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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Scenes from Halloween 2012













Costumes plus Candy equal success!
Happy Halloween!

Artist "Corner View"


Art in my opinion is in the eye of the beholder.
My two little artist created these creations for Halloween.
Happy Halloween!
Come back and visit tomorrow as there will be an appearance from 
Red Riding Hood, a Power Ranger, and a Ghoul
See you soon!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Storm



Thursday was a busy day that included a parent teacher conference with my youngest son Roman's teacher to driving to Macy's at Lennox Square for a party given for children with Congenital Heart Disease.  We arrived at the party at 3:00 p.m.  I had invited my friend Lucy and her two sons to join us because they had never been on the Pink Pig!  Not a cloud in the sky and it was hot outside with record breaking temperatures of 80 degrees for October.  The children immediately spotted the cotton candy, and in minutes their faces and fingers were covered in the sticky pink threads of sugar.  In another booth a man was shaping pink balloons into pig hats.  We skipped the face painting and got in line for the ride on the pink pig train. As I held Addy in my arms sweat was dripping down my face.  I can't believe it is the end of October I thought to myself.  My friend Lucy said, "Boy it is hot," and the lady in front of us agreed.  The children had fun on the train and we headed home.  Friday was also a gorgeous day!  Saturday morning we woke up to overcast skies, but by the time we left for Roman's soccer game the skies had cleared; however it was pretty windy and as I stood on the sidelines I had to do a little dance to keep warm.  After the soccer game we had to hurry and drop Winston off at his friend Matthew's house, so he could to to his soccer game and we could go to the football game.  When we arrived at Georgia Tech I realized I didn't have any sweaters for the children and the wind was really whipping around making it cold despite the 60 degree temperatures  reported on the bank sign.

On Sunday, we woke up to dark grey skies.  It was cold outside.  During the night it had rained.  The trees swayed back and forth all night long and not very quietly.  After church, we turned on the fireplace and cuddled under a blanket thankful that Hurricane Sandy was not making a direct path for us.

Monday, the skies had cleared but it was barely above freezing outside.  Thankfully, Addy's coat had arrived over the weekend.  My car needed the oil changed and we dropped the car at the mechanics.  When I returned home I sat down at the computer to take car of some pressing e-mails. I realized I hadn't eaten and was hungry.  I got up and made myself lunch.  When I returned a few minutes later all my e-mails were gone.  What? How is that possible???  I looked in my sent box and all my e-mails were gone.  I looked in my contact folder and everything was gone.  I logged out of my account and re-logged in.  Still everything was gone and that was when my phone began going crazy.  I began receiving texts saying are you OK   I just got a strange e-mail from you stating you were stuck in the Philippians and that you had been robbed.  Another text said it looks like you have been hacked.  Are you OK?  I quickly texted everyone back and immediately called Yahoo my e-mail provider.  Basically, they told me there was nothing they could do.  If I was willing to pay $260 dollars they might be able to get back all my information. While I had eaten lunch someone sitting in an internet cafe most likely in Nigeria had stolen all my information.  I am angry.  I am sad.  I no have no way of contacting anyone through e-mails until the send me an e-mail.  I spent my day changing account passwords. We even had to contact our retirement company to make sure no one had tried to get into the account.  What a mess!!!!  Who knows how long this will go on for!  It is possible they can steal my identity   I had just e-mailed my drivers license and birth certificate to a government agency needing those documents.  I am praying that isn't the chase, but who knows, and while all this was going on a storm was crashing up the east coast of New Jersey and New York.  Leaving many homeless as the flood waters crashed in upon their homes and others without power.  We have even had some damage here in Georgia.  A tree crashed in upon a friends home yesterday.  Thankfully no one is hurt.

Right now I feel raw.  Do I feel thankful that my family is OK and that my family in Massachusetts is OK or do I feel angry because my e-mail account has been stolen and all my information taken.  I am trying to feel thankful.  Thankful that my husband had canceled his trip to D.C. for yesterday a week ago because had he gone he might have been stuck there as they are reporting flights have been canceled until they can be sure they can get everyone home safely. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Georgia Tech vs. BYU and Honor






 



Yesterday, we were invited to the Georgia Tech vs. BYU football game by the University and Georgia Power where my husband received an award of Excellence for his service to the community. I am so proud of him.  My husband is not only a great husband, but really works hard to do his job well and provide service to his community.  No, the thousand dollar check isn't ours. Georgia Power gave the money to the university.  We got a signed football.  It was still fun to attend the game since it was two schools we both love.  Either way we won.  Roman thought it was pretty fun despite not really understanding the game.  Addy after the 3rd quarter was ready to go home. BYU won the game.  It was their first win of the season.  Unfortunately, Winston wasn't able to attend because it was his last soccer game of the season and Harris was at a merit badge clinic for Boy Scouts. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Addy and Her Great Grandpa










