The Mission

In our nine years together Micah and I have never stayed in Kentucky for the holidays. We have always traveled to Oklahoma, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Maine, or New Jersey. Needless to say we are sad to not be spending the holidays with our extended families but we plan to make the 90 days between fall break and going back to school after New Years a very special time. JOIN US!!!!!!

Friday, November 6, 2009


I honestly can't believe it's November, October just seemed to fly by. I looked at Micah the other night and thought OH CRAP, his birthday is in a week. I can't believe it. Grey wants to give him a party at the bowling alley...and I think that's a perfect idea. So next Sat, we'll be there if you want to join us.

We have Fall Festival tonight at the boys school, the kids always have so much fun at these things (and I'm sure we'll have a blast running the Lollipop Tree game :-)

We made it to the Train on time last weekend and the kids thought it was the coolest. They got a ticket at the station and the conductor punched their tickets just like the Polar Express. Grey even got to sit up front with the conductor and pull the whistle.
I plan to start working on a quilt for a friend this month. I have a huge stash of little girl fabric (that I've horded for myself), I figure it's time to do a little something with it before it goes out of style. Here's all the fabric together but I plan to move some fabric around so it will look a little different.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

We're gearing up for the big Trick or Treat tonight, Dad has sorted through all the candy we've already received, sorted for nuts, separated out toys, and gotten everything ready to go for tonight. We're leaving shortly to drive to the Bluegrass Railroad Museum and hop on the train. From May through Oct. they run a train every weekend through the horse farms of Kentucky, and we get the added joy of seeing the fall leaves that have changed color. We haven't even told the boys yet because we know we wouldn't hear the end of it :-)

Hope everyone has a great Halloween, our computer is going to the doctor for awhile so I hope to catch up on pictures when I get it back.

Friday, October 30, 2009

fall family fun

Yesterday was big around here. We went to the Henry Clay House and had our picture taken Kristin Tatem, a wonderful photographer and friend from Lexington. She was so great with the boys, catching shots as the bounced all over the place, rolled in leaves, hung from trees, and climbed the walls. I cannot wait to see the sneek peek on her blog (it should be up soon). Here's some of our outfits
But by the time we got home and put the kids to bed we were exhausted. We almost went to bed at 8:15pm but decided that we should stick it out a bit longer. So I put together goody bags for Grey's class party today.

Then we got up bright and early to get everyone ready and out the door by 6:45 for Doughnuts with Dad. After the crew headed out I sat down to a cup of coffee and waited for the little guys return (no school today) and as the sunrise caught my attention I realized that I haven't actually watched the sunrise since Micah and I went to Mexico. So I walked outside and had a moment to was so pretty I took a picture :-)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

First of many

Gentry the friendly Dragon, and Grey the man eating Bat

Last night was our first Halloween party of the week. We went Trunk or Treating at the boys school/our church and they had a great time. Their Daddy taught them the old rhyme "trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat, if you don't, I don't care, I'll pull down your underwear". I am SO proud. Grey sang it for a good 30 min. straight, ugh!

The boys with Jack and Charlie, our new bestest friends.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I'm sure you've wondered

So what have I been up to while my computer isn't working (the problem is actually the screen which sporadically decides to go fuzzy), well I've been up to my elbows in crafty ideas :-)

First order of business was to find the boys Halloween costumes, I found them at the GAP outlet for $15 a piece and all I had to do was make Grey's pants a little longer with some scrap fabric (which turned out to be a pain in the ass b/c I first sewed the foot on backwards and then inside out).Gentry came home from school with the cutest little blue pumpkin that he painted so when he went down for a nap on Sat. Grey and I got out the glue gun, button stash, and some cute pumpkins that I got at the grocery and made a little "guy" to be the proud owner of Gentry's blue baby.

I spray painted the pumpkins that to boys picked up last week with a clear coat and put them up on the shelf (I love that they went for the really warty ones.)
Then I decided to make Micah and I a new stockings, we've had store bought ones for years but they just don't feel very festive. So I cut up some old damask curtains that I had in a closet. I cut up a red flannel shirt and plan to embroider the cuffs with our names and use the pockets to sew to the inside so we can tuck little love letters to each other in there. I haven't quite decided on the ribbon placement, but I've got a little time.
I liked the letter-in-a-pocket idea so much that I went back to the Goodwill and found a shirt with some cute pockets that I could attach to the boys stockings. I figure they can write a letter to Santa that he can read when he drops off their gifts :-)

I signed up for Megans apron swap back in Sept so I spent one afternoon making one and putting together my three fav. recipes. You can't see it in the pic but there is a cute sparkly cupcake on the bottom corner.

And while I was at it I put one together for my niece Madeline who will be visiting over Thanksgiving. The skirt fabric is this super cute Hello Kitty "green" print. I love it!

What else???? Well here's some of the wool sweater/skirts that I've collected to cut up and make Christmas crafts. The two scarves on the bottom left will be monogrammed for some special fellas, and I ADORE the tartan blanket that I got at a thrift store for $2.50, I plan to layer it on my Thanksgiving table and I think it just my end up our new Christmas tree skirt :-)

Oh the places you'll go....

Our computer has been on the fritz, but I've got it working today so I'm going to do a quick recap of all the things we've been doing as a family.

We drove to Rend City, IL for Micah's last Triathlon of the season. It was a beautiful day to hang out on the little beach and play in the sand. It took him just over 4hrs. to finish and we were all so proud of him.

One very rainy day Gentry (and his class) went to the apple orchard:

Watching the apple squisher make apple sauce (he thought this was awesome)

In a daze on the hay ride

Then we went to the pumpkin patch with Grey's class, the rain held off until we drove away, but boy was it muddy.

Then the boys decided to go camping in the great outdoors (it was under 40 so I opted out).

The we headed to Carter Caves to meet up with Grandpa and stay a few nights in a cabin.

When you add in all the little day to day stuff we've done on top of this crazy lot we've been one busy family!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Long time coming

Some longtime friends of ours, Tendai and Carissa, got married this weekend and everything was just perfect. They got married on the 6th floor of the Muhammad Ali building in Louisville overlooking the river. The sun was shining, the bride was radiant, and the groom beamed from ear to was a good time. Tendai was a groomsman at our wedding and we've known them as a couple for over 7 yrs, it was definitely nice to see their relationship solidified. You know, as a married couple there are some friends that you really really want to get married because you know how much fun it will be to grow old with them, these guys are on that list. Tendai and Micah went to Speed School together and there's nothing louder than when those to get to laughing (and T laughs A LOT), and Carissa has always been the one person at a party that I can sit in the corner and chill with. WE LOVE YOU GUYS!