"As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness,
you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you" ~President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
October was an exciting month...because of Halloween!!!
It is so fun to get to decorate with scary and creepy things. Although, I don't enjoy all the gory things. Nice clean bugs, ghosts, witches, haunted houses, and pumpkins.
Since this was Rayelle's first Halloween I was very excited for her! I decided to make her a purple fairy. I know, there were tons of fairies this year. But it was so cute and the wings and skirt were only $1 each at the dollar store. Sometimes I am very cheap. But she didn't care. And she was adorable!
This is a wedding reception we went to earlier in the month.
Let me just tell you that I am utterly disgusted with myself! I vowed that when I started blogging that I would be diligent at it and not fall too far behind. Because when I do, I feel like it is easier to not try catching up...and so I never do!
Well, since my wonderful hubby got my laptop fixed for me for Christmas (an early gift), I can finally catch up. It's hard for me to use the regular computer because Matt's nearly always on it for work and school.
First comes September:
Rayelle learned how to sit by herself!
She is a pro at feeding herself
We were given one of the world's largest cucumbers!
I was talking with a friend recently and she asked if I would be willing to make some tutus for her little girl's birthdays. And of course I said yes. I can't be that hard. And I was right. I found the best tutorials online. So I linked you to a great one here.
I used four colors. Four of them were tulle, and the white was organza. But I wont use organza again because it leaves too many stray strings. I intended to make it for Rayelle but It wound up too big. Maybe it's because I didn't actually measure her waist. She was taking a nap so I just measured one of her skirts. But I also think that the elastic stretches out when you're tieing the tulle on.
So I took some pics of it while the little girl that I babysit was wearing it. Rayelle will grow into it :)
I had the hardest time getting a good pic because she didn't want to sit still.
She kept getting up and coming to me and every time I told her to
Another new recipe. This time however, it was a main dish. And I only tried it out on my husband, Matt. But he loved it and I thought it was quite yummy too.
Chili-Pasta Skillet was the famous recipe. As noted in the cookbook, it is a subscriber favorite and low fat. So I thought, "Hey, I should try it then!" The only change I made to the recipe was that I added 8 oz. of noodles instead of 4 oz. And I didn't have any elbow noodles, so I used shells that I had.
(I hope there isn't a copyright law against this. so just in case, shhhh...)
I know, raw meat, kinda gross. But it is kinda pretty too.
Half way through...just mix and simmer for 20 minutes.
So, I believe I have mentioned before that I love to try new recipes. And if not, well now you know. Probably, the most horrible part about this is the fact that I like to try the new recipes out on other people! I know that most people want to do a test run before they serve their new creations to others, but I figure if I'm going to go through the trouble of preparing something extravagant, then other people might as well "enjoy" the fruits of my labors!
Yesterday we celebrated my birthday with my mother-in-law and Matt's immediate family. And well, I had a pint of heavy whipping cream that was going out of date that I needed to use. So I decided to make a dessert to take over. Why not? And I was recently given a new cookbook for my birthday where I found a yummy looking treat that I could use the cream for!
It's not the prettiest creation, but the cream go too stiff and was hard to spread. But notice that the bottom layer is cake, then a layer of cream, then another layer of cake, and finally the top layer of cream. Yummy!
There is always more to catch up on with Rayelle. It seems like everyday she has done something new or cute that is worth recognition. But maybe I'm just biased because I think she is the cutest and smartest darn thing that has ever been made ;) (if you click on the pics mom, you can see a bigger version)
How incredible, she already loves to read the scriptures!
and as a side note, does her hair not look like my color???
We let her suck on some cany sticks that we got at This Is The Place...she LOVED them!!!
Matt calls this one "Feasting on the Word" (it's an ensign)
This was Rayelle idea of fun last night while I was trying to get dinner ready...cheese everywhere!
But you can't be mad when she looks this sweet while sleeping!!
This her just waking up face...notice her super cute crazy hair on the sides of her head ;)
Then this is a few minutes later after she has had time to wake up.