Friday, October 31, 2008

Friday Flashback

I have to admit, Halloween is not my favorite holiday. For a young mother with many children, it creates a huge amount of stress. I used to dread it every year. Someone always started talking about their Halloween costume in August and it filled me with terror every time.

First, picking the costumes, then dressing the little children who are wild with excitement and eager to get out for the treats just free for the askin'. Then you have to try to get said children fed something semi-nutritious prior to the treat free for all.....then, you have to ration out the treats so as to avoid sugar highs and tummy ache blues.

The costume thing, well, that pretty much put me under. I am not a creative person when it comes to making a fabulous costume out of a few plastic bags and construction paper. So walk with me through the years of mediocre costuming........

A white pillowcase and baby powder on the face make a perfect ghost for a toddler barely starting to walk.....

This was the year Karate Kid was all the rage. Someone told me Jessica looked just like Pebbles in The Flinstones, so a piece of fabric and a few stitches, voila, we have Pebbles! Cleopatra came to visit us from centuries long ago. Dance costume extraordinaire.Thank heavens again for old dance costumes!! This was the year I had a 2 month old baby (#7) I found the little devil hats and capes on pre-printed fabric. We used them for many, many years-and not just for Halloween. (my scrapbook skills make me cringe every time I see these photos!)

Pajama tops work GREAT for Halloween costumes. So do plastic grocery bags for treats.

This old coat was recycled many times, first as a spy and then add a few whiskers, an old droopy hat and now you are a bum....

Ahh holiday I will NOT miss with young children. It's more fun being the grandma and planning the party to get the kiddies likkered up with sugar and then let their mommies and daddies take care of them.....(hee hee)

One thing I will miss.............

Sneaking around to inspect the candy bags and sampling a few treats here and there...

P.S. Be sure to tune in tomorrow for an exciting post!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Just a Partyin' Family!

The birthday girl at Chuckie Cheese! (note the pizza cake made by Aunt Jess)
Nothing tastes better than birthday pizza!

The scary rides!

Some boys never grow up!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I'd Like to Introduce you To.....

My Garden!
This is Ms. Green Patch. She is growing all sorts of yummy greens like romaine lettuce, butter lettuce, spinach, leaf lettuce and beets.

This is Mr. Cruciferous Patch-AKA Mr. Cabbage Patch. He is growing broccoli, cauliflower and two different kinds of cabbage.
May I present Ms. Peas and Carrots patch? She has some onions growing too!
This is Mr. Mutt Patch-AKA contains a little bit of everything. He will be growing the extra broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and greens in the rotation process. He even aspires to be Mr. Potato Patch soon!

Pleased to meetcha' I'm sure!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

How do you spell F*U*N?

Our Halloween fiesta with the kids and grandkids last night of course! We hosted a family night Halloween party so we can see the kids in their costumes because frankly, when you are six years old, you are really excited about trick or treating in your own neighborhood and not making the trek to Grandma's house so she can see your cuteness in costume! I took 88 photos but I am sure that no one is interested in looking at all 88!

We made Halloween crafts....

We frosted ghost and pumpkin cakes....

The only costume photo where at least the majority was looking in my general direction...

Aww..look at the lil' punkin!

We made mummy dogs..
And had our first (and hopefully not last) pumpkin carving contest.
The competition was intense!

Some people will do anything to get on the internet!

The final product.....the barf pumpkin generated a lot of laughs, courtesy of future dentist.

Jen's amazement and delight when she received "Most Creative Pumpkin" award.

Her first pinata-it was hilarious. She giggled the whole time.

Gettin' down to the business of candy eating right away....

We missed you Jessica & Chris! Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 27, 2008

How Do You spell S*T*R*E*S*S?

This week is a CRAZY week. I am going to make a valiant attempt to post our adventures-but we'll see........

Today: Today is the big Halloween Party for the grandkids! I am really looking forward to it-it's going to be lots of fun but I am a little stressed because in addition to preparing for that I have a Spanish chapter 14 oral test......which causes me gastric distress.....

And today I get to have one of those exams that females over the age of 40 are supposed to have every year....the one where they press certain appendages of the body used to nourish human infants flat as a pancake between two cold plates...........double ditto on the gastric distress!

And because I hate to have a post without a photo, here's one for your pleasure and enjoyment...

Corn chips and peaches....

TL's new favorite snack....Since going wheat free and milk free he can't have his favorite chocolate cake and milk treat so this is his delightful substitute....uh....yeah....

