Friday, October 31, 2008

Pumpkin Carving Time

Well, we managed to get our pumpkins carved for Halloween.

Mark cleaned out the pumpkins- I am just here for inspiration people, (and to help Alex finish carving when homework looms).

The girls were excited to do their princesses- Alyssa started hers while Alex worked on homework.

Alyssa had a little helper- Summer was very interested in the pumpkin carving- and in eating the little pieces of pumpkin that fell out. I got her to pose for me and look at the camera-Hasn't she gotten big? Sometimes I can't believe how big she is.

Alex got to get to work on her pumpkin after finishing some drama class work.

And here are the finished pumpkins- first, Alyssa did Belle:Alex did Ariel-And here are the princesses together- aren't they pretty (not really scary at all, but that is o.k.)Happy Halloween! Hope you all get lots of treats and no tricks tonight!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Good Idea/Bad Idea

I had a great idea to send a little Halloween treat to my son in college. Yesterday I packed a small box with fun size Skittles, sour patch kids, swedish fish, some pop rocks (Yes, I found them in Michaels), a Batman Pez dispenser, and a cute little card. I was pleased that I actually got it in the mail in time to get to him by Halloween. Unfortunately, this involved opening the Halloween candy. Hmm- fun sized Reese's anyone? Halloween candy should come with warning labels because something so small can't have any calories, right? I held out until the 29th- does that get me any awards?
Went below 32 last night, so the impatiens just gave up the ghost. I will try and pull them all up in the morning before I go to the school. I am subbing tomorrow afternoon- Friday/Halloween/8th graders- does anyone else see any attention issues here? Then I was called today to sub at the high school tomorrow afternoon- high schoolers vs. 8th graders- I think I have the better deal.
Tonight is pumpking carving- I found Disney princess stencils, and my girls are thrilled. No, they are not preschoolers, they are teenagers- why do you ask?? If I could have found Jonas Brothers stencils- which probably do exist on the web somewhere if I wanted to look- they might have been happier, but I don't know for sure.
Need to finish Alyssa's costume- working on the glittering starfish for her hair- and start dinner. will try to have pictures of the pumpkins tomorrow. Too bad I have to walk right by that Halloween candy on my way to the kitchen- 3 whoppers never killed anybody, right??

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


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Friday, October 17, 2008


I am now officially the mother of three teenagers. I knew this day would come, long ago when they were very small and I thought of it with some trepidation and with some hope for the days when they would leave the house for long stretches of time without me...Here it is. They do indeed leave my house for long stretches of time without me- and only two of them need me to drop them off and pick them up when they do. I am going to try and get a picture of all of them together tonight, on Alyssa's birthday. Here is Alyssa just before leaving for school this morning:

Thirteen years old. Wow. Got her some balloons, made some chocolate mousse (a cake will come later for the party) and wrapped several things in gift bags. She stayed after school for a field hockey game (several of her friends play on the team), so she isn't home yet. Hope she is having a good day now that the Geometry test and the Spanish test are over.

Happy Birthday, Alyssa!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Lots to Say

Well, once again life has gotten in the way of the blog updates. I did a Week in the Life project from Ali Edwards' blog. It was really cool- but taking photos of everything all day took up a lot of time. I will share some of those later this week. It was fun- I used the timer on the camera to take pictures of me throughout the day, too.
This last weekend was a good one- homecoming at the high school and Tony came home from college for the weekend, too.

Doesn't he look nice? He is cracking me up with how he and the guys on the hall cut each other's hair. I sent clippers with him to school, and apparently, some other mother did, too. They take care of each other. He shaved his roommate's mohawk off the night before school started.

Alex looked beautiful for homecoming:

Here is a better picture of the dress:

And here is the group of girls she went with- no dates. We never would have gone to our Homecoming without a date- I am glad that has changed.

Loved all of the colors in the dresses- several of the girls had mentioned making sure not to get another black dress, but Alex had never had a black dress, so hers was a novelty to her. I really loved her dress- it was very nice. The other girls who were trying on dresses that night at Dillards were a bit scary. Some pretty slutty dresses, and I couldn't believe the moms were buying them and saying they were cute.

Alyssa got glasses, but I cannot find the picture I took of her in them, and she isn't being cooperative for me to get another one right now. She is constantly saying Wow- I can see that! She will lift her glasses and look without them and say, Boy I am blind. She mentioned how pretty the trees were now that she can see individual leaves. It is a miracle she has been as good of a student as she has been without being able to see the board in class. I feel a little guilty that I didn't notice how bad her eyes were sooner.

Yesterday I spent several hours backing up all of my photos to an external hard drive. I try to print a lot of them, and I store on external drives, and this is a backup to my other storage external drives. I am glad that is done for now- I am going to try and get on a monthly system of backing up and organizing- the digital photo thing can quickly spiral out of control.

Enjoying my design class with Cathy Zielske. She is very funny, and I think her class just might be the most professionally done one I have taken at Big Picture Scrapbooking. I love the fact that the practice is making layouts, so I am getting some of that done as well.

Finished all of the Twilight series- enjoyed them for the most part. Alex and Alyssa have both read the first one (Alex has also read them all). Alyssa is waiting to read the others until she finishes a book she has to read for school. I need to finish The Innocent Man by John Grisham for Book Club on Wednesday night..

Off to enjoy the rest of the day off from school and Mark from work. Won't even mention that I will try and do better, the guilt goes without saying...