Sunday, October 30, 2011

Our Halloween Decor and Things I have made for Halloween!

This is a Now post!

Halloween, oh how I love Halloween!

Every year, I usually dress Ayla in Halloween outfits throughout the month but this year I didn't have very many. I did have a pair of PJ's and about one outfit. I do plan on putting Ayla in the outfit during the day on Halloween.

Here is my cute little girl in her Halloween PJ's!

Now onto the other part of this post, our decor and things I have made this month.

First off, I did these very simple cupcakes for my sister, Marion's and my brother, Robert's birthday party we had this month. I am not doing cakes right now except ones that I have had plans to do for over a year. I have found I don't mind making cupcakes, they are easy!

Usually, I only get one decoration for each holiday a year but I couldn't help it this year with Halloween. My ward was having a Super Thursday and they had 2 Halloween crafts that I couldn't resist. If you are wondering what Super Thursday is, it is usually called Super Saturday and us women of the church get together and make crafts for a few hours. It is a lot of fun and we get to know each other better as sisters. My friend, Ann's ward did a Super Service Saturday, where they did service instead of crafts. I thought that was awesome!

Anyway, the first craft I did was...

This cute witches hat!
I can't really say I made this all by myself. I had my friend, Amber Wade come with me to help me with my 2 crafts. She did most of this hat. I added just a few things to it the next day, I used a sharpie and a paper towel to dab on the black around the edges, to give it the dirty look. I added a ribbon around the brim and a bow right above the spider. I also made the star dirty and added a button. The funny thing is, the button wasn't even black, it was a white button. I just used the sharpie on it too. I love this hat! I think it is so cute!

The second craft I chose to do, that Amber helped me with too are...

These super cute bats!
Oh, how I love these bats!! I did add ribbon to them to help them stand out more.

So this is what my mantle looks like right now!
I also bought a black feather boa and the 4 lanterns that are hanging. I hung the lanterns with matching yarn, that matched my Boo sign, that is hanging from the mirror. My friend, Monica made the Boo sign, with her Stampin' Up skills. She gave it too me last year at our blog retreat.

Here is a some more of our Halloween decor.
This is just on a chair I put in our living room. We need some tables or something in the living room but for right now this chair is doing the job! I also bought the plug in Jack O' Lantern, this year. I think I went over my one decoration a year for Halloween! Oh, well I love my new decorations!

Here is the coffee table in the living room.
It pretty much looks like it does every year.

I hung our witch on the lamp this year!

I added some of the yarn that I hung the lanterns with to our Bat Motel sign! I think it looks much better now!

This is a pot of napkins my uncle, Ernie won at Bingo at the senior citizen center he goes to. He gave it to me! Isn't he sweet?! I then just put one of our TY beanies inside it.

For Family Home Evening this last Monday, Kurt, Ayla and I made...

these Styrofoam ghosts!
I learned about these from my friend's, Moncia and Ann's blogs. You draw on a Styrofoam cup and put it in the oven at 350 for about a minute or two and the melt to look like ghosts. Monica and Ann said that kids loved doing this. I learned for myself when I did this with my Achievement Girls, on the first Tuesday of this month. The girls loved it and so did Ayla!

Also during Family Home Evening that night, Kurt, Ayla and I also made...

these ghost lanterns!
All you do is draw on a milk carton and put Christmas lights inside them. I got the idea from Family Fun. I drew the 2 on the left, Ayla did the one that looks like spiders are on it and Kurt did the one on the right end. These were fun and I plan on putting them out on our porch with our Jack O' Lanterns we carve, on Halloween!

Here is a whole view of what our living room looks like right now!

I also went to my last ward's Super Saturday this month and made...

this advent calender!
I did it all with Stampin' Up stuff. It took forever! I actually ended up joining a few women over at one of their houses to finish this thing. It took me a whole 6 hours to do. I now have a real appreciation for Stampin' Up girls! Monica and DeeDee, I am talking about you!

Last but not least, the last thing I have made this month and the thing I am most proud of is, Ayla's Halloween costume.

Ayla has been into The Little Mirmaid lately. I thought what a perfect idea for a costume for Ayla, Ariel. Ayla already had the red hair for it. I didn't do the mermaid outfit, I did the Kiss the Girl dress.

You know, the one she wears on the Tour of the Kingdom?

Well here it is!
I made the skirt, the corset and the bow in her hair. I just bought a white long sleeve shirt for the top.

The thing I am most proud of is the corset!

Such a cute little Ariel!

I took pictures of Ayla spinning around in it!

So cute!

I took picture along the way, while I made the costume. I plan on posting how I made it. I am so proud of myself because I had to make the patterns myself. I youtube how to make skirts and corsets. I love youtube! This was also my first time making a skirt and corset. It makes you feel so excited when you see what you are capable of making!

We there you have it! I should have one or two more Halloween posts, but until then...

