Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Favorites

I can't believe Thanksgiving is next week and I'm starting to decorate our house for Christmas this weekend. Usually I wait till next weekend, but I want to get a head start and because I just can't wait any longer. The girls and I were listening to Christmas music on the radio yesterday. How is it the Holidays already?! 

I'm hoping this wreath will be on sale next weekend because I think it would look great on our yellow front door.

Perfect for the Holidays!

A classic red.

And, under $25!

I would love this for my bedroom.

My friend just got these and I love them! If I didn't already have a similar pair I would buy these.

The girls sent their friend, Jovie, a birthday package and Ellie drew her this card, which I had to share because I just love her people drawings!
I'm so glad it's the weekend! My husband works tonight, but he is off all weekend (for the first time in a while). I'm hoping to get a lot done around the house and we are hanging the girls' new pendant lamp in their craft room. I'm also finally getting a pedicure and with my cousin who I haven't seen in a while. I'm looking forward to catching up with her. Hope you have a great weekend!

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Halloween Weekend Recap

It was Ellie's idea this year to be characters from the Disney Movie, Inside Out. Ellie chose Joy and she picked Disgust for Summer who called herself, "Yuck." I decided to be Sadness. My husband had to work that night. I ordered Ellie's "Joy" wig from Party City and made the rest of our costumes. I was surprised that Summer kept her wig on the whole night. Ellie said "trick or treat" and "thank you" at every house. Summer loved picking out the candy, but she assigned someone else to carry her bucket because it was too heavy. The girls didn't even last an entire block. They hit a wall and I carried Ellie the rest of the way home. Both my parents and my in laws came with us. When we got home they emptied their buckets (I remember I couldn't wait to do this after trick or treating when I was young). I allowed them to have one piece of candy, which turned into two, and Summer was very sneaky trying to eat more when I wasn't looking. We handed out our candy until I put the girls to bed. I asked Ellie her favorite part of the day and she replied, "handing out candy to trick or treaters!"

The night before we carved our pumpkin and the girls painted pumpkins and created faces using stickers.
(Forced smiles!)
We also created monster hand print art, which came out so cute! I want to frame these. Ellie painted my hands and I did one, too.
Here is a shot of our decorated front porch:
 Earlier that day we went to a kids Halloween bash:
 The girls and I the morning of:

Sunday morning we had a photography session at a nearby park. The weather was beautiful and the girls were happy and well behaved. I can't wait to see our photos! Afterwards, we promised the girls hot chocolate at Starbucks and we picked up a cookie at the bakery.
(Ellie tired after a long morning)

We went home to relax and get some things done around the house, then I decided we were going on a hike. The weather was great and we needed to burn off all the sweets we had been eating. We went to a local state park and took a good hour and a half walk/run. The girls were running so much that at one point wanted to be carried by me- at the same time, which lasted about 5 minutes. That's a workout for sure.

I know this post is late, but I wanted to recap it for my memory! I'm already thinking about decorating for Christmas early this year so we can enjoy it longer. Ellie and I got out the Christmas books yesterday. I keep them in storage so we don't tire of the books all year long and instead get excited for the Holiday. I can't believe it is November and I know the month is going to fly by so I want to enjoy everyday as much as we can.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Annual Pumpkin Painting Party

Last week we hosted our 3rd annual pumpkin painting party. It went so well and so smoothly. All of the kids (10 total) played so well together and we (the mommies) never had to intervene. It was great to catch up with my friends. I made a festive table with Halloween themed snacks. We had the clementine pumpkins as we do every year and this year I made spider bites, pumpkin shaped sandwiches, and my favorite- a veggie skeleton. I bought mini cupcakes at Trader Joe's, which came with a bat or pumpkin chocolate decoration. That was the only sweet. I decided against the marshmallow pops this year so we didn't have too much sugar. I also made a big pot of veggie chili for the moms. The party started at 12:30 so I told everyone to come hungry. It's crazy to think next year Ellie will be in Kindergarten at this time!

