Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Fridge is FUN!

Like a moth to a candle... Iain is drawn to our refrigerator.

Every time I open the door, he scrambles over to take a peek. I'm not sure, exactly, what the allure is... except that the door is usually closed, so it's just a big, boring black box most of the day.

Then again, there is that bright light... and all that food! :)

Of course, it's not enough to be outside looking in.... it's MUCH better to be INSIDE looking in! :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween Bunco Fun

Several of the girls in my neighborhood and I have been playing Bunco for over a year now. And this October 19, was MY night to host. So, we decided to have a little Halloween fun!

I dressed up in pirate garb, and for decorations, I used black tablecloths and Halloween-themed napkins, cups and plates. For our snacks, I made brain goo salad, putrid punch, monster fingers, mini mummies and eyeballs! (AKA known as: strawberry pretzel salad, citrus punch, cheese sticks, pigs in a blanket and chocolate covered Oreos.)

Sean LOVED the eyeballs! :)

My neighbor, Season, came dressed as a hippie -- complete with armpit hair! EEEewwww! And Cathryn sported a crazy fun witch's hat!

We played several rounds of the fast-paced, dice-rolling game, while munching on all the ghoulish goodies! But in the end, Brandi won for "most Buncos."

Christy and Cara tied (and shared) for "most wins."

And our fearless leader, Paige, did not leave empty handed... she took the title of "most losses.

I love my Bunco girls! :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Uppercase Living GIVEAWAY

A friend of mine has a WONDERFUL blog, entitled, Southern Hospitality, and she is currently hosting a special Uppercase Living giveaway for me, since I am a sponsor!
Please stop by and check out her inspirational and creative posts, and feel free to enter the contest!
Just click HERE!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

But... Jesus doesn't like cake!

When Jaiden was about 3-years old, we decided we'd bake a "birthday" cake for Jesus as one of our delicious Christmas desserts... and possibly as a new family tradition. My aunt had actually done this before, and I thought it was a cute idea, especially for Jaiden, so she could learn more about the true meaning behind our celebration of December 25!

Of course, I wasn't quite prepared for my daughter's response when I asked her if she'd like to help bake the special birthday cake. With a very sincere look and quite a thoughtful tone, she informed me, "Jesus doesn't like cake."

You know... I may beg to differ on that one! I bet Jesus would like cake! But for some reason or another, my silly little Jaiden got it in her head that the King of Kings is just not a big fan of cake! :)

Then again... if we had made THIS cake, I may have agreed with her!

Anyone have an interpretation of this? Anyone!?!?!? Right now, I have a version of a popular old Sunday school song in my head... "Jesus loves the little dinos... all the dinos of the world..."

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Revvin' For Research

Sean and I had the privilege of participating (as sponsors, not riders!) in the 2nd annual Dixie Divas "Revvin' For Research" on Saturday, October 9.

As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Dixie Divas are dedicated to making a strong contribution toward a cure.

The event involved hundreds of motorcycle riders enjoying a great ride (with the final stop and party at Heart of Dixie Harley-Davidson), and making an impressive stand against breast cancer! The total amount raised this year for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama was $26,500!!!!

We had quite a fun time! There was live music, great food, pinked-out bikes (and riders) and a host of interesting, uh... characters. Seriously! We saw Michael Jackson, Barney Fife and Elvis, to name a few! :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

How to Land a 9-Month Old

Fishing for babies isn't all that easy. To land that elusive 20 pounder, you have to have just the right lures... and a lot of patience. Nine-month olds, especially, can be quite finicky, and they don't always hit the same lure twice. So be prepared. Do your homework. And have a good crankbait.

That's right: a crankbait!

Of course, the sheer variety of crankbaits is quite astronomical. Some dive shallow; some dive deep. Some have rattles; some don't. Some crankbaits have a lip; others do not. AND each type is available in about 5 gazillion different colors!

The crankbait we found most effective here was a bright green Bill Dance crankbait with a lip ... and rattles, of course! The sound alone was enough to make this baby strike - hard and fast!

Once the baby took the lure, the angler (AKA "daddy") quickly snapped the rod up and reeled the line in, keeping steady pressure on the baby. (This is an important step when fishing in heavy vegetation, or in this case, amongst a thick cover of toys.)

* NOTE: No babies were harmed in the making of this post. And the crankbait used to catch the 20-pound baby, pictured, had ALL hooks and sharp thingies removed and was thoroughly disinfected first!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

We "FLASHED" The Galleria Mall Today!

I am so thrilled to say that my sister-in-law and I were part of a flash mob today at the Galleria... in the food court... at noon!

About 200 folks participated, and we danced our little hearts out to "Thriller" as part of "The Thrill of saving a life" campaign for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama!!

You can watch the YouTube video of the flash mob HERE:

As well, check out the BCRFA website for great information and ways to donate and to help fund a cure for breast cancer! (BTW: I am a sponsor, and I made it to their front page, along side Honda! How exciting!)