Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween Y'all!

I've been reading a few little Halloween weekend adventures today from other bloggers. What great stories and adventures!  It was a beautiful weekend for such long Halloween. I don't know about you, but I've been one TIRED momma. We did have a fun filled weekend, but I would love to take a long nap.

I've got lots of pictures and stories to tell, so hold on girls.
Candy Corn Tree
Katie found this stick at Peggy's house. It was perfect for a Candy Corn Tree, so Katie was all for me making her one. It turned out pretty cute. I thought the spiderwebs was a nice touch. Haha! It was Katie's surprise when she got home that afternoon.

I never heard anything from Katie's teacher or the homeroom mom about having a Halloween party for the children.  I knew it was against the rules of the school safety, to make cupcakes and other treats from home.  I ordered these cute cupcakes from Walmart and took them to Katie's class.  We just made it our party anyway.  All of the children got to wear their Halloween costumes to school.  It was cute!  Katie was eating it up, getting to dress up.  I didn't know if I was going to be able to get her hair fixed and get her to school in time.  But here she is, my beautiful little Thumbelina.

She absolutely loved being Thumbelina this year. She was all grins when I agreed to put a little blush and eye shadow on her. Of course, she had to have a little sparkly lip gloss and sparkle spray in her hair.   I wanted to take pictures outside because they just seem to look better than in the house.  Plus, I won't have piles of toys or stuff in the background.  LOL!  I can't stand clutter. 

Katie's spot 
Little goblins running all over the class

Everyone listening to Mrs. M's instructions

I think they had a nice little party and everyone got a few bags of treats from classmates.

Momma and her Charlie Brown
Halloween Eve
Our mayor declared Saturday or Halloween Eve the offical Trick or Treat night.  Which I was relieved because I wanted Katie to get the real experience of Trick or Treating.  In the past, I've always just taken her around to family for Trick or Treating and of course there's our church's Fall Festival.  This year would mark her first real Halloween and I wanted her's to be a great experience.  As a child, I never had a real great experience.  I was always so scaried and shy.  I didn't want that for Katie.

We invited a few people over, just family, for a pot of chicken and dumplings.  After supper, us ladies got the kids dressed up in their costumes and went Trick or Treating.  But first, I have to show you our Prayer Pumpkin.  Take a look!
Pumpkin Carving Prayer

Dear God,
As I carve my pumpkin help me say this prayer:

Open my mind so I can learn about You;
(Cut the top of the pumpkin)

Take away all my sin and forgive me for the wrong things I do.
(Clean out the inside)

Open my eyes so Your love I will see;
(Cut the eyes out in heart shapes)

I'm so sorry for turning up my nose to all you've given me.
(Cut a nose in the shape of a cross)

Open my ears so your word I will hear.
(Cut the ears shaped like the Bible)-we did rectangles

Open my mouth so I can tell others You're near
(cut the mouth in the shape of a fish)

Let Your light shine in all I say and do! Amen.
(Place a candle inside and light it)

Katie loves our pumpkin because it has heart eyes.  She's so funny.  I have to say that it did turn out pretty.  I cut out templates from pieces of paper.  Taped them on the hulled out pumpkin and began cutting them out. 

Spider Cupcakes
Here are the cupcakes, I promised Katie I would make for her on Halloween. She had to help me out that is until she got tired of having to wash her hands everytime she'd forget and get her hands dirty. A few of them, she helped put the eyes on the spiders.

Table is ready for the party

Colton checking out the Prayer Pumpkin

What's this?

Momma's little goblins ~ ready to go Trick or Treating

Our Trick or Treating experience didn't start out too good because of some kid that wanted to have a little fun.

