Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving weekend

It's the most wonderful time of the year! I love the cold weather, the joy that the holidays bring, and spending time with family. This year we had two Thanksgiving dinners. First we went to Camarillo to have dinner with some of my family. We were lucky enough to avoid any and all traffic!

The next day we drove out to Big Bear to spend the weekend, and another Thanksgiving dinner with Matt's family. We had a nice layer of snow on the ground to play in. Scott enjoyed walking around in the snow, until he fell down and felt how cold it was! It wouldn't have been so bad if he didn't refuse to wear his mittens, oh well, maybe next year? Mittens or no mittens, we had fun, especially as we went sledding in the front yard. Scott even went all by himself on the sled.

So now, we move on to the next big fun celebration in December...Scott's birthday! Soon our little man will be two years old...and he acts like it! He is just so active. He loves to climb and run and he will occasionally let his momentum get the best of him and have a tumble or two.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween 2010

We just LOVE Halloween! This year was no different. We fully embraced our inner spookies by decorating the house for the first time in years. We stayed simple, but it was fun. I figured we can probably do a little more each year and then it will develop into something marvelous! Growing up we always had paper bats and ghosts hanging from the ceiling, so I thought it would be fitting to start there (Scott's personalized bat was also added to the swarm), plus a few cobwebs. Next, we prepare for our annual church Halloween party. Our costume decision this year was Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Swee' Pea. We spent quite a bit of time researching our characters, and I got to work on making our costumes. I know a lot of people like the simplicity of just buying a costume, and I have to admit the store bought ones are getting better...but in my opinion, homemade is just better. It is my mom's fault. She is the one that made all of our costumes every year. I think the final result was a winner!Matt wore his dad's Navy dungarees, and I just altered a black polo shirt. Believe it or not, he actually already had the corn cob pipe from an old Disney souvenir. His arms were just nylon stockings and pillow batting. We were a little disappointed that you could see the white stuffing so easily through the stockings (even though we used a dark pair). Maybe we should have doubled up? (They look a little lumpy in this picture because this was at the end of the night after holding Scott).
My outfit was completely made up of thrift store clothes that I enhanced with the ruffles and yellow stripe. The shoes were my favorite find: thrift store for $8 and they fit me perfectly!
Scott's pajamas were Christmas themed, until Matt picked out all the embroidery off the front. I then added the collar and sailor flap. I didn't have time to cover the green cuffs on his sleeves, and unfortunately Scott did not want to wear his sailor hat. But as long as he stayed with Popeye, I think everyone got the idea of who he was supposed to be.