Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Howl-o-ween



Some people will stop at nothing. I drive by this display every day on my way to Justin's school. The picture doesn't do it justice as the whole yard is covered with some form of "spooky" and to get to the door you have to go through some black plastic with who knows what hiding behind it. The funny part is the tombstones (reminiscent of Disneyland's Haunted House) are all freshly dug with bones sticking out . One says "Here lies and Athiest...All dressed up but no where to go". Another says "Here lies Dear Old Jake...Stepped on the gas instead of the brake". And yet another says "Here lies a Cowboy...Grabbed the bull by the horns but forgot to let go". The ghoul in the coffin is an attention grabber. For a spookier story, I found this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBa7CzKC90M online. Any believers?

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Painted pumpkins





The boys had fun painting some smaller pumpkins last evening.

Monday, October 29, 2007

A Scary tale for you!

Bump...Bump...
A man was walking home alone late one night when he hears a BUMP... BUMP... BUMP... behind him.
Walking faster he looks back, and makes out the image of an upright coffin banging its way down the middle of the street towards him ... BUMP... BUMP... BUMP...
Terrified, the man begins to run towards his home, the coffin bouncing quickly behind him ... faster... faster... BUMP... BUMP... BUMP.
He runs up to his door, fumbles with his keys, opens the door, rushes in, slams and locks the door behind him.
However, the coffin crashes through his door, with the lid of the coffin clapping ... clappity-BUMP... clappity-BUMP... clappity-BUMP... on the heals of the terrified man.
Rushing upstairs to the bathroom, the man locks himself in. His heart is pounding; his head is reeling; his breath is coming in sobbing gasps.
With a loud CRASH the coffin breaks down the door. Bumping and clapping towards him. The man screams and reaches for something, anything ... but all he can find is a box of cough drops! Desperate, he throws the coughdrops at the coffin ... ... and of course ... ... the coffin stops!

Spooks from the past

Last year (2006)--a leopard and Jeff Gordon
2005--a grim reaper and a clown

O.K. Tami, so I'm stealing your idea of posting the 2 little goblins in years past.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Pumpkin carvin'

Opening their treat bags from Uncle Joel & Aunt Sarah. Thank you for all the goodies! They have been having fun with the marbles and card games!

The kids had fun playing on the swing while the men carved and Sarah and I took pictures of it all
Kids on a slide
The pumpkins with their pumpkins
Sarah made these cute cat cupcakes

Mike dotting the pumpkin from the template
Joel is busy on a ghost one
Sarah traced a cute cat one for Brynn, but Joel thought it would be too hard to carve
The four pumpkins--a zombie, a bat on top of a pumpkin, a ghost and a jack-0-lantern

We had Joel & Sarah and kids over last night for supper. The men carved pumpkins after dinner for the kids. Sarah and I got in on the template end of it, but they did the cutting. Was a fun night!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Parent job discription

POSITION :Mom, Mommy, Mama, MaDad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop
JOB DESCRIPTION :Long term, team players needed, for challenging, permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities! Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.
RESPONSIBILITIES :The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be a willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.
POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION :None. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE :None required unfortunately.On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.
WAGES AND COMPENSATION :Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.
BENEFITS :While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love, and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.
**Footnote: There is no retirement--EVER!!!!**

Friday, October 26, 2007

A toothless kiddo--just like a jack-o-lantern!

The new teeth are coming through

Justin lost 2 teeth (the 2 beside his front teeth) last week. He looks like a bunny now!

Thank you Grandma K!



The boys got a "box" yesterday filled with pumpkin cookies! They each had one last night for their snack!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Latest fire news

The most recent news is that only one of the friends in the San Diego area lost their home. Some are still evacuated and waiting to go home. Others returned home to find their neighbors lost their homes but theirs was still standing. We wish them all the best in their clean up efforts.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

San Diego update

Just got word from a friend of ours in the Buena Park area that one family with 2 boys lost their home to the fire and there is possibly another one who did as well, but the friends there are awaiting confirmation. I guess there is ash and soot everywhere, so lots of clean up to be done even for those who didn't lose homes. Will update the blog as I hear more.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

California Burning

Del Mar Beach (off the Pacific Coast Hwy), Northern San Diego county

I'm sure everyone has heard the news about the devistation in Southern California. They are anticipating that the fires could burn all the way down to the Pacific Coast Hwy. We stood on the side of the PCH last December and I took these pictures. It's hard to imagine the fire engulfing the massive amounts of houses if it comes on down. It will take years to re-build too. We hope all of our friends are O.K. out there. If anyone hears anything, please let us know!

Take that Fly Lady!!

