Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Our Little Mermaid

Well, I would have to say that this years sewing project was a huge success!  I mean, have you ever seen a cuter mermaid?  I realize I’ve only sewn two costumes in my day, and Gracie’s lion costume last Halloween was my first attempt, but this one is my favorite so far. ;)

I made sure to check the level of difficulty on the pattern this year before purchasing and with that in mind, here’s a quick tip for all you first time sewers.  Don’t pick an “advanced” pattern for your first project… It will take forever and you’ll end up making yourself crazy!  I went with intermediate this time, which made things much easier.  This is the pattern I chose but as you can tell by the pictures, I ended up completely redesigning the bottom half and went with tulle instead.  Georgia and I figured that there was no way Gracie was going to walk around with a mermaid fin tied to her wrist all night.

Last year, with it being the bean’s first Halloween, we had professional pictures taken of our little lion.  The photographs were way more expensive than we anticipated and I ended up having to edit the lighting because they were so dark.  Because of this, we decided to have a do-it-yourself photo shoot at home this year!

These are by no means studio quality photos but I think they came out pretty darn cute!  It’s amazing what you can do with a few sheets, some tulle and a couple of seashells.  I will happily take a $20 photo shoot over a $250 shoot any day. :)

Happy Halloween friends.  I can’t wait to see all of your adorable kiddos in their costumes!

And in totally unrelated news, Georgia accidently taught Grace how to say SHIT today… We’re trying to ignore it in hopes that she’ll forget her new word.  If she doesn’t, there’s going to be an adorable Little Mermaid running around yelling shit this Halloween… Great. ;)

Here are a few more favorites!

Making jewelry wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Visiting the Pumpkin Patch {and missing my pops}

This past weekend we spent our Sunday visiting the Pumpkin Patch with G’s parents.  We waited until the last day it was open thinking that we could snag some discounted admission and that it would be less busy.  Man, were we wrong – it was packed!  It was actually busier than we’ve ever seen it before, which just goes to show that we aren’t the only parents around who put these kinds of things off until the last minute, hehe.

We were all starving when we arrived so we started with lunch.  Following our meal of festival food, we visited the pumpkin jumper for toddlers.  Our little jumping bean loved it and didn’t want to get off when it was time to go.  With that being said, both G and I were sooooo over the jumping after about 20 minutes.  It’s just not as fun when you’re a grown woman who is not dressed appropriately for jumping (if you know what I mean) ha!  It cracked me up to see the kids flying about in the picture of G and Gracie on the jumper.  So funny! ;)

Grace played in the sandbox full of corn, filling and emptying buckets while examining the ears of corn that were mixed in.  There were so many kids but both G and I managed to squeeze in for some corn play with our little gal.

We checked out the bunny town, which was a favorite of Gracie’s last year and was by no surprise, still a favorite! 

Our visit was so much fun but a little hard on me, which I didn’t expect at all.

As we took our hayride out to the pumpkin patch, a kind of sadness washed over me, a sadness that I try to hide away as much as possible.  The weather was beautiful and Grace was in the best mood.  As we drove out to the field, she hugged on her papa giving him kisses while smiling for pictures.  It really was adorable.  When we arrived, we all spread out to hunt for pumpkins but baby girl only wanted to go with her papa.  As I watched her run after him, my heart hurt.  I missed my dad and wished so very much that Gracie’s grandpa Rudy was there with us, and that she was chasing after him.  Earlier this month marked the 15th anniversary of his death and when I think about the fact that he’s been gone for almost as many years as I had him here with me, I’m filled with such sadness.  He would have been one of those amazing grandpas.  The kind that all of Gracie’s friends would have wished they had.  He would have taken her on adventures and taught her all about classic rock and music appreciation.  He would have shown her how to make the most amazing meals and given her the green thumb that I most certainly do not possess.  And as much as I so desperately wish this could happen, it can’t, and that’s just something I will have to continue to accept.

Anytime I am outdoors on a beautiful day and the sun is shinning, I think of him, as I did yesterday in the pumpkin patch.  I don’t cry in front of strangers when I have these tough moments, but I do try to find a quite place to collect myself and then I move on.  Focusing on the positive is something I struggle with at times but try my best to do in every situation.  While I miss my dad with all my heart, I am so thankful that Gracie has her papa.  I’m thankful that she has such loving uncles and the best big boy cousins to protect and love her.  These will be the men in her life as she grows, and it makes me happy to know that many of them carry a little piece of my dad in their hearts, as do I.  We will be the ones to teach her all about her grandpa Rudy and what an amazing man he was and guardian angel he will always be to her.  If nothing else, I am thankful for that.

Happy pumpkin picking my little cutie.  
Thank you for always lifting my spirits when I have a heavy heart.

xo, mama

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

10 reasons I adore October

Reason #1: My BF’s from high school and college come into town with their families for the Balloon Fiesta!  This means we get to have fun at the park and lots of play dates with Gracie’s little buddies!

Reason #2: The house is decorated with pumpkins and leaves and smells of cinnamon.

Reason #3: I get the opportunity to fine-tune my sewing skills in preparation for Halloween.  Grace is going to be one adorable Little Mermaid.

Reason #4: G and I get to watch the kiddos we love most in the world paint pumpkins together.  Even our too-cool-for-school 12 year old nephew got in on the action!

Reason #5: Our niece Mia celebrates a birthday, which results in cake, ice cream and this year it also brought about a ridiculously fun 80’s themed birthday party.  Happy birthday little cutie.  Your aunties love you!

A little preview of what we have to look forward to at Gracie’s second birthday party, haha!  Gotta love year two. ;)

Reason #6: There are lots of family functions, which gives these mamas ample opportunity to goof around and act like the dorks we truly are.

Reason #7: October is breast cancer month.  Did anyone order a baby in a bucket?

Reason #8: My mama (aka Nani) turns a year older.  We hosted family night to celebrate the big day and enjoyed frito pie and cheesecake.  It was YUM!  Happy birthday ma. :)

Reason #9: The weather begins to get colder and this means that on some days, we can wear warm jammies all day if we want to.

Reason #10: And last but not least, it’s my birthday this week!  Holla!

Happy BEST month of the year!
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