Saturday, October 31, 2009

Daddy Boy

Brandon's Daddy Boy past away last night. He went easy, with his family all around him. Brandon's Mom and Aunt Sheila made it up there in time, so he got to see all of his children one last time. It's sad--I'm sad--but he isn't hurting any more.

Good bye, Daddy Boy! You are loved, and we will miss you!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I'm Paying It Forward!

I picked up this little game from Corinnea. Here are the rules: I will make a little something for the first three people who comment on this post. I will have 365 days to do it in. If you would like to play you must have a blog and post your Pay it Foward on your blog to keep the fun going.

And, while I have your attention, I thought I would show you these:

Monday, October 26, 2009

Our First Pumpkin

It's our 5th Halloween together, but this is our first pumpkin. It's pretty ridiculous, actually. The cat was supposed to have more detail around the face, but Bran didn't draw it in, and I forgot to do it before I started carving. Still, I think it turned out pretty well.

While we were working on gutting the pumpkin, Elora had her supper and a nap.

Then she and her daddy went upstairs to hang out while I did the actual carving. They came back down when it was time to do the eyes, and Brandon got out his drill. I wouldn't have thought to do it that way, and I have to admit that while Elora entertained herself on the floor

and Brandon went at the pumpkin with a power tool, I hovered over him until I could be sure that he wasn't going to destroy 3 hours worth of carving with that power tool. Once I was satisfied that it wasn't going to be demolished, I started taking pictures again. I'd say it turned out pretty well! I like our pumpkin. :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


This is something that I did ages ago...last winter, I think. I finished the embroidery, but I never did anything else with it, and I never posted it. I'd originally thought to make it into a little bag, but now I think I might frame it.

Also, I finally uploaded my pictures from when I was babysitting for Jennifer. Here are a few:

Ava was all about Elora for the first few days. She kept wanting to play with her, and was always bringing toys to share. We had to keep a sharp eye to make sure that Ava didn't share something that could hurt Elora, or be hurt by her. It was the sweetest thing!

Elora, for her part, didn't seem to mind hanging out at Jennifer's. She was her usual smiley self. I think she rather liked being around the other kids. Oh, she's definitely going to need siblings! But not just yet.

Ava was walking around in just the one boot...

The girls were all playing on the couch. When Elora grabbed a handful of Emily's hair, Emily just laughed and said "Look, she grabbed my hair!" Of course, this is the same child who, on this same day, informed me that I have pretzels on my butt. (If you've ever seen the tattoo on my back, this will make perfect sense. :)