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Lighting up the holidays!

Parades are so much fun and the Cheyenne Christmas Parade is no exception. Despite the very cold evening, we enjoyed the entire parade! We were pretty bundled up, but my feet were freezing by the end. It’s a good thing Cheyenne is a small town and we didn’t have to park very far from our parade-watching spot. The kids loved all of the lights and Rheya has just started saying “yi-yi” everytime she sees Christmas lights. It was adorable!

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Deck the halls!

Well, deck the tree anyway. We gave the kids all of the soft (unbreakable) ornaments and let them go wild putting them on the tree. As you might imagine, all of those ornaments ended up in one spot on the tree in a huge pile! It was pretty funny and it was actually a little tricky to get them all out and untangled from each other. This was also a new tree that we bought after Christmas last year, so it was our first time setting it up. It’s as tall as our last tree, but not nearly as big around. It works much better in the small space we have available…and it was a great deal, too!

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Haircuts for the boys

This is how we spent part of our Thanksgiving day morning…haircuts for Vaughan and Rick! We’ve saved a ton of money on haircuts since we bought these clippers a couple of years ago. Since they both wear their hair exactly the same way, it makes it pretty easy! First Rick cuts Vaughan’s hair and then he turn the clippers on himself (with my help to get the parts in the back that he can’t reach as well). This time Rick even let Vaughan cut some of his hair.

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Piggy Tail Hat

Now that Rheya is wearing piggy tails just about every single day, I thought it would be nice to knit her a warm hat that allows for piggy tails so her hair doesn’t get all messed up when we put the hat on and take it off several times a day. I found a pattern that was almost what I wanted, but I had to change it just a little bit.

Everywhere we go, someone comments on how cute it is and that I should sell those hats. I simply tell them that I’d have to charge about $40 per hat to make it worth my time. I think I’ll just stick to knitting for fun!

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Some spooky fun!

Here are lots of pictures from our whole Halloween adventure, starting with Vaughan’s Halloween party at his preschool, moving on to pumpkin carving with Rick and ending with some trick-or-treating at Grandma’s house and Nana and Grandpa’s house. In case you are wondering my costume is a “buccaneer”…get it? Yes, I wore that during my shift at Applebee’s on Halloween day and no, not many of my customers “got it” until I explained it to them.

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The things I do to torture myself…

…like attempting to sew two kids’ Halloween costumes with only a minimal amount of sewing skills and very little free time. I stayed up until almost 2:00 am on several different nights, I ripped out many seams, I re-cut many pieces of fabric, and I stabbed my fingers at least two dozen times. But…I got it done and the results made it all worth while! I was also lucky enough to get a beautiful fall day (slightly chilly, but we went fast) and two cooperative kids. They were rewarded with a walk over to the playground!

Without further ado, I present, Tinkerbell and Peter Pan!

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