Friday, October 29, 2010

Trick Or Really Cute Baby

We just got back from the downtown's Halloween Trick Or Treat Trail and Sam is so tired I put him in his crib, eyes wide open, and as soon as I walked away he was out. An afternoon out in the fresh air really does him in! We had a great time walking around, seeing friends and their littles ones all dressed up, and getting lots of candy. I feel gross right now...But totally worth it. Here are some picture from our afternoon...

Sam and I getting ready to walk downtown. I didn't dress up, I just put a spider-web temporary tattoo on my face. I'm so festive, I know.

 The tunnel of terror was hilariously lame, but I'm sure next year when Sam can actually walk through it he'll enjoy it.

 Getting Candy!!

The store clerks & owners really get into it...

We had such a good afternoon and Sam never once made a peep of frustration or unhappiness. He loved how all the store clerks thought he was the cutest little bear and he gave everyone big smiles. 

And now, I have to go and find a real Halloween costume. I always assume I'm never going to do anything for Halloween - and EVERY year, I get invited to some kind of party or get together that demands a costume...what the heck! So hopefully this evening I'll find something, or tomorrow morning. I'm clearly a last minute kind of girl.

Craig, Sam and I wish you a Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sneak Peak!

Like I said in the last post, I was trying to find a Halloween outfit for Sam last minute, and I've had a success!

There is a family in my church who has a bunch of children, and so Mrs. Roodzant has kept a whole bunch of Halloween costumes throughout the years to keep in the "Tickle Trunk" for further dress-up times. I gave her a call, and she said she had just the thing for Sam!

It fits pretty well, a little too long in the arms, but that's ok because then we won't have to worry about him wearing mittens to keep his hands warm. I'm not planning on dressing up, I'll just wear a black shirt and maybe one of those temporary tattoo's that I got in my prize bag the other day. Craig will just go in his camo pants and pretend he's a hunter so that he can go with the theme of Sam's costume.

On Friday, downtown Slammin' Arm hosts a Halloween Treat Trail throughout all the business'. It's always been a popular hit with all the little kids and their parents, and now finally I get to do it and not look like a huge creeper - because I have a kid of my own! Oh sweet Sam, thank you for being here before Halloween so I can dress you up and then eat all of your candy because you don't have teeth yet. Thank you, thank you!

Here's a little sneak peak, of our Sam, our "Little Bear"

He's so stinkin' cute!

There he is! What a little charmer. I'm going to enjoy holding him all afternoon because the costume is so fuzzy and snuggly - as you can see, it is a little too big...But we'll work with what we've got. 

I've never been big on Halloween, but ever since last week, with it nearing, I've been really looking forward to being silly and then eating a disgusting amount of candy and chocolate. I'll most definately post a blog and pictures of the "Treat Trail" on Friday, but until then, good luck working on all of your costumes and bulk up on candy now before it's too late! Let's be honest, you always end up eating half the candy you bought for Trick-Or-Treater's and have to run back to the store to buy more. Be prepared. Just offering helping advice.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My Hands Stink Of Pumpkin

So today was my first time going to one of those "baby & mom" groups, and I absolutely loved it! I always assumed they would be really weird, with a bunch of women sitting in a circle sharing their birth stories...And I was never up for that, so I avoided going to one, or finding one to attend for that matter.

But my friend, Charity, and her two littles one brought me out to the Family Resource Center and I had one of the best mornings in the longest time.

Seeing as Halloween is just around the corner we spent the morning visiting and carving pumpkins. Then for lunch we had chili with garlic buns. I also won the door prize of the morning! And since I love winning I think I'll go back (just kidding, I'd go back even if I didn't win!).

I was in such a rush out the door that I forgot to take my camera to take pictures, but here are some pictures of this morning that I was able to get for you!

While I was showering and getting ready he was hanging out in Super Saucer having the best time with Winnie The Pooh.

This is the door prize that I won! It was a Halloween bag a set of Halloween tea-towels, some temporary tattoos and a flashlight that shines different Halloween stencils on the wall (Craig is going to go bonkers for the flashlight).

And this is my lovely pumpkin that says Welcome on it. I want to add some spider webs around it, but I'll try and tackle that when Sam goes down for a nap.

So all in all it was a great morning and I didn't feel like a weirdo...yay! Now I am off to find a Halloween costume for Sam, I know, a little last minuite, so we'll see what I come up with.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bridal Show Afternoon

Here is a little video of some of the footage that was captured on my Flip camera at the Salmon Arm's Bridal Show this afternoon. It was a great little event with fantastic vendors, outstanding wine and goodies, gorgeous gowns and fantastic prizes (the grand prize was a diamond ring - say whaaat!).

The event was hosted at the Salmon Arm Golf Course which was a beautiful location that I'm intensely considering for a fundraiser event in February. My idea's are starting to really flow now that I saw that venue!

Special thanks to my lovely friend, MJ, who accompanied me to the show so I didn't have to be a third wheel to the two love birds who are getting married in the spring.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Love Your "Girls"

October is officially the month of Breast Cancer Awareness, and I think that it's appropriate to talk about boobies at such a time. I only know 2 women in my life who have been affected by breast cancer (2 to many!). One, is a good friend of mine, who lost her mom to breast cancer when she was a young teen. The other, a lady from my church who has been battling breast cancer over the past year - she's almost beaten it though! She lost one breast to surgery, but she is remaining strong and faithful in the Lord and His will!

