Survey Says…

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I feel okay doing Christmas-y stuff.  My little sis is coming on Wednesday to help me decorate the house.  We did it last year together so it’s sorta becoming an annual thing!  It’s so fun.  We will put on Christmas music and drink hot cocoa while we deck the halls.

While we were home for Thanksgiving, my mom gave us all a survey to fill out.  Their church’s youth group is holding a Christmas Family Feud and we had a lot of fun answering the questions.  I thought it would be fun to put the questions up here and see what kind of answers I got.

Use the comments section to answer.  And remember, there are no wrong answers!

  1. What is the most frequently returned gift?
  2. What is the most common type of Christmas tree?
  3. What is the most common Christmas dinner main course?
  4. What is the most watched Christmas movie?
  5. What is the most common Christmas candy?
  6. What is the most common type of tree ornament?
  7. What is the most popular Christmas cookie?
  8. What is the most difficult decoration to set up?
  9. What is the most common Christmas Carol/Hymn?
  10. What is the most annoying Christmas song?
  11. What time do kids get up on Christmas day?
  12. How tall is the average Christmas tree?
  13. When do most people take down their Christmas decorations?
  14. How much does Santa Claus weight (pounds)?
  15. Name a Reindeer besides Rudolf.

I look forward to hearing everyone’s answers!

Fa la la la la…la la la la!

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Thanksgiving

Tis the season to be thankful!  Here are some of the things that I’m thankful for:

My redemption in Jesus Christ and the church that God has led us to here in Baltimore.  “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace” Eph. 1:7

My husband, Bob and our marriage.

Our son, Clark!  BEST BABY EVER!!

Our home

Our awesome friends (pictures would probably be inappropriate :-))

Our parents and siblings!

We left on Wednesday night to head to my parents’ house.  When we got there, we were greeted at the door by my niece!!!

HUGE SURPRISE!  My sister and her family live in Memphis and weren’t going to be coming up for the holidays this year but because of work bringing my brother-in-law up next week, they decided to come a few days early and surprise us!

So thankful to be able to see these cuties hang out with each other!

Developmental Overachiever

Yesterday Clark was 9 months old.  We went to Bethesda to get lunch and spend the day with my little sister and mom.  Clark decided to bust out a new trick!  A little video of my baby boy…

He had taken a couple steps before between Bob and me, so we knew it was only a matter of time.  I’m thinking by Christmas this little squirt will be toddling around all over the place!

Why does the time go by so fast?!?!?!?

Photo Phavorites

Back in the beginning of August, I posted my first Photo Phavorites post.  At the time, I thought I would make that a monthly habit.  Whoops, it’s November and I haven’t done it since.

Oh well, I’ll just roll with it and compile some pictures I like and post them whenever I get to it.  That means this post will include pictures taken from August – now.

Just a reminder, I don’t have an Iphone or a fancy camera.  These are just pictures taken point and shoot style from our little old Sony Cyber-Shot.

First up, Clark at 6 months old.

On the 15th of every month, I have a “photo shoot” with Clark for his monthly picture.  My sister made this quilt for him and since I thought it was a nice backdrop, I’ve been using it every month since he was born.  Now that he’s so mobile, he won’t stay laying on his back for the pictures so this is the first month I had to take the picture with him sitting up.  (Next month, I got a little more creative)  Doesn’t he look so sweet and innocent in this picture?  You would never know his daddy’s nickname for him is “Monster”.

Do you see that???!!!?!?!?!  I know the picture is crazy blurry, but it’s the best I could get.  It’s a praying mantis!!  Just chillin’ on our living room window.  One night back in September, Bob and I were watching TV before bed and I looked over to see this above his head outside.  So cool, right?  And he was huge!  He even came back for the next couple of nights.

Uh thank ya, thank ya very much! -Clark’s Elvis impression.

Love this picture of Clark with his grandma (Bob’s mom) in their Steelers gear.  Taken in September at their house in Pittsburgh.

This is what I meant by “getting creative” for Clark’s monthly photos from now on.  I used it as an actual backdrop behind him.  He still didn’t want to sit still and this picture is pretty much him saying, “I don’t think so, mom.  I do what I want!”

