Sunday, October 31, 2010

HAppY HaLLoWeen!

Michael Jackson and Luke Skywalker

Titan Baseball Player

Chris' friend Ethan -- his mom always does a bang-up job making him the best costumes!
She can make DI, spray paint, and posterboard turn into a work of art!!

I'm pretty sure I've seen MJ in this exact pose!


Me revisiting my scout costume but with a new recruit this year!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

First Snow

And Winter Begins...


I think if you're 5 years old, building a snowman
on the first Day of Snow
is more important than being on time to Kindergarten.
Don't you?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Happy 94th Birthday, Grandma!



Grandma Adair turns 94! Much to her dismay!
She's upset she has to pay taxes another year!
She's a cutie though...so glad we got to celebrate with her!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Heaven

When I die and go to heaven, instead of a singing choir, give me a chorus of 200 violins!

Marty's Suzuki "Celebration" was last weekend. I took this "video" (mostly just for the sound!) during rehearsal. Listening to such a large group play is so thrilling!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Do You Believe in Signs?

Last week my friend texted me, "What humanitarian trips are you and Courtney looking into?"
Oh yeah, I was looking into that at one time. Then I'd promptly forgot.

So that morning I started looking into ideas again. Later I talked to her in person to get her ideas. She'd heard that Deanne's kids had participated in a program and they really liked it. "I'll have to call Deanne," I said.

So an hour later I went to the store to buy orange juice because I was fighting off a cold. There stood Deanne in line ahead of me. "I was just talking about you," I said. And I got her ideas for humanitarian projects.

Later that evening I told Courtney about the info I'd found and that I'd run into Deanne at the store just after I'd been talking about her. What a coincidence, we said. It must be a sign, we laughed. "Who's Deanne?" She wondered.

The next day we stood in the driveway. Deanne drove by in her suburban. "That's Deanne," I said. We looked at each other. Yep, it's a sign.

Today I had the most wonderful spontaneous day. I came home from Aerobics. (Yes, I said aerobics -- dance steps and all.) And I surfed the internet to check in on all that had happened in the world for the 90 minutes that I'd been gone to aerobics. Then Julia called. I last saw Julia 3 years ago when we happened to be at the same book conference. Before that I'd last seen her when our husbands were students at University of Chicago. However, we follow each other's blogs and are friends on Facebook. So it really feels like we keep up on each other's lives.

She was calling to return some books. We'd tried to see each other last summer when I answered her shout-out to anyone with the Hunger Games series who would be willing to loan it out. But I was racing to Nick's swim lessons and she was racing with children as well. So I left the books on the porch.

"It would be fun to actually see each other when I bring your books back." (We've been talking about seeing each other for exactly 3 years -- since I last ran into her. Yogurt, walks, bike rides, lunch. Anything. But we haven't done it.)

"Let's go walking," I said. Tomorrow didn't work for Julia and Wednesday didn't work for me. "What about today?" She ventured. "Why not?"

So Julia came over and we went on a walk. And we talked and talked and talked. Then we went to lunch, sweaty and all, and she treated (Thank you!!) and we talked and talked some more. And it was the most wonderful day! Much better than organizing my closet or shopping for Halloween costumes at DI and Savers. And infinitely better than surfing the internet for entertainment.

She said that morning while driving to carpool they'd hit a big dip. And her daughter said, "This is like that dip that we hit by your friend that we'd borrowed the books from."

And then later that morning she ran into her friend from her kids' school. Who was my new friend from the cruise. My name came up -- "How do you know Angela?" And so with the thought of needing to return my books and my name coming up twice in just a few hours, she called. The result was a wonderful day and a friendship nurtured. "It was a sign," she laughed as she walked away. I think it was.
Julia & me -- 3 years ago

Friday, October 08, 2010

Heiroglyphics

Our painter convinced us that textured paint was all the rage...
Apparently our kids love it too!


Now you can Graffitti in the comfort of your own home!
No markers or paint required!
Just bring a sharp fingernail and never be bored
in the bathroom again!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The Creeps

When you have one dead rat in your zucchinis and another next to your swingset with it's guts falling out and infested with flies, it gives a whole new meaning to, "You don't know where that fly in your kitchen has been."

Luckily Dan doesn't even flinch (on the outside) when it comes to disposing of the dead vermin. But I had to take the trash to the curb today and I'm not quite sure why, but the lid was left open on the can last night, and the gnats were swarming it looking for those dead rats. And I think one of the gnats might have touched me when I reached over to shut the garbage can lid.

And it made me think of Christopher's bedtime conversation last night. He was asking me all about the plague. I hope there's not some weird foreshadowing going on here.

So then I went on my walk and when my friend stopped to talk, I was swarmed by gnats again. It felt like the rat-gnats were following me. And I'm pretty sure one went up my nose. So the rest of my walk I couldn't breathe in too deeply and I kept having to blow my nose on my sleeve. And I know that sounds gross, but obviously I couldn't have actually inhaled more bubonic plague than I've already been contaminated with.

I've kind of got the creeps.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

My Favorite Halloween Decorations

The best part of decorating for Halloween is pulling out these photos and remembering!








Saturday, October 02, 2010

October 1st -- Witches Festival


It was my day to get the Kindergarten kiddos from school on early day Friday and we had enough time to go visit the Witches Festival at Gardner Village.
This is a last-ditch effort for me to take any free time I have with Nicholas and go do something fun. We've got 2 hours on Fridays after his morning Kindergarten before he goes to his afternoon Kindergarten and suddenly I'm realizing it's enough time to go do something fun once in a while!



The boys liked seeing all the witches and pumpkins. And trying on witches' hats at the Toy store. And they liked exploring the Candy store several times over and finally picking out a treat. But the thing they loved the most was watching the ducks in the river and spotting the extra large fish. And having enough time when we got home to play the Wii for 10 minutes!