Sunday, October 30, 2011

Over the hills and through the woods to Papa George's house we go...

We took a day trip with all the kids to see Papa George and Mimi Kim.  They are building a new log cabin not far from Chattanooga.  After a quick bite of lunch with them, we headed up the mountain ridge to see their new place.  It was a gorgeous drive. The leaves were all changing and we spotted a breathtaking view of the town below around one of the curves.  The kids loved the "rollercoaster" road.
It wasn't long before we were there.

We took a tour and saw all the hard work they have already done. It will be a wonderful retreat to call home when they are finished.  My favorite might have been the exposed beam ceiling in the living room. The girls had so much fun running around.

  Shepherd loved watching them play and got lots of practice walking outside.

We had a blast and look forward to many more great times at the new house!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Web Wonderlust

Has anyone started Christmas shopping?  I have nearly finished all the birthday shopping for the rest of this year. Hopefully, I will be starting as soon as possible.  Here are some nifty if not random things I have found.




HUG-A-PLUG (perfect for behind the funiture outlets)  $5.49

PROFESSIONAL MULTI-CHOPPER  $39.95||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_-



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Baking Cookies with Gigi




Monday, October 10, 2011

Ecclectic Halloween

I've had fun getting the house a little spruced up for Halloween.  Mom always told me the very things I used to turn my nose up at when looking for holiday decorations would be the very things I would buy someday.  It makes me so happy to see the girls excitement over the fun (and tacky) stuff. You were so very right, Mom!

All original artwork by some really great talents anchor the main wall in our kitchen. (notice the Halloween boa -such tacky fun)

Another area in the kitchen adds to the festive vibe.

Window decals are always a favorite.

 I hope I can find some more great stuff for holidays coming next!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Fair Rides

Ella and Skyler rushed to the little car ride and hopped in a perfectly sporty pink one. They managed to strap in and grab the wheels for a fun ride. Then came the loud sounds of air and clicking of gears for the ride to work. In an instant, fear and tears combined. Thinking all we needed was the ride to start and the fun would begin we left Ella on there. The crying did stop once the ride began, but no fun followed. Each round she gave us looks that could kill. Without saying a word, she let us know she was VERY angry that we made her ride this one while Skyler waved from the fence. Once it was over, we swiftly grabbed her for a hug. She cried so hard telling us she did not want to ride the cars and was scared that we made her. We thought to ourselves the same thing you are - we are AWFUL parents putting her through that just for a ride. Kids don't have to like fair rides if they simple don't. We had pushed too far. We promised her that would not happen again. We would not make her ride anything if she did not want to. It was time for some good fair food, so we quickly changed gears to find a "happy place".  

A little while later, this happened

Our terrified little girl transformed into a dare-devil! Who was this child?  She was going in the fun house, sliding down the huge slide a few stories tall (both with me), riding the kiddie coaster solo, and having a ball on the kids free-fall! Suddenly, we were okay parents after all...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Autumn is here!

Today officially kicks off the Fall Festivities for us. The Coosa Valley Fair is in town and the girls can't wait until tonight.  I really love this time of year.  Here is a great treat I found to enjoy a daily dose of Autumn bliss and thought I would share.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup dry milk
1 teaspoon (or more)  pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Mix and keep in covered container.

Easy Peasy!

I made the first batch with vanilla and the second without and I couldn't tell a huge difference.