Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!! Cuteness overload :-)

I have tons of pictures to share so here are some bullet points  about our day, to keep things (semi) short and sweet!

1) Our Halloween party went really well this morning! We had 3 moms and 8 munchkins. We lost one mom and kid last minute do to illness, but big brother still got to come over and party! They played in the toy room, had lunch  and Halloween treats, and all went  home for good naps! We are going to try and get together regularly now --fun stuff.

2) Raya LOVED trick or treating this year. We went to main street where they were doing a little trick or treat "town" and you could go into all the businesses and get candy and do little games and such. We got lots of oohs and ahhs as we pushed angel baby Brielle in her stroller and devil child Raya walked alongside hehe. Raya acted like an angel all night though because she was just in 7th heaven getting all of her candy!

3) After main street we did some door to door trick or treating as well. Brielle and I stayed in the car and drove slowly alongside Lee and Raya who went door to door. Raya kept saying "More candy! More Treat! This way!" LOL. She was a fan.

4) We ended at my parents' house. My mom was dressed as Wilma --her and her doctor went as Fred and Wilma at work today and won first place :-P

Now for some pictures---enjoy!!!!  (and don't forget to check my update from this morning---I announced the winner of my Etsy giveaway!)

I didn't want Brielle to get her white costume dirty this morning
so she just dressed festively in Raya's  hand me downs :-)

Captain Hook!

Bubbles were a big hit at the party today!

Our new friend is about 2 months younger than Raya--and about 1/2 the size of my chunkbutt :-)

Our little pirate just  couldn't stay away from the tutu today!

Sawyer, Raya, and Harper have all worn this costume!

My favorite picture. Brielle is like "Mama! These brats are stealing all of my food!!!
(Harper's new friend is Sam, who is a tad older than Brielle)

This was my homemade attempt at a last minute "poker", but I didn't  think she would wear the tail
and I wanted her to have another accessory. Well go figure, she suddenly fell in love with the tail about 10 minutes
before we left LOL

The evil "Scrunchface" :-)


"What the hell *is* this thing?! No, seriously...."

A very *tired* angel baby

She was scared of Grandma at first LOL

Good times had by all--Hope your Halloween was just as great!!!!  ...and if you want to see Raya's Halloween 2010 pictures for old times sake, here is the blog entry Raya the Candy Fairy
And Raya's very first Halloween blog entry is here Raya the Lobster

and the GIVEAWAY WINNER IS......

....are you ready for it? Let's keep you all in suspense a little longer hehe. I had 9 wonderful followers join my blog this week and you were all entered into my Etsy shop giveaway! I listed you all out 1-9 and then let the random number generator tell me the winner

Just as some sort of "proof" that I really did this, here is what the number generator told me:

See that over on the right? It gave me #5!

And that  means that the lucky winner is.......

"Briana Runde"   ....CONGRATS! It's your lucky day!

Since Briana become cool and started following me this week I discovered her very cool blog and started following as well---you can check her and her adorable little girls out at School in our Slippers

So thanks for playing everyone!!! Briana, you can message me through my Etsy shop to discuss what you'd like for your big win. I'm thinking maybe coordinating sister shirts for your girls? Let me know what they like! :-)

And for everyone else, my next giveaway will be coming up soon. It's open to EVERYONE so if you're a new reader be sure to become a follower and become eligible  for my next giveaway. And don't worry long time readers, those of you who've been following from before this week will get extra entries into the giveaway as a bonus thank you !

To  end, here is just  a little sneak peek of our Halloween fun---more to come tonight after trick or treating :-)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I win!

...I win most random blog update ever! Or I *will*, once I get done writing this :-P

First off, I found the easiest legwarmer tutorial EVER! Ever. You just cut the foot of the sock and then zig zag stitch the edge. It creates a "ruffle" effect and did  I mention it's sooooo easy?!

These were my test legwarmers I tried out last night, just to make sure they were as easy as the tutorial promised. They were.

