Our church has the young kids "adopt" an older member and we give them little gifts or do something nice for them. We try to keep things going fairly regularly for them and a lot of the members happen to also be widows. We set a small dollar limit for the gifts so I ran down to my local Dollar General store to see what I might could get our lady. They had some really nice throw blankets that I imagined she could throw over her shoulders or use on the extra cool nights. I am not sure if she likes to do puzzles but this book of puzzles was on clearance and then I picked up a simple frame and printed out a free fall printable. (If you want to know where I got it just let me know) Then I just wrapped it all up in a bow and will add a tag later.
I think this would be an easy gift for an elderly person. Something they can use (blanket), something they can do (word puzzles) and something they can enjoy in their home (framed print). I hope she enjoys it and is able to use it.
Admittedly, I am not a big Halloween decorator. I never decorated for the holiday at all before we had kids and we were married and had a home for 5 years before we had Jonah. It was not a holiday that my parents decorated for very much either. Now that Jonah is older and gets into the holidays more, I am enjoying adding a little touch of spooky to our house...in a cutesy kind of spooky!
Sidebar: When I was in elementary school my Dad (who loved woodworking) cut some really huge pumpkins out of plywood and my Mom (who was very crafty) painted them each with a face. They were literally taller than me and they would put them out in our front yard (which was really open and big) as their fall/Halloween decor. Everyone loved them and us kids thought they were so cool. My Dad (who is also an electrician) would set up a spotlight for nighttime too!
Think something like the picture below but on a larger scale and with plywood with hand painted faces. I got this from Pinterest.
I wish I still had them to use in my yard now! But back to my Halloween decorations. I just decorate my white hutch in the living room and add a few pumpkins and a wreath to the door and call it good. Most everything I used this year is stuff I've had for a couple of years but I did buy the black, spooky tree at a barn sale this year for $12. I love it so! I may add some small ornaments to it...or not.
Do you decorate much for Halloween or just for Fall?
I have slowly been updating some of our furniture that we've had since we got married. We bought a brand new living room set while we were engaged and the end tables are still in excellent condition. However, I was growing tired of all the brown in our living room. The carpet is brown and we now have a dark brown leather sectional. So I decided to paint the end tables white and distress them to give it some contrast. I already had just enough of my Annie Sloan chalk paint in Pure White to do the job. Then I got some new pulls from Hobby Lobby to match the pulls on the white hutch in our living room that I painted a couple of years ago. I really love how the chalk paint adheres without any prep and I applied the wax with my new wax brush and it went so much quicker!
This was one of the end tables BEFORE. Still in excellent shape but just outdated and boring.
This was during the painting process....and below is the AFTER!
Now I'm thinking I need some different lamps with more color. It's funny how one change just brings around more changes that you think you need. :)
We had a great Fall weekend! On Saturday we had family pictures taken and all I can say about that is I hope we have one good picture. Haley was not having any part of cooperating with us. We had a big cold front move in on Friday and it was cool on Saturday morning and very windy. I think she just didn't like the cold and being out in the wind. It was a very brief shoot. OH well that is how it goes with kids...you can prep and coordinate outfits but you cannot control how they will do when the time comes for the pictures. LOL
Saturday afternoon I got to head off to a Barn Sale in town with my Mom, sister-in-law and friend. I got some goodies and had a big time shopping sans kids. LOL
So on Sunday we had our annual Fun Day with our church friends at a member's home. These folks are always so gracious and hospitable to open up their home and land for us to all enjoy. We had 3 inflatables, corn hole and horse shoe tournaments, a corn crib, hay ride, pumpkin decorating, FOOD and a devotional all in one day. In Jonah's words toward the end of the day "best day ever!"
Here are some of the pictures I got. (Haley left early to take a nap at Nana's house so we could stay and play with Jonah some more. Thanks Nana!!)
Charlie (the homeowner) made this corn crib from hay bales and corn (he harvests a lot of corn on his farm) for the kids to play in. I think he originally made it for some of the smaller kids to play in but turns out the bigger teenage kids were in it most of the day. LOL
Jonah wore himself out on the inflatables. He played in them all day long. He just kept going and going like the energizer bunny.
This was one of the larger inflatables that had a bouncer and a slide. There was an obstacle course one too.
The back of their house where we all hung out and ate.
Charlie knows how to do a hayride with this set up!
The homeowners have 3 girls (adult twins and a senior in high school) and they all love riding horses. This is their beautiful horse barn down behind their house. Below is their youngest daughter that gave rides to the little kids on her horse. It was Jonah's first time to ride a horse too!
View from the road of their beautiful home! Country living at it's finest.
Jonah's decorated pumpkin.
A cute little piggy.
View from back of the house of their bull "Bruno" that came up to visit.
The young men in our congregation did the evening devotional and decided to use 3 haybales stacked up as their pulpit. :)
I have been getting a jump start on the kids yearly scrapbooks and have bought a lot of cute templates and kits lately. I just love being able to drag and drop pictures and have an awesome looking page in a short amount of time! It makes me feel so accomplished! I love all the creative people that come up with these templates and I am not ashamed to use them at all! Here are my most recent layouts.
Setting a few more goals for this long month full of seasonal changes and fun family time.
1. Read 1 & 2 Peter and do the She Reads Truth devotionals.
2. Read 1 other book, possibly a self-help one or a parenting one that I've been meaning to finish.
3. Go to a pumpkin patch with friends. This is on the calendar so hopefully we will have good weather!
4. Carve a pumpkins with Jonah. Now that he is 4 I think he would enjoy doing this more.
5. Decorate for Halloween!
6. Stick to my meal planning (for suppers) and eating out less.
7. Take lots of pictures and especially a lot of pictures of the kids in their costumes.
I think that's it but I know there will be a lot of fun things coming up this month and I am crossing my fingers for some cooler temps this weekend! We have a fun-filled weekend planned with family pictures on Saturday and our annual Fun Day with our church family on Sunday.
Hi there to anyone stopping by! Just wanted to pop in and do a little update on how my September Goals went. Here is where I posted about my September goals in case you missed it.
1. The health goals I had did not get met at all! September was not my healthiest month for eating. I do good on getting fruit each day but the sweets have been very tempting and just snacking in general. I also don't think I walked at all (for exercise) this past month. Boo on me! I have to do better in October!
2. I have kicked it on the Bible reading though. I read Ecclesiastes and did a devotional in the first part of the month. Then I just finished doing the "Open your Bible" study with She Reads Truth and very much enjoyed that. I just started the 1 & 2 Peter study with SRT as well!
3: Book reading: I read more than 1 book! I read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and it was awesome!! So, so good! I love historical fiction and love stories and this one was such a great love story! Now I want to read all of Francine Rivers' books! I am also listening to Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and enjoying it for the most part but I am ready to get it done so I know what ends up happening. Sidenote: I watched a 73 questions interview with Reese Witherspoon yesterday and she mentioned she had just read Big Little Lies too! A fun coincidence to me!
4. I have done my best to stay off-line and unplugged in the evenings and I am getting better with it!
5. I have taken a few pictures here and there will do a post soon with them. The kids are growing so fast!
6. I still have a lot to scrap of Haley and hope to do more of that this month once work calms down some. This is our busy season.
7. House Update: We received our first offer on our house and it was a really low price offer. We countered giving them a lot of things they wanted and came back with a higher price that was a little under our asking price. Then we didn't hear anything back from them and found out that they didn't even go over the counter offer with their realtor!! Such a bummer to get our hopes up somewhat but I guess that is just par for the course when you are trying to sell.
This post is already long so I will post my October Goals tomorrow! Have a great day!