Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trick or Treat

Just wanted to share a few pics of my taters doing their trickin' and treatin' today.  I saw some friends posting pics of cute themed family outfits they put together.  Some of them were really great.  I would love to do that and every year I browse online for ideas, but the truth is it's just not in my stars.  M is too stubborn to agree to go as anything that was my idea, and even if I got him on board I don't think I would be able to persuade B to dress up.  So basically it would just be too much work on my part to pull it off.  Haha.

M went as a confederate general.  Robert E Lee to be specific.  He chose his costume himself from a website.  It was between a confederate general, a revolutionary patriot, or an indian.  It is pretty evident he has been watching America: The Story of Us a bit much recently.

E dressed as a cowgirl for school this morning.  She looked darling.  She is really into all the cowgirl stuff right now.  I think it's because she has so much fun at the boot store with Peepaw and Meemaw.  We accidentally left her vest at school so we changed things up and went as a fairy princess tonight.  M was scared of almost every Halloween decoration in the neighborhood so as they would walk up to houses E kept looking at him and saying "Don't be afraid."  She's so funny.

R was a sock monkey.  I thought he was so stinking cute.  My mom randomly picked this costume up for him at Cracker Barrel..  He really liked wearing it.  He wore his costume to school this morning, but fell asleep right when we got home and missed trick or treating this evening. :(

Here are the bigger taters right before we started our rounds.  They were super excited.  M doesn't look it in this pic, but I promise he was.  He had been on the lookout for trick or treaters since about five o'clock.  He yelled so loud when he saw the first ones hit the sidewalk I am pretty sure anyone within a two mile radius of our hood knew trick or treating had officially begun!
Late this evening I found E in the kitchen polishing off what was left of my birthday cake!  As if all the candy wasn't enough.  Looks like she may have shared some with the dog too. 
 At the last house we stopped by this evening a lady told M she really liked his costume and asked if his mommy made it.  I was going to keep quiet because if she thought it looked like I could have made it then maybe I could have.  Who's to say really?  But, when asked, M earnestly replied, "No mam she paid like twenty dollars for it."  Bahaha. 

Talk to ya soon,

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cabin in the Woods

I don't think I've ever mentioned it but B has a knack for finding really cool out of the way places to visit in the Ozarks.  He likes to get off the beaten path, and usually we all get to benefit from it.  IE: This little cabin in the woods is where we spent our weekend.
 Isn't it adorable?  It is at the very end of a LONG dirt road.  Seriously the road ends, you go across a low water bridge, and there is the cabin.  Very cool.  B's parents watch baby R so we got a little break and got to spend some one on one time with the older taters.  Thank you Peepaw and Meemaw!  I slept through the night for what feels like the first time in about three years, and B even let me sleep late one morning.♥♥  SLEEP is a love language for both of us...him due to work hours and me because of running after the kids. 

There were two and half miles of creek running along the cabin property so we spent a good part of the day Saturday just exploring and fishing.  The boys camp and fish all the time, but E is almost never included she was super excited to be part of the action on this trip.


We cooked at the cabin each night and B built big fires.  Maybe a little too big at times!  We realized this weekend we may not be wood burning fire place people.  :)  The kids made smores and we played board games.  B and M made futile attempts to beat me at the game Memory, but they were both dismally unsuccessful.  Momma don't play around when it comes to Memory.   
We had a really nice relaxing weekend.  I know B would love to live somewhere like this one day.  I don't think that will EVER happen, but sometimes I get romantic ideas in my head about it.  Living where the dirt road ends.  Me homeschooling the taters.  Singing Kum Ba Yah at night by the fire.  Then I pass the Sonic down the street from my house and realize I just HAVE to stop to get me a Happy Hour cherry vanilla coke (on the rocks, hold the diet).  And in that moment it is very clear to me that I am not ready for the country life.  Not having daily access to a Sonic or at least a Kum & Go with the fancy add your own flavors fountain is a deal breaker for me folks!  Sad but true. 
Talk to ya soon,

Monday, October 22, 2012

Farrer Family Fall Photopalooza

We had family pictures taken the other day downtown on the Bentonville square. The tyrant tater was in a good mood so we actually got some where everyone was looking and smiling (or at least pleasant looking).  I am really happy with how they turned out.  I shared a couple on my facebook but here are the rest.  Enjoy!  :)

Talk to ya soon,

Saturday, October 20, 2012

What Not To Wear

I see a lot of people doing style blogs now where they share outfit ideas and tell you where they buy their clothes.  I like to look at these posts, but it is not something I would ever do.  Instead I thought it might be fun to do What Not To Wear posts.  I like to look cute, but lord knows I have plenty of material for some not so great fashion idea posts.  Today I'll cover What Not To Wear unless your goal is to look like a worn out, thirty twenty something (wink), mom of three. 

