Tuesday, October 30, 2012

31 Days of Healthy Choices: Week 4

I'm so proud of myself for keeping up with this whole daily posting thing!  (Well, on the other blog, of course...)  I really wasn't sure I'd be able to do it, but I've done it, and love it!

Here are the healthy choices I made during week 4 (week 4?!??) of October.  Thanks for taking the time to check them out!

Day 22 - Finding ways to fit in the things that make you happy.
Day 23 - Having patience.
Day 24 - Being joyful.
Day 25 - Eating fresh (and I'm not talking about Subway!)
Day 26 - Don't get too serious about life.
Day 27 - Clean / Organize something!
Day 28 - Spend time in your home.

This week had an impact on me, and I'll share tomorrow, once the month is officially done.

I hope everyone has had a great week.

Weekend Recap: 10/26 - 10/28

Friday 26 October
Friday evening, we had steak and peppers with spanish rice for dinner.  One of our most favorites!  Remember how I mentioned that Jameson had a double ear infection?  Check out this poor boy's drainage on Friday evening.....

After dinner, I got the boys to bed.  Then, I headed next door.  Our neighbor was evicted from her house a few weeks ago, due to it being almost in an un-livable condition.  The landlords live down the street, and have become friends of ours over the few years that we've lived in Grand Rapids.  They have new renters moving in tomorrow, and have spent the last two weeks over at the house, trying to get it back in good condition.  We know they must be exhausted.  I asked Amy if she needed help with anything, and she asked me to help paint.  So I helped her from 8:15-11:15 Friday night. 

Saturday 27 October
I made baked pancakes on Saturday morning.  You make the pancake batter just like you normally would, but you pour it into a baking sheet and bake it for about 20 minutes.  So much easier than standing at the skillet/griddle forever, while your family enjoys the fruits of your labor!!  They tasted amazing. 

This is what my plate looked like, all ready to eat!

This is what it looked like about five minutes later!


After breakfast, we headed out to the garage.  We'd had a dumpster dropped off Friday evening, and we were going to tear into that garage.  After several projects around the house, our garage was absolutely full of construction waste, trash, and junk.  It was embarrassing.  But it's clean now!  (Hopefully I can get pics up soon.)  We worked on the garage from 10a-3p.  Then, we headed inside to shower and warm up!

After getting cleaned up, we took the boys to a nearby town for trick-or-treating. 

Here's the amazing Spiderman!

And this is what I got when I tried to take a picture of the evil Doctor Octopus.


We only stopped at about ten houses, then headed back home.  The super hero and super villain looked like this as we drove TO trick-or-treating:

Spiderman was actually sacked out by the time the ten minute drive was over.  But as soon as we mentioned candy, he miraculously was wide awake! :)

After we got home from trick-or-treating, we had broccoli cheese soup (which didn't turn out great, in my opinion, though Matt enjoyed it).  Then, we got the kiddos bathed and in bed.

Matt and I watched "The Wild Wonderful Whites of West Virginia."  It's a documentary on Netflix about this huge white trash family in West Virginia.  It was seriously like a horrific train wreck.  Almost scary to watch, but too crazy to turn away.  Wow.

Sunday 28 October
Sunday morning, we headed to church.  When we got home, we had a quick lunch, and got Jameson down for his nap, and Hendrix settled in for his mandatory quiet time on the weekends.  Matt and I both managed to doze off for a few minutes. 

We did the usual Sunday routine of watching football, and just relaxing.  I made chicken fettuccine alfredo for dinner - another of our favorites!

An underwear-clad little boy begged for some hot cocoa.  That was a request I couldn't turn down.  You try to look into those deep gray eyes and say no.  Hehehe.

This coming weekend, Matt is going to be in Illinois for work training, so I'm planning what is hopefully a really fun Saturday for the boys and I!!  I'm excited, but keeping my plans secret for now. :)

Hope everyone has a great week!

