Life In Photos #31

A very small (and child-centric) photo post this week. The last few days I have felt quite awful (ironic as I’m getting my flu shot tomorrow!) and I didn’t snap too many other pics this week. Luckily my little seems to be doing fine, and Halloween wasn’t interrupted!

kitty pets

My little was so excited Eli let her pet him for a few minutes! He tends to stay away from her, but lately he’s been warming up quite a bit!

new bookshelf

We finally got a new bookshelf for the living room!! YAY! The project is still only partially complete as now we need a smaller shelf for all my little’s books, and then we can transfer our old bookshelf to our bedroom. Even though it’s still a work in progress, I’m so excited to have a new shelf, and have much more organized book storage than the massively over-crammed system we had going on before.



And of course, pics of my little in her costume! She had a blast trick or treating and I’m so glad the weather stayed ‘warm’ for it. By warm I mean mid 40s, which is pretty good for late fall New Hampshire, especially since today it never crept above 35. Anywho, she loved her costume! This was the first year she picked what she wanted to be 100% on her own, and she was not disappointed. I think she made a very good ‘queen riding a unicorn’. 🙂 I love how the front hooves of the unicorn move when she walks, so it looks like the unicorn is walking too. All in all, costume success!

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1. We had our first D&D session last Sunday and it went great! Plus, I finally found a use for this notebook I love. I play a Druid, and she rocks. 😀
2. Eli was much obliged to participate in snuggles for National Cat Day last Wednesday!
3. The hubs and I had a day together for a round of Christmas shopping, and we were planning to eat out for lunch. The day was so nice we decided to literally eat out, and snag our TGI Friday’s to go so we could have an impromptu riverside lunch date.
4. The little and I attend a once a week nature/environmental class and last week we got to see the pet turtle devour a worm! They kind of just glom it in like a big thick spaghetti piece. Enjoy that mental image. 😉

Today has been a day of sickness unfortunately, but it has been really nice to just laze around with my little (the hubs is judging a Magic event today!). I hope your Halloween and weekend were excellent!


5 Fandom Friday


Happy Halloween!!

Today in the fun linkup from The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick, it’s all about your top five Halloween candy!

My daughter was ten months old for her first Halloween, and at that age we were not letting her have sweets. But we absolutely took her trick-or-treating for the sole purpose of scoring ourselves candy. Well, that, and seeing her dressed up in a tiger suit was just THE CUTEST THING EVER.

See? We even taught her to roar. 😀

I am actually a rather picky candy eater though. I really only like different varieties of chocolate candy, my top five being:

1. Kit Kat
Definitely my all around favorite candy bar, and not just at Halloween.

2. Three Musketeers
I love a good Three Musketeers, but definitely not the mint or dark chocolate varieties. Just the original please!

3. Reeses
Any form of Reeses is fine with me. It’s hard to mess up peanut butter and chocolate.

4. M&Ms
Just a classic, and I still love them. Peanut Butter is my favorite variety, but even plain are yummy!

5. Sweet Tarts
About the only non-chocolate candy that I really love! I love to suck on them so last a long time. However, I have definitely made the mistake of eating way too many in a row, and then your tongue tends to feel like it has a chemical burn….not quite what I’m going for.

I missed last week’s 5 Fandom post so I’m adding it onto the end of today’s – my top five favorite Halloween flicks and/or scary movies!

1. Beetlejuice
I adore this movie. I know most of it by heart, and it the first Blu-Ray the hubs ever bought me haha! I first saw it really young, when Beetlejuice’s transformations at the end were terrifying to me, yet I still loved it! Plus the combo of Tim Burton directing and Danny Elfman scoring is always fantastic.

2. The Ring
I saw this in high school and it scared the hell out of me. I became terrified of my TV, and TV static. I still have to look away at certain parts when I watch it because the distorted faces just freak me right out. However, it was a really well done horror film and it’s still one of my faves. I’ve never seen the sequels and don’t plan on it – this film is great on it’s own.

3. Poltergeist
Another classic that I saw when I was young and fell in love with. Plus, I find all the weird happenings to the cast and crew fascinating (though terrifying if it were happening to me!). Like The Ring, I’ve never seen the sequels.

