Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy First Birthday Baby D!

Today is my nephew's first birthday! This past year has gone by so incredibly fast and I cannot believe that he is already one! Being so far away has been hard, but I have seen him quite a bit in the last year so I am grateful for that.

My sister and her husband told the family by wrapping up books for each of us to open when we all got together for her husband's birthday/graduation party. Instant tears on my end knowing that I would be moving before the baby would be born.

Little man was born, one year ago today. I told my sister that I expected to be the first person they told that he was born since I would be the last to meet him. And they sent me a text early in the morning on the day he was born.

And three long weeks later, I was finally able to meet that sweet boy. We drove through the night and ended up arriving at like 9 in the morning. We did not stop long enough for me to even change, hence why I am wearing my husbands bright yellow shorts in November in Minnesota.

I was able to make it home to take his newborn, 3, 6, and 9 month pictures. And I will be home in a few weeks to take his one year pictures!


Three Months:

Six Months:

Nine Months:

And the one year pictures will be coming soon!

And also my sister took a picture of him every month so you can see how he grows here. He is just so big!

Happy birthday baby! I can't wait to celebrate your birthday when I am home. Kisses.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October Review

October is coming to an end and its crazy how fast this time is going. October was a busy month, but I really enjoyed it.

-Early in the month I went to Celtic Festival with my friend Kristen. It was fun to do something different with her.

-I started a new adventure in the job field by working towards getting licensed in Life Insurance. We will see how that goes since I am still working on it.

- We started our Halloween festivities early by going to the Haunted House in town.

-We attended a pumpkin carving party that was fun even if Richard's pumpkin did not survive.

- I was able to shadow a professional photographer and learn how she does things. I am also excited for the future of my little photography business.

- We attended a few Halloween Parties and were able to see why my friend loves her Halloween Party so much.

- I made our first ever Halloween costumes by hand. That has been a goal of mine for a while.

So this month has been pretty busy, but November should be ever busier. I get to spend two whole weeks in Minnesota which includes three weekends. It will feel like I am living there again which will be awesome!

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Costumes in the Making

This is the first year where I actually "made" our Halloween costumes. I am pretty proud of what I was able to accomplish. When we came up with the idea of going as Buzz Lightyear and Woody, I knew I would only need to make a few things so I jumped right in.

For the Woody costume, my husband wore boots, jeans, a belt with a big buckle, a gun holster, a yellow shirt, a cow vest and a cowboy hat. For the Buzz Lightyear costume, I wore duct tape boots, white tights, white shorts, white shirt, green sports bra, Buzz Lightyear wings and a purple headband.

Cow Vest
For Woody, we needed a cow vest. I knew buying one online was going to be expensive so I had faith that I could make on myself. I started by going to Hancock Fabric and luckily found some cow fur fabric. I bought a yard for only $8. Then I took an old T-shirt that Richard had and made him wear it while I traced out the shape of a vest and then cut it out. I am glad he was a good sport about it. Then from there I traced onto my fabric using my "template" to make three separate pieces. I traced wider than my fabric so that I could make a seam along the edge.

Then I pinned all my pieces together and headed over to the sewing machine. First I sewed the pieces together. Then I folded over the seam so that I could sew the edges. Then I was finished and made my husband try it on to make sure it fit and it was perfect!

I uses cardboard boxes to make the wings using three pieces. I used two rectangles for the wings and then an angled box for the center. Then I used purple duct tape around all the pieces. I added white to the top and lime green to the edges. I then used a red sharpie to make the red lines on the wings. I then added elastic to the wings so that I could pull them on and off easily.

To make the boots I put on a pair of shoes and then used an old sock over my shoes.

I then wrapped white duct tape around the entire socks. I found that by using smaller pieces of duct tape it made things go smoother. I then used lime green duct tape for the toe and wrapped purple around the foot. I then had my husband cut the back of the duct tape so that I could get my foot out. I then pulled out the shoe because it was impossible to get my foot back in with the show still inside the boot. I used the sole of a pair of shoes I had so that my feet were protected.

From there, I used some string to tie up the back of the boots so they would stay on. Once I had them laced up and on my leg, I cut off any extra string so that it was not hanging there all night.

So that was all that we had to do to make this costume.

I think we did pretty good! 

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Weekend Update | Halloween

On Friday we headed over to a friend's house for a birthday party. They made yummy food and then we sat around the campfire just talking. We really enjoyed just being outside, making s'mores and hanging out.

I spent most of Saturday getting ready for the Halloween parties we were going to that night. I added some finishing touches to our Halloween costumes and I made some pumpkin rice krispies.

They were super easy to make. I started by making rice krispies like normal, but added some red and yellow food coloring to make them orange. Then I made them into balls and added a tootsie roll in the middle. Then I used some green icing with a leaf tip to make the leaves. Easiest project I have ever done.

Then we got our costumes on. We went as Buzz Lightyear and Woody.

Then we headed to our first party at my friend Kristen's Aunt's house. Every year at their party they have a scavenger hunt around the city. It was really fun. We were a team of six and we had to go find different things. A few examples were to find a kiddie ride and pretend to be scared while riding, find a school zone sign, give a stranger a piggy back ride, play duck duck goose in a public place and pole dance on a street sign. And we did this all while in our costumes and people kept staring. It was pretty fun. I have some awesome videos but I think I will keep those to myself.

Then we brought back all our video and pictures to score points. And the six of us won which made it even better.

Then we headed over to hangout with Richard's school mates at their party. And this was the last Halloween party they will throw because they are graduating in the spring. Sniffle. There were some pretty good costumes there and we had fun seeing all of them.

And the rest of our weekend was pretty boring. Mostly relaxing after a busy Saturday. I did finish the book I was reading called Same Kind of Different as Me. And the funny part is that I did not realize it was a true story until I had finished it. Oops. But the story was alright, not my favorite. It did not draw me in and hook me like I like books to do. It was sort of slow, but still a good story.

Sami's Shenanigans
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