Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Favorites 10.24.14

Happy Friday!

Today is the first day in 5 days that I am not waking up at 4:30 in the morning. So funny when sleeping in turns into 6:30 a.m. instead of 10, 11 or maybe even 12.

Another week has passed and I am sitting here shocked that there is only 1 week until Halloween? Really?! How is this possible. But really that means I am that much closer to putting up my beloved Christmas trees. I am okay with that.  

Fala la la la, don't shoot me :). 

Okay let's get onto this week Friday picks. 

{ONE} 3 Day Weekend

Three day weekends with the hubby always deserve a shout out. We each have our own morning plans but I am optimistic that we just might be able to get out of town for a bit this afternoon/evening. That would be an awesome start to our weekend.

Other weekend plans include marking a few more things off of the bucket list (it's crunch time) and letting the hubby spend some time in the garage working on the project car. Our first large wave of parts arrived and he has plenty of stuff to keep him busy for quite some time.

He keeps joking around with me saying that it isn't ready yet. I giggle but inside I absolutely can not wait to drive this car (when it is more than a frame). It will definitely turn into my "grocery getter".

{TWO} Half Ready

Sunday was my last long run (11 miles) before my second half marathon. Our route of choice a hilly, banked, country road to Kansas that was pretty dark at 5:45 in the morning. Regardless of all of that, it was awesome. This isn't the first time that we have ran to Kansas. It seems like it is becoming our pre-half marathon tradition. We ran to Kansas last April before our first half marathon. I think outside of running my first half these have been my favorite runs. There is just something so fun about saying you ran to another state and the scenery has been beautiful both times. 

So I feel like I can official say I am half ready. No pun intended ;).

{THREE} New Pullover

While were on the topic of early morning runs. I realized how dumb it was that both of my cool weather jackets/pullovers were dark colors. Safety is huge when running and if you're going to run in the dark it is YOUR responsibility to make sure people can see you.

So, since safety was at stake I just "had" to do a little shopping and JCP just happened to have a $10 off $25 purchase coupon.

I got a new pullover in a BRIGHT color, added safety bonus it has a reflective zipper. 

See?! That totally justifies my purchase. Safety first!

It is kind of hard to tell the color by the picture but it is an orange/pink color that is sure to be seen. 

We also scored some clearance rack bargains to. Shorts for me, 2 pairs of shorts for M to stash for next summer and a Minion T-Shirt that a certain 6 year old just HAD to have retail $100 I paid $7.96! I love a good clearance rack.

{FOUR} Knitting Again

Sometimes I feel like a poser calling myself a knitter. I really am such a seasonal hobbyist. But lately I have been doing a little knitting almost every day. I may actually finish the sweater I started last spring in time to wear it this winter!

Here are some other projects that I have my eyes on.

Boot Cuffs
Mug Cozy
And every pair of fingerless gloves I lay my eyes on.
Yes please and thank you, now if I can only find the time to make them all...

{FIVE} Halloween Ready

Here is a little Halloween sneak peek teaser picture of M's costume.

I spent last Friday afternoon working on it and I couldn't be happier with the results.

Let's take a look back at a few of my favorite Halloween costumes.

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Have a great weekend!

I will see you back here on Monday!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Guest posting at Sweet Turtle Soup

Today I am guest posting over at Sweet Turtle Soup. 

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Courtney was sweet enough to invite me to do a little Q & A and it is posted on her blog today.
Be sure to go check it out and please click around and say hello while you are there.

Plus if you aren't following her along already, you should fix that while your there to. Courtney was one of the first bloggers that I connected with and I can't even tell you how many times her emails have made me laugh so hard I cried.

Plus she posts insanely cute pictures of her adorable little girl Aria... like this.

Seriously that face, so sweet.

She is also hosting a super fun Countdown to Halloween.

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So what are you waiting for, go now!

I will see you back here tomorrow for this weeks "Friday Favorites"

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It's The Little Things: Bonfires and S'mores

The weather this weekend couldn't have been better. It was the perfect balance of cool but not to cool.
It was finally ideal, perfect fall weather.

