... with travel plans made and cancelled and made again...
And again and again -- And again...
It was so nice to get away from all of that and be outside to enjoy God's glorious fall paintings!
I know that everyone doesn't love fall -
But oh, my!
I sure do!!
I love the woodsy smell of decaying leaves going to sleep for the winter...
I love the colors that God paints wide and wild and wonderful for us to enjoy!!!
And I love having the time to slow down and 'just be' with the love of my life with no agenda,
exploring the area around us... I mean, really - who wouldn't love a man who takes care of the tiny dog?
[Can you see her?
She has on her leopard print coat,
so she may be camouflaged just a bit - ha]
We went over to Cloudland Canyon State Park in Georgia
and it was gorgeous! - We were concerned that we might have missed 'the color' by a couple of weeks - But really, I think we hit it at just the right time - The dropping temps this week will surely make the leaves drop as well -- We walked the paved walking trails one afternoon... and enjoyed the hiking trails the next... Our theory - a walk is on a paved trail and a hike is not... a walk has guard rails... and a hike might not - Yikes! Seriously. Beautiful. [All straight-out-of-the-camera shots --]
to meet up with
family and friends at the Happiest Place on Earth.
Disney. Of course, we had a date with the Main Mouse too! We did the traditional ride-the -monorail-the-night before-going-into-the-parks And while the Magic Kingdom was closed due to capacity crowds that day - The monorail was strangely empty... And Craig timed it EXACTLY right so that we could see the fireworks as we went around Epcot. Wonderful!!
And we had a great time being with our boys and
It is a
great joy in life to see your children happy.
It's fun to have girls in my life! And they're always sweet to join in on my photo-op shenanigans! [Craig picked up the Minnie Ears at Unclaimed before our trip -]
We also enjoyed meeting up with our sweet
whom we’ve gone to Disney with MANY times throughout the years.
– odd to
be there together and not have boys to herd.
But still fun in a new way.
[AND WE MISSED THOSE WHO WEREN'T WITH US.]
There was LOTS of fun things about this trip
rooms [due to all my points from work travel – yay!]
– valet parking [YES.]
lots of good food:
Artist Pointe, food & wine festival – Liberty Tree –
and breakfast at the Polynesian
[and I wonder why I’d not lost a pound
despite all the walking?!?]
A trip to Disney is just not complete until you've gone through It's a Small World [afterall] with one of your best friends - ha. And taken a whirl in the teacups, of course! [my favorite ride] I'll admit Matt gave me a spin I won't soon forget --- But the problem with Disney this year was THE
and THE CROWDS.
Even at the Not So Very Scary Halloween Party
there seemed to be wall-to-wall people.
[AND mosquitoes - truly.
I've been to Disney MANY MANY times
and have NEVER come away
with mosquito bites,
even when we camped.]
Don’t get me wrong –
we had a blast,
but, gracious… times have changed.
Even the boys noticed it.
Still, we had such a good time - the Halloween Party was awesome, despite the crowds. - I'd hoped for a group photo,
but these two were stuck on Pirates [almost had to walk off, how cool is that?!] So I'll probably be 'shopping' the two together before I print it for the scrapbook - ha. All in all, it was a great trip - and I'm sure we'll be back in a few years - in January, when the kids are all in school [no fall-breakers] and the weather is cool.
We can never stay away for more than a few years...
and they agreed to this for our Halloween Crop Dinner!]
Y’all know I love a party –
AND my new doughnut pan –
[Although, I **DO** need to work on this icing thing –
it keeps soaking into the donuts, still delicious though!]
I was able to arrive a little early to set a proper welcome
with some bats and broom parking spots --
[the pumpkin was already there- so cute!]
And I love to set a pretty table
– something I always enjoyed seeing my Mama do –
here was pulled from my house
or bought at a deep discount store
picked up the bowls at Walmart and added a cute sticker…
The witch is
from Kohls [on sale],
and pumpkin lights are from a flea market in south
Georgia [2 bucks
-] – lol.
On the menu – white chicken chili
[easy to do ahead and keep warm in the crockpot],
pumpkin cheese ball
[made with salsa – NOT pumpkin, ha,]
calico muffins [basically cornbread
with some chopped red and green pepper mixed in,]
and the donuts.
Place settings / Take-A-Ways:
decided early on to have a couple of party favors
and when I saw these
little pumpkins at The Dollar Tree
I knew I could use the cricut to
just like the big versions we’re seeing all over the
And, since everyone doesn’t love Halloween
quite as much as
me, these were perfect for a little autumn decoration!
also wanted to make this fall chex mix [SO GOOD!] so I put it in these
little bags I found and tied a skeleton on each one with a poem that I
remember from EARLY childhood. Mama would always say it in a spooky
scary voice… in a fun way,
Have you seen the ghost,
the ghost of John?
Long white bones
the rest all gone...
Wouldn't it be chilly
with no skin on?
– Was it in one of my sister’s school books?
[I’ve had these
skellies forever and never used them…]
I also printed some free printables for our drink labels.
Note: Since this event was held at the Scrapbook Play House
I used command hooks with my decorations!
[I think they are my new best friend! Ha.]
Except for the lollies - the command hooks don't work on popcorn ceilings so I had to find a stick to tie them to - then I taped it to the bannister with masking tape -
gotta be innovative, people!
We had a prize for the best hat and Julie won!! Isn't it gorgeous?!?
I think everyone had a good time – we plan to stay up late crafting the night away…
Hmmm… now that we don’t have little ones to do Halloween with,
I wonder if this could become a yearly tradition?
Oops - should have cropped a little better so you couldn't see the masking tape holding the stick with the lollies - ha. -- Real life, people - [I'll crop it before it goes in the scrapbook - ha.]