Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Card Display

When we returned from Kansas, I was delighted to find our first Christmas card in the mail. Of course the Hutson's would be miles ahead of everybody else this year, they have a new baby to show off. Receiving our first card reminded me that I had wanted to create a Pinteresty display for this year's cards. Last year, my Martha-est friend created something similar to this for her dining room table.
Yes, Stephanie trumps us all, again.
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Not wanting to steal her idea, or take the time required to make it, I searched Pinterest for something easier.
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And, after almost buying 30 clothespins for $6 on Amazon, I decided to use something I already have lots of, binder clips! Behold, my creation:
I had made that paper wreath sometime last year, so all I had to do was clip some shiny silver binder clips onto the ribbon. Genius, I tell you.

Now, more people just need to send us cards! I promise they will be on display in our dining room for all to enjoy.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Garbage Truck Incident

This year, I am thankful for not being crushed by a garbage truck.

Because I came close.

Chris and I had a wonderful trip to see my friends and family up in Kansas this past week, however we also nearly got smushed by garbage. It’s a sucky story, and I wish it hadn’t happened. But it did, we are fine, but the miata is not.

This was taken while the car was on the tow truck. According to the police, it was not drivable. The steering and the front left wheel weren't communicating correctly. The police officer gave the garbage truck driver a ticket for an improperly executed right-turn, so technically I was not at fault. But still, be careful out there.

Besides wrecking my mom's car, our Thanksgiving break consisted of visiting with lots of people I love, eating many delicious foods, and seeing tons of Kansas.
We toured the Boulevard brewery.
Made a trip out to Lawrence
Feasted with the Kapka/Farris family.
And made it back to Austin in time for Nate's deep-fried turkey.

The weather was perfect for most of the trip (we had one 20 degree day) and I got to see most of the people I wanted too. It never feels like there's enough time to see everybody. I should be back there around Easter, but for now, cheers to the rest of 2012, sure is flying by.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Easier Than Pie Halloween Treats

How was your Halloween?

At work, we invited all the kiddos up to the office to trick-or-treat from cube to cube. Seeing kids in their costumes on Halloween is one of my favorite things ever.

It's probably against some kind of OSHA compliance to post photos of other people's children on here. Darn. I actually stole the idea from Chris' office, (who I think stole it from AMD) so we always come home and talk about what costumes were popular that year. Spiderman, princesses, and ladybugs seem to be the top picks.

I made these two super easy treats for the kiddos and my coworkers. Thought I'd share.

First, for our dessert potluck, I made these Witches Brooms.
Reeces PB Cups and Pretzels

Then, for the kids to put in their Halloween bags:
Spider Attack!
I both ideas on Pinterest, and repinned them right away. I have lots of pipe cleaners and googlie eyes left over from the Reinbeers last year. These took me no time at all to create and the kids loved them!

Last night I stayed up way to late making togas for Chris and me to wear to the Texas Renaissance Faire this weekend. Photos to come.