Funtober

October is always a fun, family oriented kick off to fall in our little family of two, but as we began a new, welcomed season in our marriage this October has been EXTRA enjoyable! So much so that we renamed it FUNtober! So whether you are here reading because you have been curious about what we have been up to lately or are looking for some fun fall time things to do, our hope is that you find inspiration and encouragement here!

WoolFest 

WoolFest is a special Kentucky tradition. It’s basically a festival that celebrates all that Kentucky has to offer in the fall from yummy country cooked food to Wool sheering. Since we were living in Lexington for the last seven years, this is the first time we have been able to make it since we were newlyweds, just one month into our marriage. It was such a treat to get to enjoy some of the foods that we have missed like Chicken and Dumplings, real homemade Root Beer and Hot Caramel Apples. We had such a great time perusing all the craft tents and tables that the various local vendors set up and even purchased a broom that was hand whittled! We had so much fun just roaming the back country roads and exploring that we’ve decided to make it a new family tradition in our little Pomeroy family of two.

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All cuddled up on this brisk October day!

With our yummy goodies and brand new broom!

With our yummy goodies and brand new broom!

Hot Caramel Apple!

Hot Caramel Apple!

Even the piggies were cuddled up on this chilly Fall day.

Even the piggies were cuddled up on this chilly Fall day.

Petting the sheep before they were sheered

Petting the sheep before they were sheered

We LOVED these oversized rocking chairs!!!

We LOVED these oversized rocking chairs!!!

... and our Woody's Rootbeer of course!

… and our Woody’s Rootbeer of course!

Bethel Music Night of Worship

One of our most favorite worship bands came in town for a conference and we were fortunate enough to be able to get to go hear them play in person! We usually jam out to them on our way to work each morning but our personal worship sessions were no comparison to praising out loud with other Christians. It was so encouraging to see and hear so many other believers in our home town come together to lift up Jesus’ name and declare Him the Lord of our lives and the life of our city!

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Matt starting his new position at Citi Group 

As some of you might know our family was recently blessed beyond belief when Matt was offered  and accepted a position with a different company called Citi Group. He left UPS and began working with Citi at the beginning of October. Everything about this new transition has been a welcomed change!!!

Up and at'em and ready for his first day at Citi Group!

Up and at’em and ready for his first day at Citi Group!

Celebrating his first day with Montoya's Mexican Food and a date night of course!

Celebrating his first day with Montoya’s Mexican Food and a date night of course!

In my opinion Citi Group gained one great financial specialist!

In my opinion Citi Group gained one great financial specialist!

Evans Orchard

One of our fall family traditions is to take a trip to Evan’s Orchard and choose a couple Pumpkins to carve as well as pick up a few Autumn goodies like a bag of Kettle Corn for Matt and some Apple Butter for Blair. We have been going to Evan’s Orchard since our first year of marriage and can definitely say that they hands down have the best orchard around, in our opinion. Everything from the various produce that you can hand pick yourselves to all the family oriented events and kid friendly atmosphere to the yummy fall treats has just made this one of the most enjoyable fall traditions!

Hammin' it up and having fun at Evan's Orchard!

Hammin’ it up and having fun at Evan’s Orchard!

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Butternut Squash Overload!

Butternut Squash Overload!

Picking our Pumpkins!

Picking our Pumpkins!

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Apples galore!

Apples galore!

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apple picking

apple picking

Taking a stroll through the orchard. Matt always seems to capture the spontaneity and peace in our moments with his photography so wonderfully.

Taking a stroll through the orchard. Matt always seems to capture the spontaneity and peace in our moments with his photography so wonderfully.

Kettle Korn!

Kettle Korn!

Our apple harvest...

Our apple harvest…

And the rest of our fall time goodies.

And the rest of our fall time goodies.

Family Reunion

Each year Blair’s side of the family gets together to celebrate their Kentucky roots at the families farm as well as to see the church that her Great-Great Grandpa built. It is always so neat to see the homestead where her family was originally founded and to think about all the detail that went into building not only the farm but the church by hand! God has been so good in growing our family through out the years and it’s always one of the things that we look forward to the most throughout the year is getting to come back to where He began it all and see all the familiar and new faces.

The church Great-Great Grandpa Mac built in Cynthia, KY.

The church Great-Great Grandpa Mac built in Cynthia, KY.

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There's so much beauty in going back to the basics.

There’s so much beauty in going back to the basics.

A legacy built on The Lord

A legacy built on The Lord

Of course there was three pans of homemade Fried Chicken amid the plethora of other down home Southern food.

Of course there was three pans of homemade Fried Chicken amid the plethora of other down home Southern food.

