Pumpkins, costumes & family pictures



What a busy weekend! After Abbey’s soccer game we decorated pumpkins. This year we got or pumpkins from the sharing table at church. That table has blessed our family several times in this difficult financial season. I’m so thankful and grateful for those who have an abundance are willing to share.



Friday the kids’ school had a Harvest Dance. Lots of food, Thomas helped me make a tomato and basil bruschetta to bring. They played musical chairs and had a costume competition. Guess what?? Anna (Wonder Woman) and Abbey (Mummy) won the costume competition for their class groups!! So fun!!



I spent some more time on book fair decorations. I made a 6 foot tall sarcophagus! I’m in the middle if making another one. I did some more painting on the panels, too. I’m almost done!


Thomas, Anna and Nick spent 3 hours playing football in our muddy backyard. It did this Momma’s heart good to hear them laughing and shouting together. How I’ve missed all of them together. My heart was so full that I had a difficult time sleeping this weekend. Awake and counting my blessings for one more weekend together. Just feeling blessed and happy. We also had family pictures taken at Baumans Farms outside on Sunday after Mass. I sure hope a few good pictures were taken. Nicholas was hungry, so the process was very difficult for him to get through! Here is a pic I snapped before we left.


Tobit 14:9
“Now, children, I give you this command: serve God faithfully and do what is right before him; you must tell your children to do what is upright and to give alms, to be mindful of God and at all times to bless his name sincerely and with all their strength”

It was a wonderful weekend. I’m so thankful for that.


Wonder Woman & Egypt

Have nothing in common, except for me trying to create designs that resemble them.

Anna is going to be Wonder Woman for Halloween. Costumes are so skimpy and inappropriate that I decided to try and make her a more covered up version. No pattern. Just free hand. I’m too impatient to use a pattern. Ha. Although I’m sure some of my creations would fit much better if I could relearn to use a sewing pattern. One of these days I’ll take the time. This past weekend wasn’t the time!



I think it turned out ok. Wish the skirt was pouffier, but I like the length.

That brings me to Egypt. The kids’ school book fair theme this year is “Reading Oasis, take your mind on a journey” So I decided to decorate using Egypt as my theme. I’ve made 6 panels so far. 3 feet by 3 feet each. I’ve hand drawn designs by looking at hundreds of Internet pictures. As you can tell, I’m no artist!!








I still have 2 more panels to draw. Then paint them all. I’m also making a multi colored backdrop for the register area, decorating two large bulletin boards with pyramids and palm trees then making two sarcophagus for the life size mummies I’ve already made.

I’ve had SO much fun! Still lots to do and I need to finish Abigail’s mummy costume before Friday. The school is putting on a Harvest Dance! Fun!!

Book Fair & Church potluck

I’ve been a busy bee drawing and creating decorations for the kids school book fair. Each year at their school, families are required to sign up for fair share hours. Basically, volunteer hours. Each family is required to sign up for at least 28 hours. The book fair in itself is 28 hours. We sign up for other things too, but the book fair is a big job. This year the theme is Reading Oasis. Kind of Egyptian or Indiana jones type theme. I’m kind of going more into the Egyptian desert theme. Mummies, Egyptian Gods, pyramids, King Tut, etc.






Today Abbey has a soccer game, then I’ve got to race home and get the chili, cornbread and chocolate cake I made and go to the church and set up. Today after 5pm Mass, we’re celebrating the feast of Saint Luke. Our parish is having a potluck and putting on a talent show. I’m in charge of setting up and cleaning up. It should be a fun day!


My husband leaves today for another business trip. Boo. I really don’t like it when he’s gone. At least this one is only a week.

I talked to Thomas this morning. He comes home next weekend. I can’t wait!! We’re planning a sledding trip to Mt. Hood during the Thanksgiving weekend. Should be fun!



It’s that time of year again! My kids search endlessly on the Internet for the perfect costume. Decide on something, then two days later change their minds. Come up with another idea, beg me to make it, then change their minds again. Or I realize I don’t have the skills or the time to pull it off – so I help them come up with a new costume idea!

