Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Actually, by now for most of you, I am sure Halloween is over. As I type this I hear the children in the other room sorting and trading their candy and the guys are in the garage disassembling the haunted house. Another Halloween just flew by.

Only 3 boys this year to work the haunted house. They say it was pretty boring. I left Phil here to man the candy bucket and just about all of it is gone (I bought 250 pieces),so something had to be going on.

The girls and I walked with another friend around the neighborhood. Probably close to 2 miles (I remember this from the training I did for the three day). They are exhausted, but had quite the haul. We had to walk over to our friend from the garden, Wes' house. Where they trick or peppered. Yep, instead of the candy they were handing out the girls got a huge bell pepper, which they preceded to an apple. Hilarious. Earlier Ainsley had told me that chocolate and cucumbers are the same, except cucumbers are good for you. Go figure. At least they like vegetables.

Halloween seemed weird. Not many people on the street, lots of people not home, and quite a few with signs on their doors saying that they don't celebrate. Don't remember seeing that one before. But, I guess it's all good.

Tired now, luckily clocks go back tonight.


N you thought I was gonna leave without some photos. hee hee

Friday, October 30, 2009


Remember when you were young, and you so looked forward to Friday night? Maybe there was a football game, or a dance. Maybe just hanging out with friends, going to a party or the .....well, we all know where we hung out on Friday nights to see and be seen.

Now my Fridays are spent driving in circles, literally, in circles. Today it was a 44 mile loop. Leaving the house at 3:30 and returning home a little after 7. Of course, there were lots of drop offs and pick ups, and I am driving in rush hour traffic on surface streets, but still 3 1/2 hours and 44 miles? Luckily there is a drive-thru Starbucks in my path! LOL

And what do I get to come home to? Well, luckily, Phil was home early, so he made dinner. Total score for me! After dinner, running Brighton to a dance (I guess it's his turn to have fun). Cleaning the kitchen and helping the girls carve pumpkins for Halloween. Oh, and don't forget my computer crashing while I am trying to update my blog! Goodness, I am trying so hard, updating now for three consecutive days and the machine crashes with a drive error. WTF?

Think I need a glass of wine! LOL

And here...a little eye candy from my day

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Broken Brakes, Fire Alarms, Dilated Eyes,Missing Magnets

What a day it has been. First had to take Phil in to get work done on his car. Why today? Because last night on his way home from picking up Mackenzie at the ballet, he decided the brakes were so bad it sounded like the car was going to explode. So, that is why today, when Brighton was scheduled to tour Stanford, Ainsley had her eye appointment and pumpkins were going to need to be purchased we were at the auto shop at 7 am sharp.

Of course, when we got home, we hear one of the smoke detectors chirping...not going off...just making that irritating beep every minute to let us know that the battery is dieing. Phil grabs a new battery, puts it in, and it still doesn't stop. What? OK, try another battery. Nope, still doesn't work. Sets the alarm off. Ha ha, kids are all awake now...well, not Brighton. Teenagers can obviously sleep through anything! Getting really mad at the stupid alarm, because, well, it won't stop making noise. So, he sets it off again. Yep, Brighton is still asleep. Finally, after pulling the whole thing off the ceiling. Realizes he has been messing with the wrong alarm. LOL

With Phil home for the morning without a car, we rescheduled Brighton tour to the afternoon. Only one car, only one person can go somewhere. So off I went with Ainsley to the ophthalmologist. I don't like doctors. Especially doctors where I will have to hang for 2 hours. Ugggggh. Well, after her initial exam, the doctor needed to dilate Ainsley's eyes. We ran to Starbucks (no use in doing any school work today as she can't focus) to wait for the drops to take their full effect. Forty-five minutes later, back in the office..... Ainsley will need to go back to patching her stronger eye for 2 hours a day and may possibly need glasses (.50 in her left eye). Of course Ainsley wants glasses so...guess I know what I will be doing this weekend! LOL

On the bright side, while I was gone for hours Phil managed to have the other two complete their work. Yeah me! I have some free time today since the school work is done. Sit down to scrap, and wouldn't you know it, my magnets are missing! Little did I know how much I loved and relied on my magnetic mat. I am lost without those little guys. It is really hard to plan things out without them. So, if anyone happens to see a dozen or so quarter inch bar magnets, please let them know I am lost without them and to come back home.

Well, off to purchase pumpkins.

I will leave you with a pic of my littlest princess...sans eyes dilated.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Glittered Pumpkins and Bad Hair

Sending away one of our glittered pumpkins today. My friend Sue is heading back down to Lancaster for 12 days to work at the hospital there. So wish she could find a job locally as I miss having her here. I made this pumpkin to try and cheer her up over Halloween weekend. Usually she brings her boys over, we have dinner, trick or treats, and a haunted house.

And the bad hair? Well, I won't show you a photo of that. But Brighton decided he didn't need to study for his computerized history test. He decided to take the test 3 days early...and this is after we talked about studying, note taking, basically working in a class. High School has been an adjustment for him, and not an easy one. No longer are his classes laid out for him, every step being spelled out. He has to take some responsibility. And this has not been easy. Well, after all the yelling, screaming, fussing and fighting (not due to the bad grade, but do to the fact he didn't make the effort) hair looks like heck, it was wet when this all started. Oh well....just driving in circles this afternoon anyway.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New Home, New Look

Yep, I stink at blogging. But after some prodding...decided I should suck it up and try again. So here goes.....Thanks, Heather.

What's going on. Got a new camera. Nikon D90. Loving it! Took it to the pumpkin patch yesterday. Made me miss the children being young. They have so many fun things out there for the children now. The train, the cow train, carousel, 2 mazes. They didn't have near that much stuff when my children were young.

On the bright side, we are in and out fairly quickly as the children know where to pose and how to smile. LOL.

Here are a few photos, straight out of the camera.

well, now that that is done, I guess I should work on making the blog pretty?