As we were going from house to house around the neighborhood, we spotted a kid dressed up as Michael Myers from "Halloween" and he was trying to be cute. He was walking up the middle of the street in full costume including the bloody fake knife. There were other older kids, in a group, going from house to house. I just figured he was with them and would leave us alone. You know, since we have practicely babies with us. NOPE! NADA! Katie didn't know what to think and buddy her radar works just fine. She didn't keep her eyes off him for one second. She knew something wasn't right. That kid ended up following us, from a distance, to two houses. He didn't say anything and he kept walking stiff. He stayed with the whole "Halloween" character. Really weird. By the time we got back in the car, we were ready to get out of there. I think all of us girls were a little freaked out by this kid. Unfortunately, he nearly ruined Katie's Halloween. As we stopped to the next house a block down the road, no where near the Michael Myers, Katie announced that she had enough candy and was ready to go home. I got her brave enough to get out of the car. She held Maryann's hand, while I had Colton. Next thing I know, I heard Katie crying and having a fit. She stopped in her tracks and wasn't going any further. We tried our best to explain that some dumb kid thought he was being funny. She wasn't buying it. At that point, I could have gone back over to Michael Myers and cleaned his plow for scaring her.

Me being the person I am, I didn't want this to be Katie's last Trick or Treating experience. I didn't want her to be afraid when there's nothing to be afraid of. She was really upset and I debated on if we needed to go back home and throw in the towel, but call me a hard head. I wasn't giving up. I told her that we would just drive around and see the sights. We went over to one of my favorite neighborhoods and ran into a couple of ladies we knew. Thank the dear Lord because at first, Katie wanted nothing to do with getting out and going up to some house for candy. Forget it! After some enticing, we convinced her to go. I knew the home owners and got to telling them about our terrible experience. I didn't know it, but Katie got upset again. Maryann took her back to the vehicle while I finished talking to Patty. Katie announced again, she was ready to go home. She had candy at home and didn't want anymore. She even added that Colton was ready to go home as well. I didn't say anything and we drove around. When I came across Virginia's house, it was decorated so pretty. I told Katie that I just wanted to take her picture. Hey, anything to get her out there and warmed up. After visiting with Virginia for a little bit, Katie was finally feeling good and ready to find another house to see their decorations. YES! Thank you dear God above.

I have to tell you this one house we went to was FUNNY. By this time, Katie's good. She has long forgotten about Michael Myers. We knocked on this one really pretty home and who should answer the door, but Michael Jackson. HAHA! His daddy was dressed up like Obama that had a big sign on his shirt that read "VOTE REPUBLICAN." LOL! It hit my funnybone just right. When we told MJ Happy Halloween, Katie turned to me and Maryann and with a puzzled look she asked "that was another Michael?" As to say, how many Michael's are there?

We were going to stop at another area, but as soon as I spotted another Michael Myers, I drove right on by. We were not going through that again. Katie spotted him and asked if that was Michael with the white face. I just acted like I didn't know what she was talking about.

Front porch of a former co-worker ~ her house was decorated so cute.  Katie had a fit over it.  Virginia had to show Katie how all of the decorations worked.

Katie sitting on Virginia's porch

Katie goes to her first Haunted House
O.K. me saying this I have to clarify myself. A home owner purchased one of these huge $300 haunted house inflatables and placed it in their driveway. Katie had a fit and had to go see it. She told Whitney, "now that was fun!"  So, they had to go through it a few more times.  Our little girl got braver and braver as the night grew on.  She even walked up to a house that had an adult man dressed up as Shrek.  He played the character perfectly.  He had the accent down pat.  Maryann asked him where his donkey was and he played right along, telling us that he has been looking for his donkey and can't find him.  Katie ate it up. 

Whitney and Katie getting candy
Overall, I think Katie had a great time Trick or Treating for the first time. We let her stay up until 10:00, which is a big treat for her. She was bouncing off walls. I guess it was all the candy. Doug said we only had 5 Trick or Treaters come to our door.

