Sunday, November 1, 2009

halloween... and remembering lauren

Sunday, November 1, 2009
halloween was always my favorite holiday.

then in college i met lauren... and we quickly became close friends... lauren's birthday was halloween and it was her favorite holiday as well...


unfortunately lauren lost a battle to cancer almost four 1/2 years ago... she would have been 25 yesterday and while halloween is still my favorite holiday... its a bittersweet one now. her family has a site setup to remember lauren...

lauren lived her battle by the following quote... “I can be changed by what happens to me. I refuse to be reduced by it.” Maya Angelou ..when times get tough for me i remember lauren... this quote... and i keep going.

lauren's family also corrdinates a 5K run in her honor each year to raise money for scholarships & brain tumor research... you can read about the race here as well as learn more about lauren...
a pricture from this year's run last weekend... my lovely dphie sisters came out in numbers to support lauren's cause!


so if you have followed my blog for some time now.. you probably realize that i don't cook. i'm not one of those bloggers like rachel... or vanessa... and some of you multi-talented domestic divas... i stick to the microwave.

well it isn't that i can't cook.. i just would rather be sewing most of the time.. but in honor of Lauren i pulled out her big sister Liz's apple pie recipe & made apple pie last night.
i wish i could take photos like pioneer woman of the step by step... but #1 i didn't remember to have my camera in the kitchen... & #2 my hands & the kitchen were a hot mess!!
so instead you get a picture after someone already dug into it... oh well!! i'll be posting Liz's recipe later this week!


since i don't have any kids yet... i stayed home & gave out candy last night...
what is up with the parents having their own bag for candy? really.. come on.. this is for the kids!!

we decorated... it was hard to get the pics to not be a blurry mess...
but i got one...
my brother got these pumpkins for me years ago & i love them!!


he also sent me this picture of elijah all dressed up with his friend jeni...
apparently elephants like bunnies...
so cute!

and here is emma... what an adorable cat!!

and this wasn't halloween... but elijah's birthday a month ago...{he is 2 already!} but still cute.. so i wanted to share!

and this picture... was earlier this week...
this was just so funny... the one dog sat down.. the other sat on top... and they just sat there... for minutes... i kept waiting for the bottom dog to tell the top one to get off.. but it didn't happen!!

and lastly this is my goal for the day... 384" of binding!!!

6 comments:

angela said...

I don't know how you read that letter at Lauren's funeral. It must have been wonderful to have known her.

Blue Is Bleu said...

I'm bawling now after reading Lauren's sister's letter to her. I can't imagine losing my sisters or having either of them suffer any amount of pain. She sounds like a wonderful person and I'm sure you're so proud to have known her.

IHeartQuilting said...

Hi Julie, it's Kathie from CQW. What a touching story, and I think you did a great job on the pie. I would certainly have eaten it! Can't wait to see what you are binding.

Mary Anne Drury said...

What a heartbreaking story .... I'm sure Lauren is smiling and looking down on that apple pie and all of her sorority sisters coming together in her honor.

....and on a happier note ... such cute little kiddos in their Halloween costumes! .... and are you kidding me about the adults having a loot bag? can't they just raid their kids' loot bags like the rest of us?

Rose said...

Ummm, I'm a parent that carries a loot bag...but it's because my son gets so loaded with candy we always end up emptying it long before he's done trick or treating!! It's not for me, HONEST!! lol

Vesuviusmama said...

I should have known better than to click that link while at work - what a heartbreaking story, what a loss. So good of you to continue to pay tribute to your friend and share her with us.

All that binding - now that is scary. It is not one of my favorite parts of the quiltmaking process. And I'm with you about the adults not carrying goodie bags. I dressed up with my kids, but if they get more candy than they can carry, well, then, it is time to call it a night!