Fitness 2012: Week 43 (October 21 - 27)

Sunday 21 October
REST DAY - if you wanna call it that, between church and family pictures.

Monday 22 October
23 minutes on elliptical at work.  It's a wierd number because I fit it in very quickly after work, due to coming into work late, and not being able to do it on my lunch hour.

Tuesday 23 October
30 minutes on the elliptical

Wednesday 24 October
30 minutes cardio dance in the living room

Thursday 25 October
3.7 mile run - beautiful 80 degree day!

Friday 26 October
30 minutes cardio dance in the living room

Saturday 27 October
No actual workout, but I can't call this a rest day.  We completely emptied and re-organized our garage.  Quite a workout, actually!

Miles for the week: 3.70
Miles for October: 15.35
Miles for 2012: 279.62

Friday, October 26, 2012


It's that time of year, I suppose.  Both boys spent last week coughing.  Alllll night long.  Happens quite often, actually.

Well, I mentioned the other day that Jamers was teething and was just miserable.  He had gotten a clean bill of health at the doctor on Monday morning.  Daycare called me Tuesday afternoon because he was super fussy and had pus oozing out of his right ear.  He hadn't slept hardly at all Monday night.  It was all coming together.  Fantastic.

I called my friend (and the boys' previous babysitter) to see if she had any ear drops we could use, and she did.  So we started them.  Yesterday (Thursday), daycare called again to say that Jameson was crying, running a temp of almost 100, and just miserable.  I got home at 5:30 and this is how I found him.  How pathetic is this picture?

I took his temp (once he woke up) three times throughout the evening, and it was 98.7 degrees every time.  He was talking, trying to play normally, and ended up eating three pieces of pizza for dinner!  That evening, however, after bath, I was cleaning out his ears, and discovered that his left ear was now oozing as well.  Gah!!

Matt took him to the doctor today, and he does indeed have a double ear infection.  Other than that, he seems to be ok.  But the poor baby must be in a lot of pain.  Hendrix - as of right now - seems to be healthy as a horse, with as much energy as a spider monkey on steroids. :)

So, as we head into the weekend, hopefully we can get Mr. Piggy feeling better very soon, and be able to enjoy ourselves a bit, though our to-do list is enormous!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Rants and Ramblings

Welcome to this week's edition of the random, and often un-related, thoughts running around in my head!

1) Doctor Octopus is in the works, finally.  Good thing, because Halloween is next week.  (what??!?)

2) I have pulled ahead of my husband this past week in our football cards.  We choose game winners and total scores each week.  Oh yeah, go me!

3) I signed up for my next 5k!  It's the Holiday Hustle (I did it last year) in Maumee, the Saturday after Thanksgiving (after the big Ohio - Michigan game).  It's followed by a holiday parade, and it was a really good time last year!

4) This time of year gets extremely busy.  So no big goals/projects right now.  But, my goal for January is to re-do / re-decorate the boys' bedroom.  It's very boring. come up with ideas and devise a plan!

5) I'm totally digging old rock 'n' roll right now!  I love the 50's, 60's, and 70's pop hits that come on Pandora. 

6) I received a package from my GG in the mail yesterday.  (GG is my mom's mom.  Her name is Carol, but my niece started calling her GG for "great grandma" a few years ago, and it has stuck!)  This is what was in the package:

And this is what I did with the chia seeds this morning:

(I sprinkled them in my oatmeal, if you can't tell...)
There are several health benefits to eating chia seeds, and I'm excited to start regularly adding them to my diet!

7) We have been needing to clean out our garage for a while.  It's bad.  So, I ordered a dumpster and it's set to arrive tomorrow evening.  Hopefully by Saturday evening we can park our vehicles in our garage again! (No really, it's that bad.)

8) Since having Jameson, I've spent far less time with my beloved sewing machine than I would have liked.  (What?  Having two toddlers makes it difficult to maintain hobbies?!?)  I've forgotten a lot of sewing tips.  So, I'm re-reading "Sewing for Dummies" on my kindle, and downloaded the user manual for my machine online this morning, and I'm bound and determined to sew lots of beautiful things this winter!  (And hopefully participate in some craft shows this coming summer and fall.)

