Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Massacre.

This post was originally written and posted on October 20, 2011.

West's sister, Lindee, had her annual Halloween dinner and pumpkin carving party. Lindee throws a good family friendly Halloween bash and we love going every year. Her house was decorated fun, inside and out, and in the garage the massacre... I mean, the creativity was flowing.

Also I heard this song on the radio this morning :).

Jayme's werewolf jack o lantern is eating the ribbon, not puking. We need to make that clarification.

Sean enlisted the help of Uncle Sam. 

 Cali kept carving away at her mouth after this picture was taken, making the mouth huge.

It's officially Halloween season when you have pumpkin guts in your hair. 

We're working on our costumes right now. Sadly, we won't be able to have Jay and Sean with us this year on Halloween night (Boo!!! (haha pun intended)), but maybe we can finagle them for the trunk or treat. Right now we're pulling together costumes for a dead skateboarder, a half devil half angel, the Cheshire cat, and a vampire. 

And if we're lucky on trunk or treat, we'll also be pulling together costumes for a dead hula girl and the grim reaper. 

We're full steam ahead. 

A lot of them are repeat costumes that we already had so we only need to gather a few small items, but the half devil half angel is new and that's taking a little work. I finished a large piece of it last night and I'm really pleased with how it's turning out.

Halloween 2008.

This post was originally written and posted on November 19, 2008.

The girls got to wear their costumes to daycare on Halloween, so we got up first thing in the morning and got ready.

 After our obligations of work and daycare we headed to my sister McKell's house and went trick or treating and played with the family.

I just cannot say enough about my family and how much I love them and am so grateful for their love and support to me.

It was a great Halloween just because I got to be with the ones who love me most.

Jasmine Cali:

Witchy Tayler:

Poodle skirt Brynn:

Casidee the dead cheerleader (I knew that old Spirit club uniform would come in handy one day):

My brother Cody, Roya, and Yasi:

 Cody was a walking fortune cookie. "Confucius say, 'When path is narrow tread lightly,'" and "Confucius say,'When path is wide tread lightly.'" When I asked him what my fortune was he put his arm around me and said, "Baby, I see nothing but goodness coming from you, it only gets better from here."

I love my brother!

Bryce (nephew) looked amazing!

The trick or treating group, minus Daniel:

This is what happens when you pick Mom (me) to be your partner in the mummy wrap game:

Deja (niece) did a great job on Casidee:

West showed up with his kids in time for the games:

Sparring with my brother Cody, while the kids tore into candy and the adults were... outside by a toilet paper fire I think.

What was I thinking?! I've never done it before and the man had no mercy on me! He finally took one kick across my back that winded me and I was done. But certainly something I want to learn from him. It was fun to connect with him on something he enjoys so much.

Madame Butterfly. Butterfly Makeup Tutorial For Halloween.

This week Pinterest has featured my Halloween Makeup board on their Pin-Picks page. They're calling it "a no excuses guide to last minute costumes," and I have to tell you, there's some good ideas there.  You should check it out HERE.  You can find mine under the heading "Wing it like wonder woman."  I'll take that, thank you very much.

Also, if you don't follow me on Pinterest, let's be friends.  You can find me HERE.

In honor of this very exciting feature, because, let's face it, I adore Pinterest and haven't had an original idea since I discovered it... I'm doing a tutorial on the easiest Halloween makeup I've stumbled upon.

And that's saying something since Halloween is a huge event for my family.  Probably because it's my absolute favorite and I'm the mom so that just naturally results in it being a huge event at our house.

That being said, we get into Halloween costumes, and while we like to make them elaborate with details, we also like to make them easy to pull together.  With six kids, easy is key.

Last night our neighborhood held its annual Trunk-or-Treat event.  I had exactly a half hour from the time I get home from work to the time we need to be at the Trunk-or-Treat, so we usually do a half job "teaser" on the kids' costumes and I try to be as simple as I can with my own.

Last night I came up with Madame Butterfly.

And by "came up with," I mean stole an idea from my Pinterest Halloween Makeup board.  Have I mentioned that's featured?  Still totally excited.

Guys, it does not get easier than this, and I got so many compliments on it.

I picked up a pack of craft butterflies and simply cut the wings off the body.