I have lots of fun photos to post and will from the party but since I also have a dentist appointment first thing tomorrow to replace a do you spell s*t*r*e*s*s?

Sunday, October 26, 2008


(as opposed to RED ALERT!!!)


My advice is to go there immediately and make a comment. Hopefully it will encourage her to continue the updates.....

Friday, October 24, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Miss Z! She is a big SIX years old today.
Today is a memorable day for me because her mommy's water broke on my couch here at home while we were watching "Single's Ward" and timing contractions! Miss Z. also has the distinction of being the first-born grandchild.
Have a Happy Day Miss Z!

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Here in AZ, we don't have fall, or maybe we have five minutes of fall. I am still waiting for fall. When we returned from Portugal, we had a few days of lovely temperatures, that fall-ish tingle in the air and I could feel my body relax and breathe a sigh of relief. went away. (maybe that was our fall) help us hot-weary AZ folks endure the days of 90 degree temps still with us.....I present...Fall.

A year ago at this moment-we were in Palmyra, New York enjoying the beauty and spirit of that wonderful place. So sit back, relax, and live a real Fall.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Because I have Absolutely Nothing Better to do with My Time

If I had graduated the same year as TL........

Dangit-this is the way I wanted my hair to look in high school!

ARGGGHHHH! The scary thing is.......I actually looked like this in 7th grade!!!

Oh my holy's really frightening how realistic this looks!

Yo mama.

Hey-don't I look rad?

Thank you very much. I am now excusing you to go barf.

Ode to My Garden

If I were living in Mah-day-rah, my garden would look something like this:

Or quite possibly like this......on terraces...And I could even have my own banana plants in my back yard..

But, I don't, so this is what my garden looks like these days...

Every season, with fear and trepidation, I plant my tiny little seeds and hope beyond hope that the magic will happen again.....

And every season, I never fail to be amazed and delighted when little seedlings poke their heads through the soil! Oh ye of little faith!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

LiFe as We KnoW it

I've been noticeably absent the last few days on the blogging scene. (or maybe not so noticeably) It is due to the fact that:
a) I've been too busy to blog.
b) My life is too boring to blog about
c) I'm having a mid-life crisis and I'm in a deep funk.
d) All of the above.

Hmmmmm. What could it be? Quite possibly D.

Random vignettes of life lately:
Away from home A LOT-running errands, going to numerous meetings where Spanish is spoken, understanding lots more Spanish-but speaking it much less, doing Spanish homework, Primary Activity Day, my usual marathon Sundays, trying to finish writing the Primary Program, making numerous changes to the Primary Program, wrestling with ADHD Primary children, going to swim meets, working lots less, planning holiday events, reading Georgette Heyer books.....ok....she is really funny......., my teenage daughter signing me up for Facebook and realizing I am probably the oldest living member of Facebook on the planet......(i'm doing it to spy on my children...muaha ha ha)

Trying not to worry too much about current events, the politics, the fear of our upcoming "Obamanation," slashing the budget here at home, trying to have faith and trust in the Lord, my hormonal balance totally out of balance, finding joy in my new gardening adventures (photos upcoming) and generally living life.

Finding out that I am on the "next to die" list in my Spanish class, i.e. I am the oldest member of the class, including the prof. But feeling better when my young cute classmates insist that I don't look f-f-fifty!

So that's it-basically your boring every day-ish life. Oh-please sign up to be one of my "followers" on my blog so my self-esteem won't totally be destroyed!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

WhaT we BroughT HoMe

Choosing what to bring home to represent our memories is something we take very seriously. We only have one shot-and a budget-so we usually don't do much shopping until the end of the trip. We have lots of people to buy for so here's a smidgeon of what we brought home....

How can you not have a Hard Rock Cafe t-shirt from Lisbon? (well us girls don't-just for the guys)

Roosters are good luck in Portugal and one must bring the good luck home! This is based on an old Portuguese story-which I don't have time to repeat here-just trust me on this one. They are EVERYWHERE.....

Hand painted ceramic-15th century design-a rooster of course!

My not-so-hand-embroidered Christmas tablecloth (but I know it was touched by human hands in the manufacturing process!) But I loved it.

This is the real stuff......

For those who attend the temple......
These are extra-large placemats which I intend to fold up and make into a temple packet-as soon as I get the nerve to stitch it!!!Hand embroidered trays-they are hanging on the wall in my kitchen.

I LOVE my new watch. Because my eyes are old, I love the large face and the interchangeable of course!

Most of all, what we brought home were the memories we created-marriage bonds strengthened-people we met-photos we took!