10.27.2017

Keepin' Busy and Saying Goodbye . . .

I've sat down to blog so many times this last month and then, in one way or another, got distracted.  There has been so much going on.  Mostly good thankfully.


This girl of ours has been kicking butt and taking numbers on the soccer field!!  I think she found her passion.  She loves lacrosse but she REALLY LOVES soccer according to her.  We couldn't be any happier about this.  It's such a fantastic sport.  I played in high school and my dad was varsity goalie all four years of high school.  I know he's looking down at her games with a big smile.  : )



We had our annual village-wide yard sale last weekend.  I sold a lot of stuff and bagged up most of the rest of it and dropped it off at a local thrift store that raises money for homeless animals.  Our goal is to be able to fit our boat in the garage this winter.  Slowly but surely we're getting there.   It used to be so difficult for me to let things go but not anymore.  My husband is thrilled!!  : )


Sold.

Sold most of my baskets.

Sold.

Sold.

Sold.

Gone to the thrift store.  : )

We've been gearing up for Halloween with lots of fun activities at Megan's school and in the community.  On Friday night we attended Megan's school "Spooktacular."  The kids got to dress up in their costumes and participate in a bunch of fun activities.  Everyone donated things and the PTO put it together.  They really did a great job!!







They even had a screening of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!!"  One of my all time favorites.  Takes me right back to my childhood!!




 We finished up the decorating.  I like to keep a mix of scary and funny for the kids. 







On a sad note . . .


On Columbus Day, we had to have our beautiful boy put to sleep.  Brady became a part of our family at a very sad time in our lives.  My three sons had lost their grandfather, their dad, and then another grandfather (my dad) all within two and a half years.  I wanted them to have something happy in their lives so we brought Brady home.  He was just 8 weeks old.  Smaller than my oldest son's foot at the time.  : )  


Don't let that innocent face fool you though.  He was a great escape artist.  If there was a way to get out the front door or into the neighbor's yard he'd find it.  No matter how many times you called him he wouldn't come in until he was good and ready.  He'd run around the neighborhood, bark at neighbors (while his tail was wagging!!), chase cars and roll around in the smelliest pile of whatever he could find.

He also adored the snow and wanted to be out in it all the time when it was on the ground.  He'd bury his nose in it and make tunnels around the yard. 



Last winter during our big snow storm.  Two feet of snow fell and he could barely get around.  He LOVED it!!!

Sparky, Brady and Megan a few years ago.

 Sparky still seems to be sad.  For the first few days he carried around his "baby" wherever he went. 


Now we have my mother's dog, Seamus, for a while until she's recovered from surgery so he's pepped up a bit. 


Seamus.


 Rest in peace my beautiful boy.  Until we meet again. 



I'm looking forward to catching up on all of my favorite blogs.  You all feel like friends to me and I really love to see what's going on in everyone's life.  xoxo


Happy weekend everyone.  ~ Wendy




9.30.2017

A Quote and a Cottage . . .

Quote of the day: 

I don't care whether people like me or dislike me. I'm not on earth to win a popularity contest. I'm here to be the best human being I possibly can be. -Tab Hunter


Amen to that.  Thanks Tab Hunter.  : )



On a completely different note . . .



This West Sussex cottage has inspired us with ideas for giving our exterior a little Christmas spruce - love the welcoming candles on the pathway! For more Christmas inspiration, check out the dedicated festive ACHICA shop, at www.achica.com/christmas


I reeaallyy want to live here!!!  : )

Happy Saturday ~ Wendy  xo


9.28.2017

Fluffin' the Nest for Fall and a BIG Birthday . . .




I'm praying that I don't forget this guy is on the porch if I come home late one night.  I can guarantee my screams will wake up the entire neighborhood!!  : )




Say "CHEESE!!" 


The spiders are doing an excellent job of helping me decorate the outside.  I didn't have the heart to take down all of their hard work.  They really are quite elaborate webs!!

Sorry for the blur.  This is the only shot I took of the wreath on the front door.


My favorite decoration of all!!  : )

I'm finally getting into the mood to decorate.  It's been so darn warm here but the long term forecast is showing that cooler air is in store starting this weekend.  Oh happy day!!!  I've decided to go straight to Halloween decor this year since it's taken me so long to want to decorate.  This is my favorite time of the year and I'm not normally procrastinating with the decorating.  I think it's the combination of the heat and all of the devastation with these hurricanes this last month that has me feeling like it's just superficial and not that important.  But it is important.  It's important to celebrate life and it's important to keep things happy for the kids.       

 Speaking of celebrating life . . .



My handsome honey turned 50 on Monday!!  We celebrated with friends over for dinner and lots of cake.  He and I had our own celebration over the weekend with dinner for two at one of our favorite little restaurants in town.  I am no longer his cougar until January!!  : )



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Happy Thursday!! ~ Wendy  xo




9.21.2017

Thursday Randomness . . .


Happy #nationalpumpkinday



Add some Halloween decorations around me and this is it!






Funny Gift for Mom Ceramic Quote Coffee & Tea Mug - I'm Sorry I'm a Hot Mess My Kids Are Being Jerks



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Bear Love



enjoy a simple fall gathering with friends and family before the outdoor weather disappears. See the most recent gathering on The Fresh Exchange for ideas for your thanksgiving.



I haven't been feeling well since last Friday.  I have a cold that is lingering.  I haven't had a cold in years.  It's probably due to this crazy weather we're having here in New York.  A week and a half ago it was in the high 60's and 70's.  Now it's in the 80's and humid.  The air is back on and the windows are closed.  I haven't even felt like decorating for fall yet.  I haven't taken photos in a while so I thought I'd share some of this morning's favorite Pinterest images.  I hope you enjoy them.  : )


Wishing you a beautiful day ~ Wendy  xo