Random Ramblings: October 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015


The week before last the night was like usual, getting the kids showered and ready for bed for school the next morning.  But then the doorbell rang.  Strange we thought since we just moved in and don't know anyone that would stop by unexpected.  

When we answered it there was no on there, but there was a fun little basket of goodies sitting there waiting for us.  

The kids were so excited.  
We had no idea who did it.  
There was  fun little note about the ghost phantom coming to visit us and now we had to pass the fun on to two other neighbors. 
There was also a hand written note on the directions that said welcome to the neighborhood from the neighbors up the street. 

There were glow sticks , candy, pencils, periscopes and a giant spider in our cute little bucket.  

So now it was our turn to do it to 2 other neighbors around. 
So the next morning after I dropped the kids off at school I ran to the dollar store and Walmart to gather my goods. 
My first thought was to make both baskets in a ghost theme, but I wasn't finding as much as I wanted and then I came across some super cute Frankenstein stuff .  So I made a ghost themed one and a Frankenstein themed one.  

I couldn't find a plain white bucket so I got this metal basket, which is really a trash can, but hey it worked for what I needed it to work for.  
I got some of the crinkly paper for the bottom in a silver color (because they didn't have black or whtie).
I got some ghost bags, ghost peeps, foam ghosts, a ghost notebook, ghost suckers, ghost balloons, a ghost pez dispenser, ghost yard decorations, 2 ghost battery operated lanterns and a white bottle of gatorade.

I made this fun little BOO banner to go with it.  

I put everything together in the basket, and tied the banner around the outside of it.
For a fun touch I took the gatorade label off and drew a ghost face.  

For our Frankenstein bucket, we got a green bucket, some kraft colored paper shred, a glow in the dark flying saucer, a box of gummy candy that looked like frankenstein, frankenstein suckers, caramel apple taffy because it was lime green to match, a bottle of green bubbles, a box, frankenstein bags, a green water bottle and a green bottle of gatorade.  

I used green vinyl and made the bubbles and water bottle into frankenstein and drew the same look on the gatorade bottle.  

I filled one of the Frankenstein bags with the caramel apple taffy.  

I piled it all into the bucket as well. 

I did also use vinyl and give the bucket a Frankenstein face as well.  

Then once it got dark that night, we went to the neighbors houses ( we did some that were real close so we didn't need to take the car), and I had Caleb run up to the door, place the bucket down, then ring the doorbell and run as fast as he could back to us.  
I figured just one child running away would be much easier than all of us trying to get out of there in time before they opened the doors and we might get caught.  :)

It was so much fun! 

I already have ideas for next year.  Well truth be told I was searching pinterest for some ideas and they have this same concept idea for I think every holiday imaginable lol.  So it might be fun to do it for several holidays.  

I have to say that I have heard of this but we have never had it done to us.  I love how friendly our Arizona neighborhood is.  :)

Well then this last week another neighbor of ours brought us this basket, just as a welcome to the neighborhood/happy halloween basket.  It was full of fun treats for the kids and little toys.

WOWI mean just look at all this fun stuff in here.  

Have you ever been BOO'D by your neighbors, or started a BOO fest in your neighborhood?  What did you get, or put in your buckets?  



Wednesday, October 28, 2015


I'm having a little GIVEAWAY!!!  The first person that can correctly guess what these will be when I am finished with them will win a set of their own!  

I posted this on my Instagram and my personal Facebook and my noticeablyNICOLES Facebook page as well. 

Keep the guesses coming! 

Contest ends when the first person guesses it correctly. 
If no one guesses correctly by Sunday November 1, 2015 I will put all the names into a hat from all the entries on each social media site and draw a random winner.  


Monday, October 26, 2015


After we walked all around Jerome and had lunch we thought it would be fun to take a little detour before we headed home and check out the Ghost Town.  

It was quite interesting when you walk up.  It made me and Jamie, my sister in law think of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies and I said The Hills Have Eyes and Wrong Turn.
I mean really just look at all those broke down trucks on the side of the mountain, reminded me perfectly of a scene from Wrong Turn.  CA-REEPY!
Good thing it was daylight, becuase I am not so sure I could have walked through the place had it been dark or even slightly dark.  

They had a little shop when you walk in the door with fun little souvenirs and knick knacky type of things.  The lady couldn't get internet connection on her card reader so she let us all go in for free which was pretty cool.  

There were chickens and roosters running all over the place.  This guy even posed for us.  

There were tons of old cars and trucks, some were so neat to look at.  I said you know if we were really in one of those movies though, one of these trucks would magically have the keys inside and after a few attempts to start it would really start and we could drive off to get away from the scary creepy people.  IF we were in the movies.  

This one was 101 years old and a man from the place actually got this one to start.  

He got this old tractor to start and actually drove it forward a few feet too.  

When we were walking around there were tons of old buildings too. After our tour I asked the lady running the place if it really was an actual working town and buildings and she said it was at one time back in the 1930's.  I can't even imagine. Such a small little place.  All within walking distance to the school, which had make 10 desks, which served all the grades at one time.  Amazing.  How uncomplicated life seems like it was back then compared to now with cell phones, internet, cars...  I love old history like that.  
I sometimes wish I had a time machine and could travel back to see what was going on in the exact spot I am standing now back 50 or even 100 years ago in that exact same spot.  Wouldn't that be amazing.  
I think so.

