WFMW-How to Pick & Preserve Pumpkins

I dare you to say that three times fast.
Fall has blown in and left a trail of colorful leaves and bulging pumpkins to share. This, without a doubt, is my favorite time of the year.
The pumpkin and I go way back. I’m usually the first on my street to garnish my front porch with bright orange in September.
My kids and hubby love to carve pumpkins the week of Halloween, but I like keep a few out through Thanksgiving. I’ve learned it’s nearly impossible without some careful pumpkin picking. 
How to Pick a Pumpkin that will last:
  • Choose a pumpkin free of blemishes, nicks or discolored marks, mold or mildew.
  • Make sure it has a stem attached. If the stem is brittle or breaks with a tug, this pumpkin won’t last long.
  • Pick a pumpkin that feels firm to the touch. Don’t choose pumpkins with soft spots.
  • If it’s available, buy your pumpkins right off the vine! It’s a really fun family outing an if you buy them in October, these pumpkins will last throughout November.

How to Preserve Your Carved Pumpkin:
  • Before you carve, soak the pumpkin in water with a little bleach added in. (This will kill any mold or rot. Make sure you dry it thoroughly).
  • Spray your pumpkin with a clear coat of gloss shellac. This not only makes it shiny, it seals the pumpkin and it lasts longer (tip from my real life friend, Karen).
  • Once you create your masterpiece, rub vegetable oil or petroleum jelly over the entire area, especially the cut part.

And this is just a bonus tip: paint on your pumpkins-words, names, patterns, etc!

That works for me!
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I’m On the Edge {Giveaway}

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We’re Moms.
We’re Proudly Imperfect.
And We’re All in This Together.
How can you go wrong with a motto like that? 
The other day I dashed out the door as soon as my hubby walked in. We high-fived as I said, “Dinner is in the oven, I’ll be back in 30 minutes. Keep everyone alive.” I left on the premise of filling a prescription. And that was the truth, it needed to be filled.
But to be honest, I needed the 30 minutes to wander up and down the aisles of Walgreens and hope the pharmacy wasn’t caught up.
I found my happy place reading greeting cards.
I know. It doesn’t get more exciting than that.
But, seriously, I’ve always loved cards. I usually just read the funny ones. But I bought FIVE cards to send to some special gals in my life. 
I discovered Hallmark’s new line, The Edge of Motherhood
One word for y’all: Hilarious.
Make that two: Hilarious & True.
An example:

Or two:
And so when I got an email from a Hallmark person about this line of cards, I knew I had to share. Because some days, we’re all on the edge.
Leave a comment telling which card made you laugh and win a HUGE package of cards ($60 value)!
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The Name of the Game

You may have gathered we’ve been down on our pet luck lately.
(A few months ago, one of our kitty’s disappeared and never found her way back home. And then our bunny rabbit was killed by a wild animal and in softening the blow to our kids, we somehow semi-promised them a horse).
And then my hubby didn’t get a promotion to a more rural area that would have led to a potential horse purchase.
You could say there’s been some animal-related guilt in our grown-up world.
I might have mentioned getting a dog to the family the other day. 
Because I like to mix up the crazy.
I figured it would take months to find a dog with these specifications: smallish, good with kids, shed-free, Terrier (because according to my Twitter friends, they are swell), not a puppy, but not too old either, female, house-broken, crate-trained, spayed and preferably, free.
I’m not picky, just specific.
My daughter has been Googling with my supervision “cheep dogs that don’t bite kids” all weekend.
And guess what her prayer request was in Sunday School?
It looks like God is on the Throne. And He is speedy-fast.
Because The Almighty not only provided everything on our list, he provided it TWICE.
They are called 3 year old Miniature Schnauzer sisters. The sweet family looking for a home for them is facing some hard times and they just wanted to find a nice home.
We fit that description 2/3 of the time.
They are getting up to speed on some vet stuff tomorrow (courtesy of this family) and we’ll pick them up on Tuesday.
My daughter composed this comprehensive list of potential dog names in preparation of God’s answer: 
My personal favorites are Key Lime Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Kit Kat, Skittles and Whip Cream (but that may be just because I’m hungry). Her personal favorite girl name was Claude.
But since they aren’t puppies, we decided it wouldn’t be right to change their names: Dusty and Sasha. 
However, because Sasha is nicknamed “Cha Cha” it only seemed appropriate to give Dusty a nickname.
I thought is would be cute to come up with a rhyming name for Dusty since I think of my dirty house when I say her name. (Because it’s really all about inflection on a dog’s name, anyway.)
We racked our brains over dinner. There just aren’t that many names that rhyme with Dusty.
But my kids really liked one:  “Lusty”
So, we decided Dusty wasn’t so bad after all. 
Since “Cha Cha” is also a great dance, we thought it would be fun to nickname Dusty “The Pachanga,” but the kids liked “Disco.”
I hope these dogs are ready for The Crazy.
Because that’s the name of the game.
Around here.
And this is where you tell me YOUR pet’s name and how you came up with it!

