Friday, October 31, 2008

Did I Mention

that this party Sarah is attending tonight runs until 11:00PM? I've had a difficult time staying up late enough to go get her. Thankfully, it's almost time to leave.

I should be able to get in bed within the hour. Wish me luck!

All Hallows Eve

What an eventful All Hallows Eve we've had so far! Katie was too excited about Halloween today to take her nap, so by the time we needed to get her dressed in her costume, she was all out of sorts and refusing to get dressed while screaming that she didn't want to go Trick-or-Treating.

Sarah had a Halloween party to attend at her friend Rowan's house, so I went ahead and took her there while Phil stayed home to fight with Katie. Sarah let me put make-up on her for the party since it was Halloween. She was so beautiful and mature looking with it on, I had to take several pics of her before we left. Here are just a few.

While I was dropping Sarah of at her friend's house, Phil called me to say that Katie had changed her mind and was now ready to go Trick-or-Treating. So, I had to rush back to the house so I could go with Phil and the girls. Because it was a bit chillier than we had expected it to be, we had to put long sleeves on Katie under her costume.

The second house we went to had this really cool, yet really scary, animatronic monster at the front door. Katie did not like that, and got scared that there was going to be a monster at every door we went to. Once we got through a couple more with no scary monsters, she was finally fearless enough to get really excited again. Of course, when we finally got home, Katie got SUPER excited about digging into her bucket of candy.

Emily dressed up in her Groovy 60s costume. It's actually a lot cuter than it looks in these next two photos. For some reason, Emily was in her "pose like a complete dork" mode when I snapped these pics of her.

Emily has a costume party to attend tomorrow afternoon, so she'll get another chance to wear her costume. Hopefully, I can get some better photos of her in her costume. Oh, and she WILL be getting her hair cut tomorrow. I've had enough of her not taking care of it.

To check out my Ghosts of Halloween Past post, click here.

Halloween Funny

Got Mine

I finally made it to the Republican Headquarters for my county today to pick up my yard sign. I actually ended up getting three of them so I could put one at each end of my property and the third in the center of my yard.

Katie decided that she wanted to help, too, and made me put her "sign" in the ground, too. Her "sign" is actually a little fan that Katie fell in love with while we were getting our regular yard signs.

I also picked up some bumper stickers while I was getting my yard signs. This pink one is my favorite.

Phil's not too happy about having to drive around with a pink bumper sticker on the Jeep, but I told him he couldn't take it off until after the election.

Ghosts of Halloween Past

Since today is Halloween, and I've only been blogging for about a year and a half, I thought I'd go back into my photo files and share some pics from Halloweens past.

Halloween 2003: These photos were taken during the Halloween Horribles Parade at one of our local libraries. Sarah was a cat, and Emily was a lady bug.

Halloween 2004: Sarah and Emily were both cute little witches.

Halloween 2005: For some reason, I don't have any photos of the girls in their costumes this year, but I do have some cute photos of them at Sea World's Halloween Spooktacular to share with you.

Halloween 2006: This was Katie's first Halloween. I wasn't planning to dress her up, but then I found an adorable flower costume for her at Walmart for $10, and I was sold. Sarah went as a pirate and Emily was some sore of Angel-Devil hybrid. Oh, and don't blame me for their skimpy costumes - their grandparents took them shopping for them.

Halloween 2007: Sarah dressed up as a pirate again (though she didn't ToT), and Emily borrowed a Little Red Riding Hood costume from my mother. Katie dressed up as Tinkerbell. Sarah and Emily had both dressed up as Tinkerbell when they were Katie's age, so I thought it only appropriate that Katie should do the same thing. I also bought a hot dog costume for Maggie, and my mother tried to dress Bella up in a Halloween sweater, but it didn't last long.

I can't wait to snap some new shots of my girls all dressed up for Halloween tonight!

Spread the Wealth


So, I was going through my usual blog reads last night, when I happened to notice that lovely little Kelsey "Boo-ed" me. No, she didn't "Boo" me in a nasty, "You Suck" sort of way, but in a "Happy Halloween" sort of way. And now, it's my turn to pass the "Boo" along to some of my favorite bloggers.

AFRo, Ashley, Kaycee, Anna, and Melody, to you ladies, I say, "Boo!"

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Cat Food

I know I've mentioned before about Katie's obsession with putting the cat's food in her water. Apparently, Katie decided to change things up a bit this last time she got into the cat's food and water. Take a look.

Yeah, those are Phil's tools. My kid is such a nut.

Political Quiz

I got a little quiz sent to me by a Catholic website that I visit sometimes. It's a political quiz to see how well you know where Obama stands on important family issues like gay marriage and sex education. Click here to take the quiz and maybe learn something.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Katie has been really bad today! She woke up this way, and it just hasn't stopped. She did take a nap, so I got a break for a couple of hours, but she just woke up and is back in full force brat mode.

