Today was "Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character" day at school. Don't even ask me why the school would do this on Halloween. Like coming up with one costume isn't enough, we had to pull together this one on top of that. Anyway, Evan wanted to be Nancy Drew and she put this outfit together herself. I thought it was perfect. The leopard tights are a little risky for Nancy, but, hey-a girl's gotta be cute. Ella wanted to be "Spongebob", oh, no-wait-"Scooby Doo". After a lengthy explanation of how they are cartoon characters and not really book characters, she (we) decided on Junie B. Jones. I embroidered "Junie B. Jones" on her t-shirt (I know-it's kindof like cheating-love that embroidery machine) and she has on knee socks with one pulled up and one pushed down. A big messy bow and some glasses- and we've got a little Junie B.
Friday, October 31, 2008
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008
It's kindof tight across the chest so it makes him walk with his front legs bowed out. That really adds to the effect of the costume, walking like he's all big and tough.Oh...and I averted a near disaster on Tuesday. It was hat day at the girls school. Evan wore a cute little crocheted brown hat, presh. Ella......picked out a hat that she shouldn't even own. Brad bought her a pink camo trucker hat at Wal Mart a while back it is the one she decided to wear on hat day. The worst part.....it says "Team Realtree" on the front. Swear! It goes against my every belief to allow my daughter to wear something that says "team realtree". And ok, so if they want to wear camo when they go to the woods with Brad or Papa, fine! But pink camo with "team Realtree", Seriously? So I casually kept suggesting that her pink Nike cap would look really cute since she was wearing a pink Nike outfit and all. Eventually, she decided to try both on and see which one looked better. When she put the Nike cap on, Evan and I were like, "O.M.G. That is fabulous. So cute. So sporty. So you!" So she went with that one, AND she thought it was her idea! Whew! Talk about a close call.
And here we are after the last minute switch.......Triumphant!!!!!Don't get me wrong here. I am all about a girl in some cute camo pants or something......it was the trucker style hat with the "Team Realtree" that got me. Hey...you gotta draw the line somewhere.
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Sunday, October 26, 2008
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
You know how some families seem unfairly exposed to death and loss? It is so hard to understand. Why them? Why again? My sweet sister-in-law, Karen, (my brother's wife of 14 years) has been through so much, and just when you think it can't get worse, it does. Six years ago, Karen lost her father to lung cancer (he was not a smoker). It was a horrible tragedy that none of her family expected. A few years later, when they had just begun to heal from the loss of her father, Karen's mom was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gherigs disease). She died from complications of that 2 years ago, just after Christmas. Karen has done so well dealing with the loss that she has dealt with. Having lost both parents by the age of 30 is something none of us ever dream of enduring. Karen has an older and a younger brother, and they have pulled together and supported each other during their times of loss. Last night, Karen's older brother, Steven, died in a car accident. Why? Why them? Why again? I certainly do not question God, ever; I know that even in death, there is Glory because of God. But, that said, I do often wonder what God's plan is. And why some people have to deal with so much pain, while others do not. My brother and Karen have 3 boys: Tyler, 14, Andrew, 9, and Blake, 3. Tyler and Andrew have suffered losses greater than I have ever dreamed of. Losing their grandfather who could do anything and had so much to teach them; their grandmother that was so dear to them, who lived only blocks away and was everything that you dream a grandmother could be; and now their uncle, who would have them over for sleepovers and all night video game sessions. I went to see the boys last night after I found out what had happened. It turns out Steven was in a one car accident. He rode the median for a while before going off into an embankment. He didn't have his seat belt on, which was unusual because they say he typically wore it. These boys are so full of questions. "Do you think he could have passed out because it looks like he should have tried to turn and get back on the road?" "What is a seizure?" "Could he have had one?" "I wonder why he didn't have his seatbelt on?" Listening to these boys ask these questions, and wonder why, and just not understand, is so painful. Andrew just cried, and said "I feel so sorry for my mom, and aunt K, and Michael (Karen's younger brother)." I hate that they have to deal with something as big as this. I want to wrap them up and protect them and make everything fun and laughs and smiles. They are the best kids, probably in part because they know what loss and true pain feels like. And Karen, I can't even begin to imagine how she feels. I can't fathom the thought of losing my brother, my kindred spirit, my friend and protector and partner in crime. So-please pray for Karen, and my brother (Gary), and Tyler, Andrew, and Blake, and Steven's wife- Kimberly, and Karen's younger brother- Michael. They need our prayers. And Count your blessings.
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Thursday, October 16, 2008
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Monday, October 13, 2008
Hope everyone has a great week! Mine is busy, busy but next week Brad and I are going to New Orleans, so I am eager to get this week over with! Anybody know anything about New Orleans? Any "must go" place to eat (or shop)?
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Sunday, October 12, 2008
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Thursday, October 9, 2008
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008
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