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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Halloween Fun!

Halloween night was actually spent on the road coming back to Utah from New Mexico, but Heath and I still got into the Halloween spirit before we went on our trip! Early in October we had a day where we went crazy with decorations - we got Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas decorations to put up in our house. Not too much yet but just a little something to be festive! So, we put up our cool Halloween decorations for October!

We got a more fall flower, sunflowers, to replace the
daisies that we had in there for summer.

Our cute jack-o-lantern filled with candy corn, of course!

The ghost we got from the Bishops family with yummy

He's there to welcome people to our home for
Halloween and Thanksgiving! :)

 For FHE the Monday before Halloween we carved pumpkins! I hate pulling the stuff from inside the pumpkin but I got over it and we had a good time! I used a stencil to make my ghoul over the cemetery and Heath did his free hand - I was very impressed! We had seen on a TV show that if you cut around the stem it ruins the pumpkin faster because nutrients are still going to the pumpkin from the stem so they said to cut the back out to get out the "stuff." Who knew? We didn't but we followed instructions. :) It was fun!

Mine fell first and Heath said it was because I cut its
heart out! :)

We were amused that the pumpkin carving knife bent the
first time we stuck it into one of the pumpkins. It still worked though!

Us with a cowboy hat! :) Heath's masterpiece!

Our pumpkins!

 We also made Halloween sugar cookies the weekend before we left for New Mexico. I took some to the girls I visit teach and then we took the rest home and gave them to family there. We made them here and then finished icing them in NM thanks to the icing making help from my wonderful mom!!

Heath's ghost cookie - we didn't end up baking it, we thought
it might be a little big for one cookie. :P

 We had a fun time being festive for Halloween! And even though we didn't dress up any time we had TONS of fun in Albuquerque for the weekend with family! It was way better then dressing up or handing out candy! :)

Flowers and Worms! :)

I had spent Friday and Saturday of one weekend at home, mostly, working on school work and other things. It had been some long days but I had gotten a lot done. I was a little stir crazy though and my sweet husband could tell. He came from work Saturday night and handed me a big, beautiful bouquet of tulips and a big bag of gummy worms (because I had mentioned, about a week earlier, that someone in my class had been eating gummy worms and they smelled so good! ha) It was so nice! We ate gummy worms for a long time and enjoyed the pretty, crazy tulips on our kitchen counter for the next little while. He is the best! I'm so lucky! :)

Paint Job #2: Bathroom

Our bathroom was not the prettiest thing you've ever seen. The house we're living in is quite old and has little ventilation so that bathroom showed all of that. After doing the living room a few months a go, the bathroom was the next room on our list to paint. Heath had some shorter work days and some days off in the middle of September so we took advantage and re-did the bathroom. He stripped most of the old paint with his strong manly muscles :) and did most of the primer because I about fainted from the strong smell in that small room with only the tiny window. But then I helped with the taping, painting, and finishing everything. It took longer then we expected but turned out good! We decided to jazz it up a little and not just paint it plain white so we got a very light green and a yellow to accent the room. We like it! And it feels so much cleaner now! Yippee! :) Now the big places to paint are down to the kitchen and the hall. We're moving on through. It is so fun to do these little projects and learn together! We have a fun time doing it all! :)

Before, During, and the Final Product:

 We are happy people to have a clean, freshly painted bathroom!

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Things We Do

Since I've just updated our blog with all the big things we've done this summer I just wanted to put up a post of some other things we've done the last few months...

In Russia we ate these all the time! They were little chocolate covered
cheesecake bites, basically. They were about 20 cents and
we LOVED them! I made pseudo - сырок when I made cheesecake
once and took them to Heather. :)

Attempt at making smiley face pancakes
like my Grandpa Harrison did when we were little.
Countdown cupcakes I gave to Aubrie 26 days before her wedding
Playing Yahtzee and the dice got stuck!
He's blaming me :)
A note for Heath when he got home... we watched football and
had typical football watching food that night! So fun!
Naps are always fun!

We do a lot of card playing. This was the last 3-13 game:
Heath got 0 the whole time as I just racked up the points!
He's good! :)
This was my project for History of Creativity

It took a long time but turned out good! It was a mosaic clock
with a tens based number system (for the history part.)

Heath helped me finish it and cut the glass for the time so I
made this for him!

He told me if I'd put his face on it I'd definitely get a 100%. :)

This was my project for History of Creativity, the second half

It's a mix of a U.S.A flag and a Russia flag with the pictures overlying
them of the effects that war has had on both countries.
If you look at different parts of the US flag - there are the letters W-A-R.
My supplies

All the ties to organize (they used to just be
hanging over hangers - it was hard to even see
what he had.)

My solution - I made him this tie rack so he could actually see
his ties!
Pillow cover for Fall! -I've gotten a little obsessed with sewing
lately! And Heath is great and even went to Joanns to get fabric with

Pillow covers for Christmas

The other side of those pillows

I set up a bit of a "fancy" dinner for us.

That same night, without even knowing what I'd set up,
Heath brought me home these beautiful flowers!
Then, I set up an even more romantic dinner another night.
This is to watch a movie after dinner.

With the candles, sparkling cider, and all.

It was an Italian dinner - these and a homemade pizza. :)

My handsome date!

I dressed up - like at Olive Garden or somewhere - and this is
the night he brought me the watch for my birthday. :)
 Those are just the things that we took pictures of! We have a great time together! I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful husband that will do all these things with me!! I love him and I love life!! :)