Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Halloween was the best ever this year! I love having a 3-year-old, and those of you that do know exactly what I mean! They are at the perfect age for all this stuff. Mary Ella loved dressing up, loved trick-or-treating, and loved handing out candy to all the kids who stopped by our house! It was perfect.

She went as the infamous Cruella De Vil...

And brother Sam was her sweet little dalmatian...

Dalmatian Sam was none too thrilled about not being able to walk up to the houses to get him some candy. Next year, Sambo!

My nephews came over to our neighborhood to trick or treat with us. Here they are, Case (left) as Optimus Prime (sp?) and Brooks as a clone trooper. The 2011 clone trooper, to be exact.

You can see them in the background of this picture, but our street always has a chili supper/block party on Halloween! We get pictures of all the kiddos and eat before all going trick or treating together.

We tried to get as much candy as we could before the sun went down, but man it went down fast! And it got COLD in a hurry! We had a lot of fun though and the neighbors loved the costumes.

 This was one of our last houses. Miss Cruella was nearly dragging her bucket at this point.

By the end of the night she was worn out! 

Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween night! 
Enjoy your candy while it lasts!
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More Fall Fun!

A few pictures of other things we've been up to lately. These will not be in order!

Last week was Mary Ella's fall party at school. I'm excited to be one of the room mothers this year and it was fun to get to plan the party for her little classmates.
Most of the kids wore costumes; since Mary Ella's costume this year is a little more involved, I decided to just dress her in some Halloween-themed clothes instead. Would you believe this is one of the first shirts my mom ever appliqued? It's still in near perfect condition, with the original bow and all. (If you can't tell, it's a black cat peeking out of a jack-o-lantern!) I paired it with her Walmart pajama pants (yep, pj's!) that looked enough like leggings, and we gave her a kitty face too.
Oh, and pigtails! She's been digging the pigtails lately.
Anyway, she was super excited about the party and the fact that Mommy would be coming into her classroom.

We were pretty simple with this party; balloons, chicken nuggets and chocolate cupcakes are enough to make any kid happy! I went with the owl cupcake idea (found on Pinterest, except mine are different; I used white candy melts and brown M&M's instead of Oreos for the eyes and added some 'wings' with Nutter Butter halves.) I also made some Ritz cracker 'spiders' that I found on Pinterest. 

We set up the room while the kids went upstairs for music
and they were so excited when they came back!
Here are a few of them saying the blessing before the party. They were all so sweet.

A couple weekends ago I was able to spend an evening here in Birmingham with ALL FIVE of my high school best friends, our better halves, and some of our KIDS! My, how our get togethers have changed! (Mary Beth is missing from this picture because she was preparing for her daughter Addie Grace's first birthday party, which I'll blog about below.) We were celebrating my friend Leslie's engagement and our hostess Ashley's move to Birmingham! Now if we could just get Katie up here we'd have a full house. I'm learning more and more what a treasure it is to still be best friends with my high school girlfriends. It's pretty rare, actually, from what I gather. And although we say 'high school girlfriends' because it's just easier to say, we've actually all known each other since we were babies; same churches and schools, for the most part. So I'm sure we are an extremely rare breed. But I love it. There's nothing like it. And it's so fun when we all get back together. There is so much history there, so many inside jokes, and now so much more to laugh at with our little munchkins taking over the world. I love these girls.

(From L to R: Ashley, Lauren, Leslie, me, Katie and baby Mason)

The next morning we headed out to Leeds to celebrate Mary Beth's baby girl Addie Grace at her Halloween/Owl-themed 1st birthday party! Isn't she precious?

Brooke (Lauren's little girl, 18 months) wore the infamous peacock costume that Mary Ella donned 2 years ago and everyone had a fit over her! This costume is a winner, for sure.

Mary Ella chose to be a ballerina/tap dancer for the party.

And Sambo wore his official costume for this year. Love this little dalmatian.

Mary Ella's favorite thing at the party was the craft table. They made little Indians and pilgrims.
On the way home Mary Ella asked if she could have an Indian craft table at her next birthday party. 
If anyone has any ideas on how I can incorporate the Indians and pilgrims 
into a July birthday party, let me know. :)

By the end, Sambo was tuckered out and ready for a nap. 

