flashback friday

My dad took these pictures during our quick trip to Utah in October (which I swear was last week but whatever). I love them! Sam's cool hair-do didn't make it past that weekend, ha. Sam is the sweetest though, right?

the rural juror

Or the city juror, whatever. (I can't embed, but you should watch)

I am sure you're all dying to know how jury duty was, right? It was short and sweet; I wasn't selected from the pool as one of the 30 needed jurors. End scene, take the MAX home. Which I had to do, because we found that morning that someone had bashed in our back and front passenger window. But luckily my MIL saved the day (and the whole week). We got the windows fixed, found most of our stolen stuff up the street and now have a much emptier (and bonus: cleaner) car.


We had a great Thanksgiving here in Portland with Dave's parents, brother, sister-in-law and cousin saucy (haha). We kept the meal simple and fairly non-traditional, but it turned out yummy and everyone left full, I think. I made this turkey, which turned out really well (considering I didn't even think I would still need any roasting materials until the day of, but a roasting pan worked great), along with this chocolate pie and this vanilla pie (like creme brulee pie, yum). Karren made a delicious pumpkin pie (smitten kitchen as well, I believe). Our place cards are from here. Napkins are a super easy pinterest find!

And then on Friday I did soooo much online shopping it was sad awesome (but I mean, most stuff was for Christmas presents, out of need, or things I was going to buy anyway so we might as well get a good deal, right?). It has made for the best mail week of my life, though.

liz lemon on jury duty.

I really do want to participate in jury duty, but just in case, I'll keep this in mind. Although...I wonder if it would work in Portland. ha!


I feel a little like I'm failing at the whole modern parenting thing: it's been like...weeks since I've taken a cute picture of Sam! I mean, he's always cute and I do have some pictures of him, but they are mostly ones where he isn't interested in my obsession with making sure I get a picture/video of every cute thing he does before he stops. Oh, ok, so I'm not actually doing that bad. 

BUT since this zoo day (a few Saturdays ago), I don't have like any good pictures of Sam (although, to be fair, Sam doesn't look like he's really having a good time in these anyway). 

On my photo roll instead? Screenshots of sewing patterns I want to pin or buy, an outfit I must copy, centerpiece ideas for Thanksgiving, projects/project inspiration (aka I could totally paint that, right?), fabric, printers from costco, an advent calendar....you get the idea. I wonder if screenshots could be like the future in trying to see what people in the past liked. You know? Like my kids can look in my photo archives and since I usually forget to delete a screenshot after its use has passed and I keep it forever, they can know all the tiny details of my life. 

Anyway, zoo. Beautiful fall day--it was the first sunny and warm-ish day for weeks around these parts. October/early November was mean!

 Like, are these two related or what? They could look like they were having more fun. The second is what I got when I asked for him to look more excited. Good thing I don't blog for money, eh?
 These fresh elephant ears were too tempting on a chilly day. So worth it!

november, your bangs are cute

This week was staying inside most of the time because it was below 30 half the week, first snow (???) of the year, getting over runny noses and coughs, playdates with friends, quesadillas all day erry day, taylor swift music videos, video chats and new deodorant that smells like a lime otterpop. So all in all, not too shabby.

Sam continues to surprise me with the things he remembers. We sang "the wheels on the bus" the other day, and he could do the hand motions for 5 verses...and we haven't done that for at least a week. He points by touching the top of his middle finger to the top of his pointer, making an oval with his fingers, and it's so adorable. He recognizes us in pictures, but mostly daddy, which he says in the sweetest sing-songy voice. But when he wakes up in the morning and Dave gets him, I can hear him say "mommy" in that same voice and I die. He calls his friend macie beecie, which is so cute. He says it a lot and points to the door, waiting for her to come over.

I read today about bullet journaling, and I am so sold. I'm buying a new notebook today and starting. I just finished up a journal and I've been on the hunt for one for a week or two. I love this idea of combining lists and journal entries. My lists are all over the place, and I'm excited to try this.

aaaand...I wish had something else to say, but alas, I must move onto other things. Apparently my computer is going to restart in 4 minutes and there is nothing I can do to stop so I must go and save all the things.

november song. I heart parks and rec. It may be hard to believe if you know us, but I think we preferthatottheofficedonthateme.

costumes brought to you by target sheets.

We're a little behind, but oh well. Also, really lame iphone pictures...and not that I have had anything else for the last 3 years, but these are pretty bad. And these ones are literally the best ones from the night. So, win/win.

So for halloween, I saw a cute costume online for me (a pineapple) and we went from there. After coming up this genius idea that Dave would be a coconut and we would be pina colada (I'm pretty proud of that idea), we tried to fit Sam into it too. While we had some great ideas (some from us, some from friends), we just decided to have him do his own thing. I bought a set of yellow jersey sheets from target on clearance and thought we might as well have Sam be something yellow. 

So Sam went as Sam I am and I loved it. I thought we did a pretty good job with the costume, but I guess not that many people know who Sam I am is?  Next year when Sam chooses his own costume, I hope it's something super obvious. 

Sam and Dave could have been spongebob characters (pineapple under the sea?) and that would have been kinda fun. Maybe next year? Oh, Dave's costume was a cardboard circle around his neck that said "coconut" and it lasted 5 minutes. ha.

On Halloween we had dinner with some downtown friends and tagged along for their trick-or-treating. We wouldn't have taken Sam by ourselves, but it was fun to hang out. However, it turns out Sam really couldn't handle the complex emotions of trick-or-treating. He wanted to eat everything that instant, and just didn't get the "put it in the bucket and save it for later" thing. Furthermore, he usually was more interested in the jack-o-lanterns and was mad he couldn't touch the flames. And the saddest part was as the smallest kid, he'd get pushed out of the way even when it was his turn. You can't blame the 3-8 year olds, but he'd start hitting himself on the face. (yes, that is his new thing when he's mad/bored/feels threatened. yeah.)

He ended up just riding on Dave's shoulders and we skipped the houses for the rest of the night. I'm sure he'll be a pro next year. He did enjoy the candy. So did we.

bucket at the ready.