Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Official Halloween Photo 2011 Here they are! My kids ready for the big day! We have a BYU football player, an astronaut and Morticia from the Adams Family.

Slightly recycled. Matthew wore the suit when he was this age. Brittany re-made the jet pack and in a moment of inspiration I decided to spray paint a thrifted motorcycle helmet for the helmet. You can't see them but I spray painted his snow boots too.

All right so this one tested me. My kids think they can dream up anything and I can deliver. I tried and tried to convince Matt that I couldn't make him a football player costume. We tried to find something else but he really wanted this. We borrowed a helmet from a neighbor but it really was too small. There was no way I was spending the big money for the real thing on line either. Then one day, because I must be living right, at the thrift store there it was. A full set of football pads WITH a white practice jersey! They were an adult large but who cares! He was so excited! So then I used freezer paper to stencil BYU, the number and his name on the back. He was pretty excited when he saw them. Next was a helmet. This was actually a motorcycle helmet I thrifted too. Spray painted it white, painted the stripe down the middle and added decals I bought. Next problem; the pants. I had found actual football paints at the thrift store but they were gold. And polyester and no matter what I tried I could not get them to take the blue dye I tried to use. So finally I took the baseball pants and my trusty spray paint again. I sprayed them blue and hoped for the best. And it worked! Yep, this Halloween was brought to you by Kylon spray paint!

Morticia. Boy it was fun to transform Brittany into the Adams Family matriarch. She took the
role very seriously too! Now we are ready to hit the road and hunt for candy! I get the Milky Ways for all my hard work!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Pumpkin Patch 2011

I took the boys to the pumpkin patch this weekend. Brittany was already visiting one with a friend. Don't you love the boys faces in this one? "All right Mom, we will smile if you make us?.

We aren't very good at the self portrait but I still like this picture.

Matthew the Pirate!

Me and Josh, cute couple aren't we? It was lots of fun, even if it did take me a couple of days to recover from breathing hay!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Christmas Cards...Check!

It was a gorgeous day yesterday. The leaves on the mountain are perfect. William was out of town so I wasn't going to make dinner and suddenly I decided to take the pictures for this year's Christmas card. I love this one, even if you can see my shadow.

Like this one too, even if you can't see their faces.

This might be the winner though!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Guess What I am Going to Be for Halloween?

Found these and had to have them. They remind me of the boots I had when I went to college and started dating William. Guess I will have to be a cowgirl for Halloween!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Matthew's Remodel

Remember the remodel of Matthew's room? Well he has been doing some remodeling of his own. When I finished my remodel there were the four large pictures of cars hanging on that wall. Matthew has been carefully cutting out pictures cars from his dad's magazines and carefully creating this collage with low-tack tape. He worked so hard, and it does look pretty cool doesn't it?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Halloween Decorations

If it is time for another holiday you know I am going to have to make some new crafts! I seem to be into banners and I didn't have a Halloween one. This is actually the one I made for my sister but mine is like it just shorter.

This was inspired by this on Pinterest. Mine is very different, since mine uses pictures of my family at Halloween's past and doesn't spell Halloween. Love how Pinterest sparks my imagination.

Brittany has been feeling like making some Halloween crafts too. She made these lovely witchies from dollar store barbies. She put tape over their eyes and mouths to preserve the paint then we spray painted them green. We also sprayed their dresses black. Pretty fabulous aren't they?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Under Glass

I haven't posted much lately. I think my screen time has been mostly spent on Pinterest. Is everyone as addicted as I am? I love being able to keep all the great things I see in blogland in one place so that when I want to do something I can actually find them again. This is an idea I saw there. This is the site that had the tutorial. So easy and doesn't everything look cuter under glass. Just in case you don't check out the tutorial I will fill you in, glass votive from the dollar store with two flat glass marbles super glued on top. I had two sizes so I used them.

I can't seem to stop finding things to put under glass!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The New Pumpkin Recipe

Every year I seem to find a new favorite pumpkin recipe. It has been pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies made with a cake mix, the pumpkin cookies with a chocolate cake mix. This year it is pumpkin muffins with a cream cheese filling. I found it on Pinterest, well actually two recipes that I combined. According to one of them. Each muffin is under 150 calories. Only problem is I want to eat about 10 a day! So here is this year's recipe:
Mix together 1 block of the 1/3 lower fat cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar.
Then form it into a log shape on plastic wrap and freeze for two hours
Then combine:
1 small can of pumpkin or 1/2 a large can
1 spice cake mix
1 cup water
Remove frosting log from freezer and cut into 24 pieces
Fill each muffin liner a little less than half full then add a piece of the frosting mixture. Top with more muffin mix. The muffins in the picture were topped with cinnamon sugar. The first time I made them I sprinkled a crumble on top made of 1/2 sugar, 4 T butter 5 T flour and 1 1/2 t cinnamon. They really were ultimately more yummy with the crumble topping but I figured the cinnamon sugar saved a few calories. Plus it was faster. Bake for 20 minutes at 350

This is what it looks like inside. Sooooo good!

Thursday, October 06, 2011


There is something about September that makes me want to do stuff to the house. I have been at it again. Before. Nothing really wrong. I was just bored.

The lack of window treatments was bugging me.

New window. Another chair. Recovered the easy chair and new ottoman. Added yellow pillows.

From above

This was a chair I found at the thrift store for $5. It wasn't perfect but for that price I couldn't leave it.

After some new paint and fabric.

I decided it was time for a new table cloth too. I had found the wire basket thing at the thrift store too. Then I decided to extend the yellow and covered some wiffle balls the boys were done with.

This is my favorite splash of yellow. I inherited this chair from my mom when Brittany was born. I think she had gotten it from her grandmother and rocked us in it.She had painted it black when I got it. I painted it white. I almost went back to the black but decided to go with color. Glad I did. I don't know that I can ever part with this rocker. I rocked all my babies in it. So it is good it got a face lift. Now it is time to get ready for the holidays!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

My Boy of Fall

Matthew has been begging for a long time to try flag football since his mother is mean and won't let him play tackle. They have been playing for a few weeks now. I have to admit it is pretty fun. Even when we don't win.

I found myself turning into that mom. You know the one screaming her head off in excitement. So embarrassing. But fun.

The little boys are loving it too. This is Josh with his buddy Gage and a random boy they made friends with. They play too only with their own rules.
Brittany even came to the first game. As did Grandpa and his dog Elliott. Hurray for the Boys of Fall!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Forget Not

One of my favorite blogs posted a great reminder of one of my favorite talks from General Conference. Well, the Relief Society broadcast really, but they are connected in my mind. She had just taken some pictures of forget me nots and then turned it into the perfect little reminder. The blog link is here and the written talk is here.