Our main computer officially burned down, fell over, and sank into the swamp. Consequently, I have to use every trick of technology I know to get access to the photos sitting on my camera. But I really wanted to share our Halloween costumes again this year, so here you go!
Iron Man and Ms. Marvel
Pink Fairy Princess and Butterfly Woman (A's own superhero creation)
Calvin and Hobbes
Even though I love the idea of a family-themed Halloween, that just wasn't going to happen this year. I did sneak Calvin and Hobbes into the mix for the kids who are too young to have very strong costume opinions, but aside from them, the kids chose who they wanted to be. What was especially nice this year was that the big girl took on most of the responsibility for creating the costumes. All I had to do was buy t-shirts and one pink fairy dress. The rest was done with G's imagination and lots of fabric paint, and all pulled together with dress-up clothes we already had sitting around.
My sweet, silly big boy is six now. He seems to have lost most of his little kid-ness lately and has become a thoughtful, responsible older child. And so curious! On top of his almost non-stop questions about what is going on around him, he's now gotten into fixing, building, and piecing things together. Perhaps there will be another engineer in the family someday?
But thankfully he has not lost his silly in the midst of all this growing up, and he still prefers to spend part of each day dressed as a superhero. I think it helps him keep his perspective.
Another thing about this boy is that he is part ridgerunner. Having a large bowl of fruit to choose from always makes him really happy, so this was the table we set out for birthday breakfast.
The kids did an excellent job devouring the fruit, but it was more than even they could handle in one day. Having breakfast leftovers for the next day made it a win for the mom, too!
This poor, neglected blog...I think it's time to poke at it a little and see if it has any life left in it.
We have dahlias! Between pregnancy and moving, last year was terrible for gardening. This year started out even worse due to the rabbits, groundhogs, deer, and lycanthropes eating every little green thing the moment it emerged from the ground. Eventually, though, the plants somehow managed to win out, and now we have flowers!
Here are some of my favorite photos so far this year:
Pam Howden and Hollyhill Black Widow
I'll have to look up the names of some of these...
Vassio Meggos (the dahlia, not the adorable child)
Same flower, same girl. I just love how these turned out so I'm sharing two!
admission: i enjoy pinterest. i pin often. i have a board called "baked goodness" that is full of recipes that i have never baked...until now. i was hanging out at my sister's house yesterday, helping out with the kids and what not and decided i needed some suger. i skimmed over my pinterest board and picked something simple that she had all the ingredients on hand to make. here's the link: Snickerdoodle Bars
i'm happy to report that it was a success! if you're a snickerdoodle fan i recommend this for you. the only instruction i didn't follow was the one to use a 9x13 pan. i used a 9x9 because the batter definitely would not have filled the bigger pan. mine doesn't look quite as pillowy as the recipe picture, but it was tasty and i will make it again. we ate it with vanilla ice cream. a little caramel sauce probably wouldn't hurt either.
i finished something! this skirt has been on "the pile" since last summer. i turned off my screen this afternoon and told myself i needed to complete at least one thing. i found this fabric- actual RAYON! you never see that in the stores anymore- in the clearance bin at Joann. i love the 40's hawaiian print. i actually don't have a huge love for rayon, but it's easy to work with and coupled with the print it makes my skirt feel more authentically retro to me (it also has a weird, "grandma's closet" sort of smell when you iron it). this is simplicity #2512 and i've used it twice before, but made version "b" both of those times. i thought the front drape of version "c" was sort of old hollywood/Shaheen/sarong-ish. it's an easy pattern to use, no missing steps. i think i will add about a 1/2" to the waist next time i make it though. won't be eating too much poi in this one. sorry the picture is so bright- i always feel bad asking the hubs to retake them. also, what is the model on the pattern picture wearing on her feet? she looks like she has trash bags on her ankles. also, also, the more this climbing habit continues the more my upper body looks like a man. sigh. oh well.
we had dinner at the Zimmer's house last night to celebrate the end of Tina's chemo treatments. i looked through my beloved "Better Homes and Gardens Complete Book of Baking" (i've tried a lot of the recipes in this book and they all have turned out great. you can get it for a steal on amazon.) and decided on Blueberry-Peach Crisp for dessert. quick, easy, delicious. i substituted cinnamon for the coriander, added a pinch of salt and used fresh peaches and blueberries. it was just as tasty the second time around at breakfast. homemade ice cream is always preferrable or you can use Turkey Hill's Homemade Vanilla like i did (if you have TH available to you. it's a local PA company. they're "all natural" vanilla is super good too.)