You Ain’t Seen Cute, Til You’ve Seen This!

30 10 2009

B and L decided they wanted to be salt and pepper shakers for Halloween.  Isn’t that great?  It was totally their idea and I was sold on it from the first time they mentioned it.  A quick trip to the craft dept. at Wal-Mart, a few bucks, and one evening later, here they are:

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Here’s a closer look at their “lids” an upside down tupperware bowl with a 10 inch cardboard circle on top, some metallic fabric, and black paper dots.

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We thought long and hard about what Ellie should be and finally decided that she should fit into the theme somehow.   We considered another spice, then we brainstormed about what we put salt and pepper on, and came up with this:

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Isn’t that the cutest little ear of corn you’ve ever seen???  Darling.  The tassles made me laugh so hard.

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Ready to hit the street for some trick-or-treating:

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Our neighbors loved them!

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Here we are walking down our street.  I like to hand out candy too, but since we aren’t home, I bring it with us and hand it out to kids on the street.  That’s what that crate is under my arm, in case anyone wondered about that.  That crate is part of a set of 3 nesting crates that my dad hand made for me.  I will sell you the set for $7.4 million.  Just email if you’re interested.

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And one more of my sweet baby corn on the cob.  Cute, I tell you, CUTE!

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In other news, the Phillies are playing in the World Series which means my husband is a happy guy.  I just heard the National Anthem playing so I’m off to chill out on the couch and watch some baseball!


Food for Thought

27 10 2009

I promise I will update soon (you’re all waiting with bated breath, I know), but in the meantime, I was inspired by this blog entry.  I’m not even sure how I stumbled across her blog, but her story of conversion from Atheism to Catholicism is an interesting one.  Enjoy!

A Run in With the Mob

16 10 2009

Okay.  So I just got back from the Fall Festival held at B and L’s elementary school.  It’s a sweet little event that The Mother’s Club puts on every year:  cotton candy, games, hot dogs and lemonade, etc.  It’s nothing major, but the girls really enjoy it and we enjoy the opportunity to meet other parents.  The event takes place in the (very tiny) gym and to say it gets crowded is an understatement.

I helped the girls get their food and we were looking for a place to sit.  The only open seats were at a table on the opposite side of the room.  As soon as I got there, I figured out why they were open:  someone had put their sweatshirt across the bench in an effort to “save” those seats.  Well, the food line was huge, the gym was packed and there was no other place to sit.  So I looked around, shrugged my shoulders, and moved the sweatshirt out of the way so my children could sit down to eat.

About 3 minutes later I heard a booming voice behind me say, “Hey, I thought there was a sweatshirt there!”  I turned around and found my self face-to-face (actually I think it was more like my face to his left nipple) with a guy who was HUGE.  I’m saying he was probably a linebacker in his earlier days.  His head was completely shaved and he growled at me.  I think.   I’ve been trying to think of the right word to describe him and I just can’t come up with it.  Certainly not ‘gentleman’ or even ‘dude’.   No.  I think I’m gonna go with ‘thug’.  T.H.U.G.  Thug.  Yep, that’s it.  And he had a New Jersey accent, only we live in Ohio, so the whole thing didn’t make sense.  Amazing what goes through your mind as your life flashes before your eyes.  Anyway, in a voice that was so calm even I was impressed, I said, “Yes, there was a sweatshirt there, but I moved it so my children could sit down.”   Then he said, “Well, it was MINE!”  And  I handed it to him and said, “Can I help you find another seat?” then I calmly gestured to the bench behind him that had just opened up (Did I hear a hallelujah??).

Well, apparently, he didn’t want those seats.  He said, “I had this sweatshirt there because I was saving the seats.”  And I said, “In a room this packed, with a line that long, saving seats is really quite rude and inconsiderate of you.”  And my voice did not quiver one bit.  Not even one tiny bit.  I remember thinking to myself, “This guy is a jerk”  and “I can’t wait to tell my sister about this.”

And then he got mad.  He started to clench and unclench his fists (you might think I’m exaggerating, but I promise you I’m not!).  I looked over to Conrad hoping for a little backup and found him happily stuffing a hot dog smothered in ketchup down his throat.   In the noise of the crowd he was completely oblivious to the entire situation.  I was on my own.    Through clenched teeth The Thug said, “Ok.  You’ve stated your opinion.”  and I remember thinking, “Really?  Is that the best line you could come up with?”  I don’t think he’s used to having a 5’3″ woman stare him down like that.  I think he was intimidated.

Then I decided to be the nicer person in the situation.  I mean I am a pastor’s wife, after all.  And I introduced him to Conrad who was guzzling lemonade.  I said, “Let me introduce you to my husband, Conrad”  and no joke, The Thug looks at Conrad and says, “You got somethin’ to say to me?  You got somethin’ to say to ME?” in a Jersey accent!  I’m not making this up, people!  And poor Conrad didn’t know what was going on.  I tried my best to redeem the situation, I really did.  But, well, there just wasn’t any redeeming it.

So I turned around and wiped ketchup off the faces of my little girls, and found that my hands were trembling just a little bit.

Christmas Gift Ideas

10 10 2009

As I wrote about a few weeks ago, I am trying to get my Christmas shopping done really early this year.  I’ve been researching and brainstorming, budgeting and clicking, and I think I’m done shopping for the girls.  I thought you might like some ideas for your own kids.  The first two are items that we’ve had around for a while that my kids absolutely love.

Great Big God is a series of music done by Vineyard Music and it is the best stuff for kids I’ve ever seen!  We love it all!  If you have kids in your life, or if you are shopping for a kid’s music leader at church, etc. I highly, highly recommend this CD.  If you hit the Vineyard Music Website you will also find the Fruit of the Spirit CD series which have background music tracks on them which makes it super easy for performing songs in church.

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I came across Sound Bingo about a year ago and instantly fell in love.  The game comes with a CD full of sounds.  Just stick it in your CD player, hit randomize and you’re good to go.  My kids love it, and it’s teaching them to recognize the sounds of different musical instruments (among other things like animal sounds, a train, a flushing toilet, etc.).

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Next to Usborne products, I love Melissa and Doug stuff the best.  I purchased this set for Ellie and can’t wait to give it to her.  Good activity for wintery days.

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The older girls have been asking for a Nintento DS for ages.  I refuse to get them one for a number of reasons.   I had a good friend who was selling the V-Tech handheld system that she bought for her son a year ago, so I bought that from her along with several games.  I somehow feel better about video games if there is some educational value to them!  I got a good deal on it and the girls will never know (nor would they care) that it’s used!


That’s all!  Hope you got some good ideas for your own Christmas shopping!

Total Randomness

1 10 2009

If you are looking for pictures from Christa’s wedding, they aren’t here yet.  The pictures that I took are not that great because 1) I am not a great photographer and 2) I was too busy attending to my duties as a matron of honor to take very many.  I am waiting on several people to get their stuff posted so I can steal it from their sites and post it here for you to see.

In other news, Conrad is officially a grad student!  He started taking classes this week through Fuller Theological Seminary.  The classes are all online with the exception of 2 weeks every year when he will travel to campus.  This is something he’s wanted to do for many years but the timing never seemed right until now.

I cleaned my bedroom.

We are going camping this weekend.  As I write this, it is 36 degrees outside.  I am not an enthusiastic camper under any circumstances, so you can probably imagine how I feel about that.

If you haven’t noticed, I put another link on my sidebar over there on the right.  If you haven’t been on “The Pioneer Woman” website, you have been missing out!  Great recipes, fun stories, and lots and lots of things to click on.  Enjoy!