Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Treats on the Square

There are three things that Eli pretty much lives for - Christmas, birthday parties, and Treats on the Square. He constantly talks about all three things. This past Saturday night the Gilmer Police Department hosted the annual Treats of the Square. Eli decided that he wanted to Luke Skywalker (he considered Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenoi, Han Solo, and Optimus Prime). Luke decided that he wanted to be a cowboy (after spending the week with Valerie's girls, I think he should have gone as Prince Charming!), and Seth told me he wanted to be a pirate. So pretty much the whole fall break I was making costumes. Thankfully, Luke's was extremely easy. TOTS started at 5:00 on Saturday. At 3:50 pm on Saturday I finished all the costumes! TOTS was very crowed but the boys had a good time.

If I had another week (or even a couple of days) I would have made Seth's stroller into a ship.

As we were leaving Eli told me that he loved his costume. He said "Momma, me, Luke, and Seth had the best costumes in the world." That one quote made all the late nights worth it! By the way, Eli started planning for Treat on the Square 2009 last Friday (before TOTS 2008). He says he is going to be Bibleman. We will see!

Fall Break

Last week Kevin took a week off of work and we took a week off of school and went to North Arkansas on Fall Break. Kevin and Eli were wilderness men. They floated the Buffalo River through the Lower Buffalo Wilderness area, which is a 31 mile float trip. They floated it in 2 1/2 days in Kevin's kayak and camped along the way. Luke, Seth, and I went to visit my friend, Valerie Gunter and her girls. Valerie and I were best friends in Baton Rouge. Her husband Matt was a year behind Kevin in vet school.

Kevin and Eli floated put in at the Buffalo Point at the National Park and floated to the mouth of the Buffalo where it feeds into the White River. They planned on floating down the White River 12 miles but a bad thunderstorm was coming Wednesday night and the White River was running extremely fast. I made a slideshow of some of the pictures that Kevin and Eli (guess which ones are his) took. They saw deer everyday they were out and got to see three bald eagles. I asked Eli what was his favorite part of the trip. His reply " Eating marshmellows, eating Transformer fruit snacks, and eating the trail mix snack." Sounds like my kind of camping trip, full of snacking!

I am having trouble downloading the pictures from Valerie's. Once I get them downloaded, I will post them.

Nanny's 87th Birthday Bash

On Sunday, October 19 the Waller side of the family gathered together to celebrate our Nanny's 87th birthday. Nanny is the only grandparent that is left on the Dickey or Waller side. Last spring she fell and broke her hip which required surgery. She hasn't recovered very well from the surgery. We thought it would be fun to surprise her by us all getting together for her birthday. My dad had to tell her on Saturday that we were all coming. She seemed to enjoy the day with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. We all enjoyed it as well.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Children's Choir performs

Last Sunday night, the Children's choir at church performed "Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord". The choir is made up of children in Kindergarten through 4th grade. This is the first time Eli has ever had to stand in front of church (or any group). I was a little worried on how he would respond to being in front of people. He can be a bit on the shy side at times. I am glad to report (and show) that he sang and signed his little heart out! We told him that he did a great job and he said with a scrunch nose and nodding his head "I did pretty good. I messed up my motions a little but I did pretty good."

Cutting and Stacking Firewood

Every night the past couple of weeks, when Kevin gets home he starts cutting and stacking firewood. Of course, a job like this can not be done alone. One needs a 5 year old and 3 year old to help cut and stack firewood!

Cutting firewood with sticks.

Such a manly man!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Last week's news

Just pretend that this blog post was posted earlier this week or even the end of last week. Because it all happened last week, September 29 - October 5. I wanted to blog about it earlier in the week but I had to catch up on my housework before I started catching up on my blog work!