Tonight was our Fall Festival at church, we were so tired. Katie didn't like the fact that she missed it, but I think she understands. She got some money from her grandma and grandpa for Halloween. I told her we would go shopping next weekend, if nothing came up. We could go anywhere she wants to go. It would be just her and I. She liked that idea.

I hope you enjoyed our Halloween weekend story.  It was a blast and am so glad that I've got another 365 days to prepare for next years.  LOL!  Now, we've got to get prepared for Thanksgiving.  YAY!  Katie had me read "Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving" to her and Colton as their bedtime story tonight.  She announced that Thanksgiving is her favorite holiday.  Ugh! 


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

We've Been Booed ~ Part 2

I didn't have a hard time picking my first "We've Been Booed" group. My loving church family has been there for us now for several years. Northbrook Baptist is a full time church that our main mission is to spread the love and lifestyle of Jesus Christ.

I wasn't expecting to tell this large group my story of my main purpose of blogging and now giving out treats to show my appreciation for them. When I got to the church, I was explaining to a couple of my church friends what I was doing there with a box full of cupcakes. Next thing I know my friend gathered up everyone else and asked me to tell them everything I just told him. I do well with a small group of say 2 or 3 people. You add too many more faces than that looking back at me, holding on to every word, my voice starts quivering and I begin to sweat. Nice huh! I knew I would get this way, so I went ahead and apologized. I also have a tendency to talk in circles. I hope everyone was able to grasp what I was trying to say.

Originally I was inspired by a blogger, The TomKat Studio, I loved the idea of spreading love, kindness and appreciation for others in a month and near a specific date that is known worldwide as a day of darkness, evil and death.  God is light, love and life!  If there is any darkness, evil or death it is because it is absent from God.  Without light there is darkness.  As a Christian, I celebrate the fact that I don't have worry about the darkness, evil or death because I have God holding my hand, my heart, my life.  Like any other holiday, I love them all.  Mostly because I get the excuse to decorate.  {giggling}  I like to celebrate Halloween, but very light heartedly.  Me sharing my love and devotion to my church family, I hope will be an annual tradition for me from here on out.  It was fun, it was scary, but I have loads of joy in heart because I did it.  I encourage everyone to do the same thing.  What a blessing you will receive for it. 

By the way, I think they liked the spiders just as much as I enjoyed decorating them.  One of the ladies said that it was the best tasting spider she's ever ate.  LOL! 

Now, I'll have to think of a project to do the same thing for someone next month for Thanksgiving and of course Christmas is coming.  LOL!  TomKat Studio, you need to get to drafting out new cute signs for these holidays.  HAHA! 

I want to thank Northbrook Baptist for allowing me to stop their busy schedule this morning and accepting my treat.  Of course, they had such a great attitude when I asked to take their picture for today's posting. 



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More Halloween Stuff?

You are probably so sick of reading another Halloween decoration or party food blog post from me by now. But guess what? You get to read another one. HAHA!!

I blogged the other day, RIGHT HERE to be exact, listed under the subtitled "Halloween" about decorating a gingerbread Haunted House for the children.  I wanted to add my green grass around the house before I took pictures and posted on the website.  Well wait no further, here it is:

Katie kept shaking the table that's why all the windows look like a drunk person decorated this house.  LOL!

Spider Cupcakes
I first got this idea this time last year from Martha Stewart.  I fell in love with these little cuties as soon as I layed my eyes on them.  I hated that I didn't have enough time to make them last year, but I made sure to make them this year.  Here is last year's post!

