Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!! From: The Hulk; A Scarecrow; A Puppy Dog, A Witch, A Cheerleader; and A Black Cat

Hope everyone had a great and safe Halloween this year. Connor was the hulk. Cooper was the scarecrow. We went to a local neighborhood to trick or treat. Around in the South, most people make their own hay rides, attach a trailer to a 4-wheeler or a tractor, and drive the kids around the neighborhood. When I was a child, we went to any one's house, even strangers. It didn't matter, we knew they could be trusted. Those were the good old days. It's fun though, to go to houses of people that you know. We had such a good time on our hayride. This particular neighborhood goes all out for Halloween. I'll post some pictures of their decorations on another day. The grown up girls are some of my friends from work, the girl with the blond wig, well she said she was "white trash". Then there's the "Harley Chick". And last but not least, the "disco diva", and her husband had on a huge Afro wig. Hilarious! Hope you enjoyed my pics!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Off to the land of Disney!!

We're off to Disneyworld today. Thank the Lord we are flying. There will be lots of posts about it when we get back. Pray for us that we'll have a safe trip. I'm 33 years old and have never been to Disney. All I want to do is get my picture made with Cinderella & Snow White. LOL! It's the only place where you can really turn into a kid again.!!

I've Been Tagged

I've been tagged by Diane at A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, to go to my 4th album and pick out the 4th picture on my computer. Well, I didn't think this picture would come up. It's a pretty frightening story, so I'll tell you how it started. See the firetruck there? Yes parked out on the road in front of my house. Well, look to the bottom right at the date. Yes, it was Christmas morning last year. This is how it all started.... Usually on Christmas Day, we have Christmas Dinner at my mom's house. We've done that for years. Last year, I really wanted to host Christmas Dinner at my house because we had just moved in, and I was ready to entertain. My mom relented, and decided to let me go ahead with it. I was so excited, because in all the nine years I'd been married, I never had to opportunity for such a special occasion. I set my alarm for Christmas morning for 5:00 am, to set out the rolls to rise. We have a wood burning fireplace that we love. Chad usually keeps it going all winter, and it's so cozy. Well, I stayed up that morning because I smelled something burning. I checked on the boys, and they were both sound asleep. I didn't see smoke in the house, so I figured the damper was open on the fireplace, and the wind just blew some smoke in the house. The smell got worse, but, I just put my chicken on the stove top to boil. I waited probably until about 6:00 to wake Chad up (he is not a morning person like me). I told him it smelled like smoke, could he get up and check on it. He did the same thing I did, checked on the boys, yadayadayada.. We have an alarm system, so he disabled it, and actually went outside to get some more wood to put on the fire, as it had fizzled during the night. About that time, our alarm system went off. How embarrassing, on Christmas morning, because our alarm system is not dinky, it's so loud & obnoxious, I'm sure it woke the entire neighborhood up, and some other people too. We have big foghorn sounding things so, yeah it was really loud. Well Chad said the alarm wouldn't go off unless it was something wrong. So he walked in Cooper's room (which is behind the fireplace), and felt the wall. It was so hot you couldn't even touch it. There was even a small black spot on the wall about the size of the end of a cigarette. He called his Dad, which is what he does when anything goes wrong. He said to go up in the attic to check for smoke. Sure enough, there was smoke. So, here goes, we called the Fire Department, and they were at the house in less than 10 minutes. We got the boys up out of their beds, and put them in our bed. We called our moms, who both came over to help. Of course the wall was knocked out in Cooper's room, and the firemen said if we'd waited 15 more minutes before calling, the house would be completely in flames. Doesn't God work in mysterious ways? The wall in Cooper's room was something like, 400 degrees. It burned the 2x4's, everything. We could see the brick on the back of the fireplace, and it was smoldering.

We had Christmas Dinner that day, and everything turned out exceptionally well, believe it or not. I couldn't imagine what could have happened with Cooper, and Connor, who was just across the hall. We were surely blessed that Christmas Day. It will be one that we'll never forget!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Saturday, October 18, 2008

You Are Apple Cider

Smooth and comforting. But downright nasty when cold.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Connor's Past Halloween/Fall Pics using Scrapblog...

I didn't want to leave Connor out of the Halloween/Fall pics, so I made him a Scrapblog page as well. Everyone will probably get tired of me using this website, but it is so totally addicting and fun!! I highly recommend it. In the lion costume, Connor had just turned a year old. In the middle picture, it was the first time we took him to the pumpkin patch. He tried so hard to pick up that big pumpkin! It was almost as big as he was. The last picture was a fall display that we put up every year at our old house... He was too cute to pose for me in that picture. Have a great fall day!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

We Did It!

October 10, 2008

Chad & I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary this past weekend, by renewing our wedding vows on the beach at sunset. It's something we've always talked about that we would like to do, but never really took it seriously. I am lucky enough to have a very dear friend, Heather, whose dad has on condo on the beach at Gulf Shores, AL. She let us stay at the condo for the weekend. I totally surprised Chad, and kept it a secret up until the very last minute. My mom and I with Cooper, went down to Gulf Shores on Thursday night, to get settled. Chad & his mom, and Connor drove down on Friday afternoon. We renewed our vows on a beautiful beach at Gulf State Park, in Orange Beach, not far from Gulf Shores. The beach in front of the condo was beautiful, but the tide is so high right now, there just wasn't much beach left. It was wonderful, and the sunset provided a breathtakingly beautiful backdrop for our pictures. My most favorite picture of all is the one of Connor, standing there smiling, looking at his mommy & daddy. He looks so happy! I will try to share more beach pics during the week. The National Shrimp Festival was going on this past weekend too. It sure was a sight to see. I'll try to post some pics of that as well during the coming week. Hope you all have had a happy Monday. Take Care!