My  Grandpa is here this week visiting from Washington.  He was so excited to see his great grandchildren.  While the boys were in school we took a drive up to the mountains and were blessed with an Autumn show.    So gorgeous!  I am so thankful to have the opportunity to spend the next few days with my grandpa because at 83 years old you just don't know how much longer he will be around especially since he had a heart attack in July. Love you Grandpa!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Spontaneity "Corner View"



image by Bruce da Moose google images

A long time ago I use to be spontaneous, so much so that one time when I was in college I wanted to see Crater Lake so badly that  when given a free weekend I just got in my car and drove there  by myself.  See, I couldn't get anyone to go with me.  It was a 5 hour drive from Portland.  My best friend hates driving in the car.  I couldn't sell her on the trip.  My boyfriend had just dumped me, so he was no longer an option.  I left after work.  I had no hotel booked.  Thinking back on the situation it was kind of a stupid thing for me to do.  This was before the days of cheap sell phones, so had I had problems I would have been in trouble.  I arrived at Crater Lake around 11 at night.  I found a cheap hotel.  I was so scared of the clerk that I put the dresser up against the door before I went to sleep.  The next morning I ate breakfast and headed to the State Park to see the Lake.  I remember the day being cold.  It was early spring and there was still some snow on the ground.  The day was grey; but the lake was still lovely.  I  could now say I had been to Crater Lake.  I sat their for a couple of hours bundled in my jacket.  I spent some time reading my scriptures and contemplating what direction I wanted to go in (remember I was just dumped by my boyfriend).  When I felt at peace, I got back in my car and made the 5 hour drive home.  18 years later trips like this don't happen anymore.  Between my husbands work, the children school, and their activities our free time is limited.  Summer offers a little more spontaneity, but still most of our activities are pretty much planned out weeks in advance.  I am a planner!  The only thing spontaneous I get to do these days is bake thanks to a well stocked pantry.  If you haven't seen the apple cake I made yesterday check it out!  The cake is so moist and fluffy.  A piece of fall!   

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Taste of Fall



Fall has finally arrived to my corner of the world.  While it is still not cold enough to wear a sweater, I am happy to be wearing jeans again and the trees are just gorgeous.  This week we are finishing up our soccer season and I have to say I will not miss it.  I will be happy to have 4 less activities a week and more time at home.  Soccer games are fun when you spend the whole time chasing a baby around the field.  Right now I am enjoying to new tv series.   Have you seen Heart of Dixie or Nashville?  The first one you can watch on Netflix.  Today I made this super simple apple snack cake.  Yum is all I can say.  My husband hasn't had a chance to try it yet, but he is going to love it!  He loves apple desserts.  Well, I hopeyou are having a fantastic Tuesday. 

Apple Snack Cake
2 eggs
1 cup of oil
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
4 cups of apples
1 cup of chopped walmuts
then add 1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
2 cups of flour
Bake in a 9 by 13 baking dish at 325 degrees for 45- 60 minutes or until cake is done in the middle. 
 I found the recipe on this blog and changed the sugar to add more flavor and depth.  Enjoy!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Missing in Action



Sorry, I have been missing in action.  No, I didn't go to China this week, but it looks like we might get to go there this upcoming year.  I am so excited!!!!   I have always wanted to go to the Great Wall of China.  I don't have all the details yet, but I am working on them.  Actually, this week I have been trying to wrap up a lot of loose end like  projects, cleaning, Christmas shopping,  and vacation planning. Today, I finally cleaned out our cabinet with all our files and it feels so good.  I have been wanting to do it for a long time, but it just wasn't at the top of my list.  It feels so good to have it finished.  Signed up one son for a couple of summer camps.  I know it seems early, but these camps are super popular. In the next couple of weeks, I would like to wrap up decorating my master bedroom and playroom along with organize the basement storage area which is a total wreck.  I also have in mind to make a Christmas quilt.  Wish me luck!  I have never made a quilt before. The fabric is purchased, so now all I have to do is cut out the squares and begin sewing. So did you do anything exciting this weekend?  We went to Chuck E Cheese yesterday and also watched Madagascar 3.  Hope you are having a great weekend! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Hello October MOnday






Hello Monday
Hello October
Hello Fall
Hello Pumpkins
Hello to tree tips dipped in crimson
Hello Golden leaves all a flutter
Hello cooler weather to sweaters and jjeans
Hello cuddeling on the sofa watching Downton
Boo to papa being in California this week

Friday, October 12, 2012

Country Fair!















