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Monday, October 29, 2012

Costumes of Halloweens Past I couldn't help doing this as well.  Look at my little munchkin grow.  It took me a bit to find the pics from the first two years though.
My little lady bug.  I got this costume off of Ebay for like $10 as a set with the costume she wore the next year.  I loved her chubby little cheeks.  Gosh I miss that plump little baby. 


This pumpkin costume came with the ladybug one.  Loved it.  She adored it too.  She was so excited about Halloween that year.  I love this picture.


I purchased this adorable pink kitty costume the previous year on clearance.  My girl really dug this costume.  She was the Cat's Meow, and won her first costume contest at a local harvest party. 




Yeeeeeeeeeee Haw!  My little Cowgirl.  This was the first year I stepped into making Sugar's costume.  I embellished a simple denim jumper dress for her cowgirl look.  The boots were borrowed, the hat was purchased, and the horse was from a costume clearance the year before.  The freckles.....topped it all off.  Adorable.




Sugar wanted to be a cheetah, and I figured....why not? So I whipped up this costume from my imagination.  She loved it.  It made her feel fierce and sassy.




This was the year my girl was alllllllllll about "The Wizard of Oz."  It was super fun to whip up this dress, snap up the ruby red slippers, and borrow a basket for Toto.  This costume was so easy and fun.




This was the year I LOST.MY.MIND and spend an amazing amount of time making the perfect Rapunzel costume from the movie, Tangled. I made the dress and the wig. It took me two months, but it turned out better than either of us could have imagined. My girl felt really special.



To be continued....

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Oh How Time flies

I'm feeling pretty nostalgic these days. I decided that I wanted to take a moment to look back at Octobers past.
oh and you can't miss this Video of her doing the 5 Little pumpkins: Tooo cute
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Love that she is wearing the same shirt for the last 3 years. :) She is growing fast...but not tooooooooooooo fast. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pumpkin Patch Time

"Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile." ~William Cullen Bryant

I really do love Fall.  The cold crisp mornings, and the beautiful sunny afternoons.  What a delight.

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We had the honor of getting up to the pumpkin patch TWICE this year.  Once for a fun fall birthday party, and once with her class from school.  Both days were fabulously perfect. 

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Both times were filled with friends and fun.

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Gotta love the silly faces.

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Picking the perfect pumpkin can be such a challenge for a seven year old.

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But both times she was successful. The first day she found "Pum", and the second day she found "Kin". They are a perfect match.
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One of the sweetest parts to see this year was the day that the second grade class was there, the morning was rather chilly. While standing in line, I noticed several of the girls had paired up for some snuggles. It was lovely to see that they are so very fond of each other.
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I'm not sure this guy provided any warmth, though.
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We are so very blessed. Life is good!
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52 Weeks of me 2012~ week 43

The theme/prompt for the week was: MOVEMENT
I had intended to play around with the camera and come up with some really fun for this week, but was a crazy week, and I didn't find the time.
I did grab this shot of myself when I got home from work last night. It is a movement of sorts. You see I haven't worn a skirt or dress in at least 8 years. In fact, Sugar Bear has never seen me in a dress or skirt. (she still hasn't, because she was off to grandma and grandpa's farm on Friday.)
Anyhow.....I have been wanting to get some fashionable, good quality, comfy boots for a long, long, long time, and I finally bit the bullet and did ordered some. Remember....I don't spend money all that easily. They came in the mail Thursday, and I was so excited to show them off. I want to be a bit less lazy about my appearance. I'm hoping these boots motivate me. I purchased 6 skirts for only $23 Friday afternoon at The Goodwill.  It is a skirt MOVEMENT in my life.
My hand looks wierd because I was trying to hide the remote shutter release.  I need to work on looking more natural when shooting remotely.
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The theme/prompt for next week is: Scary

Friday, October 26, 2012

52 Weeks of me 2012~ Week 42

The theme/prompt for the week was:  Jewerly

I was sooooooooooooo uninspired this week.  I grabbed this quick shot while I sat in my truck waiting for Sugar Bear to get out of her dance class. 

