Halloween
Halloween this year we once again kept things pretty simple :)
 We had grand plans of having a carving party with friends and a little spooky costume party for the kids but there just never seems to be enough time in the day and I didn’t make it a huge priority so it never got done :)  {ya know what I mean right?! }
Plus Dave’s hunting throws life a bit off schedule– fall is a busy time of year it seems for my hubby almost every weekend something has been going on. I’m almost ready for the more quiet relaxed weekends of the winter– shhhh let’s not really say that though cuz I sure don’t want the snow just yet!
Anyways 2 days before Halloween I went in search of Pumpkins– 
I had bought some previously but they were part of my fall decor so I didn’t really want to carve them up and thought that it’d be more fun if we each had a pumpkin.—- 
Do you know that that close to Halloween it is dang hard to find pumpkins!? 
 After 3 stores with no pumpkins I gave up and said fine we can carve “my pumpkins”
Brynley was really into it this year and didn’t mind the icky pumpkin guts at all
 Ellie on the other hand did not enjoy this at all– {Check out Dad’s big grin-}
 Ellie was disgusted and didn’t want her hand anywhere near that stuff while I have to admit both me and Dad giggled at her :) 
 Since our kids are older and wanted to be pretty involved in the pumpkin carving we had them sketch out on a paper what face they wanted on their pumpkin… Brynley wanted lots of sharp teeth and triangle eyes– and Payton wanted more of an alien looking one and well Ellie drew a whole bunch of lines so Dad got free design will on hers :)
 Payton finally got to carve his own– He was dang excited about that– and I was okay with it I mean look at how many teeth he drew for his design?! 
 Afterwards me and Dave had a little fun playing around with taking pics of the pumpkins and I was happy we did cuz we put them outside and the next morning I walked out and our Lulu cat had totally destroyed Ellie’s and was chewing on Payton’s lid { I never knew a cat would attack a pumpkin?! So weird to me}
 One of the other quickly becoming Halloween traditions in our family is Dad painting their faces for Halloween. I must admit I’m glad he does it– I think I’d be terrible at it and he does a pretty dang good job with it– plus the kids love it!
 Our kids are lucky enough that they get to dress up for Halloween at school still and do a little parade.
While I took my camera to the parade it was so hectic and not to mention I was sweating buckets cuz I figured it’d be outside like the other one’s had been and had “layered up a ton since it was freezing that day” but surprise!!  they did it inside— Ya let’s just say between seeing stars, feeling like I was going to black out and all the craziness of the parade–  my camera was the last thing on my mind :) So no pics of that– but they were very cute and had lots of fun! 
Than once again they got to dress up for the actual Halloween-
Payton was once again a Pirate– {he had a hard time deciding this year and I’m hoping he’s not outgrowing the holiday already :( }
And Brynley and Ellie both were Kitty’s….. 
Bryn wanted at first to be a Vampire– I was ummm less thrilled with that idea– I mean come on what about princess’s and all the girly stuff :( but we finally convinced her that a kitty would still be fun :) { I think it mainly had to deal with wearing the vampire teeth– she’s in love with those things} 
And while shopping for the ears for Bryn’s costume of course Ellie wanted to wear them which ensued in fighting between the two– so after about 2min of that in the store I said forget that, guess who gets to be a kitty too :)
Overall it was fun simple costumes for me and It turned out to be a great Halloween!! Now of course I have my own little bucket stash of “the taxed items” of my kids Halloween  {Reese’s and the big tootsie rolls – ya I know Tootsie Rolls?! but for some reason during Halloween I find them unresistable :) }
Anyways Hopefully ya’all had a wonderful Halloween too!!
Just moving along
Well I’d like to say I have been so dang busy… accomplishing so much– but ya that’s pretty much not true at all. Mainly we’ve been just trying to keep up on the minimum required to keep things going. 
Occasionally we do stuff but that’s mostly in the evenings or the weekends when Dave’s home and he helps add some motivation :) 
You see this is the first pregnancy that I’ve had depression actually during the pregnancy  {I’m use to and ready for the huge curve ball I get thrown after I have the baby with depression but this I was not prepared for} And I’m fighting it but I got to admit there are a lot of days when I am not always winning this battle and the total loss of interest in things that I use to love to do and enjoy :( ya it just makes you so feel not like yourself like you’ve lost somebody but you don’t know how to find them again. So we’ve been trying here to get keep the normal going…
 we’re still turning on the music and dancing away
Still giggling and taking pictures when Payton is asked to turn off the tv and instead gets sucked into a cooking show :) He sat there for a good 10 minuets so interested in them cooking 
Still taking care of the chickens and making them a very white trash run 
{It’s funny to watch Zeeta-dog and Lulu-kitty be so interested in those chickens}
and we’re still enjoying and smiling every time our funny rooster crows.
Watching the lawn gradually grown and gradually make a big green haze has also been fun.

 And I’ve been trying to get back to enjoying photography… taking pictures of the beautiful wide open sky’s and old buildings at our bro-in-laws is always fun
 Dave shooting his LOUD muzzle loader was kinda fun to watch also
course with how long it takes to load that dang sucker I’m hoping if he see’s something he gets a really good shot cuz I’m thinkin that’s all he’s gonna get off :)

 The kiddo’s of course still enjoy the van.. not so much though when I belt them in and make them stay so that they are safe while Dad is shooting :) that’s when I have to bribe them with some treats to stay in the van
 Overall we’ve just been taking things easy and enjoying our family..{ and honestly hoping this second trimester goes a bit smoother and I can feel a bit more like myself :)}
Anyways I gotta go drag myself away now so I can get to sewing some Halloween Costumes– I’ve been surprised by how fast this month has gone– Halloween is in a week– wow! 