Here are some party photos:
 Isn't this guy so cute?!
 I love these coffee to-go cups I found at Michael's
 Pumpkin Supplies

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fall Adentures: Checklist

 On Friday we went apple picking as mentioned in my last post. It was the perfect day and we basically had the farm to ourselves. The drive to New Hope was beautiful with all the colors of the trees. We got our bag and walked to the field. We got both Fuji and Braeburn apples (so juicy and good for baking). The girls were pros and they both picked all the apples from the trees. I lifted them high to get the really good ones. Ellie took one of me lifting Summer and a woman passing by was nice enough to offer to take a picture of the three of us. Afterwards, we paid at the market and bought a bag of their apple cider donuts and the popular apple slices. So good! The girls sat under a tree and shared an apple, then played on the wooden tractor for a while.

 Me: shirt / jeans / boots (old)
Summer: dress (Matilda Jane, old) / shirt / boots
Ellie: dress / pants / shoes

Saturday evening we went trick or treating at our neighborhood town center. All of the businesses in the circle hand out candy. Some even turned them into haunted houses. We met my parents and brother and his family and walked around together. The kids were so cute together. Summer hung out with me, but got the hang of it after a few minutes and held out her bucket to get a piece of candy. I overheard Ellie saying "trick or treat!" and "thank you" at each table. It was a fun night! The girls Halloween costumes weren't quite ready so they were Rapunzel and a mermaid.

(A few weekends ago):
Friday, September 25
Every year (since kids, let's be honest) we've gone to see the scarecrows in Peddlers Village. I've been going since Ellie was a baby. We usually go with friends, but I decided I wanted it to be just the three of us. It's about a half hour drive so the girls napped on the way there (and a little extra as I enjoyed a few quiet minutes to myself before waking them). New Hope is such a pretty, quaint town. The scarecrows are all created by adults and kids. This year our favorites were Twilight Sparkle (My Little Pony), Cinderella and the Minions. We were lucky it was such a gorgeous day! I promised the girls a carousel ride at Gigglebary Fair before we left. 

Sunday, September 27th
Hayride to the Pumpkin Farm (birthday party)
There was a beautiful field of these sunflowers
 This might be one of my favorite pictures!
 Ellie drew her and her friend, Nathan. I love that she gave herself long hair and short hair on him.

Ellie joined her friends at the front of the hayride and Summer wanted to stay back with me. She just looks so cute here in her skinny jeans (Ellie hand me down), top and Converse high tops!

We are almost done our fall checklist (view it here)!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Ellie has school this morning and Summer and I will be doing errands. After we pick up Ellie the three of us are going apple picking. We finally have an open afternoon and the weather will be perfect- in the 70s. This outing is on our fall checklist and I'll be bringing home a few apple cider donuts. Yum! I haven't blogged in a while (so much going on lately), but wanted to post what I am loving at the moment. 

I love this gold striped one. I recently just sent my sister this one in her (belated) birthday package. 

I went to Barre Tuesday night and wore this tank in the color "brilliant magenta." Love it!
Mesh Energize Tank

I received this fabric in the mail this week and plan on reupholstering our dining chairs this weekend. Our cream colored chairs have playdoh and red tomato sauce stains. I still want to buy non-upholstered chairs for the girls.

Perfect for this recipe I want to make next week!

I have this one in the yellow and love the fall colors (and I'm wearing it today).

I got these for Ellie last week for Christmas. They are the softest and warmest sheets. She has a set from two Christmases ago and they are still in good condition.

Last weekend I wanted the girls to nap (and I thought they would) so I told them I would meet them upstairs in a few minutes to read books. When I went into Ellie's room they had beat me to it and I saw this:
Ellie "reading" to Summer (and Snowy and Anna). So sweet!

We are supposed to have a photo session Sunday morning, but the weather is calling for showers. I'm hoping the weather changes or it rains later in the day. Tomorrow we will probably go see my nephews soccer games as we did last weekend, then Ellie has her soccer at noon. Afterwards, I'm planning on taking the girls to a pumpkin farm one last time. Since Summer doesn't nap anymore we have more time to do things. Sadly, Summer stopped taking naps a month ago or so. I wasn't strict with it this summer since I didn't want to be constricted to the house on a beautiful day, and instead, she went to bed early. I think she became used to that and she will have quiet time reading books or coloring, but it's still a long day for me! At least they go to bed fairly early (7pm). Have a great weekend!

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