4. The Exorcism of Emily Rose
I actually didn’t see this when it came out, but years later I watched it and was very impressed with it. I like how it was set up with the trial, and the whole time the possession is being questioned – was she mentally ill, or was she possessed? Also, fun fact, I went to school with an Emily Rose at the time this came out. Luckily, no one made fun of her!

5. Seven
I have to include one movie with a serial killer! I found this movie fascinating yet horrifying all at the same time. It also left me relatively terrified of Kevin Spacey for a bit haha. I have always found movie about real people/serial killers (vs monsters or ghosts) to be WAY more terrifying simply because I feel like it could happen to me at any time! And a few other of my favorite serial killer movies: Silence of The Lambs, Red Dragon, and the first SAW (NOT the sequels….yuck).

Life In Photos #28


Sunsets up in the mountains are so beautiful.

bird watching

We had our first class for the fall session at Prescott Farm this week (read my thoughts on the spring class here!) and my little had to get in some bird watching before class began.

praying mantisA

SQUEE!! Look at that little face!! This was the first time I’d ever seen a praying mantis so up close (one of my friends had it on her leg!). It started out all cute and innocent looking….

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…..but then got quite grumpy and started air boxing haha! Cranky praying mantis.

pumpkin lights

We decorated for Halloween at the beginning of the week including decking out my little’s room with pumpkin lights.


And in my favorite news of the week, my little miss is no longer afraid to carve pumpkins!! In previous years, we’ve always had to paint pumpkins as she insisted that we couldn’t carve because “it would hurt the pumpkin!” which I actually thought was totally adorable. Plus, shocker, I love to paint so that was a plus! But this year, she wanted to make a jack-o-lantern! It was a team effort – I gutted the pumpkin, she drew on the face (with a bit of help for the teeth 😉 ) and then the hubs carved it. I really wish it hadn’t been so dark so I could have snapped a pic of her face when we first lit the candle. She thought it was amazing!

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1. I made mini apple crisp pies! There will be proper photos and a post coming soon!
2. Edgar loves to snuggle on the arm rest of the couch.
3. Made three batches of homemade tomato soup – yum!
4. More shading on Mr. Cumberbatch here. There’s even more done now (you’ll see on WIP Wednesday) – he’ll be complete soon!

Today we’re off to a fair, and I can’t wait to take more photos!

Pumpkin Painting

My daughter can be a sensitive little one, which isn’t too surprising as I was too as a toddler/preschooler. That being said, Halloween has always been a little rough on her. Not because of the costumes, or creepy monsters, or scary decorations. Because of the pumpkin carving. The first time she ever saw a pumpkin being carved (last Halloween) she really freaked out. She started crying and got very shaky. Naturally I asked what was wrong and she said to me in the most crushed, teary voice, “Mummy, hurting pumpkin!!!”. She was convinced they were causing severe harm to the poor innocent pumpkin. This year is no different – seeing pictures of Jack-O-Lanterns always causes a reaction, though it’s less extreme than last year. Now she usually says, “I just don’t like that pumpkin thing, Mommy.”

Needless to say, we are not a pumpkin carving household. But, I do like having them outside on the stoop, so I decided to have her do pumpkin painting! She loved the idea. Nothing ‘violent’, just good crafty fun. At least, I’m assuming that’s how she sees it.

So I picked up a variety of little pumpkins for her at the grocery store and she got to work. We had white, a nice Halloween-y blood red, and then some Glow-In-The-Dark pink since pink is her current favorite color.



She had a ball. But of course, I had to get in on the fun too! I picked out two big pumpkins for myself to paint, and got to work. I wanted a tree design, so after browsing some refs, I ended up with this pumpkin.


I just LOVE it! It came out much better than I expected! I debated adding in some little white owls or some bats, but in the end I really just like the gnarly old tree.

And here’s the second one, out on display on our stoop with the tree pumpkin.


My little ones are piled up on the bottom step – my daughter loves to see them when we go in and out!


It turns out, I liked the pumpkin painting BETTER than carving. It opens up a lot more design ideas for me, is FAR less messy, and the best part of course, it doesn’t terrify my child!! Maybe one day she’ll be ready for carving, but for now we are both happy with painting.

Until next time,

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