More costume progress pics!

Or, as I wanted to title this post, “I used to have a green bowl”

But it was meant for a greater destiny

Steve has been coming home after long hours at work, and then putting in long hours into making this costume for our oldest:

His mom has been helping him, and we went paint shopping yesterday:

Our boy has been very patient trying things on:

Again and again

Now, if you saw the movie you’ll probably recognize the costume. Otherwise, you’ll have to be told what it is, like I was 😀

Two more days, people!

Outlander giveaway!

One of my all-time favorite books is being made into a series. Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon, is only the first on an ongoing saga that includes romance, time-travel, historical fiction, etc. It is a wonderful story and this week I am giving away a copy so that the lucky winner can catch up before the series is broadcast next year.


Diana herself gives us a synopsys on her site: “In 1946, after WWII, a young Englishwoman named Claire Beauchamp Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband, Frank. She’s an ex-combat nurse, he’s been in the army as well, they’ve been separated for the last six years, and this is a second honeymoon; they’re getting re-acquainted with each other, thinking of starting a family. But one day Claire goes out walking by herself, and comes across a circle of standing stones—such circles are in fact common all over northern Britain. She walks through a cleft stone in the circle….and disappears. Back into 1743, where the first person she meets is a gentleman in an 18th-century army officer’s uniform. This gentleman, Jack Randall, looks just like her husband Frank—and proves to be Frank’s six-times-great-grandfather. Unfortunately, he also proves to be a sadistic bisexual pervert, and while trying to escape from him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Highland Scots, who are also trying to get away from Black Jack Randall—though for other reasons.

In order to avoid being handed over to Captain Randall, Claire is obliged to marry one of the young clansmen. So she finds herself trying to escape from Castle Leoch and her Scottish captors, trying to get back to her husband Frank, trying to avoid being recaptured by Captain Randall—and falling in love with Jamie Fraser, the young man she’s been forced to marry. The story rolls on from there…”

Would you like to win your very own copy of Outlander? The only rule you MUST follow is:

1 – Leave a comment on this post, I’d love to know what kind of stuff you like to read, but if you just want to say “I want to win!” that is okay, too 😀

For extra entries, you can:

2 – Follow me on Facebook, and let me know in a separate comment.
3 – Subscribe to my RSS feed, and let me know in a separate comment.
4 – Follow me on Twitter, and let me know in a separate comment.
5 – Follow me on Instagram, and, yeah, you guessed it! let me know in a separate comment.

Y’all have until October 27 to enter, I will announce the lucky winner on Monday, October 28.

Good luck!!!

The guessing game begins

My husband has started work on our oldest’s Halloween costume. It is pretty darn awesome so far – here’s a (tiny) sneak peek!

Here are a few of the costumes we have made in the past:

Aidan as Drago from Bakugan

Alex as Wubbzy

Alex as Godzilla

Aidan as the Xenomorph from Alien

Most of the work here is Steve’s. I sewed the wings for Drago and made the Wubbzy outfit while Steve painted the face on it and shaped the tail. Everything else was done 100% by him. Long hours of work, lots of attention to detail, lots of love for his sons to have a great costume. Most of the time he stays up the night before Halloween to make sure every detail is perfect, and then gets rewarded by the boys’ excitement in wearing their fab costumes at their school parades.

It has worked so far that whenever one of our boys wants a homemade costume, the other wants a store-bought one, so when Alex was Godzilla, Aidan was Captain America. Last year Alex wanted to be a monkey so we got his costume from Old Navy. This year, he wants to be a monkey again, which makes it easier on Steve 😀

I’ll be posting more sneak peeks of Aidan’s costume as progress is made!

The last camping trip of 2013

In late September we headed out to a nearby campground for our last camping adventure of the year. The newest member of our family came along with us.

Foxy was a delight to have with us, she is so mellow but at the same time loves to discover new places. And what a protective little lady she is! One night my youngest woke up wanting to go to the bathroom, so he and I left the tent, and immediately, our sweet girl woke up my husband to let him know we were gone! Steve had to comfort her until we came back because she was worried for us. She’s also let us know when someone she doesn’t know parks in front of our house. We love our Foxy girl!

As usual, we ate like kings and had help making our breakfast burritos:

I also received a gift from my in-laws. They know how badly I suffer when I get bitten by mosquitoes – they all seem to head for me whenever we camp and the bites end up swollen and inflamed, so they got me this awesome screen tent so I can be safe:

Isn’t that great? Now I don’t have to worry about mosquitoes and can camp knowing my skin will be protected.

Our neighbor B. came along with us this time, and we all had a great time. We hope that 2014 will bring us many more camping adventures with friends and family!!!