Halloween this year was really fun. We started our day by heading to the mall for candy and pictures (we never actually got pics since the line was a thousand people long!) We met up with Annabel's friend "Noni" (Nora) and her parents. The girls were so, so cute! (Nora's a cat, btw)
That evening, we headed to our church for a "Halloween Carnival." There were lots of carnival-type games for the kiddos to play (and win candy!), a bounce house, free hot dogs, nachos, cotton candy, popcorn, cider, etc! And a costume contest, which I am proud to say that Annabel WON! She was so stinking cute in her vintage carebear costume.
Here she is sporting Noni's cat ears instead of her own head!
And contemplating stealing Baby Eden's hat, as well! What a sweet little ladybug!
And the girls, best buddies. That night on our way home it was late and Annabel was so sleepy. I was talking to her about the evening and going over all the fun stuff she had done. I asked her what her favorite part of it was and she sighed... "Noni..." My heart just melted!
My birthday falls shortly after Halloween, so Derek and I planned an evening away. We don't get out- just the two of us- too often, so it's always a special occasion. We went to Carmel to eat sushi and then hit up Clay Terrace to do some early Christmas shopping. We actually didn't end up getting anything (except a wonderfully delicious green coat for me at Delia's!) but it was fun walking around in the crisp air, holding hands and daydreaming about Christmas gifts:) We ended our date in our traditional manner- Barnes and Noble:) It doesn't get much better than that!
Last week, Derek had the week off, so we headed down to my parents. I took the old rocking chair that is Annabel's room-
-to my grandmother's to help me refinish and reupholster it.
(ripping the old fabric off)
(The refinishing process)
This was my mom's rocking chair when she was a child, and I was glad to have it handed down to me, but I always knew I would fix it up some day. The upholstery was in pretty bad shape, and the foam in the cushions was deteriorated. So anyway, it took us about 4 days (longer than I had anticipated) and about 3 yards of fabric, but I love the way it turned out!
The new fabric is so soft and wonderful, and I just think it looks so fresh and modern in there now! Annabel likes it too! -
This project didn't allow me to spend a lot of time with my parents, but we did some fun stuff in. For my birthday, they took us to Red Lobster on night (can you tell I love fish!? Seriously - I could live on it). Yummy! Another night, my grandparents took us all to a bbq place in Illinois that was wonderful. We were definitely spoiled! We are actually headed back down there this weekend for the opening of deer season. Derek is hoping to fill our freezer with all kinds of meat.
Annabel enjoying a cinnamon crunch bagel from Panera Bread-
Apparently she liked it :)
In her pretty Sunday dress
Torturing the kitties at her cousins' house!
Oh, I forgot to mention- I had an ultrasound yesterday to determine how far along I am, and I am officially due June 13! I am 9 weeks and 4 days (but who's counting??) Unfortunately, Derek had an opportunity to cater a wedding on June 12, but I'm guessing he's going to turn it down... I have to admit it is hard to pass up on the money, though!!