Thursday, September 19, 2013


It's been a busy week!

I recently went to Suzie's Farm south of San Diego to scout a location for our annual Halloween charity event.  I love a good pumpkin patch.  

They're setting up for a dinner this weekend and in a few weeks this area will be transformed into Pumpkinpalooza.  Melissa and I will be there to photograph kids in their Halloween gear for donations only.  We give it all to Rady's of San Diego, a local Children's Hospital.  Melissa and I donate our time.  Such a fun event.

We visited the Lego Store in Fashion Valley recently, shopping prior to our Disney trip.  

Legos have come a long way since we were kids.

Lots of pre-Disney, pre-actual birthday celebrating for Lainey.

Attended the ice cream social at school.  Here is Laine with one of her bffs, Lindsey.

Homemade cake.....a recipe that closely mimics Blake's grandmother's.....divine.

Our sweet 6 year old.

Fall is nearly here!

I turned this:

Into this:

No sew or glue.....tied burlap strips on, attached the S and bow, and done!

Mod-podged the first of many pumpkins that will adorn this house over the next few months.  

And, started to add a few pieces here and there.  Blake forbids too much "Halloween" prior to October.

Such a stick in the mud.  I'd start celebrating July 5 if he let me.

Caroline sent Lainey the cutest hot pink patent leather Doc Martens for her birthday, but the leather wouldn't give at all and hurt her feet.  

So, with her blessing, we went to Nordstrom to exchange.

In place, Lainey got these darling Minnetonka fringe boots and also a pair of old school moccasins, too.  I had the white Minnetonkas as a kid.  I adore all their stuff!

And, Lainey couldn't be happier.

Also this week, our last child lost her first tooth.  As with Jack, it had to fall out of her head on its own.  She was eating chicken and rice, looked down and had to decipher what was rice and what was a tooth.

Sweet Lainey.

Carter recently lost his last tooth, so as soon as all of his adult teeth come in, we'll be headed to the orthodontist for braces. 

Finally, Lainey and I received these darling cards from my good friend, Kelly, who has asked me to be her son's Godmother and Lainey has taken the role as Godmother's Assistant.  

Yes, it's a thing.

We can't wait to meet this little boy and will treasure him always!  I'm truly touched she asked me.  I will commit to always share our Catholic faith and love of God with him, Kelly and her family.  As always, I tend to turn most things in life into a circus and this will be no different.  But, I take my role very seriously, too.  And, I already adore this child.  :)

This weekend:

Carter's first flag football game.

LSU vs Auburn.

Pancake breakfast at church.



Jo said...

phew what a busy time ... but it all looks like so much fun!

ps. I love that wreath!

Dee Stephens said...

Love those boots on LC! She has some skinny little legs too!

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

Love the new wreath makeover! I'm with Blake on not putting up Halloween décor until after October 1st.

Jboo said...

What a great update! Love your wreath makeover and those pumpkins -- have had to stop myself from buying any yet!

Have a fun weekend!

Unknown said...

Yummy. That birthday cake looks delicious. Godmother task #3,167 make Baptism cake. Kidding!

starnes family said...

I'll do it, Kelly!

Kristen said...

Ummmm... the picture of Lainey opening the box of shoes? Just an FYI. She looks like she's 16. Good luck to you.