Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween 2009

We enjoyed trick or treating in our new neighborhood (yes, our 3rd neighborhood in 3 Halloweens!)... The good part about moving so often is that you can re-use costumes and no one notices. ha, ha The boys wore recycled costumes last year, so we tried to get more creative with homemade costumes this year. Harrison saved me the most money, because he decided to be a Cub Scout! Franklin wanted to be a Mad Scientist, so I went to thrift stores to find scrubs for him & he wore Tommie's Napoleon Dynamite wig. (This pic is from 2006... and I think that was the last time Tommie dressed up too.)Truman decided he wanted to be a spider, so I googled some ideas and we created his costume from scratch! It turned out very fun!
Here's the whole gang... Max had to go with a recycled costume again this year. Sorry, Max!
Our Japanese friends came by on Halloween evening. This was their first Halloween in the U.S. and they don't celebrate Halloween in Japan, so they were having fun getting candy & dressing up. We trick or treated some with them, before we called it a night!
Sorting through the haul... We "donated" a very stuffed grocery bag of candy to Tommie's candy bowl at work to get rid of most of it!

Friday, October 30, 2009

1st Time Carving Pumpkins

This year, we all attempted to carve pumpkins for the first time ever! Tommie & I just never had the opportunity as kids and I thought it would be way messier with the boys, so I waited until they were older to try. It was a lot of fun and not very messy at all! My biggest mistake was waiting until a few days before Halloween to get the supplies, so they were already out of pumpkin carving kits. We just used knives (you know, the old fashioned way!) and it worked out... but I can see where a carving kit would produce a much prettier carving. We even roasted the pumpkin seeds - YUM!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dallas or Bust!

I cannot believe there is an airline ticket confirmation e-mail in my inbox. It's too good to be true! I have booked a flight to Dallas for the weekend in January (22-25). This makes me SO SO SO happy!! We moved from Dallas to Indiana in July 2008. I have only been back once (in August 2008) to get the house packed up. My heart has been longing to visit my dear, sweet friends in Dallas for quite some time. I have grieved the loss of proximity as multiple friends have had babies. (I long to kiss those sweet baby cheeks!) It is a 15 hour drive or an expensive plane ticket to get me from here to there... and I had no idea when I might be able to visit again.
Today, I saw that Southwest Airlines was having a fare sale. I still did not think it would be affordable for me to book a flight... but my heart's longing drove me to look at the airline's website anyway. I was blown away when I realized that I could fly from a major airport (a 3 hour drive from here) to Dallas for only $50 each way. My total trip with taxes & fees is only $123!!! Wow! I'm SO blessed! My wonderful husband knows how badly I've been wanting to go and he quickly agreed to purchase the plane tickets for me for Christmas (which is a BIG deal in our current budget) and to allow me a full weekend away from him & the boys (which is an even BIGGER deal with 3 active boys!). I'm pretty sure this is the best present ever!!
"Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart."
Psalm 37:4
Thank you, Lord!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

This is for Julie

My friend, Julie, commented on how cold it looked here in my previous post. This pic is from last Saturday morning at the football game. My mom & I were bundled up with sweatshirts, winter coats & gloves and had frozen toes by the end of the game. When we went to the pumpkin patch in the afternoon, it had warmed up significantly. Sometimes I miss Texas, but I really love a chilly football game and a chilly hay ride. It feels like fall to me! :)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fall Fun with Mom & Dad

My mom & dad came to visit for the weekend! While they were still driving here, we attended a university soccer game for Scout Night (free admission for the kids - yippee!). Saturday morning started out with Cub Scout Engineering Day for Franklin and a flag football game for Truman. Then, we headed to the pumpkin patch in the afternoon and topped off the evening with a double date. My parents took us out to a super fancy dinner and dessert as a belated birthday gift - thanks, Mom & Dad. Today, we went to the early church service, had brunch and spent the afternoon playing cards before my parents headed for home. It was a full weekend - full of activities, fun and spending quality time with those we love!

Truman's "flag" football game - occasionally there are some tackles! lol (#7)
2nd from left (#7)
Random pic of the gorgeous fall tree in front of our house...

Mom & I on the hay ride...

Dad in the pumpkin patch...
Franklin with the pumpkin he picked out & insisted on spending allowance money on!
Tommie beating the boys at the hay maze (by leaping over the bales!)...
It was extremely muddy - it feels like it has been raining for weeks & the pumpkin farm showed big signs of it. When we were looking for a parking spot, we got stuck in deep mud & everyone had to get out to help push the car!
My three sons...

They got a bit muddy & it showed - the whole backs of their pants & shirts were splattered with it!
Harrison, Tommie, Truman & Dad on the hay ride...
We ate at a German Steakhouse for dinner, then went to an Irish Pub for dessert/drinks.
Mom & Dad at the Pub...
Tommie & I at the Pub.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Max's new friend

When we were unpacking the winter coats & gloves, we found this stuffed dog that used to be Franklin's. Max usually loves to chew up stuffed animals and we were going to throw away the dog anyway, so we gave it to Max. Instead of tearing it up, he has been cuddling with it. So cute!
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Friday, October 9, 2009

Tommie's Birthday (Oct. 7th)

Happy Birthday to my favorite husband! I hope we share many more years of birthday celebrations together!!
This year, I felt bad about how Tommie's birthday worked out. Truman had football practice on Tommie's birthday, so we decided not to go out to eat (as is our tradition). After school, I took the boys to sell Cub Scout popcorn, because it was the only nice day that we had been home to sell. Well... selling took longer than expected and when Tommie & Truman arrived at football practice, there were only 5 kids there, so they cancelled it. So, we ate a late (very late) dinner and an apple crisp prepared by the boys & myself. It seemed like such a puny celebration for a man who does so much for our family. The following evening, we had planned to go to the fall festival but it rained... so we went out to celebrate Tommie's birthday instead. Even though neither celebration was fantastic, he got two - and that has to count for something!! :)
The scrumptious apple crisp...
The birthday guy with a guy gift - Guitar Hero!

We ate at The Log Inn - the oldest restaurant in Indiana. It's about 30 minutes from home. Abraham Lincoln ate there when he was campaigning for the Presidency. This was our third attempt to eat there!! It is closed on Sundays & Mondays (which we learned the hard way) and is VERY busy - meaning you can't just walk up and get seated quickly (which we learned the hard way also). So, we called ahead for a reservation and finally got our chance to eat there! They serve ham, roast beef or chicken family style with free refills of veggies, mashed potatoes & rolls. YUM!

I hope that this was a birthday to remember for Tommie & that he knows how much we love him and how much he means to us!
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Cub Scout Fall Campout

Last weekend, we attended the fall campout for Cub Scouts. We camped at Lincoln State Park again this year. The weather was FREEZING cold, but we endured the chill and had a great time anyway! The boys always have fun running around in the woods with their friends, participating in crafts & games, hiking and doing campfire skits & songs. This year, all three boys participated since they are all scouts (which makes it hard to get photos of all 3!). Next time, we'll pack extra blankets, mittens and hats to stay warm!
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