Monday, October 20, 2014

Autumn Is In the Air!

Good afternoon, My Lovelies!  I have missed y'all so very much.  I'm hoping that I can return to blogging soon because I miss it…I miss writing, posting, blog jogging, commenting, and basically enjoying a community of amazing bloggers.  Fingers crossed, I'll return to blogging on a regular basis soon.

Yesterday we celebrated Shanley Belle's 22nd birthday.  I always consider her birthday the start of autumn because the season seems to turn about this time of year.  Before her birth, I endured a very hot pregnancy in Scottsdale, Arizona.  It was summer until I went into labor at a New Orleans Saints v. Cardinals football game.  Two days later when we took Shanley Belle home, autumn had arrived, and we could feel coolness after months of oppressive heat.

Happy Birthday, Shanley!

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I decorated the house in bright pink and green, Shanley Belle's sorority colors.  Not very autumn-like at all!

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I cheated and bought a caramel cake…

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…because I made an apple clafoutis with a whiskey caramel sauce.  I served it with vanilla ice cream and poured the sauce over both.  Please find the recipe here.

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My grandmother, Shanley, and my mom

This morning it made me a little sad to see that all the pink and green decorations had been taken down.  It's time to decorate for autumn!

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The flowers are all that remain from the party…

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…and now it's time to bring in some pretty mums for autumn!

This year we're not decorating for Halloween because it will be fall break for the girls, so we're going to the beach at the end of the month!  We're looking ahead to Thanksgiving, and today we started decorating for it.

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I'm still enjoying the Hot Skwash!  I want to find a few more for our Thanksgiving decor.

Homeschooling is going very well.  I feel so privileged that I'm able to homeschool my sweet second daughter.  We are truly having fun, especially with art classes and field trips to Auburn.  Although I'm not painting as much as usual, I am doing a little bit of art everyday, and I hope to share more later. Lately I've been working on a fun series of unusual doorknobs.  Odd subject, but it has been fun.

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I still have several washes left before I finish this pink one!

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We've been enjoying lots of crafts across the curriculum, and this is a very cute box of goodies from the funkie junkie.  This little box is filled with autumn cuteness!

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Speaking of cuteness….Finlay loves coming to school every morning.  He knows to head to the classroom when I say, "It's time for school, Finlay!"

I have been reading a lot, and I really need to update my Goodreads account. I definitely want to start posting Literary Friday posts soon, maybe after the first of the year.  I am updating what I'm currently reading in my sidebar if you're ever interested!

Also, I'm planning a new blog!  Details coming soon…

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Your emails have meant the world to me, and I hope you can take the time to leave a comment.  I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time…

Ricki Jill