Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Birthday Post #1

As many of you know, I'm an Oilfield wife; which means I don't get near as much time with my husband as most people do. This past week, he's been home at a decent hour almost every night, so please forgive me for neglecting my blog. I try and soak in as much hubby time as I can. :)

The past two weeks haven't been much to blog about. Normal day to day stuff, nothing fun or crafty going on over here. This past week, I spent most of my time getting ready for my birthday party! Will was thoughtful enough to invite some of my friends over for a small party, but then realized how much goes in to acutally throwing a party. So after the house got a deep cleaning, it was prep time!
We did small finger foods, nothing big. The biggest hit, as always, was the green beans wrapped in bacon. Yum!

My biggest accomplishment was my pumpkin keg!
Although it was super easy to make, it was a big deal for me.

How to make a Pumpkin Keg:
Start off with any size pumpkin you'd like. I used a big pumpkin since we were only going to serve one type of beer via pumpkin keg.
Cut the top so you can remove all the fillings.
Once you've removed all the seeds, there's 2 options.
Option 1:
If you're going to use an Oktoberfest beer, you won't need to clean the inside of the pumpkin. It helps give the beer a better flavor.
Option 2:
Scrape all of the insides of the pumpkin out until it's hollow. This way there isn't any pumpkin flavor in your beer. If you'd like, you can add a small (4gallon) trashbag on the inside. The bag makes the nozle portion tricky, but we'll get to that in a minute.
You'll need a spicket/nozle as pictured above. Simply outline the nozle then carve the circle in your pumpkin. If you're not using a bag, you can screw your nozle in and you're good to go!
If you're using a bag, you'll need to hold the fastner(I don't know the acutal term for the piece inside the pumpkin to hold the nozle on, sorry!) on the inside of the pumpkin and turn the nozle itself. This helps from tearing the bag inside.

Here's a few more pictures from our gathering, hope y'all have a good day!

Party favors :)

Poodle cake!

Will's so crafty. He carved me a Poodle Pumpkin!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Weekend "getaway"

Tuesday already? :(

This past weekend Will and I went to the Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma University game...... even though Texas Tech lost, we had a great time! It was Will's first Texas Tech game, which he said is much different from all the Aggie games he's gone to. We had awesome seats, 50 yard line, row 15! Of course, Will went for the game, I went for the band :)

We arrived in Lubbock late Friday night, thanks to Haleigh Foust for watching our girls. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on Marsha Sharp Fwy, which was very nice and clean! Will told me that he use to be able to stay in any hotel, but since meeting me, he can only stay in nice hotels! Maybe he'll grasp my "camping is considered anything less than a 3 star hotel" concept too?! Doubtful.

Will and I stay at Holiday Inn Express' when we travel if at all possible, and have earned a ton of reward points. When we arrived, they gave us a small goody bag and a Priority Club welcome letter signed by the manager of the hotel; How nice :)

Come Saturday, it was game time! We found out that it was the "Black Out" game, so we were off to find black shirts to wear! We of course went to the mall, got our shirts and maybe a few more things, then headed to the food court. While trying to decide where to eat, I saw Jimmy Zimmerman! I haven't seen him in about a year, so good to see him! Got the chance to catch up with him at lunch, then headed off to the game.

We all know that Texas Tech got an ass whooping, so we won't even get into that....... either way we had a great time! Here's some pictures from the game :)

Warming up, we got to the game about an hour early

School song time!

Wish the guy in front of me had sat down, or not been so tall! hahaha

Loving the panoramic option on my iPhone!

Did you watch any football this past weekend? Luckily, this was the only game I had to watch!

Hopefuly, I'll have more to blog about next time... have a great week y'all!

Monday, October 1, 2012

October, finally!

It's finally October!

This is my favorite month, by far. So many great things to celebrate!
My grandmother turns 89 today, I'll be 23 on the 23rd, and it's Halloween!!!!
Can it get any better? Didn't think so.

This past weekend, I went home to celebrate my mother's and grandmother's birthdays. Mom's was September 24th and Pmom's is October 1st, exactly 1 week apart. Friday night, I killed my mom and Pmom in a game of Mexican Dominos, as usual, and just hung out with the family. My mom and I went to Layla's after to have some quality YouTube time. :)

Saturday morning, we had a "fashion show" at Nolan Nursing Home. They had about 8-9 dogs dress up in costumes and parade around some of the residents. Such a fun time, everyone was so cute! Little did we know, it was a contest! Cayley and Luna won first place (I almost cried, I know...) and they were so happy! :) The residents made us a precious dog blanket, and gave us a huge basket filled with dog treats, grooming supplies, and a gift card!

Saturday afternoon, Kailee Hall was sweet enough to babysit Romi and Jake for us, so Layla could go to Abilene with mom and I! :) YAY!!! Romi and Jake had such a good time with her, they just loved her! We went to Abilene, which of course meant we had Thai food... yummmmmm. Ran around, shopped, shopped some more, ya know, normal girl stuff.

I came home Sunday, turned on my iPod, and went straight to decorating. Halloween is my favorite holiday, it's just so much fun! Here's a few pictures of what I accomplished.

I'm on a mission to find my wreath hanger :(

Buffet decor, just love lighted garland!

These guys are on each side of our TV

Not even my fridge is safe! :)

And of course, I have to post my "weekly" Christmas ornament. I thought this was fitting for October, don't you?

Hope everyone has a great week! Sorry for the long, picture filled post.... I get a little excited about Halloween!

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