From Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale

People disappear when they die. Their voices, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones. All living mempry of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continut to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humour, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic.

--Diane Setterfield

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Party

Dea and friends helped me with decorations and making the food.

We had :
Graveyard dirt.
troll boogers...not a hit.
pumpkin cupcakes.
bloody spiders. not a hit.
Derek's cookies. a big hit.
apple cider
apples to bob for.
a puzzle and books
and party goers.

Dylan had a birthday.

Her Dad took pictures...

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Then I made Graveyard Dirt
And mini Caramel Apples

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Pumpkin carving

I tried carving Jaedy's portrate into a pumpkin this year...

Meh. It's a first try.
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Monday, October 26, 2009


We went to James and Alicia's for Sunday dinner yesterday.
Alicia made a delicious pot-roast with veggies and bread.
Jaedyn sat on the floor until our conversation was interrupted with her fussing*.
I pulled her on my lap and she immediately went to town on my food.
She ate my potatoes and carrots and green beans**.
She even tried for a nibble of my roast, but I drew the line at eating my meat.
After dinner we sat around and she was fussed over by these guys.
They were spoiling her with ice cream and our apple crisp dessert.

When we got home and put her to bed***, I decided enough is enough and I had Scott take a whack at my hair****.
I gave him a trim in return. We'll have to get pictures with our new hair stlyes sometime. If we ever get around to it.


*We dropped bread crumbs on the floor at her feet, like any good parents do to children who are pigeons... Oh, wait, we have a human baby. Maybe that is why she started fussing.

**They were all cooked in the crock pot and very mushy, so she was able to take whole chunks of veggies and shove them in her pie hole~~.

~~ She also shoved her entire binki (minus the handle) into her mouth during church. I didn't get a picture because of the setting, but I have been eagerly awaiting the nest binki shove+.

+She will often put her binki in interesting positions. Usually they involve her cheeks being propped up into a smile.

***Jaedyn has decided that sleeping is for babies. Real babies who during breast milk^ and eat baby food^^. She is a big girl who does not need to go to sleep. Especially not if she is very tired.

^ She definitively told me to stop offering that stuff at 8 months.

^^ She will sometimes let us give her some, it is convenient after all. See above regarding her current eating trend.

**** It had been two showers and I had not brushed it out between, during or after either shower~. That's when I knew I had too much hair. It had to go. Scott relieved me of at least 5 inches... probably more. I never thought my hair was so red... but it definitely looks red in the photo. It looked red in real life too, that's why I took the photo.

~Eww. I know.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

New format...

I have been inspired* by one of my favorite author's blogs. The way she writes is much more inline with the way I think**. Stay tuned for more exciting blog posts that are *** easier to read.


* When am I not inspired by something I see online? I mean Blogs are perfect for getting inspired by something^.

^ In my case it is usually more than one something. Thus I get woefully overwhelmed with the cool things I could be doing, but am not.

** Which is all over the place, obviously.

*** hopefully!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A new post

I really don't get how some bloggers are full time mommies, have a crafty business and blog consistently. Maybe it's because I can't upload pictures from work. Or I am raising two kids very close in age and another a little older. Or my eyes hurt from looking at the computer so long. Or I can't decide if I should do crafts, paint and do art, cook or bake, read, or work out. There is way to much inspiration for my little brain (budget).
I come up with like 5 things to blog about each day. When I get home I have forgotten and I'm usually to tired to do anything anyways.
But I am inspired, you super mom-bloggers. Keep it up!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fall in Redmond

Jaedyn and I were in Downtown Redmond yesterday running errands. It was so pretty that we had to come back with Scott when I had my camera.
This tree is so brilliantly red. It was well defined by the green trees behind it, and we think it was one of our favorites.

This is the green tree next to the red one. Notice the random red branches UNDER the green ones.
Scott and Jaedy taking a walk.
The trees change color in different patterns. I remember Grandpa O. telling me about it. Some change from top to bottom and others from bottom to top.
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Even the bushes are changing color.
These trees are my favorite. They are awesome! They have just about every color of the rainbow, some all on one tree. With the sun behind them, they really look on-fire.
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And then we saw these, purple, leaves. How cool is that!?!
In other news, it was really misty one day. I took Dylan to the park and at 9:30AM the soccer field looked like this:
Back to downtown, we were so hungry after our photo trip downtown that we stopped at the first food lace around. Carolina BBQ. Holy Cow! it was Dang Good. We split a platter with ribs, shredded pork and pot roast, fried okra and corn bread. It fed us both until we couldn't make room for dessert.
I dresses Jaedyn up for church today (usually Scott does that). She looked so cute. It's hard to tell but we've got her hair up in a alfalfa sprout! She is growing hair!
We saw this cool flower arrangement and then saw it was stuck in a pumpkin. How festive. Maybe someday I'll be that decorative.
Until then I'm enjoying the picture.