orange and more orange.

Tonight, I had an urge to write. Perhaps, it’s because I haven’t been feeling too well, and writing seems to keep me mentally focused. Anyway, here’s to a Saturday post!

Yesterday, we finally had the chance to take our yearly excursion to the Pumpkin Capital, Half Moon Bay. It was crowded, but we still had a wonderful time. Maui and Hilo loved that there was an array of pumpkins to sniff, lol. As a matter of fact, Mr. Naughty Hilo “marked” his favorite pumpkin. How embarassing!? πŸ˜‰

After the marking incident, we all merrily went our own ways to pick out our pumpkins. Maui and Hilo were eager to go after the smaller ones.

However, Mommy had to direct them to a more suitable size for carving.

…and here’s the 2010 batch of pumpkins, which we can’t wait to carve:

After the pumpkin patch, Maui and Hilo decided that they needed to have playtime at the beach. Well, we couldn’t resist their sweet little faces, so we took them to the coast to run off leash. Boy, did they have a blast! See that curved trail of paw prints?! Those are the crazies running all the way to Gloria (she’s the human speck in the distance). Maui and Hilo are those tiny little dots on the left, hehe.

…and after running back and forth (a million times), they decided to catch their breath with Mommy.

After spending some time at the beach, we thought it would be adventurous to hit up another pumpkin patch, one where you could pick them right from the field. We were in the Pumpkin Capital of the world, so why not go to one more, right?! πŸ˜‰ The next patch had livestock too! I had such a blast feeding the smelly (but cute) piglets.

It’s always nice to get fresh air every now and then. It made my day just to be outdoors. Sometimes, just going out can put a smile on someone’s face.

After excavating the entire patch, we found one of the biggest pumpkins in the patch. Goodness, it was HEAVY! Gloria couldn’t lift it, so I thought, “What the heck?! You’re so weak!” Then, I gave it a go, but guess what happened?!

…it was heavier than it looked. Sheesh! I guess I’m just as weak as Gloria, haha! πŸ˜‰

…and to think, this is a super small one compared to the heaviest pumpkin they weighed in this year for the annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival.

Oh, what a joyous and festive October day. Days like these, I never want to forget.

Now, for the scrapbook updates…

Today, my class went well. I love when the students are lively and upbeat. It’s so fun and inspiring to watch others create. That’s another reason why I love this art from – it’s all about inspiring others to be artistic!

Lastly, did you know that I’m the guest designer of the month for Nikki Sivils?! If not, check out my latest work using some of Nikki’s latest releases. Today’s post was all about ME, so if you have an extra minute to spare, head on over there to leave some love. In the meantime, here’s one of the layouts that I created:

The above layout features her Blueberry Hill line. To see the rest, head on over to Nikki’s blog!

Okay, that’s enough writing for tonight. It felt good to write whatever came to mind. I love that about blogging; it’s like creating – therapeutic. πŸ˜‰

PS: Have any of you seen the November/December 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes?! I have a few layouts in there, but I haven’t seen it yet. If you have a copy ofΒ  it, do my layouts look okay? πŸ˜‰




Filed under beach, dog, family, hilo, layouts, maui, miniature schnauzer, personal, publication, scrapbook

32 responses to “orange and more orange.

  1. Gloria

    FIRST! muahaha! great post. seriously time to move to the coast. those hooligans smell like sea weed. love the layout. matches hilo’s boomerang!

  2. I love all the pumpkin patch photos!! We already went but I wanna go again… It’s sooo fun!! Your layout is super cute too!! Have a great weekend!! πŸ™‚

  3. has it really been a year since i took that “gladiators only” photo in HMB? where have the last 12 months gone? 😦

  4. Su C.

    I love your layout and I’m glad your class went well! Great photos. I enjoy seeing photos of Hilo and Maui as well since we have two mini Schnauzers.

  5. Ah…I do remember the Half Moon Bay patch. The drive up the long winding road….packed bumper to bumper! But always worth the wait! The pups look like they found heaven at the beach! πŸ˜‰ I’ve never been to a patch where you pick the pumpkins yourself! But guess what? We’re going to one today! Yippee! Shall be loads of fun! Darling page, by the way! And I hope you are feeling fabulous again soon!

  6. Polly W

    As soon as I opened the Dec issue of CK on page 32 I knew without a doubt that it was your layout. I recognized Hilo straight away!! LOL! It looks great! Glad you had a fun day at the patch!

  7. Sounds like an awesome time at the patch! Off to Nikki’s blog to check you out! Hehe!

  8. It looks like you guys had sooooo much fun!!! πŸ™‚ Awesome layout too. I’ll be sure to head over to Nikki’s blog and check out the post about you!
    – April

  9. great post & love the lo! We had a similar day minus the beach. It is great to spend the day out in the fresh crisp Fall air!

