November 6

Hi again!  Before I begin this week’s post, I’d first like to thank everyone for your kind and encouraging words that many of you shared with me after last week’s writing entry.  It did, in fact, make me feel better after writing about my jury duty experience, and then reading all the lovely things many of you wrote made me feel loved and special.  So THANK YOU!

This week I don’t have too much to share with you.  It’s been pretty quiet around here – even with Halloween last Tuesday.  The snow has started to fall, and so we’ve been shutting ourselves up in the house more and more.  That’s kind of a bummer, but it’s okay, too.  Sometimes it’s nice to just relax and chill a bit more.

Soooo… Halloween?  This year the McDonalds are living here again, and so they came out trick-or-treating with us.  It made it so much more fun!

It snowed.  A.  Lot.

I’ll just go ahead and call it a damn snow storm:

Ceci’s wig collected the snow the best!

Ahhhh!  So cold!

Everyone had fun, though.  And then it melted.  And then it rained.  And then it snowed.  And it’s just been dreary, gray, cold, and gross all week.  Back and forth.  Back and forth.  On Saturday, we woke up to a whole new fresh blanket.  Shannon, G, and I went for a run in it.  It was so pretty!

And now all that snow is gone.  Jim and I managed to rake up more leaves (most of which weren’t covered with snow) on Friday afternoon, and I’m so glad we did.  On Saturday, I went out and planted some bulbs after digging in the mud and snow.  Gross.  On Sunday, we got all of our outdoor things put away and taken care of.  So glad that’s all done now!  And then we made a nice family meal again for dinner.  Here’s Cat chopping for the salad:

And there’s been a lot of discussion lately about Jim’s chicken Tikka Masala and how good it is.  So we made some.  Delicious!

Have I mentioned that we’re heading to New Orleans for the holiday break this year?  So it was suggested that we try our hand at making some Bananas Foster so we can compare when we go next month.  Yum!

It was invented in New Orleans at a restaurant called Brennan’s.  We read all about it on Google.  It looks a bit pricey, but I think we’re going to have to go and get it from the original source!  Here’s a pic of the fire (sort of).  Cat took this photo and the one above:

Serve it over ice cream and you’re all done!  So gooooooood!

Shannon gifted us THREE beautiful pumpkins from her garden this week.  I used one for soup and processed the other half of it and another one for pies and baked goods for later.  There were so many seeds!  I couldn’t believe it.  I’ve never gotten that many out of baking pumpkins before.  We roasted them and they are DELICIOUS!  Way better than any we’ve made before.  I was a little bummed that we didn’t get to carve jack-o-lanterns this year because I was gone the whole week before Halloween and when I got back, all the pumpkins were gone from the stores.  So it was great to be able to get so many seeds from these baking pumpkins.  Yum!

Early last summer Cat decided that she wanted to change bedrooms.  Don’t ask me why – I have no idea why she’d want to move into a smaller room with less closet space.  But she did, and so we let her.  Finally, this fall I’ve had time to redecorate it for her.  She got to pick out the colors and themes and everything – but not to worry – I talked her through the whole process so we didn’t get too crazy.  Here are some “before” photos:

It was always a mess.  I left it that way for the photos on purpose.  I told her she’d have to keep it neater if we re-did it, and I’m pleased to report that so far she’s doing a pretty good job.  I hardly had to clean anything up before taking “after” photos this morning:

And here are the “after” photos.  I would still like to get her a better (matching) chair for her desk, and perhaps make her a radiator cover for the top of the heater, but otherwise, it’s done!

It’s a really small room, and the lay-out is kind of funny.  There’s a bump-out from the stairway, so it’s not a square.  I don’t particularly care for the way she’s asked for the furniture to be arranged, but there are only so many options and she wanted it to be different than before:

Here’s a pic of the decals we stuck on and also a sign that I made her:

Here’s the sign up close.  Last year in Florida, there was a sign made out of driftwood hanging on wall in a sushi restaurant where we ate, and we stole the idea and made one for Cat.  This one is neater, though, because the driftwood is from the shores of Lake Superior and is stuck to a piece of birch bark which we found on the forest floor somewhere while out adventuring sometime this past summer.  It was a GIANT piece of bark, which I tore off to make smaller for the sign:

I repainted the dresser per Cat’s design.  It was part of a set which we got when the twins were in-utero.  We sold the cribs a long time ago, so there was just this armoire and the changing table/dresser (which is in Lewis’ room) left.  I always hated the color of it.  So even though Jim didn’t want me to, I painted it anyway, and Cat and I love it!  It’s so fun!  The paint matches the walls – did you notice that two walls are green (her favorite color) and two are blue?

We got rid of the silly little kid table and chairs and found this great, white desk on a “stuff for sale” site on Facebook.  Hooray for used items!  And now she has cork boards to tack all her papers on instead of taping them to the walls!  We were also able to de-clutter that shelf quite a bit by hiding things in the desk drawers.  It’s nice now, but I have a feeling it won’t be very fun to go through those drawers in a few months!

More decals over the door.  Cat designed this bunch.  The other bunch we put in place by copying the design off the package cover.  I thought she did a nice job with the design!

And two more little details- I love this Monet light switch cover I found on Amazon, and the old mirror which I repainted with the same blue of the walls.  Too fun!

She loves it!  Now I get to start working on Lewis’ room.  I have a feeling this will be a little bit harder to make everything come together.  We shall see!  Thanks for reading!!

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