Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thanksgiving Floral Centerpiece Workshop

I've always wanted to attend a workshop on flower arranging. For one reason or another, I've never actually made it to one. This year, when I received the email from Abma's Farm announcing that they would be holding a workshop for Thanksgiving centerpiece-making, I couldn't sign up quick enough!
Abma's, without doubt, is one of my favorite places in Bergen County. We haven't lived here long enough to know all of the good places around NJ, but we are definitely fortunate to live so close to this awesome farm. They hold workshops all year on various flower-related DIY things, so I will certainly be on the lookout for future projects as they come up.
Here are some pictures from this mornings' event. There were 15 people and we each had a workstation in the greenhouse. A mother-daughter team was across from me, and I had a fellow novice on my right. The two of us had a good time laughing at how we aren't good at this at all.
Cathy instructed us, and some of the young girls who work there weaved in an out of us as we were working to assist with design as needed. I'm pretty happy with my final product!
Lots of gourds to choose from!
I wanted something other than orange
Amanda cut our gourds for us, be we gutted them ourselves, and gave our guts to the compost pile
Oasis is in! 
Some of the flowers I selected
Cathy assisted me a bit. Gave me the 3-5-7 rule.
Work in progress- they told me I needed more filler!
Final product!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

November. All the leaves are brown....

As I mentioned in an earlier post, and as evidenced by my non-stop instagramming, this fall has got to be one of the best that I can remember. I think it's a combination of many factors that are causing me to pause throughout my busy day, and slow down just a bit, so that I can soak it all in.
I found, that during the leaves' peak for color and abundance, I was driving just a bit slower than normal on the back roads around my northern New Jersey town so that I could peer out my windows and absorb all the beauty. My morning drive is saturated with beauty ( I am a seriously lucky gal), and as I made my way through many towns with gorgeous autumn scenery, I would actually welcome a prolonged stop at a light, or waiting behind a few cars making a left-hand turn. Those unexpected delays gave me the opportunity to really take in the landscape and enjoy it.
It occurred to me as I drove into my work campus on Monday that the leaves have gone from bursting with red, orange, bronze and yellow to being sort of brown. They've curled up and have begun to fall. I remembered thinking to myself "I'm glad that I took the time to take it in, because it won't be long before the snow comes".
But, yesterday, as I was trotting down to our cafe for some coffee, I looked out of our vast wall of windows, and saw the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, the lake, and trees. Though not at peak color any longer, the sight was equally beautiful. I couldn't resist getting a couple of shots. It too is worth remembering.

Thursday, November 7, 2013


For as long as I can remember, Joey has been making up words of his own by combining two words together.
"Hanitizer"-- short for hand sanitizer. He uses it (the hand sanitizer, I mean) like mad and always asks for a new bottle for his backpack. "I NEED MORE HANITIZER,MOM!"
"Rememberize"-- Sort of like remember and sort of like memorize.
"Newdea"-- That's "new idea" and sometimes was used to mean "good idea". This was the first example of his word combo thing that I can remember. "I have a newdea, let's go get donuts!"
There were a few others that he used to say, but over time he's outgrown them. I figured I had better write these down before I forget more!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Halloween 2013

I've been writing a Halloween post since the kids were born and feel very far behind on this year's post! (3 days?)

This is the first year that the kids have NOT gone as something cute like a superhero. Now they want to be as scary and frightening as possible. Though trick-or-treat was a somewhat different experience here in NJ, we did find some doors to go to and every single person who answered the door gave the boys exactly what they had hoped for: an "OMG you scared me!!" reaction along with a pretty decent handful of candy.

Here are this years jack-o-lanterns. Joey wanted his pumpkin carved into a bunny because we have been referring to him as our Baby Rabbit for so many years. Chris chose the Chicago Bulls mascot. Why? No one knows other than his recent obsession with bball. But why Chicago??


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