October — My Favorite Month

I cannot believe that tomorrow is the last day of October.  This month has gone by quickly, has been busy and a good one, and is my favorite month. It is the time of football, the World Series, fall leaves, cooler weather, and pumpkins.

It is also a time for celebrations.  My husband and I got married in October, our son was born this month, and we also celebrate the birthdays of both of my parents, three nephews, and several friends, and the anniversaries of a few friends.

We also had our fall break this month and some down time to enjoy the leaves changing and the cooler weather.  Although at the time of the break, it was still pretty warm.  It is still nice to have a break to enjoy ourselves during the hustle and bustle that school has become.

This was photo was taken a few falls ago in North Carolina. Don’t you just love the colors of those leaves? I sure do. I like the vibrant reds, yellows, and golds.

Along with a lot of fun and happy celebrations, we have also had to say goodbye to some loved ones this month.  I found out that over the weekend, one of my pediatricians had passed away and one of my friends from MOPS also died.  So sad to lose both of these wonderful people.

These losses are bittersweet since they leave behind family and friends and those who loved them so very much.  Both made the most of their lives and I have learned from them.

This month, we also had a school field trip to an interactive STEM museum and a historical center.  Both were fascinating and we learned a lot.  Ian and I enjoyed the day very much, as did his friends.  So many fond memories that I will cherish.

Also in October, I usually end up with a sinus infection or cold.  It seems to happen each year because of the ragweed and changes in temperature.  Sure enough, it did again this year.  I am finally feeling better after a week of being sick and on medication.

On this next to last day of my favorite month, I am thankful for:

  • Warm sweaters and socks
  • Homemade chicken noodle veggie soup
  • Hot tea and hot coffee
  • Naps on the couch
  • Library books
  • Time with my guys
  • Sleeping in on the weekend
  • Family time
  • Birthday parties
  • Lunches or dinners out with friends
  • Family photos
  • School field trips
  • PTO members and activities
  • Halloween candy and costumes, but nothing very scary
  • Hugs and messy hair in the morning
  • Late breakfast on Saturday
  • Watching the World Series
  • 19 years of marriage
  • Our 10-year-old son
  • All that my parents taught me
  • My family
  • My friends
  • Meals and laughs with family
  • Movies at home
  • Ian’s school and all of our friends
  • My many blessings

I truly enjoyed October.  I wonder what the next month will bring?  I am sure a lot of fun activities and more time with loved ones. We cannot wait.

Halloween Flashback Friday

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Friday!  In a few days it will be the last day of October and Halloween.  My this month has flown by.  This photo is from many years ago of Ian dressed as Elmo.  As you can see, I was in a similar outfit.

I know several families who do not celebrate Halloween.  We do, but ours is the fun dress-up Halloween, not the scary one that many people seem to like. Each year, I have to warn Ian that some people like scary stuff.  We do not, as he likes to remind me.

We are ready to walk around the neighborhood and ask for candy.  It is supposed to be warm so that will work well for his costume.  He is wearing the same as what he did last year and is excited about that.

A few Halloween questions.  What are your answers?  Mine are below.

  • Store bought costume or homemade?  Ours are usually homemade.
  • Favorite candy? Junior Mints, M&Ms, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Stay home or go out?  We trick-or-treat and then come home and give out candy
  • Favorite scary movie?  Don’t like them so none

Hope you have a great weekend and a fun Halloween if you celebrate it!  We sure will.

Flashback Friday – Happy Halloween

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Halloween!  Today is the day for costumes, candy, pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and being scared and scary.  Well, at my house, we don’t like being scared or scaring others, so we won’t be doing any of that. But the rest, we are looking forward to!

For today’s Flashback Friday, I decided to include a few Halloween costumes from year’s past.  First is Ian dressed like a pilot from a few years ago.  The other one is of him as Elmo and me in a similar top and sweater.

Tonight, Ian will be dressed as a knight.  This costume is one that my sister gave us as a hand-me-down.  It is supposed to rain tonight and Ian told me this morning, “Mom, knights don’t carry umbrellas.”  “You are right Ian, so what should we do?” I asked him.

We then decided that we can give out candy in costume to other kids and he seems to really like that idea.  I think he was happy that he wouldn’t get wet that way.

Whatever the weather brings, we will have a good time.  We hope that you do as well.

On this Halloween day, I am thankful for:

  • Messy morning hair on a sweet boy
  • The excitement of dress-up
  • Lovely fall colors
  • A fun dinner out last night with some good friends
  • Having Ian help pick the candy we will give out
  • Trick-or-treating with Ian
  • A garage that keeps our cars warm on cold mornings
  • Pumpkin spice creamer for my coffee
  • The crackle and smell of cooking bacon
  • Having my parents over for dinner and Halloween fun
  • The sun coming up for the start of a new day
  • A weekend of time at home
  • An extra hour of sleep on Saturday night before we change the clocks
  • The forecast of snow over the weekend
  • The feel of warm, just-washed towels and sheets (it’s laundry day)
  • Lunch out with my hubby
  • Catching up with old friends
  • Making time to spend with new friends
  • Having an opportunity for early voting and waiting in a long line
  • A good report card and conference with Ian’s teacher
  • Prayer support from friends and family
  • The ending of my favorite month, October

I wonder what fun and adventures this Halloween day and night will bring?  I look forward to finding out!  Take care and be safe!

