Halloween Recap

 I hope everyone had a fun (ie: scary) and safe Halloween.

I only did a few things different this year and because we are in the middle
of repainting our entire house so decorations went up late or never even made it out of the box.

I'll just post a few of the new additions this year.

In case you haven't followed my blog before, I'm a bit obsessed with pumpkins.
I will always love my oranges but this year it was all about the black, white and silvery grays.
Originally all white pumpkins, I painted one black and one white/black checked.  
(MacKenzie-Childs inspired)

I think I want to add a black and white striped and another larger checked one to this little
group.  Maybe next year.

Our pumpkin head couple on the fire place.

Mike's collection of scary Halloween Jim Shore figures and his pumpkin head ghoul that he
found in the cutest shop in Savannah last year.  I'll have to find out the name.  They had
all kinds of unusual one-of-a-kind seasonal items.

I moved the Halloween wreaths to the front door even though the box says indoor use only.
I just hate to let them be hid in the house.  They're only up for a short time so I guess I'll
have to be okay if they don't last a long time because I choose to go against the box's advise.

Koby doing his job of watching the goings on around the neighborhood.

Do you see the Great Pumpkin rising out of the pumpkin patch.
Linus joined us this year to wait it out and the Great Pumpkin didn't disappoint.

My contribution to the outside.

Mike is responsible for all the rest.  He loves to do it and the trick-or-treaters (and parents)
love to see it.   The little ones don't seem to be scared by it so I go with it.

Another Halloween in the books.

And I'll leave you with my grands trick-or-treating 2014.

Dylan the Vampire

This is Nana's favorite.  Scary but still sweet.
Below would be Dylan's favorites.

Brody as Leonardo and 
Makenzie as the beautiful Elsa.

Taylor was at work on Halloween.  I tried to get her to text me a picture of
her in her work uniform so I could document Halloween 2014 for her but
somehow my text must have gotten lost in space.  (grin)


New School Year 2014

I don't know if I'll ever get back to blogging.  At a time when
I feel like I should have lots of time, I seem busier than ever.

A little catch up is in order to remember our celebration of fall because
I'm putting up the Christmas decorations next week.
Yep, I'm one of those people.

New School Year


 Taylor becomes a senior
Makenzie is a second grader
Dylan is a  Kindergartener
Brody is in 4 year old Pre-K

Dylan began Soccer this year and ended up really learning to love it by the end of the season.

He especially liked being the Goalie.

Mikes's Birthday!

For Mike's birthday we spent the weekend at a lovely hotel (as a gift from Melissa)
and went to Animal Kingdom.
First stop for the birthday boy was Boma for breakfast.
It is located at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
It was so yummy.
Probably rates up there as the best breakfast ever.

Their Banana Foster's bread pudding is absolutely
to die for.  

Then we spent the day at Animal Kingdom.

We had dinner night over the weekend at T-Rex.
One of Mike's favorites.

I will have to say that T-Rex has the best Salads EVER!!!  You have to try it even if its just for that
reason only.  Delicious.

Illinois trip to see my babies!

I was able to make a quick trip for several days to see Makenzie and Brody (and Kelly and Matt of course) .  We tried to cram as much Fall fun in as we could.

I got to see lots of dance practice.

Brody takes Hip Hop and loves his teacher.

Makenzie has lots of different kinds of dance classes.  The advantages of having
your Mom own the studio.

We had monster donuts and Pumpkins Pancakes for breakfast.

We went to their school pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins.

Makenzie with her good friend Abby.

Halloween Party

We had a Halloween Party with the "cousins".

We threw up some ballons and crepe paper and made a quick paint chip banner.
Thanks Home Depot.

These two boys are a mess.

And our sugar and spice girls.  

We had a princess, a pirate girl, a ninja turtle and a army man.

Makenzie and Brody decorated the cake and we made Mummy pops.

Afterwards we watched a "friendly Halloween Movie"

And of course they got to scare Daddy when he came home.

We had lots of fun.


They had a four day weekend off while I was there which was great.  They went
back to school the day I was leaving so I was able to go visit both of their classes
that morning.  Fun!!
Love their schools and they have such sweet teachers and classmates.

The last morning before I left.

Makenzie's School.  She even has her own locker.
That makes her seem so grown up already.
I'm not ready for that yet.

Her Classroom with Mommy and Brody.

Brody's School

His cubby.
He's so proud of it.

Doing his first assignment of the day.

It was such a fun little trip and I even got to see a tree here and there that 
had fall color.  I miss them already.

Bye for now but more to come.