Here is the school building.  One teacher for several grades, but only a handful of children in the entire school.  Could you imagine.  

A tiny little shoe repair shop.  They didn't have cars back then, so everyone walked so I am sure this shop was pretty busy. 

The jail had just one small barred cell inside.  Must have meant there wasn't much crime, compared to now where we have entire jails that take up an entire block and hold hundreds of criminals.  

I think some of my favorite parts where just the colorful old rusty machines to look at, or the old rusty metal tools hanging around against the side of a building.  

I think this is one of my very favorite pictures that I took.  There is just something about the bright yellow color and the rusty old machine.  

This was one giant chainsaw shop or something, but if that didn't make you think scary chainsaw movie I don't know what else could.  It was crazy and creepy the amount of chainsaws hanging up in there.  

They also had a wood cutting area.  I would love to own a big machine like that and take giant logs and cut down my own wood for my wood signs.  That would be amazing. 

It was fun walking around that place and seeing all the cool stuff.  But I will never go at night lol.  

Have you ever been to a haunted town before?  


Wednesday, October 21, 2015


A few weeks ago Jacob's sister, her husband and 2 of the 5 girls came to visit us here in Arizona.  They are the first visitors since we moved into the house.  So as we planned for their visit we were trying to think of some things to do during their short visit here.  So we decided to go to Jerome, AZ.  Jacob has been told by so many people we should go check it out.  It was such an amazing little town.  So quaint and little, did I mention how small it was.

We drove through the little town looking for a good spot to park and ended up at the far end of town and at a little museum and at the Jerome Historic District.  We went to the Jerome State Historic Park.  

Well first we stopped at a little spot down from the State Historic Park and looked at some old mining equipment and and actual mine shaft that is deeper than the height of the Eiffel Tower.  It was so crazy to look down and see into nothingness.  

This was an old abandoned building across from where we parked.  I don't know what it was before, but I thought it was a pretty cool looking building.  Maybe a school house?  A hotel? 


Looking down the mine shaft.  I loved the design of the iron work.  

This time I focused on the never ending descent into the bottom of the earth.  I don't know if I could just go on down to work, that far.  A bit scary if you ask me.  

This is just some of the other buildings in comparison to how deep it really was.  


The kids inside what I think (if I remember correctly) the elevator type devise that holds the people to take them down to the bottom of that giant mine shaft.  

A building that once was, then turned into a hotel and now stands there alone.  

After walking around this area for a bit we went up to the museum which was pretty cool.  This town is so full of history it is amazing.  That is my favorite part of going to new places.  All the history and seeing old pictures from the exact place you are currently standing and what it looked like 100 or so years ago.  The way people dressed back then, the cars or non cars they drove back then, everything.  The way of life seemed so much simpler in the old days.  I think it would have been amazing to live back in time.  

The museum was pretty cool.  It was once an old house that was later donated to the town.  There were some very cool things inside.  I won't overload you with a million pictures, but here are a few.  

This was one of the very first wheel chairs.  This caught my eye since little Jacob has had a few of these after his surgeries, It looks just like an old wicker chair with large wheels added.  

This amazing stone outside.  The colors were just astonishing.  Beautiful in every way.  

Inside the tiny little one room, one window post office.  

The old cars, wow how things have changed.  

I had to make my kids take a picture together with all the trees and beauty behind them.  I love this one so much it is now my laptop screen saver, and I am going to blow it up big and frame it in the house somewhere.  

These adorable kids just taking in the view from all around.  I think I am going to frame this one in the house too, I love it of all of them.  

The view from some areas was amazing.  You could see for hundreds of miles in any given direction. 

 After the museum we drove back into town and found a spot to park and walked a bit through the streets and stopped at a really tiny little Deli that was so good!  I would totally drive there just to have lunch there again.  It was called the Hiltop Deli.  
On the walk over to the Deli the volunteer fireman let the kids sit on this really old firetruck which they thought was so cool. 

There was something about the bread, it was delicious.  So good.  

We moved out to the patio to eat before our food came, it was a beautiful day.  

The place is really cool.  The deli is on the bottom and upstairs there are apartments.  I always thought that would be so fun to live above some place like that.  Very cool.  

After lunch we walked around the town a bit more and then headed back to where we parked.  
I took a bunch of random pictures especially of the old buildings.  I love the old buildings.  It just makes me wonder what it was like back in the day and how the town ran and the people that lived there.  

I have a thing for buildings that have businesses on the bottom and apartments on the top, I have no idea why lol. 

The old old jail house, that is now gated off.  

A church.  

The fire station.  I also love so much brick buildings.  

After all this adventure we then headed to the little Ghost Town there as well, but I will write about that tomorrow since I took an amazing amount of pictures there too.  It was cool, but also made me think of the scary chainsaw movies. 

Do you love old little towns?
We have more places that we want to go explore now that we live here.  It isn't like we are here on vacation and have to fit it all into one day of adventures. We can go as we please to check them all out.  On our list are
~ The Grand Canyon
~ Sedona, AZ
~Bearizona (planning for when the bears come out of hybernation so we can see them )
~The Polar Express (planning for next Christmas time)