Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Fancy and Vintage Halloween 2013

This year Bella and Lucy are princesses for Halloween.  At ages 3 and (almost) 2, our girls love getting all dressed up.  When I put rollers in their hair and eye shadow and lip stick on...they both turned into royalty. 

In 2011, Bella was an adorable fishy.  And I had a balloon that popped 3 days later.

 While Jacob took the girls to a Halloween Party Friday night, I went to a surprise 30th birthday dinner for Brynn.  Don't I have the prettiest friends!?!?
Me, Brynn and Darby

Saturday night we went to a (grown-ups only) Halloween party.  Several of us dressed in 1940s-1950s vintage flare.  It was so much fun to see everyone's costumes. Once the group was all together it was a little nostalgic feeling.  I'm a little bummed that all we had was cell phone pictures.  All these fancy outfits deserved a real camera.  
We had lots & lots of fun!

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Amateur Pumpkin Carvers

We have NEVER carved a pumpkin...until yesterday.  We got these pumpkins last weekend at the Pumpkin Patch.  We didn't have any special knives.  Just a spoon and a steak knife.  We had fun.  
The girls learned to fist bump and do it all the time now.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

I couldn't stop the tears from flowing

My Papaw was a tinker-er, a pittler.  always busy.  He had a frame shop in his basement.  Mamaw painted, he framed.  He loved a nice looking yard and didn't mind cutting it twice a week.  The only time he sat still for long was when Auburn was playing football or a golf match was on.

His heart gave up on him 6 years ago & he went to be with the Lord.  I miss him like crazy and think of him often.  Miss him and his hugs {around my neck and a bushel and a peck}.  So many of my childhood memories have him in them.

Mamaw had a tree cut out from in front of her yard.  She has some decorative stones that she wanted out of her yard.  Daddy wants them to build a fire pit in his back yard.  I met him this morning to help load the bricks.  While looking for one of Papaw's shovels, I wondered into a corner of his garage that he created in the latter part of his life.  As he got older and weaker, he created this tiny room in his garage to tinker in.  I pulled the string hanging from the fluorescent light that he hung, stood in the middle of that tiny area and felt his presence.  I huge lump welled up in the back of my throat and I couldn't stop the tears from flowing.  I breathed in slowly and deeply as I imagined him sitting out there with me.  I noticed a single photo hanging...
that little girl is me.

Mamaw caught me.  She saw my tears, felt my sorrow and she couldn't stop her tears from flowing.  She misses him so.  She stated how wonderful of a husband he was and how blessed she is to have such a wonderful family.  Her boys, her grandchildren, her great-grand children.  We talked about how some family members go to the cemetery for hours, how some might think of what he saying about us from heaven.  We talk of him often.  Today, he spoke back to me and reminded me how much he has always loved me.  Maybe he's sending a message, HANDLE WITH CARE...

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Pumpkin Patch 2013

We spent yesterday afternoon at Old Baker Farm picking out our pumpkins.  It was a beautiful fall day.  Not too hot, not too cold.  It was crowded, but we avoided the crazy-long hayride line and opted to walk to the patch.  It was SO MUCH better.  For the 1st time ever, the girls discovered cotton.  Usually we like going with all my sisters & my mama.  But busy days had us on different schedules.  We were excited that KK got to join us!  Here are some pictures...
Lucy- 23 months
Bella-3 years old

Pumpkin Patch 2012 {It was a very cold pumpkin day.  Bella-almost 3, Lucy-11 months}
Pumpkin Patch 2011 {Bella was almost 2 and I was very pregnant}

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