Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

We were fortunate enough to spend the evening with a very special and curious little monkey this Halloween!  The three of us bundled up (well Brian wore shorts...?!) and headed out to take Coop trick or treating in our neighborhood (really just down our street).  When we returned home, we turned on our porch light and had fun handing out candy to some other people's children.  Gotta love seeing all the costumes that come to the door.  Cooper loved being nosy, peeking his head around our legs, staring people down making sure they were not some crazy weirdos invading our home.  He got a bit nervous with some of the scary masks that came by, but handled it like a seasoned professional when we told him that it was all pretend and just for fun.  

I read an article (you can read it HERE) on, a website that our pastor recommended to us, in regard to Halloween and was so glad I did.  I found it to be a great encouragement in celebrating now that we have our son along for the ride.  How do you "light your candle" on Halloween?  We read Cooper's Bible with him and talked about Jesus.  He loves saying the name, Jesus.  :)

Hope your Halloween Sunday was a lovely one.  I'm adding a few photos from our evening.  Enjoy!

Of course he wanted to trick or treat at our house first.

Walking down our street.

Waiting until the crowd of kids at the door left 
so that Curious George wouldn't get trampled.

When his treat bag got heavy, he would hand it to us!

Of course, he loved the flashlight we brought.  

Although you probably can't tell, he is shining that flashlight all over the place as we 
walked.  We are still working on not shining it in people's eyes (well mine at least!).

Enjoying some of the fruit of his labor.

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After his sucker, Cooper got a little picture happy with the camera.  He was 
going all over the house taking pictures and having a blast.  He's got quite the eye, 
all the while, saying cheese.  We love our little photographer.  Enjoy.

The feet of his costume didn't quite make it home in one piece.

Boots off before getting on the couch.  

Almost gone.

Self portrait.

Ummm...he managed to take a picture of the most random 
trick or treaters...bare feet?  Where's your mother miss?

His car.

His lawnmower, Bible, and Daddy.


All gone.  Goodnight!

Blessings to you and yours,

Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat

Just a few pictures from our time trick or treating in downtown Puyallup on Saturday.  We definitely have a little Curious George (his costume is totally on sale now at Target) on our hands, and with just a couple little tidbits, we even had The Man with the Yellow Hat.  We didn't go all out; I just covered a witches hat (It only cost 1.99!) with yellow felt and made a felt polk-a-dot tie for the hubby.  That was good enough for us.  It made for the best reactions as we walked by they saw Curious George in the arms of The Man with the Yellow Hat.  I love seeing people smile because of a sweet and simple little costume situation.  Boooooo! to the scary and gross costumes out there.  Boooo!  :)  Well really people, to see an itty bitty kiddo walking around in some costume that they clearly don't understand and that you can't even explain to them...where is the fun in that?!  Sad.  On a happier note, I got a great chuckle out of a teenage duo dressed up as Woody and Buzz.  Loved it.  No shame baby.  I bet they are going to be friends for life.

Anyhow, we had fun.  Cooper enjoyed himself and was cute as a button.  Good times for all!

Minor meltdown when trying to get his costume on and take some pictures. 
Tiredness + Hunger = Rough Time
It wasn't Curious George's finest moment.  Poor guy.

It got better.  Yahoo!

Grandma brought the treat bag and lots of excitement!

Grandpa brought the camera and an extra strong arm for holding Curious George.

Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat were ready to go!

Cooper figured out quickly that if you hold your bag out and look cute, people put candy in it.

It was so fun to see him get into it...he even said please and thank you each time.

He was definitely distracted excited by the thought of candy.

He stopped long enough to smile.  BTW, the rain did not detour us, or the gazillions of other folks 
out walking around with their kiddos.  Free + Candy + Adventure = Good Times for ALL I guess.  :)

Curious George had to visit his favorite store to check out the tools and
pick up the magnetic paint for the chalkboards I will soon be making. 

One last foot rest before heading home. 

