cruising straight to halloween

It’s almost time! Halloween is upon us! And we are READY!!!

The candies have been bought, the decorations have been up for a while, we have a regular requests for Halloween pajama comes bedtime, and now we have a daily Halloween parade happening every night in our house, cause I am FINALLY done with their Cars costumes! Although I’ve spent a lot of time making some pretty amazing Halloween costumes for my friends and I over the years, especially back in our early twenty’s when we would go out all night on Halloween night and win prizes, well this year’s costumes will definitely go down as the most time consuming, space taking and glue gunning costumes EVER. If the kids complain about the weight of their costumes, I’m blaming it on the glue! And then I’m telling them to shut up and forcing them to wear it a little more! (I’d like to specify that I won’t really be doing that; got to be careful with humor nowadays).

So, I’ve always been Cars obsessed, like, ever since the first movie came out… and this was one of the first Pixar movie I’ve showed the boys… and just like me, they’ve been in love with McQueen and his friends since. But last year, our love for Cars grew to a whole new level after we visited Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. So, since going to Disney, with the last Cars movie coming up last summer, it basically was a McQueen year at our house with Cars everywhere. I knew the second I saw a boxed costume of McQueen on Pinterest that I needed to step up my glue-gunning-skills and get to work. Cause after all, I needed 2 cars.

Back in August, I loaded my house with huge cardboard boxes I was able to find, and then invaded my kitchen with fabrics and all kinds of crafty thing I knew I’d need for this project. Now that they’re done, I can say I am in LOVE with how they turned out; just not sure it was worth the 15 hours it took to make each of them. Yep, I guess I really love Cars and craft and Halloween to spend that much time on DIY kids costumes. But I mostly did it before the admiring eyes of my boys, looking at it every steps of the way (probably wondering when it would actually look like Cars!), sometimes helping me, so it was all worth it!

Liam wanted to be Cruz Ramirez, and Logan, his beloved Lightning. So after many hours of works, last Sunday morning, both cars were finally declared done and ready for a test drive. One look at them riding their new cars and I knew it was well worth the mess. They kept on running and laughing and bumping each other, and then even agreed to go out to take pictures. Liam even asked me to put a Cars song on my cell phone and put it in his car to make like a car radio… so he was cruising while listening to the Cars soundtrack… I just love when they ask for small things like that that reminds me of things I would have also asked as a kid. He’s after my heart this one! He also requested a Cars Day. I guess I’m rubbing off on him! So now we’re planning to have one of those on November 7 when the new movie will be out on Blue Ray, so they can sit in their cars and watch the movie, Drive-In style!

But for now, we’ll continue to parade in our costumes, and you might even spot us on the streets, dancing and singing ‘Life could be a dream, life could be a dream, sha-boom, sha-boom’! All that, of course, while patiently waiting for October 31st for the real Lightning and Cruz parade. Hoping the next few days go by fast so I can eat some of my kids mini chocolate bars! Ka-Chow!!!

 

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a little diy

Ever since we moved  into our new house, almost 3 years ago, I’ve been wanting larger than life prints of the boys.  I think I’ve pinned over 100 frames on Pinterest the last 2 years, and they were all very nice, almost looking like what I wanted, but just not quite… so I knew this frame project would have to be a DIY type of thing to get me pleased!  So this summer, I rolled up my sleeves and called my step dad for help!  Without having a Pinterest account himself, just by listening to me, he knew right away what I wanted.  I gave him the dimension of the pictures and the next thing I knew, the two frames were built.  And they were just perfect!!!

I already had my pictures picked out, so I sent them right away at Walmart to be printed… and for 14.97 each, I’d say it’s very reasonable for a 24×36 print!  Frank made the frames from old reclaimed wood with a 45 degree angle cut; and he also made a groove inside for the pictures to sit in.  So using a spray adhesive that I already had from a previous craft project (Liam’s baby baseball room with a full wall covered with old Red Sox Baseball cards; clearly not my idea!), I sprayed the back of the pictures, glued it to a thin Luan board that I used as the back of the frames, putted the picture/board in its spot and nailed it in place using mini finishing nails.  You can buy these boards at Home Depot and have them cut out the right size for you for a small fee. Then I’ve installed a wire at the back for hanging, and just like that I had some awesome frames ready to be installed!