I had a jar of eyelash glue so I applied some to the edge and a little bit on the back of the wing, and also applied a thin layer on my eyelid.  I've learned that the trick with eyelash glue is to let it set up a few seconds before sticking you eyelash, or butterfly, on.  This gives it time to get good and tacky.

After waiting for a few seconds I applied the first wind to my eyelid.  I decided to angle it up a little bit so it wasn't in the way of my vision. I also like the angle of it better that way after I added the second wing.

I then followed the same gluing process underneath my eye, this time following along my eyelash line.

I added some glittery eyeshadow  that I already had on hand around my eyes and was finished in less than five minutes.

The butterfly "fluttered" when I blinked, and I've never received so many compliments on a Halloween makeup before.

If you're short on time and need a last minute "costume," I would highly suggest this one.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mom, What Is 69?

This post was originally written and posted on March 8, 2011.

It's a pretty calm evening.

At least in my world.  I'm pretty good at ignoring the screaming girls running around.

 A friend is over which only seems to amplify things.

But I'm in my happy zone. I'm in the kitchen baking cupcakes for a baby shower. I scored on some things at Orson Gygi today, and I'm mulling over in my mind how to tackle the current cake project, while taking note of two more that are coming up next week. After a day of number crunching, my creativity gets to start flowing.

It feels good.

Brynn is sitting on a bar stool on the other side of the counter, watching me.

"Mom, what does 69 mean?"

I pause.  There was no warning to prepare me for this question.  No indication that it was going to come.  In a flash second the question is hanging there in the air of the kitchen, with the smell of baking cupcakes.  I take note of the rule that I promised myself I would always follow:

If they're old enough to ask, they're old enough to know.

 But I also like to stick with the rule to keep the information age appropriate.

 I don't know enough about where she's coming from with this to know how I should proceed so I ask, "what do you mean? Where did you hear it?"  I desperately need more information as to where this question has come from.

"When we read that Cleopatra was born in 69."

A flood of relief.  I tell you, an absolute broken dam of relief that I had decided to ask a little more.

Brynn has just done a book report on Cleopatra and we found out that she was born in 69 B.C.
I think I'd much rather explain the terms of  B.C. and A.D. to my child than... well, let's not talk about the alternative.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Carving Pumpkins.

This post was originally written and posted on October 7, 2008.

I was a little nervous for Saturday.

West was holding a birthday dinner with pumpkin carving for his mom. The only other time that I had met his mom the evening ended with her leaving in a huff. Nothing of my doing, but still, I was a little nervous to face another gathering with her.

I worried for nothing though, it was actually a great evening.

West made dinner and we carved pumpkins in the garage because of our numbers being too big (his sister and Aunt and Uncle and neighbors were there also) for his kitchen and the rain prevented us from going outside.

West even turned on his fog machine.

Jayme's pumpkin: She had to be different and get a white one.

Sean's pumpkin:

Cali's pumpkin: Which for those of you who have ever had a three year old know that means this pumpkin was actually mine.

Casidee's pumpkin.

West's pumpkin:

Which looks a lot like he does when the camera comes out.

See what I mean?

Brynn's pumpkin:

Tayler's pumpkin, which looks really cool all lit up with no mouth.

Holy moly, that's a lot of pumpkins.  I think it's safe to say that our porches will be safe from the spooks this Halloween.

It's Not Onions, It's Salsa.

This post was originally written and posted on May 26, 2011.

Last night's dinner was a Taco Bake Casserole.

But Cali (age 6) took one look at it and declared, "Mom! Why did you put onions in this?"

At first I was confused because I hadn't, but then I realized... "I didn't. I put salsa in it."

A look of relief washes over her face, "Oh! Okay."

 She loved it.

I don't think I'll break down the ingredients of salsa for her quite yet.

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We Love To See The Temple: Bountiful.

This post was originally written and posted on June 3, 2009.

We're starting a new thing for Family Home Evening.


Temples have been circling themselves around a lot in my life lately: in Sunday School and Relief Society, testimony meetings.

Even my home teachers just recently did a lesson on them in our home.

 I decided, with the girls, that we're going to visit every Utah temple. (Although in all honesty I'm still very undecided as to what I'm going to do about the Vernal Temple...).

We started with the closest, the Bountiful Temple. We walked and talked and I took every picture I was told to.

I'm going to frame some of them from each temple and hang them in their rooms.  Hopefully it will be a reminder of how the temple has been a place for them to visit since they were young, a place that will always be there for them.
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