M's Saturday morning football games are a weekly fashion low for me.  It is not exactly like the games are at the crack of dawn, but we have to be there at 9:30 and that is a little early for a Saturday in the Farrer house.  Plus, I have to get the three taters ready to go and if I were to get myself ready I seriously might have to get up with the chickens.  Is that a saying?  It sounds good to me...I think chickens get up early.  I mean surely they can't sleep what with the rooster crowing and all.

This is what I wore to the game last week.  My head is not in the pic because I did not have makeup on, and I am not willing to share my no makeup unwashed hair head shot with you.  However, I do share it with half the town each week at the Upward games.  Be there at 9:30am any Saturday if the suspense is killing you.  Haha.
T-Shirt: Sample from work

Hoodie: Sample from work

Yoga Pants: Hand me down from my old neighbor.  I wear these all the time.  They are VERY worn out and have a couple little holes in them.  Also, my neighb was like 6' tall and I am 5'4" 1/2 ish (yes the 1/2" matters to me) so you can imagine how good they must look on me.

Blue KEEN Shoes: These were a hand me down from my mom.  I think she may have bought them at a garage sale or inherited them from a friend...can't remember for sure.  I love them and wear them a lot.  They make me feel outdoorsy.  You know what they say about looking the part and all.  :)

Total Cost: $0!!!!  I hadn't actually realized that until I typed the list. 

Funny story about yoga pants...I was looking for some at Goodwill the other day and found something wrong with every single pair.  They all looked too worn, had discolored spots on them, or were torquing at the seams.  I began to get a little frustrated.  Then I got tickled and started laughing at myself right there in the aisle because 1) Based on the condition of above pictured yoga pants I wear EVERY OTHER DAY who am I to discriminate against worn out yoga pants, 2) I was at Goodwill for pete's sake what did I expect, and 3) I haven't done yoga since before M was born.

Lastly, a quick What Not To Wear tip for the gents.
Exhibit A: B's old high school football sweats. 
These were on the floor of our bedroom this morning which is proof enough that B still wears them.  I would never let him leave the house in these, but I can't make any guarantees about what he does when I'm not monitoring him. :)  Kudos to BHS on the purchase of a good quality sweat pant that has lasted for 16+ years.  I can't say I have ever seen another pair of pants hold up so well. 

That's it for this edition of What Not To Wear.  I'll be back the next time I cringe when I catch a glimpse of myself in a full length mirror! 

Talk to ya soon,

Friday, October 19, 2012

Cotton Candy Coma

Fall has arrived in Northwest Arkansas and with it the annual Arts and Crafts Fairs.  We ventured out late this afternoon to see what we could find.  We ended up just finding food...surprise!  Seems like the same thing has happened for the past couple years.  Haha. 
A family friend recently started up a new bbq food trailer so we ate there and loved it.  If you are at Spanker Creek this weekend make sure to try Rub'n Butts BBQ.  Look for this big red trailer you can't miss it.  M and E gobbled up their BBQ because they are such good eaters I told them they had to in order to get cotton candy.  My kids are all about the cotton candy!
I, on the other hand, am all about the nachos.  I really haven't met a concession stand nacho I didn't like.  I could probably save myself $6-$7 a pop by purchasing some canned cheese and tortilla chips and making them at home.  But I think nachos are one of those foods that just taste better from a concession trailer.  I don't know how it's possible, but it's true!

They had a little cow train the kids rode.  It was FREE!.  Everything at the craft fair seems to cost a lot so I was shocked this didn't cost a thing.  The bargain hunter in me almost asked if they could ride a second time.  Heehee.
The littlest tater was getting a bit disgruntled in the backpack so we let him try some cotton candy while we waited for the train to come back.  He takes after his siblings and LOVED it.  I ended up having to give him big pieces that he could feed himself. 

