In addition to Nolan's school, Griffin's preschool, church activities, extracurricular activities, family gatherings, meetings, appointments, Jared's travel for work, and all the ever-changing challenges that parenting presents...(inhale), my to-do list is so full that there's no white left on my white board.
My current and recent projects include:
- Halloween costume for Griffin
- Altering a Halloween costume for a friend
- Halloween costume for Nora
- Birthday present for Nolan's teacher
- Bridal shower gift
- Custom onesies for an expectant friend
- Christmas gifts
- Costumes for a church play
- Table signs for a wedding reception
- Altering my own bridesmaid dress for a friend's wedding
I will spare you the details, but I think I have probably spent about 10-15 hours altering this pricey dress. I had to raise the hem, shorten the straps, take in the sides, and alter the neckline to cover my $50 bra. Apparently, I can lose weight but I'll still never fit into a dress straight off the rack. Sigh.
I finished Griffin's Halloween costume last week and just wrapped up Nora's today. Hopefully I can get the kids to pose in them for some pictures and then find time to blog about how I made them.
In the midst of all the craziness, we have managed to squeeze in a little family fun. First, the kids and I have been loving all the colorful leaves. We have favorite trees around town, and we love to look for new colors everywhere we go. My very favorite is a tree with leaves that are a bright pink-orange. I also love when one tree has more than one color. There are a few trees around town that have orange, yellow, and green leaves--all on one tree! Hey, a girl's gotta find joy wherever she can.
Second, we made our annual trip to Tanner's Apple Orchard. I may get to show you pictures from that trip once I get them off the camera and onto my computer.
Finally, the kids and I got to attend the annual family wiener roast with Jared's side of the family (Jared was gone on a business trip). I love this family gathering! It's so much fall and family goodness. This year it was on a particularly cold day. We kept moving to find the right spot where the fire wasn't too hot but the wind wasn't too cold. I brought blankets for the kids, too. They were so cute all snuggled up!
The highlight of the evening--of course--was the s'mores. I thought I was going to burn my face off trying to roast marshmallows for all three kids, but it was worth it when they devoured them.
I hope you're soaking in all the wonderfulness (that's a word, right?) of fall. I'm doing my best to cling to the colorful leaves and s'mores moments and slough off the knotted-thread-in-my-sewing-machine moments. Hopefully I'll soon be able to