Fall Fun

Our new home has lots of trees... and that means lots of leaves! 

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Hayden having fun with cousin Bree
{PS the white house is our neighbors, not us!}


Happy Halloween!!

I found the girls' costumes at a consignment shop, and they were perfect! Hayden went as a cupcake, and Audri as a monkey. I must say, the costumes fit their personalities quite well :)

getting ready to head out... notice Hayden's princess covered treat basket in the background??
It was soooooo cold. Good thing the costumes were pretty warm!
found a little clippy to make it clear she's a girl monkey!

cherry on top!
Someone's getting serious about the loot this year...


Heartland Farms Pumpkin Patch '13

Time for our annual trip to the pumpkin patch! This marks Hayden's 3rd, and Audri's 1st trip. This time we went with Wes's brother's family again... we love cousins!

Hayden has yet to appreciate the annual growth chart...
walking through the corn "maze"
tractor ride
this kid takes her sliding seriously
Wes & Audri enjoying the sunset

We Love to Paint!

After the texturing was completed, we could finally paint! We had spent a lot of time figuring out our colors, so it was super satisfying to see it all starting to come together!

our paint samples - kind of hard to see, but we went with 3 main colors
we're always looking for a deal, and I was so happy to find some quality paint on sale... plus a 10% off coupon!
we used one, 5-gallon bucket of paint to apply two coats of yellow in the girls' rooms {my grandma Alice did the edging, while my brother josh rolled the walls}
we only needed a gallon to cover the upper 2/3 of the kids' bathroom!
the rest of the house was covered in this wonderful "warm-gray" color - so in love with the results!

Oh yeah, and we also had to paint all the trim for the house. We were going to reuse the original trim, but my dad had a ton left over from when they built their house. We ended up having to purchase a little more, but we found a great deal on it and love the result. We spread the trim out in all three bedrooms and the living room, and still had to do it in a couple of phases! We used the same deglosser we put on our kitchen cabinets, only this time we used Valspar's Signature Paint & Primer. Love that stuff!

James applying the deglosser to the stained trim
Thankfully the unfinished trim didn't need to be deglossed! We used this trim for doors & windows
This is technically baseboard, but we used it as window sills
I took this picture because of the light repair, but it also shows off our finished living room & trim ready to be installed. Oh and that's my dad checkin on the progress :)


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may 23, 2012
Prep Time: 2 hours
Yields: 8 rolls

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december 19, 2011
Prep Time: 1 hour
Yields: abt 20 treats

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Bake Time: 1 hour
Yields: 1 loaf
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april 18, 2012
Prep Time: 30 min
Yields: 3 chops

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