Right now, I'm attributing this terrible behavior to the fact that her daddy has been gone all week, and she doesn't quite know how to express that she misses him. He's supposed to be home this evening, so hopefully, she'll be back to normal soon. If not, her little butt is going to be sitting in time out all day tomorrow.

Fashion Police

When we were at Sea World on Sunday, we saw quite a few candidates for detention by the Fashion Police. Yes, there were a lot of people, including adults, who were dressed up for the event, but there were also some who looked like they could wear those same outfits on a daily basis.

But the worst fashion disaster of all, by far, that I saw that day was before we ever entered the park. Take a look at this.

This is just wrong on SO many levels. First, she's wearing leggings. Now, there's nothing wrong with leggings, but she's not wearing anything over them!! What's up with that? And her top? I have no idea what's going on there, and there is definitely WAY too much of her bra showing. I feel so sorry for her kids. Do you think that they realize how ridiculous she looks? She obviously doesn't.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween Spooktacular

Hello! And welcome to my highly anticipated Sea World's Halloween Spooktacular post. Let me warn you up front that this post will be heavily laden with photographs. Anybody got a problem with that? No? Good, now, let's proceed.

We never made it to Sea World on Saturday. Well, technically that's not true. We did make it to Sea World, but it was getting late in the afternoon, and we were all tired and hungry, so we left after I got a couple of new passes printed up for Sarah and Emily. We decided to get up early on Sunday and try it again.

This first photo was taken while we were waiting in line to get in. I've never had to wait so long to get into Sea World before, but the park didn't really seem especially crowded, so I'm not quite sure what was up with the delay.

Once we got inside the park, we got our maps, synchronized our watches (not really, we just made sure the girls had Sarah's cell phone), made a plan to meet back up, and then let Sarah and Emily go off on their own for the first time. I was a little uncomfortable with letting them go, but I'm a bit overprotective of my girls. My dad drops my little 13 year old brother and his friends off at Busch Gardens whenever they have a work day off from school, so I know that other parents do the same thing.

Anyhow, after letting Sarah and Emily go, Phil and I went off with Katie. Sea World had the entire park decorated for Autumn and Halloween, so we had to stop and take a few photos here and there.

Phil and I took Katie on the Sky Tower ride, which she quite enjoyed. She loved looking down at everything and trying to spot Shamu in the water. I took this photo of Katie and Phil while we were waiting to go on the ride.

After the Sky Tower ride, we walked around some more, and eventually made our way to the Sea Lion and Otter theater where we were to meet up with Sarah and Emily for the Clyde and Seamore show. Katie is posing here while we waited for the girls to show up. In case you hadn't already guessed it, Katie dressed up as her favorite Sesame Street character, Abby Cadabby.

When the girls caught up with us, we all went into the theater to watch the show. In case you haven't seen the show before, it's a pirate themed show, starring a pair of sea lions, with a bit part by a sneaky little otter, and a cameo appearance at the end of the show by a large walrus.

After the show, we got lunch and rested a bit.

One of Katie's missions for the day was to go see the penguins. She had watched Happy Feet on Friday and was excited to see the real penguins. When we finished eating our lunch, we all headed over the the penguin exhibit.

Just in time for Halloween, the Headless Penguin!

No, he wasn't really headless; he just had his head turned all the way around and bent down to pick at his back. I don't know if he was scratching an itch or cleaning himself or what, really.

From the penguins, we headed over to take Katie along the Trick-or-Treat path. They had little Trick-or-Treat stations set up every so often along the path, and the kids got a different prize (mostly candy, but sometimes not) at each station. They also had people dressed up and posing for photos with the kids all along the pathway. Katie really liked some of them (the pretty ladies), but others she ran away from. Whenever she got scared, she would say, "I want to go home," so we knew to get here out of there quickly.

After making it all the way through the Trick-or-Treat path, we stopped for a photo op with the Shamu statues.

Here, Katie is enjoying some of the loot from her bag - a lollypop, to be precise.

Next, we went to catch the Shamu show, Believe. We've seen the show before, and I really find it be rather boring compared to some of the other Shamu shows I've seen, but Katie just had to see Shamu before we left.

Emily took this photo of Phil and me when we paused for a moment on our way out of the park. I was hoping to get a nice shot of the two of us, but I forgot how tired we both were and that my lipstick had disappeared quite some time before then, so it is what it is.

All in all, we had quite a nice day together at Sea World. Although, I must say that by the time we made it to the Shamu show, my feet were absolutely killing me. I had bought a new pair of shoes the night before to try to keep from hurting my feet and hip (I've been having trouble with my hip lately when I walk a lot) while we were at Sea World, but it obviously didn't help. I'm not sure if my feet hurt so much because they weren't used to being enclosed (I always wear flip-flops), or if there was some other reason. I ended up trading shoes with Emily, who was wearing flip-flops, so that I could walk out of the park relatively pain-free.