Friday, October 30, 2009

A four letter word I love and....

have been waiting on for quite some time.

We closed on our house last week, finally! It seemed like forever that we were waiting for it to sell, but in reality in this day and time with this economy, I don't suppose six months was so bad.

The movers came last week and packed our remaining things into those lovely crates. Don't they look weird? That's military moves for you though. What went into those boxes and crates was stuff I won't see again for at least two years. I hope I got everything I needed! It'll all sit in storage until we get back to the states. :) Can you imagine what it will be like opening those boxes? It'll be like wedding showers, house warmings, birthday parties and Christmas morning all combined into one!

So, now, we're homeless. LOL I've joked that we're homeless, but we aren't really. We have families that LOVE us and are thankful we have come down south to visit with them before we travel across the pond to reunite with DH.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Mouse Motel

This is my version of Martha's idea. Mine isn't as clean and neat as hers. But, you have to remember she has an empire with workers doing things for her. AND, she probably wasn't up at 11:30 doing it the night before her son's birthday party. :) Besides, I don't think mice eat perfectly round holes in things anyway, Martha. :-P
I used this on the table yesterday during Reed's birthday party. The boys thought it was cool. They even asked for a mouse to take home in their treat bag. :)

Friday, October 9, 2009


We're planning an early birthday party for Reed. His birthday isn't until December, but since we're moving, we're having it early so that he can have friends there. When his birthday actually comes, we won't know anyone in our new place, so it'll be a boring birthday.

I found some ideas on some different blogs for an Indiana Jones birthday party. So, we set out to plan for a Indiana Jones party. It's a perfect time of year for fun stuff to buy for decorations and favors because it's October. There are skeletons and mummies galore in stores. Target Dollar Spot and Dollar Tree have been our favorite spots to find stuff.

I'll show you more later, after the party. But I have to show you the treasure chest now. I'm loving how it came together. The chocolate coins and gold wrapped Rolos really did the trick!

I added all the goods plus a few "Property of" signs to an old wooden box we have. Filling the entire box would have hurt my wallet too much, so I padded the bottom with some foam and towels.

What do you think? Isn't it a cool and creepy treasure chest?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

October and the Creepy Crawlies

I apologize for not being around and posting. We've been busy. I always say that, don't I? I'll fill you in on those details in another post (hopefully later this week!)

For now, I will just share some creepy photos that caught my eye as I was uploading them onto the computer from my flash card.

The first is a happy little spider that the boys found in the backyard.
They insisted on capturing him and observing him as a science project. Ugh, ok. The teacher in me had to say, "Ok." The girl in me said, "Ewww, gross!"
Lessons learned: 1) Spiders can't move around in glass jars very well; 2) Spiders will not eat bugs that humans catch and place in confinement containers for spiders. Apparently, they are big hunters and don't like food provided for them.

Now, for the good stuff. The real creepy guys! I apologize in advance if these guys spook you. If you're reading just before bed and have bad dreams, I'm sorry! We were at the nature center recently and saw these guys on display. I have this fear of snakes in general, but especially since we plan to move to the country someday. The country that is most likely inhabited with rattlesnakes and copperheads. My fear is that I won't recognize the kind of snake if I find one. Not that it'll matter because I'm not a snake lover. The best kind of snake is a dead snake (or one that is tucked away behind glass and can't reach me). I decided to take pictures of these two guys so I would have my own reference and not have to entrust Wikipedia someday. LOL

Curious Copperhead - I don't think he liked us checking him out. Photobucket

Resting Rattlesnake - If I ever came face to face with him or his relatives in the country/woods, I'd be doing anything other than resting! Photobucket

And that's it for this addition of the Creepy Crawlies! Sweet dreams!