Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween 2011

Well, tonight was a GREAT night. Cold and wet, but otherwise great! The kids got a LOT of candy. Now, without further ado:

 Erin's outfit for school today. I just had to share it!
 Erin as a leopard.
 Alvin the firefighter.
 Emali as Billy the Exterminator

 We even got to see Grammy in the ambulance!
 The kids trick-or-treating.
 The kids with their pile of loot!
I even got in the spirit!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Coming to November: A New 30 Day Challenge

Well, since I seem to be lacking severely in blog posts lately, I found another 30 Day Challenge that peaked my interest. It's a complete photography challenge. I'll be listing the days and the topic for that day. I hope others want to join in, but if not, I hope people at least enjoy mine.( Btw, if you do decide to play along, all photos must be taken by you. ) So, starting November 1, I will have one post a day for you!

30 Day Photography Challenge:

 1.Self Portrait
 2.Flight
 3.Fire
 4.Water
 5.Trees
 6.Shadows
 7.Macro
 8.Where I Live
 9.Texture
 10.Technology
 11.Household Item
 12.Motion
 13.Food
 14.Architecture
 15.Vintage
 16.Toys
 17.Emotions
 18.Reflections
 19.Insects
 20.Books
 21.Church
 22.Fashion
 23.Color
 24.Season
 25.Rocks, Stones, Pebbles
 26.Looking Up
 27.Abandoned
 28.Furry Friends
 29.Accidental Letters
 30.Free Choice

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pumpkin Carving Part Two

So, tonight we carved our pumpkins. Yes, we're always late in doing this. Anyway, we had a good time. Alvin actually got involved with cleaning this time. Yay!




 Erin's pumpkin
 Emali's pumpkin
 Alvin's pumpkin
 Eric's pumpkin
 My pumpkin

 Alvin and his little bitty pumpkin he got from Grandpa Rich's

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pumpkin Carving Part One!

Today Rich and Sammy had their 1st Annual Family Pumpkin Carve! They had TONS of homegrown pumpkins of all sizes. It was awesome. A few members of the family weren't present, but we sort of expected it. We were disappointed to not get to see our other nieces, but it is what it is. Regardless, we had a GREAT time with Matt, Ashley, Nicole, and the kids. Emali wasn't in attendance as she was at a Halloween party at a friend's.



 Matt, Nicole, Erin, and Eric
 Alvin and Ellie
 Alvin and Ellie again

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Soccer Weekend #6

Well, today was Emali's final game. They lost 1-5. Had they won today, they'd be playing in the championship game next week, but sadly, they didn't. Emali was the lone score. She scored in the first 2 mins of the game. After that, nada. She's sad that her soccer season has come to an end. Truthfully, so am I.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Happy Anniversary...

to me and Eric!

It's been 4 years since I married my best friend. 4 crazy, hectic, wonderful years. We've been through hell and back, but I wouldn't trade any of it. I love you Eric! Here's to 70 more years of adventure!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Charley!

3 years ago today Charley was born. While I don't have pics of him as a newborn, I do have pics I'd like to share. Happy Birthday Charley!

 Charley is one of these guys. They are about 4 weeks old here.

 Charley at 7.5 weeks old the day we picked him up!
 Charley -- 7.5 weeks old
 Charley -- 10 weeks old


And now, here's Charley today, at the ripe old age of 3. Happy birthday buddy! You've turned into a great dog. (Sorry for the crappy cell pic)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Soccer Weekend #5

So, not only was Saturday horridly cold, Em's team suffered a devastating loss. 0-8 The kids just didn't want to be there. They didn't want to play. "It's too cold!" That's what every single one of them complained about. Ya'll it -was- cold. It was 47 degrees, but with howling winds, the windchill was 33! 33! Way too cold! I'm glad I checked the temp before I had Em get ready though. Brr.

 Em taking a throw in.
 Our Em and the 'other' Em. It's so funny to hear the Coach yell to them during a game.

 Brr. Yes, it was THAT cold. Don't mind the ugliness of this pic. It was an early Saturday morning soccer game. I don't get gussied up for that. (Not that I do any other time. )
 See! We're all bundled up!
 Even Alvin was!

This is a pic I took earlier today of Eric tossing Alvin into the air. I know, some of you don't like it. Well, don't do it with your child then.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Soccer Weekend #4

Woo hoo! The sun was shining. It was a gorgeous day. However it was marred by a presence, well two to be exact. We won't go into that on here though. My FB on the other hand... Anyway, Emali was in a pretty lousy mood because of the other events going on this weekend, but she still gave it her all in the game. She attempted at least 4 shots on the goal. She missed, but she's doing so much better on her attempts. But, her team still won! 5-1!!! She was sooo excited! What made it even better was her Grammy Sammy and Grandpa Rich were there to see her!




 Em's cheering section this week!
I just thought this pic of Erin and Alvin was too cute!

I also want to share a really short video with you. Alvin's been pretending to be a zombie lately. This is his as a zombie 'eating' his sister's brains.

video

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Have you ever...

1.Taken a picture completely naked? No

2.Had a relationship with a friend on your MySpace/Facebook page? I'm in one currently. Actually, I'm with Eric because of MySpace. It was a message from him through MS that got us together. Life's interesting how it works.

3.Danced in front of your mirror naked? Can't say that I have. I try not to look at the mirror sans clothes.

4.Told a lie? Who hasn't? White lies are told for a reason. Bold faced lie though? Not in the recent past. I'm sure I did when I was younger.

5.Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back? Oh my, yes. The feeling sucks too.

