remember these?! i loved them when i was 2 and i still love them at 21. they're the kind of cookies that are only good right out of the oven and theres a fine line between doughy cookie coins and burnt hockey pucks.
this past weekend, joe and i visited my family at my parent's home in lancaster. there was surprisingly autumn-y weather. it was cold and windy, a nice contrast to the 80-90 degree heat we've been having in LA. (come on with the fall, LA!) they have been re-modelling the house since my dad's recent job change and my brother moving away to college. it's amazing how quickly an atmosphere can shift when you simply move the couch or add a new desk to the guest room. it's also funny watching your old childhood bedroom change in to a sophisticated guest room. i've been living on my own for almost 4 years now and i'm still not used to it.
mom decorated with hay bales this year. that's a first. there are pumpkins and squash both real and fake all around the house and outside the front door with the old scarecrow that has to be tied down because the lancaster winds will whisk him away. i'm not joking.
also, our serious love of candy corn has taken over the snack dispenser (affectionately nicknamed the snack pooper.). it's all about the brach's candy corn. don't try any other brand, you will be disappointed.
baby kenna (her default face lately), joe and i watched a marathon of my five wives which made me really thankful for joe.
probably wasn't very helpful that we had just started our pre-marital counseling that day.
this little piece of art is one of my most favorite things in the house. we used to be a family full of disneyland annual passholders and we had disney days any chance we could get. we all had our own disney sweatshirts and disney coffee mugs and mickey mouse ears and lanyards full of trading pins. this silhouette was one of the most memorable childhood moments i had in the park. the silhouette studio on main street is amazing and i would highly recommend it to everyone. the artist captured me, carter, and kenna perfectly with our little baby faces. it was so impressive that we bought the "hidden mickey" frame and it's been there on the piano ever since.
coming home to visit my parents during the holidays is the most wonderful and comforting thing. i look forward to coming back to fall wreaths, an abundance of candy corn, that silly light-up pumpkin thing that says "jacks" (j.a.c.k.s. stands for jordan ann, carter, kennedy, slocum. it's kinda our go-to family name.). bringing joe along makes it even better. soon we will be having our own holidays and will be creating our own memories.
that was our weekend in a nutshell. stay tuned for some more autumn-y goodness coming soon and some big news!