Monday, October 10, 2011

Oh My Pumpkin!

Hi everyone & Happy Monday (& happy Columbus Day for those in the US)!  Yep that means my kiddos are home with me today—oh joy LOL!  Actually I’m taking Riley to get his hair cut and Alexa to get shoes for her homecoming dance this weekend and then I have work to get done.  WOW—what a fabulous weekend of weather we had here in Virginia, absolutely perfect.  Sunny, blue skies and in the mid to high 70’s each day---I loved it.

choco I saw this sign and it made me chuckle—thought you might enjoy it too LOL!

We spent most of the day at the Pumpkin Patch out in Bluemont, VA in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains goofing off and having lots of fun (see slideshow below).  There is a picture of Riley next to a “height chart” and he’s hitting the 6 foot mark now but when we started going there 5 years ago he was barely reaching the top of the pumpkin—my how kids grow huh?  Well we did our maze, drank cider and ate Kettle corn, raced on the tube slides and then took a hay ride to the pumpkin patch to pick our pumpkins.  Alexa of course picked one wayyyyy too big for her to carry, LOL, even though our rule has always been---“you pick it, you carry it” LMBO Winking smile So it was a bit comical to watch her try to carry it thru the patch and yes I laughed the whole time!  Then we rode up to one of the mountains where a winery is and took pics—they have huge boulders there that make great posing platforms for some fall pics.  We finished off the day at my fave restaurant in Leesburg called “Lightfoot” and ate outside on their patio enjoying the beautiful weather!  I had my fave Oysters Rockefeller (yummers---if it comes from the sea then I luv it)!


Oysters Rockefeller—my fave!

Then Alexa went to a nighttime corn maze with her friends and had a sleepover with the girls at her friend’s house.  That left hubby and me to hit the movies at 10:30 pm to see 50/50 which was really good, I highly recommend it—I laughed a lot and cried a bit.  A very REAL look at friends and how we deal with cancer or crisis in our lives—I loved it!  We also chaperoned our son & eight 14-year old boys to the movies so they could see “Real Steel” and then got most of them back home---we are the neighborhood hang-out and chaperone/chauffeur service dontcha’ know.  Its because we are the vampire parents---we are always up till 2 am so we get relegated to taking care of all the teens LOL. 

Yesterday hubby and I cleaned up the yard, trimmed bushes, planted some new shrubs and decorated the front porch for fall.  I gotta get some cornstalks for my columns but other than that its all good.  We had dinner outside in front of the fireplace and roasted Smores with some of Alexa’s “guy friends” who came over.  There is NEVER a moment when there is NOT a gang of teens in my house I tell ya—its like a freaking teen magnet LOL!  I don’t mind most of the time and at least I know what they’re up to KWIM! 

our front porch

New Copic Videos--

I’ve got 3 NEW YouTube videos up featuring how to color the Forest Fairy Card I did with the Wee Stamps “Silver Fairy” by Sylvia Zet if you are interested in seeing those.  You can see the card and all the card details at this post here!

Video #1 – Coloring the Fairy Dress & Folds
Video #2 – Coloring the Fairy Wings
Video #3 – Coloring the Fairy’s Hair

Slideshow of pics (if you get my blog by email you must come to the blog website to view them):

I don’t have a project to share yet but I will have one for ya tomorrow! Stay tuned Smile and have a fabulous day!


  1. Great pics. Looks like you all had a fabulous time. My teen boy has grown a foot in about 4 months. They are like weeds. Thanks for your copic tutorials they are amazing and so very helpful.

  2. Wow that sounds like a wonderful weekend!
    My kids are still little so I am hoping our trip to the pumpkin patch next weekend nets smaller pumpkins as it will be Mom and Dad carrying them out ;)

  3. ohhh I just love the fron porch.
    Love the fall decoration so beautiful.
    What does mean homecoming dance?
    I hear a lof in the movies, but don't understand it, lol maybe because we don't have it.
    Have a great week.

  4. Such wonderful pictures. Your part of VA looks so much like our Adirondack area. Really enjoyed your new videos. The image you did was beautiful. I don't know why you don't like your voice. It is so soothing yet full of confidence.
    Thank you for making such wonderful videos. Have a great day.

  5. Love your front porch. Those chairs look so cozy with all the pumpkins.

  6. Loved your pictures you shared, especially the fact that you all still go pick your pumpkins at a pumpkin patch as a cool is that!! Sometimes as the kids get older they don't want to participate, nice to see yours do. Mine used to love to carve the pumpkins even as they got older....

    Also loved the barn card from your prior posting, it's so lovely......can hardly wait to watch the videos now!

  7. I wanna hang out at your house too!!!!!!!!

  8. You have a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing the photos. Glad to see that you all go out and have fun together! Thanks, too, for doing the videos. It has helped me see where I was going wrong in my coloring. I try to color too big an area at a time. I thought you had to color the whole dress, all the hair, etc. at the same time. lol Yeah, I'm funny, too! Hugs!!


I appreciate all your lovely comments and taking the time to stop by! hugz,Suzanne

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