9) I'm already thinking about the New Year's Resolution's I may or may not make for 2013.  You?

10) Two months from today is Christmas!!!!  Some people groan about that.  I squeal with delight. :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


I realized today that I haven't done an update - for a long time - on how the boys are doing in "school," as we call it.

A bit of background:  I'd been thinking about sending both boys to Willow (school) full time, instead of the original part-time I had planned.  I felt like the babysitter was overwhelmed, and Hendrix was having some behavioral issues with her anyway.  Plus, I thought they would both benefit from a more structured day.

So, I told Angie about it, and she told me that she wanted to stop doing home childcare.  So it worked out perfectly. :)

That next week, I started Jameson and Hendrix at Willow 5 days a week.

They are both doing so wonderful!  I think it has really encouraged Jameson to walk more (though he still doesn't take too many steps at a time).  It's helped a bit with language development also, I think.  They say prayer at meal time, and Ms. Carly tells me that Jameson always helps start the prayer!  It goes:

"God is great.
God is good.
Let us thank him
for our food."

Every time they fold their hands and get ready to pray, Jameson says, "Gahhhhh??"  Haha it's way too cute!  He does it at home, too.

Hendrix is just scary-smart.  He's still about 4 weeks away from his 3rd birthday, but Ms. Tina (the owner/director) wanted to move him to the pre-school class early.  I'm so glad she did!  He comes home singing songs every day. 

(By the way, the sound of that boy singing songs is my absolute favorite sound in the whole world right now.)

He knows all twelve months of the year, and all seven days of the week.  He can write the letter "H" and "e" and the number "4."  He loves to talk about the weather, and ask all sorts of questions.....about everything!  We use (what we would consider to be) advanced vocabulary with him, in order to further develop his language.  He repeats everything.  When we think he's not listening, I assure you, he is!
He has weekly homework, and he asks to do it, then asks for more! (I can only hope he'll have that same attitude five to ten years from now!)

Tracing the letter "c."

Tracing his name.

All in all, I couldn't really ask for the boys to be doing better with full time daycare.  I still (and I'm sure I always will) struggle with leaving them in someone else's care for 50 hours each week.  But, they're in great hands, and they're learning so much. 

I'm such a proud mama!

31 Days of Healthy Choices: Week 3

We started out the week by celebrating the season with a wonderful fall festival!  Then, the hubby had to be out of state for four days.  It was a busy and tiring week, but a good one, overall. 

Here, you can check out the daily posts, on my other blog.

Day 15 Planning and Preparation
Day 16 Take time for yourself
Day 17 Show appreciation
Day 18 Learning to hold your tongue sometimes
Day 19 Making time for friends
Day 20 Love.
Day 21 Fellowship and worship.

What healthy choices have you made this week?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Teeth. The word that strikes fear in the parent of a baby.

If teething were a person, I would hunt him (we'll call teething a guy) down, corner him in a dark alley, and beat the tar out of him, until he had no life left.


Poor Jamers.  The boy has been cutting his molars for what feels like 4 years.  The top two are through, but the bottom ones are just so stubborn.  You can feel them right under the surface of the gums, but they just won't break through.  His little mouth is so swollen.  For the past week, he's been about the biggest grouch I've ever known.  He just cries and whines, and wants held, and he isn't eating much, and he's all around miserable.

On top of teething, he got three shots at the doctor yesterday, for his 15 month check-up.  Doctor gave him a clean bill of health, so I can't blame anything other than the teething or the shots, but last night was just horrible.  I bet I was up ten times, trying to comfort that boy into sleeping.  He just kept waking up and crying.  It was an almost-sleepless night.

