him, and I am pretty sure the feeling is mutual.  Here's to many more afternoons filled with pebbles, choo-choos, digging in the dirt, belly laughs and grimy kisses.  I can't wait to see what comes next.

Side note - please ignore the fat lip.  Sadly, it's pretty typical.  He has no fear and gets hurt ALL of the time =(

Monday, October 18, 2010

Halloween Tablescape - Lindsey's Party Part Two

Thanks to all who left me such sweet comments on my last post!  I am just tickled to pieces whenever someone comments on my blog.  I get super excited because in my mind nobody reads this blog except for me and Emily!  Ha!  So really - thank you!

I thought I'd share a little more from Lindsey's Halloween birthday party.  As I posted before, I had a sweets table set up in the kitchen that was sort of vintage Halloween-themed.  I decided to make the dining room table a little spookier since that's what Lindsey asked for.  Without too much talking, here are some pictures of what I came up with.

The view from the entrance hall:

Another view:

My easy centerpiece consisted of a glass vessel, sticks from the yard painted black stuck down into candy corn and dollar store crows.

Glittery skeleton heads were also purchased at the dollar store.  The spiderweb tablecloth and black jeweled candles came from Michaels.  I think all of the other stuff I already had in my Halloween stash.

I couldn't leave the hutch out, so I added a few spooky touches here and there.  I am in love with the battery operated votive candles that you can find everywhere now - we had a bunch of them lit up all over the place.  The little menu sign came from the Dollar Tree.  Those darn spiders have scared me to death many times since I stuck them everywhere.  I think I need to take them down - I have serious spider phobia (as well as most, if not all, other bugs - but that's another story altogether).

Another view (before I added my crows!).  I posted a tutorial on how I made the cute napkin rings here.

My mom bought me these creepy little mice - they were really cute!

There was lots more to this party, but I'm so behind on blogging about other things I'll have to leave it at this.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on my little tablescape =)  Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 11, 2010

A SpOokY Treat Table!

My sweet Lindsey, the one who was JUST two years old it seems, is unbelievably turning TWELVE this week.  This mama can't believe her first baby is so grown up.  As the years have passed, Lindsey has grown into a sweet, loving, generous, hardworking, talented young lady.  I couldn't be more proud to be her mom!

This year she requested a SPOOKY birthday party, and I was happy to oblige!  I created this party for very little money, using mostly things I had already, or things that were purchased at the dollar store or other discount store.  I decided to create two tables - one that was decidedly SCARY and one that was more vintage and cute.  Per Lindsey's request, nothing could be too "babyish!"  I was really happy with how everything turned out, and even got a bunch of compliments from the "tween" crowd who came to the party.  Score one for Mom!  Most importantly, Lindsey loved everything.

First up - my BEAUTIFUL daughter, Lindsey Rebecca.  Thank you, GOD, for this girl.

I'm going to split this up into two posts - first up, the "vintage" Halloween treat table!

Cupcakes were made from a mix, with homemade buttercream icing on some, and Wilton "striped" icing on others (it was super hard to use, but cute).   I was a bit disturbed that the "bones" sprinkles I bought at Target appeared to have pretend blood on them - haha!  The kids liked them, though.  I'm still getting used to tween-agers!  My mom made the CUTE sugar cookies, and all other treats were "semi-homemade" - Double Stuff Oreo Cakesters rolled in Halloween sprinkles, Reese's Cups with "monogrammed" L's on them, and lots and lots of CaNDy!!!!

This AdORabLe banner came from WalMart, and was only $2.50!  I'm thinking of glittering it a little bit for future use, but even as it is it's just perfect!

Using things I already had - FREE!

I made these little witch books by covering books from my bookcase with plain brown paper and scrapbook paper I had on hand.  I inked the edges and stuck on a few embellishments - super cute, I think.  The tablecloth came from Target.  My personal review of it - it STUNK!  Literally, it smelled TERRIBLE!  I washed it before we used it, and it faded pretty badly.  My mom said it just made it look more vintage, so I just went with it.  The mesh was leftover from this project.

More Halloween cones - I posted about these here - these were the favors, filled with lots of Halloween-y treats!  My mom came over one afternoon and we made them - they were all different.  So much fun to make.

My little Pumpkin Head man - I made him using this tutorial - easy and cute (despite the strange look my hubby gave me when he saw him.  He doesn't get some things.)

This is my mom's tree that I borrowed - she was selling this stick tree (formerly a brown Christmas decoration) at a garage sale, and I told her she should spray it black and hang Halloween stuff on it.  Look how CUTE she made it!!!  Love this.

I got the cute little spider at the Dollar Tree, the polka dot crepe paper at Party City and had the purple tulle and orange crepe paper already in my stash.  I think the Jack-o-Lantern garland came from JoAnn's.

Funny side note - we had a washer/dryer repair man here on Friday afternoon, and while he was here I was busy hanging all of this stuff above the windows and decorating the table.  He walked in and gave me sort of a funny look and said, "You must REALLY like Halloween, huh?" 

If only he knew - haha!  Glad he doesn't read my blog, otherwise he would think I am certifiable =)

PuRpLE glitter makes EVERYTHING cute, dontcha think???

Next up, I'll be sharing more party details, including a downright eERiE-looking dining room tablescape!  EEK!!!! Be sure to come back...if you DARE!!!

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Is There a Twelve Step Program For This???

If so, I need one.  Meet Lindsey and her friend's after school snack for today.  Plain Nutter Butters just would not do - I had to add a mummy! 


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