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Are you looking forward to turkey and pumpkin pie?  I sure am.

If you have any spare time and want to create the cool banner in the photo below, check out the instructional here.

We hope the world is happy and at peace for a long weekend and have a great holiday –

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We had some tombstones and skeletons that we bought at the store (as well as last year’s fuzzy spider) and sadly they all got swiped from our front lawn a week ago! Enter: the challenge to make some decorations that would live INSIDE our house and away from the elements (and sticky fingers). Zoe and Ezra made bats out of paper and a ghost to hang from the tree, and I made some big eyes to look down at potential thieves. It was fun getting some time to do things from scratch – like trying our hands at carving pumpkins. E and Z’s dad is the pro at instructing us on this .. Look how proud these little artist are! And roasting the seeds at the end is the best reward.

the objects that disappeared from our lawn!

the objects before they disappeared from our lawn!

our more creative option to keeping the decorations inside

our more creative option to keeping the decorations inside

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so proud

so proud

roasted with salt, brown sugar, and curry powder!

roasted with salt, brown sugar, and curry powder!

Rocky and Unicorn enjoy the decorations before moving out to get candy - photo by gregkesslerphoto.com

Rocky and Unicorn enjoy the decorations before moving out to get candy – photo by gregkesslerphoto.com

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and we are winding down December with the last of gingerbread-house making at school, visits to see family in Boston (note the New England tree with lobster, fisherman, and lighthouse ornaments) and a trip to Brooklyn where Industry City had a great ‘Mexican Christmas’ party and display of blinky snowmen. I for one am looking forward to a quieter winter break before New Year’s Eve…

Some scenes from Instagram:

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for Zoe, more is more when it comes to house decorating

for Zoe, more is more when it comes to house decorating

so many snowmen!

so many snowmen!

if she could, she would definitely have a Quinceañera party to wear one of these dresses

if she could, she would definitely have a Quinceañera party to wear one of these dresses

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Last year at this time we crammed all our boxes and furniture into our newly spruced up home – and the kids explored the new alley and celebrated Halloween. This year we are settled and this whole ‘decorating outdoors’ thing is SO new to us! We love it. Heck, handing out candy is pretty new to us as well – so hopefully we’ll have enough to go all night (and all day? How does one handle a Saturday Halloween?!)
Have a great weekend.

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One weekend evening there was a ‘last hurrah’ of sorts at the lake – where everyone brought a dish for the potluck and bluegrass music entertained the crowd. When everyone pitches in to pick the flowers and create the candle path, it really feels intimate and cozy. The kids took one last dive off the dock with a bit of hesitation – all of us wishing the day at the lake could last forever.

look who was hanging out for dinner

look who was hanging out for dinner

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splash!! (this pic by Greg Kessler)

splash!!
(this pic by Greg Kessler)

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It’s been a full year of owning our house! (Although it feels like less than a year because we moved in nearer to Halloween.) It’s been a lovely place to call home. I don’t miss the messy renovation stage but I do admit – I sometimes want to make trips to tile shops and appliance centers just because I somehow got use to it last summer. The anticipation was fun as well .. not knowing how it would all shape up in the end. The very best part is now finally living in it – as if it’s always been ours.

a little of last summer and this summer seen here.

a little of last summer and this summer seen here.

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Ok I’ve mentioned the incredibly creative ‘mamma Loren‘ a number of times on this blog, it’s true. BUT I put this idea up on instagram and it was met with a lot of interest and curiosity. SO I thought you’d want to know that YOU TOO can get your winter-weather stir crazy kids to ‘climb the walls’ by simple ordering some grips on REI.com – then affix to the wall! Check out Zoe and Ezra giving it a try:

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