Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Besides Christmas, Halloween is my kids second favorite holiday! All the candy, costumes, parties... how could they not love it? Last night we carved our pumpkins. Well I should say Eddie carved them. You see, Connor was happy just drawing a traditional pumpkin face and cutting that out. But Eddie said, "lets look on the internet and see what cool designs they have."The boys thought this was a great idea. It really isn't hard. Your find a design, tape it to your pumpkin and follow the outline by poking holes. They cut out the design that was transfered to the pumpking. The problem is it is time consuming. Zachary was all into it but Connor lost interest and watched "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" instead.
I give you our Halloween pumpkins! Skeleton and Scooby Doo. Can you guess who picked what?
I have to get moving. I have to be at school for the fourth and first grade Halloween parties this afternoon. Zachary has been fever free for over 24 hours and went to school today. He is so relieved he can go trick or treating tonight.

Before I go, I wanted to give a special shout out to Eddie's sister Marybeth and her husband Kit. They both have stopped smoking! It has been six weeks! Congrats to you both!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Happy Tuesday!

Thought I would share a layout. I have blogged before about Connor's love of homework and getting it done right when he gets home from school. That was about a month ago. Guess what? He still loves it! I just had to do a layout about it and you know what? I think it is one of my favorites! I love those Scenic Route letter stickers. They really pop!

Zachary is sick and has missed two days of school. Other then a fever, he has no other symptoms. I hope he is better for Halloween and is able to go trick or treating. Just in case, Connor said he would carry his candy bag and trick or treat for him.

It is a beautiful fall day in Ohio. The Halloween forecast looks great too. Highs in the upper 60's. I can't wait to take pics of all the festivities and share them with everyone!

Friday, October 26, 2007

I've been a bad blogger!

I can't believe a whole week has gone since I blogged. Thanks for the anniversary wishes!

Ok, let me fill you in on what's been going on this past week. Zachary was inducted to the student government. He is the fourth grade representative. The school has a nice ceremony in the church and a little reception afterwards. We are so proud of him. This is his second year he has been elected by his classmates and although he won't admit it, I know he really enjoys it!

Connor was quite the social butterfly last weekend. He had birthday parties Friday and Saturday for two of his classmates. Chuck E Cheese and bowling! How can you beat that!

Saturday night was the Youth Football Steak Fry that I helped plan. We had 300 people attend! We did have some hiccups but they were minor. All in all, for our first steak fry it went well.

Just wanted to show a pic of Zachary's cloud science project we both worked on. These projects turn on to be just as much work for the parents as they are for the kids. We both had fun and learned alot about clouds in the process. FYI, dryer lint makes for a great stratus cloud!

I think that about covers it. I am off to clean the house and do laundry.

Friday, October 19, 2007

16 Years...

ago today we were married. I can't believe how fast these 16 years have gone! I was thinking yesterday that I have known Eddie half of my life! We dated for 3 years and were engaged for a year before we married. I truly am lucky to have found someone like Eddie. We are best friends. We keep each other grounded. He is a great dad and husband who would do anything to make us happy. He has a crazy, gross sense of humor which means our lives are never boring! Love you Eddie! Here's to 50 more years!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Pumpkins Everywhere!

Yesterday, we made our annual trek to the pumpkin patch. We usually go to Apple Hill. After hearing how disappointed Nicole and Erika were with the selection, Nicole suggested we try Grobe Farms. Boy, I am glad we did! They still had a huge selection and their prices were great! I was able to get these pics of the boys as they tried to find the perfect pumpkin. Zachary always finds his first. He knows what he wants and doesn't mess around. Connor takes his time and never can make up his mind.
Finally, after much deliberation he picked out a beauty.

Grobe Farm is also an apple orchard. They had a big variety of apples already picked which was just fine by me. They also make their own apple cider. I have to say last night Eddie and I sampled some and it was delicious! The apples tasted so much better too! I may have to stop by this farm a few more times before the end of the season!
We are gearing up to watch game 3 of the ALCS tonight. The game is in Cleveland and the town is buzzing with excitement! GO TRIBE!

Also, wanted to say Happy Anniversary to our special friends Nicole and Mike. They celebrated 12 years together on Friday! I know it is a little late but wanted to say congrats! Love you guys!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

It was a late night!

