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BOO!!! This Year's Carving Results....

Under a nearly full moon......they gathered last night.
They shivered in the cool night air.  They cut and scooped and cleaned......carved and perfected their ghoulish creations.......

Then they stood back and admired their spooky handiwork.......

Last night was our annual pumpkin carving session.  Although Ben couldn't make it, Sam, Savanna and Bonnie joined us for big bowls of chili, topped with Fritos, crackers and cheese.  Then they got down to business and created this year's display of pumpkins.  
And I think they did a mighty fine job! 
Happy Halloween!!!

Thinking Ahead......

Hate to admit it.......
But, I've already been thinking about Christmas!!!
I picked up a couple of my favorite magazines a couple of weeks ago for inspiration.......


And I am truly inspired!
We are enjoying the Autumn decor, sprinkled with plenty of Halloween touches right now.....



 but my thoughts just keep turning towards evergreens and sparkly ornaments and shades of red and green. 
Sigh.....
I guess it's not too crazy to be contemplating holiday decor.  It's been at Hobby Lobby and Michael's for weeks now.  And I suppose it's not too early to at least give a little thought to my decorating direction for this year.  
What about you?  Have you toyed with the idea of getting started on your Christmas decorating?  Even just a little bit??? 
Mulling over the options.......




A Halloween Slumber Party

Well over a month ago, I promised Trayden and Ansleigh that when the weather cooled off a bit and we got closer to Halloween, they could come over to spend the night in our travel trailer, which is parked out in the backyard.  For some reason, this sounded like a grand adventure to them and they've been looking forward to it ever since.....

This past weekend, it was time to make good on that promise!

I hit Dollar Tree and picked up some fun, cheap decorations.  A little bit of tape, a few AAA batteries, and we were good to go!  Creepy spider cutouts climbed all over the walls, even in the sleeping berth above the bed.  I found little flashlights with interchangeable lenses to create spooky effects on the ceiling.  A tumbler full of eyeball and brains ring pops waited on the table.  I loved the vintage feel of some of the honeycomb tissues decorations. 




Bonnie dropped them off around 5:00 and Ed arrived home from work very shortly thereafter.  He built a fire in the pit and we star…

Planning for a Fall Weekend....

I don't know about you......but, I am so thankful today was Friday!!!

Of course, I am "on call" for the office all weekend.  This means I have to keep my phone close and schedule all appointments for showings for the next two days.  But, that doesn't dampen my enthusiasm for the weekend one bit.

Eddie Dale is actually off this weekend.  So, I've been sitting here, working on a list of things we need to get done this weekend....

Oh, who am I kidding?!?!?

I've been sitting here, puttering around on Facebook and Pinterest.  But, I do have in mind some things that need to be accomplished this weekend.

Before I get us all planned out, though, I need to allow some "down time".  Perhaps we can load the pups in the truck and head over to Sonic for a cold drink and some tater tots.  Then wind through some of our favorite neighborhoods and enjoy the pumpkins and mums on porches....maybe even catch a hint of changing color in a tree here or there.....



What do y…

Finding Peace at the End of the Day.....

Do you ever have one of those days when it feels like you're hopscotching from one rug to the next, only to feel each one pulled from beneath your feet the moment you land?

It's been one of those days.....one of those days when the climb is feeling rather steep and my legs are feeling pretty tired.

I write this post not to complain and whine about the things that, at the moment, seem insurmountable. 

No, I write this in order to put words to my need to trust....and reinforce my belief in the everlasting promise that "all things are possible with Christ, who strengthens me".

Sometimes, we just get to clicking along on autopilot, feeling like we're accomplishing much - mostly due to our own efforts.  (Well, at least I do that....)  When I embarked on a career in real estate a couple of years ago, I know that there would be many things beyond my control along the way.  The nature of the beast is that not all of the cogs in the machinery always work together and t…

Pedernales Falls State Park

A few days ago, the hubby and I snuck away for an extended weekend down at Pedernales Falls State Park in our RV.  The morning of our departure dawned cool and rainy, but we were able to slog through the wet grass and mud to get the fifth loaded up and out of its parking place out back.  Just the two of us (and three dogs) were ready for some "down time".

It rained much of the weekend, but it did not dampen our spirits.  It was wonderful to be lazy and for the most part, we just napped, read and watched movies on DVD with the pups curled up around us.  We cooked evening meals out on the grill and snacked on popcorn.  We were able to open the windows and enjoy nice breezes and smell the damp earth and cedar around our campsite.

It was, in a word, heavenly.
The highlight of the trip was the day it actually quit raining and the sun came out for a couple of hours around midday.  We loaded Jake up and headed across the park to see the actual falls.  After parking, we followed a p…