Pumpkins, Cider, and Mums… Oh My!

I love fall!  I’m so glad it’s finally here… and although it’s 70 degrees and raining outside right now, the brisk air is going to move in just in time for Halloween tomorrow!  I can’t wait to hand out candy to all the cute neighbor kiddos and see their adorable costumes!

Last weekend we celebrated our Halloween… Friday we went to an adult Halloween party.  We didn’t really feel that motivated to dress up this year, so Dwyatt threw on his oil field fire-retardant smock, a hard hat, and his steel toes and went as “an oil man”.  Very original right??  I, hoping to compliment the oil man, dressed all in gold with way to much jewelry claiming to be a gold digger!  I don’t have a photo of that night yet (still on Dwyatt’s phone which I have yet to steal…) but I will find one to post!

Saturday night we had a blast… pumpkin carving with friends!  We all got together to watch football, drink hot cider, sit outside by the fireplace on the patio, and finally carve our pumpkins!  We acted just like a big group of kids, but we had a great time!

Before everyone arrived, the weather was SO perfect, and I had to take a few pictures to capture how well our flower beds have transitioned into fall!

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I also caught a few of my new Hunter boots, which I LOVE!!!

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Finally, Belle (my new kitty!) needed to make a blog appearance!  Although getting her to actually look at the camera proved to be quite difficult.

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Then we were on to the pumpkin carving!

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Happy Halloween!


Easter Sunday

Happy Easter!  This day is one of my top two favorite days of the year… it’s a toss up between Christmas and Easter…  Each a day where we celebrate our Saviour, each a day spent with family and friends, and each a day that involves great food and fun traditions!

This Easter my family is scattered all over, but I’ve thought of them often.  Dwyatt and I went to church this morning with some dear friends, then we all came back to our house, colored Easter eggs and made Easter brunch!  Beautiful spring weather, summer dresses, flowering trees, and the joy of the Easter holiday… couldn’t get much better than this!

I always remember the sacrifice it took from our Saviour to bring us to this Easter morning, I dance and celebrate this great day and the joyous truth that “It is finished!”  The debt is paid in full.  Jesus paid it all for us so that we could be free to live the beautiful lives he has planned for us!  Shout with joy!  Alleluia!

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Mardi Gras!

Last Friday night we had the privilege of attending the annual SPE Mardi Gras Charity Event!  This is an event hosted by the young professionals chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers as a fundraiser for the Willow Springs Boys Ranch

Usually it entails a night of drinks, dinner, socializing with friends, a silent auction, and maybe even some dancing!  This is one of the few “black tie optional” events that Dwyatt and I attend each year, and we truly look forward to it each February.  What’s not to like about a night where you get to give to an amazing organization while dressing up, hanging out with friends, and coming home with our “winnings” from the auction!  This year we won a case of very nice wine, some tickets to the musical Stomp, and some other gift cards to some local restaurants! 

Also, this year some of the girls and I decided to wear masks!  Such fun!  Made me feel like I truly belonged in New Orleans!  Maybe next year ;) 


Valentines Week

Although it’s late, I wanted to recap our Valentines Day this year.  Dwyatt was actually working on Valentines, and I was taking a midterm on Financial Derivatives.  Thrilling, I know. 

We actually celebrated the weekend before Valentines.  In the midst of studying for the upcoming midterm, Dwyatt surprised me with an afternoon couples message & an awesome dinner at PF Changs!  The message was the perfect gift after the stressful week we had, and we truly just enjoyed a relaxed evening together. 

On Tuesday morning I got a call from the receptionist at work to say I had flowers waiting for me!  This was the first time I have ever had flowers delivered to work and I was so excited!  2 dozen beautiful roses were awaiting me in the lobby, and I was beaming all day.  What a wonderful husband I have.  I’m so lucky to have a guy who does great things for me all year round, not just in mid-February.  I’m such a lucky girl!!

Yes, I may have gone a little overboard photographing the flowers… however I blame my amazing friend Ashley for introducing me to Diptic, the best iPhone photo app ever (or at least since the discovery of Instagram)!