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The family farm! Such a beautiful homestead! Hard to believe it was built by hand by Great-Great Grandpa Mac and made into a home by Great-Great Grandma Stella. It only had three rooms yet they managed to raise 15 babies up in this beautiful place.

The family farm! Such a beautiful homestead! Hard to believe it was built by hand by Great-Great Grandpa Mac and made into a home by Great-Great Grandma Stella. It only had three rooms yet they managed to raise 14 babies up in this beautiful place.

Just a piece of the family tree

Just a piece of the family tree

Big Blue Madness

Don’t ask us why, because we really don’t have a good enough reason, but for being as big of Wildcat fans and proud alumni’s that we are we had yet to make it to the mecca of UK basketball; Big Blue Madness. That is until now! As a surprise congratulations-on-landing-the-job(-I’m-sooooo-stinkin-proud-of-you)/sweetest day gift I decided to purchase tickets this year and then surprise Matt by showing up on Friday after his first full week of work at Citi Group with the tickets, and blue clothing of course, to then whisk him away to Lexington for the weekend! Between eating at Cane’s, going to BBM, and stopping for late night milkshakes at Tollie Ho, just like we used when we were a Freshman and Sophomore in college, it was my mans dream date and I feel blessed enough to have been given the opportunity to have given it to him.

Bleed Blue!

Bleed Blue!

The boys in the huddle

The boys in the huddle

Photobombed BBM style

Photobombed BBM style

Renaissance Festival

By far one of the coolest things we did this fall for the first time was go to the Ohio Renaissance Festival for the first time with Ben and Paige. It was so interesting to get to see a full life sized Renaissance inspired town, look at all the different crafts that were being sold and even watch a couple old time comedy shows. We even got to try some homemade Honey Mead and a Roasted Turkey Leg, which by the way looks a lot more fun to eat than it actually is.

Sisters make the best friends!

Sisters make the best friends!

YUM!

YUM!

Told you these things were hard to eat

Told you these things were hard to eat

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We even had to enlist our sister to help out! lol

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Honeymeade

These guys!

These guys!

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Pumpkin Carving

Of course, like so many other families, one of the most fun things we did this past month was carve Pumpkins to decorate our front porch for Halloween, only this year we did it with some of our closest friends Matt & Paige Rauch. Between eating Pumpkin Chili for dinner, making a bonfire and of course actually carving the Pumpkins we all had such a great time that we’ve decided to make it a new family-friend tradition.  One thing that stayed the same though is what we carved. Like always, Matt carved our Jack The Pumpkin King and I carved our last name, Pomeroy.

The guys and Kenzie carving Pumpkins

The guys and Kenzie carving Pumpkins

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Precious!

Precious!

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Matt & Matt making the bonfire. One has the gas can, the other has the match lol

Matt & Matt making the bonfire. One has the gas can, the other has the match lol

Watching their work

Watching their work

Kenzie and he Jack-O-Lantern

Kenzie and he Jack-O-Lantern

The girls staying warm!

The girls staying warm!

Our Pumpkins!!

Our Pumpkins!!

All set up in front of our home!

All set up in front of our home!

Halloween Parties

Every year one of the things that we looks forward to the most in October is creating our Halloween costumes and going to our friends various Halloween parties, and this year we were lucky enough to get to attend two! Something that we began doing when we first got married was designing our own costumes out of clothing that we already owned because it really saved on money as well as didn’t add unnecessary items to our wardrobes that were only going to be worn once. Even though our income has went up exponentially this past year we decided to continue concocting these creations out of things we already own because it makes for a really fun and exciting date night, saves on cash, and like we said earlier, keeps us from buying items that we would only use once.

Our Halloween Costume this year: The Hunter and His Deer!

Our Halloween Costume this year: The Hunter and His Deer!

The Birthday girl and I at her Costume Party 30th Birthday Bash! We had such a fun time seeing this lovely lady and hanging out with some of our dearest friends from Lexington. Love you Virginia!

The Birthday girl and I at her Costume Party 30th Birthday Bash! We had such a fun time seeing this lovely lady and hanging out with some of our dearest friends from Lexington. Love you Virginia!

At Taylor and Andrew's Halloween Housewarming Party!  We had such a great time helping them fill their new home with love, laughter, good food and great friendship!

At Taylor and Andrew’s Halloween Housewarming Party! We had such a great time helping them fill their new home with love, laughter, good food and great friendship!

We all agreed, these Hunters caught a couple of good catches this year.

We all agreed, these Hunters caught a couple of good catches this year.

Turkey Season

For Christmas last year Matt received a brand new Ruger All American Rifle from all his family members and this fall’s hunting season has proven it to be a good investment! Starting with the opening day of Turkey Season he filled both his tags, and our freezer, within the first day!

