Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Costumes 2015

I'm really late getting the children's costume pictures up as we just got back late last night from an amazing, wonderful trip to Harry Potter World!  I can't wait to share it with you.

This year, Grace is Totoro (a character from a Japanese movie) and Harris is Harry Potter playing Quidditch!  My Mom and Grace made the costume together using an old sweatshirt.  The cap Grace ordered online.  I think it's such a perfect teenager costume!

After much debate, my Mom made Harris' Quidditch robes.  This was a case where I could have bought a costume for much cheaper than making the robes and we went back and forth about whether to just buy one.  However, in the end, Harris said he would rather have a Grandma made one, and I'm so glad as it's the perfect fit and way better quality than we would have bought.  Plus, it's how Harris envisioned it!

We did buy a Gryffindor patch on Amazon, iron on letters for the back of the robe and Quidditch goggles.

Catching the snitch!

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Weekend

We had a busy weekend around here and though it was mostly enjoyable I'm feeling like I could use another weekend!  Here's the rundown...

Friday afternoon started strong with a house full of boys enjoying each other and the lovely weather! Harris and a buddy then walked around town for just a bit selling popcorn to support the Scouts.  I couldn't believe how generous everyone was, add that to the list of the things I love about our community! Afterwards, we grilled pizzas and sat by the fire on the porch.

Saturday, Grace attended her very first Bar Mitzvah and had a wonderful time.  She had to leave the party early due to Nutcracker rehearsal and was so sad that she cried the whole way to ballet (sad, silent tears- the worst kind).  It was her first insight into what it would mean to pursue a career in ballet.  A good lesson I think.

Meanwhile, Harris had his last baseball game of the fall season.  It was a nail biter!  Harris' team played his best friends team and there was all sorts of (I hope) good natured rivalry between the teams as Harris' team had only lost two games this season, both to this team.  And they were undefeated. The game ended in a tie!  Afterwards, Harris and Bryce headed to a Scout campout.  Brrr.

With the evening to ourselves, Grace and I went to the movies!  It's not something I do often so it felt really luxurious.  We saw The Intern and both loved it!

Sunday, was more rehearsals for Grace and youth group.  Harris tried out for a baseball team only to get to tryouts and discover that he left his glove at the previous days game.  As you can imagine, it's very difficult to field without a properly sized glove (he used Bryce's) so that didn't go well at all.  We also made and delivered invitations for Harris' upcoming birthday party.  While they turned out darling, all did not go as planned, and I found myself completely losing patience with Harris.  We also squeezed in time to go get the last touches done on his costume that my Mom is generously making once again.

So there is our weekend and, as it turns out, Bryce and I didn't even take one picture of any of the above!   The next couple of weekends (Halloween and birthday) aren't looking to be any more relaxed so I'm trying to gear up for what's to come!  I'm finding it tough to not be a crazy person....

Thursday, October 22, 2015

An Initialed Shrug

I know that fur is a hot button topic for many and whereas I don't want to get into that debate, I will say that I have no issues with heritage or vintage fur.  In my opinion, the fur was taken years and years ago and I would rather see it used and respected than simply thrown in the garbage.

That said, I didn't inherit any fur from my family, so with the exception of a few vintage coats with fur on the collar, I don't have any.  However, when out antiquing I've always been on the look out for a vintage fur shrug.  I think they are so lovely, versatile and warm!  They can be thrown on with a pair of jeans or a dressy dress.  One of my favorite things about these furs are the ladies initials that are almost always sewn into the lining of the fur.  I love thinking about the women who wore these!

I found a really pretty one last year at, of all places, the flea market!  Since it was already late spring I bought the fur for a song.  However, it didn't have any initials in it, and I decided it would be fun to add my own.  For a little twist I had it done in hot pink!  I love the way it turned out.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Father/Son Weekend Backpacking Trip

This past weekend had really shaped up to be full for all.  Harris had a baseball game and a baseball clinic, Bryce and I had a gathering to attend, and there was an open house at a school that we were interested in taking Harris to.  However, Bryce decided that it was more important that he and Harris go on a short father/son backpacking trip.  While I certainly don't advocate shirking your commitments (we did check with his coach to make sure they had enough players and I went to the gathering solo) I was proud of my husband in putting a priority on spending time with his son.  There will always be full weekends and commitments, but only so many weekends while your children are little and at home.

