Happy Birthday Boyscout

Today is my hubby's (aka: boyscout) birthday.  I had all kinds of plans for him today.  Lunch, movie,
a walk through Lake Eola (a landmark park in our city's history) and home for dessert.  But instead,
mypoor boyscout is very sick with about the worst cold/sinus infection/chills/yuckiness ever.  So I'm
just trying to keep him comfortable while still trying to stay as far away as possible.  I'm just saying...
I do have my GNO crafty sleepover this Friday.

So it's Panera bagels, lots of medicine, ginger ale,  tomato/roasted pepper soup, a movie at home and pumpkin pie for dessert.   Good thing the Avengers came out on DVD today.

                                   A few pictures from our little family celebration on Saturday

And since I won't be taking any pictures today;
instead I'll put in one from last year on our tour 
of the northeast for his birthday at Thomas Jefferson's home.
Well, actually his grape vineyard.

Happy Birthday babe.



I've begun the annual placing of the pumpkins around the house.  Truth be told I'd probably keep
them up year round if I thought I could get away with it.  But on September 1st, the Great Pumpkin.....  Oh wait, that's a different story.  Anyhow, I've begun my pumpkin quest.  Every year I try to find a new one to join my "pumpkin" family.    Maybe this year I'll try to be creative a make one.  I'm really like the white ones that are so popular now.

The first thing I had to do was make pumpkin bread.  It's not fall until the pumpkin recipes
come out.  I'm am totally in love with my Nora Fleming platter.  I've admired it for 
quite a long time on Paige's blog (Simple Thoughts)  and I finally got one.  
The pumpkin decoration in the corner is interchangeable.  
I also have the turkey for Thanksgiving.  My sweet hubby ordered the 
storage case and a few more decorations to go in it for our upcoming anniversary but he's
doing a good job of keeping it hidden until then.  

And of course the candy corn flavored m & ms.   They're delicious but
very sweet so you can actually eat one or two at a time and stop.  
Aren't they cute. 

We've got our wreaths out.  I've seen such cute ones out there in blog world
but I kind of like the simple leaves.  I'm thinking about putting an initial in the center though.  

We were hoping that putting out the fall flag would bring on the cooler weather.
No such luck!!  I'm really jealous happy for all of you who
are blessed with weather in the 60s and 70s.  

my new center piece
lantern from Kohls (50% off)
owl from Kohls (50% off)
two small beaded garland strands  from Michaels (50% off)

I'm just realizing there's finger prints all over glass. 

and apparently I need to dust

My family tree that I finally printed the pictures for.  I've had it for one year already.
It's from Hallmark  and I really love it.  I might change the pictures 
out for black and whites.    Maybe next year.  

If you sign up for the Gold Crown card you'll get a 40% off  coupon on your birth month
 which makes the tree reasonable if you're a tree person, which I totally am.

Love my big resin pumpkins above and below.  We got them several years ago
at Big Lots.  Sadly they haven't had them since then.   If you turn it  around it's
a jack-o-laterns.  Great for Halloween.

Our golden wooden leaf was from our trip to Vermont when we visited a 
maple tree farm.  That was such a great memory.

I try to have at least a small pumpkin or two in every room.

This was my one "new" pumpkin from last year.  The velvet pumpkin with
the real stem.  

Of course my favorite little pumpkins come from "Our lil' pumpkin patch"
All our grandbabies in their pumpkin costumes when they were babies.

one of my favorite spaces
 where we watch our holiday specials and Disney movies and 
where we read our books and cuddle
with the grandkids

Lots of fun things happening this week.

we celebrated Mike's birthday on saturday

my nephew had a house warming party for his first house on sunday

having my GNO girls over for a crafting sleepover on this friday

spending the week getting ready with fun creative ideas
and yummy recipes 

I'm working on a project 
that I have in mind for November.

My blessing tree.  

I finished the tree.  It's made of felt.
I will be making leaves to pin on every day of the month and as we
 pin on the leave, we will write down a blessing, place in a jar and 
read it on Thanksgiving.

I'm pretty happy with how it is turning out so far.