The door slammed and in rushed Winston and Roman and in a loud voice Winston said, "Can we go?" "Give me a minute," I replied.  Winston was so excited he could barely contain himself.  Roman  on the other hand wasn't so sure he wanted to go to the fair.  We hopped in the car and headed north.  As we reached the fair Winston said, "Can I can I ride the hammer first?"  "Sure," I said.  We entered the gates and purchased our tickets.  Winston headed straight to the hammer.  Roman did not want to go on it and I don't blame him.  As Winston got off the hammer a huge smile crossed his face.  We walked down the row of prize games and one caught Roman's eye.  He wanted to throw the balls in the bucket.  "Every player a winner," called out the game attendant.  Sadly and thankfully he didn't win the giant stuffed dog.  He did win a small dog that looked like a cheap version of a beany baby.  It was on to the next ride which was titled the Moon Walk a circluar roller coaster ride.  I was so glad I had Roman and Addy as an excuse not to ride.  The ride at points hung you upside down in the air.  No thank you!  Then it was on to the food.  I looked all over but no where to be found was the corn on the cob.  What we did find was corn dogs, deep fried oreos, cotton candy, lemonade,  and deep fried snicker candy bars (totally gross).  The deep fried oreos were actually pretty good.  The boys had wanted to try these for a long time since seeing them on a tv show about country fairs.  The boys were in heaven.  After riding a few more rides it was on to the petting zoo and the shows.  The boys couldn't believe it when they saw the bmx bike riders do flips in the air.  Isn't that just about every little boys dream.  As the sun slowly sunk into the western sky now painted pink and purple we put Addy in her car seat, put the stroller in the back of the car, and headed home.  Roman in the back seat said, "that was so much fun."

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Children see differently than we do



As my head looked above the covers I was not greeted with sunshine, but rather a sky completely grey.  I did not want to get up, but one little girl didn't like the idea of staying in bed all day.  I felt around the edge of my bed and slipped my feet into my sheep skin lined Ugh mules.  I love these slippers.  I scooped Addy out of her bed and we head downstairs.  She was hungry.  A jar of carrots awaited her.  She could seriously eat carrots all day.  I wonder if she will ever really like food.  She is such a picky eater.  The jar is gone before I know it and in the meantime I have finished my bowl of multigrain cheerios.  We head over into the playroom where I set Addy infront of a giant toybox.  I grab the giant comforter and snuggle into my chair with a book titled A Lucky Child A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz As A Young Boy.  The mood of the book matches the weather outside, but yet I can't put it down.  It truely is amazing how he was able to survive Ausschwitz given how young he was at the time.  The children just didn't make it! 

Later that afternoon as we passed the meadows filled with horses on our way to soccer the weather was a complete contrast to earlier in the day.  The sun was shining and a  blue umbra sky stretched before me. Roman in the back seat begins telling me he knows how to spell.  I say, 'What do you know how to spell?"  He replies, "Cat see C-A-T."  Very good I reply and he says,"I know how to spell bat B-A-T.  I say Fantastic can you spell any other words that have the at sound in them and he follows with M-A-T and R-A-T and H-A-T and then he preceeds to tell me the H in the Hat sound like HA.  Then he switches to tell me he can spell no N-O. " That is really good Roman you are ready to read," I say. He is ready to read.  The other day in the doctors office he opened up a book that was laying on the table and begins to point out all the sight words he knows in the book such as at, you, I, he, can, are, and a few others.  My little boy will be readying before I know it, but what does any of this have to do with the picture above?   Well, it is a picture of Roman's soccer team.  While we were in the car Roman tells me his coach is handicapped.  I say "I know." He then tells me his loves his coach and that even though he limps, has only one hand, and is small compared to the other dads he can do everything like everyone else.  I tell him he is right that Mickey can do anything anyone else can.  Then we are at soccer.  I park the car and Roman hops out of the car yelling "Hey Mickey."  I love that boy!

Friday, October 5, 2012

The beggining of a weekend!








It is Friday and I am tired!  If anyone has any tricks for getting a 15 month old to sleep through the night I would love to hear them.  I am not getting any sleep.  She wakes up 3 times a night or more, and I am seriously exhausted.  My brain feels like it is in a constant fog. Addy and I went to the pumpkin patch yesterday.  The boys didn't want to come with us.   It wasn't the same without the boys!  I made Magic Cookie bars this morning for a watching of Season 3 of Downton Abbey (I have a friend who can get British TV) to only find out it had been canceled when I got there.  More cookies for me!  Roman got really good news at the cardiologist which is that the doctor thinks he can make it to 18 without having his pulmonary valve replaced.   No visit every six months, but only once a year.  Tomorrow we have 2 soccer games and German school followed by watching General Conference.  I love General Conference I always walk away feeling uplifted and blessed with so much wisdom of wonderful church leaders.  Well, I hope you have a fantastic weekend!