BACKYARD PUMPKIN CARVING DATE

halloween 2014

There are just a few days in the calendar where the day dictates the activity, and the Saturday before Halloween is one of these for me. It is pumpkin carving day!  There’s nothing I love more than waking up to a beautiful fall day and planning something fun to do outside. Sadly, the majority of our trees have already lost their leaves, but that day the color scheme of the backyard was absolutely gorgeous.

This is the third year since Dan and I started the tradition of carving pumpkins for Halloween, and I love the fact that we’ve got to do that in 3 different cities (the first year we were living in Atlanta, the second in Los Angeles, and now we are in Chicago!). We also decided we were going to take the same goofy photo every time, so this way we could see how much we have changed over the years. I just compared the pictures and realized that Dan’s facial expression when trying to kill the little pumpkin gets more and more threatening each year haha. Take a look here!

We spent a couple of hours working in our designs, taking a million pictures for the blog (of course!), and playing around in the backyard with our pumpkins. It was such a fun date, I’d do it all over again. Fall has been so good to us here in the midwest. Lots of fun, friends and festivities!

 

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

pumpkins

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

The guts are our favorite part… Just gotta dig your hands right in there!

 

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Yael Serena

halloween pumpkin

halloween pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Yael Serena

halloween 2014

Have you noticed the bandage on my finger? Pumpkin carving is not a real thing until you don’t cut yourself 😉

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

halloween pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

halloween pumpkin

What activities did you do for Halloween this year? Did you post a picture of your pumpkin design? If so, let me know in the comments – I’d love to see it!! 🙂

feet from shore

CHARM IN THE MIDWEST

Park Ridge, Ilinois

I finally had some time to stroll around my new little city (life has been busy lately) and started to get familiar with the streets and main buildings. I am still in that point where if Dan left me alone in the middle of downtown without a GPS, I would certainly not be able to find my way home. Everything looks the same to me!

We might not have the beach close-by as we were used to, but there is plenty of charm here. My life routine changed completely two weeks ago, but I’m happy to say that I have embraced this change better than I thought I would. Park Ridge has meaning to me; it is the city where my man grew up and I just love to see some of the places where his best childhood memories took place.  Every time we go out there is a new story to hear, something new to learn about him. So cool.

This Chicago suburb is so cozy and friendly, and I like that it has some personality attached to it. There is a magical combination of old and new, with beautiful quaint buildings lining the streets and cute boutiques to shop around. The houses are so unique too, you won’t find one similar to another.

I can’t wait for spring to arrive to see the flowers and trees blossom. It’s going to be wonderful!

Park Ridge, Illinois

Park Ridge, Illinois

Yael Serena

Park Ridge, Ilinois

Park Ridge, Ilinois

Park Ridge, Illinois

Park Ridge, Illinois

Park Ridge, Illinois

Dan Schallmo

Park Ridge, Illinois

Park Ridge, Illinois

Yael Serena

Yael Serena

Park Ridge, Ilinois

Park Ridge, Ilinois

Park Ridge, Illinois

Park Ridge, Illinois

Park Ridge, Illinois

Park Ridge, Ilinois

Dan Schallmo

Park Ridge, Ilinois

Park Ridge, Ilinois

Park Ridge, Ilinois

 

PS: I’m obsessed with these picture frames – aren’t they cute? I totally need one.

Have a great day! 🙂

feet from shore