The Hubby has always given me Blue Sapphire jewerly since it's my birthstone. His birthstone is the diamond, so it works well.
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This next week is: Movement

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

52 weeks of me 2012~ weeks 40 and 41

OH man.....could I be more lazy blogger these days? I just haven't been feeling it lately. I don't want to see my blog end, as it has been such a blessing to me over the past 5 years. I'm just needing to slow it down, I guess.
I'm behind on my 52 weeks of me challenge as well. This will get me all caught up though.
The theme/prompt for week 40 was: Can't Live Without
My life wouldn't be the same without humor.  :)  If I can't laugh or be silly.......I'm not, well.....ME!

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The theme/prompt for week 41 was: DARING
Can you believe that I'm showing you the ugly tile in my bathtub?  YUCK! 

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Week 104

One Hundred and FOUR weeks of the "My Week" collages.  How on earth did that happen?  seriously, time does fly.  I've been doing some sort of 365 photo challenge now for 3 years.  It has changed my life.  I know that sounds totally corny, but it it true.  

I was sitting in a seminar about dealing with Stress in our personal and work lives today, and the presenter was talking about how important it is to focus on the GOOD, the AMAZING, the BEAUTIFUL of our days, and spend less time on the BAD stuff.  Naturally, humans spend 97% of their time thinking about, and dwelling on the things wrong in their lives.  I have fallen in this trap many times. 

The 365 photo challenge has helped me find the beauty in each and every single day.  I find myself looking at my world differently than I did before.  I search for the perfect moment each day.  This helps me focus on the AWESOME, and it helps me love my life. 

While I will not be continuing with the "my week" collages, I will be continuing to take photos each and every day.  I have been sharing my photos over at Blipfoto for a 84 days now.  You can see my photos HERE

I will likely be sharing my daily photos here as well, in some fashion, but I'm not sure yet what that will be.  My blog has taken a backseat for many many months.  I don't want to let this place go, but I am certainly not as active as I used to be.  Someday, I hope to get back to writing more about my life, my thoughts, and my feelings. is the final week of collage:

September 24th. I have no idea what is causing these amazing morning sun colors, but I am loving it. This photo doesn't even do this justice. The sun was amazing this morning. So orange, and perfect. I was on the way to drop my girl at the bus, and only had a quick moment to pull over and grab this shot.

It started my day off FABULOUS. Great day at work....and Sugar had fun at school and Tap class. Life is good.
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September 25th was a pretty normal day for us. The highlight was a yummy brunch with a friend. I need to do that more often.

After I picked up my Sugar from the bus, we trucked on over to the pet store to grab some "food" for our snake. (sigh) As we were leaving, Sugar snagged a sighting of the bridge, and asked, "Is that the bridge we go over to get to my school?" It is so rare that we see the bridge from this view. I took a few snaps, and was about to put the camera away when Sugar said, "Take another one! There is a bird in the picture now!" I love that she sees life as a "picture" just like her mama.

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September 26th was a turning point for me at work. I'm feeling like there are so many wonderful things waiting to happen. I love that feeling. I found myself watching this flag blow in the breeze this evening at my daughter's after school program, and I couldn't help but smile and think, "I feel so free!"

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September 27th I had a super great day at work, and Sugar Bear had fun at school. She even had a play date in the afternoon, so she was feeling really pleased. We got home early enough to enjoy some time outside with the bunnies, the dog, and the swing set. (Not all together, mind you.)

Then I set my girl to doing her homework outside at our picnic table. What a fun treat. However, I think the paparazzi was not welcome. What do you think?

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September 28th was a lovely fall day. Cold and crisp in the morning, but fabulously warm and sunny in the afternoon. I love it. It was a great day at work, and we had time to enjoy the sun when we got home. 

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September 29th was a great day for the Sugar Bear. She first had a morning play date with a friend she doesn't get to see very often. Then we headed on out to the local pottery place for a birthday party of a friend she rarely gets a chance to see. It was delightful to see them together.

Then we jetted off to yet another birthday party for a school/dance friend. This was an outdoor jungle themed party. All the kiddos got these great hats, and there were plenty of jungle stuffed animals to snuggle. I think my girl simply fell in love with this hippo one. What do you think?
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September 30th. please don't be afraid. This little guy is teeny tiny, and he doesn't want to hurt you. I mean look at his innocent little face. ?