6.Been arrested? No. We have enough of that with my brother. Don't need to add me to that list.

7.Stolen something from a store? When I was a kid, sure.

8.Seen someone/something die? I watched a kitten of mine die in my arms because we were too poor to afford the vet care.

9.Slept until after noon? I'm sure I have. Most recently, when I was in the hospital after surgery.

10.Had sex at work? Um, ewww.

11.Fallen asleep at work/school? Both actually. Slept a good portion of business management class away in college. Fell asleep one day while working as a hotel maid.

12.Held a snake? Yep. Several of them.

13.Ran a red light? Yep. Luckily I wasn't caught when I did.

14.Been suspended from school? No, I left that up to my brother, who was suspended religiously.

15.Totaled your car in an accident? My car? No. My Dad's car when I was 16, yes.

16.Danced in the rain? Danced, not that I can recall. I have marched in the rain though.

17.Smoked? Other than Cigarettes? Yes, I smoked cigarettes off and on from the time I was 18 until I was 27. And yes, I smoked the 'other' too when I was a teenager.

18.Been fired from a job? Only once. It was my first job when I was 16. I had just started working there when I had to take a week's vacation to go with the marching band to Florida. I was fired after returning.

19.Sang karaoke? No. I have sang in front of an audience though. I was in my high school's show choir.

20.Done something you told yourself you never would? Yes. After my first relationship with a Navy man, I swore I'd never do it again. Good thing I did though. I love Eric to death.

21.Laughed until a drink came out your nose? This actually happens a lot more than I ever thought it would. This is a regular occurence for me.

22.Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Yes! I've also ate snow directly from the ground and had snowcream too.

23.Kissed in the rain? I don't believe so. Not that I can remember anyway. So if I have, it wasn't very memorable.

24.Sang in the shower? No. For some reason I only seem to sing in the car.

25.Been given a nickname unrelated to your given name? Yep. Dink. It's my alter ego and was bestowed upon me many moons ago when I played softball. The girls all called me Dink which stood for "Doesn't Think". This was because I have a habit of saying things without thinking prior.

26.Ever gone out without underwear? Not willingly.

27.Sat on a roof top? Again, not willingly. Sometimes, life makes you do stupid things.

28.Played chicken? No. Cars aren't toys.

29.Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? No, but I have been thrown into a lake with all my clothes on.

30.Broken a bone? Several of them. Most memorable is both of the bones in my left forearm when I was a child.

31.Mooned/flashed someone? Sadly, yes. I was that person who rode shotgun and mooned people as the car drove by.

32.Shaved your head? No. I've thought about it time and time again though. My hair drives me insane sometimes.

33.Slept naked? I do occasionally. It's rare though.

34.Played a prank on someone? Like funny, ha-ha prank? Sure. A mean, malicious one? Never.

35.Had a gym membership? Nope. It'd just be wasted money.

36.Felt like killing someone? Oh yeah. I've thought about it when I get pissed off. But, I have to be REALLY angry.

37.Made your girlfriend/boyfriend cry? No idea. I'm sure I have.

38.Cried over someone you were in love with? Yep. Sometimes out of fear of loss, sometimes out of frustration, sometimes out of joy.

39.Told a lie about someone else just to hurt them? Oh, I'm sure I did back in high school. High school is hell people.

40.Had exotics for pets? Depends on what you mean as exotic. Other than cat/dog/fish? Then yes. I had a hamster.

41.Been in a band? Does Marching Band and Concert Band count?

42.Gotten away with a lie? Yep.

43.Taken more than 10 shots of alcohol? In one night? Never. Came close.

44.Shot a gun? Yes! M16-A2 in boot camp. Beretta 9mm at a friend's.

45.Kissed someone today? Only the kids. Eric gets up and heads to work long before I'm awake.

46.Played strip poker? Yes.

47.Visited a foreign country? Only Canada.

48.Donated blood? Only once and I've been put on the blacklist. Apparently, chronically anemic people are prohibited from donation.

49.Jumped out of an airplane? No, but dammit I want to! Sort of.

50.Eaten something exotic, ie frog legs? I've had ostrich when I was younger. Oh, and chocolate covered ants.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

2 on Tuesday: Toys

2 on Tuesday
 

Yes, I fully admit I skipped last weeks 2 on Tuesday post. Sorry Andrea, we're just not big TV watchers. Well, unless you count Sprout, Nick Jr, and HLN. Yeah, we're more movie watchers.

So, moving on into this week, Andrea asked:

What were your two favorite childhood toys?

Now, let me warn you: I'm sharing three. Why? Because I can and Andrea doesn't mind if we bend the rules. That's why this girl is awesome. So, here we go!

My two favorite toys growing up were my:

 Rainbow Brite doll WITH Twink. I went through a totally hardcore stage where I was obsessed with Rainbow Brite. I know I had these dolls, other Color Kids dolls, the bedding, a kite and who knows what else. I carried this doll everywhere with me.

The other favorite thing was:
Yes, Pound Puppies (and Kitties). I had all breeds, all kinds. The ones that had puppies. The ones that didn't. The kitties. The puppies. You name it. I had it. These things were AWESOME!



I mean, come on. What kid mid-1980s wouldn't have foamed at the mouth after that commercial?



Now, because I said I was doing three, I'm going to branch off from toys. Seriously, I actually spent more time with my nose buried in books than I did playing. I was obsessed with the Nancy Drew series. Hardy Boys had NOTHING on Miss Drew. I'd read the book, then reread it. See if I missed anything. Nancy Drew truly started my love for the mystery novel.