Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Claire painted this pumpkin at school last week. Isn't it pretty? Too bad that red paint is now flaked all over my kitchen.
Look for more fall decorations to come. I got mums this weekend in Alabama for $4. What a steal! Definitely worth the funeral home smell in our car all the way home on Sunday. I hope to get them out tomorrow, just in time to bring them back inside tomorrow night for our first hard freeze.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
GHOSTS AND GHOULS: We went to a costume party with David and Nikki on Friday night. While we were there, we ran into Sarah Palin and John McCain (aka David and Nikki). Actually, we ran into 3 Sarah Palins, 2 John McCains, 1 Richard Nixon and 1 Joe the Plumber (of the recent presidential debate fame). Will and I were Spartan cheerleaders. It was very thankful for my comfy costume and shoes after I saw all those 3-inch+ heels that all the Sarah Palins were wearing.
Saturday was a beautiful fall day and we loved being outside on campus and listening to Denny Chimes ring in the background. Will ever rounded up the kids for a game of "tackle". At game time, Steve and Jane (David's parents), loaded up the kids and took them back to the house to meet the babysitters while we went to the game.
It was another first-half victory for Alabama over Ole Miss that became quite the nail-biter in the fourth quarter. Fortunately, Bama squeaked out a 24-20 win, despite the fact that they did not score one point in the second half. Hopefully, they will get their act together before heading up to Big Orange County on Saturday.
P.S. Cute Tailgate Food! It seems like a lot of blogs that I read like to post photos of food? Not real sure about that one, but these were too cute. I loved the Alabama petite fours and the Ghost nutter butters. I think I will make the ghost cookies for a Halloween party we are going to this weekend.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
He has gotten 2 teeth.
He is starting to sit up a little on his own, but he is not very focused and typically falls over quickly. He is usually more focused on something else (e.g., a toy, the television, Claire) than trying to remain upright.
Here is a link to some photos that my friend Jadie took last weekend for David's 6-month birthday:
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Well, to force myself to spend a little more time in the kitchen and to use one of my gifts to serve others, I joined our church's food ministry about a year ago. I am on a cooking team and we cook meals for 5-10 families every five weeks. The GOOD thing about this is that I typically cook for a different family with each rotation and I can use the same recipes over and over again. The GREAT thing about this is that I can bring a little joy and happiness into the life of someone who is sick, hurting or homebound. I have really been blessed by being a part of this ministry, despite the fact that sometimes, I just don't have the time and energy to do it.
I have to take a meal to an elderly home-bound couple tomorrow and here are a couple of my favorite recipes that I wanted to share. Both came from girls in my bible study group. They are quick, easy and YUMMY.
Crockpot Beef and Noodles (from Jadie)
1-1/2 lbs. beef stew
1 can french onion soup
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can golden mushroom soup
8 oz. fresh sliced mushrooms
Combine ingredients in a crockpot and cook on low for 6-7 hours. Serve over hot, buttered noodles.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday: I took the kids to the park with my friend Colleen and her two sweet girls, Delaney and Cami. We had such a fun time that we forgot to take any pictures! Seriously, if you have figured out how to get pictures when there are 2 adults and 4 kids (2 under age 6 months), let me know. Then, we invited ourselves over to our next-door-neighbors' house for dinner. Actually, we invited them to go out to dinner with us, but they didn't want to go out and we threw together a pot-luck meal instead. We enjoyed our evening of food, wine, good conversation and a toasty fire on their back porch.
Saturday: Saturday morning, we headed to the pumpkin patch with three other couples. We had such a blast. See all of the cute photos below. (On a side note, it is way too hot to be visiting pumpkin patches and truly getting into the fall spirit. However, I will say, it was much cooler at the pumpkin patch this year than when we went last year-the first weekend in October-with temps in the high 80's.) I highly recommend Walden Farm. I am hoping to take the kids back there again before the pumpkin season is over. Maybe it won't be so crowded during the week. I don't know how we ended up with no pictures of the Winfrees. Hopefully, I can add some when Jessica gets her pics sent out.
After the pumpkin patch, we headed to lunch at Martin's BBQ in Nolensville. What a treat! This place is too cute. Hopefully, we didn't scare the other people in the restaurant when we arrived. We were a little rowdy.
Sunday: We went to church Sunday morning, then headed to Costco for a quick shopping trip. I got gasoline for $3.17/gallon. It was a beautiful site when we pulled into the parking lot and saw the gas price. Sunday afternoon, we met my friend and photographer, Jadie, at a local park for David's 6-month photos and a few family shots. Here are a couple of pictures that we took ourselves while we were there. Jadie's photos were much better!
We promised Claire a trip to the playground afterwards, where we had a quick swinging session. After we ate dinner and put the kids to bed, Will and I were actually able to watch a movie. Our criteria was (1) short and (2) funny. We ended up watching "What Happens in Vegas" which is a cute and funny romantic comedy. I highly recommend it.