I got a lot of things done today. I'm slowly working my way through my house deep cleaning and de-cluttering. It's way past time. I worked in the bathroom today. I then rewarded myself with some outside time.

I found this little spider in a white bucket, and he provided me a wonderful opportunity to work on my bug macro skills. It appears that I still needed to bump up my aperture to get him entirely in focus. Next time.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A year of books

As some of you know,  I a bit of a reader.  I read mostly as night after everyone else is asleep.  If I'm in a really really REALLY good book, I'll read on the weekend a bit.  I'm really surprised at how many books I can get through in a year.  My year of reading starts on my birthday.  This year I managed to read 71 books.  WOW!  For the first time, I included some of the chapter books I read to my Sugar Bear as well.  I only included the LONGer ones, though.
A list of all the books I read this past year is as follows.  The bolded ones are my favorites of the year.

From 9/14/11- 9/14/12

“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

“I Shall Wear Midnight” by Terry Pratchett

“The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove” by Christopher Moore

“A Killer Stitch” by Maggie Sefton

“Who by Fire” by Diana Spechler

Island of Lost Girls” by Jennifer McMahon

“Plum Pudding Murder” by Joanne Fluke

“Thanks for the Memories” by Cecelia Ahern

“Fluke, or I know why the winged whale sings” by Christopher Moore

“Dyer Consequences” by Maggie Sefton

“Garden Spells” by Sara Addison Allen

“The Chocolate Cat Caper” by JoAnna Carl

“The Stupidest Angel: a heartwarming tale of Christmas terror” by Christopher Moore

“The Chosen One” by Carol Lynch Williamson

“A Visit from the Goon Squad” by Jennifer Egan

“Fleece Navidad” by Maggie Sefton

Start of 2012

“My Lobotomy” by Howard Dully

“The Apple Turnover Murder” by Joanne Fluke

“The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Wells

“The Sugar Queen” by Sara Addison Allen

“Bone by Bone” by Carol O’Connell

“History Lesson for Girls” by Aurelie Sheehan

“V is for Vengeance” by Sue Grafton

“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

“The Chocolate Bear Burglary” by JoAnna Carl

“The Chocolate Frog Frame up” by JoAnna Carl

“A cure for Dreams” by Kaye Gibbons

“Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins

“The Cat Sitter’s Pajamas” by Blaize Clement

“Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins

“The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs

“Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?” by Steven Tyler

“Gingerbread Cookie Murder” by Joanne Fluke

“The Big Over Easy” by Jasper Fforde

“The Girl Who Chased the Moon”  by Addison Allen

“Dropped Dead Stitch” by Maggie Sefton

“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo

“Dismantled” by Jennifer McMahon

“$10,000 in Small Unmarked Puzzles” by Parnell Hall

“A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron

“Chocolate to die For” by JoAnna Carl

“The Wise Enchanter” by Shelley Davidow

“Gods in Alabama” by Joshilyn Jackson

“A Dog’s Journey” by W. Bruce Cameron

“Devils’ Food Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke

“Little House in the Big Woods” by Laura Engalls Wilder

“A Dirty Job” by Christopher Moore

“The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet” by Reif Larsen

“Skein of the Crime” by Maggie Sefton

“Stuart Little” by E. B. White

“The Peach Keeper” by Sarah Addison Allen

“Unraveled” by Maggie Sefton

“The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett

“Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett

“You Suck: A love story” by Christopher Moore

“Henry Huggins” by Beverly Cleary

“Bite Me” by Christopher Moore

“The Dressmaker or Khair Khana” By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

“The Chocolate Bridal Bash” by JoAnna Carl

“The Weight of Silence” by Heather Gudenkauf

“Before I go to Sleep” by S.J. Watson

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Johnathan Safran Foer

“The Chocolate Jewel Case” by JoAnna Carl

“The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger

“Cast On, Kill Off” by Maggie Sefton

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky

“The Knife of Never Letting Go” by Patrick Ness

“Gregor the Overlander” by Suzanne Collins

“The Ask and the Answer” by Patrick Ness

“Fool” by Christopher Moore

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