Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October's Favorite Things

Finding love notes in my son's backpack

 Handsome celebrity husbands grilling at Mongolian BBQ

 Kiddos who color with their tongues out

 Homemade Halloween costumes

Date Nights

 Celebrity encounters

Luke's first homecoming dance!

 Amazingly perfect suprise presents from Clay
My brother Cory's amazing home he just bought!

MAC's holiday collections and October's GlamBag/Ipsy <3

Eat 'Em Up Tigers

Watching the Detroit Tigers play in the World Series? 
Definitely one of the top ten experiences of my life.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ghosts and Goodies

Another fabulous year at Crossroads Village Ghosts and Goodies. This year was by far the coldest - and thus the fastest! - visit yet, but just as fun. 

He-man and She-ra!

♥ ♥ ♥

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Walk in the Park for Howl-oween

The kiddos and I took our sweet puppy to her first organized dog walk, a Howl-Oween Dog Parade, which our local dog park hosted.

The pooches were encouraged to wear costumes, and I'm sure the other dogs at the walk were thankful we didn't enter Lainey into any of the costume contests, because surely she woulda won.  I MEAN LOOK AT HER.  Big thanks to Em for generously loaning Lainey all of her princess accessories, from the legwarmers to the tutu.

Cutest puppy princess ever.

Lainey even had her first date with her puppy love Zander, my favorite momma-to-be Kristen's puppy.
All around it was a great time and a great event.

And never one to let another steal the spotlight for too long, Snowmeow had to go and eat the tulle from Lainey's tutu, landing her another stint at the vet. Fetishes- this kitty has them.

The Ghost of Halloween's Past

I am extremely proud of the costume I wore to Clay's work Halloween party because I pulled it together in just a couple hours and didn't have to buy a single thing. 

This was my inspiration: a Day of the Dead Calavera.  I had all the makeup, which took me a couple hours to do, and I  wore a corset and a lacy black skirt with some boots and a floral bed jacket.  A few of Em's big bright flower hairclips completed the look. I got so many compliments! I swear I'd love to wear my makeup like this every day.

Clay and our friend Matt went as Krispy Kreme and Money Maker Mike. Surely you know who they are. If not, take a listen to one of their viral hits:

I listened to so many Krispy Kreme songs this night.  SO. MANY.

This post got me so nostalgic for my and Clay's previous costumes, that I went hunting for prior year's pictures. 

2011: a leopard and Humpty Hump
Last year was crazy- all those weddings, all those trips; when Halloween came rolling around I just was not feeling it.  So I only dressed up for work and skipped Clay's work party, which I totally regret now.  I'll sleep when I'm dead, right? I need to remember that.

2010: Medusa and Michael Phelps
I wish I had a better picture of the snakes in my hair; they were pretty fierce. Although those contacts - bought from a party store in a reallllllly bad party of town, I know I know, still creep me out. And I really should of posted the picture of Michael post-warmups, in his tiny speedo and nothing else, so you would get the full effect of the costume, god that was a good time.

2009: Bill Cosby and a bride
I was pretty sure I was never getting married at this point, so I figured this would be my only chance to wear a wedding dress.

2008: a gypsy and Mr Miyagy
I was five months pregnant with Em at this point and decided the day of the party that my stomach absolutely had to be henna'ed.  I found a guy on Craigslist who came to my & Clay's apartment to do his work, again- I know I know, and then I talked him into coming to the party and henna'ing the guests. He charged a ridiculously low amount, like $5 a person, and left a rich man.  I still see him here and there around town and he always makes me smile.

2008: a greek goddess and The Dude.
I don't even know.

2007: Borat and a pregnant nun
This picture embarrasses me to no end. I thought I was being terribly clever - get it, a pregnant nun, no one's ever done that before!, and goodness was I HUGE.  I was just over seven months pregnant with Narls and probably 70lbs into my 100lb pregnancy. So gross. It's amazing I allowed myself to have another child.

2006: Carl from Caddy Shack and a dark fairy
I can't even post my whole costume because it's completely inappropriate. This was at the height of my slutty Halloween phase, which thankfully I've completely grown out of.  Literally and figuratively.  

2005: Jay (of the Jay and Silent Bob variety) and a fair maiden
How adorable is my pregnant best friend???    

2004: Jesus and a wood nymph
This was our very first halloween party. I think 13 people came? Not a lot, but oh my, did we ever have fun. So much fun that we decided throwing a halloween party had to be an annual event. There were hundreds of people at our last party in 2009. It's nuts to think of how popular the parties got. Makes me even more nostalgic. Maybe next year we'll throw a reunion halloween party :)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Punkin' Party

Our friend Shannone invited us to an annual pumpkin party that she hosts.

She told us how a local pumpkin patch kindly donated a ton of pumpkins, so each kiddo got to pick out their favorite.  

There was chili, and mac-n-cheese made with pumpkin-shaped noodles, and drinks, and munchies galore.  In the garage were tables set out with so many carving accessories: tiny saws, carving knives, candles, glitter, stickers, foam cut-outs, light-bright pegs, and seriously, so. much. more! 
It was amazing.

Em was a little hesitant about the whole carving of a pumpkin,

but Narls was an old pro.

The whole party was a great time and the kiddos had a blast.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Baby Shower Sweetness

I spent Saturday making a sweet gift for a dear friend of mine. A couple burp cloths, a wipe case, and a bib for her baby girl who will be here (hopefully) before the new year.


I gave Em the option of attending the shower with me, or going with Narls and Clay to a birthday party for a friend of Narls', and she chose the shower.

 She's my girl through and through :)

We had such fun and the shower was absolutely beautiful.

With delicious desserts, 

and sweet special touches.


The hostesses completely outdid themselves.


I won a prize for opening my envelope the neatliest (is that a word?) - surprise, surprise - and it was nail polish! Fun!


Love these girls ♥

and this girl ♥


They're holding hands. Seriously, my heart is melting.
There's something special about baby girls ♥