Monday, October 31, 2011


Our inspiration for this year's costumes:

This is our version:

We were able to borrow Fred's and Pebbles' costumes from our good friends the Soto's who dressed up as the Flinstones a few years ago. Her mom made the costumes and did a fantastic job! I was supposed to make Wilma's costume but I never got around to it. I did make her necklace though and just improvised with a white tank top...just good enough for pictures! :) 

Little miss A had a lot of fun trick-or-treating this year and made out like a bandit with all her candy! It took her a few tries to get the hang of taking candy (she originally tried to give some to the homeowners) but in the end she was a pro! Everyone loved her costume (and daddy's too). Sadly though, some people didn't even know who they were. I felt very old at that point haha! Her buddy Jack was supposed to be Bam-Bam but it didn't work out this year. Maybe next year they'll be a different dynamic duo. Any suggestions?! Hope everyone had a great time! 

all the "kids" ready to go:

And just for fun, a flashback to last year:

Halloween 2010

Halloween 2011

My how you've grown...and changed!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

DIY: Built In Media Center:: Finished

This post is LONG overdue but as I was going through old posts I realized I never showed you this completed project. If you don't remember what I'm talking about, you can catch up with part 1, part 2, and part 3 and read the progress.

Let me remind you what it looked like when we moved in:

This is how it looked when we declared it "done" (I really wanted a shelf though):

My dad came to the rescue (again) and I was able to get my shelf! Thanks dad!

We used the same trim molding from the front as a support of sorts for the shelf to rest on. We secured the trim with LOTS of nails and screws (in as many studs as we could find) so there wouldn't be any chance of the shelf falling. We cut the shelf pretty tight too so it definitely wouldn't budge. There was concern that over time it would bow in the middle because of its weight so we added a piece of trim molding across the front to help stabilize it...and make it look prettier.

We also added hardware to the cabinets which gives it another little personalized touch. 

Here's the final product:

 I'm so happy with the way it turned out. It's just like I imagined it!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Favorite

This is what happens when daddy does her hair

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pumpkin Time

I decided to take a break from all the projects around here and we took baby girl to the local pumpkin patch for a little bit this afternoon.
We originally wanted to visit Pumpkin City but unfortunately it just didn't happen. It all worked out though because Anayah still had a blast and really, she doesn't know the difference yet anyway!

Posin' with the punkins!

Picture time with daddy...

Then with mommy.

Getting lost in the hay maze

Making new friends

This is what happens when you ask strangers to take your family picture. Haha!

Riding off into the sunset

Our first trip to the pumpkin patch was a success! Think a trip to Julian to pick apples may be on the agenda soon!  
Anyone wanna go?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Things Are-A-Changin'

In case you hadn't noticed, the blog underwent a makeover! Isn't that just so exciting?! Yeah, I know, no big deal right. Anyway, there are a few more changes coming in the next few weeks so stay tuned...In the mean time I'll be working on a BIG project with my onesies and two BIG projects around the house. Pictures and tutorials will be posted...I promise!

I'll be super busy for the next week or so but I will be back soon!! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

We Are The Champions!

We're back from our trip to Arizona where Brian was playing in the NABA World Series Tournament. We got to relax, watch some baseball, visit with my parents (who drove up EARLY Saturday to make an 8am game) and brother (who is in Peoria with the Mariners), AND their team won the whole tournament so that was really cool too!

We drove out very early Thursday morning and came back Sunday evening. Brian played a total of 7 games in 4 days! Craziness, I know! Don't worry, I won't show you ALL the pictures I took (there are about 400 of them), I'll just show you the highlights

Here's one of B-man in action

A few of Miss A doing her thing at the baseball field

and the CHAMPS! Good job guys!

As much fun as it was to take a vacation, we're tired from back-to-back trips in such a short time. No more trips for us for the rest of the year! I've been trying to get A back on her nap schedule (which is proving to be interesting) but I'm determined to do it! I do have a couple projects I have in mind that I'll show you soon. Need to recuperate first.
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