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Season’s Greetings!

SInce the thanksgiving animal photoshoot pics turned out so cute I tried for another photoshoot with all the animals! This time aiming to get Smoochie and I in the shot too!

Smoochie said my expectations for such a shot were “ridiculous”, but he played along; ha! Even though technically we didn’t get everyone in one shot, I’m holding my ground that there is no such thing as “realistic” when it comes to expectations. Especially at Christmastime!! Haha

Stay right here!

2.5/12.5

Chicken in the wind

I can never have enough bunny photos!

Close but where’s Dexie?!?! (and the Spy had just about had enough photos at this point!)

Dexie has the elfish eyes down in the above shot; ha!

And that’s a wrap!

I used some of the photos for a Christmas card and it turned out great. I had never done one of those family photo Christmas cards before (usually we make our own or put a picture in some regular cards) and I was impressed with the ease of the process. I used Walgreens and they were ready for pick up in less than 12 hours! Not sure why I’ve never done this before (probably because I’m always trying to be a rebel and not do “what everyone else is doing” ha!) but this exception was definitely worth it!

In other holiday happenings…

We recently visited the St. Louis Carousel at Faust Park (for a birthday party).

The St. Louis Carousel is an original 1920s carousel from the Dentzel Co. of Philadelphia. The carousel was installed at the St. Louis Highlands Amusement Park in 1929. After a fire in 1963 destroyed the park, the carousel was moved to Sylvan Springs Park and operated there until 1979. The St. Louis County Historic Buildings commission and the Faust Park Foundation raised funds to restore the Carousel, bringing it to Faust Park.

The St. Louis Carousel, with its 60 hand carved horses and four deer, is located within a climate-controlled building inside beautiful Faust Park in West St. Louis County. A not for profit corporation, the Faust Cultural Heritage Foundation, was formed to raise funds and other forms of support for the Carousel’s continual maintenance and restoration. (source)

Because it is indoors, the lighting is not the best. I was hoping for more amazing festive shots of the 90+ year old structure but indoor lighting is tricky.

Real antlers on the carousel bucks!

She came prepared haha

A (very rare) coordinated outfit layed out by Zilla

New beret; freshly crocheted!

We soaked up plenty of the mild weather at the beginning of December (its finally cold now).

December Sunrise

We have been making lots of snowflakes

The baby helping me to study for an exam!

Hmmm I already see a lot of toys; Santa will need to get creative!

Getting cozy in here!

Mid-October 2017

Look at this ultimate October tomato!

Fall festival fun!

Hair chalk

“Golden retriever please”

Touchdown!

They do such a good job taking care of the animals each day

And I haven’t mentioned it but we are getting lots of eggs (2-4 a day!) from our four chickens (for the past month or more). The Spy asked “Have you even taken a picture of our eggs?”  Me, “No, not yet.” The Spy, (looking shocked) “Whats wrong with you??!!!” Hahahah so I guess an egg and chicken photo shoot needs to go on the to-do list! hA!

Sneak preview

Cotton!

Cotton

Late blooming echinacea (a volunteer)

Bugs helping to make this zinnea look sufficiently creepy for October!

October nook

The most recent art show at my school’s art gallery was very photogenic and (I think) very October. Paper sculptures by Jiangmei Wu:

Love these! From the artists statement: 

I grew up in China in the Seventies when resources were extremely scarce. Most of the Chinese children at that time didn’t have toys – we played with simple things we made with our hands.  We played games with shuttlecocks made of feathers and bottle caps, slingshots made of rubber bands and wooden sticks, and of course, airplanes and balloons made of paper. Indeed, we made all sorts of objects from paper: balls, baskets, dollhouses, bird figurines, and other objects. Paper was a common commodity, but it was not abundant and cheap during that time. We would fold and make objects using all kinds of paper from old newspapers, old magazines and used notebooks. Since I was a child, I have always been fascinated by the art and the science of the folding paper. Paper folding seems to always start from a simple geometric pattern and then it evolves into a complex piece of art through the hands of an artist/designer. (source)

I love the possibilities of paper. Indeed, I once did a little blog series entitled “The possibilities of paper.” where I waxed poetic on plain white paper as my favorite inspiration for a quick/simple creative activity. (Click here to learn how to make a seven sided star, snowflakes and a scroll (one of my most popular posts!) 

Happy Friday! Hope you are all enjoying October in your neck of the woods!

Feeling Like Fall

Cotton

The garden is chock-full of weeds but there are always still many wonderful things to find even in an extremely neglected garden.

What can we find in here?

Favorite!!!

Monarchs are so special; their delicate butterfly-ness coupled with a crazy long distance migration, their turquoise and gold-spotted chrysalises, etc., etc. So when we saw a bunch (I think 8 total) we decided to try and raise a few to watch them closely.

Plenty of milkweed for eating!

And…

GAHHhhh!!! One already turned into a cocoon!

This picture is not the best but not to worry: when the other two turn into chrysalises, I plan on gently removing this top piece and taking approximately 735 photos of them with varied lightings and backgrounds. Babyzilla also wanted in on the action but chose a:

Tomato Hornworm

And named it “Wilbert”.

These turn into Sphinx moths

Wilbert hasn’t been cared for quite as carefully as the monarchs. (e.g. I stepped on him when he was crawling across the living room floor). Fortunately I have high arches and he was not crushed. That was a few days ago and he is still munching away at tomatoes/tomato leaves in a glass container. Outside.

Stay tuned for updates!

In other news, the Spy’s football team played their biggest rival (last year they lost to them twice, though it was very close) and they won 12-6!!

Football boy

Going,

Going,

Gone!

80 yard run after an interception! He also scored the second touchdown!

So happy!

And the 6th grade team has their own 6th grade cheerleaders; so cute

Winners of “The Battle of 109”!

‘Zilla has been working on her equestrian skills.

Learning to hold the reins

Our friend’s new horse, Peter

Horsie hug

Watch and learn, Peter! (He hasn’t been broken yet but seems quite eager)

Nice form!

Learning to steer

Yay!

We’ve also been crafting a little and channelled the 90s with some puffy paint:

And some homemade Gak. I was not involved with this one. haha

Close?

Little bouquet

Bunny tootsies

Stick bug

Moon…

Flower

Cotton Ball (I assume the cotton will pop out of this)

Tomato “Copia”

Lambs quarter turning pink

And note the fall light; its like the perfect photography studio!

Thank you for visiting and hope you all are enjoying the first bit of fall!