Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

What a day! First, there was a Halloween parade at day care - well, what would constitute a parade for a bunch of kids under the age of 3 - mostly it was just milling about the play yard showing off for the parents in their Halloween costumes.

Miss Kim's Halloween Parade

Leda looked very cute in her witch costume. And that's what she called it, her 'costume' - not outfit, not dress up, her costume - several billion times today!

Miss Kim's Halloween Parade

We were only supposed to be there for a few minutes and then head back to work, but Leda must have been a bit confused (read tired) because there was screaming and crying and it had nothing to do with play acting! We finally calmed her down and she pretty much went straight in for her nap and Daddy and I creeped away and back to work.

Leda, Halloween, 2007

So tonight, after work, we headed off to the Shier/Gabb neighborhood. Our neighborhood doesn't get many trick-or-treaters - in fact, in the 10 years we have lived here, not one - but we live on a busy street, not conducive to trick-or-treating. So heading off to another neighborhood is a good idea. And we know most of the people who live there, so that makes it so much safer.

The Halloween Gang

And, fun! The kids, all 100 thousand of them (or so it seems) gather and us parents pack a wagon with a few adult libations and off we go trick-or-treating. See, this way, EVERYONE gets a treat! ;-)

It takes Leda a few houses to get the hang of it, but after awhile, she's right in there, getting her candy. She's pretty good at the Thank You, but not so good at the Trick-or-Treat. Next year she may have it down pat!

At the end of the night, we all end up at Kevin and Patti's, where we have a few more adult libations, some fun food and the kids check out their bounty! Everyone is happy!

It was a good night. Leda had a blast, she got a caldron full of candy that will last us the good part of a year (and then some!) If she's lucky, she might even get to have some (she had better come see her Mommy for that!) Funny though, the kid is so excited she got some PlayDoh in her bounty! The little things that make a kid happy!

Hope everyone had a Spooky and Scary and pretty darn Fun Halloween!

EDITED: I should probably mention that we brought Leda's wagon this year - do you know the kid wanted to get in the wagon to be pulled to EACH FREAKIN' HOUSE??? Do you know that the wagon is NOT COMING NEXT YEAR???? Geez! Seriously. She would walk from the end of the driveway of one house, up to the door, do the whole trick-or-treat, give me the candy, thanks thing and turn around, walk down the driveway, into the wagon to be pulled the FIVE FEET TO THE NEXT DRIVEWAY! Yeah, no wagon next year! Kid's gonna have to work for that candy!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Biker Chick

Saturday night we headed over to Aunt Rachel's for a Halloween party and parade.

Aunt Rachel lives on main street of a little town in South Jersey. This little town throws one heck of a halloween parade. The whole town (and then some) comes out and hangs outside their homes and have people over and have parties and watch the parade, which is what Aunt Rachel did!

So we hung out with Calean and Tristan and Uncle Wayne and Albert and Margaret and Jackie and lots of friends and family. The kids all dressed up and we ate chili and dips and chips and lots of other goodies. There was even a funnel cake booth set up right across the street, just for Brock!

It was so chaotic though (I mean, a good chaotic) I just couldn't get a lot of pictures. So no, I don't have pictures of the kids in their halloween outfits.

After the parade was over, Uncle Wayne was about to take off to go out for the evening on his motorcycle and as he was saying goodbye, Leda wanted to get on the bike. So we put her on the bike - and boy, did she like it!

Biker Chick

But we aren't so sure what she was doing here:


Obviously Uncle Wayne's bug shield needed cleaning on the inside (thank goodness it was the inside!)

It was a fun night. Leda's looking forward to Halloween so she can get some candy. Because, this was the first parade in like forever that didn't have every participant throwing candy to the kids. And, of course, our child wanted to know where the candy was!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Not my fault

I'm the one: One in five fans believe in jinxes, survey says

But it wasn't my fault this past weekend (if you hadn't heard, the Eagles blew it!)

I wore my jersey, Leda wore her jersey AND the green socks!

We did everything right.

Maybe we should have been playing that game. I mean, I think after the first 10 plays that the Eagles' defense guarded the sidelines and the Bears went right down the middle, I GOT A CLUE!

Enough about that. Anyway, they promise to do better next week. Hummmm, deja vu.

This past weekend, Leda and I spent the weekend alone. Brock was off in California playing with his friends at some race track (24 hours of LeMons) (and, no I didn't spell that wrong - click the link - it's nuts). So it was just us girls. We made oatmeal cookies and read books (LOTS of books, over and over again, too!) and built castles with our blocks only to knock them down over and over again. We did a little Halloween costume shopping - Leda wanted to be the Little Mermaid, but do you know they don't make it small enough for her? So I had to bribe her into being a good witch because the outfit came with a wand she could bang me over the head with over and over again (get the gist of the weekend? It was very repetitive!)