So we did just that! Went home, took naps, and then it was time for yet another birthday party. This time the celebration was right across the street, for baby Gage, also turning one! His party was monkey themed so we wore our monkey suits.

Jamie did such a great job with his monkey party! 
You can read more about it and see more pictures over on her blog.

Then on Sunday we were able to go to Old Baker Farm in Harpersville for their annual fall festival. We went on a whim, not knowing anything about it, and we wished we had planned to spend more time there. It was absolutely beautiful! The weather was perfect and there was so much to enjoy, including hayrides, a cotton bounce, mini pedal tractors, face painting, farm animals, pony rides, a Civil War reenactment, live music and great food!

We ate BBQ pulled pork with all the fixins' as well as some roasted corn on the cob, which was smothered in butter and no doubt our favorite food that day!

Mary Ella decided to get her face painted. Notice her finger here, telling the girl exactly what to do, how to do it, and what colors to do it in; of course.

She chose a rainbow and enjoyed showing it off.

They also had a barn with some farm animals which is always a hit for my kids.

We had our wagon in the back of the car because we knew we were going to Daddy's football game later that afternoon, and boy were we glad to have it! We will never go back without it, that's for sure. 

The farm had tractor-pulled hayrides that took you out to a huge pumpkin patch. "Tractor" is one of Sam's newest words so he kept saying it to Chad on the way out to the patch. It was so sweet!


There were pumpkins as far as our eyes could see, in all shapes, colors and sizes.
We picked out 3 of them and headed back to the farm.

When we left the pumpkin patch we went to the football field to watch Daddy play.
Here is Sam, watching his sister make 'dirt angels' in the distance. And no doubt wondering why.

And here is Sam's new trick. Tah-dah! 
Whenever he does this for a few seconds, he'll sit back on his bottom clap for himself.

Sweet picture of Daddy and his worn-out kiddos!

Overall it's been a fun filled couple of weeks! We are looking forward to trick or treating tonight!
Hope everyone has a great week.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

2 Things.

1. Please pray for the Crowe family. Noah Crowe, in particular. He is so precious and is fighting a battle that only God can win for him. Lift them up when you have a chance! You can read more about them here.

2. If you don't have plans this weekend and you live in Alabama, here's a little something you should do... Go see the movie OCTOBER BABY. It is a faith based film written by a lady named Theresa Preston, whose daughter is in Mary Ella's class at school. Theresa helped me with the Halloween party yesterday and I found out through talking to her that she is embarking on an exciting adventure! She is a stay at home mom who writes in her spare time, and now just so happens to be the writer of a film! This film is showing in about 15 theaters this weekend; if the movie has a great turnout, it will go nationwide like "Courageous" and "FireProof." The film is about a young lady who discovers that she is the product of a failed abortion. You can see one of the trailers here as well as read about the film. They also have a FaceBook group so you can look them up there for updates, theaters, etc. I know that, in Birmingham, it will be showing at the Alabaster Amstar and the Rave in Patton Creek. It will also be showing in Montgomery, Huntsville, Mobile, Dothan; not sure about Florence. But if you have a chance, go see it!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fall Fun

Just a few fall pictures. Despite Mommy being sick, we have been able to get out a do some things, thanks to grandparents and fun cousins! Here are few pictures from Punkin Day in Florence. We enjoyed getting to see lots of our friends and extended family. We also enjoyed the food - home made corn dogs, grilled burgers, funnel cakes, cotton candy and everything in between. Mary Ella and Sam also went on their first hayride which was fun and "WILD!" as Charlie kept saying!

Mary Ella and Charlie

Sharing her cotton candy with Rhett. Happy Birthday Rhett!

We were surprised to see her loving the bouncy things this year. She's always been afraid of them. 
No fear this year, though!

Daddy was able to drive up the morning of Punkin Day and he enjoyed 'coaching' his girl in both the golf and baseball carnival games.

Happy with her Handy Manny painting book prize

Our last stop was the snow cone stand, of course. Then we headed home.

These last few I snapped after church on Sunday, on the Compound. Love these sweet babies.

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