Under the Tree

I made a brave move today and brought down some of the gifts I had wrapped a few weeks ago to put under the tree.  Briefly I considered waiting to put them under the tree while Silas was napping, but figured he would wake up and think they were all there waiting for him to rip them open.  So, instead I carried them downstairs and he helped me put them under the tree and I told him who each gift was for (without mentioning his to avoid any confusion).

So far they have lasted half the afternoon.  Once they were under the tree he didn't touch them again.

Only 17 more days until he can rip some open!


We finally got around to carving our pumpkins!  It was actually a two step process where we carved out the insides on Wednesday of last week and then carved the faces out yesterday.  

Silas got to draw on the pumpkins with his crayon.  Rob even followed one of the lines Silas drew in order to carve out the mouth on Silas' pumpkin.

Silas knew which pumpkin was the baby, mama and daddy and would point each one out when I asked.


On the brink of tears when you know you want something really bad that you can't have right now, but then Mom pulls out the camera really quick and you know you should say "Cheese!"

This tiny little face is not forever.


We crossed off one of the items on our mental Fall bucket list:  go to a Pumpkin patch.

It was every bit amazing as I had hoped it would be.  The rolling hills and fresh air and ORANGE pumpkins!   Silas thought it was game when we first arrived and he immediately started picking up pumpkins and putting them in a nearby wheelbarrow.

Silas doesn't like to get dirty - specifically his hands.  Therefore romping through the pumpkin patch and touching all of the pumpkins wasn't his favorite thing to do, but he didn't have a meltdown, so we'll call it a win.

We ended up going home with a BIG pumpkin and a little baby pumpkin.  


We're in full force fall mode around here!  I baked a pie this past week and we spent a lot of time outside enjoying the cooler breeze that comes in the afternoon.

The holidays are right around the corner and we've been trying to figure out what we want to do with them as a family of three this year, especially now that Silas is older.

We upgraded our reel mower to an electric one - Craigslist!  It's quieter and doesn't smell.  Recently I walked by a house whose owner was mowing their grass with a gasoline one and the smell was overwhelming.  We made the right choice to pick an electric mower.


It's officially fall which means it's officially appropriate to start bringing out the yarn and knitting needles and crochet hooks.

Silas and I hit up Michael's craft store to pick up a couple skeins of yarn.  Unlike last year where I was trying to learn different stitches, the difference between a scarf and a cowl, and also figure out what worked for nap time projects, this year I am focused on making one scarf.

It's going to be simple and straight forward.  No fancy stitches.  No made up patterns.  Just a simple crocheted scarf.  I learned quickly last year, despite my hesitation at first, that when given the choice between knitting or crocheting, I much prefer crocheting.  The fact that knitting involves two needles makes everything so complicated,especially you stop in the middle of the project.  Not only is storing the half finished project hard (tangled mess) but then remembering where you were in the process when you pick it back up again is nearly impossible - especially if you stopped in the middle of a row (which you're not supposed to do,but moms of toddlers sometimes have to).

I went with a skein of my favorite chunky yarn.  If given the choice of color, I would have gone with yellow (maybe I do have a favorite color?), but they don't carry yellow in this brand/weight of yarn, so I went with an earthy color instead.

This is my progress so far during an almost 2 hour nap-time session.  Not bad for someone who hasn't crocheted in 7-ish months.


I picked up on Project Life back in the summer of 2012.  I was burnt out from traditional scrap booking.  Something I used to spend hours doing in my bedroom during highschool was suddenly a dreaded task that left me sitting on the floor feeling drained and lost without any inspiration.

What drew me to Project Life initially was the simplicity of it all - buy a binder and pocket pages and you're set to start scrapbooking. Yes, there are extra goodies that you can get, but you don't need those to start.

 I read about Project Life through a random craft blog and was immediately intrigued - enough to order the basic supplies needed.  As soon as the supplies arrived, I started my documenting and memory keeping.  I'm so glad I started when I did - soon after Rob and I were married and while he was in flight school.  That was such a unique and special time in our lives and every time I look back on that particular book, all of the nostalgia feels come rolling in.

When I initially started, I documented things on a weekly basis.  Every spread represented a week, so at the end of the year I would have 52 spreads in one 12x12 book.  At that time of my life it was very manageable and easy and something I looked forward to doing every Sunday or Monday.   Now days I'm a little bit busier (or is it that I'm just more tired?), but that's the great thing about Project Life - it can adapt to your schedule and time frame.  I can be as detailed and loose as I want with my spreads and documentation.  At this point, as long as I get pictures in my album from each month then I call it good.   It works.

Printing photos at home is what fits for me now, especially since I don't know when the next time will be that I can scrapbook.  When I was ordering pictures and having them sent to me, I'd grab the package of prints, flip through them, and then put them in my office to be forgotten and discarded.   Now I simply print off 3-5 photos and scrapbook them when I have pockets of time.  Unfortunately this is usually at night when it's dark outside, so once a spread is done I can't photograph it right then and there (thus the last of project life posts lately).

I foresee this as being my long term memory keeping method, aside from blogging and Instagram.  Although the digital method of memory keeping is easier and more convenient, there's nothing that compares to something you can hold in your hands and flip through with family members.

I've spoken with people whose early lives weren't documented in any way and as odd as it sounds, they said they feel like there's a piece of their lives missing.  Photographs and journalism play a huge part in connecting us to our past.

See all of my Project Life posts here

Also, a post about catching up on my Project Life album

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