Here are my cute little creepy crawlies:

I just feel in love with these and had so much making them.  Katie had a fit over them as soon as she got home from school this afternoon.  I hated to tell her that they are promised to someone else.  These little guys will be part of my "We've Been Booed" project.  I'm sure you remember THIS POST about making your Halloween be more about love and kindness, instead of doing tricks and being all about the candy.  Since that post, I've carefully debated who/whom should receive the "We've Been Booed" treat.  I wanted to make it more about showing my love, kindness and appreciation for others.  I've had a long list of people and organizations that should be awarded this award of kindness.  I would like for this to my first year of a great new tradition and I would like to challenge you to do the same thing.  It doesn't have to be a real big thing and you don't have to give a special someone a homemade treat.  It could be anything, just a show of your appreciation, love and kindness towards someone else.  I've finally selected my person/persons and will be presenting these spider cupcakes sometime tomorrow.  I plan on taking pictures, so I won't reveal the name/names until tomorrow's post.  So stay tuned . . .  (Can you tell that I'm having entirely too much fun with this?  HAHA!)

How Did I Make These Spider Cupcakes? 
Unlike Martha Stewart, I completely believe in boxed cake mixes.  I'm all for semi-homemade!  DUNCAN HINES RULES!!!

What You'll Need
Yellow Cake Mix (Moist is best)
1 container Chocolate Icing
Cupcake Papers
Chocolate Sprinkles
Large Marshmallows
M&Ms (brown, green, blue, orange & red)
Twizzlers (string-pull-a-parts)

InstructionsBlend cake mix as instructed on box.  Usually one box will make 2 dozen cupcakes.  Bake as instructed.
Once the cupcakes are cool, spread icing and begin to decorate the cupcakes to look like spiders.  Use the above picture as a guide.

Eyes - cut a large marshmallow in half with Kitchen sheers.  Make sure the inside sticky marshmallow is facing forward ~ this helps the M&Ms to stick better.  I put a little icing on the back of the marshmallow to stick to the chocolate sprinkles. 

Legs - Take one long still twisted strings and fold in half; cut.  Fold the twisted strings again and cut.  To make the legs a little shorter, you may want to cut a little more off on the ends.  This just helps the legs from easily snagging and falling off.  Before placing the legs onto the cupcake, I dipped the tip of each leg in chocolate icing and then placing it on the cupcake.  It seemed to help.  You may even want to press down the tip of the leg, to make sure it sticks down in the icing and sprinkles.  

Mommy's Little Bedbugs
Katie wanted her daddy to come visit her in her room.  Next thing I know, they were snugged in bed watching television.  Of course, Colton wanted to be a part of the pajama party.  You know me, I had to have a picture.  Precious Memories are every where. 

Colton was so tired the other day. It was almost time for supper and I knew he just needed a 30 minute rest. Normally, I would put him in his bed for those 30 minutes, but I wanted to see if he would sleep on a kiddie pallet.

He looks so cozy!  He actually stayed there for a little while. 

Katie is so excited about tomorrow's pumpkin carving day at school.  I guess you could say this is a daughter/daddy day.  Doug is planning to go to school tomorrow, along with all the other daddys and help his little girl carve out a beautiful or scary pumpkin.  I've got one of her Halloween outfits layed out to wear.  Our school has been celebrating Red Ribbon Week.  Everyday, the children have been dressing different or doing different things together.  Today was red shirt day.  Tomorrow is wear a hat/cap day to "put a cap on drug abuse."  Katie's got her cap that Whitney passed down to her laying by her outfit, so she forget it.  I forgot what she's suppose to do or wear on Thursday, but Friday she gets to wear her Halloween costume.

We've got something going on every day until Monday.  When I say everyday, I mean lots of things from the time I get up to the time I go to bed (packed) full.  I hate to say this, but I'll be glad to get a break.  Shew!!!


Monday, October 25, 2010

Storms Roaring Through

We didn't get much sleep last night due to all the storms roaring through here. Our NOAA radio kept going off, if seemed like every 30 minutes from midnight until 3 AM this morning. Ugh! I don't see how Doug got any sleep because he finally got out of bed around 4 AM. We got to laughing in the middle of night because he was picking on me about hitting him whenever the NOAA radio would go off. I just thought he was asleep. For one thing, I didn't want the alarm to wake up the children and secondly, I needed to know if a tornado was headed our way. When the alarm woke us up at 3:00, I heard the tornado siren going off outside. I jumped up so fast, grabbing clothes, turning on lights, I was about to get the children up when Doug announced that we don't even know where the tornado was spotted. By this time, he finally pressed the button to hear the alert. Once I heard in the Joppa, Arab areas I was breathing normal. By this time, Doug was giggling at me. I told him that I wouldn't be this way if I had a basement. He made some comment about seeing me running to the basement or something like that. I interrupted him and told him "no, I'd be asleep in the basement." LOL!

