35 In Life

Have A Spook-tacular Weekend!

carmelappleOh my goodness, do I love Saturdays… especially chilly ones! Finally some cooler temps have come our way and we intend to spend some time outside today {not in shorts}! First, thank you for your kind words on the last post… I deliberated over that post for a LONG time, so long that I almost didn’t post it!


We’ve been busy around here this week preparing for all the fun that Halloween brings with it… making caramel apples, carving jack-o-lanterns, roasting pumpkin seeds, picking out costumes, and more. I’m so thankful that my 5 {almost 6}-year-old was very clear as to letting me know exactly what she’d like for me to do when carving her pumpkin, unfortunately I took some creative liberties and didn’t follow to a “t”.



Which resulted in her insisting to design {and draw} the next one… {if you haven’t carved yet, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers take all the permanent marker marks off when you’re done carving}


I was so thankful that the house was nice and quiet while I carved {by the way, he’s still anti-clothing, you may notice}…


I eventually got them all carved {thankfully to the children’s satisfaction} and then we lit them up, the best part {in my opinion}…

morgan checking



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They were lit and in place just when Daddy walked in from work and we were thrilled to show him our new jack-o-lanterns!


When I was photographing the caramel apple, my assistant was right by my side, hoping and praying I’d accidentally leave it out there…


And back in the house this was going on… and what exactly was going on, I’m not sure… I will have to ask Paige if they were just tired or in trouble or maybe both.



And last but not least, the t-shirt shop is refilled with “off to the bay” and float planes in short sleeves {which are great over a long sleeved tee} and a handful of these…

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It’s a light blue, long sleeve, Happy Camper tee screened in green… but I only have it in size 12. It’s perfect for tween girls… or makes a great lounge/sleep shirt for petite Mommy’s who need a reminder to be a Happy Camper.

Have a great weekend, friends!!

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  • Emily
    October 30, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Happy Trick-or-Treat, Darby! Love the jack-o-lanterns and the rovers’ excitement! Have a fun and safe weekend!

  • Heather Leppert Spencer
    October 30, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Are those “burks” peeking out in the Barbie picture?? I think I have the same ones in dark silver….they are SOOOO comfy and I’m not looking forward to putting them away for the winter 🙁

  • Carolyn
    October 30, 2010 at 9:52 am

    CUTE! And I love it that doggie got some blog face time!

  • E @ Oh! Apostrophe
    October 30, 2010 at 10:07 am

    YUM! That first picture has me drooling. Can’t wait to see what your kiddos come up with for costumes this year! 🙂

  • Ashley
    October 30, 2010 at 10:41 am

    It’s FINALLY cooler weather here in Texas as well!!! I never thought it would be here 🙂
    Carving pumpkins is on our agenda for tonight! Good idea with the permanent marker and magic eraser…never would’ve thought!

  • Amy
    October 30, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Have you read “The Littlest Pumpkin” by R.A. Herman? It is a sweet little Halloween children’s book and reminds me of your kiddos and their Jack-o-Lanterns. We LOVE reading it over and over again! Ditto your sentiments on Saturday mornings. I was just thinking what a blessing this cooler weather is as my girls bounded into our room and snuggled under the covers with us this morning.That doesn’t always happen when the weather is warmer. It’s those little things that I cherish on days like today! Have a wonderful Halloween!

  • Catherine
    October 30, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Love the sweet expression you captured on your little girl’s face where she is sitting on her Daddy’s knee! That picture melts my heart!

  • Erin
    October 30, 2010 at 11:57 am

    my favorite thing about this post? morgan on the phone in the background. she looks like she is dealing with some SERIOUS business! 🙂

  • Bryn
    October 30, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Can I ask where you got all those mermaids? My 4-year old niece loves mermaids…I recently found one for her at the dollar store, but these look like they would hold up better : ) Also, I love reading your blog…it’s cool to hear real life stuff.

  • Ashley
    October 30, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Random question. Why don’t you ever put polish on those pretty toes of yours? I don’t know why, but I could NEVER go without toenail polish, and find it fascinating when people do!!

  • Caroline
    October 30, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    You seriously crack me up! I’m hoping and praying you keep on writing this blog!!

  • Penny
    October 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Love your blog. I think all of the Barbies are swimming. 🙂

  • andi
    October 30, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Love the happy Jack-Os! 🙂 I have just caught up with the blog and am ROLLLLLLING thinking about Erica’s text-warm greasy!!!! And the doll. IT went to a NEW LEVEL of scary for me seeing crushed smarties! 🙂 You are so clever and just hilarious! Your tees are adorable I just checked out the site. The mound of boxes makes me smile, way to go! You are precious!!!

  • Kathy
    October 30, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I love your pumpkins. I have always carved 3, too. We have 3 boys. You are so delightful. I really wish you were my neighbor. I think it would be fun!

