Monday, October 29, 2012

family halloween party

laura and i decided about a week ago that it would be fun to get the whole mero gang together for a halloween party. initially, we thought the kids would be the ones having the most fun with it. but let's face it, we were the ones who really wanted to dress up and have some fun! it was mandatory that everyone dress up. what's the point of a halloween party where you don't dress up, right? man, our family didn't disappoint! also, we're all super competitive and there was a best costume award up for grabs...

side note: the quality of some of the pictures aren't great. that's what you get with an iphone camera and bad lighting. live and learn. i'll set up the photo booth area a little better next year. and i tried to make the pics look a little smokey...yeah, not so much. also, i missed getting some pictures so this isn't everyone. i need to get better at being an organized host so that i don't miss out on some of the party while it's happening. okay, i'm done pointing out all my faults!

indian and cowboy
they were each other. my brother cam and his wife rachel. baby zebra lexy. we were all dying when they walked in!

he couldn't take the extensions halfway through the party. still very pretty though! seriously, he's 6'4''. i laughed all night.
polygamists. my brother evan and his real wife jess (left) and his sister in law kilie. i LOVED this idea! they nailed every detail down to the hair and keds with socks.

my dad and mom. the kids were terrified of my dad. he was forced to take the mask off so that little kids would stop screaming. but my mom looks cute!

power rangers. my brother brigham and his wife amy.

a witch cooking something up in the kitchen. my sister laura.
baby emmitt the tiger. my brother evan's son. adorable!

our jack o lantern pizza - we had SO much fun halloween food. everyone felt like they gained 10 pounds.
the winners of the costume contest (by one point) was my brother cam and his wife who dressed as each other! cam says that was a one time thing that will never be happening again. ha! he kept asking how in the world girls can have long hair cause he couldn't take it being in his face all night. 
oh i love it! 
this will definitely be a new tradition. every minute of it was so much fun!

Monday, October 01, 2012

catching my attention

i love the scene going on in my sunglasses.
life is busy. while i like having things to do during the day, i find the busy parts of my day to be annoying. i feel like sometimes i get caught up in the mile long to do list that awaits me every morning and it's hard to enjoy what's going on around me when i'm just focused on what's gotta get done. anyone else feel like this? anyone? anyone? i have a feeling i might not be alone in this.
so i'm really grateful for those things that jump out at me and grab my attention every now and then. those things that make me stop for a min and enjoy life. those things that make me appreciate what's going on around me.

a good quote does a lot to motivate me. i have a lot more wordy printables hanging in my house than would probably be recommended. but they keep me focused. grounded. the following has me thinking and reorganizing and relaxing. it's a good one. being content with what i am seems like that's asking a lot but i know it's important. and i actually crave the peace that would bring.

found here

 i like my husband. a lot. and i like the life we've created for ourselves, especially over the last year or so. there's more happiness than i can share. and i'm sure you're grateful for that so you don't toss your cookies listening to me gush over all the wonderfulness. we aren't perfect, by any means, but geez...the two of us together is pretty darn great. this song is on repeat for me these days just because i really like my husband.


a good recipe definitely makes me stop and take notice. it can almost make me giddy. seriously. i made gluten free pumpkin cookies the other day and i'm pretty sure they were gone in 24 hours. no joke, folks. they can be made with regular flour too so if you don't want to do the gluten free thing, you don't have to. this recipe has pumpkin and orange extract together. brilliant. 

not my kitchen. recipe is found here.
 because i love, love, love a good blog, a new blog that launched last week totally has my attention. it's the bomb dot com. it celebrates motherhood and childhood. it points out the small moments that shouldn't be taken for granted. the three ladies who run it are legit. i've been a fan of their personal blogs for a while so the fact that they are now working together is awesome. take a look. it's called small fry.

life is good.