I knew around 3 AM the storms were pretty rough around here, the sky all lite up. When me and kids left this morning to head to school, I didn't realize just how bad the storm was until I got to look around at all the debris. When we got to school, there was not a soul around. At first, I thought maybe I forgot about a holiday or teacher conference day. I noticed one of the ladies that work at the school. I pulled up next to her vehicle and asked her what was going on. She said because of all the storms, school was delayed for an hour. Wow! I could have actually slept for another hour. Alright. So, I was just going to head back home, but Katie asked me if we absolutely had to go back. I asked her where she wanted to go. "Ahh, let's just ride around for a little bit" she suggested. "Where do you want to go?" I asked. "I know, let's go to Walmart. We've got time" she announced. I didn't know if we would have time or not, so all I could do was drive down streets. I noticed some debris, but nothing real big. That is until I passed the Catholic school. I noticed bigger limbs lying in the streets and sidewalks. A block further, a karate school's front glass got blown out. A man was walking down the sidewalk with a broom in his hand, headed to the karate school. It appeared to me the school's metal awning collapsed and busted the window. Glass was all over the sidewalk and in the parking areas. I tried to avoid the glass. That's when I noticed blue lights reflecting in a store's windows another block up the street from the red light, I was stopped at. I drove down and around to get a better view as to what was going on. There were too many people walking around and too many blue lights for a simple speeding ticket. That's when I saw it, a furniture store's glass windows were blown out onto the street. It must of been pretty bad because the police had to close the road off completely. This store has a fabric awning, but it was all mangled and glass was every where. The next block over, a big oak tree was split in half and it did some damage as well. You talk about trash, and signs mangled. We continued to drive around to see if there was anymore damage, but it seems that in this section (approximately 3 blocks) were the worst hit. I'm guessing straight line winds must have hit this area.

After all the sight seeing, we only had enough time to get a bite to eat at Chick-fil-a. Katie was bummed to find out that we had to get back to school.

We're expected to receive rain and possibly more storms today. We have a chance of rain every day this week til Saturday. We need the rain, but don't like the storm part very much.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

What The Weekend Holds

I hope to find that you have had a wonderful weekend. Ours has been busy of course. Friday, daddy insisted that we go to Martin's to view their mega supply of Bama football accessories, apparel and other stuff. Oh my gosh! If I had to guess, I would say that half of this store's inventory was Bama stuff. I would also add that it was all reasonably priced. I knocked out a couple Christmas gifts. Woo Hoo! You just can't imagine the stuff.

My children will not stop growing long enough for us to replenish our bank account. I had to pass down the new Levi jeans that I bought Katie for this Fall. I made a mistake buying slim, but they fit her in September. Last week, they were tight across the thighs. You talk about sick. Colton is in between sizes 18 and 24 months. One piece outfits like jon jons or overalls, he has to wear a 24 month. Separates, he could wear a 24 month, but he has a little waistline. I had to take in a couple of his pants around the waist, so he can wear them. Ugh!