Even though I didn’t cut any of the wood and don’t know how difficult of a task this represents, I’m pretty sure the hardest part of all this was hanging the frames.  We have 9 foots ceiling and I wanted the frames to be hung in the stairwell. Brian was not impress with me that morning. But with our ladder and some planks we were able to build some type of homemade but not-to-steady and clearly not-so-safe scaffold that did the job!  I wish I had taken a picture of Bry while he was standing on his wobbly 10 foot long 2 X 8 over the staircase, but I guess holding his back was more important than taking a shot of him at that time!

So now it’s up there, and it’s now one of my favorite walls in the house. The frames turned out even more awesome than expected.  I love doing some DIY projects, and I got some more already in mind as my to-do list is long, but I can finally check this one off. You know, large pieces of art are expensive to buy, but these two frames costed me less than 35$ each to make, so you can’t go wrong with that. So give it a try, and if you encounter a problem, call Frank, he’ll know what to do!

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i’d rather be in stars hollow

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Exhausted this morning, but for an awesome reason…GILMORE GIRLS!

Yep, I’m one of those!

It was a religion for us…watched it with my Mom and my Mimi and when I was in university, on the phone with my Mom.  Always waiting for the ‘I want to live there’ moment, basically every episode.  I even chose my wedding dress because of that show.  When Lorelai found the most perfect Monique Lhuillier dress in a vintage shop after she got engaged, I knew this was going to be the dress I wanted to wear on my wedding day, even before I got engaged!  Searched it, found it, bought it without even trying it and wore it on my wedding day 7 years ago.  I would still choose that one.  Sadly for her, she never got to wear it as they never got married…

So finding out about a Gilmore Girls remake on Netflix was kind of a dream come true.  I knew there would be a viewing party, my Mom, some friends, pizza, nachos, licorice, donuts, chocolate cake, cupcakes, coffee, drinks, popcorn, more chocolate and pop-tarts!  So we planned it all: Friday night; 4 episodes; 6 hours.  We could do it!

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Made some GG famous faces cut-outs, with creepy eyes, some Luke’s coffee collar, a few prints, and the decor was done!  Also made a t-shirt from a Pinterest idea.  Easy, quick and ready to binge watch!

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SPOILER ALERT

You are warned…

Honestly, I was nervous.  What if I don’t like it, what if the story doesn’t go the way I want.  Well, we went through all kinds of emotions last night.  Four seasons, four chances to get it right!  They got older… well they had too, because I surely got older myself since the last time I watched the show!

Luke and Lorelai are still together, and they still make such a great couple.  Rory, well, she’s all over the place, trying to find herself, not exactly where I pictured her.  But I just love her; I love them all so much. Emily finally found herself, probably one of my favorite story line from last night.  We remembered Richard Gilmore, the good and the bad, but most of all, how much we miss him.

Paris is still stressed and paranoid. We saw Dean 3 minutes, Jess maybe 6, Sookie 2. We love Kurt, Babette, Carol King, Lane and Michel, who was awesome, and is truly a Gilmore family member.  Logan surprised me the most, loved how he loves Rory and wants to give her only the best.

Honestly, I didn’t see enough of the mom and daughter duo, felt like they both had so much on their own, and not as close as they were before. Rory writes a book about it all, about her relationship with her mother; and Rory’s book hurts, in a good way, and Lorelai found the perfect title for it: ‘Gilmore Girls’.  Like they say, full circle.

And then, at the end they threw a curve ball…how could they do this to me?  The only possible answer: another season!  Well, I hope, because you can’t say ‘Mom, I’m pregnant’ and then be done… just like that, after 6 hours, after 16 years… So I went to bed at 2am, wanting more… needing more!!!

But this morning, I realize this may be over for real, and I’m almost okay with it.  As last night was just perfect, and it just made me happy. I enjoyed every moments of it, I laughed, and I cried. The show was and still is awesome, with witty responses, clever lines, and of course, Paul Anka! I could have probably done without the 20 minutes Stars Hollow musical -except that I did love the Waterloo song, just like in Mamma Mia!- but I couldn’t have done it without the part where Lorelai finally gets…

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