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October was a busy month for us.  It seemed to fly by!  We survived our first long car trip with Leia when we traveled to Connerville, Oklahoma for my family reunion.  Even though it was only 2 hours, this was a big accomplishment for Leia who used to start screaming the instant her carrier snapped into the base.  Both kiddos did great being in the car for 4 hours in one day.  It was fun seeing so many of my cousins that I had not seen in many years and of course getting to see my Grandparents, who I had not seen in almost a year.

Hannah finished up her Fall Blastball season on the 27th.  She really came a long way during the season.  She began by being totally freaked out by the squeaking first base and ended the season jumping as hard as she could on it to make it squeak as loud as possible.  Not sure what we’re going to do yet for the Spring but I have a feeling with her love for baseball that this will not be the end of her T-ball career.  Here is her official Blastball picture:

Go Marlins!

Oct. 25th was Hannah’s Halloween Dress-Up Day and Party at her preschool.  She was Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony.  My mom, Leia and I hung around with some of the other parents after we dropped her off at her class to wait and see her “trick or treat” in the lobby.  We had no idea that this “little” trick or treating was actually the entire staff of the church dressed up and they created themed areas for the kids to visit.  They had Wizard of Oz, Charlie Brown, Snow White, Shrek, Little Bo Peep (who was hilarious because it was a male), Cinderella and some more I am forgetting.  They really went all out and it was so fun to see all the kids in their costumes light up when they visited each area.  Here are some photos of the day before we left and at school:

On the yellow brick road.

Hannah says this is her “real pony” pose.

Hannah’s Class–her teachers are Fancy Nancy.

The weekend before Halloween we did what all good Texans do–go to a Pumpkin Patch and take pictures of course!  We went to the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch which I highly recommend.  It costs $5 to park and then everything else is free.  There are hay mazes, bounce houses, a big inflatable slide, a hay ride and tons of wooden cut-outs of characters kids love to take pictures beside.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures from our afternoon:

We also stopped by Sean’s work costume party and of course, Leia is in true form here:

So that sums up October!  I leave you with one final October photo of the girls that cracks me up:

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Today I made two “pinterest projects”.  One is edible and one is not but both are equally cool.

1.  Moose Munch–Have you ever had this stuff from Harry & David?  I can polish off an entire huge bag by myself.  It is THAT good but this version I made is even better!  It is so easy to make and would be perfect for holiday gifts.  I put some in a cute jar to be given as a door prize at my family reunion this weekend.

On the baking sheet just out of the oven..I sprinkled some chocolate chips on top.

Gifted up for my family reunion

2.  Halloween Soap–I saw this pin and knew this would be the perfect gift for Hannah’s teachers at preschool. It would be a great gift for anyone though!  I made the tag using a template I found here.  I bought a 4 pack of nice soap from Sam’s Club for $6.98 so this makes an affordable gift as well.  The soap looks just like what you’d get from Bath and Body Works only a lot cheaper!  Here is my final product:

Confession: Tonight I had a glass of pinot grigio and a bowl of Moose Munch.  Yep, it has been that kind of week 🙂

*Linked up at New Nostalgia*

We made a Boo Pumpkin.  My cousin, Candace ,would be so proud.  After all, she is the one who introduced me to this addiction website.  I’ve determined that it is perfect for people like me who want to look crafty without having to put too much thought into it.  I mean, what we’re really doing here is ripping off other people’s ideas and making them look like we simply came up with it in between zillions of loads of laundry, nursing a baby, taking the other kid to and from school and making dinner.

With that said, I shall give credit to my pinspiration…yes I just did that.  I must find numerous ways to make you groan with pinterest terms 🙂  Our idea was from this pin.  I say “our” here because I thought this would be a fun project for Hannah and I.  Hannah helped me purchase the supplies from Michael’s first and then she helped pick out and place the buttons on the pumpkin.

So step one was buying supplies–this was not an expensive project, especially with the 40% off coupon from the Michael’s site.  We bought:

  • 1 medium sized fake pumpkin (currently 50% off at Michael’s)
  • 1 package of assorted sizes of black and white buttons (used our 40% off coupon on this item)
  • Black and white polka dot wired ribbon (on clearance)

You’ll also need a hot glue gun, a paper stencil (optional) and a pencil.

Step 2: I printed out a “Boo” template on cardstock using Bodoni MT Bold font (I just used  Microsoft Publisher).  I cut out the inside of the letters to make a stencil.
Step 3: Trace the letters on the pumpkin.  A pencil works well for this since the pumpkin is fake and made out of some type of hard foam.  Here is a picture after I traced:

Step 4: Use the different sizes of buttons to fill in the letters and glue them on.  This is where you can tell your 4 year old, “Find me a small button” and “What size button do you think we need right here?”  Ah, learning.  Pintereducation.
Step 5: Tie your ribbon into a bow on the pumpkin’s stem.

Here is our finished product:
We did a black and white theme.  Our pinspiration used all black buttons which I also think is very cute.

I think this is a fun Halloween project you can do with your kiddo (much more fun that getting your hands into pumpkin guts) AND you don’t have to throw the pumpkin away!  Just stick it into your Halloween box when you put your other decor stuff away and enjoy again next year.

Yay Pinterest!