Friday, December 27, 2013

Drew Christmas Photoshoot

We spent Christmas at my parent's house this year. While we were up there I got a chance to get some pictures of Drew out in the woods. This is one of my favorite setting ever. I love the woods with all the leaves on the ground and the trees still green. This is one of the perks of being in Florida for the holidays. It had rained all day the day before, so the woods smelled the way they smelled when I was little.  Drew absolutely loves being out in these woods, too.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Doctor Who Birthday Party

For my birthday this year we celebrated Doctor Who style. It also happened to be the 50th anniversary. It was a full out party with costumes encouraged.

I sent out Doctor Who inspired invitations. They were inspired by the invitations The Doctor sent The Ponds and River Song. The insides looked like the one below, except with our home coordinates and the date of the episode. The other side had the real party information. I also made the stamps, using important things from the shows and adding the "postmarks" for the related dates in time.

We decorated the door to look like the TARDIS. This works really well for our house because it is bigger on the inside, or if you are a Clara fan, smaller on the outside.

Our front mantle was decorated as a memory shelf of things we thought The Doctor would want to remember. There were pictures of Craig,Sophie and Stormaggedon, Dark Lord of All. There was a badge from Martha, his name tag from working in the store, and a note from Clara telling him what the wifi password was. There was also a complete work from Shakespeare and a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone (good ol' J.K.). The last book was from Agatha Christie.

The other mantle had River Song's blue journal, Van Gogh's Sunflowers (for Amy), River Song's invitation to the party, and the Afterward by Amelia Williams.

River Song did stop by and leave a message for The Doctor, but we aren't sure where in her timeline it occured.

BAD WOLF also suddenly appeared on our back door. It created itself and spread itself through time and space.

We had lots of fun food for everyone. Some of it was there to keep us from screaming at the tv during the episode.

To watch the episode you had to try and observe "Silence in the Library." Needless to say, with all the squealing and screaming during the episode, we didn't exactly accomplish the silence.

We did have some cute Doctor pillows if you needed an extra cuddle during the episode. Since we didn't know how much torment Moffat would put us through, this seemed like a good idea.

After the episode we took pictures of the costumes that showed up:

Chloe couldn't get into the Doctor Who spirit, but that was ok, she celebrated Harry Potter style.

Paul and Ashley came as Rory and Amy Pond.

Jenn was our 9th Doctor.

Courtney and Eric were our other Amy and Rory Pond.

AJ and I were Rose and 10.

I love this picture of AJ.

 This was one of the best birthday parties I have had in a really long time, actually it was the only party I have had in years. I am so glad this was the one we chose to celebrate. Though I was surrounded by almost all the introverts in my life, think everyone had a good time.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Halloween 2013

I know I am late getting post about our Halloween posted. Life has just been busy, and I have been holding on for the ride. So, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are lots of pictures, and a few words.

On October 29th, Drew had a Halloween party at his gymnastics studio. It was adorable seeing all the kids in their costumes. Drew loved having free play and playing with the other kids.

On October 30th, Courtney and I took Drew to a local petting zoo, Green Meadows Farm with our church group. It was a fun day. I am loving this tradition we have started.

We went Trick-or-Treating on the 31st at Mrs. Joy's house.

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

31 Projects: Owl Door Hanger

Welcome to Day 26 of 31 Projects: House to Home 2013!

Today was spent working on small things. AJ had Amy come over to help on a bigger project that I will post about later. I worked on something I had seen in Pinterest. 

I have seen this owl going around Pinterest for a while, and I so wanted one. I figured I could make one since I had all the supplies. So, I dove in head first.

I started by creating a pattern. I am not the best at free hand drawing. Luckily, I can generally get it done. I had to make an outer pattern and a smaller version for the inset.

I used burlap, an old pillow case as the inset, and some dark brown ribbing material for the outer eyes. I used plastic shopping bags as the stuffing. This was two fold because the owl was going outside and I had a bunch that I wanted to try see how they worked as stuffing.

I added a bow tie as the finishing touch, because bow ties are cool. It makes me really happy he has a bow tie. It helped me learn how to make bow ties which works well for a future idea.

I love my owl. I think he came out great. He is a very fun addition to our porch. I think he is going to become our Fall door "wreath" from now on.