Friday, October 24, 2014

{happy mail}

In my dream of dreams I'm able to send happy mail to random people for no reason at all other than just to put a smile on their face on an otherwise ordinary day.  

Because who doesn't love to open up their mailbox and find something other than bills? Or the 482,765 advertisements that find their way into that little metal box??!
And though our finances don't allow me to send out box upon box of happy mail, I'm always reminded of this: 
"Don't look for big things, just do small things with great love....the smaller the thing, the greater must be our love." 

and this:
"Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your heart to love them. So spread your love everywhere you go." 
~Mother Teresa
And I know she meant it in a much more meaningful, non-materialistic kind of way, but I think it still applies. We can all use an extra smile, an I'm-thinking-of-you, a your-friendship-makes-me-happy...a simple reminder that we are loved and treasured.
And besides, individual pUmpKIn shaped cupcake holders???! Yes, please!
Sprinkle a little love everywhere you never know who might need it the most.
Happy sprinklin'!

Monday, October 20, 2014

autumn is flirting with us...

For weeks now we've been going back and forth between a certain crispness in the air and an everlasting Indian summer...
In between the days getting shorter and the skies showing off with their golden splendor, I keep searching for that time machine, but she is nowhere to be found...

Grace, 7 1/2
Hudson, 5 1/4
There's something about Autumn Fall in the South...and pick-up trucks...and Friday night lights...and cowboy boots...and Southern belles...
...and cute little fellas in checkered shirts...and driving down the road with the windows down... and pumpkins + mums on everyone's front porch... 
To every little thing that makes us stop and appreciate a little slow down and soak it all God be the glory for the beauty of it all!
Happy Fall Y'all!
{thanks for the awesome pics, DeAnn!}

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Boo Bash {2014}

Want to know how to make an ordinary Monday not so ordinary? Pull out the halloween decorations and surprise your littles with a fun Boo Bash after school!
I dropped off two unsuspecting littles at school...
Rushed home to set it all up...
And as soon as we made it home, I made them cover their eyes... 
{wanna guess who my usual peeker is?? he he he}
Ummm...Grace...I don't see any surprises...
But this made it all worthwhile!
They couldn't wait to check out all the goodies...
I love giving the littles their halloween treats early so we can enjoy halloween jammies all month long. I'm a little behind the game this year...I usually do it on October 1st! But they didn't seem to mind!
Just little trinkets and what nots, but it was the silly putty that she loved most!
Meow!  he he...
I love that their buckets will double as trick-or-treat buckets come Oct. 31st!
This little fella was pretty excited about the bone-shaped chalk and the glow-in-the-dark pj's!
And I was most excited by this little friendly ghost. Anyone remember Casper??!
And then the treats!!
Fun place settings for my two favorite goblins...
Marshmallows for my resident princess...
...and chocolate ghosts for my favorite little guy!
"I just ate the ghosteses' mouth so he can't spook us, Grace!" {be still my heart!}
Milk just tastes better when it makes cute jack-o-lantern faces, doesn't it??
They're only little for such a short while. I want to always remember them like this...side by side, giggling, laughing, enjoying an ordinary Monday...being the best of friends...
And later that night...all cozied up in their halloween jammies!
So break out all the orange + black goodies and make it special...not fancy, just sPeCIaL!
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, a special after-school treat...your doesn't take much, but they'll remember it! That I can promise you!
Have fun!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pumpkin Patch {2014}

We finally made our annual trip to the pumpkin patch!! I love seeing all these pumpkins lined up in a row...
We ran into an old friend and she took this family pic for us - yay!
How tall this year??
When you find "the one", you just know!
My little pumpkin! 
Grace, 7 1/2
My favorite little guy in the whole wide world! Hudson, 5
Cutest scarecrow!
We all picked out our favorites...this one right in the front was mine!!
Battle of the wills...
Pumpkin negotiations not going well...
Pull, Hudson, Pull!
Just keepin' it real, folks...
Quite possibly my favorite pumpkins from the patch!! Love that these were made by the ladies of the church!
I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. ~Anne of Green Gables