Look at our little Curious George.  He's never really had access to handfuls of candy like that.  He just
couldn't wait to check it out.   Well, you know how it goes.  Every Curious George book starts by telling us...

He was a good little monkey and always very curious.

Happy beautiful Sunday to all.  Be safe, and remember that a holiday which causes for true celebration (Christmas, of course!) is just around the corner!


Our yellow hat and tie were featured at Fun On A Dime.  Check it out!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Easy Candle Makeover with Twine and Fall Leaves

So this random, generic candle in a glass jar was looking a little sad and lonely in the house...being as it was fall and beautiful colors were all around us..  So I thought enough was enough already, and I ran upstairs to my ribbon drawer and busted out the twine.  I remember seeing an easy fall decorating idea in Real Simple magazine years ago.  I did try it then, but I thought this year, I would try it again using preserved leaves (with THIS method).  Last time, my leaves turned brown in a hurry after simply drying and flattening them.  My little man and I picked such beautiful leaves during our walk down the street the other day, so I couldn't bear to see them go brown this time.  

Anyhow, all you need are candle/s, twine, and leaves (if preserving them, you need some waxed paper, a thin dish towel, and an iron to).   

1.  Choose your candle (I prefer a candle in some sort of glass jar or keep the dried leaf from the flame and the fire men from having to show up at my front door.).
2.  Begin wrapping your twine around the jar from the bottom, layering each time on top of the previous wrap.
3.  Once you have the band of wrapped twine as wide as you want it, cut your twine, and tie it off. (You can get fancy with this if you like...bows, knots, twists, and ties...whatever you prefer).
4. Pick one of your favorite preserved leaves, and stick it in the twine.  Be careful not to break or crumble your leaves during this step.  They are FRAGILE.
5.  Ta-dah!  Beautiful fall candle...from drab to fab! 

Can you imagine a full row of these down the middle of your Thanksgiving table?  

The fun thing about this simple project is that you can surely reuse this technique, or even just the candle and twine separately, for another holiday.  Yeah for easy and reusable!  Here are some more pictures of the beautiful preserved leaves around the house right now.  I am loving it.

Filling a clear vase, atop the book we are reading in Bible study, The Hole In Our Gospel by Richard 
Stearns (tears at the heart strings and is forcing me to really examine my life and who I'm living it for)

Tucked in and peeking out of the base of one of my house plants...that I have managed to keep alive!

Here's to hoping and praying your fall has been glorious and lovely in one way or another!


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Friday, October 22, 2010

Our Little Man

Working so hard at his tool bench.  (My parents found it on the side of the road as a yard sale 
was closing up for $20.00.)  One of the best things we have received thus far.  Coop loves it.

Continuing his hard work on his Radio Flyer car.  Again, one of the all time best 
things we have given Cooper.  It has provided hours of endless joy and playtime.

Coop just got a hair cut from Auntie April the other day.  He has the poofiest hair ever...can you see it sticking straight up?  Love it.  He especially likes it when she lets him spray her water bottle all over the mirror while she's finishing his cut.  Before leaving, she always styles a little mohawk for him, and while I pay, he nearly fills an entire cup full of cool Mountain Mist water in the lobby.  He just likes pressing the button.

God sure smiled on us when he sent this little man our way.  I feel so incredibly blessed to be his mom.  Coop fills my heart full to the brim, and I am forever a changed person because of him.  He can do nothing to damper my love for him, and I will do everything in my power to keep him safe, teach him well, and love him with every fiber of my being.

Makes me think of how much God loves me.  How incredible that God loves me like a more profound and full way than I could ever describe...after all the things I do (on a daily basis...pretty much hourly...) that require his grace and forgiveness.  How incredible that His love is not only for me, but for every soul He has ever, your friend, your loved one, your neighbor, a stranger...and it never stops.  His love is steadfast and endures forever.  I am just in awe.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.  
His love endures forever.
Psalm 136: 1

Happy Friday!

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