I'm tired.  I'm wallowing.  I want sleep.  But more than that, I want these darn teeth to just cut through already!!!!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Weekend Recap (10/19 - 10/21)

The weekends go entirely too fast. :(

Friday, 19 October
I met up with old co-workers from the call center Friday evening for dinner and drinks.  We had a great time laughing and catching up! 

I got home in time to help Matt put the boys to bed.  After they were in bed, Matt and I decided to call it an early night.  We slept from 10pm until the boys woke us up at 7:50 am!!!!  Unheard of!

Saturday, 20 October
Saturday morning, we needed a few groceries, so we ran to the Napoleon Chief store, and Matt and Hendrix got haircuts.  After we got home, we just enjoyed the day together.  I got started on Jameson's Halloween costume (I'll put up a whole post about it when I'm done!).  I also made a batch of cookies that are in the deep freeze for Christmas.  Saturday evening, we made smores (on the stovetop, since it was raining) and carved pumpkins.  It was a fun family day.

Sunday, 21 October
Sunday morning, I cleaned up the kitchen, and Matt did a couple loads of laundry - all before we left for church!  After church, we grabbed fast food (shame on us, I know) and went home to rest for a bit, then headed downtown along the river for family pictures.  They turned out amazing, and can't wait to get the disc back!  For dinner, we had some really awesome breakfast burritos and hash browns.  Mmmm.

We finished the night off by watching a bit of football, of course.  Like I said, the weekend passed by way too quickly, and here I am, on Monday afternoon, already longing for Friday.  Sigh.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Rants and Ramblings - October 18

Welcome to this week's edition of the random - and often un-related - thoughts running through my mind!

1) I am in a serious mood to bake.  But due to a teensy thing I'm doing in the month of October, I have not baked in 18 days, and am not supposed to bake for another 13 days.  Sad face.

2) Halloween is approaching entirely too fast this year.  I'm not ready.  Like, at all.  I have two weeks from today to come up with a super-villain (that I'd never heard of until about a week ago) costume for a 1-year old.  Thisssss should be fun.

3) I am currently eating an apple with peanut butter.  Is that not one of the best snacks ever?

4) My husband got home last night! Yay!

5) I think about 80% of our wardrobes is sitting in laundry baskets, waiting to be put away.  Putting away laundry is my least favorite household job!

6) Christmas is 9 weeks from Tuesday. I can.not.wait for the Christmas season this year.

7) Matt bought Hendrix a couple Dr. Seuss books last weekend at Applebutter fest.  I'm all in favor of books.  But I'm pretty sure one of them is the longest book Mr. Seuss ever wrote.  Seriously.  It's a novel.  And, of course, it's the one Hendrix wants to read every single night.  I cringe at the thought of bed time, and having to read "Scrambled Eggs" to Hendrix.  Guess what, daddy?  You're home now.  It's your turn to read at bedtime tonight.  Muahahaha.

8) I came into work early this morning to work on a complicated invoice.  It's 2:30 pm and I'm not done yet.  Gahhhh.

9) Plan is to have dinner with my peeps from my previous department after work tomorrow evening.  Looking forward to some beers and adult conversation!

10) Don't feel like including a #10 today.  :)

Have a great Thursday evening!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

31 Days of Healthy Choices: Week 2

I'm really proud of myself for sticking to daily posts (on my other blog) so far!  Hopefully I can keep this up for the remainder of the month!  Here's a rundown of this past week, and the healthy choices I've been making.

Day 8 A good workout to begin the week
Day 9 Remembering that food is not in control of you.
Day 10 Allowing yourself time to rest.
Day 11 Making healthy substitutions
Day 12 Enjoying fresh air
Day 13 Making healthy choices when healthy options aren't available
Day 14 Celebrate the season!

It was a good week.  I hope to continue with healthful choices and feel proud of myself when I report back next week!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Applebutter Weekend Recap! (Oct 11-15)

Another Applebutter Fest has come and gone!  I took Friday and Monday off this past weekend, to be able to better enjoy my favorite weekend of the year.  It was great being away from the office for four whole days!  Here's a rundown of our weekend!

