Thursday, December 13, 2012

County Fair Parade

At the end of September, the boys and I attended our local County Fair parade
 Seated in the center is our local mayor.  This could be one of the last pictures of him as he passed away last week at the age of 92.  He held the longest term as mayor (63 years!!).  I blogged about his family in this post.
 Chester Cheetah was there representing our local Frito Lay plant
 A couple colorful floats

 Even Ronald McDonald showed up!

 Our military brigade
 and a funky art car!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pack awards

Jarin had his first Pack meeting of the year in September.  He worked hard over the summer to earn 12 Webelos badge pins! Mike helped Neil do the popcorn fundraiser kick off.
Our little achiever with his Den leader, Mr. R 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween flashback Part 2

One year for Halloween I was living with my sister and friend, Jen.  Jen had no trouble asking for things or talking her way into or out of any situation.  We made plans that year to have a "Fall Festival" complete with carnival style games etc.  The only trouble was that we needed a place to host it, preferably something to fit the scene which involved bales of hay to block off each game "booth".  As we were driving through the town of North Bend, we spotted a nice barn that would be perfect for the festival.  We stopped and Jen knocked on the door of the farmer's house.  Would he mind if we invited 40 or 50 something teens/college age kids to his barn for a festival.  Surprising enough, he was in (remember Jen could talk her way into anything).  He said that would be fine, but we needed to be aware he kept his nice horse in there (he'd put her in her stall for the party) and he mentioned in passing that he had a curious goat, who really wouldn't bother anyone, but might come to check us out.  Fast forward to the day before the party.  I had another friend named Jen who loved to cook and bake, so we had a heyday in the kitchen concocting some punch complete with dry ice and we made the perfect sheet cake as well.  We took our time to carefully make a scary graveyard scene on the top with Milano cookies decorated to a "T".  I arrived early the evening of the festival to set everything up.  I got the table out for the food and took the cake out of the car, being careful not to break anything on our masterpiece.  I got it in place on the table and went back to the car for the punch bowl.  As I walked back in I spotted something on the table.  Could it be?  There was the goat, enjoying our chocolate cake.  He looked at me so puzzled, figuring I'd just delivered his dinner.  Thankfully, after I scared him away, we were able to salvage 1/2 the cake, but it didn't look the same.  The evening was fun with games & costumes.  Another fun year in the books!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Flashback Part 1

My husband and oldest son headed out tonight with a group of Boy Scouts to go to some haunted houses.  They dug through a bin with old masks and came up with two to wear for the event.  Hopefully they come home in one piece.  As they left, my mind jogged to memorable Halloweens in my past, so I thought I'd share one each day up until Halloween (provided my memory can serve me correctly).

I was fortunate growing up to live near a lot of young friends, all of who enjoyed each other's company.  Weekends were filled with get-togethers almost every time of the year.  Halloween was no exception.  I don't think I have any pictures of our adventure this year, but allow me to illustrate the event as best I can.  Some of you bloggers might remember this...

One year in particular, my sister and I were invited down to some friends on the South side of town who had 4 kids our ages (teens-college age).  They lived near plenty of other friends, so we'd bring sleeping bags and crash wherever we could and enjoy a fun weekend with friends.  That year, my sister and I decided to go as bums/hobos/homeless people.  We figured the secret to going undetected was not to talk.  If you say anything, the people know if you are male or female, so we remained silent until the gig was up.  Anyway, we found the perfect masks that covered 3/4 of our faces.  We painted black pencil on our chins to look like whiskers, not having shaved in a while.  We covered our hair with bandanas as well as our necks.  We got into Grandpa's closet and pulled out two big leather belts and wrapped them around a sleeping bags.  Our clothes came from Goodwill and we tore them and had fun painting white out on them to look like we'd been attacked by the birds under the bridge (where supposedly bums sleep right?).  We wore old work gloves on our hands, so as not to show our hands.  We found old boots at Goodwill and painted them with bird mess too.  To tell the truth, we looked pretty ragged.  Just to top everything off, we stopped on the way and picked up a bottle of sparking apple cider and asked that it be bagged in a brown paper bag.  We opened it up and passed it back and forth.  When we got to the house where the party was being held, we parked at the very end of the long driveway and walked up the driveway, so the car wouldn't be detected.  The man of the house was out watching a few spooks play basketball and welcoming others in when we walked up.  I'll never forget his reaction.  He had a look of bewilderment on his face.  Just who were these two bums and why are they walking instead of driving here?  Were they invited?  Are they the neighbors just trying to prank us?  Are they real bums who heard about this party and showed up for a free bed for the night?  These were all questions that he told us later were going through his mind.  We walked into the house and everyone stopped and stared.  We took a seat on the couch and the grilling began.  "Who are you?" ; "Can you talk?";  "What is your name?"; "Are you male or female?"; "Were you invited?"  We were silent.  The lady of the house started to announce that we'd play the first game.  I can't even remember what it was just now, but we played along, not saying a word and more and more people just kept asking us who we were.  One of my friends who knew me pretty well said she thought she knew who it was, but she wasn't 100% sure.  She asked us if we guessed it then would we unveil ourselves.  We shook our heads yes.  She guessed, but she guessed incorrectly, so it kept on like that until somebody finally got it.  By the time they figured it out, we had been the masks at least an hour or better, so it felt good to be ourselves again.  It was a fun weekend though.  I can't even remember what all we did, but I have a feeling it involved a lot of volleyball and ping pong.  I miss those days and wish my kids could enjoy the same kind of fun.

Stay tuned for Part 2

Thursday, September 27, 2012

175th Anniversary

Our little town (Small town USA), had it's 175th Birthday celebration last weekend.  It kicked off with a parade.
 Kids and adults dressed in costume from years ago...

