Halloween 2013

That rhymes.

Anyway, I just wanted to get this up before, you know, Thanksgiving is here. I finally uploaded the photos. Mostly just pictures….

 Our whole crew. Obviously we had a theme going…based on what Arionna chose for her costume.

My sister’s cute family. For those wondering, Chad was the wizard. No, I don’t understand the creepy mask either.

The witch was really going after that dog….

Little man from the Lollipop guild. The lollipop was actually too heavy for him to hold….but he looked so cute.

Warm in his stroller, but still holding his GIANT bucket.

My favorite picture of my little witch.

Okay, maybe THAT is my favorite picture.

Though that one is pretty cute, too!

Okay, maybe THAT’s my favorite (even though the camera was foggy from coming in from outside!)
We didn’t take a ton of pictures, but the ones we did take were pretty cute. It was a fun Halloween and a good way to cap off October. November has so far kicked my a$$…so this feels nostalgic at this point.

Holiday Cards for Heroes

This just popped up on my radar this morning. Evidently, the Red Cross does a program where they collect holiday cards and forward them to active service members in the military. I think that is cool. What could be harder than being away from family at Christmas? So it would be nice to honor those people by sending them a card. It isn’t a personal thing, you don’t address them to one person, just send them in to the Red Cross and they will forward your card onward.

The words Red Cross, above, are the link to the page where it explains the program, but if you are interested in sending a holiday card (really, it is just adding one extra card to your list), this is the information you need to know.


Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.

Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:

  • Ensure that all cards are signed.
  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
  • Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
  • Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
  • Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
  • Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
  • If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.

All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456


If you feel like being a little extra generous this year, send a card to someone in the service. Photo cards are fine, too! Or have your kids make a card, that would be cute. I just wanted to share this because I had never heard of it before and I think it is a great program. I’m definitely sending a card…actually two, because I have two versions of my Christmas card this year.

And the season is upon us!

If I Only Had a Brain

Happy Halloween!

“I could while away the hours, conferring with the flowers, consulting with the rain. And my head I’d be scratching while my thoughts were busy hatching if I only had a brain. I’d unravel every riddle, for every individdle, in trouble or in pain. With the thoughts I’d be thinkin’ I could be another Lincoln if I only had a brain.

Oh I, could tell you why, the ocean’s near the shore, and then I’d sit and think some more.

I’d not be just a nuffin, my head all full of stuffin’ my heart all full of pain. I could dance and be merry I could be a dingaderry if I only had a brain!”

And, yes, for those who were wondering, I do know all the lyrics to the song and did not have to look them up, and yes, I DO sing the song while wearing this costume!photo


That’s me, at work (closest thing I could find to a corn stalk!). And of course, the incredible Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, in the movie.

And here’s a lovely picture of my sign in the library.

 I made this costume back in 2003, a decade ago. Which is also the last time I wore it. We had a costume contest at work that year (at Awada’s) and the whole staff dressed up. I won! Supposedly we’re having a costume contest here, today, we’ll see how it goes. I’m surprised and happy that it still fits, though I apparently forgot how uncomfortable it is! (Straw is itchy and poky…)

More photos to come from trick-or-treating tonight, but for now, have a safe and fun Halloween. Even if you have to be at work all day.

L-where’s my picture?!?

Happy Halloween!

Say Cheese!

With Halloween creeping up (tomorrow!) I thought it a good time to post a cute Halloween costume. My cousin Sara’s daughter, Hadley. This is what she wanted to be for Halloween this year.

Tell me you didn’t smile when you saw that? Who doesn’t love a little girl who wants to go as CHEESE?!? It was Hadley’s idea, but Sara MADE THE COSTUME. She did a great job, right?
Hadley’s big brother, Hunter, wanted to be Sonic the hedgehog. Typical boy, but he wears it well, very cute.

And here are both kids, starting college.

Ah, they grow up so fast!
Happy Early Halloween!

Costume Preview

This year, after Arionna chose her costume “I want to be the Wicked Witch, green face and all” we decided to do a family Wizard of Oz theme. I have a Scarecrow costume from years past. My sister is going to be Dorothy.

I make the costumes for the kids, so I decided Cam was going to be from the Lollipop Guild.

This is what they look like:

He already has a plaid shirt and solid, matching pants. We tweaked the costume a bit, but he has striped socks and we added suspenders. His hair already has those crazy curls, so it is perfect. My mom is going to join him…making two from the Guild.

Here’s a sneak peek at my little Guildman.


Suspenders on a baby? Possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. And yeah, that lollipop is as big as his head. He can’t even really hold it, it is resting on the ground. Like a boy, his costume was fairly uncomplicated.

Unlike this little darling.

On Halloween she’ll be dressed in all black, and I bought her the hat and the broom (which is an actual replica in child’s size!) but I made the skirt and the cape. I also did the face makeup. We’ll do it more thoroughly on Halloween and we’re painting her hands and nails then, too, but for trying it on to make sure it all fit?
It is so cute. For someone who is not crafty, I am so proud of this costume. It is beyond darling.
I promise better pictures of the whole group on Halloween. But since my sister annoyingly already posted this on FB, I had to get these up there so you’d know what they were!

Red and Blue

Happy Independence Day to all my Livlife followers. This is going to be brief because I’ve got holiday plans and a lot of not working to do….

I was trying to think about what cute things I could post here to help celebrate. Then I remembered I had to wish Meg a happy birthday. I thought of posting pictures of the adorableness that is her daughter Nora and then realized that I’ve got babies of my own to post! (Cause you obviously wanted to know my exact thought process).

And then I realized…



How’s that for cute and patriotic? Camden – in blue – was four months old and Brecken – in red – was three months when we took these down at my pool. Let me tell you, two little babies in swim clothes? Kayoot.

Of course, they don’t sit up, so there was a lot of slumping going on…



A fair bit of not paying attention/can’t see from under this hat going on…



And a bit of just random chaos.



This is probably the best, because they are both LOOKING and sharing their cuteness with the world.


Between the blue, the red, and the babies, it doesn’t get much more patriotic than that. (Okay, fine, it gets WAY more patriotic than that, but patriotism has never been so cute and that cannot be denied.)

Happy 4th of July!