Friday, October 30, 2015

Pumpkin Carving 2015

Happy Friday! We have finally made it to 2015 in our Pumpkin Carving saga. This year we had a curious puppy who was in on the fun. I decided to carve our initials in a heart (you know, like you might on an old tree or something), and Cody decided to turn his pumpkin into a globe of the world. And rather than carve it out, he actually peeled the pumpkin so that it literally glowed. He definitely upped his game this year in a major way. 
October 17, 2015

Happy Halloween!

What's one of your favorite traditions?

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pumpkin Carving 2014

Well, sad to say we royally derailed documenting last year's Pumpkin Carving toils. We didn't take any before or during photos. We decided to do classic faces last year, and I loved how my pumpkin turned out. The middle pumpkin was a joint effort in which I cleaned out the pumpkin and Cody carved the faces. He's such a pro. Seriously. Wait till you see what he did this year (tune in tomorrow if you're interested). And since I've been anecdotally including the different homes we've lived in, this was our first year in our current home sweet home.
October 31, 2014

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pumpkin Carving 2013

During our second year of marriage, Cody and I began the process to adopt from Ethiopia--a process that drags on to this very day. He decided to carve Africa on his pumpkin which he totally drew freehand directly on to the pumpkin. He's amazing. I decided to carve LOVE vaguely inspired by the famous NY Love sign. 
His turned out awesome. I like how my deformed little pumpkin turned out even if it wasn't as awesome. This was in our second home sweet home. An apartment that I loved but who's memory is tainted by the worst neighbors we've ever had. 
October 28, 2013

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pumpkin Carving 2012

This was our first year of marriage and our first Pumpkin Carving escapade. It was also at our first sweet little home. I miss that apartment. We were super-cutesy on this our maiden pumpkin carving voyage and did our initials: C & H.
October 16, 2012

Monday, October 26, 2015

Hi There!

So, we have entered my favorite time of year: Holiday Time. And it seems that blogging has been seriously relegated to the back burner. And I won't apologize for that because hello! HOLIDAY TIME!

The weather is cooling off. Everything is pumpkin flavored. Family vacation, Halloween, my birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year are all rapidly approaching. 

And I love it.

Because of all this, it's evident that blog posts will be sporadic. I thought it only fair to warn you. If I finish a book, I'll try to get a recap up. I may pop in for a Casual Friday post here and there. If something particularly fun happened, I will probably document it here. I've realized since starting this whole blogging endeavor that it's become more of a virtual scrapbook for me than anything else. A way to chronicle my memories, my reading progress, and post photos that would otherwise be filed away somewhere digitally rarely to be enjoyed. 

In light of all that, I've decided that this week will be Pumpkin Carving week. My hubs and I carve pumpkins every October, so each day this week, leading up to Halloween (which is this Saturday!) I'm going to post our previous Pumpkin Carving ventures. Pumpkin Carving is one of my favorite little traditions that we've begun, and even though I'm probably the least creative, least imaginative pumpkin carver on the planet, it makes me happy. The next four days on the blog will pretty much just be pictures. So if that's your thing, enjoy! If not, who are you?!

But first, let me catch you up on some of the fun around here lately:
First of all, my first giveaway was super-fun! In case you missed it, Jon D. ended up winning our Happy Harvest basket. Congrats, Jon! Thanks to everyone who participated! 
Big news: I've got two new ChapSticks (thanks to my enabler) and check out my little ChapStick keychain! Another one of our happy traditions is to go to Polk's Fall Fest each year, and this year, I struck gold. One of the vendors was selling these and I've had my eye peeled for one ever since my sister flaunted her Florida Gators one (ewwww, GO NOLES!) months ago. So obviously, finding this made my day. And my life really because now: ChapStick on my keys. #lifewin
We've had a lot of quality niece time lately which is the best.
Cody brought me sunflowers the other day just because. 
Dairy Queen date which involved a Pumpkin Pie blizzard. I'm pretty much a pumpkin pie fanatic. I will try all the pumpkin flavored things. Cody's not with me on this but you know what I say about that? More for me.

So anyway, there's a snippet of our life lately. Let the Pumpkin Carving posts commence.

What have you been up to lately?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Happy Birthday to My BFF for Life!

Happy Birthday, Christina Janae! I love you forever!
My Wedding ~ 5/19/12
Her Wedding ~ 9/13/14
P.S. My fun little giveaway is still happening, and you can still enter! The winner will be announced Thursday on the giveaway post so don't miss out.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Casual Fridays

Oh don't mind me. I'm just over here crying into my pie crust as I watch Anne of Green Gables. 
I can't help myself. 

Also, I wanted to give a shout-out to my brother-in-law today. Happy Birthday, Caleb! I love you forever! There aren't many people in this world that I'll make an apple pie from scratch for, but you're on the list.

And to the rest of you, don't forget about the awesome giveaway I've got going on, and enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

My One Hundredth Post (And First Giveaway!)

Update: The winner of our Happy Harvest basket is Comment #9 - Jonathan DelValle! Congratulations, Jon. I will get the basket to you as soon as possible.

You guys. This is Post #100. Can you even believe it? I can't. I was talking it over with my hubby and told him that I've had this idea for a giveaway rolling around in my head for a while. We like to celebrate milestones around here and what better way to celebrate than with presents, amiright?! He told me to go for it, so here we are! 
Isn't this fun? I had fun putting it together, and I hope it brings whoever wins a little happy. If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you might recognize most of the things filling this happy little harvest basket as some of my favorites. A cup with a straw (and 4 super-fun EXTRA straws), a pack of 3 Classic ChapSticks (Strawberry, Cherry, and Spearmint), a febreeze car clip, a febreeze Autumn Charm candle in a jar, Slipper Socks (sooo cozy), a New Testament with the Psalms and Proverbs (by far the most important thing in the basket), and, because we can't have a giveaway that doesn't include a book, a hardcover edition of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (one that's on my book list for the year and one I happen to be reading currently). 

So now that you know what's up for grabs, let's go over some guidelines.

Giveaway Guidelines

1. This giveaway is only open to residents of the United States who are 18 years old or older. 

2. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing about Autumn. If you're having trouble leaving me a comment, hopefully this post will help you. If you're still having trouble, feel free to e-mail me at, and I will be happy to enter you.

3. For additional entries, you may share this post to facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest, or your own blog. For each share, leave an additional comment on this post stating where you shared it.

4. The chance to enter this giveaway will be available for one week. That means from the time this post goes up until midnight of next Wednesday (the 14th).

5. A winner will be selected through a random drawing and announced as an update at the top of this post on October 15th. That winner will have one week to contact me to claim the prize. If that winner fails to contact me, a new winner will be drawn. 

Thanks for reading my blog and good luck!