Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Kayla and I went to "Boo at the Zoo" last night, a great event our local zoo has every year. They had lights strung everywhere, a lighted pumpkin patch, trick or treat stands and carnival rides. We rode the train, called the "Haunted Express" for Halloween and Kayla grabbed onto me and screamed as people in costume jumped out at us along the way. We also shared a funnel cake and had a really good time walking around getting treats and looking at everyone's costumes. And tonight's the real deal. I'm still not sure exactly what we will be doing besides trick or treating but we'll figure something out. I hope everyone has a fun day!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Odds and ends

It is officially freezing outside...and I can't breathe. I'm apparently allergic to heat so as soon as it's turned on in the house I become stopped up.

Kayla had two big birthday parties to go to this weekend. A slumber party on Friday and a costume party Saturday night. I didn't see her from Friday morning until 10:00 Saturday night...and I missed her. I didn't know what to do with myself on Saturday so I was absolutely lazy in a way that I haven't been able to be for months. I stayed in bed and read books and listened to the heartbreaking Hogs game and did nothing! I don't think I'll be able to do that again for a long time. I'm so glad that Kayla is making friends. She seems to fit right in with all the kids at school. She said last week that someone told her that she "was the most fashionable girl in school." I had to laugh at that because of the extreme budget clothes buying we do, but hey I do know how to find cute clothes at a bargain!

I attempted to bake pumpkin bread on Sunday and it was horrible. I don't know what I did wrong but I guess I'm not meant to be a baker. This is why I buy ready-to-eat food at the store...I apparently am missing the cooking gene.

Our local anchorwoman, Anne Pressly, was murdered in her home last week and Kayla has asked a million questions about it. She was on the station we always watch and lived not far from us and real close to some of Kayla's friends. Kayla wanted to drive by her house last night to see all the memorials, etc. It is a horribly sad and unimaginable crime that has left many of us, including me, sleepless all week. It's hard to answer your child's questions about why someone would do something like this....because really why would someone do something like this?

It's offically Halloween week and we've got pumpkins to carve, Boo at the Zoo to go to, and Halloween night to contend with so it should be another busy and hectic week at our household. Will it ever slow down?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Laugh of the day

All I have to say is, the RNC paid $150,000 for her wardrobe and this is what she gets?!?! A democratic scarf!

Time is flying by

I can't believe it's almost Halloween and then the holidays are upon us. Kayla is invited to two birthday parties this weekend. A slumber party on Friday and a costume party on Saturday. So last night we went shopping for a costume. She had her heart set on being a Ladybug but Party City was out of the costume. We then went to Halloween Express and she found some cute striped thigh highs, a hat, and some jewelry and has decided to go as an eighties girl. She kept asking me what did you wear back then--lots of bright, loud colors. I'll post some pictures when we take some. So again she has an eventful weekend and I get some time to myself.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Four day weekend

Wow. We have had a very busy weekend. Kayla had Friday and Monday off from school for teacher work days. We went to the Arkansas State Fair Friday and had a wonderful time. It was perfect fall weather. Kayla has been talking nonstop about the fair for the last month. She was so excited. We met up with her uncle and cousin and I'm soooo glad they were there because I got sick on a ride and Kayla would have been bored to death with just me. I can't believe I can no longer tolerate all these rides I used to spend hours on. I guess I really am getting older! We stayed at the fair for almost eight hours and Kayla rode just about everything on the Midway and we toured the Hall of Industry and got free stuff and we pet llamas, sheep and goats. And she kept thanking me over and over for taking her.

Saturday we went shopping for much needed winter clothes. I think and hope that she is set until at least Christmas. I still can't believe she came here with no jeans or winter clothes to her name. Saturday night, Kayla's friend Miranda stayed over and I took them out for pizza and then to see The Secret Life of Bees. Great movie and we all cried.

And then today I have been kid-free all day and all night long. Kayla went to Miranda's this morning and will be there until after work tomorrow. So I finally got a Sunday to rest and take a real long nap and read a really good book.

But I do kind of miss her...

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sunday brunch

Kayla surpised me yesterday by making Sunday brunch and she did it all herself. She scrambled eggs "just like Papa does" and made waffles and toast to go along with it. She set the table and wouldn't let me come in there until everything was done. We sat down and had a wonderful breakfast together thanks to Kayla. It was a great ending to a beautiful weekend.

Fall weekend on the mountain

Kayla and I spent the weekend on Petit Jean mountain with some friends. It was a beautiful weekend and tons of fun. It was so good to get away from all of the bad news in the world and just appreciate the beautiful world God made for us. Above is a picture of Kayla with my best friend's daughter, Skylar.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Ragweed has got me down

I haven't posted much this week because I've been suffering the effects of ragweed. I'm horribly tired, achy, can't breathe and hope it will get better soon.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Happy Birthday Johnny and Carley

Twelve years ago today my niece and nephew were born three months premature. They had to live in the hospital for those three months and then were sent home with heart monitors for their first year of life. I can't believe they've gone from those little bitty frail babies to the almost teenagers they are today. Carley is athletic, smart, social, pretty...and is an awesome basketball player and friend to everyone she meets. Johnny is super intelligent, a reader, emotional...and is addicted to video games and current events. I'm so glad they are a part of my life...and grateful Kayla has awesome cousins she can grow up with.

Happy Birthday, Johnny and Carley!