Friday, November 21, 2008

Crazy Ladies!

I spent my whole evening last night with lots of fun and crazy ladies. It started off with the Bridal Shower that I threw for my future sister-in-law, Jessi, and ended up at the midnight showing of Twilight with some great girlfriends. The shower was a huge success, lots of people, great food and some embarrassing moments for the bride-to-be (but not too embarrassing, we were nice!) You'd think that a shower with a bunch ladies my mom's age (and older) would be a little more tame, but that was not the case! The best moment was when my great-aunt (she's 71 but you'd never guess it) was looking at the "bottom half" of some very racy lingerie like she was trying to figure out what it was supposed to be and then held it up to her eye like an eye patch. The funny part was it looked more appropriately sized for that than for any other purpose! It was hilarious!

After that I met up with friends at the very end of what looked like had been a very fun Twilight party, too bad I missed it! We froze in line outside the theater for what seemed like forever before they finally opened the doors, I didn't think ahead enough to bring a warm coat! The movie was good, of course it could never live up to the books, but I would still recommend it. I'll probably go back and see it with Joe soon. The most fun part was being there with good friends and a theater full of crazy girls and women (and a few brave guys). Thanks for a fun experience ladies!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Flying Solo

I'm so glad that it's Wednesday, because that means that we are more than halfway through the week to Friday when Joe gets home. Yay! He was out of town last week on an audit and then found out Thursday night that he'd been assigned to a new out-of-town job while he was gone and that meant that he had to leave again Monday morning. Travelling is hard enough when it's one week at a time or two weeks if its scheduled and I can prepare myself, but being blindsided caught me off guard. But, we knew when he chose this career path that he'd have to travel. And, really, we've got it pretty good compared to newbies at other firms, so I shouldn't complain! But, I still hate to have him gone, it's the pits. The boys miss him so much and seem to take it out on me with their whineyness and crying. Luckily, I've got a great friend who is in the same boat as me the last two weeks (for her it's been three) so we've been keeping eachother sane. (You're a lifesaver, Abby!) It also reminds me of one of the reasons that we moved to be close to my parents, it's so nice to just be able to drop by for a dose of face-to-face adult conversation! Well, only two more days! Sorry for the whining, I just thought that it was better here than being even grumpier to my boys!

Monday, November 3, 2008


We had lots of fun for Halloween this year...especially since the festivities lasted all week long! Luckily, both of the boys loved their costumes so they were always glad to get dressed up! The first pictures are from our family party last Monday at my cousin's house, it was lots of fun and a good kick off for the week!
The Kids....And the big kids...
The last pictures were actually on Halloween, we went to my brother's house and had dinner then went trick or treating with them. It was fun to have the four cousins together!
Danny and Jessi (my brother and his fiance) were also there in the India-wear that he brought home from his mission.
I didn't actually wear this trick or treating, but Joe did!
We went to this awesome neighborhood that was a couple of miles from where they live on the South Hill and it was so cool! They were these amazing castle-looking homes that were all decorated and most of the people handing out candy had great costumes on. Such a fun experience, and Sam totally got into it!
After we parted ways with them, Sam (and Joe) hadn't had there fill of trick or treating yet, so we hit a neighborhood close to our house. After awhile, Sam was asking for a piggy back ride, so I said that if he was too tired to walk then we were definately done. He kept pushing for a few more houses, because he was having so much fun and just wasn't ready for it to be over. Pretty soon he gave in and sadly went home...with a monster bag full of candy! It was such a fun night for him!

Making Messes

Our bathroom is somewhat of a construction zone right now. We had to take out some of the tiles in the tub to replace the plumbing for the faucet....and since we were going to be working in the bathroom, I decided that I wanted to re-paint the vanity. I got to do the demo on the tiles because it had to be done before the plumber came and Joe was at was kind of fun! Here's a shot of my handiwork......and here's Sam's reaction...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Pumpkins Faces

We carved pumpkins last Sunday and the boys had a lot of fun. We were especially excited because 3 of the 4 pumpkins came from our own garden! (The one that didn't is one that my mom let Sam choose while he was at the store with her...and he loved it! Everytime he saw it he would got and give it a hug and say, "Oh, I love my pumpkin!!" So Cute!)

Sam got so excited about the jack-o-lantern faces, especially once they candles were lit!

Andrew loved squishing the "pumpkin guts" between his fingers and (big shocker) eating the strings and seeds when I wasn't paying attention. Gross!

It was a fun family activity, and relatively clean, I was suprised that it didn't get messier!