Thursday, November 24, 2011


             I hope everyone has a wonderful day filled with family, friends and of course food! I have so much to be thankful for. I plan to spend this day thanking God for all the blessings he has given me and my family.
I am also so very thankful for all of my bloggy buddies who have taken moments out of their busy days to visit my humble blog home.
I hope everyone spends today with those they love. Have a great day together and remember the most important ingredient..........your camera!!! So you can share it all with the rest of us tomorrow =)
God Bless you all!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Halloween Fun and Foolishness

           I wanted to share a few photo's from our annual Halloween party,before the season is too far in the past. Like all parties we had our fair share of the goofy,the gruesome and the comical to say the least.
Does anyone notice the crazy surgeon behind us?
My youngest son who loves most all holiday's gets especially excited about Halloween......he is worse than the kids in fact! He has always been our comedian and so a costume party really allows him to shine! It wouldn't be a party to the kiddos if Uncle JJ isn't there to entertain them. In past years he has come as Richard Simmons, a Gladiator, a knight, Kevin Federline, just to name a few. His wife is always the companion to whatever he is so it is always something we all look forward to.

This year he was Batman. He remained in complete character for most of the evening,only answering to the name,Batman. The kids loved it! He was a riot!! He had worked on this costume for weeks and weeks. He purchased it from a costume store who had a going out of business sale for a super low price. However it didn't have quite the look he wanted so he repainted the entire outfit,adding the silver here and there to give it a stronger look.
Notice in his left hand. He is holding what looks like a simple black box. No, No this was his theme music in fact which he played wherever he walked. His entrance was hysterical!! I honestly can't remember when we have all laughed this hard.....he as usual was the star of the show!
Of all the costumes they have and bought new this year this is what my two youngest grandson's decided to come as.First the little ninja warrior on the left was suppose to be Harry Potter,and the clown on the right was in fact a zombie I was corrected many times. He looked pitiful,like a sad homeless clown.
I asked him what on Earth happened to his new costume and why two different shoes. He reminded me that he had to mess it up because he was a zombie clown,and after all zombie clowns wouldn't have nice matching shoes! So now I feel a tad more educated on the correct appearance of zombie's. Really all the kids wanted to do was go and jump in the inflatable bungee basketball unit that we rented. So getting them to stop for photos was difficult.

Of course we had a zombie bride and groom, the place was over flowing with zombies. And a sweet and darling little exercise Barbie,who was freezing her multi colored leg warmers off haha!

Batman also brought his wife Super Girl, a rather mixed marriage of sorts. Sadly Batman kept upstaging Super Girl every chance he got. He nearly knocked her over on many occasions when he would expand his wings............ I guess what I'm saying is we have lots of photos of Batman.
 My oldest son and daughter in law came as a quack surgeon and his unfortunate patient. I personally don't like gruesome costumes I prefer funny or cute. The kids all love the whole scary, bloody,ghoulish part of Halloween,I just like to be more like a Disney cartoon,yes I am very "G" rated!!

A long time friend of the boys and who also works for us at the construction company came dressed as a knight and his lady in waiting. And since they aren't married yet I guess you could say she really is still waiting!

Batman's arch enemy arrived before too long,The Joker! The Joker later said he made a note to himself that makeup would have been much better than a sweaty mask. I for one hate to ever wear a mask of any kind,it's always something you regret about ten minutes into the party.

I thought when this fellow arrived that it was a monkey from the Planet of the Apes,but in fact I was so very wrong. He was our local bridge inspector,who had determined that our aging bridge has some serious problems, with a clip board to prove it. This probably won't be funny to all of you,but to us it was a huge laugh since we have a major bridge that has been closed. This has caused us two and three hour commutes to Louisville Ky,which usually only takes 30, 40 mins. So rush hour traffic and rode rage has been a lot of fun.
We never realized that Snow White was in fact married to the Joker, but it is true.....the Joker is her Prince Charming!
The scary quack surgeon couldn't resist trying to steal our photo moments. I work with him daily so I seem rather immune to his shenanigan's don't I? I must admit my kids are fun,and everyday that God allows me to be with them....which in fact is everyday, I am very blessed and very grateful!
A motley crew in deed!
We had a scary trail to walk through the woods once it got dark. Where most of the high school theater kids hid and jumped out to scare the littler ones. They would scream and holler and when it was over beg to do it again. They nearly wore out the teenagers which I didn't think was possible.
I couldn't tell at the time if this was a real person or not,but in the dark it scared the patooty out of me.
As the evening went on Batman Challenged Barbie to a game of Dance Central.
You know it's serious when Batman removes his mask for all to see...haha!
It was the true highlight of the evening. I have to say all of our family parties are centered around the kids,their friends are always included and many of them practically live there on the weekends. We all realize that these kids are only small for a very short time. So participating in activities that are fun for them makes for some very happy kids, who don't mind being at home with their parents and extended family.

In the end Barbie beat the wings off of Batman. So I predict that there will be another challenge in the near future,because Batman doesn't like to lose to any of his arch enemy's especially a Barbie in leg warmers!

Friday, November 11, 2011

What A Nice Surprise

                     Sorry I have been missing in action lately,but as you know we are now entering the busy season. Some days I feel as if all I do is run in circles.....and with scissors in my hand no less. Oh that reminds me of a funny story from a few years ago. No one can ever believe this when I tell it,but a few years ago I actually did poke myself in the eye with....drum roll please....nail scissors, ta dah!! Yes,yes I did. So when I was at the emergency room I casually said "well that will teach me to run with scissors" the doctor looked up at me and said "were you really running with scissors?" I laughed and said "no but doesn't that sound better than I had scissors in my hand and forgot and poked myself in the eye?" Sad but true story and believe me I got a million of them! Well I certainly have veered off the topic, so back to my surprise.

Yesterday Apartment Therapy under their children's section called featured a darling child's bedroom from Natchez Mississippi. I was so excited to actually see the final result of one of my customer's redecorating project. She mentioned to me that she wanted the campfire for a non-working fireplace in her 16 month old son's bedroom. I asked her to please send me some photos because I would love to see how it all turns out.

And boy did she! She notified me yesterday that my Campfire was included in a feature showing her son's bedroom. Oh what a fun moment,and what a darling bedroom! I love the phone booth door next to the cozy brick fireplace. She cleverly tied it all together with a multi colored ottoman and a black and white striped rug. Such a bright and cheery room I just love it!! Click on the above link to see more photos and read about the process. She really did a great job creating a room that any child (or adult for that matter)would love to live in,boy or girl.

Then I discovered that my customer Vickie also has a beautiful blog called All Through The Looking Glass. I always enjoy discovering new blogs,as I'm sure most of you do. Stop by and visit her blog when you have sometime.
Also the holiday's are just around the corner so if you are looking for some awesome, unique gifts then remember to shop Etsy. I know Etsy is where I go first,and I have never disappointed!