Friday, October 30, 2009

Julianna's Holiday Tradition.....

Now, I am sure you all remember this, so it should come as no surprise that every holiday from here on out will involve.....



Love, Jules

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Creepy, Crawly Cake!

Well this is as good as it gets for me. I bake a cake, Drew takes it out, cleans it up, frosts it and I decorate it. But I at least tried and I have to say this cake didn't turn out too bad. It even tasted good! Everyone here liked it and some of the kids were asking for a piece when they saw me carry it in this morning. :o)

Here are the pics for those of you that were asking!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Welcome Baby Reagan!!!

Reagan Lynn Wallace
Born: Tuesday October 27, 2009
8:18 a.m.
9 pounds, 7 ounces
20 inches long

She is BEAUTIFUL - just like her mommy!!

Both Rochelle and Reagan are doing great and will be coming home on Friday!

As her honorary aunt - I was enjoying a lot of snuggle time with her!

Grandma Wallace!

Grandpa Wallace! Aren't these flowers beautiful? A friend hand-dipped them all. Just gorgeous!

She is just perfect! I can't wait for the girls to meet her this weekend!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pumpkins with our Pumpkin

On Sunday we took Jules to pick out her pumpkins for the season! It was so cute to watch her pull her little wagon and pick out the ones she wanted!

Hmm, so many to choose from!
She was lovin' it!

I am not sure what this pose is, but I think it's pretty cute!
Displaying her pumpkins at home. Can't wait to carve them this week!

Could she be any sillier!?!
She made this display in our dining room. I think she has her mama's love for decorating!

We were sad that Mary couldn't come with us this year. She was struck with H1N1 while at her mom's last week and we thought it would be best if she stayed put. With Julianna's respiratory issues, we have to be really careful with what she is exposed to. She is in the high risk category, so we are hoping to keep our pumpkin out of the hospital this flu season!!

Our Street!

I just love pulling onto our street right now. The leaves are gorgeous! Even though I will be spending the better part of my Saturday raking those leaves! I guess it is worth it, plus it will be fun to rake them with the girls!


Fall is my favorite time of year. I just love the colors, smells and the chill in the air. And...of course taking pictures of my favorite pumpkin!

Don't you love her little jacket? I got it at a consignment sale for $3.00! Who says that "Chef's Frugal Wife" can only be thrifty with cooking!

Weekend Get-Away!

Last weekend Drew and I were able to take a much needed weekend together. It was wonderful having almost 3 days together just the two of us. We try to do this a few times a year and it is always so relaxing and great!
This time we went to Maple Grove, MN. We had visited there last year when we went to the Steelers game and just loved the town. We stayed at the beautiful Cambria Suites and had no plan. Those are the best trips - where you just see where the day will take you. We went to a nice dinner on Friday night and then Saturday we SLEPT IN. I have not been able to do that in months and it felt wonderful, let me tell you. We just drove around Saturday and shopped off and on. That night we decided to stay in. We got cheese, wine, olives, salad, rotisserie chicken, bread, apples and caramel dip. Drew made a nice dinner for us to enjoy and it was just perfect!

On Sunday we drove down to Mankato, MN where Morgan is attending college. The drive was beautiful. We couldn't have picked a better weekend to take in all of the fall colors. It was just lovely.

(Pardon my pics, they were taken from the car!)

We met Morgan at his first apartment and hung our there for a bit. Then we took him to lunch at the Olive Garden. I haven't been to one in years and well...I am not missing much. After working at one off and on for 6 years, I think I am immune to the whole salad and breadsticks thing! :)
It was, however, nice to catch up with Morgan and see how he is doing. It is still al little hard for me to see how much he has grown up! :o( After lunch we took him to Hy-Vee to load up a cart of his favorite things. Drew told him to get anything that he wouldn't normally get. That meant NO Ramen or Mac-n-Cheese! After that, we said our good-byes and headed out of town. I had a little trouble leaving him and broke down a bit after we left, but I am SO proud of him. He has wanted to be a pilot since he was 5 years old and he is persuing it. I am just so thankful for what a wonderful man he has turned into. If you want to read more about Morgan and his college life - check out his blog to the right!!

Again, it was such a great weekend. Just what Drew and I needed. I am so thankful for my wonderful husband. I know I say it a lot, but we are truly blessed to have such a strong marriage. It still amazes me most days, and....I can't wait for our next trip!!

Someone got ahold of the camera!

I was flipping through my camera this weekend and came across these! Mary loves to dress Jules up and photograph her. Too cute!

Too Silly!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Family Movie Night!

Every weekend we have Mary, we try to do a movie night. This is really great now, that we have Drew home every weekend!

Mary really got into it this time. I just love how much Jules loves her and how much she loves Jules! Family time is the best!
(Don't you love Mary's sign - above!)

School Pics - Sort of....

So Jules had school pictures a couple of weeks ago. Now you wouldn't know it by the pics I post of her, but she is pretty shy. Especially around strangers. So, i wasn't sure how she would do with a stranger taking her picture and asking her to smile. Well, sure enough, her teachers let me know that it was a no go on her pics. She looked pretty unhappy in them. Now I haven't seen said pics yet, but I am sure they aren't the best. Oh well, there goes $23.50!

So...when we got home that night, she wanted to play "school pictures". So of course, camera always in hand, I snapped a couple of her in her cute new dress.
Now, does this child look like she is shy around a camera?....

Attention Grandparents: These may be Julianna's 2009-2010 School Pictures. Let me know if you want a copy! :)