Last year, for the first time ever, I hung a wreath on my front door.
The wreath wasn't new, I'd hung it in my house before but for some reason never on the front door.
I liked coming home and seeing a bit of Easter on my door.
I think it's safe to say I'm a bit addicted to front door wreaths now.
This year I hung my Easter wreath again but after Easter was over I decided I still needed a touch of spring to welcome all to my home.
So I decided to try my hand at flower arranging and wreath design.
I headed off to my local Hobby Lobby, coupon in hand and found some supplies I thought I could handle.
I don't think I've ever mentioned it but I'm not very good at arranging flowers.
Case in point...
Whenever someone (usually my husband) gives me a bouquet of flowers that you have to put in your own vase I ask my husband to arrange them for me. He does a much better job.
Anyway, regardless of my lack of talent for flower arranging I decided to try to make a spring wreath with flowers for my front door.
As you can see I made a mess.
And here's the finished product.
I think it turned out alright.
I might have gotten a little carried away with the purple flowers sticking out and yes they may have poked my daughter in the face when she tried to open and shut the door and so I just might have had to shorten the ribbon it's hanging from and shortened some of the purple flowers
but over all I think it's better than what I usually am able to do with flowers.
I used a lot of hot glue and some floral wire so here's hoping it stays together.
And this is the first I've worked with painted burlap ribbon.
That stuff is so stiff and unyielding but I like the way it turned out and it wasn't so bad I wouldn't use it again.
The really important part is that when I pull in my driveway and see it, it makes me smile
Avast! It be "P" week at Kindergarten! Argh, and that means it be Pirate day!
Captain Rosarita Chihuahua Hook be ready.
Thank goodness her older brother Captain Doodle Hook was willing to let her use his hat and jacket!
Halloweens past....circa 2004.
I think this was the last time we did a family theme. We're missing our 7 yo who was the crocodile from this picture.
Smee's striped shirt came from a good will bed sheet.
Capt. Hooks jacket and Smee's hat were a good will red polyester pant suit
Wendy's night gown was also from good will
Peter Pan and Tinkerbell were designed and sewn by me.
Crocodile (not shown) was also designed and sewn by me.
All of the costumes have come in handy over the years. Believe me we've seen our fair share of "P" week pirates in this house!
My oldest son and I were having a conversation about the sad state of the world and Hostess going out of business. I told him how the shelves at the grocery store that usually held Hostess products were completely empty today. He then said, "This must have been what the Mayans were predicting." Love that kid and his quick wit!
Sometimes my daughter turns 16 (the age we told her, years ago, she could start dating) and thinks she needs to date.....
Sometimes I'm not sure what I think about that.
Sometimes the Christmas dance is girls choice and she thinks she needs to ask someone to go to the dance with her......
Sometimes I'm not sure what I think about that.
I decide its better to
get over it
get with it
have some fun with my girl.
So that's what I did!
What we did!
Really, who could say no to that face?
So we bought all of the grape candy and soda we could find
We designed and printed the label (see picture up at the top of the post) and put it on the 2 L. grape soda bottle
and tied it all together with some cellophane and purple curly ribbon.
It was pretty cute (If I do say so myself).
Then she had her adorable little brother and sister deliver it to his house.
They went to the door with the treats and rang the door bell.
It was supposed to go like this.
" Hi, is (young man) here?"
give treat to young man
"This is from my sister."
"Have a good night."
It went like this.
"Hi, can I see (young man)?"
His little sister, "No. He's not here"
Young man's dad, "Who's at the door?"
Little sister, "I don't know. Someone with treats....for (young man)."
Dad comes to the door.
"Hi, can I see (young man)?"
Dad, "No, I'm sorry, he's not here."
"Oh, I was supposed to give this to him."
Dad smiles and laughs, "Oh really? I can make sure he gets it. He'll be home soon. Who's it from."
Dad laughing and smiling really big, "Oh wow, that's great! Really? Ok."
Then we walk away.
As I'm letting the kids in the car and My Girl is setting in the front seat (in the dark because I had the forethought to turn the dome light off, it was a smart moment for me (doesn't happen very often)).
The young man comes running right past me and up to the front door.
I guess he'd gone for a run.
I said "Hi"
he said "Hi?"
and he ran into the house.
While my girl sat in the front seat giggling because he never saw her and he had no idea who I was.
Then I got in the car and my girl and I giggled together.