Nicole and I were up til 2am watching our Indians stuff the Red Sox in the 11th inning with 7 runs! What a game! We were supposed to be scrapbooking but we just couldn't concentrate with the game on in the backround. I kept getting up and down to see what was going on and just finally decided to watch. Luckily, Nicole is a sports nut too so we hunkered down and watched the game. Nicole taught me some funky superstitions to do with your hands during certain game scenarios. Her hubby Mike was a catcher in high school and college so she has all the moves. For example, when a batter has 2 balls, 2 strikes and there is 2 outs you pretend you are shaking dice in a hat and when the pitcher throws the ball you throw the hat at the t.v. Weird... yes. Fun...absolutely. There were a few others too. Zachary was cracking up.

Speaking of Zachary, his football team won 41-0 yesterday. He had 1 fumble recovery, 1 sack, and tons of tackles. He even got the ball to run in the extra point. He didn't make it but it was a huge deal for him since he really doesn't play offense that much.

We are going to try to go to the pumpkin patch today. Finally have some decent fall weather. Zachary has a birthday party at 2 o'clock for a friend on his team.

I am sensing a theme in our lives. Sports and birthday parties! If you have been keeping up with my blog it seems that is all we do!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


In case you haven't heard, the Cleveland Indians beat the NY Yankees last night 6-4 to win the division! No one really gave us a chance and look at us now! Now it is off to Boston to play the Red Sox Friday night in the American League Championship! I know we can do it! It has been so fun watching the games with my boys and hearing them tease their grandparents and uncle who are big Yankee fans. I have been told that they are now Indian fans and want them to go all the way!

As promised, Here are a few photos of Connor's birthday party. The kids had a blast! Everyone was cheering each other on as they bowled! I was so impressed with how well everyone behaved too! You never know with a group that big.

I think the weather here in Ohio is finally cooling down. Fall is on its way. Which is a good thing. Who feels like going to the pumpkin patch in 90 degree weather?

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Happy Birthday Connor!

I cannot believe my baby is seven! Where does the time go? We are having a super fun party for him at the bowling alley today! I will be sure to post pics of the party next time!

I cannot believe the insanely busy weekend we are having! Friday night we took the boys and two of their friends to the Indians playoff game vs the Yankees. Wow! What a game! Jacobs field was filled with excitement and craziness! The Tribe won in 11 innings and has a 2-0 lead in the series. Game 3 in NY tonight.
Just one more win and we are off to the American League Championship! Go TRIBE!

Saturday morning I had a 3 hour training class. I sometimes sub at a Preschool and needed to have this class. Then Zachary had a football game at 1:00. It was so hot. Temps were near 90! this is October in Ohio! It is not supposed to be 90! We lost the game but the boys did their best and had fun.
All these activities knocked me out and I was in bed at 9 o'clock.
Ok, I am off to Connor's birthday party and will share pics soon.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

This made my day!

First, I wanted to share a layout I made while in Michigan last weekend. I am in love with that 7 Gypies paper and Jennie Bowlin rub-ons are like buttah!

Now for the news that made my day!

I found out today that I was named an Honorable Mention in the 2Jills Design Team call.

Jennie, the new owner has totally redone the website and kits. Their big debut was October 1st and they are celebrating all month long with contests and challenges! You should check it out.

The news totally put a smile on my face!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Last Weekend

was so much fun! Erika, Nicole and I went to Michigan to the Scrapbook Zone to crop for two
days. I so love this store! Even better, all of my purchases were 20% off! It has been months since I bought anything so I went a little crazy. They had lots of new stuff from CHA summer.
I got several layouts done. I will share some in a little bit. It has been raining and I can't take pictures of them just yet.

Even more fun was that a friend Nicole and I made at CKU-Detroit, Theresa was able to join us Friday night. She lives in Michigan. It was so good to see her and catch up. On Saturday, Staci a friend from Two Peas came to shop and stopped in to say hello. It is so fun actually meeting people in person that you have come to know online. If you guys are reading this, we all need to get together and crop!

Would you believe I took my camera but didn't take one picture! Sorry, I know a post is boring without pics.

I am thinking I might dig out my Halloween decorations this week. Have you started decorating for fall? I'd love to hear some great ideas!