Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ruining our reputation

So it seems it's Halloween night! For my family, Halloween used to be a big deal! For those of you who don't know, my family used to take our 1914 house with a wrap-around porch and transform it into a haunted house. It took us about a month to set everything up and about 20 people to run in Halloween night. We had a working guillotine, gallows, an electric chair (usually occupied by Veronica), an operating table, a maze, etc etc. We usually drew crowds upwards of 2,000 people and gave out over 100 lbs of candy!

Halloween is no longer that crazy for us. Alex and I decided to carve some "extreme pumpkins". As you can see, he likes to cheat with power tools!

Go ahead, take some candy!

This is my pumpkin

And here's Alex's. He did this last year and it was quite a hit! Lucky for us, we have a toilet sitting around (from our bathroom demo) so we decided to set it out on the porch...

Is it too early to ruin our reputation in the neighborhood??

Please don't hate us, neighbors :-)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Sorry for the delay in updates! This past weekend Alex and I had a "mustache" themed party :-) We rocked the mustaches but sadly I didn't get pictures of anyone elses'

Oh hai, Jamie Heineman ;-)

Have I mentioned how much I love fall? One reason I love working at Mason is just how gorgeous the campus is during the fall. It's like the trees are on fire!!

Just gorgeous!

And 2 weekends ago we decided to gut our bathroom. This is the shower that the previous homeowner's decided to "improve" by gluing plastic over the tile. Granted, the tile behind it is pretty awful but gluing something on top doesn't necessarily fix it....


The bathroom is completely gutted now and Alex and I have purchased many of the materials needed to begin work on it so we're pretty excited!

And here's a cute picture of Annie...just because :-)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Apple pickin'

This past Sunday, Alex and myself and his parents went apple picking! It was the funniest thing too because as you can see in the picture above, Crooked Run Orchard is in P'ville. I've been to Crooked Run before but only to pick strawberries in the front field. I lived about 2 minutes from this orchard for almost 20 years and never realized just how big it really is! This place was huge!

There were lots of colorful buckets to fill with your apples

And even a huge sunflower field!

Who woulda thought this was 15 pounds of apples?!

Just gives me an excuse to bake something like this: an apple crumble!

You can just see the brown sugar, cinnamon and oats baked onto those apples!

I'd be lying if I said Alex and I weren't the only ones eating this...

It is an amazing recipe and just killer for a chilly day like today! All you need is some vanilla ice cream and whipped cream to top it off!

Saturday, October 10, 2009


So this is how the spoiled little stinker gets fed twice a day! Actually, he needs's orders. I have to give him antibiotics and this protein filled mixture (that Daedalus happens to love!) twice a day. He's pretty good about it. He hates the medicine so I usually do that first and then follow up with the yummy stuff he likes

In other news...Alex and I were quite busy today putting down baseboards! We've been waiting to do this for a long time now and we finally got down to business. We are so happy with the results! Now, the final thing for these rooms will be crown molding but I need my dad's help for that

The tree is almost done too

Done by yours truly! I'm pretty proud of our baseboard work!

We also got it done in the dining room

So the dining room is pretty much complete except for art

And that's easily remedied!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Completely gratuitous

Several weeks ago, Cassidy and I did a "trash the dress" session at his buddy's apartment in DC. Don't worry, no dresses were harmed in the making of these photos ;-) Honest!

It was just a little wet

Right before getting kicked out of the fountain by security ;-)

Enjoying being on the roof of one of the highest buildings in the area!

Walking around in a heavy, wet wedding gown isn't easy, y'all!

And of course, something completely unrelated...the gliders!

"Hi there!"

Icarus wants his grape!

Apparently they like to share


You are looking at the first page of my new portfolio! I am very excited to finally be able to publish this. I've been working on it for a very long time now! Check it out and let me know what you think!


Thursday, October 1, 2009


Meet my new little guy; Daedalus! He is an 8 week old sugar glider and he is so precious! Alex and I got two of them on Sunday and have been infatuated with them since! Alex's is named Icarus. We took Daedalus to the vet last night because he was sleeping so much. Turns out he was a little dehydrated and wasn't eating his protein so I'm really glad we took him.

Now he is much more lively and crawls all over the cage! I think he's feeling much better!

Here is Icarus eating some food

I can't wait for these little guys to get older. For the time being, they ride around in a fleece pouch around my neck! I love them!