In a house like this one, you have to take your time putting all the pieces together. If for no other reason than to minimize the number of holes you put in the wall! Our upstairs hall has been relatively bare for almost 2 years - by our choice. We are very deliberate about what hangs on our walls. No random space filling for us. We finally got some of our favorite finds framed and have begun our wall collage. Here's what we have so far...
And here is one of our inspirations! Well, you gotta start somewhere...
One thing I miss about Fayetteville is the abundance of sugar maples and the vibrant colors they turn during the fall. Somehow Little Rock's colors just don't quite measure up, although I do have an ENORMOUS crepe myrtle behind my house which is turning the most amazing yellow-orange! I don't remember it from last year, but I know it must have turned colors! Anyway, I was given a heads up by my dear friend, Sarah, to check out the Confederate Cemetery. So we did!
Brooklyn took off between the headstones and I tried to keep up.
This past weekend, our little family went to Fayetteville for our annual Stafford Skybox game and to visit the Floyd grandparents! On the way up there, Brooklyn decided to puke all over her cute little outfit - therefore, showing up at Nan & Grandad's in her diaper alone. So much for trying to show off how stylish our little girl is!!! God uses these little incidents to keep me humble! And as someone told me, what's cuter than a baby in her diaper anyway?? So true. Brooklyn was quite enamored with the newest puppy, Murdoch, who won every game of tug-of-war they played!
After trick-or-treating down Park Hill and some on Goshen and some at Matt & Liz's and some at DD & Randad's and Zach and Anna's, we stopped in at Cornerstone's Family Fall Festival which was amazing! Food, pony rides, tons of games, old friends and lots of activities, not to mention bags of candy as you walked out. (We donated ours to Chad...turns out the bag was mostly suckers.)
Brooklyn hung out with her Uncle Josh and Kyle and I visited with our old friends from Cornerstone. All in all, it was a GREAT Halloween. The irony of it all is that we don't even let Brooklyn have candy! If you happen to stop by, help yourselves to the big bowl of candy you see sitting on the table.
By the end of the night, we were all exhausted and ready for bed. All in a Day's Work.
This year, I managed to forget about Halloween costumes until just a week ahead of time. Then, I was fortunate enough to find the world's most ADORABLE costume on major sale at Babystyle.com. I got last year's costume (baby shark) there, too. Also on sale at the last minute. They have such great costumes - very well made and while normally, they're not cheap, they get cheaper the closer you get to Halloween!
So this year, our little preciousness got to be the World's Most Adorable Dragonfly. She thought she was a butterfly, though, and who am I to correct that kind of logic?
Sometimes I get in baking moods. Ok, I get in baking moods a LOT. But this time, I decided to take some pictures! What you see before you is a Chocolate-Orange Cake from Nigella's Domestic Goddess cookbook and Pumpkin Spice Scones from my all time favorite - Once Upon A Tart.
Hey there. I'm Ashley - wife of Kyle, mother of 5: Brooklyn, August, Dorien, Wyeth and Wilder. New residents of Chicago, my favorite city in the world. We live in an old 1893 home that you'll hear all about as we fix it up and make it home. We are Christ followers, home-schoolers, adventure seekers, fun lovers, DIYers, creative souls and this blog is about our lives.