Happy November 1st

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Friday!  Can you believe it’s the 1st day of November?  I sure can’t.  This year has flown by.

Today’s photo challenge is Fruit, which I just can’t get into today.  Don’t get me wrong, I love fruit and eat it most mornings.  I especially like oatmeal with blueberries.

I had that this morning with some almond slivers on top.  But, I forgot to take a picture. So, what to write about?

And, Five Minute Friday is on Grace.  This is a great word and gift and was the name of our church for a while, until we returned to where we’d met.  I have also liked this as a girl’s name.

I could write much longer on this subject and may tomorrow.  But instead today I want to write about our Halloween.

Ian stayed home from school yesterday since we have been battling sinus infections.  Needless to say, we didn’t feel good but thankfully aren’t contagious.  Because of that, we didn’t go out trick-or-treating.

Instead Ian helped me hand out candy.  He had a great time giving out candy to other kids.  We had 135 small boxes of candy that we gave out — 1 to each person. Quite a turnout!

We gave out candy for about two hours before running out.  We then watched a video and hung out.  It was a fun evening that Ian really enjoyed. He told me, “There weren’t that many scary costumes.”  Of that he was very glad and so was I.

He definitely doesn’t like scary things.  I have explained to him that lots of people like to be scared and scare others on Halloween.  But that we don’t.  “Me neither Mommy,” he told me.

Prior to choosing this veterinarian costume, he tried on three others — an Indian, a knight, and a bandit.  He had a hard time deciding what he wanted to be.   Then he settled on being Dr. Ian.

“Mommy, I want to be a doctor, an animal doctor,” he said.  “Great Ian.  You can even be more than one if you want,” I told him.  “No, this one,’ he informed me.

Despite our Halloween not being exactly what I’d planned on, it was still a great evening that we truly enjoyed.  Hope yours was great as well.

On the church calendar, today, November 1st,  is All Saint’s Day to honor saints.  I like to think about and remember those in my life who have passed away.  I also like to pause and be thankful for all that I learned from them and realize how blessed I am to have those who are still in my life.

May we have a great weekend and truly appreciate and enjoy those we are with.

Weekend, photo a day

Hi Friday and hi weekend!  How are you?  It is so good to see you!

I don’t know about you but I am so ready for the weekend!  Hope you have a great one.

We will be busy for part of the weekend but also plan to have some time to relax and enjoy one another’s company.  May you have a great one as well.

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Yesterday I started November Photo A Day, which is posted each month by fatmumslim.com.au.  The lady at this Web site comes up with a variety of ideas of images on a list.  My sister and a few of her friends did this last month.  I wanted to try for November.

Here are the first two images for the first two days of the month.  I will share them at the end of each week with you, or sooner.

**November 1 — “Something beginning with “C.”  For this item, I chose Ian decorating Halloween cookies.

This year, Halloween was a lot of fun with Ian.  Throughout the day, he wore three costumes — a race car driver, Super Why (who has the power to read), and a skeleton.

In the afternoon, we decorated cookies for Halloween.  Ian had fun with the frosting, candy, and sprinkles.  This pictures shows him hard at work.

We also went to Ian’s favorite restaurant for dinner.  And, after dinner did trick-or-treating inside throughout the house since he has the sniffles.  As he told me the next morning, “I had a great Halloween with you Mommy.”  I told him that we had a great time with him too!

**November 2 – “Colour.”  For this image I chose to take a picture of a colorful scarf that my sister made me as well as an equally colorful necklace that Ian made with my mother’s help.

She crocheted this scarf out of a multi-color yarn of blues, oranges, and greens.  I can wear it with many outfits and enjoy that each time I do.

They are pretty but look a lot better in person.  I need to work on lighting for the pictures as well as camera angles.  This will be fun to work on as the month of photos continue.

Do you have a favorite color?  I do!  Actually I have two of them — turquoise and red.  The turquoise reminds me of the ocean which I dearly love.  I also love turquoise jewelry and have quite a variety of pieces in my collection.  And red is the color of love and passion.  It is also nice that I almost always get compliments when I wear it.

I have a ring that I bought at the beach years ago that is turquoise and red and it is one of my favorites!

A few of the upcoming subjects will be — “breakfast,” “TV,” “something you do everyday,” and “tree.”  I look forward to the adventure of figuring out what images to shoot and what to write about.  Would you like to join me?

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!  Take care.