Thursday 11 October
I was supposed to have dinner after work with my friend, Caiti, but she got into an accident (she's ok!), so plans got cancelled.  So I went home and had frozen pizza with my boys.  After dinner, we colored pictures for about an hour.  Hendrix is really into coloring lately, and he's starting to make an effort to stay within the lines, so we encourage the fine-motor things.  I'm such a proud mama, he can write the letter H now, and also the number 4.  Getting so big.  After the nuggets were in bed, I worked on a couple Christmas gifts.

Someone was done with coloring! Hahaha!

Friday 12 October
Friday, I dropped the boys off at daycare, and then went for a great 4.3 mile run.  It had been a few since I'd run outside, and I needed it!  After that, I showered, then ran to Bowling Green for a few errands.  I spent the afternoon crafting.  It was so great.  I even spent an hour (an entire hour!!) just playing the piano.  It's amazing what can be accomplished without 2 toddlers always needing something.  Love those boys so much, but it's impossible to do anything with them around!  For dinner, I made what I call "Bratwurst Bake."  It was inspired by a recipe online, but I did my own thing with it.  It was very good.  Matt kept raving about how much he loved it.  Success! 

A random snuggle session.  Love it!

Saturday 13 October
Both boys thought it would be great fun to wake up at 6 am.  It was ok though, because I had to take Jameson to the hospital for his 1 year lead test anyway.  The lab opened at 7, so we were there right when they opened.  The little trooper didn't even cry when they drew his blood!  Such a sweet boy.  After the hospital, we ran to WalMart quickly, then headed back home.  The parking signs for the festival were already up at 8:30 on Saturday morning.  I made cake batter pancakes and bacon for breakfast once we got home.  Very yummy!  After breakfast, we went to play at the park.  The park was full of people and tents in preparation for the fest, but we snuck around all the barricades and had a little bit of fun on the playground!  For dinner, I made homemade pizza (and managed to burn my thumb).  It was really good.  It's one of my favorite meals!  After bedtime, Matt and I were watching the NLDS playoffs and all the sudden, the power went out, due to all that was going on across the street in preparation for the festival.  At that point, I just went to bed.  I'm such a party animal.

Jameson, at the hospital, waiting to have his blood drawn.

Festival signage!!

Saturday's breakfast. Mmmmm.

My three handsome boys, along the Maumee river. 

Park time!

One of the many tents and teepees along the river for the historical re-enactments.

All for the sake of homemade pizza.  Sigh.

Sunday 14 October
Happy Applebutter Fest 2012!  People were out and about before 7 am.  We got up, showered, dressed, and fed.  Then we headed out to see what there was to offer.  It was a very windy day!  After a walk downtown, we came back home and just played and enjoyed the morning.  For lunch, we had homemade French Dip sandwiches and mac n cheese.  Ohhhhh so delicious!  Hendrix and I went back downtown after lunch to catch the magic show, and purchased this ridiculously delicious popcorn from down the street.  Matt had to leave around dinner time, because he is in Illinois until Wednesday night for training.  We were sad that he left. :(  I gave the boys a bath.  While I was drying Hendrix off afterwards, Jameson climbed up on the toilet, then proceeded to fall off and got a bloody nose.  Between that tumble and the several scratches he'd gotten that day, it looked like I beat him up.  Poor piggy.  I got the boys to bed, and sacked out myself at 9:15 pm!

Enjoying their very first elephant ear!

This stuff was so awesome!  I'd almost drive all the way to Monroe, Michigan just to buy more of it!

Looks like someone needs to realize he's a boy and not a monkey.

I didn't beat him up, I swear.