I have really been thinking about my own two "girls" lately. They've been through a lot over the past year! In fact, if I think about it, they've been through a lot my whole life. They've always come through for me when I needed them...for example:

1.) When I hit puberty they helped me transform from a grubby, dirt loving tomboy into a pretty young lady.
2.) They brought me my husband. Because, let's face it, he was first and foremost attracted to them. If they hadn't been so nice and perky, he wouldn't have taken the time to get to know my awesome personality and then decide to marry me one day.
3.) When I got pregnant, these girls blew up like balloons and were the jealous rage among all my non-pregnant friends and that made me feel special, and forget that every other part of my body looked gross.
4.) They have kept and sustained my baby healthy and happy. I'm so thankful that breastfeeding has worked out and that I haven't had to spend money on formula and bottles and all that other unnatural junk.

I suggest you take a look at your own boob-history and give them a little thank you, and then buy them a present from Victoria's Secret, or any lingerie store near you.

Here are some links to some Cosmo websites that are dedicated to the lovely twins:

March 2011 cannot come fast enough, because it'll be my birthday month and by then I will officially be done breastfeeding...and that means I can stop wearing these disgusting nursing bras that look like torture chambers full of trap doors and secret latches. Not sexy at all. The bra that I have my sights set on to bring back some sunshine to my chest is the Victoria's Secret BioFit Push-up Bra (robots have never sounded so delicious).

Don't they look super comfy and super gorgeous??

Don't forget about this month being dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness - never stop praying for your loved ones who have been effected or affected by cancer! And remember that your body is beautiful no matter what shape or size you may be. I quite enjoy this quote from Sophia Loren:

  I think the quality of sexiness comes from within. It is something that is in you or it isn't and it really doesn't have much to do with breasts or thighs or the pout of your lips.  

Friday, October 22, 2010

Lanterns & Sunflowers

In a few short days, a very good friend of mine, Blair, and I are going to a Bridal Show/Fair here in Salmon Arm at the Salmon Arm Golf Course. She will be gettin' hitched in February 2011, and so we thought it would be fun to spend the afternoon checking out what vendors our town has to offer.

Anticipating the fair is making me think all about weddings. Another good friend of mine, Kyla, asked me the other to start brainstorming ideas for her dream wedding which is hopefully coming up in the next year as well! (Hint hint to Marcus - we need the ring, pronto!). Kyla is currently in Calgary, AB finishing up her last year at University to become an Event Planner (my dream job too!). She's an amazingly skilled planner, but still wants my expertise in the wedding department. So here are some ideas that I've pitched in.

Welcome to the Wedding! 
We already know that the wedding will be taking place outside, at the grooms' parents farm. A perfect little country wedding that will start in the early evening so we can have a gorgeous sunset as the backdrop.

The theme that I came up with for Kyla was "Lanterns & Sunflowers". 
I couldn't for the life of me find a picture to describe what the ceremony will look like, but this one helps a little:
Lining the aisle will be tiny white lanterns, such as these, and also there will be over 100 of  the same lanterns hung in the tree tops, hovering silently and beautifully over the ceremony. With the sun setting, these little babies will sparkle and shimmer and give off a romantic light. 

The bouquets for the Bridesmaids will consist of both daisies and sunflowers. The Bride's will solely be the sunflowers.

The reception will take place right after the ceremony, with an outdoor BBQ dnner of steak and salmon buffet. We'll also move most of the lanters from the trees over the ceremony to over the serving tables, an example shown in the picture above.

Haybale seating is a definate must for this country wedding! The centerpieces will be simple sunflower arrangements, with candles encircling.

 Kyla and I both agreed it would be a cool idea to take an old, rustic wagon and make it the bar area.
We would decorate it with sunflowers and lanterns, of course.

I thought a very neat idea would be stringing together pictures, like the example above, between two full trees (that guessed it, filled with lanters) and have the guest book signing table underneath.

 How else to end your perfect day than to be whisked away in a horse-drawn carriage? I thought so.
Can't wait for the wedding to unfold, Kyla!


Thursday, October 21, 2010

And I Said I'd Never...

Since I can remember, watching mums who would suck on their babies fingers, or share off of the same spoon as their toddler, or sharing kleenex's with their kids, I would gag. I would gag so much that I would run to the nearest bathroom in case a little somethin' somethin' decided it wanted to come up.

I swore to myself that when I was a mom I would NEVER do that kind of stuff. Spit and drool was completely off limits to me, my excuse always being: You have no idea where those grubby little baby fingers have been!

And then it happened...not even 2 hours ago, I was playing with Sam on my bed, dangling toys in front of his face and making funny noises when suddenly his pudgy little fingers shot up towards my face and out of a motherly habit I took those little fingers in my mouth and pretended to chomp on them and he was giggling like I've never heard before! He loved it! He thought it was so funny that I was eating his hands (weirdo)!

So there you have it. I said I'd never, and I did, and I'll do it again because it made him happy and when he is happy I am happy. Oh, and I do know where those little fingers have been. In fact he had just gotten out of the bath and was squeaky clean - perfect for finger munching.

Besides, how can you say no to this anyways?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Here We Go...

I used to write all the time.

   Whether it was journaling, research essay's for fun, novels, nouvellas, poetry, or just scribbling down throughts and ideas, it was a hobby that kept me at peace with the world and with myself.
    But as we've all experienced: life, work, marriage and babies can strip you of your hobbies and leave you feeling like you don't deserve to have anything for yourself. I know selfishness is not the most attractive trait, but I'd like to think that starting up a blog where I can jot down my most random and personal scribbles isn't selfish. It's theraputic!
    This blog will never become crazy successful on the Internet. It will never be featured by other blogs. It might not even be read by more than 2 people. That's perfectly fine, because to some people, reading someone's scribbles is just about as boring as watching rain slide down their windows. But to me, scribbles are a thing of beauty. A window to a person's inner thoughts and dreams - and I find that spectacular!

So if you stick around you will see, feel and read my thoughts, my dreams, my accomplishments, my failures, my adventures, my ideas, and most of all you'll just see a whole bunch of scribbles.