Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
1 Corinthians 3:17

Monday, November 14, 2016

My Birthday and Halloween 2016

Well only two weeks late. Not bad. Ha Ha

Let's start with the cute Halloween pics. This was the first year that Isabelle didn't change her mind a hundred times, and it had nothing to do with princesses, or even dresses, actually- she had her heart set on being a cow girl, so...thank you, sweetheart! Easiest costume ever! I was going to make Levi something, either a lion or a monkey, but then I spotted a cheap monkey overall outfit while school shopping and that cinched it, especially since I can barely find the time to work on business sewing. Isabelle had lots of fun. Levi, however, well...

Let's just say we won't write it down as his favorite holiday. I'm glad I didn't kill myself making him some elaborate costume.

The guys found the banana, which is in fact a doggie toy, and how Ryder knew that I'll never know, but he was after it from the moment it entered the house. So here is a grumpy little monkey who had just wiped his monkey nose all over said banana. ha ha

FYI, the banana is no more. Sneaky dog.

He reeeeaaaaallllly wanted to take a bite outta that thing!

My sweet cow girl. That was her idea to put the other bandana on her horse. So cute! I finally had to buy a boys' plaid flannel shirt because I could not find even one in the girls department, and I checked so many stores! Not like it mattered because you can't even see it. Oh well.

Her hair is so thick and gorgeous now. It didn't used to be manageable AT ALL.

Poor baby, still trying to snack on that banana...

And it was my birthday- I'm 42 now! It hardly seems real, or possible. Everyone says it's just a number, and some days I'm okay with that, and others, I'm just not. I brought Levi out in the pouring rain to get this cake from a "real" bakery a couple towns over because, well, I have learned that if there's something I'd like, it's best if I take matters into my own hands. That might make sound like the biggest jerk, but, hey, I'm old now and I do what I want. :)

This birthday was a little strange for me because some of my kids wanted to celebrate with me, one was sick, and the others chose not to. I'm not really sure how else to put it, but it obviously hurt my feelings. So that wasn't the greatest. The weather was gross, too, rainy and cold, for nearly a week by that point. We were over it. I guess this wasn't a celebration for the record books either if I'm being honest.
I did try to have a little fun during my birthday week, but still, it just wasn't a great week or day. You win some, you lose some.

This was actually the day we voted, just a couple days after my birthday. Other than the having to vote part, it was a beautiful day. Finally!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Friday Favorites, Alternately Titled: It's Friday! It's Friday! It's Friday!

What a week. I'm about ready to go into hibernation. For real. #dreaming Here are some of my favorites. I'm linking up with Momfessionals this week and looking forward to reading & catching up on some blogs, hard to do when you're baaaarely surviving on 3 hours sleep each night. Ugh.

#1 -
Fall colors & weather. Here in New England the weather has changed drastically, and quickly. From summer temps one day to flurries and arctic wind the next. BUT. We had the most vibrant, glorious, breathtakingly beautiful colors, and we took lots of walks and drives to explore and enjoy it all.

From one of our little hikes. His eyes still make my heart skip a beat. Every.Single.Time.

It's boot season. And plaid shirts. Boots, plaid, and crunchy leaves, well, it just doesn't get any better than that.

She's pretty cute in boots, too! While lots of clothes targeted at her age group make me physically ill, we have found lots of adorable things that aren't too "little kid" OR "too adult" for her.
Fall baking  =)

Another great soccer season in the books. I'm always both happy and sad to see it end. I luuuuuuve watching my guys play.

Oh! As is tradition, the girls varsity team dye the varsity guys' hair mid-season. Ethan's is growing out, finally!  :/  Although, I think he can get away with it. Such incredibly handsome boys I have!!!

We're trying cloth diapers! I was a little nervous about him having to poop because frankly, that just sounds frighteningly horrible to deal with, but thank goodness we didn't have that to contend with this morning. I only have one diaper because I wanted to be sure I liked them enough to make the investment. Any C.D. tips welcome in the comments!!! :)

Aaaaand we voted. Not even listing that as a favorite. I'm not thrilled about any of it, but as I keep telling our kids, no change in government will keep us from being kind, thoughtful and generous people to those around us. On that note, have a great weekend!

Find me on IG @bethanylivs_life to see more pics

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