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Spooky Spider

A few days ago, I made this ‘Spooky Spider’ pancake for Avery. It was a spontaneous project so I had to use what I had. I was stumped on what to use for the legs so I improvised with chocolate chips. They were just for decoration. I think it would have been better if I used cut strips of bacon for the legs so she would have been able to eat them. She did grab a few before I took them off. Nonetheless, she loved the pancake and had fun! I’m trying to challenge myself to use more of my creativity so this week has been really successful with quite a few fun projects “created”.
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Sleeping Beauties

I would like to capture a LOT more of these moments. They look so peaceful!

Today, these two get to dress up in their Halloween costumes and go to a party. Avery has been talking about Halloween and Trick or Treating for a month now!
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Birthday Weekend

This past weekend, my sisters came to help me celebrate my upcoming birthday by joining me at a really fun card-making workshop which has inspired me to “do” more creating going forward. Scott and Matt watched the girls while we did fun sisterly things like crafting, lunch, and shopping.
These are the cards and tags I made. Sometimes, DIY is way more rewarding than purchasing (albeit time consuming) but I just love looking at these:
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And we learned how to emboss and line envelopes to make them extra special:
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Then we had a mini-photo shoot with Lyla and Olivia…
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We couldn’t get them to smile at the same time so we have one smiling here:
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And the other smiling here:
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And I captured the LIGHT! with this pretty picture of Lyla:
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We wrapped up with a night out on the town (Scott and Matt included) starting at Uchico’s and hopping downtown from there. What a fun day and night!!
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DIY Notebook

I was in Paper Source Saturday with my sisters doing a card-making workshop and picked up a few really cute things to make my own notebooks. I purchased several so once I fill one, I can create a completely unique one next time. I like to keep all my notes in one place because I often go back to reference them so having one book to put all my to-do’s is way better than writing on the back of envelopes, sticky notes, and other pieces of paper that tend to get lost.

Supplies:
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Finished Notebook (simple and pretty):
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It’s that time of year when we might get lucky enough to get a cool front (albeit only for a few days). We spent last Saturday enjoying nice crisp Fall weather. Avery saw I had a scarf on so she had to have one, too!
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This pumpkin turned 8 months last week and is crawling, saying Mama, Dada, pulling up, standing and we taught her how to click with her tongue. We also have been teaching her signs so she has started using those. I could just eat her up! She is such a sweet, sweet baby!
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Avery’s been asking for a haircut so we took her to get a trim:
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She loved getting her hair styled!
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Pumpkin Patch

Last weekend, we dressed the girls alike and took a trip to Whole Foods where they had a really cute pumpkin patch set up. I thought it would make adorable pictures and it would have IF a) it wasn’t so bright b) the girls could actually open their eyes c) the stars would have aligned! We picked the wrong time to go. I thought evening would be great but we should have waited an hour. The sun was going down but there was nothing to block it and it was set up facing that direction. In any case, this is what we ended up with so we are going to attempt again before they take it all down. Olivia loved the cow! Avery thought it would be fun until Scott put her on it and she started screaming. After our failed attempt at pictures, we decided it was time to go get some goodies at Whole Foods! I love cool grocery stores and this Flagship Whole Foods has every grocery store beat (my opinion, of course)! I remember when I first moved to Austin many years ago, it was a very small establishment across the street where Anthropologie now is. Boy has it come a long way! It’s huge and is prepared food heaven…

Really MOM…Do we have to do this?
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This is Avery’s fake smile…we resorted to bribery:
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Too bright…I’ll smile and close my eyes:
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Awww, they were troopers!
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In dreamland, I would have one of these to park at my farm and take the kids on hay rides and go joy riding! Since it’s dreamland, my farm would be around Napa.
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If there was a place you could walk in and instantly feel “happy,” this is it for me! I can walk in and it washes over me. It’s the simple things 😉 We really enjoy taking the girls on Friday evenings to plan our special weekend dinners (when we are in town).
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We received our photos from August. We took them the last week of being in The Woodlands so they are very sentimental to us. They mark a huge step made in our lives!
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Doing a twirl:
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Livy’s teething so her fingers are always in her mouth 🙂
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Not such a great picture of us but Olivia’s face is PRICELESS! She wasn’t a fan of pictures or the grass:
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NO LIKEY THE GRASS!:
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Tummy Love…I love her little belly:
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To say we were worn out after this shoot was an understatement. We did this right smack dab in the middle of the big move week. I literally ran and bought their outfits the hour before the shoot and Scott and I threw some clothes on and met our photographer at the club house.

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