Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Eve

Since we were in Spokane all last week (more on that later) we jam packed our weekend full of Halloween fun. Madeline was really excited about her costume this year. Charlie can't verbally voice his opinion yet, so he got to be what Madeline wanted him to be. :)

My Grandma Anglesey crocheted their hats. It pretty much makes their outfits. Thanks, Grandma!

checkin out their tails

Daddy raced home in between patients to make it to the halloween party. The kids were happy about that.

Charlie (looking extra grown up) picking out the perfect pumpkin

And finally, our cute little pumpkins. Charlie roamed around wreaking havoc while we carved, Madeline refused to put her hand in the guts, Matt got a rash on his hand, Madeline later threw up and said it was from the pumpkins. I was happy to have my little family together tonight. And that's a wrap.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The New Addition

Say hello to our "new" Honda Odyssey! I have never loved vans, but let me tell you, the S P A C E is amazing! Forgive me, vans, for being prejudiced. We are officially a two car family. I just have to say how proud I am of Matt and me for making it 6 1/2 years of marriage with only one car. It hasn't been easy and both of us have made sacrifices, but we made it work and saved a lot of moolah. It has been rather liberating to know I can go anywhere I want and not have to plan around Matt's work schedule. Wow! :)

Matt's parents were selling their van, so we jumped at the chance. Both of our cars are in the "over 100,000 miles club," so cross your fingers they make it a few years!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Yet Another Wreath

I'm not the biggest fan of Halloween. I don't mind costumes and trick or treating, but I don't go all out with decor. I do love having an excuse to make a wreath, though! I saw this one on Cassi's blog. The original tutorial is here. I really like the effect and texture the tulle creates. It was super easy and fast. I didn't bedazzle it - still debating whether to add stuff to it, or not. I used three spools of black tulle 6 x 20 yards each from Michaels. (wedding aisle)

It would look really pretty in cream or pink for a wedding or little girl's room.

Check out another really cool Halloween wreath involving snakes by Martha here.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

What a Week!

Matt had the week off. I felt like a little girl on Christmas Eve on his last day of work last week. It has been such a gift to have him around. We did some pretty fun things, too:

We took a spur of the moment trip to Chicago. I had never been. We got to ride the train and explore downtown for a day. Madeline got to go to the American Girl Store, which she absolutely loved. There were a few unforeseen circumstances and traveling with kids is just harder, so we didn't see all we wanted to, but we were satisfied. We also concluded that we don't love the busyness of big cities, although the skyline and shopping were both pretty cool!

Look at her little face, full of amazement!

From Chicago, Matt drove on a few more hours to Michigan to play disc golf at a premier, private course. He had a great time. We stayed behind and hung out back in Chicago and did some shopping.

Back in Iowa City, we visited Wilson's Apple Orchard. For some odd reason, it's high 80s here in October, so it doesn't quite feel like fall. But it's still beautiful with the fall colors. Unfortunately there was a high volume of visitors who picked all of the apples before they were ripe, so there weren't any left. But they had some picked from their neighboring orchard and let me tell you, their home-grown honey crisp were incredibly delicious!

Friday was family swim night for a buck at the rec center, so off we went swimming. Both of the kids love the water and won't admit they're cold despite their lips being purple.

Yesterday, we had another road trip to Nauvoo, IL. This was really special for me. Our church ward was having a temple trip and the nearest temple to us is the Nauvoo temple. It's 2 hours away. If you aren't familiar with my church's history, early members lived in Nauvoo in 1848, They were persecuted and driven out of the city. The mobs burned down the temple as they were fleeing. They rebuilt the temple in 2002 over the original spot which is on a high bluff overlooking the Mississippi River.

can you spot the kids above? Just an idea of how tall this beautiful building is!

As you can see, it is gorgeous and very special. It was a wonderful thing to be able to go and feel the special spirit there. And to also remember what the pioneers went through, how they persevered, and how many gave their lives for what they believed in. If you'd like to learn more about temples, you can visit

It has been wonderful to be together this week. We're all going to be sad to say goodbye to Daddy on Monday. But we're all in this together and we make a great team, so we'll make the best of this residency!