Clark and my mom’s dog, Jake from when my mom came to visit one day.  Clark LOOVES to play with Jake by crawl-chasing him around the house.  I don’t think the feeling is mutual, but Clark doesn’t seem to notice.

For the past few years Bob and I have gone to the Maryland Renaissance Fair with a group of friends.  It is always such a good time and this year we were so excited to be able to take Clark for the first time!  This picture cracks me up!

Hugs before bedtime!  Bob’s such a great dad!  Don’t they just look like two peas in a pod?

Speaking of Bob, his favorite thing is throwing Clark up in the air.  Clark loves it too and has even recently been busting out some kind of move while he’s up in the air.

One of the few photos of the two of us together.  This was taken at a wedding we went to last month in Charleston, SC.  It’s actually a pretty crazy story because the groom flipped his car the day before the wedding.  You can read about it here.  Truly, God was watching over them!

So again, most of the pictures were of Clark…no surprise there!  He’s just so photogenic.

Hopefully, my next Photo Phavorites post will be up sooner than 4 months from now!

 

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Bob works in a really cool neighborhood in the city.  For Halloween, they organized a “pumpkin patch” for children to get a free pumpkin.  Because of Hurricane Sandy, the event was postponed until November 1.  I think this meant a lot of people didn’t want/need a pumpkin so there were a TON of leftover.

So Bob brought a bunch home for me.

That’s A LOT of pumpkins!

Which means I’ve been pinteresting pumpkin recipes.  Today I made this yummy pumpkin coffee cake.

You can find the recipe here. (Which is where I got the picture above.  Mine wasn’t as pretty)  It is so so good.  I had some for dessert and you can bet I’ll be eating a huge piece for breakfast tomorrow!!

The recipe calls for a 15oz can of Pumpkin Puree.  I just substituted about 2 cups of fresh pumpkin puree.  I made that by following this “recipe”.

Pioneer Woman has a similar how-to for fresh pumpkin puree.

SUUUUUPER easy!  I only pureed one of the pumpkins as a test.  But tomorrow I think I’ll puree the rest and freeze some using Pioneer Woman’s method.

I’m planning to make some Pumpkin Whoopie Pies and some Pumpkin Soup.  Any other pumpkin-using recipe suggestions?

*Want to turn this post into a drinking game?  Take a sip every time you read “pumpkin” or “puree”.  Party Hardy.

Our Wild Halloween

Halloween is my favorite holiday!  Seriously, you can’t beat costumes and candy!

Disclaimer: This post has a LOT of pictures!

So much to talk about…

First – We get a lot of trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood and since I had to take down my electrical tape spider web when we got our new doors, I wanted to put a little something else up to welcome them.  Another spider web.I did it by just using small command hooks (so they didn’t damage the paint on the brand new doors) and twisting string around them to look like a web.  Then I just hung the spider in the middle.

Easy Peasy.

Next up – Pumpkins.  We each got a pumpkin from Weber Farm a couple weeks ago, but we totally procrastinated on doing anything with them.  Let’s start with Clark’s pumpkin.I have mentioned before that I hoard keep tissue paper from gifts so I am always looking for new projects to use it.  I got my inspiration from this blog and this blog.  Here’s how I did it:

I traced Clark’s foot onto a “template” of cardstock.  Then used it to cut a bunch of feet from white tissue paper.

To apply them to the pumpkin, I brushed it first with Mod Podge, put the foot on top (upside-down to look like ghosts), then brushed the top of them with Mod Podge, making sure to press down the edges.

Then I cut out B’s and O’s (using cookie cutters) from purple tissue paper and applied them the same way I did the ghosts.Last, I used a black marker to draw two eyes and a mouth on each ghost.

I love it!  I turned out exactly how I was hoping.Bob and I just painted our pumpkins.  They aren’t our best work, but we had fun with it.Clark loves playing with all three of them!Speaking of Clark…

His costume was Max from Where the Wild Things Are.  We dressed him up while we handed out candy and he was such a trooper.  Adorable right?!?!

I “made” the costume out of stuff we already had.  The only thing I purchased was his tail (a pair of socks from the dollar store that I stuffed with a kitchen towel).

Bob and I were stick figures.

I can’t wait till Clark can remember this holiday!  I hope he loves it as much as I do!

Happy (Belated) Halloween everyone!

I’m already planning for next year. 🙂