Monday 15 October
Still don't have to go to work!  I took the boys to daycare again, so I could get some more stuff done.  I had three pairs of dress pants that I purchased in March.  They were too long and needed hemmed.  In the six months that they say, waiting to be hemmed, I lost more weight, and they were now too long AND too big.  So I spent about an hour hemming and taking them in, so now I have three new pairs of pants to wear to work.  Yay!  I also messed around a bit with a Christmas card idea I had.  I did and put away some laundry, and enjoyed the silence.  I went out around noon for a 3.3 mile run. It was one of those runs that you don't want to do, but you feel amazing after you're done.  Glad I sucked it up and went out!  I got the boys from daycare around 4, and we had breakfast (leftover cake batter pancakes) for dinner.  Jameson had a little bug, or something.  He had diarrhea and a really nasty diaper rash, so that wasn't fun.  Woke up Tuesday acting fine though.

So, it was a very enjoyable, fall, festive weekend, and I'm sad to see it come to an end.  My favorite weekends are the ones that we can just spend time at home, and enjoy life, and this past weekend was certainly one of those! Now, if we could just get daddy back home, all will be well.  He should be home late Wednesday evening/night.  We have family pictures this coming weekend, so that should be fun!  (Or torture, who knows...)

Hope everyone has a great week!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Rants and Ramblings

Happy Thursday!  Welcome to this week's installment of the random, and often un-related, thoughts running through my head!

1) Today is my Friday!  I took tomorrow and Monday off work, due to it being Applebutter Fest weekend.  It's my favorite weekend of the whole year!

2) My sister-in-law (Matt's younger - not youngest - brother's wife) is now a blogger!  Check out her new blog here.

3) There are people in my social networking circle who have really started to disappoint me with their judgemental statements lately.  It's easy to judge others, but we always have to remember that we are only seeing what's on the surface with people.  We have NO IDEA what's going on behind closed doors, or closed hearts.

4) I have not yet started on Jameson's Doc Ock costume for Halloween.  This isn't good.

5) I want to puke every time I hear a political ad on TV or on the radio.  I'm so ready for it to all be over.  (I'm not politically apathetic, don't get me wrong - just sick of hearing about it.)

6) Goodies on this weekend's menu include: homemade hummus, homemade salsa, cake batter pancakes, cake batter dip with the leftover mix, french dip sandwiches, and homemade pizza.  I'm drooling.

7)  I have a female co-worker who curses more than any man I've ever heard.  She's always ticked off at everyone and everything.  Kind of drives me insane.

8) I'm having dinner tonight with my good friend Caiti.  She's moving away (jerk) so we wanted to get together one last time before she leaves.  I'm looking foward to it!

9) My hair is longer than it's been in a forever-long time.  Maybe since I graduated from high school.  There are days where I just want to cut it.  But I'm darn proud of myself for sticking with it this long.  We'll see what happens when the darn humidity comes back next summer. 

10) While we're bringing up high school..... (I'm not bragging - I promise), the scale said a number yesterday, when I weighed myself, that I haven't seen since probably before high school.  Whoa!!!

Ok peeps, have a fantastic Thursday.  I'll be back on Tuesday with the weekend recap!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fitness 2012: Week 40 (Sept 30 - Oct 6)

I think I may have forgotten to post last week's fitness, but I don't think anyone's crying over that. :)

Sunday 30 Sept.

Monday 1 Oct.
3.66 mile run on my lunch break.  What a gorgeous day!

Tuesday 2 Oct.
30 minutes living room cardio

Wednesday 3 Oct.
30 minutes elliptical on my lunch break

Thursday 4 Oct.
30 minutes elliptical on my lunch break

Friday 5 Oct.
30 minutes living room cardio

Saturday 6 Oct.
REST - Matt was working, so I couldn't have run or worked out if I'd wanted to.  Someone thought it was a good idea to get up at 6:30 am. He has blond hair and his name rhymes with 'bendrix.'

Miles for the week: 3.66
Miles for October: 3.66
Miles for 2012: 267.93

I'm obviously not going to hit 500 miles for the year, but I'm quite ok with that.  I'm at a great weight, and I feel fantastic.  That's all that matters to me, really.

