Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween 2010

Halloween is a magical time. It's a time where you can dress up and be whatever you want to be. It is a time to be silly and fun and fantastical. Kids of all shapes and sizes (and ages) can gallivant around in dresses, shiny shoes, tiaras,

carry swords, wear eye patches, dress up your dog as a bunny or a bumble bee,

wear massive amounts of make-up and false eyelashes that are so ridiculous that you can hardly see out of them and everyone smiles at you. Everyone joins in and thinks it is a grand thing. No one points and laughs, no one thinks you are out of your gourd and why? Because it's Halloween. We get to be silly AND get free candy, really for no particular reason.

But it's one of my favorite days of the year, especially since I had children. This year I had the particular joy of having my dad visit on Halloween.

Dad pushing Clara down Front Street while the big girls trick-or-treated

He lives over 3,000 miles away in Florida and we don't see him a lot. However, he has starting truck driving again and occasionally gets loads up this way. He had that chance this weekend and was able to see our newest addition and get to go trick-or-treating with us. It was awesome and over all too quickly of course. But for me Halloween was extra special with him here. And it kicks off the holiday season... don't blink because before you know it, it'll be Audrey's FIFTH birthday in January... that's how the year always ends up for me.
Happy Halloween!!!

Brianna in a Bounce House

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Psych...

Remember in the nineties when someone would tell you something and then say "Pysch!!" ? Like, "I have $100 for you.... PSYCH!!", "You have a booger on your face.... PSYCH!!!", "Your underwear is showing... PSYCH!!!" So you get the idea. (I was in Jr. High in the early/mid-nineties) Right now though I am NOT in Jr. High but I feel like life is psyching me out... constantly. Derek found out that Friday is his last day (again) and he will be out of work (again) and the holiday season is upon us (again). I feel like in the last 16 months we are getting "psyched" at every turn with Derek's job. He gets work and then gets laid off. His bosses all love him but there just isn't enough work. It's like, "here, have a job. Catch up on your bills and finally relax... PSYCH!!! NO MORE JOB FOR YOU!!!" AAAHHHHHH!!!! I know there is a reason for everything that happens. I know that God has everything in His control and His timing. I know I don't deserve a job any more than any one else out there but GEEEEZZZZZE! I just have one word.......... why?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Pumpkins!


I love going to the pumpkin patch each year and this year was no exception. We went to a new pumpkin patch this year, Sunrise Hills Farm, in Kingston due to it being a field trip for Audrey's preschool. Although it was cold and foggy it was still a good time. Auntie Bekah came with us and the girls got cute little pumpkins that we ended up decorating with Mr. Potato Head pieces because mama didn't want to deal with carving this year.

They got to jump in hay,


go through a hay maze & a corn maze,


climb a hay bale mountain, walk through the flower fields and pick out their own pumpkins.


Not too shabby. Can't wait till next year when all three of them can be traipsing through the pumpkin patch.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hi, my name is Melissa and I'm a hooker :)

Hee hee. I am going "pro" with my crocheting. I am making lots and lots of hats because I am going to have my own booth at a local elementary school's holiday bazaar in December. I am nervous that no one is going to like them. I am also nervous that I am not going to get enough made in time. Prayers, again, would be greatly appreciated. Here is a sampling of what I am going to be selling:











After the bazaar is over I am going to open a shop on Etsy.com. I already have the shop but I am not going to start selling until after I have all the hats I need for the bazaar made. So after December 11th, check me out on www.etsy.com at ABC Creations.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

And we're back!

Derek is going back to work on Monday... woo hoo! Unfortunately we will have some catch-up to do financially because we had to do a waiting week again for unemployment and therefore will only get about a quarter of the money we would have gotten in a two week period if he had been working... ugh! Oh well, he is back to work for now. It is swing shift (stinky) and might only be for a little while (stinky squared) but I am going to live in the present so I don't lose my mind :D Prayers would be greatly appreciated that his company can get all the contracts finalized that they need to before this current project is complete so that they can keep him on a more long-term basis.
Thanks!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

One month old...

ALREADY! Clara Jayne is one month old. I can't believe it. At two weeks she was 9 pounds, 6 ounces and already 21 inches long. She is growing like a weed. I am not exactly sure what she is but she is about 10 pounds now (according to our home scale) and I have no idea how long she is. She is starting to smile socially occasionally and it is fantastic. She sleeps really well, usually only waking once a night. And is overall a very content baby. She is loved by many and kissed constantly... which I am sure is why she is coming down with a cold. Here is our littlest one at one month old:
She couldn't figure out why I was "torturing" her by taking her picture so many times...


But this is why. Gotta love that smile :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Strike three....

In sports there are set rules. They almost never change. They are something constant that you can count on. Now I am not a big sports fan but I know that if the rules changed all the time I wouldn't NEVER watch/participate in sports because it would be too hard. Well, life is not a game. There are not a lot of hard and fast rules. There are not a lot of things that you can count on to be constant. Unfortunately for us Derek's job seems to be one of those things that we cannot count on right now. He was laid off, again, today and I am devastated. It just doesn't seem fair. He is a hard worker. His journeyman loves him and is almost as disappointed to lose him and he is to go. There were no strikes, why him? There is no reason other than there is just not enough work right now. They are waiting on contracts to come through but can't work until they do.

This comes on about an hour after I found that all my fall decorations were ruined by mold in our shed... not a big deal to some but I was pretty disappointed. So overall, today really stunk! I feel like screaming. I feel like crying. I feel like throwing something. I feel like eating A LOT of ice cream. UGH! And to top it all off today is my grandmother's last day of her visit and we are going out to dinner and I have to try and be happy and pretend this isn't happening so that I don't ruin her last night.... yeah right! I know God is in control but I really don't understand this happening...again! If I figure out what it is God is trying to teach me through all of this, I will definitely let you all know :)