Matt with his two Turkeys! Can't wait to have them for Friendmas!

Matt with his two Turkeys! Can’t wait to have them for Friendmas! We can only imagine how proud Dad would be knowing that his hunting/providing skills and love for nature were passed down!

Later in the beginning of November Mr. Pomeroy was able to go out and participate in Deer season as well. He also filled his tags on the first day with in the first hour! And best of all the first deer he ever shot just happened to be his first Buck as well!

Later in the beginning of November Mr. Pomeroy was able to go out and participate in Deer season as well. He also filled his tags on the first day with in the first hour! And best of all the first deer he ever shot just happened to be his first Buck as well! He’s a real mans-man!

Jamie’s Baby Shower

Every baby is a blessing, but when your close extended family is having one it feels exponentially special. This past month we had the pleasure of celebrating our cousin Jamie and her husband Tyler they prepared to welcome their first sweet baby boy at their baby shower.

Hanging out with the beautiful momma to be! She was beaming!

Hanging out with the beautiful momma to be! She was beaming!

Blair’s Birthday 

Well, last but certainly not least Blair turned 25 years young at the end of this past month! It was by far the most love and joy filled birthday yet..but more on that to come on at a later date! 🙂

Little preview from a part of Blair's 25th Birthday Month!

Little preview from a part of Blair’s 25th Birthday Month!

Thanks for reading all about what a fabulously fall Funtober God blessed us with this year as we began this new season in our life! We hope that your October was just as family and fun filled!

Much love & prayer,

Matt & Blair

 

 

Homemade Halloween Candy Bowl

A couple weeks ago, for our big arts and craft project for the month of October, baby L and I made a sweet Halloween Candy Bowl for her family to pass out treats to all the neighborhood children during her first Halloween, in the hopes that this item would become a long standing cherished piece of functional children’s artwork in their family. Even though it was a bit time consuming, the project as a whole was rather easy and turned out really well! Therefore I thought we would share it here to inspire others in getting their creative juices flowing this holiday season!

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Materials:

  • Ceramic Bowl of your choice – we found ours at Target but they can be purchased in practically any retail store, including dollar tree!
  • Paint Brushes
  • Black and Orange Permanent Marker
  • Orange, Yellow, Black and White Acrylic Paint
  • Conventional Oven

Directions:

  1. Clean bowl with soap and water, then dry with paper towel
  2. Squirt Paint onto a plate making sure to leave enough room between colors so they do not mix.
  3. Take paint brush and dip into black paint, then paint a circle large enough to place babies foot prints in. Make sure to fill in the circle with the black paint and allow to dry before continuing. To speed up the drying process you can use a hairdryer to dry the paint.
  4. After you have done this write the words “Trick Or Treat” above the circle and “Smell My Feet” below it with the Black and Orange permanent markers. Allow this to dry.
  5. Next take paint brush and dip into the yellow paint, then paint the top of babies foot.
  6. Then take another paint brush and dip it into the Orange paint and paint the middle of your babies foot.
  7. Again, take another paint brush and dip it into the White paint and paint the bottom of your little ones foot. This will complete your Candy Corn design.
  8. Now take the painted foot and place it in the middle of the black circle that you painted and allowed to dry earlier. Make sure to completely wipe off your child’s foot after you have finished making the print. This will cut down on clean up and extra messiness in the long run.
  9. Repeat steps 5-8 on your child’s opposite foot.
  10. Allow design to dry completely.
  11. While it is drying take a clean footsie and paint it in one of the solid colors. Then place it on the outside of the bowl. Clean the foot and repeat this step with another color to make a design on the outside of the bowl. We decided to just do three foot prints equally spaced apart and then write the sayings “Trick or Treat” “Smell my Feet” and the families last name in the center/between the designated spaces of each foot print
  12. Preheat the oven t0 350 degrees.
  13. After you have completed your design and the dish looks exactly how you want it to place the dish in the heated oven for 30 minutes. Once the time is up turn the oven off and allow the dish to sit in the oven while it cools. This helps to seal the marker onto the ceramic material better.
  14. Lastly place your families favorite wrapped Halloween candy in the bowl to pass out on Halloween or Trick or Trunk night and relish the idea of having a special keepsake of your babies childhood for generations to come!

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A side note on this project, I personally would not test the strength of the materials by washing them, especially the paint. This is a decorative piece and for safety purposes should be used accordingly. Like I mentioned above the only items I would feel comfortable putting in this bowl is wrapped candy or other items of the like.

We hope this inspires you and your little ones inner artist and helps to get your whole family in touch with their creative side as well as make a lasting childhood memory.

Much love & prayer,

Matt & Blair