Late last Monday night, September 29, my mom called me and told me that they had taken my grandmother, Nanny, to the hospital with congestive heart failure. Nanny was very very sick and they weren't sure if she was going to make it through the night. The doctors were able to get the fluid off her lungs and heart and she slowly started to get better. We haven't been home in a while so I had not seen Nanny since my cousin's wedding in June. So Tuesday the boys and I load up in the van and make a trip to Arkansas to see Nanny in the hospital and visit my folks for a couple of days. When we got there she was in the ICU and the boys were not allowed to go back to see her. Nanny was very disappointed that she could not see the boys. But on Wednesday, she was moved to a regular room so we headed back up to the hospital after we did our school work. She was tickled to get to see them. I forgot my camera so I didn't get to take any pictures.

Nanny is doing some better. She got out of the hospital Sunday the 5th. Back in March, around the time that Seth came home from the hospital, Nanny fell and broke her hip. She just has not been the same since. Next Sunday, October 19, she will turn 87. We are planning a big family to get together for her. It should be fun. Maybe I want forget my camera this time. But if I do, my blog queen sister will document the event!!

Enjoying Fall and the letter Pp

Fall and spring are always such welcome sites. They each have things that I love about the season. The last couple of weeks, you could tell that fall was in the air in east Texas. To me that means jeans and long sleeves, trees turning those beautiful fall colors, soups, and fall foods - soup, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes.

I had signed up to take breakfast to our Bible Fellowship group the first Sunday in October. I decided I was going to make some thing out of pumpkin and/or sweet potatoes for breakfast. I found a recipe for pumpkin apple dip on a blog of one of my sister's friends. So last Friday morning, I went to the Peterson's blog to find the pumpkin dip recipe and she had a new intriguing post on Romance in the Seasons. I read the post and thought that is a good idea. I thought to myself that after being gone all week long, I would have to wait another day to surprise Kevin with a picnic and really didn't give it another thought.

Later that morning, Eli and I were working on his school work. His letter last week was Pp. In one of the activities he had to look at the pictures and decided what letter each word begun with. Well if one of the pictures wasn't a picture of a picnic, I am not sitting here typing. I just couldn't get away from the idea of having a picnic. So I made a call to the clinic to see when they thought Kevin would be freed up for lunch. So I kicked it into high gear, made a picnic lunch for me and the boys and we headed to Hughes Springs Veterinary Clinic to surprise Kevin with a fall picnic and to celebrate the letter Pp.

We went to Daingerfield State Park and enjoyed a picnic at a park under the pine trees eating on paper plates!

Kevin pointing out ants and termites to the boys.

Priceline.com Rocks!

Kevin had to get a few hours of continuing education at a veterinary conference in Dallas on Saturday. Our original plans were to make it just a day trip. But at 8:30 pm on Friday night, the plans started to change. Kevin just suggested that I see what kind of price we could get a room for Saturday night. So I went to priceline.com and did the name your own price option. We wanted cheap so we put in $50 bid for a four star hotel in the downtown area of Dallas on our first bid. No big surprise, the bid was rejected. So I tried again at $56 for a 3 1/2 star hotel in the same area. Our bid was excepted. For $56 plus tax (which came out ot be $70) we had a night at the 4 star Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Dallas! This was one of the three conference hotels. If we had of booked a room there through the convention, we would have paid $165 a night plus the 15% tax. We saved over a hundred dollars!! To bad we could not priceline parking and tips also!!

While in Dallas, the boys and I went to Grapevine Mills Outlet Mall. I found some pretty good bargins at Children's Place. I didn't get to go to all the stores that I want due to time but mainly due to children melt downs. Kevin went to his classes that morning and afternoon. Saturday evening we went to the LSU SVM reunion. Then a group from his vet school class went out to eat. We had a good time catching up with some of the gang.

So now you see why I had to catch up on my housework. Hope you all have a good weekend!

Like Father - Like Son

Seth is learning at an early age how to fall asleep in a recliner. He couldn't have pick a better person to teach him either. Kevin is a pro at falling asleep in the recliner.

Monday, October 6, 2008

First Taste of Solid Food

Well if you can call watered down rice cereal solid food, then Seth took his first taste of solid food tonight! Here are some videos of him gumming/spitting out his food.

In the next couple of days, I plan to make a couple more posts from last week and the weekend. We finally have something a little worthy of telling!!