Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fall Fair... Fun!

Yesterday, Gareth and I skipped out on work, and as Harper said, the kids got to "ditch school", and we went to the Puyallup Fair! I love the fair-- it's huge, there are so many fun rides, and it makes me feel like a kid again.  Lots of people complain about it being too expensive, but if you put some effort into planning, it's really pretty affordable. The kids got free admission tickets from school and Gareth and I used a groupon for our admission. We also got dizzy passes, which allow you to ride as many rides as many times as you want. We brought in our own snacks and drinks and purchased one snack during the day, and the snack we chose was delish-- a hot buttered scone with rasberry jam, and it was only a buck twenty five.  A fabulous time was had by all-- well, except for when the bees stung Mason on his neck, and Georgia's reaction after the tilt a whirl: "I felt like I was about to fwow (throw) up, and my bwain (brain) was jiggling around in my head."

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fall Hair Bows

Any excuse is a good excuse for making hair bows. Harper, at the age of 7, is already picky about what goes in her hair, so I figure I might as well take advantage of Georgia not yet caring and make as many cute hairbows as possible!  I found some very cute fall themed ribbon in the dollar section of Target, so I went to town adding pom-poms, sequins, and buttons.  See the cute results below!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fall Fever

Despite the record highs of 90 degrees that will hit this weekend, I have fall fever. The kids have started school and the calendar reads September 9th, which are triggers for my brain to "think fall." Yesterday I figured that perhaps if I put out fall decorations, the weather will cooperate. For all of you non-Seattleites, you may think a couple of days of 90 degrees out of a whole summer is nothing to complain about, but let me remind you that no one in Seattle has air conditioning!  OK, the grocery stores and Target do, but my home and place of employment do not!  And so, I am willing to try anything to encourage fall to come.

                                                  Like hanging a fall wreath on the door...

Wrapping orange lights and pumpkins around my curtain rods...

Hanging sparkly leaves all over my bathroom...

Sticking pumpkin window clings in my kitchen...

Setting mums and scarecrows on the porch...

And making fun decor out of candy corn and pillar candles...

Come, Fall! Come this way! Come bright colored leaves and jack o' lanterns and honeycrisp apples and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" I am so ready for you. :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I'm Back!

OK, I'm just going to be honest. I haven't felt like crafting or sewing or making things the last few weeks. Why? Because summer finally arrived in Seattle. We've been patiently awaiting it's arrival, and now that a new school year is starting, it's here. :)  It is finally above 80 degrees and the sun is shining. So for the last few weeks, the last thing I've wanted to do (besides clean and cook) is sit in my dining room and sew. Not that I haven't had ideas of things I want to sew, but I've been at the beach, at the park, walking in the neighborhood... even just hanging out in the backyard. When I attempt to go inside to start a load of laundry or load up the dishwasher, this is what seems to happen....

Little Georgia fell off the retaining wall and had to get 5 stitches.

Mason got stung on the foot by a bee.

So really, I just needed to stay outside with my kids and enjoy the sunshine! :)

And now, despite our high of 80 degrees today, September is here, and fall is coming! Gareth and I celebrated 11 years of marriage...

 and the kids started school today.

Mason started 3rd grade.

Harper started 2nd grade.

Georgia started Pre-K.

Soon, the 80 degree heat wave of Seattle will pass and 60 degrees and rain will return, but I can't say that I mind. I'm ready for hot apple cider and pumpkins on the porch and snuggling on the couch and knitting scarves. I'm ready to stay indoors and knit and sew and craft without feeling guilty for not soaking up every second of sunshine with my kids while I can. I'm ready to be blogging my far from perfect creations again... so blogger, here I come!