Two Big Things

The first Big Thing around our house this time of year is Halloween (in case you’ve forgotten or couldn’t guess). Our tradition of decorating for Halloween (our home and my work space), carving our pumpkins while watching Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin DVD, and my annual Barbie Doll outfit are things that we always look forward to doing!

Tony changed things up a little bit this year with the decorations on our home. He set up the flashing light and scary sounds CD so that they broadcasted through the vent of our garage, instead of on our front stoop. That made it a much more pleasant experience for us while we carved our pumpkins and watched Charlie Brown. He also moved the scary grim reaper closer to our front door making it appear as if he wanted to welcome our visitors with a warm embrace. The motion sensor "Welcome" was a big hit (to us) because it scared my mom every time she entered the house. Gotta love that! ha

Even though I didn’t win the decorating contest at work this year (like I did last year), personally I think the decoration of my work space was BETTER than last year’s decorations… and I even baked a shit-ton of pumpkin cookies to bribe my co-workers! ha I think we waited too long to decorate this year, since my area doesn’t get the foot traffic that the other departments get. But, Tony and I had fun decorating and my mom had fun watching us. We all had fun taking it down yesterday!

Cookie bribery for co-workers — Pumpkin caramel chocolate chip, Pumpkin oatmeal raisin and Pumpkin date:

Tony getting ready to carve his pumpkin:

Me getting ready to carve my pumpkin:

Carved pumpkins… Tony did the werewolf pumpkin. I did the "Best Friends" pumpkin:

Last, but not least, I decided to wear my favorite Halloween t-shirt to work this year and go with the whole Boney Barney theme, with my work space, me and Barbie. This necessitated the creation of a t-shirt for Barbie that matched mine. As you may recall, I go through this every year and am usually up until the wee hours of the morning hand stitching a tiny outfit for her. I was quite proud of myself for digging out Barbie’s wardrobe and assessing the situation early this year, which enabled me to create a matching outfit with a little less stress in preparation that reaped a TON of compliments and amazement due to the tiniest details that matched.

Barbie’s outfit:

My outfit:

The second Big Thing is my birthday, the day after Halloween… or All Saint’s Day. Because I’m just that saintly!

If there’s such a thing as ordering up a perfect birthday, I somehow must have done so yesterday! With a quiet, relatively stress-free work day, getting bright autumn colored flowers from my bosses, briefly seeing my friend, Grace (always a bright spot, no matter how short the time), discovering that our community pool was still being heated last night, sweet birthday cards from my loved ones, and dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in the whole world with family… on a Tuesday night, meaning everyone felt I was special enough to come out and play on a school night.

Pretty birthday flowers:

Oh — and it’s not over yet, we still have a weekend in the mountains that we’re anticipating!

P.S. I know the pictures won’t display correctly — sorry! I’m posting by e-mail, so I’ll fix them later this evening.



Filed under I did something Special, I have Family, I have Friends, We Love to Decorate

9 responses to “Two Big Things

  1. Cat

    Happy belated birthday, darling! I love that you and your barbie are twins! Do you do Christmas outfits, too? I want to see that!

    I was missing your halloweeny post this year, happy that it’s up now. I didn’t even decorate this year – a testament to how much pain and how sick I have been. Not decorating is pretty much like not breathing to me. 😦 Ah, well, I already have the Christmas decorating bug so I think I’m on the road to recovery! Just this weekend I exclaimed in the car “It’s almost time to buy our TREE!” To which Shawn retorted, “It’s not even HALLOWEEN! No it’s NOT!” heh, I still squealed and clapped my hands, bouncing in my seat. SO EXCITED!

  2. Glad you had such a great birthday! I LOVE your Barbie costumes! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Really? You love Halloween? I never would’ve guessed. 😛 hehe.

    Cute pumpkins! We never got around to carving ours. Whatever. I hate carving pumpkins anyway. hehe…

    Happy, happy bday… glad to have seen you for 5 minutes yesterday. 🙂 xoxoxox

  4. I’m with Grace–who knew you loved Halloween? 🙂 I am so glad you had a happy birthday. Have fun in the mountains!

  5. A Very Very Happy Belated Birthday, my dear J…..
    I lOVE how you and Tony get “into” Halloween….Those Pumpkins are FANTASTIC!!! Really very Artfully done!
    And the Cookies…You are a Treasure!
    Hope your Mountain Weekend is WONDERFUL!!!!

  6. PY

    Happy belated birthday. You are loved.

  7. Lynne

    Wonderful pumpkins! Happy birthday! LOVE the “Mini Me”. Mostly, I think that the glow on your face outshines even the gorgeous flowers 🙂

  8. Happy Birthday! I honestly never put it together that your birthday was the day after Halloween!

    I love the barbie & me costume this year! Did you pad her belly to match yours?

    Your cubicle rocks as usual, so who did win? Was it nearly as good as yours?

    I love how you and Tony go all out for all the holidays, not just Christmas! Ya’ll are SOOOO gonna be the kewl parents on the block!

  9. Happy (belated) birthday! Those pumpkin cookies are the first appetizing thing I’ve seen in a month.