General Conference+ A Lyric Canvas
General Conference+ A Lyric Canvas
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints {Mormons} One of my favorite times of the year is when we have General Conference– especially in the fall-
Cuddling up with a warm blanket, finding a craft to keep my hands busy, and getting to listen to the prophet and have the warm comforting spirit wash over me is a wonderful gift and treasure, and something I thoroughly look forward to.
 Part of one of our little traditions that we do is we like to pitch our tent in our living room for General Conference than we read the account of King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon (Mosiah chapter 2) 
{ In the story- they all gathered around and pitched the doors of their tents towards the temple to hear King Benjamin speak to them in the morning}
 Our kids look forward to it each time and enjoy doing it and getting to listen to Conference in the tent is always a fun adventure to them.
The girls lately have been obsessed over my little pony and of course played with those most the day
 Payton wanted to learn how to crochet a scarf– Between me and Dave we managed to teach him how to crochet a chain :) He was getting it down pretty good but a scarf was a  bit of a big project for him– {looks like I have some work ahead of me for Christmas :) }
 The main thing I did while I watched Conference this year was work on a
Lyric Collage Canvas {pain in my butt, torturous, my hand still hurts} Project-
I actually started it a month ago too- but fast lost all motivation for it and I figured I really needed to finish it.
In all reality It’s been years in the making…….. I saw this picture when we first moved to Colorado and desperately wanted one like it I actually bought the canvas for it in Colorado {so 2yrs ago now :) } and no I couldn’t afford a canvas as big as the original- holy huge-
I could never quite figure out the best way to do it {how do you get a print that big? Vinyl would be just as much of a pain and I want it to have a distressed handwritten look, Cutting out the letters would be torturous to.} So I ended up just doing the simple cheap way…. print, chalk, tracing the letters and than filling them out with permanent marker.
I had a miserable time trying to find just the one song that I liked the best so instead I took lyrics from all of me and Dave’s “songs” {The one’s we’ve teased each other with or sung together, or he’s linked me to to tell me that he loves me :) ya those ones and even than just a few of them- it was hard to narrow it down}
Anyways I just measured my Canvas made a document file in Illustrator with the Lyrics and how I wanted it to look– I’m sure you could do it in photoshop or any program you can save to an .jpg file later
Loaded it into Block Posters and than printed it.
I taped them together– Rubbed Chalk on the back of all of it- mainly cuz it would have taken even time to use pencil- and than taped it onto the canvas and went to town tracing it all out.
And I ain’t kidding when I say FOREVER LATER{7+hours} I finally had it all traced and done and outlined with a silver sharpie marker. FOREVER LATER and with blisters on my fingers and extreme cramping in my hand– but thankfully it is Done– well done until I decide I want to add a bit more distressing to it which was in the plan but really I am burned out with this project– it was lucky I didn’t just burn it  instead :)
I got to admit I love it as much as I originally thought I would  though :)
It always makes me smile to read it and look at it, and it fits just right in our bedroom :) a little intimate personal touch and just enough to show some of our Love.
Would I do it again– heck no– but I sure am going to enjoy the one I did :)
Chickens
Dave has since we’ve moved in the house wanted Chickens already… I was wanting to get a few other things done and than start some in the spring with little chicks {little chicks seem cute and would let me get use to the idea of chickens– since I’m a little scardy cat of them :)
But on saturday Dave called and said that his brother was willing to give us some chickens that were already almost old enough to be laying some eggs– I gave in and Dave came home with these. 
 Some of them are really beautiful– I wish I could have gotten some better pictures of them- maybe later– and I also wish I could have been there as I’ve heard Payton was a hoot to watch as he was trying to catch some of the Chickens– he finally caught the black one and was so very proud :)
 Ellie liked looking at them- as long as brother was close by– otherwise she wasn’t too sure about these things  
 Dave in total brought home 4 chickens and a Rooster– { I actually like rooster’s crows and our house is well enough insulated and it far enough away that I don’t hear it very much- only if I’m outside or close to the doors- but I do feel a little guilty about it with the neighbors :) }
The girls thought it a hoot watching Daddy get them out of the pen and them flapping like crazy– Zeeta was also a little intrigued by these things– she’ll have to learn fast no touching!
Thankfully our Nephew was willing to let us use his coop for a little while– 
Next Spring though I’m hoping we can build a cute one :) like this
Or one like this
 Cuz isn’t that half the fun of having chickens… having a cute coop :) ha ha at least to me it is.. 
{and as a side note I highly doubt Dave will let me get very extravagant in the design- I can already see him shaking his head looking at these ones :) }
If your like me and want to look at chicken coops this site has tons– many a hours I have wasted here
Payton so far has been pretty darn responsible with “his chickens” as he likes to call them– Every morning before school he’s been making sure they have unfrozen water and food with no prompting from us– It’s been cute to watch him not only do his chores but enjoy them– Life is Good.