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THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 55

Picture of the Week:

The Week in Review: I’m not naming names, but a *certain two year old* colored herself pretty with a pink marker. At least she matches. (Oh, and I was interviewed over here this week).

Introduction into The Society: Help me welcome, Blooming Buds!
 1.    Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):   
I started my blog as a journal for my girls (as I print it every year) and to keep family and friends up to date.  It was first called Life with my Flowers because our last name means Flowers in another language.  At the moment I realized we were THAT family, I changed the name to Blooming Buds, as I’m trying to grow my flowers healthier and ER-free.    

2.    How long have you blogging?
Since November of 2007. I love blogging so much, that I even make blogs for others a part of my graphic design business.   

3.    How would you define THAT family?
THAT family is the family that hears from people:  “When would God let you breathe for a bit??”…. OR… “those are the kind of things that only happens to your family”…. Or…”you always have something going on”…  Or when you are telling a story, please will answer: “That is not true.. That didn’t happen to you”… OR.. “You should write a book about your life.. For real”…    

4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?   
One day, I realized my family is just not another family out there.. We are THAT family that people talks about while having lunch and at the park!!!!We are THAT family that is greeted when we get to the ER, because not only we go too much, but because we always go in bulk (all 5 of us.. as we have nobody to look up for the non-sick child)… My kids has pee on me on public places.. I have been THAT mom running in the mall trying to find something cheap for her daughter to wear because she pee on her clothes (and for some reason the extra outfit got wet or who knows what else, THAT mom that have gotten to the car to realize one of her kids dropped a shoe who knows where, my oldest daughter cracked her head open at a birthday party while wearing a white dress, my youngest has had blood coming out of somewhere from her face 4 times in the last 2 months (one of those bleeding, ending in 6 stitches), our camera has been mugged 2 times in the last 6 months (an extra time I was mugged, but there was no camera to be mugged)…  My oldest daughter has been THAT child in school since she first started attending.. First she was THAT child biting everybody else, and then she was THAT child throwing tantrums and disturbing the class…Of course, I cant forget to mention that we are THAT family who was driving one day, and a mister was trying to sell us a dog.. We were not into that, and at some point the guy got tired of asking and dissapeared leaving us with the dog INSIDE the car… 10 months later, the dog is still part of our family… Something like that only happens to THAT family…. I honestly could go ON and ON and ON…. 

5.    Where can we find your blog?  
My family blog is at The name of my blog is Blooming Buds, but I had to settle on the number 3 (the number of my kids) for the title because the domain costs over 4G.. Yes, it cant be that easy for THAT family to have the domain we want, right?  I LOVE LOVE comments and new readers.. So, stop by and I promise to stop by yours and comment all over! 

You Have Arrived

Well. My hubby got his birthday wish earlier this week: a Global Positioning Satellite.
I think most people call it a GPS. But we aren’t most people. 
I like the way global positioning satellite just rolls off the tongue. Don’t you? 
My hubby hooked it up and we took a family drive to the mall. Of course, he put in the mall’s address, so the woman in the box could tell him where to go. Because clearly, he doesn’t get enough of my bossiness.
I’ll tell you one thing: that lady has an attitude and apparently an outdated map.
She led us straight to a large body of water.
I gloated.
And then I offered to the family: “I think we should name her.”
We ran down a list of every conceivable name and narrowed it down to two:
I suggested Delilah.
What else can you name a sultry-voiced woman who led my man astray?
Delilah led us back home and confidently stated, “You have arrived.”
You bet we have.
Y’all have a happy weekend. We have big plans for our positioning satellite (i.e. WalMart)!

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