As soon as Katie got out of school Friday, we headed for Belk. They have their girls Levi's 4-6x $18.99. I think this is a great deal because Levi's are normally $30 something and they fit so much better on Katie than other jeans. This time I had her try on the jeans before I bought them. The 6 regular fit fine, but thinking of next month I thought it would be best to go with the 6x regulars. Thank goodness for adjustable waistlines. The length looks great on her. Her other jeans size 5 made her look like she was wadding in water, if you know what I mean. Belk has so many pretty dresses for church and sweet Christmas outfits. Peggy picked up the pink and red corduroy snowgirl pants set for her. Sooo cute! While we were there, we had to check out the sea of Nutcrackers. That's one of many things Katie and I love is looking at all the different styles of Nutcrackers. She absolutely loves them. I've started her a small collection. When she's older and still loves them the way she does now, I'll have to get her a real Nutcracker from the German store here in town called "A Touch of German." I've started a tradition with Katie. Around Christmas time, we go to the store and just look at all the Nutcrackers. They are beautiful and to watch her eyes light up makes it much more special for me.

Speaking of "The Nutcracker,"  Maryann, Katie and I went to Katie's Ballet School to pre-order our tickets for December.  Peggy, Mom, Whitney and Natalie are hopefully going with us.  This pre-order is suppose to guarantee us the best seat in the house.  While we were there, we got a sneak peek of some of our dancers practicing.  They've been hard at it, learning the performance since the beginning of the month.  I just hate it that Katie wasn't eligible to audition for a part.  One of her girlfriends from school was there practicing.  Katie wanted to know why she couldn't dance, if "A" got to dance.  Aww!  I felt bad for her, but had to explain that she had to be at least 6 years old to audition.  This wasn't Mrs. Elaine's rules it was the director of the Montgomery Ballet, which are the professionals that will be the main performers.  Us ballet moms and dads are hoping this performance will be a great success, so they will come back.  Maybe Katie will be able to audition for a spot then.  We are pretty excited to see it, especially because we know the young lady that will be playing "Clara."  If you live in the area and would be interested in purchasing tickets for this ballet, Ballet School will give you one more opportunity to pre-order tickets next Saturday, October 30th.

As you know, I bought a gingerbread Haunted House kit for Katie and I to put together.  I figured we would put it together next Saturday, but she has been aggravating me since I got the thing.  "When are we going to put together the Haunted House mom?"  "Are you ready to put together the Haunted House?"  "Mom, you promised we'd put together the house today!"  Ugh!!!!  Katie is so much like me IT SCARY!  She is so impatient and when she wants something done, she wants it done yesterday.  I know, I'm paying for my raising.  Or that's what my mother loves to bring up from time to time.   After church today, I finally gave in.  I haven't seen Katie move that quick.  By the time I turned around, she had on her apron and wanted me to tie it.  I had to give her the dreaded "we've got to prep our area first" speech.  She absolutely hates prep work, but it's got to be done.  My prep work means, clear off our work space, clean our work space, get all the utensils we need ready and within hands reach, mix up the ingredients that we'll need and have it at hands reach, pull back the hair and lastly WASH YOUR HANDS! 

Once prep time was finished, I pulled out the gingerbread house and placed it on the cake dome.  Katie picked out a picture that she wanted her haunted house to look like.  Maryann told me yesterday how she had fun putting together a gingerbread house with Natalie last year for Christmas.   I told her how much fun I had putting this house together when I spoke to her on the phone.  Ugh!  All she could do was giggle at me and remind me that I was dealing with a 5 year old, while Natalie was 19 years old at the time.  It's not like it was difficult or anything, it's just that Katie wanted me to finish as soon as I started, so she would put on all the candies.  She lost interest quickly when I told her she couldn't eat the icing or more importantly the house right away.  Of course, Colton was right there in the middle of it all.  He tried a time or two to snatch a few candied M&Ms.  Thank goodness Peggy and Millard came by to visit.  They were able to hold him off of my project for awhile.  It wasn't long before everyone headed outside for a little bit and here I was, by myself, to finish the bless'd haunted house.  I didn't take any pictures tonight because I want to get some dyed coconut to put around it for appearances.  I must warn you, it looks like I was drunk putting this thing together.  Katie kept moving the table, while I was piping in the windows and door.  Yeah, it's one silly, wacked out haunted house.  LOL!  But Katie really likes it and more importantly she wants to EAT IT.  I'm hoping to get her to hold off until next Friday or Saturday before she eats the house.  I also told Katie and Colton that they had better enjoy this haunted house because it will probably be my last for a long time.

