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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

edward and bella

Happy Halloween!

We went to a Halloween party at my parent's house on Saturday night, and came up with a quick and easy costume...Edward and Bella from Twilight! I know it's a little silly, and I know we're not teenagers, but it was simple, cheap, and comfy! We didn't even feel like we were in costume!
My costume was simple.  I already had my jeans, grey shirt and just recently purchased my Toms knock offs.  They were only $10 at Walmart and I love them! I just purchased the plaid, flannel shirt for $15 at Target, and I was actually planning on buying this shirt anyway, so it worked out perfectly!

Matt already owned all his clothes, and his hair worked well because it is crazy long right now! We picked up a tube of white face cream for $1.19 to make ourselves a bit more pale (who would have ever thought that would be necessary for us!?), and made Matt's eyebrows a bit darker with some eyeliner.  Perfect, right?
The party was full of fun costumes, including Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head...
...my parents were from Star Trek...
...and my brother was Willy Wonka.
He was first place in the costume contest (that's his trophy above), and Matt and I tied for second place.
 This was our silly picture!

Couple costumes are fun, aren't they?  This is definitely our thing; take a look at our costumes from the last few years:

2008 - Pilot and Stewardess
 2009 - Charlie Brown and Lucy
We took 2010 Off...I made another costume for a friend that year, and it was stressful, so we bailed.

 2011 - Fred and Daphne
Tonight I am looking forward to having Trick or Treaters for the first time, and we are having some friends over for dinner and fun!! I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

adventures in tie dying

I've mentioned before that I'm a high school coach for our youth group at church, and there have been a few posts on here that have been specifically about/for the students, like the crazy pancakes we made a few months ago, and the 10 minute bracelets (we actually made these to wrap up a dating series for the students to wear as a reminder to guard their hearts).  

So, at our last coaches meeting when we were discussing what to do for our new shirts, I knew I could be helpful.  The group decided that tie-dye would be fun, and work really well, because the students would always be able to identify us quickly in a group.  I went out and picked up a tie dye kit, and we scheduled a date for the group to all come over to our house for a tie dying party.
Well, as most of the other coaches are Moms and Dads, or just have really busy schedules in general, the date just didn't work out, and we really wanted to have them for an event we threw for the students a few weeks ago.  Matt and I were happy to tackle the 10 shirts one Sunday afternoon, and it was a lot of fun!

I had never tie dyed before, so I picked up this Tie-Dye Kit from Michael's.  I used a 50% off
coupon, so this kit was only $10.
Tip: If you're going to Michael's or Hobby Lobby, never pay full price for at least one thing.  Their websites have 40-50% off coupons on their site every week and you can either print at home, or they will accept the coupon on your smartphone.  It is not a rare sight for me to be pulling up the coupon in the aisle at Michael's to get my discount!

This kit was pretty cute. The directions looked like a comic strip, and it even came with a DVD to show how to make the different styles.
The first step is to prep your shirts, in a Soda Ash bath for at least 30 minutes.
While they were soaking, we turned on the DVD, which was a bit goofy, but very helpful.
 One of the most important tips I can share with you on this project is to make sure you are protecting your counter, your hands, and your clothes (Don't wear something you don't want accidentally ruined!).
Once our area was prepped, Matthew rung out each of the shirts and then spun and tied them with rubber bands, like they showed us in the video...we decided that the spiral was the most classic look and that would be the best for everyone.
I also recommend using a drying rack like they did in the video so that you aren't placing your next shirt in a pile of dye (see below the rack?).
Then, place the shirt in a plastic bag for at least 24 hours, rise until water runs clear, and then wash by itself (or with 9 other shirts just like it, in my case). The end product was perfect!
This kit was super easy to use, and it was a lot of fun to see all these come out when they were done.  Matt and I are even thinking of doing this professionally! ha!

Monday, October 29, 2012

2 months ago...

...my baby cousin, Isaac William was born.  He was born about a month early, but was, and still is a very healthy little baby boy.  The story goes like this...