 One of the city's old firetrucks
This older couple was my favorite.  They looked like they just "belonged" in that old car.
 And...only in Texas will you find kids riding longhorns!
Wait...what's that I see?  Far Left is my oldest son, Justin.  His troop marched as well in the parade.  They were shouting their troop yell.  I think their flag resembles a Campbell's soup label.

 Even my husband was happy to be in the parade!
Later in the afternoon we came back downtown and checked out the street vendors and watched the local gunslingers put on a wild west shootout.

 We toured the home of the Grandparents of our local mayor.  Our local mayor is 92 years old!!  He has held that position for 63 years!!  The town has erected a statue in his honor.  His Grandpa was a Senator.  The house was originally very plain, but after his Grandpa traveled to Washington DC and saw the White House, he wanted to add on to the front to have it resemble the White House, hence the columns and oval porch.
Later that evening we stopped by the the laser light show.
 Not too bad for Small Town USA!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Crazy Cat Lady

Sometimes I wonder if I'm that "Crazy Cat Lady".  E-how defines a Crazy Cat Lady as someone who will:

    • Stop dating entirely. Stay home on weekends and if you can, live in an elderly community. This way you'll have no chance of meeting men under 80 years old.
    • 2
      Go to your local animal shelter and start adopting. Start small so your other cats can have time to get used to each other but try to work up to five or more cats. They say having more than two cats makes you a cat lady but true cat lady's would be offended by that. You should really have five or more cats to be an authentic cat lady.
    • 3
      Always welcome stray cats. Never say no to a friend or family member or even a stranger who have kittens that need homes.
    • 4
      Purchase everything and anything with cats on them. This includes cat pictures, cat dishware, cat bedding, and of course, a shower curtain with cats on it.
    • 5
      A cat lady must always own a sizeable collection of t-shirts with cats on them, cat pajamas, and cat slippers. This is very important and required its own step.
    • 6
      You now must keep your cats entertained so make sure you stock up on cat toys and cat condos. Cats need stimulation and need a challenge so have an abundance of toys at their reach.
    • 7
      You will need many litter boxes if you still want human visitors. However, cat people are normally very solitary people because the love they get from the cats is enough, so I'll leave this step optional.
    • 8
      Always talk about your cats as if they are your kids, if you still have friends left and family who are still willing to keep their obligatory contact with you. Of course, always talk to your cats. They will understand you, and it will be important for you to know that sometimes they're the only ones who will understand you.

Let's see...

1.  Doesn't apply.  So far my husband tolerates her.
2.  Sticking with one if fine by me.  Our dog would probably enjoy chasing several though.
3.  I think in this case, I'd try to find he/she a home or take to my vet who adopts out strays.
4.  No cat purchases here!
5.  No cat clothing either.
6.  Yes, she has a condo, a whole box of toys and kitty treats (can you say spoiled?)
7.  One litter box is the limit and it stays in the garage.
8.  Of coarse she must be talked to!  After all, she does understand me.:)

So, Crazy Cat Lady or Cat Lover of sorts?  Probably just a cat lover.  At least I hope...

Monday, September 24, 2012

I won!!

I usually don't win anything.  In fact the last thing I won in my life was back in about 5th or 6th grade.  My Mom entered a drawing to win a year's worth of free groceries at a local grocery store's grand opening.  They were also giving away a 3 ft. high stuffed Pink Panther.  Mom got a call that she'd won.  Imagine her disappointment when she found out that she'd won the Pink Panther instead of the groceries.  My sister and I were elated.  We'd take turns letting Pink Panther sleep on our beds and played with him like he was a giant doll of sorts.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago.  Alison held a drawing on her blog for two beautiful cups with scenery from Glacier National Park.  I commented and won!!  It came in the mail with a nice note and I was thrilled to have morning coffee in my new cup.  Thank you Alison for making my day!!  Maybe I'll try to have a drawing soon just to pay it forward.  As for the Pink Panther??  I still wonder what became of him.  I have a feeling he probably wound up in the bin going to Goodwill years later.  Maybe somebody is loving him now.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Weekend getaway

For our anniversary this year, my husband gave me an early gift...
A weekend away just to shop!
I started in Dallas and spent 2 full days shopping up there.
 Enjoying a night at the Westin's pool
After I had shopped Dallas out, I headed down to the outlet mall(s) at San Marcos and shopped there.  A great weekend away!  Thanks love!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

First Day of school

The boys started school a little over 3 weeks ago, so I'm a little late with my posts.
 Justin is in 8th grade and Jarin is in 4th this year.  I'm having a time believing we'll have a Freshman next year!  Time flies!
I have a few more pictures to post, but need to find the time.  A special Thanks to Alison for a neat gift (I'll post about that soon)!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Scout night at the Ball park

After karate belt testing, we hightailed it over to our local minor league team's new ballpark for Scout night.  Our Pack paraded around the field before the game along with other packs around town.
Gary Gaetti is the manager for the Skeeters.  He has played for several major league teams, including the Twins
Constellation field

Mike got a kick out of this stall in the men's room.
 The only throne at the ball park
After the games, there was Elvis themed fireworks and the boys spent the night.  I forgot to get a kennel set up for Maddie, so I came home that night.  They had a great evening, even if it meant coming home full of mosquito bites.  I guess they don't call themselves the "Skeeters" for nothing!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Green Belt

The week before school started Jarin had belt testing for karate.

 Showing his moves
 Self defense
 Board breaking

 He earned his green belt!
 The two girls standing next to the instructor are classmates of Jarin's at school too.
 Our Karate kid
 Video clip of the routine