They went up to the mountains and it was the coldest weekend of the season by far!  It was so cold that they went to bed by 8 as it was too cold to even sit by a fire!  I thought surely they would be miserable, but both of them declared they had a grand time!

They saw gorgeous frost and glorious fall color.

They even saw the first snow of the season!

The trail had some very steep sections, even areas where they had to climb rocks!

Harris says this picture was for the camera....

and this picture was how he really felt after 10 miles of hiking with a pack on his back!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Favorite Things #51

I would like to thank those of you who left such sweet and kind words on my last post.  While I'm not yet sure which route I'm going to take, I do know that I love the community I've found here.  Thank you.

This is sort of an embarrassing post so I'm trying to think of it as a public service announcement : ).   As I've mentioned, I have psoriasis and it is the worst on my scalp!  Which means that I have a flaky scalp; which is just all sorts of not okay.  I've had this issue since I was young and have tried all sorts of remedies including tar shampoo and prescription shampoos. They've all had very limited success and I haven't kept up with them.  They also don't do anything good for ones (expensive) highlights.  

Last year, I read about Philip B Anti-Flake Relief Shampoo, and thought that I would give it a try. I'm so glad that I did as it's amazing!  While it certainly hasn't gotten rid of the problem all together, I've noticed a definite improvement and will continue to use the product.  Unlike the other shampoos I've used, my hair feels good after a wash, instead of wiry and coarse, and I haven't noticed a decline in my highlights.  I don't use it for every single shampoo, instead I use it about every other shampoo. I highly recommend it!

Monday, October 12, 2015


Life is pretty full around here.  Between fall baseball, ballet, guitar lessons, room parent business (5th grade is not for the feint of heart),  meetings and more meetings, we've been pleasantly busy.  Last week was especially full; anticipating and preparing for exciting things as well as the end of others.

I've not been in this space as much and I'm not entirely sure why.  Yes, I haven't had much to post about, but also I'm feeling the need to keep everything a little closer and tighter.  That sounds very vague and abstract but that's the best way I know to say it.  Perhaps it's because my children are older?  Perhaps it's because I'm older!  Or perhaps it's simply because I don't want to contribute to more noise on the internet.  I'm not really ready to quite the blog as I do so enjoy taking photos and having our keepsake blog book.  Perhaps the answer is to take the blog private?  I'm curious if any reading have had the same experience and if so how you handled it?  Or even how you might handle it?

P.S.  Last week, I took dinner to a friend who is celebrating the birth of her new baby girl!  I got to hold her teeny, tiny body and it made me so nostalgic!

Monday, October 5, 2015

At The Carnival

I have fond memories of going to a carnival near our home for several years of my childhood.  In my memory it was large and I had ever so much fun riding ride after ride.  When I asked my sister if she  remembered it, she confirmed that she did, but she shed a little more light on it in that it took place in the parking lot of a church. So large is was most likely not!  Ah, the perspective of childhood.

When I heard that we had a carnival coming to town I knew immediately that I wanted to take the children and planned on going Friday night as a family.  And then the rain started and kept going for three days!  They had to cancel two full days of the carnival due to weather, and I felt so badly (the carnival was a fundraiser) for all those that put such hard work into bringing this sweet carnival to our community.

Sunday, the sun finally reappeared!  It was a tough day for us to squeeze in a trip to the carnival, but we made it work and I'm so glad that we did!  We met my sister, Mom and Brendan there and the children rode the rides together.  I'm already looking forwards to next years!

P.S.  I only had my phone so the pictures aren't great but they do the job!
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