  • HannahJ
    October 30, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Okay- so the diagram by the 5 year old- absolutely hilareous!

  • kat
    October 30, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    So many hilarious things in this post… Loved Morgan’s pumpkin illustrations, Paige’s “time-out” syncronized swimming mermaids, and JM and his au natural approach to his wardrobe are all just priceless! The pumpkins turned out fabulous!

  • aff
    October 30, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    These pictures are adorable. My 23 month old daughter (who will not go to sleep and is being forced to read the blog with me until she tuckers out) thinks Rover is her twin brother and keeps pointing to him and shouting her brother’s name. comical since the only thing the boys have in common is the fact they are little boys! Pretty funny. She is also very excited about the pumpkins, Paige’s bow and the doll pictures. Happy Halloween!

  • Beth
    October 30, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Love your blog! You are so creative and you inspire me to be creative with my little girl. Random question. Is that a slip cover on your sofa? If so, please tell me you didn’t make it :0). I am in the market for some reasonable ones that won’t cost as much as a new sofa.
    Keep up all the great posts!!

  • kpp
    October 30, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    This post was perfect! My husband and I have a somewhat similar story, we were just older when we made our love connection. Both Auburn grads that made it home. We teach in the local schools. there were 6 years between our first and second dates ~ boy did we have growing up and healing to do!!!
    I enjoy your blog very much! War Eagle!!! 9 – 0 can you believe it?! Wait, I know that reason ~ we believe in Auburn and love it! {Thanks, Dr. Petrie for those words!}

  • Anne K
    October 31, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I love the Jack-o-Lanterns…they look great. Seeing a lit up pumpkin always makes me smile! Happy Halloween!

  • Kim
    October 31, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    LOVE this post! The diagram is hilarious! Little mermaid was always my favorite. I’m hoping my little girl will follow her mommas love. Random question from the lite up pumpkin picture….where did you get your spice rack? I just love it and I’m looking to make some room in our pantry. Thank you!

  • julia
    October 31, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    The Barbies look like they’re swimming somewhere.

    I’m counting on the kids not realizing that I didn’t carve the pumpkin this year….yes,I know, so sad.

  • barbG
    October 31, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Happy Halloween to the Rovers. That apple looks great.

  • Liz Relwani
    November 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I just adore your blog, and you definitely inspired my weekend to do list with family. Thank you!

  • karen brown
    November 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    How about that apple?!! I made some that looked and tasted divine…as long as you didn’t mind wax paper stuck to the bottom. Any hints for getting the apples to come off the paper?

  • Snekcip
    November 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Too funny!! Your kids are just beautiful! So far as the dolls….. I gotta say the “3 poor mermaids” were probably “gasping for air” since they are “sea creatures” and NOT “land creatures”!!LOL!! The other 3 chicks were probably instructing them on how “to take deep breaths and LIVE!!! LOL!! Okay….so I got caught up!!

  • Serah
    November 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I always love your blog and it excites me so much when a new post goes up!

    Question – Where did you find the pumpkin paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling? I love those!

    Happy November!

  • andrea
    November 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Oh my goodness! I love the reflection of the home on the caramel apple photo! It’s absolutely lovely!

  • Jill
    November 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    omg I was laughing out loud at Paige’s barbie dolls being either “tired” or “in trouble”. She is you with blonde hair by the way!

  • Heather
    November 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Look at your daughter in the background of the 3rd picture. LOL
    Calling for backup?! Too cute! I love your blog! 🙂

  • Lyndsey Bowman
    November 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Dang! Your kids got into barbies… I loved little toy figures like that growing up and my 2 girls never had any desire for them 🙁 I never got to play barbies or dolls with them. Your blog is great and I love your kids! So beautiful!


    p.s. your sister’s blog is great too!

  • Janet Boudreaux
    November 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Hi Darby! I love the Jack O Lanterns! Hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween.
    A couple of blogs ago you mentioned you are looking for a train table. I saw last week that Tuesday Morning has one and at a much better price than like Pottery Barn. My neighbor made his lil boys and seeing how handy your husband is, he could make it and you could paint the scene! If you feel like taking all that on!! I did see a very cute Thomas the Tank rug (5×7 i think) at Lowes yesterday for about 20$. Worth checking out! Good luck!! Janet

  • Stephanie@Geezees
    November 3, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Your pumpkins came out perfect!
    Just came across your blog, i love it and will definitely be back!

  • Amber
    November 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Darby, you have no idea how many people you inspire to be better mothers and Christians! Your blog has motivated me to take advantage of the precious things in life and document them so I’ll never forget them. Check out my Halloween post! 🙂 https://www.amberashleigh.com/2010/11/happy-owl-oween.html


  • peta
    November 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Darby – your photos are amazing. I love those pumpkins!

    i sent you an email … do you ship to Australia? Please?