Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This is Halloween 2012

I'm not going to lie...I don't love Halloween.  But my kids sure do, and I do love making them happy.  So I buy costumes and candy and make more memories!  I think my favorite part is taking their pictures.  They have such fun dressing up and love pretending to be someone their not for the night.  I guess I love that too!

I made my costume and wore it with pride.  I didn't make the shirt but did do the WW's and loved how it turned out.  The kids have had their costumes for a couple weeks but I'm a mean mom and don't let them wear them until Halloween, so they've been counting down the days.  Then they will be wearing them non-stop for the next month, at least.  No pictures of Ben but he won second place for his Cowboy costume and performance of "Oh what a beautiful morning" at work this week.  It was a long day for me with school parties, the kindergarten parade, trunk or treat, and a little bit of door to door trick or treating but totally worth it when I see those three chocolate covered faces so happy at the end of the night.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Desk: Before and After

Several months ago, I inherited a desk/hutch from my great aunt.  It was her mother's, my great grandma on my dad's side.  Ben brought it home and put it in our garage and there it sat.  I knew I wanted to repaint it and all that good stuff but our garage was a mess and time always seemed to be an issue too.  Well this past Saturday, we got up early and cleaned our garage and after 3 trips to Lowe's, we turned THIS...

 into THIS...

 Isn't it pretty?!  It just makes me smile every time I go into the garage.  We removed all the hardware, sanded her down and painted her teal.  The hutch wasn't tall enough for a computer monitor or have a place for cords to go through, so we came up with a way to raise it up.  The orange legs are the perfect finishing touch.  I can hardly wait til this weekend when we can get it in the house and all set up.  I have a few ideas for some decorative things to complete the whole look.  Until then, I'll just keep peeking in my garage for a glimpse of the teal happiness.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Shout Out Your Colors Wolves...Blue and White!

It was a beautiful Friday night and 2 things were shining brightly...the moon and 

my Shelby!

Every year, the Basic High School cheerleaders do a camp for the little girls and then let them cheer with them at a football game.  Shelby was ecstatic about it and could hardly wait to go.  After the practice session, she was doing cheers all over the house.  It was adorable! 

Here's the whole group of girls at the game.  It ranged from little, little girls to girls I thought were in high school already. Shelby had several friends from school and her church class, which made it all the more fun.

Here she is up on a box.  Now it's confession time...when I was in high school, I wanted to be a cheerleader.  I secretly wished I could stand on a box for all to see as I cheered for our team.  Silly I know, but I really did.  I still wanted to play basketball and always wished they would have let me cheer just for football season (that was the only time they used the boxes anyways).  So watching my Shelby get to stand up on those boxes was almost as good as doing it myself.
 She was so cute and really got into it, especially toward the end.

 The pom-pom was her favorite I think.

One of the young women in our ward is a cheerleader and when she cheered next to Shelby I had to snap a picture.

This made her a little nervous, but luckily those beautiful gals made her feel safe as they lifted her up.  She was in tears right before this shot but I'm so proud of her for doing it.

Oh my pretty girl!  I'm so grateful she had this chance to try something new and to let her mom live vicariously through her.  Go Wolves!