  10. I just love your dogs!!! They are super cute. I love the one picture of you and your dogs at the pumpkin patch. You’re a beautiful woman and it shows in that picture. I hope your dogs are the same as mine. Once the dirt dries, it just slips off the fur. LOL Cute layout! I love the colors and patterns.

    • thank you for your sweet comment, j! …and yes, for the most part, the dirt slips right off. buuuuut, we like to use doggy wipes to keep them clean. πŸ˜‰

  11. hey chickie….been missing ya….hope all is well, and that pumpkin patch looks like FUN….and the piglets are soo soo cute….I always talk to the turkeys at the place we go!!!!!

    And totally digging the GDT over at NS!!! πŸ˜‰

    Hugs, K

  12. kat

    g;ad you guys had fun at the pumpkin patch…and i love that nikki sylvis layout…i love the idea of all the different strips of paper to form a border…i may have to copy that idea πŸ™‚

  13. I did see your layouts and meant to e-mail you with congrats and hugs. Is there anything and anywhere you can’t conquer! Wow. It’s so cool to see someone in a pub that I “know.” So thrilled for you!

  14. oh, my goodness–pumpkin hunting–LOVE it!! My kids keep asking, it’s just not the same when it’s like 100 degrees outside! Your layout is cute! OHHH and I just got my November/December issue of Creating keepsakes I saw a couple of your layouts–CONGRATS!!

  15. Love your pumpkin photo’s. Wish we had pumpkin patch here in Belgium too.

  16. Chris Aiton

    What a wonderful day!!! thanks for sharing it – pumpkins, dogs, the beach – pure joy! We don’t have any pumpkin patches here with the pumpkin shortage or maybe it’s the economy or maybe it’s both. Congrats on the NS GD!!! and on the newest pub!!!! You are so talented – it’s great to see you getting the recognition that you so deserve! Have a super Sunday!

  17. I totally saw your layouts in CK!! Of course they look fabulous!! πŸ™‚ Love your layout and all these photos — looks like you are enjoying the fall!! Wish I had time to think about buying a pumpkin, let alone carving it… too busy with baby shower planning/prep for next week. Making me totally excited to have a niece in December!! πŸ™‚ Have a great week!!

    • before i finished reading your comment, i thought it was for YOUR baby shower. lol. i was thinking… soooooo where’s the invite?! πŸ˜‰

  18. julie

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I can NOT wait to see how the pumpkins are carved this year!!! I remember Gloria’s creations from last YEAR!!! They ROCKED!! Cute photos and loveeeeeeeeeeeeee the you are GDT’ing for Nikki this month! YAY! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  19. First of all YOU LOOK FANTASTIC!!!
    Second YES I have seen the Nov/dec issue and not only do your LO’s look fantastic…there is a whole page of close ups too and I was going to send you pics again via FB but I thought someone else had probably already done that:) If you’d like some let me know!
    Third of all LOOOOOOOOVVVEEEE the pumpkin pics! We went this morning and took lots of pics and I’ll bet you can guess what I’ve been doing all afternoon:)

    Hope you have a great week sweet girl!

  20. Cute, cute photos! Loving all the orange! πŸ™‚

    Congrats on guest designing for Nikki Sivils and for the new CK pubs! Yay, Sarah!

  21. Looks like you had an amazing day. I love the pumpkin patch…and the beach. lol Have fun over at Nikki Silvis. Let’s get together soon.

  22. monica

    Wow you look great!!! Lovin’ these fun pics.

  23. jacque miller

    I love all the pumpkin photos!! Your layout is super cute too!:o)

  24. The pumpkin patch looks like so much fun! You captured a ton of wonderful photos. I envy how pet friendly places in CA are. There are some places here in AZ, but they are limited.

    I can’t wait for my issue of CK to arrive so I can scope out your projects! πŸ™‚

  25. Beautiful photo’s Sarah! Your doggies are too cute!
    Loving your Layouts for Nikki Sivils! Congrats on being pubbed girl!

  26. Hey girl… Love the post. Your Blue berry Hill layout is beautiful… I purchased that line for the new store. I will have to direct people to your blog to see it… Love the pups. Looks like your day was fabulous…. Congrats on the new publications… and of course they are fabulous, just like you. Big hugs,Amy

  27. Great photos — I love going to the pumpkin patch! And I’m cracking up over the photos of you, Gloria, and the iron pumpkin!

    As for Hilo, he just a pup who knows what he wants. πŸ™‚

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