I think Brielle might wear them with her white and silver angel costume tomorrow night :-)

In other news, this weekend Brielle had her first overnight away from sad! But she did fine with my parents and Saturday I was able to get the order done for the boutique at the mall. This time she also ordered some boy stuff, which was fun. She wanted some camo tie onesies which I hadn't made before, and they turned out cute!

Did I mention that my etsy shop No Paparazzi Please is officially reopened?! Well it is! And for a limited time you can use the coupon code "welcomeback" to get free shipping on your entire order. And don't worry, I will announce a winner for my Etsy shop giveaway tomorrow! There is still time for some of  you to enter though--any new blog followers I get before midnight tonight will be entered to win!

Hmmm, what else? Well Saturday night Lee and I did go out for our anniversary. We went to our new favorite restaraunt, which we've eaten at like 3 or 4 times already since moving here's a Chinese buffet type of thing, but it has soooo much food! They have a spot that's kind of like Hu Hot, and you get to pick an entire steak (we always pick a ribeye) and they cook  it up the way you like and chop it up with the other things you pick and sauces. Not as many options as hu hot, but we're talking an entire ribeye people! Then they have a big sushi section (which I never touch--ewww) and tons of lobster, crab, shrimp, and other disgusting seafood :-P....but the things I like are all the stir fry and crab ragoons and fruit bar, salad bar, and dessert bar, etc. All you can eat for like $13. Yeah, I gained about 10 lbs probably, but we were celebrating hehe. Then I got a new winter coat (yippee) before heading to a movie. We saw "Moneyball" with Brad Pitt  and it was excellent. I would highly recommend it. (By the way, Cardinals won the World Series...yippee! I can wear all the Cardinals gear Lee has bought me now with pride LOL)

So then today Lee and I completed some projects around the house and I prepared for my super fun Halloween bash, which is tomorrow. We've got about 8ish little kids who will be here, so they should have fun I hope!

Got my girls back  tonight and they were as cute as ever. Raya was thrilled to see the Minnie  Mouse outfit I bought her  yesterday (because the poor thing had zero Minnie/Mickey outfits for winter and she kept begging to wear her pjs during the day, which  is just weird :-P) I got her a little Minnie outfit and tonight she was so excited she insisted on wearing the outfit to bed--silly girl!

See, I told you this update was going to be completely random! Let's end with a little "What if" survey that I've seen on a couple blogs I read lately.

Fill in the blanks....

If I were to get pregnant again...I'd be a very tired Mama! We do plan to have one more baby, and we want them close together again....but let's get Brielle to her 1st birthday first shall we? :-P

If I could have any job in the world...I'd love to get paid  to be a stay at home mom! haha...wouldn't we all? :-) In all honesty though I  think I'd love some sort of job where I was paid to plan preschool or something. Is there a job like that? I love kids, and I love arts and crafts and tot school stuff---it'd be fun to plan out weekly lessons and get all the materials and supplies lined up, find children's books to go with units, etc.....but I do NOT want to actually teach haha. Better stick with Tot School I think!

If I had a day to myself...I'd go shopping! More specifically go into all the  little "side stores" I avoide with children. Am I the only  mom who likes to stick to the mall? I mean, once I get the kids out of the car and loaded into the stroller I have no desire to load them in and out of the car some more to drive  to various stores that *aren't* in the mall. So I'd just hop in and out of my car all day long if I  was kidless !

If I could get married all over again...I don't think I'd change anything! Well, I would make sure the caterers didn't run out of mashed potatoes lol...but other than that I loved everything about our wedding.

If I could live anywhere in the US...I'm not sure I'd want to *live* anywhere else, but I've always wanted to vacation on the east coast--up by Maine and such.

If my girl would have been a boy they would have been named...Well, if it was up to me I would have named a boy Camden. I've loved that name ever since high school and I still love it. Lee hates it for a boy though. He wanted Austin, which is too common for my taste. So when I was pregnant with Raya we had agreed on the boy  name Weston, which I still like. When I was pregnant with Brielle Lee fell in love with the boy name Callen, and so I  had agreed to that. If our 3rd is miraculously (for Lee) a boy I think right now it'd probably be Callen. If our third is a girl I wonder if Lee would go for Kamdyn? I'd still get my name and just switch it to a girl name since it's pretty unisex. He'd probably still hate it!