It's 36" x 36"

and speaking of blessings, hopefully this time
next month our sweet little nephew will be home with his forever family

Meet Eli

we love him so much already

Eli and his mommy, our niece Jessica.

Remembering to be grateful in all things:

814.  Eli
815.  Jessica and Nick's heart for adoption
816.  counting our blessings
817.  pumpkin bread
818.  a young nephew starting out in his own place
819.  pumpkins in the stores
820.  family get-togethers
821.  birthday celebrations
822.  autumn
823.  re-reading 1000 gifts

Joining Ann's place for Multitudes on Mondays.


It's Fall

      Even though it's still over 90 degrees in Orlando, we are officially beginning the Autumn season.
                            Even if I have to will it here.  I'm so tired of the summer heat.  
                                             So what do we do to make this happen?

we get new halloween pajamas

and watch Barney's Autumn Halloween Party

Remembering to be grateful in all things:

810.  skeleton pajamas
811.  smiling grandkids
812.  Autumn
813.  learning to "always be grateful"


Boys and guns

What is it about little boys (and big boys) and guns

they run through the neighborhood having shoot outs

they like to fall down dead

then do it all over again

nothing makes this little guy happier than matching guns

good times

Remembering to be grateful in all things:

805.  grandpa's and grandsons
806.  my visit with my parents today
807.  phone calls to Virginia
808.  Uncle Jack's slight improvement
809.  mocha coconut fraps lite




As summer is winding down we got in one more trip.  This time Gail and I took the grandsons to
Legoland.  I'll have to admit, I can think of lots of fun granddaughter things to do but grandson
can be a little more, shall we say challenging.  For me anyway.  I think Gail (SIL) is just fine with
the boy trips because she's an amazing camper, hiker, kayaker, runner and biker.  Me, not so much.

Well, let me tell you I was totally wrong.  The boys were great (minus a little bit of crankiness in
extreme heat from someone who will remain nameless) but as soon as we hit the water park, fun was
had by all.  Legoland is absolutely spectacular.  It's definitely geared towards young children up to
about age 12 but if you're a lego enthusiast of any age, you'll love it.   Especially the different cities
built out of legos.  They have movies, rides, exhibits, shows and the best water park for young
children ever.  And I live in the world of Disney Parks, Sea World and Wet and Wild so that's saying

                        Just a warning.  This post may have lots of pictures of cute little guys.

enjoying the rides

their favorite lego was the wolf

there was a hugh playground with rope bridges and slides

what more would little boys want

lego car driving

This car is entirely made of legos.   And it's solid.

Instagram Style

Cousin buddies

Dylan and Darth

Coltie bought Dylan a hugh gummy frog.  Yummy Gummy!

Cities in Legoland

Kennedy Space Center (Titusville)

Miami Beach

Las Vegas

New York City

Washington D.C.

San Franciso


and of course pirate ships

their favorite

We had a really great time with our little guys.  Especially the water park.
We spend 4 hours at the water park and only left so we could see more of the Lego park.
We were at Legoland the entire day and didn't see everything.  
You can probably spend a day in each park.
It's pretty hot in the summer time in Florida but with the water park
and movies in cold auditoriums with wind and water special effects,
it's totally doable.

I had a great time with Gail and the boys.
I'm sorry I didn't get more pictures of Caleb.  When we did rides,
I took the little guys and Gail took Caleb (for the big boy rides)
so she got pictures with her camera.
At the water park, I put my camera in a locker.  Bummer!

Thanks Aunt GiGi (Gail) for treating us to such a special day.

I can't wait till Brody is here to join us on a "boys day".

Who knows.   We may brave a camping trip with the boys sometime.
Especially with our expert GiGi.

Remembering to be grateful in all things:

792.  trips with grandmas and grandsons
793.  water parks in the Florida heat
794.  ice-pops
795.  lego masters who build amazing lego cities
796.  the beautiful bright orange sunset I could see from my bedroom
797.  gno last night
798.  medicine for itch relief
799.  facebook prayers for a young mother who baby would have been one today
800.  great online Christmas deals (yes, I'm starting already)
801.  political wisdom
802.  my online bookclub
803.  a great start for Makenzie in kindergarten
804.  officially having a new nephen