Monday, November 25, 2013

Fearless Friday

Dark early?  No problem. November 22 found us playing in the backyard, since we knew cold weather was soon heading our way.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

a notable 41st

My birthday this year was really great.  Last year's Disney trip was pretty tough to beat, but turning 41 was equally fun in lots of small, rewarding ways.
I arrived to school to find  that the hospitality committee bought me a cupcake from "Sweet" and a special school friend gave a gift card to my hair salon!

The P.E. teachers got their classes to sing to me (surprise!) and some students gave me adorable notes.

Our new metallophone arrived!  Opening brand spanking new Orff instruments is always a religious experience, ESPECIALLY on one's birthday.

Jon surprised me with no band practice and left this in my car for me to find at the end of the school day.  It said that he would pick up the boys and for me to take my time!  Major points scored there.

On Saturday morning, we awoke to this amazing sunrise....

... and then RACED!  Jon did his FOURTH half marathon and PRed.  So proud.  And I did this 8K.  I am still slooooow but gradually getting the speed up again.  Must keep running!

The birthday extravaganza kept going as we spent the night in Charlotte, sans children.  Our latest never-before-experienced-together thing to do was to check out some live comics.  They were really, really funny and the evening was a blast.  We sat right beside the stage and prayed no one would pick on us. No such luck, though....

Bobby Lee was the headlining act.  I remember watching him on Mad TV. 
Jon ended up being the on-stage guinea pig.  Hilarious.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Pumpkin Carving 2013

design meeting


the exciting beginning




Trick-or-Treat! Smell my feet! Give me something good to eat!

Thursday evening was a blast.
Here's the loot we left behind at home when we went out.

First stop was Grandma Cathy's, and we went on from there....

Dora dog enjoyed herself to the fullest.

Our trick-or-treating party (minus, as usual, the photographer)

LOVED this family's creativity

sweet Chloe

We saw the man in the yellow hat at Boo at the Zoo, too!  That time, he was with George.

Again, the dogs loved seeing all the sights.

Maddie, ever the watchdog, looking on as Ethan gets more treats...


Once we arrived back in our neighborhood, we hit up the neighbors!

And then we got back to our own house to hit up Daddy!

Then, the guys loved giving out candy to the other trick-or-treaters.  This was a first for them.