My aunt and uncle had been living in the Denver area, and my uncle just got a new job in Durango, so they were set to move on September 1st.  My grandparents had plans to come out and help them with the drive, and get them all set up in their new home.  From there, they would set up the nursery and buy everything else they needed for their little baby boy to arrive, with a due date of September 27th.

Well, this little cousin of mine had another plan, and came very quickly on the morning of August 29th.  We were all quite surprised when we got the call that he had made his arrival and needless to say, absolutely overjoyed!  We got to visit my aunt and uncle, and their first child the next day in the hospital...
 
 My parents meeting their 3rd nephew.
 Such a cutie pie.
This was the first time my brother had ever held a baby (or at least remembers doing so).
 Matt even got in on the action.  P.S. Look at my family in the reflection...what is my Mom doing??
And here's my uncle, me and baby Isaac.
After looking through these pictures, I realized I'm the worst niece ever, and did not take a single picture of my aunt at the hospital. :(

So at this point, it's Thursday night. 
They're moving to Durango on Saturday. 
They have a newborn, and... 
their house isn't 100% packed to move.  

The next few days were crazy! Matt and me, my parents, my grandparents, and my aunt's mom all got to work on packing the house, packing the moving truck, and then cleaning their house on Friday night, while they were still in the hospital.  It was so neat to see everyone coming together to help them out, and really showed me what family is supposed to be.  It made me proud.

They came home from the hospital on Friday evening, and I snapped this quick family picture and then got back to packing.  I was amazed at these two, because given the situation, they were so calm, and happy and just the exact opposite of how I think most people would handle a surprise like this.
 On Saturday morning, we headed back down to help them finish up, got to get some family pictures, and had lunch with them before they hit the road that afternoon.
Isn't that a beautiful little family? It brings tears to my eyes just looking at this picture.

The best part about going back down there everyday for three days was that we got to spend so much time looking at, loving on, and holding this little man.
Excuse my fries and nuggets...
Yay! It was so much fun, and I was so happy that we got to meet him before they moved.  The neatest thing to me is that my aunt and uncle get to spend a whole month longer with this guy than most people do! How cool is that?!

Remember how we threw them a baby shower a few months ago and we gave him a cute little set that had a jacket with buttons, that had a giraffe driving a truck on it? 
What?! You don't remember that very specific detail?! 
Well here's a refresher:
When Isaac was born so early, he couldn't fit into most of the things we bought him, but my aunt sent me a picture last week of the little guy in this outfit. 
She said he looked mighty dapper, and I couldn't agree more.  He's such a blessing, and I'm so excited to have a 7th first cousin!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

the first snow

Well, the first significant snow, that is...and it's just as beautiful as a I remember.  See, I'm a snow-loving gal, and so this time of the year when it first starts, just makes me so happy! I have always loved the snow, and I definitely think it helps that I never have to drive to work, so it really doesn't affect me that much. 

It all started on Wednesday night.  The flakes were huge, and it started to accumulate quickly.
 Then, yesterday morning, I woke up to this view from my desk in my office.
 There was about 3-4" on the ground, and about 5-6" on the table and chairs.
It was so pretty, and the house feels that much cozier when there's snow outside.
 We still haven't assessed the aspen sprouting situation in the back, so they were weighted down by the snow.  I promise we will clean this mess up when the snow melts, and before it starts again.
Remember when we adopted Roxy, back in February?  She was just 2 months old, and didn't get to experience much snow at all before spring arrived.  So at first, while Bailey ventured in the yard, Roxy was just hanging out on the  patio wondering what all this white stuff is.  See her over there on the left?
 I love when it sticks to the side of the house like this. So beautiful.
 Finally, she ventured out into the yard, still unsure of how to handle the situation.
And then, made her way back to the door asking to come back inside.  Cuteness with the snow on her nose.
 At about 11, the sun came out, and the blue sky started to peak through the clouds.
Gorgeous, right?  And then....it snowed again last night, and we woke up to this! More snow!!
Awesome-town! All this snow makes me super excited for the holidays, and I am constantly dreaming of how beautiful this house will be when we decorate for Christmas.

So is it snowing in your neck of the woods?  Do you have puppies that aren't too sure about what to make of this winter weather?  Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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