He feel asleep when we got in the car, and was snoring loudly by the time we got home!  I had to wake him up to wash his hands and face.  Sweet baby.
Hope you have a great weekend and get to enjoy the fall weather.  If you are headed to the craft fairs don't buy any kettle corn or German (?) almonds...We have plenty of leftovers you can have!!  :)
Talk to ya soon,

Monday, October 15, 2012

Confession: Things I Found In The Mothership

I think I've made it pretty clear that I have a love hate relationship with my mini van, The Mothership.  She has many wonderful qualities that we currently need, but due to the vast amount of time the taters spend in her she has become a family dumping ground of sorts.  I did a quick once over yesterday and grabbed a few contraband items before I went inside.  The list could go on and on, but here are a few of the things I found.  Ahem, at least a few of the things I feel comfortable sharing on the web.

1.  Two mis-match socks and a pair of E's undies.  I am not sure about the underwear, but my kids ALWAYS pull their socks and shoes off in the car.   

2.  Baby's First Christmas bib.  I think this fell out of a goodwill box at some point and just disappeared into the chaos waiting to be found.

3.  McDonald's cup.  This in and of itself is not that unusual.  There were no less than 4 other fast foods cups in The Mothership.  The thing is I can't remember the last time I took the kids to MCD's.  We NEVER go there.  It was completely empty...evidence that it has sat long enough for any and all fluid to evaporate.

4.  One set of plastic vampire teeth.  I was actually trying to get to the very back of the van the other day to grab M's backpack, and I hit my head on the door frame crawling in.  It put me in a bad mood so I was grumbling to myself and then saw these teeth sitting on the back seat and just busted out laughing!  Who can be mad when plastic vampire teeth are grinning at you?

5.  An iron.  My old neighbor gave this to me when she moved in April.  I didn't really need an iron so I put it in The Mothership to drop at goodwill, but then a couple days later started feeling bad that I was giving away an iron that my neighbor had given me so I put it back in the garage.  For the past few six months I have put it in the van and taken it back out several times.  I don't know why but I have some weird emotional attachment to it.  I guess deep down I think the Chavarri's intended for me to pass it on to my kids one day.  Right now it is on my kitchen counter.  As I was typing this I started thinking that as soon as I give it away something is going to happen to my iron and I will wish I still had it.  I am going to quit talking about it now before I convince myself to write it into my will or something.

6.  A check from Delta Dental for 157 buckaroos dated 8/30.  We're rich and I had completely forgotten about it!  I think I'll make an appointment for a pedicure tomorrow.

7. Too many goldfish, french fries, chicken nugget pieces, and cheerios to be counted.  I am embarrassed to go to the local Boomerang and vacuum my car because there is always someone in the next parking space and I am mortified for them to be able to see in The Mothership. 

9.  One of M's flags for football.  Turns out the dog only ate one!  The other surviving flag was hiding under the back seat. 

8.  Three magnets, two chess pieces, and a partridge in pear tree.  No my kids don't play chess...they just chew on the pieces because that is totally safe and acceptable.  And ok I didn't really find the partridge in a pear tree, but it totally could have been in there.  The Mothership is a large marge yall.

What's the craziest thing you've ever found in your car?

Talk to ya soon,

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Happy Belated Birthday B!

We celebrated B's birthday last weekend.  A few family members joined us for dinner, cake, and smores.  He is now officially older than me for a few weeks!  Saturday morning I was telling the kids that it was daddy's birthday, which led to E asking when her birthday was.  I told her it was coming up (November 3) just a few weeks after daddy's.  Later, she went in to wake B up and I reminded her to tell him Happy Birthday.  I walked into the bedroom just in time to hear her lean over him and say "Daddy, I have a birthday comin' up." Haha. She might be a little one track minded. 

Here is B blowing or rather pinching out his candles (that's how all the cool kids do it).  The kids like to be as close to the action as possible.  Disclaimer:  E is wearing panties.  It is just hard to tell in the pics.  It is near impossible to get her to keep clothes on lately.

Even though it was really too cold and rainy to be outside the kids had their hearts set on doing smores.  And when our kids have their hearts set on something it is most likely going to happen.  R and E have their cute sock monkey hats on.  Those hats are my favorite. 

I feel like I have "man hands" in this pic.  I am
hoping it is just the angle.  I definitely have
sub par photography skills. :)
B wore his new birthday boots to church Sunday.  E also FINALLY got some boots of her own (now she can stop wearing bubs) and she wore them Sunday too.  She was really proud. 

One more cute shot of baby R in his sock monkey hat, and the kiddos enjoying some of the leftover cake.  This may or not have been breakfast on Sunday.  ;)

Happy Birthday B!  We love you and are glad you're OURS!
Talk to ya soon,