Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Day 7 of 31 Days of Autumn

I accidentally stumbled across this blog post and I'm super excited about it! I LOVE photography but have no training. There are some great tips here! Check them out!


 Autumn Photography

Day 6 of 31 Days of Autumn

Shew! Posting daily is much harder than I thought it would be! The past two nights as soon as I got settled into bed I've remembered that I didn't post for that day! In my defense, I've been  under the weather, but yeah, well...weak defense. ;) LOL

I hope these beautiful photos and quotes inspire you today. 

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face."

[The Autumnal]” 

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house."

[Notebook, Oct. 10, 1842]” 
― Nathaniel HawthorneThe American Notebooks

“Use what you have, use what the world gives you. Use the first day of fall: bright flame before winter's deadness; harvest; orange, gold, amber; cool nights and the smell of fire. Our tree-lined streets are set ablaze, our kitchens filled with the smells of nostalgia: apples bubbling into sauce, roasting squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, cider, warmth itself. The leaves as they spark into wild color just before they die are the world's oldest performance art, and everything we see is celebrating one last violently hued hurrah before the black and white silence of winter.” 
― Shauna NiequistBittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Day 5 of 31 Days of Autumn

I did most of my trick or treating in the 1970's...and boy, was it fun! It was safe to walk without parents...it was safe to go to a stranger's house for candy...it was just...FUN! 

While we don't celebrate Halloween per se, we have let our young daughter trick or treat in our neighborhood and our church has a Truck or Treat. We have a great family oriented neighborhood and everyone make trick or treating fun for all the children. Folks set up fire pits in their drives (because it's ALWAYS freezing here by Oct. 31), some offer hot cider, etc. 

Our daughter has been talking about costumes for weeks now. She has it narrowed down to Belle, Rapunzel, Cinderella and one other. LOL We usually go the homemade route because store costumes are so expensive. This got me to thinking about the costumes I had as a kid. A few were homemade...I mean, if you were a kid in the 70's who didn't wear a white sheet and call yourself a ghost?? But the store bought costumes were SO special and So...uncomfortable! LOL The masks were horrible thin plastic! I had this costume:

Raggedy Ann Halloween Costume - wore when I was about 6.  We would get so hot with those masks on.

Good ole Raggedy Ann!

Another costume from the 70's:

Wasn't Cinderella creepy??

This was my costume two years in a row.

Does anyone remember Mrs. Beasley??

BEN COOPER: 1970s Mrs. Beasley Costume with Mask #Vintage #Toys

And John Travolta as Vinnie Barbarino! lol

John Travola / Vinnie Barbarino Halloween costume

Not sure why, but I miss the days of the Boxed Halloween Costume. LOL

Day 4 of 31 Days of Autumn Posts

A wonderful gathering of beautiful Fall projects!

12 Pumpkin Ideas from Sweets to Decor

Friday, October 3, 2014

Day 3 of 31 Days of Autumn Posts

Check out these super cute FREE Autumn printables! Printables are such a fun, easy way to add a touch of decor to your home and you can change it out seasonally or even monthly if you desire!

Get your home ready for Fall! Add a free printable or two to your home decor!

and more here:

Fall Printables

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Day 2 of 31 days of Autumn Posts

Thought I'd share a few photos I took last Autumn. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Raising a Mom

Parents, what have your children taught you? What do I mean, you ask?

Last night, as I tucked Ryleigh (age 6) into bed, she talked about what she wants to do when she grows up. She talked about staying home and raising her kids, etc. We talked about the jobs I've had and I said, "But raising a child has been my favorite job of all!" She replied, "Raising a mom is my favorite job right now." I chuckled...but it hit me how true that statement is.

 When you have your first child, you wish kids came with a manual, right? It's a beautiful, terrifying, wonderful, scary time.

Her statement humbled me. "Raising a mom." Wow.

My daughter has taught me patience. She's taught me that there is no skin color; that everyone is special. She's taught me humbleness, kindness and pure joy. She's taught me how to laugh again and how to not take myself so seriously. She's taught me that it's OK to be vulnerable.

She's taught me to lighten up in so many situations (It'll be OK, Mom!). She's taught me to forgive quickly and let it go. I mean, she can get punched by a school mate and then the next day, they're BFF's. While I nurse a grudge from, oh say...1987.

I thought my job of raising my daughter was difficult but I'd venture to say that her job of raising a Mom is much, much more difficult.

Eeeek! It's Autumn!! Day 1 of 31 Days of Autumn Posts

If you can't tell, Autumn is my most favorite season of all! I mean, what's not to like about autumn?? A few of my autumn favorites include:
  • The amazing blue skies we have in autumn
  • The sunny cooler days and the chilly nights
  • Leaves of red, orange and yellow! The landscape it truly a masterpiece!
  • Sweatshirts, bon fires, hay rides, 'punkin' patches...
  • I'm not a fan of apple cider but I do love the smell!
What are some of your favorite things about autumn? Is it your favorite season too? I think it's my favorite because of all the colors and because I don't tolerate summer's heat well and we get tons of snow in the winter. lol

For the month of October I'm going to post some of my favorite fall pix, craft ideas, recipes, etc. I hope you'll stick around and join me!

Follow these links for more posts about Autumn:
Day 2 of 31 Days of Autumn

Day 3 of 31 Days of Autumn

Day 4 of 31 Days of Autumn

Day 5 of 31 Days of Autumn

Day 6 of 31 Days of Autumn

Day 7 of 31 Days of Autumn