Monday, October 8, 2012

31 Days of Healthy Choices - Week 1

Week 1 of "31 Days of Healthy Choices" (Oct 1 - 7)

You can see the actual daily entries for each day on my other blog.  Here are the links, if you're interested:

Day 1 Physical exercise!
Day 2 A Dose of Christian Radio
Day 3 Trying not to be judgemental
Day 4 Honesty
Day 5 Thinking of others
Day 6 Celebrating a healthy marriage
Day 7 Enjoying the small moments

I won't lie.  I struggled with maintaining healthy eating over the weekend, as is the usual thing on Saturdays and Sundays.  I tried not to be too hard on myself about it, though, and will do what I do every week to make up for it - count calories, and burn off as many as I can through exercise.

Day 7's choice to celebrate the small moments, as you may read, was difficult for me, but I gave it my best effort.

This month is about learning to choose healthier, in all aspects of life, and it's going to be a learning experience.  I look forward to seeing what the next three and a half weeks hold!

Weekend Recap (Oct 5-7)

What a fall-ish weekend!  The weather was much cooler, we ate soup, and we went pumpkin-crazy!

Friday, 5 October
Friday evening,  we had dinner, I did a bit of crafting, and got the boys to bed.  Matt and I were both in bed at 10 PM.  Woo hoo, we're such partiers!

Saturday, 6 October
Today, Matt and I celebrated five years of marriage!  Our plans were...well, nothing, but we were kind of excited about that, actually!  I made pumpkin spice baked oatmeal for breakfast.  It was ok.  I wasn't in love with it, but it was a good, warm breakfast on a cold morning.

Matt worked some tent sales, so he wasn't home until around 2:30 pm.  Once the boys were up, fed, and dressed, we headed to Napoleon (to one of the tent sales) and picked up pumpkins for a dollar each!  I may have gone a little crazy, but I got 14 pumpkins, 2 bags of apples, apple cider, and a bale of hay.  Matt brought home 4 cornstalks.  Our front porch is definitely screaming "fall!"  The best part?  We paid around $25 for everything.  I LOVE these tent sales each year!  After Matt got home, we decorated the porch.

Is this a handsome little man, or what?

Saturday evening, we got the boys to bed around 8 pm, and Matt and I enjoyed Chinese takeout on the couch in our sweats.  It was sooooooo tasty!  We were going to watch a movie, but the Reds and Ohio State were both playing, so we flipped back and forth between those games.  We're big sports nuts in our house.  I started falling asleep on the couch around 10 PM, and called it another early night!

Sunday, 7 October
On Sunday, Matt and I did a lot of deep-down dusting.  We cleaned all of the ceiling fans in the house, and worked on cobwebs up along the ceiling/wall line.  I did some crafting, and we watched football, of course.  I made a double batch of my dad's hamburger vegetable soup in the crock pot, and I also baked and processed one of the pumpkins I purchased on Saturday.  It's in the freezer, just waiting for the opportunity to be made into a delicious pie!

Steamy hot pumpkin, fresh out of the oven!

My little soup-making helper. :)

I've been wanting a shirt like this for a long time.  So I made one!

Tonight's dinner, which I prepared ahead of time.  Yay for preparation and a quick, easy dinner!

It was a very fall-festive weekend, but nothing compared to the weekend coming up!  It's the annual Applebutter Fest in Grand Rapids this coming weekend, and I couldn't be more excited!  It's my favorite weekend every year, and I took Friday and Monday off this year.  We always cook delicious food, drink tasty wine, and just relax and enjoy the festivities.  It's always so much fun watching all the craft vendors set up their booths the couple nights preceding the festival.  (We live almost directly across the street from the field of craft vendors.)  You can feel the "party-like" atmosphere throughout the whole town the night before the festival.  People have bonfires, get-togethers, and it's always so much fun.  More to come on this in next week's recap!

In the mean time, I hope everyone enjoys their week!  Only four days of work for me!