Happy Halloween!

Some Halloween themed crafts for swaps:
The cards were already die cut with the pumpkin and spider web. I enhanced with some rubber stamps and cut outs from my Silhouette machine.
the devil and zombie are from the book Creepy Cute Crochet
Finger puppet pattern from the Lion Brand website
From the Zombie Felties book
Count Truffula pattern from q.D.Patooties.
From a recent Stampin Up meetup. We also made a candy corn box that I forgot to take a photo of and I sent it in a swap!
I really like that frankenstein!
And last but not least, Sienna painting her magic wand for her princess costume!

Princess Sienna

Warning! Giddy parent alert! Lots of kid photos! 😉

I couldn’t resist dedicating a whole post to Sienna’s Halloween costume. We had gotten the princess dress early last month and if it was up to Sienna, she would have worn it everyday since! I’m glad we nipped that in the bud early on or else she might not have been this excited to put on her whole get up. Even though it’s not Halloween yet, we had a birthday party on Sunday with a Halloween theme. This is the first time she had everything on, the dress, the crown, the gloves and her wand (which she painted using this kit!) She was sooo happy when she first put this on, it was such a joy to see! Needless to say, I kept snapping away! (And she kept posing! What can I say? She’s just like her mom!)

The Big E on film!


The Big E on digital

We went to the Big E a couple of weekends ago. We took Sienna out of school on Friday and had big plans on meeting up with “Uncle Peeder” and Mike. Both parties even reserved a hotel room for the night! Well, Mother Nature had other plans for us. I forgot the name of the hurricane but they were predicting heavy rains, flooding and wind. It didn’t turn out as bad as they said but we opted not to do the fair on Friday but went Saturday instead. Saturday was a perfect sunny day. Unfortunately, because Mike had work Saturday night, they could not do the same. It was a bummer not being able to spend the day at the fair with them. I hope it will work out for next year.

Driving up to the fair on Friday morning took FOREVER! What would normally take about 3 hours, took 6! Lots of traffic and congestion (and not at the spots we thought there would be-smooth sailing on the Whitestone Bridge!) We weren’t in a rush but it was bizarre how we were stuck in traffic not very far from our house and it was so long that Sienna had to pee. We had no choice but to put a pull up on her and at first we had to coerce her to pee in the pull up! We felt so bad that we were reprogramming her. We stopped for lunch at a place called Sherwood Diner. Not bad, your standard diner fare. We got to City Place Inn at around 3:30, went into the pool for a bit, showered and headed to the mall in search of dinner. We ended up eating at Friendly’s. We got back to the hotel and was surprised to see Pete and Mike sitting outside! We finally get to meet Mike! Of course Sienna was delighted to see Uncle Peeder!

Anyway, the next morning we had breakfast at the hotel. We didn’t want anything fancy so we can save room for fair food. Honestly, there really isn’t that much to say about the fair. We got there early (9:30) and breezed right in. Got the yummy mini donuts, saw some animals, Sienna rode some rides, Sienna started getting cranky, we started getting cranky, we ate some lunch and pretty much left. That was in 3 hours. I know we weren’t going to spend all day at the fair because we had to drive home but I was hoping to squeeze at least another hour out of Sienna. Oh well. Sienna was pretty tired because I don’t think she slept very well in the hotel. She ended up climbing into our king size bed in the middle of the night and spent it mostly keeping Yves up while I snored away on my end of the bed.

Needless to say, Sienna enjoyed the mini donuts as much as Yves!
Her first ride. I don’t know if you could tell but she wanted to get off by the 3rd go around.
No drama on this ride
She seemed to enjoy the ferris wheel although she said she was scared even though we were all sitting together.
I know she doesn’t look it here but I think she liked riding the pony. She wanted to ride the elephant afterwards but it was vetoed (only because we told her to pick either the pony or the elephant to ride and not both!)
This pumpkin was over 1,000 lbs!

I had some fun fiddling with some photos and applying some retro actions and putting them in retro frames.
I also did some fake lomos.

I’ll post some holga shots soon.

CSA farm

Our CSA is over in November and I haven’t really written about it. It started in June and I was a little overwhelmed in the beginning. I got better at it but there were still a few things that ended up in the garbage because I waited too long to use it or didn’t know what to do with it. Some pluses are that we discovered a like for swiss chard, mustard greens and leafy greens of that nature (and that they taste extra delicious when you saute them with turkey bacon!) Also Yves also discovered that he likes pesto!

We also got a fruit share and got some really yummy peaches, apples and pears. There was some fruit that was a letdown such as the watermelon. It wasn’t very sweet and it had seeds (I got spoiled eating the seedless!) But that’s from a different farm.

Anyhow, we were invited to visit the farm at the end of September. It took a little over 2 hours to get there, it was up by Warwick, NY. We got brunch with fresh squeezed orange juice (totally wasted on Sienna because she doesn’t like the pulp.) The french toast was a little disappointing as the crust of the bread was really hard. The omelet was better but I could have eaten 3 of them and the potatoes were cold. 🙁 The “tour” consisted of a girl telling us the history of the farm and allowing us to pick some stuff. Sienna and I picked a couple of edible flowers and I tried to find some basil but the season was pretty much over for that.

We were disappointed with the trip but at the same time, it was interesting to see the farm where our vegetables come from.
Cool city girl waiting for her country breakfast

9 years!

Nine years ago today I married Yves, a wonderful man who is very supportive and honest and loving. We traveled to Las Vegas, our plan from the very start since I really wasn’t interested in a big, fancy wedding. Things went pretty well considering it was a month after 9/11 (I still don’t believe that my fake bouquet was because there were no fresh flowers because of 9/11!). The friends and family we invited all came and even some that weren’t invited. HA. My friend Brenda got married the night before us but they got divorced a few years later. Marriage isn’t always easy but I’m happy to say ours is going great! I love you honey! Here’s to many more years!


We treated ourselves in stayed in the Bellagio.

We had a banquet a month later.

Can you guess where we went on our honeymoon?

Sorry for the quality of some of these photos. Some are scans of prints and some are digitals with an early form of digital camera. Hey, it was 2001!