Thursday, October 30, 2014

Traditions "Corner View"

Halloween pretty much marks the beginning of the holiday season, as Thanksgiving follows in just three weeks than Advent, Christmas, New Years, and the Epiphany.  It always seems to go by so fast; especially when it is filled with so many traditions.  Last night we carved our pumpkins for Halloween.  The children were so excited.  Me not so much as it is one of my least favorite traditions of the season.  I hate scooping out the insides and it is just plain messy.  Addy choose for her pumpkin to be a cat, Winston's is a traditional Jack O' Lantern, and Roman choose a complicated pattern of a Pokeman character which his papa had to come to the rescue to complete.  Sadly his didn't make the picture line up as it took much longer to complete and the sun was going down.  I will add a picture later.  Avery didn't want anything to do with the pumpkin carving , but was thrilled to join us for a picture.  What traditions do you have or what are your least favorite traditions?  If you would like to see more traditions around the world visit Francesca at Corner View.

Red Tongue from her lollipop
See you Later Alligators!

Update: 10/31/14 Roman's Pokemon Pumpkin

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trunk or Treat 2014

Another Trunk or Treat has come and gone with plenty of chili, time with good friends, and happy children whose buckets were filled with candy. This year we had a Karate Guy (Harris), a Soccer Champion (Winston), a Skylander (Roman), Addy was Anna from Frozen, and Avery was Elsa from Frozen.I tried to get the bigger boys to go with the girls theme, but they said there was no chance in this life of getting them to dress up as characters from the Frozen movie.  Everyone had a blast!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

One More makes 6 Baby A

A Baby is a Blessing
A Gift from Heaven above
A Precious Little Angel
To Cherish and to Love. 
A wee bit of heaven
drifted down from above-
A handful of happiness,
a heart full of love. 
The mystery of life,
so sacred and sweet-
The giver of joy
so deep and complete. 
Precious and priceless,
so lovable, too-
The world's sweetest miracle,
baby, is you.
~Helen Steiner Rice

This week I had the opportunity to shoot this gorgeous baby girl.  Isn't she yummy!  She smelt so good.  There is nothing like new born baby hair!  So soft!  Well, it is the weekend again.  Do you have any plans?  The children are off to German School today and then tonight we are going to our church Trunk or Treat!  I made a pot of chili to share and the children are so excited to dress in their costumes.  Addy is going as Anna, but she says she is going as Frozen.  Avery is Elsa.  Roman is going as a Skylander guy.  I can't remember which character.  I ask my older son to go as Olaf, but he said, "No way,  That would take away he manhood."  I told him he would score major points with the girls, but he wasn't buying it.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Stranger "Corner View"

I have lived in Atlanta for 11 years now, and yesterday I felt like a stranger in my own city.  We discovered a new park.  It is called Morgan Falls!  It is beautiful and such a fun place to play.  I guess I have gotten so comfortable in my little routine that I didn't even know this place existed.  It was a great discovery and a fun place for Avery to play with her friends.  

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Trip to the Farm

One can never have to many pumpkins-right?  The sun came out this afternoon and I thought I would take the girls to a farm not to far from our house.  I didn't really go there for the pumpkins, but for the advertised petting zoo.  The petting zoo was a disappointment as you were only allowed to pet the animals through the fence and only the geese were interested in coming close to the fence.  Bummer! I think Addy was just fine with this as she is convinced every animal is going to eat her. Would have gone on the hayride too, but it was cold.  Also, one teenager who shall not be named texted me that he needed a ride home from school, so our visit was cut short.  Avery wanted to bring all the pumpkins home.  She filled one wagon up to the sky in little pumpkins. I had to break the news to her that we were only walking away with two pumpkins and a bag of apples.  I have also come to the conclusion that it might be easier to herd cats than get these two girls to sit still for a photo. I can never seem to get both of them looking at the lens at the same time and if I do they always have some funky expression on their face.    Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rough "Corner View"

 A tree fell down in my friends yard

 images borrowed from google

Yesterday, was a rough day for the city of Atlanta and surrounding areas as we had a tropical storm pass through our city.  Soccer was canceled for my son Winston as we were on tornado watch.  He was not thrilled.  He lives for his practice each week.  My husband Frank couldn't go for his normal walk through the forest as the trail was flooded, but that didn't stop him.  He just switched his walk to the neighborhood.  Not much stops him as he says, "Germans aren't made of sugar."  We have seen this weather before and we will see it again.  So grateful that we are safe.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pumpkins 14

Yesterday, the day started off cold and raining.  After dropping Roman and Avery off at German school, Avery and I went to meet our friends at a local cafe.  It was so great to see Kevin and Stacy and wish Zoe had been with them.  It was wonderful to catch up on post China and how each of our families were adjusting to adding a new family member.  As we were leaving German school the sun began to come up and I knew that it was a pumpkin patch kind of day.  I mean October isn't October without a visit to the pumpkin patch. The kids had been begging me to go and while it is definitely much easier to pick up pumpkins at the local grocery store they wanted to go to the batch.  I love that the pumpkin patch is located close to the apple orchards too because as you check out you can get a glass of fresh squeezed apple cider.  So refreshing!  It was just Nana, the girls, and me as Winston had a soccer game, Harris had school work, and Roman just didn't want to go.  Everyone else had the same idea to go the the pumpkin patch as the place was wall to wall people.  It was also a little too hot and so once we choose our pumpkins we headed back to the city.  On our way home we stopped at a friend's sons going away/Court of Honor (Eagle Scout) party. It was a fantastic day.  Oh, and Friday night Roman and I went to see the Movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  I heart this movie!  It is so funny and not over done in a way that is completely ridiculous.  You leave the movie with such a happy feeling in your heart as you see a family come together after a series of bad events occur to their family.  Well, we are off to church.  I hope you had a great weekend.  What did you do this weekend?