The girls had been outside playing in the yard for hours and it was the perfect night to finally get out the fire pit. The girls and I got busy loading up the wood and then we started it with our "secret weapon" Lucky you I am going to let the secret out. A couple years ago my friend Sarah showed me the easiest way to start a fire. It's quick, easy, works every time and doesn't' stink.

There you have it. Simply twist a paper towel, dip one end in the vegetable oil and light the other end on fire.

Like I said, it works every time.

Sunset, fire and my girls. It really doesn't get much better than this. 

They oh so patiently waited for the fire to get going so we could make s'mores. 
What would be the point of having a fire if we didn't have s'mores. 

Well, I say patiently. Emily kept licking her piece of chocolate. 

Finally we were able to toast the marshmallows. 

After s'mores and some trampoline jumping in the dark we headed in for baths and bed time. 

I would spend every evening like this if we could. I love being outside around the fire as a family.

This was the perfect start to our weekend.

What would be your perfect fall evening with the family?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Bucket List: Maple Leaf Festival

Saturday morning we woke up early and headed to Carthage for the 48th Annual Maple Leaf Festival. Maple Leaf is a HUGE tradition in this neck of the woods and embarrassingly enough I have never been to the Maple Leaf Parade. The local channels always air it on T.V. so I have never felt the need to freeze.... until this year. 

Carthage is small town about 30 minutes north that is know for it's beautiful old homes and amazing fall colors. Sadly the leaves weren't impressive this year. I was really hoping to get some great fall color pictures.

It was about 43 degrees that morning so we bundled up and walked to the parade route.

After we finally found a seat, we settled in and waited. 

So funny seeing her looking like an eskimo in October. But it was cold and I'm just glad to get one more years for her to wear this ridiculously cute vest.  

Even Mom and Dad were bundled up. Actually I was the only one that was complaining about how cold I was. I am always cold. 

Marissa found this leaf and insisted that we bring it home with us. 

The next 1.5 hours were spent watching bands, floats, picking up candy and repeatedly asking if they could eat the candy.

Oh and snuggling with daddy. 

Next year I think we might just stay home and watch it on T.V. like usual but it was fun to spend the morning together. I seldom regret doing things like this as a family.

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Fall Festival, check!

Have you attended a fall festival this year?

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Hot Rod Reunion 2014

Hello Monday!

I hope your weekend was as eventful and exciting as ours was. Or maybe you got in some relaxing and that was just what you needed, sometimes those are the best.

We crossed things off of our bucket list, made a Halloween costume, enjoyed family time and I got my 11 mile sunrise run in. All of this while enjoying perfect fall weather. 

Monday feels extra Monday'ish after a great weekend.
Let's talk about our Sunday.

After my early morning (5:45) 11 mile run to Kansas I headed home where I wanted to collapse on the floor. Instead I somehow managed to fix breakfast, take a MUCH needed shower and get things packed up for the 15th Annual American Hot Rod Reunion.

Oh the drag strip, I love the drag strip. We are a car loving family through and through. It makes me so happy that our girls were so excited to be out there. 

Although, Emily was slightly less than thrilled about how loud it was. 

But after Steve gave her some ear plugs she decided she was "so happy" those were her words. "Mommy, I'm so happy". Funny side note she is wearing her jacket upside down here. 

We watched the races.

Got up close for a better look.

Inhaled some serious fumes.

And suffered hearing partial hearing loss.

Okay so maybe I am exaggerating the facts a little bit. It really wasn't all that bad.

I love watching our girl around the cars. They enjoy looking at them and hanging out with dad. We refer to these kind pow wows as drag strip 101 lessons.

They even found a pink car. They were fans even though "it's not an original, just fiberglass". Such smart girls they are. 

Lunch on the bleachers.

More cars. 

And after about 4 hours we were ready to head home.

That was a great day! I can't wait to take them back soon.

How did you spend your Sunday?

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