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Stuffed Story Time.

In the wee hours of the morning, well before daybreak, Elfie and Elva gathered up all the kids stuffed toys and brought them into the living room for Christmas story time. Molly discovered them when she awoke, she immediately picked out a book and joined them. <3 20131205-111748.jpg

Just love this time of year.

Let it snow!

We awoke to both a snow covered yard , and a snow covered counter this morning thanks to our elves. Since it’s snowing outside, I guess the elves thought we should have some snowballs inside. Thankfully, they are the yummy kind you eat and not the icy sort that melts.

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A few good elves.

The North Pole is hiring! Elva brought us some applications for the job openings, and Elfie wants us to watch a training video. :)

Think we should have some spaghetti with maple syrup for breakfast?

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Candy canes. {aka: elf day two}

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The elves thought the tree was a bit bare {not sure why, there isn’t a mm of space left on it}, so they started on some pipe cleaner candy canes. Molly happily helped them finish up their work.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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Elva got into the basement last night and found Elfie. Together they brought all our decorations upstairs {She’s so happy that she has a strong guy around to help her carry all those boxes}! Looks like we have some work to do.

Happy Halloween 2013

If you’ve been following me on instagram {**cough** stalker **cough**} you’ve seen that I’ve been busy this october making costumes for the kids. You would have also seen that I finished in time {yay!} and all three were ready to trick or treat on All Hallows’ Eve.

Introducing…

The Pumpkin King! {Jack Skellington; Nightmare Before Christmas}
Jack, The Pumpkin King

Sofia the First {of Disney Junior fame}
Sofia the First

I upsized the spin around dress and made the skirt portion a complete circle petal skirt, for maximum spinning.
spin

and… Fix-it Felix, Jr. {Wreck it Ralph}
Fix-it Felix, Jr.

They posed for pictures a bit and even did a couple classic character moves. {Check out Jack with his scary face}
44/52/Life - They never break character.

Smiles abound

Then, we announced “It’s trick or treating time!!”
Let's go trick or treating!

First, we went to Grandma and Grandpa’s House.
44/52/Portrait - Trick or Treat!

Then, around their neighborhood.
Trick Or Treating

Finally, we finished up at home, properly gorging on candy snacks and appropriately passing out on the couch before the night was through.
I'd call it a Halloween success. :) And with that, good night all. <3
Another year, another Halloween success. :)

Happy Halloween!!

An Orange Day

The kids decided to pick from the little orange flower patch in the yard.
Just a Flower

…and smell them…
Smelling Flowers

…and count them…
Counting Flowers

Picking Flowers

…and, of course, show them off…
Flowers

…and pose with them…
42/52/Portrait - Flower Girl

Yup, it’s certainly autumn around our home. Complete with backyard crocs for me…
42/52/Life - What I see.

…and endless smiles from them.
Just the girl

The one where I talk about the basement…

Yeah…. so you know how we have a finished basement…

The basement. Right now it is home to my photography "studio", lots of boxes and bins that need unpacking, another bathroom that I love, the laundry/utility room and the kids' playroom.

The one with the room full of boxes? Well, I may have posted a tiny picture the first time around… because well… it was a lot of boxes… and stuff… and boxes…
Before

Yeah, it was a bit of a mess, and I couldn’t let that go on any longer. So today? With the help of my AMAZING husband who tirelessly unpacked and moved and sorted and stored and climbed the ladder time and again to the garage attic for proper storage, it now looks like this:
40/52/Life: After; clean slated.

I have alot of plans and ideas, but for now it’s so nice to be clean slated. <3 In the midst of it we did happen to come across the stand that Thom and I made to hold Thomas' moses basket alongside of our bed almost 9 years ago. Thom and I found the moses basket stand we made many moons ago.

It just so happened to induce sleepiness, and general day dreaming.
40/52/Portrait - Sleeping on the Job.

So many memories, and so many more to come. Loving life.

New house; making home.

When we first saw the new house, we fell in love. It was a charming 4-bedroom {all upstairs, squee!} center-hall dutch colonial. I immediately envisioned the kids growing up in it. Complete with obligatory prom on the steps photos of Molly. Thom and the kids instantly agreed; Thomas claimed his room and Molly was quite enamored that her room had a mirror on the back of the door. You may remember me posting about a great weekend we had as the summer started. That it was epic? Yup, that’s the weekend I took these photos {please excuse my iphone pics}20130628-220044.jpgBack then it seemed like only a dream that this could be our home, but we made an offer and put our house up on the market… and waited.

It felt like forever; funny thing that thing called time, it has a habit of sneaking up on you.

Before I knew it we were sold and all moved out there and all moved in here, and I’m sitting in my office as I type this right now.Back down the hallway and to the right of the front door is my office (Read: My space, yay!)Yup, that’s what it looks like now. I have lots of things planned for it, but right now? It’s completely perfect. However I’m getting ahead of myself.

Let me give you an official tour.
As you walk up to the front door, it opens to the center hall stairway.When you walk up to the front door, it opens to a center hall stairway.

Walking down the hall {past my office on your right, eeks!!} you will find the kitchen {with it’s awesome pantry} in the back of the house on the left.If you walk down the hall, the kitchen is in the back of the house on the left.

…and the family room with it’s wood burning fireplace to the right.The family room with wood burning fireplace is to the right.{shh… this room already looks different, lol… more on that next time.}

Out that door next to the fireplace is the garage {aka: Thom’s man cave}.Out the door is the garage (read: Thom's space)

If you go back into the house and walk through the kitchen, you will come upon the dining room.Then connecting the kitchen and the living room is the dining room.

…and through that large archway is the living room {which has had a rearrangement since, lol, constantly evolving.}To the left of the front door is the huge living room. Totally dwarfs all my furniture.

Up the stairs is all our bedrooms.
Thomas’
Thomas' room

Molly’s
Molly's Room.

Marcus’
Marcus' Room

Thom’s and Mine
Upstairs is the master bedroom.

Our own little private bathroom {with wicked neat shell shower walls… I see BM irish mint in our future}Master bathroom with neat shell shower walls.

…and the kid’s bathroom with two sinks! {also with, ahem, interesting lighthouse wallpaper… I see this in our future}The main kids bathroom.

Then all the way to the down to the basement, we have my photo “studio”, lots of boxes and bins that need unpacking, another bathroom that I love, the laundry/utility room and the kids play space.The basement. Right now it is home to mr photography "studio", lots of boxes and bins that need unpacking, another bathroom that I love, the laundry/utility room and the kids' playroom.

Out back are two apple trees, a plethora of flowers and trees and bushes, and two planting beds. One is full of strawberries. I can’t wait until next spring to plan all the fun things we will grow.Out back are two apple trees and two planting beds. One is full of strawberries. I can't wait until next spring to plan all the fun things we will grow.

Well, that’s all for now. Many projects are in the works and many things have already been unpacked and hung and decorated since I took these just a couple days ago. Project home; underway.