Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday Confessional ~ Spirit Week 2016

FRIDAY CONFESSIONAL at HIGH-HEELED LOVE
Come join the fun over at Aubrey's High-Heeled Love. She host this little party every Friday.
 
It has been a long time since I have participated with Friday Confessional.  I cannot think of a better way to round up the week so here it goes...

I confess...

I did not even get onto our computer at all this week because I was busy with planning my wardrobe for the next day.  This week is Iowa's Homecoming and my employer ( I just love where I work!) has a Spirit Week during Homecoming week and I had so much fun.  Monday was Pajama Day, Tuesday was Celebrity Look Alike Day, Wednesday was Rivalry Day, Thursday was Throw Back Prom Day, and Friday was Black and Gold Hawkeye's Day.  They also pick a Homecoming Spirit Week King and Queen. 

I confess...

Here was my Monday get up.  I even made the ballot to vote best pajama day.  I did not win, but that was fine because I had fun!

I confess...

I was not planning on doing anything on Celebrity Look Alike Day because I could not think of anyone I look like.  I had a couple of people tell me to go as Melissa McCarthy because of my hair color and size.  I did not find that nice at all.  One of my co-workers say I should come as Dolly with my blonde wig.  I loved that idea, so here is how I looked all day at work on Tuesday.   I even sang Dolly's "Jolene" song.   I made people laugh and again I made the ballot and did not win again.


I confess...

Now Wednesday I was excited for.  As soon as they told us what was going on for Spirit Week, I knew what I was going to do for Wednesday's Rivalry Day.  With Kameron working on my team, I knew he would go along with me.  This is what I looked like all day at work on Wednesday.  Once again we were on the ballot but we did not win.  We had a lot of fun though.

I confess...


I was really disappointed I could not find a dress for Thursday.  I did not want to spend a lot of money and I could not find any dresses my size at the consignment shop.  I never even thought about going as a dude.  The winners were just that one of the guys dressed like a girl and one of the girls dressed like a guy.  Hmm... something to think about for next year.  Friday, I did not go all out but I did wear my black and gold Hawkeye gear.

I confess...

We did such a great job dressing up all week our committee could not choose just one King and one Queen, they made several of us winners.  This time, I was one of the winners.  I was one of Homecoming Spirit Week's Queen 2016.   It was such a great week at work.

I confess...

Something has happened to my blog.  All of my favorite blogs I follow came up missing this week.  I am so upset because some of my favorites, I do not have their new paths to.  I am going to have to go hunting and finding them now.

What did you do this week?

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall Decorating ~ Pumpkin Style

Fall has finally arrived and I realized, I do not have a lot of Fall decorations.  I want to add a little bit of pumpkins here and there throughout the house.  I mean pumpkins are for both Halloween and Thanksgiving, right?  Here are a few I pinned on great ol' Pinterest that I am in love with.

Pumpkins can be made from recycled materials..

 Old Sweaters that may have holes can turn into these cute little pumpkins.
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 Below: Pumpkins made from old shirts
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Pumpkins can be made from fabric...

 
Above: I thought this one was adorable made from burlap and twine.
 Below: Heartwarming pumpkins made from chenille

Below:  This pumpkin is made up from several fabric yo-yos.  
 
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This beach feeling pumpkin is made from linen.
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Pumpkins made from string...
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 Above: Crochet Pumpkin
Below: String Pumpkin
 
Pumpkins made from paper...

This pumpkin is made from card stock paper and scrap booking paper.

 Pumpkins made from metal...

This pumpkin is made up of canning jar lids.
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Pumpkins made from glass...

Below are pumpkins made from glass and mercury.

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 I have always wanted to own some glass and mercury pumpkins.

I am excited to see what I come up with.  You all will have to check back in the next month or so to see.

Do you decorate your house with Fall items?

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I'm Back!

Hello...remember me?  I know I have been away for awhile.  This post is a little catch up and then I plan to go visit my favorite blogs.  I took the time to heal and I have missed blogging as well as my blog friends.

July and August were rough one and I had to take time away to regroup and heal.  Right before the 4th of July I found out Joshua was moving to Florida a lot sooner than he had expected.  This is the first of our children to move further than 30 minutes away. Joshua broke the envelope and moved 22 hours away from us.  Although I miss him incredibly it was a great move for him. He has already been promoted to Management and his future looks bright with this company.

Matthew has been struggling since his OUI.  I think he is on the right track.  Noah...er Christian lost his job and was slipping into his depression but pulled out quickly.  Ethan feared he was not going to be able to go back to school but he figured it out and was able to pull it off.  He has a very full schedule.  He and Matthew moved August 1st just down the street from where they were living. It's definitely an improvement for their old apartment.

July 30th Emily and her boyfriend, Kameron moved into a house together and picked up another puppy.  Her boyfriend was a manager at the Sears near us but they closed the store just days before the kids actually moved.  Kameron is now working where I work and is on my team.  I think they are a cute couple and love how comfortable he is with the family because, well he is family now too.  Kera and Taj also moved August 1.  They moved about 20 minutes away in a different city but they are still in the corridor.  Taj began Kindergarten in August.  

He is so excited.  We see him less now that we don't pick him up from daycare.  We only see him every Thursday and every other weekend we watch him on both Saturday and Sunday.  The other weekend for now Kera and Taj will come over on Sundays for dinner but I have a feeling when the weather changes they won't make the drive.  My marriage had some problems but I know Todd really wants our marriage to work.  He has shown me this.  Our vacation was not as healing as we had hoped none from our efforts the weather was against us and it was also during Todd's birthday.  He did not handle turning 50 well.

I began taking herbal treatments for depression and it seems to be working.  I am not crying constantly, so many changes all at once and who knows maybe I am in a little bit of a midlife crisis myself with my 50th being about 3 months away.  I just finally uploaded pictures from our vacation. I plan to blog about it.  As I said I was fighting the blues and it took everything I had to get out of bed.  I did have some good days and plan to share.  One was labor day weekend.  The Friday before I was preparing some 7 layered dip to take to work and I had a surprise visitors.  Joshua and McKenzie came back for a week.  They spent a few days here in Iowa City. McKenzie was in a wedding.  

They spent a couple of days with her family near Des Moines.  He came up Labor Day weekend and that Saturday most of the family went camping.  Christian and a friend of his, Ethan, Emily and Kameron and their dogs, Todd and myself and Taj all stayed the night. Kera is not into camping but she stopped by dinner and the campfire. Joshua and McKenzie were there for an hour or so in the afternoon and then left for the wedding rehearsal and dinner, after dinner they stopped by again for a few hours as we sat by the campfire.  Matthew was the only one who could not make it because of work.  
 We had two campsites.  The tent above had the boys in it. Next to it in a little pup tent (not pictured) was the tent Kameron and Emily and the dogs had.  Below is the tent Todd, Taj, and I had.  We brought our ladder ball and yard darts.  We had a great time.

I also recently upgraded my phone where I have more memory and have discovered the world of Snap Chat.  I just love that app/social media.  I have to look every day to see what is new and take a picture or record something funny.  Great for depression.

 
 
Now, I must go and catch up with you all.  I will post regularly again. I have missed you my friends.

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