Thursday, October 30, 2014

Counting My Family Blessings

Last weekend, Kendall came home to help with the Halloween party. Coincidentally, five face cords of wood were delivered the day before she arrived, so of course the job of stacking all that wood also loomed. Imagine our joy when Kyle said he would be coming home (two hour drive) to help his sister stack all of that wood! They don't get to see each other very often these days, what with them studying at two different colleges in two different states; they had plenty to chat about while they worked. Here's what they started with:

The final stretch:


Kyle had to head back to Milwaukee the next morning, and he probably won't be able to get home for Thanksgiving (sniff), so we decided to make the most of it. My mom was out of town, but we picked Grandma 4444 up and had a wonderful dinner together. It was so much fun, because Kyle volunteered to make his growing-famous Butternut Squash Soup, and Kendall offered to make our favorite side, Berry Mallow Bake, so at one point, four of us were in the kitchen cooking together! (Grandma 4444 learned how to record a Vine!)


Here's Steve just hoping for a nibble (note the drool)...

I fell off the clean-eating bandwagon that night,
but the landing was soooo sweet!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Steve Says Hi

Just chillin'...

Btw, that dog bone is a remarkable dog toy; in spite of Steve's best efforts to destroy it, it's lasted three years and still looks good as new. I highly recommend the Hurley Dog Bone, from West Paw Designs.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Letting Go of Fall

I adore fall in Wisconsin. 
This scene is a mile from my house and is gorgeous for weeks.

The rest of these photos were taken on our property.

It's paradise, really.
 I couldn't pick a favorite from the next two...

View from the garage area.

Over the windy weekend, the last of the leaves glided to the ground,
where they'll likely stay put for the next several months.

I guess there's no escaping it; winter is on the way.
Are you ready for it?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Party Recap 2014

This year's Halloween party was great success. 
As usual, costumes did not disappoint.

Kendall won the Cutest costume contest prize.
(of course, Milo was pretty cute, too)

These ladies were a big help with party prep!!
(as was my dear sister, Michelle, who was also the inspiration for my costume)

Mr.4444 had a wallet in his back pocket, a passport in his front pocket, and carried a map.
Can you guess our costumes? (They're not related to each other.)

[Hint: Mr.4444's first name is Mark.]

My friend Leslie had neck surgery the week after I had rotator cuff surgery.
Isn't this an awesome idea?

My coworker Kathy won Sexiest costume. 

Popular culture was represented well.

[Catniss Everdeen and ?]

A neighbor's mom made these costumes, in part with large embroidery hoops.
They won for Funniest.

The photo bomber below is another hint about my costume.

These two were adorable.

Every now and then, I added a grape to my costume,
but then I'd get bored and eat it.

In addition to the house and the garage, our party spreads to the fire pit 

and the woods, where we have themed stations. 
This one's a pirate theme, where two opponents try to yank each other off pedestals.
[Loser drinks a shot of Jack Daniels.]
We call it Jerk Captain Jack Off.

I was part of a group that won in the category of Most Creative.
In case it's not clear from the photo, we were beauty pageant contests.
Here's a snap of the back of my sister Michelle's boots,
which she embellished herself:

Because each one was as funny as the last, we all won :)

So much fun! We're already planning for next year...

Friday, October 24, 2014

Meal Mania

Today is Halloween party food-prep day! 
Here's what's cookin' (There will be no "clean eating" at our house on Saturday):

Friends and family have offered to bring other dishes 
such as Dawn's Kick-Butt Cheesy Potatoes and some yummy desserts.

If you're in the neighborhood, feel free to stop by!