Thomas is now too old, (and too cool for school), to dress up. Anna has decided on Wonder Woman, Nicholas is going to be Hawkeye from The Avengers (because he’s desperate for a bow and arrow set) and Abigail is going to be a mummy. We decided to buy Nick’s costume at one of those huge Halloween stores. I decided on making the girls’ because I can’t fathom them wearing the grotesquely inappropriate outfits that can be bought. We bought Anna’s wig, then headed to the fabric store for lots of cheesecloth and yellow, red and blue material.

We got really lucky at the Goodwill the other day and found Anna a pair of boots for $4.99. I figured I could transform them into the red and white Wonder Woman boots. They came out great!

I went to a consignment store and got a white shirt and white pair of pants. Now I’m sewing on a million strips of cheesecloth, in the hopes it will end up looking like a mummy! Wish me luck on this, because right now it’s just one big mess!

I’m helping our church with the potluck for the feast of Saint Luke this weekend, Abbey has a soccer game, and my husband leaves for another business trip – but somewhere in there I hope to sew Anna’s Wonder Woman skirt. I’ve sketched out the yellow W that I’ll sew onto her red turtleneck, I need to find a rope to spray paint gold for her lasso, too. I think I have a pretty good handle on Anna’s costume. Abigail’s I’m not so sure how it will turn out!

Feeling thankful I’m only making 2 costumes this year, and not 4!




Missing Thomas

Another weekend with only part of my family. I wonder if I’ll always feel that way. When a child goes off to college does a Mom feel the same way I do?
I doubt it. I would’ve been more prepared ( I think) had Thomas moved because of college. Instead of moving to live with his Dad.

This past Friday in most high schools was homecoming week. Such a fun and busy week. Full of events, pep rally, assembly and then finally the much anticipated football game.

Thomas’ school also had their homecoming. Thomas is a sophomore, so suited up, but didn’t get to play in the big game this Friday.


There he is, #80 running out onto the field.

I’m sad (and embarrassed) to say that I found this picture of him after going through more than 400 pictures on his schools website. I wasn’t there. I didn’t get to cheer his team on. I didn’t get to see him off before the big game. I didn’t get to listen to him tell me what went wrong, and what went right during the game.

I talked to him briefly today, but not long enough. It’s never long enough.

I miss him. His siblings miss him. I can’t help but think about the many Sundays in the past. His long body stretched out on the sofa watching the game, asking me to make him something to eat. Or the way he would turn to me and say, “mom, did you see that?!” And he’d rewind the tv and show me again.

He’ll be home in two weeks. Just for the weekend. I can’t wait to hug him. Talk to him. See his smile. Hold him. I miss him.


Another weekend of sewing, cooking and soccer!



Abigail had a great game, scoring 3 of her teams 4 goals! Th rain held off an the sun came out – it was perfect.

I got some more sewing done on Abigail’s mummy Halloween costume.


Tried a new butternut squash soup recipe. Kind of a dud. None of us really cared for it.


The roasted squash was delicious, but the soup tasted off. Hmm. Oh well.


Last night after watching the Dodgers and the UW Huskies lose, we needed a laugh – so we watched Little Giants with the kids after dinner. Cute movie that had us all in stitches.

It’s Sunday morning. I’m the only one up. My little piece of heaven. Coffee and quiet! I need to iron everyone’s church clothes and start waking up the children.

I think I’ll make enchiladas and refried beans for supper. That way I’ll have leftover beans for burritos later in the week.

I’m going to work on Anna’s Wonder Woman costume today and I hope to finish sewing Abbey’s Saint Abigail robe for her oral presentation coming up at school.

Beef tips & gravy with creamy mashed potatoes



I love this dinner!

Italian dressing mix, onion soup mix and gravy mix. The recipe calls for 1 cup of water, but I use 2. Mix it into your cubed roast. Cover and bake 3-4 hours at 200-250 degrees.

Clearly the oven dish I used this time was too small! So glad I cooked this on top of a cookie sheet. Saved myself a huge mess in my oven.

Peeled and cubed potatoes and boiled until soft. Drain. Add butter, milk and about 1/4 cup cream cheese. Salt & pepper to taste. Delicious!

We usually have salad with this, but we didn’t tonight. My honey works late on Monday’s, so dinner, homework, showers, dishes, bedtime stories, etc are all me tonight 😊

Let me know if you try this!