Friday, November 6, 2015

All dressed up with no where to go, just the way we like it. ;)

Autumn is my favorite season. :)
Does anyone else see the face in this stump and the twiggy hair? Or is it just me... Ha ha!

Halloween came damp but still without a nip to the air. I had one of my all day classes to go to and Leiella had her rehearsal for the play she is going to be in (whole different post) and the boys had their last soccer game at the same time. It was a busy day! Thanks to a good friend helping out it all got done. When I got home I was pretty burnt out and so was everyone else, so we decided to just go around to our neighbor's houses instead of going to a Halloween party (which was our original plan). I'm so thankful that my children need down time about as much as I do.

Leiella, my little angel. :)

Ira as Captain Nobody!

Atticus wanted to be a dove. He made the mask himself. :)

Banden as Peter Pan!

So much love for my little creative munchkins!

Walking the neighborhood. We were about the only ones, it's apparently an very old fashion thing to do these days. We cling to the old ways. ;)


Being silly. :)

So tired out, the cuteness is too much!

Once again the kids left their candy out for the Great Pumpkin! And he did not disappoint. ;)

They each got a candy bar on Halloween night as well, so they weren't completely treat-less. I also made some grain free pumpkin bars with a maple topping that were crazy good! 

It's all so very exciting! There were pumpkin seeds and glitter everywhere!!!

Another great use for my new turkey roaster, giant batches of apple sauce. :)

Pumpkin patch!

We almost didn't make it to a pumpkin patch this year. I'm telling you life has been crazy busy.
Anyways we found a really nice local pumpkin patch this year. I think it's going to be our new spot. :)

I love this picture of Leiella and her daddy.

She found her perfect pumpkin. :)


I swear this kid is turning into a young man right before my eyes!

Nothing like finding your own perfect pumpkin. :)

They had all sorts of cool pumpkins there!

Lots of picture opportunities...

We had a blast, and best part of all it's really close to home. :) They also have an apple orchard there. I asked if they sprayed them and she told me they didn't, they use organic practices but aren't organically certified. Just what I was looking for!!! 1.00 a pound, so awesome! I went back a couple days later and got a bunch for apple sauce and drying.

Finished pumpkins! From left to right... Leiella's moon and stars, Banden's wolf howling at the moon, Ira's spider, and Atty's owl. :)

Kitchen update... still in progress.

So we have been working slowly but steadily on the kitchen. The counter tops are completely in, and thankfully we were able to use the same sink. For a moment there we thought we were going to have to buy a new one. My husband does eventually need to do some replumbing, but for now it is working, although well taped. ;)

Doors are off and cabinet bases are primed. 

Ready for some paint!!! :)

First coat, sage green!

We will be painting the walls a light wheat color as soon as we get the cabinets completely finished.

The drawers are all primed and waiting to dry.

That's all the farther I got. These last two weeks have been crazy busy so I didn't get any further. Ryder got most of lower door sanded and painted and put back on. Hopefully I will have time to finish the rest soon. I so want to get the walls painted as well and be done with this kitchen remodel. I'm really happy so far with the way it is turning out. I'm starting to enjoy my time in the kitchen a bit more. :) Also, I don't know if you can spy it in the picture, but I got a new stainless steel turkey roaster that I can use as a crock pot. I am so in love with it! I've been using in non-stop since I got it. My old crock pot hardly made enough for us all, it's so nice to be able to make big meals and even have a little left over for quick meals I can heat up. I have a feeling it will never make it off my kitchen counter. ;)


Mushroom hunting in our own back yard... Well not really, but just across the street. ;)

We were on a conk hunt.  Artist conks, or Red-Belted conk. Of course we also had to stop for any lingering blackberries. 

We found an ancient huge conk, well past it's prime but still cool.

Of course we had to stop and check out our favorite spot at the river.

Ira made friends with this huge cricket...

This little girl was super tired so we stopped for a rest on a log, in the sunshine. So nice. :)

Best brother in the whole world! As I said Leiella was super tired so Banden offered to give her a ride on his back! He carried her for so long! In fact when he was done he was exhausted as Leiella skipped off. ;) He really saved the day as she was close to tears before he offered to carry her.

We were blessed to spot this beautiful owl sitting on a branch gazing at us as we walked past. It was such a wonderful and exciting experience.

We didn't find any conks, much to my children's disappointment, but they did spot some Turkey Tails! Yay!