Friday, November 23, 2012

It was a Happy Thanksgiving!

What a wonderful day I had yesterday, which just goes to show how lucky I am! I certainly have many, many blessings to be thankful for.

There's a new Piebald deer in town. Paul and I saw him a couple of weeks ago in the backyard chasing another deer so the only pic I got of him was a total blur. Then yesterday morning he shows up again in the backyard and I got a pic before he took off.

He has more brown than the other one. It might even be an offspring.

So, while the turkey was in the oven, Paul and Jenn ran in the Avon 5K Turkey Dash. I was a bit bummed (maybe more than a bit) that I had a sinus infection about 5 weeks ago that lasted a good 3 weeks and then I broke a molar and had to have it removed and a bone graft done, so having not ran in 5-6 weeks, I was not up to running a race. But this was Jenn's first 5K and since I'm a firm believer in everything happens for a reason, I was there with my Nikon to take pics! She had a GREAT run! I think her time was 30:50.

Warming up.

And they're off.

Crossing the finish line.

Later in the afternoon, family and friends came over to enjoy some turkey and or dessert. Stephen asked if he could bring an exchange student/employee from the company where he works. He's here from China and his American name is Reggie. He turned out to be such a nice, nice person. He was a delight to spend some time with. Here are some more pics to show off how blessed I am :)


Jessie, Aunt Gert and Dory

Don, Jessie, Aunt Gert and Dory

Paul, Patty and Dory

Patty, Dory, Uncle Ralph and Aunt Gert
Aunt Gert, Uncle Ralph and Reggie

Traci, Reggie, Dora, Paul, Steve and Eric

Traci, Steve and Aunt Gert
Jessie and Eric

Bobby, Aunt Gert, Traci, Steve and Reggie

Jenn and Toby scoping out the newspaper flyers for Black Friday shopping.
Bobby and Travis

Logan trying to decide on dessert
Eric, Emmy, Zariah and Jakadien

Reggie brought some Pokemon cards for Logan..what a nice guy!
I hope your Thanksgiving was as nice as mine!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

House Hunters

Yep. I now know exactly how the people on the HGTV Show House Hunters feel. Paul and I have been looking at houses for at least 6 months now. It was slooooow going at first since we've lived in our house for 26 years and Paul didn't want to move and he was pretty adamant about it. Slowly he's come around. Sunday we saw a house in Avon, and this is the first house he actually said he felt "wowed" by it. Paul doesn't get wowed by anything so this is HUGE!  It does have a wow factor kitchen and master bath with a walk in closet in the bathroom, just what we want. We put an offer in late this afternoon and now we wait.....they have 5 days to respond. I just know they'll counter, I just hope not too much.

And now the game has begun....

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Well, Halloween has come and gone. You would have thought I'd have 5 or 10 minutes to come here and post about the awesome Halloween Party we had. Or..the awesome costumes my darling grands wore. Well, here's the post-better late than not at all.

I don't have all the pics from the party but I have enough to give you an idea of how much fun we had...

My Toby, who's always ready to help me with ANY paper crafting that needs to be done, even sending out party invitations!

Wendy carving.
Jenn carving with my fishing headlamp because she says, "the lighting in your house sucks mom".

Cool pumpkin.
A scary pumpkin.
This one is my favorite (Jenn carved it)

Another masterpiece pumpkin.
A couple of days after carving with the neighbors approximately 10-13 pumpkins, we had the party and boy was it fun!! Jenn & Toby came over with Val and Heather and they all looked GREAT!
I was totally enthralled with Jenn's job she did with her makeup!!

So awesome!! She wore an old prom dress and I say kudos to her for still being able to fit into it 10 years or so later!
Jenn, me (argh matey with my parot), Eric the psycho clown with intestines around his neck and Toby in the back. 
Wendy looked awesome as a Spider Woman. She had on a spider web cape full of spiders! 
Me and Val. Funny tidbit, both our names are Valerie and both our mom's names are June! 
Val and Jessie (Mrs. Peacock with the candlestick). 
Jenn and Val
Jenn and Eric...ewww!
So, now on to some of the decorating we did at the party...

And now presenting my darling grands...Dorothy and the Ninja!! (who did not attend the adult only party just in case you were wondering).

And last but not least, my little Winston who's scary enough without a costume...