Monday, October 31, 2011


Happy Halloween!  We had a fun weekend filled with parties, pumpkin carving and sewing.  Athena went to a Halloween party Friday night and got to wear her costume.  It's always nice when they get a little more wear than just the one night.  We are thinking of letting her have a party next year since they don't get to celebrate at school anymore.  I finished up Hailey's costume just in time for her to head to a party on Saturday night.  Then we ran around doing errands and carved some pumpkins Sunday.  I also managed to sneak in a bit of sewing, had to make a gift bag for my niece to get it in the mail today.  Hope you all have a wonderfully spooky day!  Check in tomorrow for the costume pictures.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Another Fun Weekend

We had another fun weekend. We had a nice lunch with the Newton's, we sure are going to miss them.  And since Athena had Monday off from school we decided to use our other Groupon and get out of the valley for a night.  We took the long way to Flagstaff.  It was a nice drive through Wikenburg, up to Prescott where we got out to stretch our legs for a bit.  Then onto the always over crowded Jerome, we had hoped to stop for lunch but it was just too annoyingly crowded so we headed down to Cottonwood and found a great little dive, Verde Lea Market and Deli.  The food was fantastic!  Then we made our way through Sedona and stopped for a hike in Oak Creek Canyon.  We were hoping that the fall foliage would be in full swing but we were a bit too early.  There were only a few trees starting to make the change but it was still a beautiful hike and drive.  We got to our little cabin at the Flagstaff Nordic Center at about 7:00 Sunday night.  It was cold but very cozy in the little cabin.  In fact, Shawn built a fire that had us so warm we had to get up and open the door for a bit in the middle of the night.  It was a nice little get away. 

A downside of the weekend was that we woke up to leave for our little adventure and Athena's pet parakeet, Sally had died during the night.  So we started out a little sad, but it was nice to have the trip to take her mind off it.  She was pretty old for a parakeet but will be missed.

There are more pictures of our hike on our flickr site if you would like to check them out.  Happy Fall!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Art Filled Weekend

We had a fun weekend.  We went down to First Saturday in downtown Glendale to mostly enjoy the cooler weather and get outside for the first time in months.  We saw some cool things and Athena had her very first sno-cone. (not really, but she seemed to think it was the first one she has ever had)  Then on Sunday we went to the free day at the Phoenix Art Museum.  There were some very cool new exhibits going on.  We also had a nice lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory, we haven't been there since we moved to Arizona about 8 years ago.

I also got a lot of sewing done on Athena's costume.  I am so excited at how it is coming together now.  Hailey has requested Gryffindor robes, (not sure who she wants to be just as long as it's Gryffindor) then I have a very cool idea for Bubbles this year too, hopefully it works out and she will wear it :)

I also made another gift bag for one of our nieces.  I forgot to take a picture though before I had it boxed up and ready to ship so here is just a shot of the adorable fabric I found.

I hope everyone has a wonderful October.  What are you going to be for Halloween this year?