Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Halloween decor and pumpkin patches

For those who don't know, I really love to decorate for the holidays. Halloween is one of my favorites to decorate for! Last year we had just moved in and I think I finally put out some Halloween decorations, but I didn't really get a full fix. This year I had some projects I wanted completed.

First off, I finally finished this table runner. I've been working on it for 2-3 years I think. I had just enough scrap fabric left to put the border on, I pieced together fabrics for the back and with about 2 inches left bound it. Phew! It was nice not having to go to the store to get anything for that project.

I first saw this wreath on the blog Tatertots and Jello. I have always liked it and since I finally have a front door, I had to make it. My neighbor has a silhouette and kindly let me use it to make the bats. This project cost about $13, so I would say it was a win!

Here is my shelf as you first walk into the entry. The door is on the left. The white plates I found at Secret Haven a few years ago. I made the banner last year with my mom (or 2 years ago?) and the piece of driftwood I got when I was in WY in August. I love it here!

I got a few crows from the dollar store. I found the idea for this silly crow from here. The block below I had in raw form and I painted it and put the scrapbook paper on.

Here is my mantel. I pulled out what I had first, but had to add a few things to make it more Halloween. I made the garland at the bottom with some pop poms I bought at JoAnn, then above that I have some lace and above that a beaded chain (made with dollar store necklaces). I stole the ribbon from my mom as well as the bats. Thanks mom! I used some scrapbook paper on the candles and crepe paper that I gathered to go on top of the paper on the candles. I found some doilies my mom gave me to put under the pumpkins. I would never have thought doilies would work with Halloween, but I'm kind of liking how it all turned out!


For FHE this week we went over to Pack's Pumpkin Patch, here in Farmington. It was our first time here and it was fun. They had a giant field with pumpkins, a maze, props to take pics with, tractors, the whole thing.



$27 later we headed out with our pumpkins and squash. Of course I had to use them to decorate my porch! I'll take pics of my porch and put them up (hopefully soon!).

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Molly's 7th Birthday

This girl had her golden birthday this year--7 years old on October 7th! We had a great time on her birthday. We stayed at my parent's time share at the Marriott Mountainside in Park City the night before her birthday. Some friends came up for the night and stayed over with us. They had to head early the next morning. We had Molly open gifts on the morning of her birthday.

Some clothes, a beanie boo named Glamour (she has the small one from a kids meal and really wanted the big one, so her siblings got it for her).

A fancy coat.

We went to Kneaders for breakfast. Molly had the french toast.

We were glad Justin got to have breakfast with us before he headed to work.

The birthday girl in a new birthday outfit.

I got the kids to indulge me and come shopping for a bit but then we went back and they wanted to swim. The pool was like 85 degrees. Too hot for my taste! But the kids loved it and had fun.

Jackson's just happy as long as a tractor is around to play with!

Park City was so beautiful! The leaves and everything were just gorgeous.

This was late, but I ordered a shutterfly book for Molly. I made one for Jackson for his birthday and the girls have wanted one for them. I had a coupon code for a free book so I just paid shipping! She loved it and I think it turned out really cute.

 Her cake. This wasn't a year for a big friends party, but she was off track and really wanted to have a "late night". So I said she could invite 2 friends. She chose her friends from her class at school, Macey and Sienna.


I was attempting a barbie cake, but the real barbie ended up being too tall for this and since she only had a couple friends, I didn't want to make a giant cake. So I found a little Elsa doll that worked perfectly. I think it turned out pretty well considering I have never made a cake like this before! A big thanks to my neighbor Erika for letting me borrow her cake baking supplies.


Opening her gifts from friends. I love the look of her face. If you can see, there are 18 dum dum suckers on this gift! Ha ha. Her friend Sienna wrapped it herself :)

I think it was a pretty great birthday for her! We love our fun and spunky Molly!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Family birthday party

We got to celebrate cousin Laney and Molly's birthdays when Grandma and Grandpa Pendleton came down for the weekend. We got together on Sunday night and had dinner, cake, ice cream and gifts of course!

Grandma and Grandpa even spoiled everyone with Cold Stone ice cream and an ice cream cake! Yummy.
The girls got some cute clothes, and some lip gloss sets. Everyone was happy :)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fall walk

We love seeing the leaves change and decided to go for a drive to a pretty place we've been before. We went during General Conference sessions on Sunday.

The kids were excited to find different leaves to compare and collect.


Fall in Utah is so beautiful! We love seeing the seasons change.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

My Birthday


I had a great birthday this year, including breakfast in bed! Look at what my cuties cooked up for me!

My sister Natalie picked me up and we went to my mom's quilt show in Holladay. We walked pretty quickly through the beautiful 3 story barn and saw all the amazing work there! 

Justin took the kids to Scheel's while we were gone and then we met up at my parent's house. Justin let me go out shopping for a while and then my dad watched the kids and the two of us went out for a while and grabbed some dinner at the Blue Lemon.


We then grabbed an ice cream cake on the way home and ate it as a family.

I am so blessed!!
 A birthday gift from Justin. In case you are wondering, no, it's not real! Ha. Here's to another great year! My birthday also make one year in our new house. We've really enjoyed it!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Ali starts Preschool


Ali started preschool in September. She was anxiously looking forward to going since Molly started year round school at the end of July. She kept asking, "When am I going to school?"!

Her teacher is Miss Vanessa and she goes M, W, F from 9:30 to 12:00 pm. She has loved it so far! This will be her only year of preschool and next year she will go to kindergarten. Her teacher has a preschool in her basement and we can choose to walk or drive her! It's nice having it so close. There are 4 other girls and 1 boy in her class. Nice and small. We are excited for all the fun things she will learn this year!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wildflower Pedalfest 2014

My sister Natalie talked me into doing a race in her little hometown of Mountain Green, UT. She's about 30 mins northeast of me. We signed up to ride 35 miles.

It was quite the eventful day for me. When I was pumping up my tires on my bike the morning of the race, my back tire was flat. Justin came home 30 minutes late and I was nervous I wasn't gonna have enough time to fix my tire and get my packet for the race.

Well I made it up the canyon and to the race in record time and luckily there was a tent with guys helping out with bikes. I gave them my new tire and they put it on for me. I grabbed my packet, met my sister and we started.

After the first 12 miles or so, my back tire felt wobbly. I got off and sure enough, it was flat AGAIN! I couldn't believe my bad luck. A truck drove by about 30 seconds after and picked up me and my bike and took me to the feed stop, which was only about a mile or so away from where we were.

Once again, there was a tent set-up and they had a tire they gave me and the nice guy fixed my 2nd flat!

Here I am waiting my turn to get my bike fixed. I couldn't believe that this was the first time I had ever had a flat and then it happened again!

I'm so glad they had support at each feed stop. Otherwise I would have been done unless another rider knew how to help and had an extra tire. I don't even know how to fix a flat! Bad!

All in all, it was really fun and we had a great ride. We just went slow and steady and chatted while we went! After the race they had a yummy catered lunch and frozen yogurt bar! Every detail was thought of and it was a really fun time. I hope to try 50 miles next year!