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Colin's Pumpkin

Yesterday my day went something like this:

Take Colin to the bus stop, drive Evan to school, run to Hobby Lobby for a cake box, drive back to Evan’s school to read to his class, drive to Target to get Colin slippers for Red Ribbon Week, drive back and pick Evan up, eat lunch at Jimmy John’s, go to the Love shop to buy Colin a mass book for Church, go vote, run to the library, take Evan to speech and finally at almost 3 pm walk back in the door to find the cat had been locked in a bedroom since 8 am and had an accident outside of his litter box.  So then I had to wash all of the bedding in Evan’s room, followed by baking 30+ cupcakes for his class party on Friday.  I could only find one of my cupcake pans so I had to bake them in batches of 12 – I ended up baking 72 after ruining a batch hoping the foil cups would actually bake okay if I put 24 of them on a cookie sheet.  That was wrong since the cupcakes then baked square – UGH!.  After ordering pizza for dinner and cleaning up after the last batch of cupcakes were baked I had to go do my end of the religious education car pool I have with my neighbor.  I then collapsed onto the couch at around 9 pm and sat watching mindless TV only to go to bed and have the million things I had to get done today run through my head and I was awake from 1:30 – 4 tossing and turning with hopes that sleep wasn’t too far off.

Today I got the boys to school and they both had 11:30 dismissal so between school drop off and pick up I got the cupcakes started for decoration.  So today I have Colin’s pumpkin to show you.  We found the pattern in a carving book from Target.  Tomorrow I will have my cupcakes to show you.  I think they turned out super cute.

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Life Moves On

I’ve come to the realization that I am not in the same place I was 4 years ago when I started my blog.  I’ve also come to the realization that I am fine with that.  This year has brought a lot of changes.  The biggest is that I gave up all of my direct sales business ventures and decided to focus on family instead.  In doing so I no longer have lots of time when it’s nice out to stamp on weekends.  I’ve also volunteered for a lot of different activities inside of my kids schools.  I’ve found that I love to be there with them and take part in their day.  Surprisingly I’m no longer guilty about not updating my blog everyday with new paper crafting projects.  However, I am not willing to give my blog up just yet.  Instead I thought I’d show you some of the other crafty things we are doing around the house.  One of the biggest right now is pumpkin carving.

Evan, my fiesty red-head, is going to be Elmo for the 3rd or 4th year in a row.  I actually think that he’s been Elmo since he started walking at 10 months old.  Of course he wanted an Elmo pumpkin and Roger found this pattern for free online.  I’m not quite sure what site he got it from, but I’m sure a google search can find it for you if want to make one of your own.  I will warn you that it does not last long.  There are not many wide pieces holding Elmo together and sadly he has already met his demise.  Evan has another idea for the next pumpkin we will carve closer to Halloween.  This one was going to be his entry into a Cub Scout carving contest, but it didn’t even make it there.  I am so lucky that we got the photos first!

Yesterday my day consisted of decorating the Teacher’s Lounge at Colin’s school for Halloween.  Evan and I then did chores and spent the afternoon together.  I then finished up by volunteering at Market Day.  Today I volunteered in the library at Colin’s school and I got to help with the Aaron Reynolds assembly.  He talked to the 3rd and 4th graders about writing graphic novels and gave them each a taste of starting one on their own.  The 1st and 2nd graders got to hear him read his book Chicks and Salsa and then he made the kids chips and salsa.  They had a blast!

I hope you decide to stay with me as my life takes a different path from daily paper crafting.  Maybe once the weather cools down I’ll have more time to do more.  Until then I’m enjoying my family and volunteering for my kids schools.  I’m sure you understand that life always continues to move on.