If I could have any talent in the world....I'd love to have a photographic memory!

If you met me in real'd probably feel  like you already knew me--since I blog pretty much our whole life on here :-P

If I could go back to school and get a different degree...I have no idea what I'd want to do.

If money was no object...I'd probably never go back  to working outside of the home.

If I could meet one celebrity, it would be....I am not the type of person to really oogle over celebrities or anything. I'm not sure there is anyone I'd really be dying to meet.

If I could shop at only one store the rest of my life...Target. What more do  you need really?

If we were to get another pet it would be...a pet rock. Mama doesn't need any more non-humans to care for until the kids are all much much older!!

If I could go on a trip right now...It would be  to Starbucks. Doesn't one of their pumpkiny lattes sound  delicious right  about now?!

If I had to choose between a house cleaner and a personal chef...Personal Chef. You can survive a few days  without cleaning---but you eat every day. More bang for your buck with a chef :-)

If I had the option of plastic surgery...the only  thing I can think I might want done is some sort of scar removal. The scar on my neck (from when I had cancer in my salivary gland) and the scar on my arm (from when I had the reconstructive surgery on my elbow) are mildly noticeable still. Doesn't bother me much, but if someone was willing to fix them I'd allow it :-P

Friday, October 28, 2011

GIVEAWAY reminder--and attack of the killer penguin :-)

First off, my giveaway ends on Sunday night, don't forget!!! If you missed the announcement from earlier this week I'm doing a giveaway from my Etsy shop for everyone who becomes a new follower of my blog this week! :-) I believe so far I have 8 new followers (thanks!) so there is still  room for some new followers to enter the giveaway too. Your odds of winning are still quite  good! Don't forget you need to become a "public" follower so that I know who you are and can get you your prize if you win.

In other news, beware of attacks from the killer penguin...she's  on the loose!

She likes to crawl around and sneak up on you when you aren't looking!

She  also  likes  to team up to  raid my cupboards and cause giant messes...

When that proves unsuccessful she is content to attack poor monkey paci :-P

Hmmm, what else? Well, Raya  is just  as silly as ever! This morning she had to "lick" her cake pjs....she said the  cake  was yummy :-P

Then she decided she needed to get into the fridge in order to "touch the  cake" LOL. I let her touch the glass that  the cake was under, but  when she demanded cake for breakfast I  put my foot down

....because only  Mama is allowed cake for breakfast :-P

Oh, in other news I  need some ideas people. So you probably  saw my blog post from last night about my cool new photo wall. Well this morning while I drank my coffee and made breakfast I continued to admire my work :-P Then I started pondering what to do on the other walls that are bare and I am officially  stumped. What do you think I should hang above the stairs that will "go" with the photo wall? It needs to be large since it's a large wall space....but it can't be really "busy" because there is already a lot going on with the photo wall and I don't want them competing. ...ideas anyone?

This morning Raya  begged for her nails to be painted. She was thrilled  to get her tootsies and fingernails painted, but devastated that I wouldn't *keep* painting them over and over  again haha

To end, let's all  talk about the biggest myth surrounding stay at home moms--that their houses are keept neat and clean at all times. Because seriously, I pick  up the house every 10 minutes and every time I turn my back they've made another mess!!!

Back when I was convincing Lee that I needed to stay home I used the whole "clean house" argument, because I truly  believed  it...and now I just  laugh at how delusional I was haha. Staying home just means there is way more time for the kids  to create messes!!! (I  still stand by my other arguments for wanting to stay home though, so if Lee is reading this--no, I'm not going back to work now :-P)

The upside? They are  cute  little mess makers!

If you wonder lately why  Raya's hair pretties rarely match her  outfits it's because  "Ray Ray pick!" her hair pretties now haha

Isn't  this the  cutest thing--Brielle looks like the bath baby! See the resemblance?

Happy Friday everyone!!! ...and if you are reading this and are *not* yet following my blog, please do--you could win an awesome prize from my Etsy shop!!!