The Halloween Party 2015

Guuuuuuuuuuys! I had such a wonderful time on Saturday at our Halloween party! I really, really wish all my blog friends could’ve been there, too! As promised, here’s a (somewhat long) recap of our annual Halloween bash! I promise it’s my last Halloween-related post of the year.

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the bar (K made me the mug rack for my bday this year!)

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inspired by V at Life +1

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recipe here!

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on Friday night my brother & Christina came over to carve pumpkins! I went with a monster, Fred did Mario, and Christina did a moon and star!

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Our Pixar Themed Guests included Joy, Anger, Sadness, & Disgust from Inside Out, Nemo in the anemone and Crush the (dog) turtle from Finding Nemo, Wall-E and Eva from Wall-E, Merida from Brave, and Buzz Woofyear from Toy Story. The Joker and Nadine (from Twin Peaks) also stopped by!

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my brother spent weeks on his & Christina’s costume

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here’s Kyle’s costume! the Pixar lamp!

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a costume reference

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Fred/Wall-E won the costume contest and Kyle came in second (and, in my opinion, Kayla/anemone was a close third). They won a Halloween koozie and chocolate covered pretzels. My parents stopped in for the party toward the end, but they weren’t costumed. The Halloween Queen did dress up for her 1st grade class on Friday, though, and she did not disappoint.

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“this vampire bat, this inhumane beast… she ought to be locked up & never released”

Since we’re pre-senior citizens the party actually ended by 10:30pm and we were in bed before midnight. If I was 21 I’d have been disappointed but my exhaustion was at an all-time-high and everyone had a good time. (Plus, we started at 6pm since Elliot required an early bedtime.) Another festive, successful Halloween party in the books.

Tell me how you spent your holiday!

-Louise

 

 

Easter Motivation: Home Improvements

For the first time in a long time I’ve been slacking this week blog-wise… oops! I have a good reason, though!

This Sunday we will be hosting Easter for K’s family. Our house is average size and in pretty good condition, but we decided that we wanted to finish some of our big projects before Easter. This means we’ve been busting our butts to get some stuff done!

I am so, so, so pleased to announce that our spare bedroom is FINALLY painted & furnished!

We want to paint a light yellow horizontal stripe around the room mid-way down (or up?) the wall, but I’m just so pleased that the room is useable and pretty!

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Not great lighting in the morning… the walls are light green!

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Additionally, my husband and I finally said enough is enough and got the materials to finish our half-bathroom that we’d torn apart MONTHS ago. Again, we still are planning to add (shelves above the toilet) but now the bathroom has a fresh coat of paint, a beautiful vanity, a centered mirror, and nifty lights.

My friend Kayla came over a few weeks ago and we knocked out the painting part!
My friend Kayla came over a few weeks ago and we knocked out the painting part!

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Found this nifty little trick on Pinterest. Covered the toilet with a trashbag!
Found this nifty little trick on Pinterest. Covered the toilet with a trashbag!

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Finished product!
Finished product!

The bedroom was my project (with the help of my momma) and the bathroom was more of K’s project. We are horrible at working together professionally, but on a personal level we’re an all-star team.

A week ago I also coaxed K into hanging some of our new-ish artwork and spruce up his office area.

I LOVE this corner of the dining room. Also, my incredible husband BUILT me this wine rack two Christmases ago. Not from a kit... he designed, built, and stained it.
I LOVE this corner of the dining room. Also, my incredible husband BUILT me this wine rack two Christmases ago. Not from a kit… he designed, built, and stained it.

Again, horrible lighting, but here's the new organized corner in K's office.
Again, horrible lighting, but here’s the new organized corner in K’s office. Pardon the mess…

I just feel like such a HUGE weight has been lifted because we can check these things off the list! On to the landscaping!

K is usually super busy with his business (and things are about to get crazy again), but I’m so grateful I could steal his attention for these last 2 weeks to get some stuff done!

Do you have any home improvement projects looming over your head? How’s your Spring Cleaning list going? Seriously though, how amazing is that wine rack? (Taking advantage of bragging rights! Sorry!)

-Louise