The Adventures of Tintin (French: Les Aventures de Tintin) is a series of comic albums created by Belgian artist Georges Remi (1907–1983), who wrote under the pen name of Hergé. The series is one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century, with translations published in more than 50 languages and more than 200 million copies of the books sold to date.
The first Tintin comic was published in 1929 and a 3D motion capture computer animated film was released in 2011.
When he was telling me what he wanted to be for Halloween I asked him if he thought people would know who he was or if he wanted to wear a name tag.
He told me the people his age would know but older people wouldn't.
Turns out he was right.....
Check out the Tintin hair!
Mr. Man chose to be Davy Crockett this year.
Is he his father's son or what?
Turns out most people thought he was Daniel Boone but don't worry my boy corrected every.single.person. who was wrong.
We told him they were both considered mountain men/explorers and that kind of kept him from being offended.
This picture is Davy preparing to attack a bear.
It was really nice to have Davy Crockett around when we were trick-or-treating.
He kept us safe from Cougars and other varmints.
We really couldn't have asked for better trick-or-treating weather.
The kids didn't even need a jacket.
Seriously, the nicest/warmest Halloween I've ever seen.
In years past we've had over 200 trick-or-treat-ers
and with the weather being so nice I thought we'd have even more.
But we didn't...
I think we had under 100, kind of weird.
We call this version of her costume
Contagious Outlaw Jessie
When she got home from school on Tues. she had a fever.
During the night it spiked to 105 so I took her into the Dr. in the morning.
Turns out she has the true flu.
Luckily we got her in soon enough to take the medicine but she's out of school until Monday.
She had to miss her first class party......Oh the tears were so huge and heartbreaking.
We told her she could still go trick-or-treating but she had to wear a mask and she wasn't allowed to touch ANYTHING. That included doorknobs, doorbells and candy.
When people would say you can choose a candy she'd say, "I'm not allowed to touch any candy."
We got a few strange looks.
Her brother was kind enough to ask her which one she wanted and then he'd grab it and put it in her bag.
Thank goodness for brothers!
The older kids stuck around and passed out candy for us so that MDH and I could take Davy and Jessie trick-or-treating.
Isn't that great!
We had fun with the pumpkins this year.
MDH did a Scooby Doo theme.
I think next year our whole family should dress-up as the Scooby Doo Gang.
Here's Sweet Cheeks Classic Jack
I even tried carving one this year.
S.C. helped me choose Minnie to carve.
Hope you had a fun and safe and healthy Halloween.
And now we're starting into the month of gratitude.
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Things We Never Thought We'd Say But We Have. (We meaning mostly me and my dear husband.)
If you smile a lot now, when you're old you'll look like you're smiling all the time. Even if you're not. It's really much better to have people think you're always happy than to say, "She's not mean that's just her face."
Pickles are nature's way of saying, "Enjoy a cucumber this winter."
The science fair is not called "The Evil Science Fair" for a reason. We really should avoid blowing things up. That means no dry-ice bombs even if you claim to be doing research on greenhouse gases.
Mold doesn't grow that fast! If it did we'd all be covered in it and/or be dead. (Said in response to a daughter thinking mold had grown on her ice-cream in less than five minutes and she was going to get sick and die from it.)
Lift your arms so I can hit you. (A sister said to a brother)
Don't eat the cat food.
Don't eat dog food!
Fair is fair. If you get to shoot an apple off your brother's head, he get's to shoot an apple off your head.
Take the fork out of your nose!
Bubba-nick? Do you mean Bubonic? As in Bubonic Plague?
No you won't get bubba-nick, I mean the bubonic plague.
You should name your first child Bubba-nick!
You can not get botulism from drinking out of your cup that has been setting on the counter for 2 minutes.
You don't have throat cancer.
You don't have leprosy.
It's rough when my fans don't adore me.
It's all fun and games until someone gets hypothermia.
Mountain men don't wear short shorts.
Do you REALLY HAVE to talk like Tarzan at the table?
DROP the monkey!
There IS a striking similarity between the "Cowboy" dance and the "Potty" dance. It's easy to get them confused.
How do you spell "Mohican"?
Buffalo gives me gas.
Don't gargle your jello!
We do not throw snowballs at other people's Christmas decorations.
Get off your little sister, she is not a horse!
Take your underwear out of your mouth!
No singing with your mouth full.
Just don't lick the couch. Okay?!
Don't stick your nose in your sister's mouth.
That's what happens when you stick your nose in your sister's mouth.