Movie Review
Letters to Juliet - starring Amanda Seyfried and Chris Egan. Rated PG
Wow!  I absolutely love movies like this one.  Sweet romance that blooms overnight.  I don't want to give any of it away.  I thought it was a really good movie and of course I enjoyed getting to see the Italian landscapes, so beautiful.  I would recommend it to all romantics at heart.   By the way, Chris Egan "Charlie" isn't too bad to look at. ;)  The British accent is an added bonus.

The Backup Plan - starring Jennifer Lopez.  Rated PG-13
This is a definite Chick Flick!  I loved this movie, so funny.  You've got to see it! 

Prayer Request
Doug and I ran into one of our former co-workers this weekend.  Since the last time I saw "MJ," I found out he changed jobs, he and his lovely wife had two more children and they built a house.  When we saw him this weekend, he told us that he has been layed off and is having a tough time finding a job.  Man!  It absolutely kills me how the economy is still down the stinker.  I really wish it would pick up and everyone has their many opinions on how it got this way and what we need to do in order to change it.  Bottomline, so many good, honest citizens are losing their only means of income.  Thank the dear Lord above that MJ's wife still has her job, but with three small children and a huge mortgage, it's got to be hard.  I just ask you to please remember them along with so many millions of other people that are having a rough time right now finding work. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

U.F.O. sited in Knoxville, TN


There was a U.F.O sited in Knoxville, TN today. You'll have to see it to believe it.


Tell Me Thursday about Wordless Wednesday

Tell Me Thursday
I didn't care for the "Tell Me Thursday" button that I've been using from Photobucket, so I drafted out this one.  I like it much better.  Whatcha think?  You are more than welcome to use it. 

As Laura and I were running (walking actually) into Mellow Mushroom to order a couple of pizzas to go, we were welcomed with this sign on the front door. How funny is this, I ask you. Now, you know there would have to be enough full bladders, coming across this restaurant, in order to force the manager to place a sign such as this one. LOL!  I found it amusing and humorous.   I just had to share this with you. 

I was surprised to receive my Black Friday List already in my email messages.  Can you believe it?  November will be here in less than 2 weeks.  Not many stores have listed all of their Black Friday savings, but they have started.  If you are interested in viewing what the Black Friday Ads are as of right now, CLICK HERE!

Katie Story
I have to give you a quick Katie story.  This morning like every morning, I turned Katie's light on.  I do this to tell her it's time to get up and get ready for school.  Normally, she throws the covers up over her head and then I have to pull her out of bed in order to get dressed.  Today after I turned on the light, I went in the bathroom to finish putting on my makeup.  It took about 5 minutes before I heard her flip her switch off.  {What? I was thinking.}  I stopped and looked down the hall.  In her dark room, she was closing her bedroom door.  I caught the door before it closed and asked her exactly what she thought she was doing.  She just looked at me with sleepy eyes and grinned.  I told her that I knew exactly what she was thinking.  She was planning on going back to bed.  She turned and crawled back in bed.  I turned the light back on and finished getting ready.  The little stinker had her covers up over her head again by the time I made it back in her room.  Of course, she was playing opposum because she began to smile as I was trying to get her to wake. 


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Yea, Alabama!

Showing our team colors

The Tailgaters

Waiting for the game to begin

Bear's Den Snack Bar

Million Dollar Band ~ "BAMA"

"U of A"

Homecoming Game 2010 ~ Bama vs. Ole Miss ~ Big Al in the middle

Here they come!

Roll Tide Roll!

Our new addition to the stadium (South End) ~ in the front
By the way, I told you we were sitting in the nose bleed section.