The last 5 days have been so fun and filled with simple pleasures of Fall. JH and I carved pumpkins together the other day. We took a special trip to Harris Teeter to pick out the perfect pumpkin and bought a carving kit to go with it. The entire thing turned into a competition for the best pumpkin. I'll let you choose who the winner is. I promise...It won't be hard.
This cute thing was sweet enough to get the gross stuff out of my pumpkin for me. I gag over stuff like this. I'm not so sure that he enjoyed this part.
OK. You all might want to sit down for this next one.
A. A glacier
B. An attempt at flames
C. A mountain
I'm definitely making fun of this right now, but it might have been the cutest and funniest thing I've ever witnessed. He started out with a spider template, got frustrated, and decided to free hand some fire. Once he told me it was fire, I could see it. Seriously. I could. This is my favorite pumpkin ever.
In Course 2, we learned how to make tons of flowers and how to make the basket weave and rope. I need a lot more practice, but this was my first shot at it! I made mums, pansies, and apple blossoms to go on top of my cake. Course 3 started yesterday, and we are learning how to decorate with fondant. I'm especially excited about learning to make a poinsettia. I think they will be beautiful on cupcakes at Christmas!
I have been in Chicago for a work related conference for the last couple of days. Chicago is a beautiful city. I appreciate cities. I appreciate the fast paced, glamorous, hustle and bustle atmosphere it offers. I like to visit cities, but I am not a city girl at heart. The city is too impersonal and hurried for me. Greensboro is too city for me too, but it will have to do until my dream of country living comes to fruition. I want the sounds I hear to be the crickets, birds, and rustling of leaves, not horns honking, people talking, and music blaring. I want to be able to walk outside in my yard on most occasions and not see a soul, not one. No, the city will just not do. Oh, and one more reason I don't do cities...the cab drivers! I thought they were going to kill me. Seriously, I was taking a moment to thank God for all my blessings and praying for my family on a cab ride to the hotel. It was that scary.
Here are some pictures! These were all taken from the top of the John Hancock building. I love the shadows of the buildings on the water.