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Tour of Our New Home!

This post is a Then and Now post. It is the tour of our new home!

Since you have seen the front of our house already, I am going to start off with the backyard.

This is what the backyard looks like, coming through the side gate on the side of our house.

The patio!

Kurt likes to have breakfast with Ayla out on the patio but pretty soon it is going to be too cold.

View from the other side of the yard.

The front of the house, that you have seen already.

When you go through the front door...

you come in the living room!
I have a lot of plans for this house but things are just going to have to take some time to do them and I am not evening hanging pictures right now. I might hang a few here and there but I don't think things will really have a place until after the baby is born. I just don't have the energy. I do want to get couch covers for these couches though some time soon. The nice lady who lived here before us, left them. They are nice but I am not a plaid couch kind of person.

Here is another view of the living room right before you enter the kitchen.

Here is the view when you first come into the kitchen.

And here is the view from where Ayla was standing in the picture above.

Then you go out the doorway on your right, right back into the...

living room.
Now we are going to go down the hallway.

The first door on the left is our main bathroom!

Then you keep walking down the hall straight into...

The Master bedroom.

And if you keep walking to your left you will see...

The Master bathroom!

You go back out into the hallway and it turns into another little hallway.

The first door you see with the light on is...

Ayla's room!

The room right next to Ayla's is the...

our third bedroom!
Obviously it is a mess and a storage right now, that will change after the baby is born. This will probably be Ayla's new room and her old room will be the nursery.

Now I take you back to the living room because...

we are going downstairs!

When you reach the bottom you will see this door and a hallway.

This door is the door to...

our laundry room!
I wish our laundry was upstairs but you can't have everything.

Across from the laundry room there is a open door way that leads too...

our other living room!
It is nice to be able to watch movies in here.

When you go back out into the hall you walk by our...

third bathroom!
This is Kurt's bathroom. He gets ready downstairs in the morning so he doesn't disturb me.

And at the end of the hall is...

the fourth bedroom, which is Kurt's office!

This is the view coming out of his office.

The bathroom is to the right and the other living room is on the left at the end of the all on the right is...

Ayla's toy room!

This room doesn't have a window so it is not considered a bedroom. And the door you see in the picture leads to a small food storage.

Well there you have it!

I hope you enjoyed this tour and I hope I wasn't too confusing!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Way Back Wednesday, 4th of July!

I gonna mix it up a bit, I gonna do Now and Then posts for a while. I am going to try and do current things as a Now post and past things as a Then post. This is oviously a Then post.

This was Ayla's swim suite I bought just before the 4th of July. We always go swimming on the 4th of July.

We started our day at the Magna parade!

Dad, Ayla, me, Lane and Ernie waiting for the parade to start.

Ayla and Lane, so cute!

Ayla kept clinging onto Lane and driving him crazy! This reminded me and my sister, Marion of me when I was little, I used to hang on Marion a lot and drive her crazy. It would give me a good laugh the more irritated my sister would become. Notice Ayla's smile? Ya, she was laughing at Lane going crazy!

Lane with his hand over his heart as the flag went by!

And Ayla with her hand over her heart!

I liked this float!

This one was cute!

My cousin, Jasmine was in the parade! She is the cute girl, in the center!

Marion of course helped with Ayla! Thanks Marion!
Notice, Ayla is wearing the top I bought her last year? It still fit her! I buy her something to wear on the 4th of July every year. This year I bought her a T-shirt with the flag on it but she wore it later that night! I love the 4th of July!

It was a very cloudy day but me, Marion and Ayla still went swimming at our favorite pool, Taylorsville pool! Everyone else chickened out on us, lame! We had a great time! It didn't even rain on us once. Actually the sun was out most of the time we were there, plus the pool is heated, so we didn't freeze.

Ayla and her Aunt, Marion!

I love this picture!

One with me in it!

Our good friend, Melissa joined us, she didn't wimp out! Go Meliss!

After swimming we had a BBQ at Marion's.

My mom gave Ayla and Lane some fireworks to take home. Ayla's was the smaller one of course, she doesn't need a lot.

After the BBQ we went to Magna park to ride, rides and watch fireworks!

See me and Ayla on the very back?
Ya, 2 days later, I found out I was pregnant! I am glad it didn't jerk me around too much!

Ayla rode many other rides!

Her favorite was the big slide of course! (I didn't post the picture of it because it was too blurry.)

This one was sad because her ship wouldn't work, it didn't go up. She was crying because it wouldn't.

After spending all our tickets, we sat down to watch the fireworks!

Here is our group of family we sat with!

My mom was there too!
The T-shirt Ayla is wearing, is the shirt I mentioned earlier in this post that I bought her this year. Doesn't she look cute in it?

Cute picture!

And one of me and Ayla!

We had a wonderful 4th of July!

More, Then posts to come! A lot more!
I am so behind but I want to document it all!