Sunday, November 30, 2008

Getting Ready!!!

We are going to be starting out kitchen remodel soon so I thought I would post about our plans, since it looks like we will be going ahead with this. Nate and I spent about 6-7 hours on Saturday hauling out kitchen cabinets from the store to our garage. It is getting exciting now, it is starting to feel like reality.
I will post some pictures of the way it is now, once we get it cleaned up a little, for those of you who have not seen our little kitchen before.

Kitchen Plan

Lights, garbage disposal, door and drawer pulls.

Tile we will be using, I haven't seen it yet myself, but it looks nice and it was a great deal ;)

This is a picture of my sister's sink, but we got the same one

view from the front

Here is ours, in the box, in the garage

Our cabinets all stacked up in the garage

room for only one car for now.

I will keep you posted on the progress, when we start to make some.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Day of Plenty

Since school and work kept me close to home this year Nate and I spent this Thanksgiving apart. He traveled down to his folks to be with his family since it has been a long time since we have seen them. I went over to my sister's place in WI. Here are pictures from our T-day, most are pictures of the food.

Gina decided to make an apple pie with the apples I bought on my way down on Wed. night.

She wanted to do the lattice crust top like she saw online.

And caramel drizzled on top.


Seven layer salad, strawberry pie, pumpkin pie

Crockpot sweet potatoes, check out the funky one in the middle, it has a white streak!

Add butter, brown sugar, spices and apples

Starting to cook up, the butter is melting, thought this was a good picture.

All mashed up

The table set!
We still didn't have enough seats for everyone, the little kids didn't stay long in their seats though.
We had quite a few who came to Gina and Richard's; Sandy, Amber and Brian, Brady,
Alyssa and Jamin, Aaron and Lisa, Barb T., Rose B., Lonnie and Gordon, Sam, Laura,
Brian B., Gina and Richard, Emma, Olivia, Westin, Levi and me. (22)

Barb T. and Rose B.

Alyssa, Aaron, Sandy, Jamin

Jamin carving one of the turkeys

All the food ready to eat!
Turkey, stuffing, 10 lbs. mashed potatoes, gravey, sweet potatoes, green beans,
seven layer salad, 3 kinds of cranberries and cinnamon rolls.

Amber, Aaron and Alyssa;
I love the look on Amber's face, she just can't decide which desserts to have.
It would be hard to decide if you could choose from apple pie, apple crisp, pumpkin pie,
pecan pie, chocolate pecan pie, strawberry pie, pumpkin bread and ice cream.

All the kids in mom's bed on Friday morning.
I didn't get very many pictures of the kids while I was down there, too busy cooking I guess.

Monday, November 3, 2008

2008 Halloween Party : Pirates

Thanks to everyone for coming and for everything you all brought. The costumes were great, as usual and we had a good time. For everyone who couldn't make it, we hope to see you next year! Any ideas for a theme for next year? Anyways, here are some pictures, I am sure others will share some on other blogs as well.

Trick-or-treating on Halloween at Grandma and Grandpa's, we surprised them, Gina and I stayed back, by the garage to see if Grandpa would recognize the kids all dressed up, he did!

Chloe went straight for the treasure when they arrived!

Aaron and Jami

Our ship's cook, great costume idea! She would get my vote for best costume.

More great costumes, a doubloon, treasure chest and a couple pirates.

Still more creative costume ideas; a ship, an anchor and a couple of cute little pirates

Land Ho!!

Raking and playing in the leaves. Autumn, you can come back anytime.

Stephanie and Levi, a pirate and her treasure map! Well, technically he is Gina's treasure map.

Pirate Treasurrrrrr

Three pirate ladies and their worst fear, a shark

The whole group, except for our photographers Sandy, Aaron and Richard B.


Silly pose

Mom and Dad

Carving my pumpkin

The kids loved carving pumpkins,

I think the adults/parents did too.

Nikelle working on her bat-in-the-moon pumpkin

Dad working on his pumpkins

Carving away

All of the pumpkins lit


Mine and Autumn & Brendan's