Last night my husband asked me how my day went. "Oh, I felt kind of lazy today" I told him. He replied jokingly with "just another day...". Well, let's see what did I accomplish yesterday? Here's my list:

  • Finished washing and folding 6 loads of laundry left over from convention.
  • Went grocery shopping with a 4 year old.
  • Ironed a pile of clothes as tall as the Eifel Tower.
  • Swept 2 floors.
  • Emptied out 3 suitcases and neatly stacked them inside one another and sent them out to the garage.
  • Made the beds.
  • Made dinner.
  • Loaded up the dishwasher.
  • Unloaded the dishwasher.
  • Re-loaded up the dishwasher.

So much for being lazy!!!! I guess I'd better go. I hear the Fly Lady calling and she wants some tips on getting it all done in a day....

Monday, October 22, 2007

Wonderful days at Georgetown

All the boys had made a "fort" out of rocks. This is usually where we'd find them before meeting.
The rock fort
Ranetta and her girls; Jarin shows off his garbage bags
Backing up
Kaylynn L., Weldon, Jarin, Dell and Kyle (who screamed until the thing took off) Jesse would like to have spent all day on the tractor--he's a little farmer in the making!:)
2 little monkeys in the tree (Justin and Bryce E.)

We enjoyed 4 days at Georgetown convention. We heard many great things that we can put to use. It was wonderful to see some of you "blog Mom's" too! The kids enjoyed the hay wagon rides (minus the hay that is) every day to drive around and pick up the garbage bags. Here are a few snapshots I took.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

He did it!!

Justin made his goal of $2500. It wasn't an easy last day as it was downpouring here but he wanted to get the scholarship, so on went the boots and raincoat and I drove him in the rain.

I promise this will be the last (braggy) post (at least for now--you know how us Mom's are):), but he also has made the A Honor Roll for the past 6 week grading period as well as being the only child in his 3rd grade class to pass the Reading and Math placement tests with a 100% score on both! We're very proud of him.

We hope to get all 4 days of Georgetown. Happy blogging~!

Monday, October 15, 2007

The Sack Race



I caught the boys trying to have a "sack race". The problem? We don't have any gunny sacks, so they were making do with a Wal-Mart and Kohls bag. I couldn't resist a picture. They were in hysterics trying to hop in them! The only problem is that they got about 2 races in before the bags broke and that made them laugh even louder! Oh, to be a kid again!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Our top salesman


Justin is doing so well with his popcorn sales. So far he's at $2200 in sales! We're so proud of him too as he won the contest for the Sam Houston Area Council last week, so got a $10 gift certificate. This in addition to a $50 card plus his regular prize. If he makes it to $2500, he gets a college scholarship!! Go Justin!:)

Monday, October 8, 2007

Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo

Bronc riding
Calf scramble or bulldoggin' as some of these kids try!
Bull riding
Sarah and Brynn
The bunch of us
Jarin and Weldon. Weldon said it was too loud and held his ears the entire time. I thought his arms would be numb by the time it was over, but he was persistent!
Brynn and Justin
The Rodeo Queen/clown. Ain't she a cute little thang!

Saturday morning my husband watched the kids while I went shopping with Elisa O. We both needed a "mommy break" and we got some bargains too!

On Saturday evening, Mike surprised me by taking me out to Texas Roadhouse for dinner. When we got there I said we needed a table for 4, but he said "no, for 8". I said "what?". He had invited Joel & Sarah and kids too! So, that was a fun surprise! We all had dinner then it was off to the Rodeo. We had a fun evening! Thanks J & S for making the trek down!

Bingo with Scouts

Mike lining up the Scouts who get to throw pies
The "Before" picture...Karen, Reed and Art
Covered in whipped cream
Even going for the heads!

Friday night was bingo and potluck with the Scouts. Their fundraiser is going on right now and our little Bear Scout has sold over $1800 in popcorn just going door to door! We're proud of him and he's not done yet! Will post a picture before too long, of him in his uniform! At bingo night, the Scouts who had sold over $150 got to throw a pie (a plate with whipped cream) in their favorite leaders faces. If they sold over $300, it was 2 pies. It was the best motivating factor yet and the leaders got covered! It was a night of humor!

He's at it again


Justin bought a little penguin at the bookfair at school. He named him "Snowflake". The other day he came off the bus and said he'd drawn this on the way home. Such a little artist!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Thank you!

Thank you for all the birthday wishes. I had a great day!! Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Birthday's X 2

Had a wonderful *Birthday* lunch with Anne M. We both share the same birthday. Thankfully I do believe I'm the younger one!:) The song in the background was #1 on the Billboard charts the year I was born. Any guesses to what year that was? NO cheating!!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Our weekend

An old telegraph that they used to communicate with the RR's in the olden days
Our Den
Caboose
A miniature train The Sunday a.m. cook around here
Jarin making cinnamon rolls on Sunday morning--Notice the pant leg...he doesn't care--he's the most happy, carefree little boy!

We spent Saturday at the Railroad Museum with Justin's Scout Den. The boys really enjoyed it and we all learned a bit of history of the railroad system.

Cliff and Gina came for lunch yesterday and stayed on for pizza last night and we all played some dominoes.

Now it's back to our weekly routine. Hope you all had a good weekend!