Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Great timing... Franklin bonked his head on the fence & I didn't even realize I caught his expression until the film was developed (yes, no digital pics at that time!).
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
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When I finished blogging & stalking various blogs for the night, I creep down the stairs in the dark to join my hubby in bed for the night. As I creep down the stairs, I count the stairs and pause at each landing to be sure that I don't miss a step, fall down & hurt myself in the dark. :o)
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
okay... whine is over now... we will return to our regularly scheduled blog.
Monday, November 5, 2007
He has gotten comments on how large his belly button is by unsuspecting people who don't realize that it's not just a large belly button, but a hernia. The doctor told us that it should resolve itself by 2 years old. They also said that if it did not go away, it could be surgically corrected. When Harrison turned 2, they told us that it wasn't a pressing issue, unless it got larger or became a concern socially. This summer, when he attended summer camp, other kids started making comments about his belly button because it was visible when wearing a swim suit. That was the first time Harrison mentioned wishing he had a different belly button.
We have always emphasized to him that certain things make him unique (like his hair) and that if we took away the unique things, we would be diminishing who Harrison is. He has accepted his hair & loves the attention it brings. In fact, when he was younger he told the barber not to cut off his "sticking up hair" (as he lovingly calls it) or no one would know who he was. However, I don't want him to go through life hiding his belly button for fear of ridicule. The opportunity has come with our insurance situation to have the surgery done for free or cheap if we do it before January 1st. I'm nervous about the decision. I don't want to put my 6 year old through surgery for vanity's sake, yet I would do anything to save my child from the broken heart that comes from constant ridicule. We go to the surgeon for a consultation next week. I will ask a million and one questions, pray hard and then we'll have to make a decision. It's now or never...
Saturday, November 3, 2007
10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother & father's middle name) Gay Clarence
9. NASCAR NAME: (name of your mother's dad, fathers dad) Duane Melvin
8. STARWARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, any 2 letters of your first name) Payam
7. DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, fav animal) Purple Turtle
6. SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Leigh Auburn
5. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd fav color, fav alcohol drink, add "THE" to the beginning) The Red Pina Colada
4. FLY GIRL/GUY NAME: (1st letter of 1st name, 1st 3 letters of your last) Ayne
3. GANGSTA NAME: (fav ice cream flavor, fav cookie) Vanilla Thin Mint
2. ROCK STAR NAME: (current pets name, current street name) Shack Tanner
1. STRIPPER NAME: (name of your fav perfume/cologne, fav candy) Heavenly Milky Way
My first experience with a Texas football game was the Hebron Homecoming game last year. Wow - of all of the games to go to, homecoming was a zoo! A friend of ours was coaching the freshman team and assisted with the varsity team's games, so we went to support him. I have never seen anything like it. The high school bands around here are state & national champions, so the quality and size of performance is amazing! Someone told me that one of the bands had over 900 kids in it - NINE HUNDRED! My entire high school had 350 kids in it. And, in Texas, BOTH school's bands perform during halftime.
Plus, all of the homecoming mums... Wow! When I was in school, we had mums for homecoming too. It was a pretty white flower worn on the lapel with your school colored ribbons on it. Festive and simple. Not Texas mums!!! Here's a pic of a girl I saw last year at the Hebron game... This mess of ribbons, letters, fluff & stuffed animals?!?! is what they call a mum here in Texas! The mums get so big that you have to hang them around your neck with a thick ribbon or they will rip your shirt off. :o)
Truman & I at Hebron's game last year...
This year - Anna, our favorite babysitter, is in the Marcus HS band, so we wanted to go watch her perform. When game day arrived, Truman and I were the only ones who wanted to go - so we were off to watch Marcus play Hebron. It was a great game! Hebron has won the last 26 straight district games and Marcus was out to prove that they could defeat Hebron. Marcus won 21-10. At halftime, we were entertained by both bands, but again, Marcus proved that they were the better band. Marcus HS band is the defending state champion and they showed us what a state champion performance looks like! Can you find Anna in this picture? :o)
Here's a pic of Truman and myself from this year's game...
Then, we invited our neighbors over to eat pizza and trick or treat together... I'm telling you - sometimes I really wish we had a little girl! Their little princess stole the show at every house! :o)
Here's a pic of all of the "kids" in costume... :o)
The weather was perfect, so we went a lot further into the neighborhood than last year. Hey, more candy to share with mom & dad, right?
Growing up, we didn't celebrate Halloween. I had never dressed up in a costume or gone trick-or-treating until college. Maybe that's why it is still fun & exciting for me too! I understand why my parents took the stand that they did and I respect their decision. However, I am all about spreading the love and the spirit of giving to others. This year, instead of having one person stay home to hand out candy, we "reverse" trick or treated. I took the bucket of candy with us as we walked and handed it out to everyone we saw. It was really fun to see the faces of the people at their houses handing out candy when I handed them some gum in return! Several people said, "No one has ever treated me before!" I loved it!
I still have a hard time when it comes to the evil side of Halloween. It is a struggle to teach the kids that it is okay to dress up and eat candy, but not to emulate evil characters or enjoy scary or disgusting things. I wish we could create a separate holiday where you dress up in fun, nice costumes and hand out candy without all of the death, devils, witches and evil stuff. Where's Hallmark when you need them?!?!?