Wow! I'm behind, whadaya know! Here's a rundown of what's been going on, as well as some high quality iPhone pictures to go with it! (haha)
-Mary Ella recovered from croup! After her MD appointment, she never ran fever again, so thank you for the prayers! Her cough lasted almost a week but we'll take the cough over fevers, difficulty breathing, etc, any day.
-I hosted a baby shower at my house for my bestie Jamie and sweet baby Gage, who will be here any day! I am sick that I didn't get any decent pictures. My camera and the lighting in my house were not getting along that day. But we had such a good time and Jamie went home with a truck load of baby goodies! Literally. A truck load. Luckily she lives across the street. I made this wreath for the door; it is a $3.99 grapevine wreath from JoAnn, and I wrapped it with a sheer wired ribbon. I also bought the wooden letters at JoAnn for 99 cents each and painted them. I used hot glue to secure everything.
-I went to Montgomery to visit my best friend since kindergarten, Katie, who is also expecting! We spent the day together and she took me to an amazing store in Montgomery that was basically a huge gallery of smocked goodness and cute gifts. I forget what it's called but if I had a lot of money to spend, I'd spend it there. Katie bought Sam this sweet froggie romper! Love it!
-I helped hostess another baby shower for one of my BFF's since birth - Mary Beth - and sweet Addie Grace, who is due November 3rd. I made some cupcakes from a recipe Mom gave me and that I'll share with you here because they are soooooo delicious.
It's a white boxed cake mix and you bake the cupcakes as directed on the package. While they are baking, in a mixing bowl, mash some strawberries and pour in a little powdered sugar. Mix together until it's just a good mashed consistency. When your cupcakes are done, used a pastry bag with a metal tip and fill the cupcakes with this mixture (by "fill," I mean poke a hole in the middle of the cupcake and squeeze some of this mixture into the cupcake.) Or if you don't have a pastry bag, you can do what I did and just meticulously cut small holes out of every.single.cupcake and use a small spoon to drop some of the mixture down into each one. Top them with home made cream cheese icing (1 8-oz cream cheese, 1 stick of butter, and about 1/2 box powdered sugar or however much it takes to get a good icing consistency and your desired amt of sweetness). Seriously, please make these cupcakes. They end up tasting like home made strawberry cake. And you might want to have a party or you'll end up eating the entire batch yourself. Trust me!
-I went to the "Kids Market and Mom" consignment sale. I was in desperate need of winter "every day" clothes for Sam including PJ's, and I ended up getting him over 20 outfits. I also found 3 smocked outfits, 2 of which were brand new, so I bought those too.
I decided to go on day 2 of the sale, so the crowd wasn't nearly as bad, but I think the clothes were definitely picked over. I only found 3 outfits for Mary Ella. I also found this toy for Sam for $10. It was basically brand new and it retails for $64.99. He loves it.
And when I saw this monster costume for $4 I bought it, too. (This is not his "official" Halloween costume but I thought it was too hilarious not to buy.) He looks thrilled.
-I found this afro-headed monkey eating a banana on my kitchen counter the other day.
I snapped this picture as soon as I found her and immediately I thought, "Wow, she needs a major hair cut." And she did. It's not only long, but because it's so curly, it gets very matted and knotty, especially in the mornings. And no amount of conditioner or NoMoreTangles spray could help. So I cut it. I need an after picture but don't have one on my phone; I'll add it later. I think it's a little on the short side, but hey, it wasn't for style, it was for maintenance, so I'm ok. It's just hair; it'll grow. And I still need to sweep up the little brown curls that are all over my bathroom floor.
-CHAD CAME HOME! YAY! After a month in California training with his new job, he finally made it home. The kids were super excited about their stuffed animals from Stanford University, as you can see in this picture...
They really were excited. But I was most excited of all because I have HELP once again! Yay! It makes such a difference having an extra helper, especially around dinner time and bed time! I've been so excited about having a normal routine once again! I ate dinner BEFORE 8PM for the first time this week! YaY!
We celebrated his homecoming with dinner at Chuy's of course and then we strolled around the Summit. I bought Sam this hat at Gymboree for $2.99.
-And finally, I started decorating for fall. It's my favorite season and I wish I could leave up my fall decor all year long. These ghosts were featured on Darby's blog last year and there is a tutorial on this blog.
They are made from felt; I bought the white felt by the yard at Hobby Lobby (I bought 1.5 yards). For the letters and eyes/mouths, I just bought felt squares from the craft section at Hobby Lobby. On the blogs above, they are on tomato cages, but I just used 2 different sizes metal floral stands that I found at Hobby Lobby in the floral section. They are triangle shaped so they are perfect. Line them with Christmas lights and BOOM you have a cute front porch decoration! (Oh and no sewing required - I used a hot glue gun.)
And speaking of felt and craftiness, I also started working on the kids' Halloween costumes... here's a hint... (got the idea from Pottery Barn but I will NOT pay $60 for ANY costume.)
Happy Fall, Y'all!
I'll leave you with a picture of my sweet apple dumpling.