Saturday night the Durhams had us over for dinner and we watched the Jungle Book (haven't seen that movie in ages! Love it!). Sunday we hung out and baked our cookies and napped and, well, you know what we wasted 3 and a half hours of our Sunday on - football. And Daddy came home last night.

All is right with our world (well, except the Eagles, but whatcha gonna do?)

Monday, October 15, 2007

Pumpkin Pickin'

Yesterday we headed off to Linvilla Orchards for a little pumpkin pickin', a hayride, some lunch, and a little playin'.

We had a big group together for this one - the Durhams, the Shiers, the Fodens, Karen and Sydney and Leda's Granddad and Fay came along as well (given that they live right around the corner from the orchard, it was kinda a no-brainer for Leda's Granddad to join us!)

Leda and Granddad

What a fun day we had. We went on a hayride around the orchard and then we had a little lunch. Leda and her Granddad went over to feed the ducks and check out all the animals they have there at the farm and then we took the kids in to the play area - a huge area swarming with kids (and I swear, they really were just as bad as the bees in the swarming arena - it was amazing the amount of kids that were there!) Leda had a blast climbing all over the wooden structures they had for the kids to play on. Freaked me out, some of the things she would climb on - I was terrified she would fall. Then, I would get terrified I couldn't see her - it would have been very easy for a child to get lost in that sea of little humans! But she had a great time and not one boo-boo!

We did a little pumpkin pickin' (well, Leda got to pick out a pumpkin - a small one. We didn't feel like lugging any big ones back to the car!) I took a few pictures of the Shiers in the pumpkin patch and then we high tailed it out of there before the child could really start to get cranky, since basically we were missing nap time!

It was a good day. We had a great time. I didn't get any really good pictures because I took the telephoto lens and really should have had the smaller one. And, for some reason, we can't get the kid to look at the camera on queue anyway. Drives me crazy!

Leda of the Pumpkins

Oh yes, and Leda and I were decked out in our Eagle's finest. First time all season we wore our Eagle's jerseys. Leda even wore green socks - she insisted on it.

Leda and Mommy

Guess everyone knows what Leda and I will be wearing each and every Eagles game from now on, because you do know that they won yesterday, right? That's right, Leda and I will be wearing our Eagle's jerseys from here on out until the end of the season. And yes, Leda will also be wearing those green socks until the end of the season!

Monday, October 8, 2007


On Friday night, for the first time in probably 20 years (I think I may have made it back at least once, maybe twice after I graduated), I went to a football game at my old high school.

It was pretty new to me - we didn't have lights when I went to high school (and, no, it is not because electricity hadn't been discovered yet!). There were probably only about 3 high schools in our area when I was in high school that had lights on their football field for night games. All our games were on Saturday afternoons, with the exception of one or two away games where the other school had lights!

Since I graduated, the school district built a middle school on the visitor's side of the field, where once there was just lots of practice fields. The parking lots and drives are all different now. I wasn't sure where we should try and park, as we got there just before the start of the 3rd quarter. We did find a spot and we entered the stadium on the visitor's side - I've never entered that stadium through the visitor's side!

Then, there were the memories - the same old scoreboard, the kids playing on either end of the field in the grassy areas, the old snack stand. We were meeting the Durhams and Brock called to let them know we were there and John was giving him direction on where they were sitting. After a minute or two of back and forth, Brock turned to me and said, "he says that they are where the band used to sit. Do you know where that is?" That's like asking a bear if he you-know-whats in the woods. I only sat in that section of the stands for 4 years straight!

So off through the crowd we went, toward the area I spent a good portion of my fall Saturdays during high school entertaining the crowd. We saw Jennifer and Paige before we got too far and all of a sudden, it's like coming home - my bestest friend in the whole wide world is standing there talking to Jennifer (not that Jennifer isn't my other bestest friend!) Kristie was my other half for like all of high school and several years after. She and I finished each other's sentences - I swear that we could tele-communicate in our minds some times. We were inseparable. I was her maid-of-honor when she married the love of her life and I was her birthing coach when her first born, Johnny, came into this world (her husband was nervous about the whole thing, as well as a little queasy!)

Kristie and I spent many of a Saturday afternoon at that stadium during my high school years. Seeing her there was like going back in time. Her younger sister, Gail, was also there, as were her husband and the two boys, Johnny who is now in 8th grade (WHAT???) and Christopher, her youngest.

Like so many friends do, after the birth of Johnny, when I was just getting out in the world after college and doing my own thing, and she was settling down into a family life, our worlds kinda drifted apart. We exchanged notes in Christmas cards, but really didn't make the time to get in touch and go do something together. And for the past 15 or so years, we've lived a mere 2-3 miles away from one another on the same darn road!

My wonderful friends made sure she was invited to my baby shower and that was the first time I had seen her since I got married 7 years prior. Johnny was our ring bearer in our wedding. After the wedding, we hung out a few times, but again, drifted back into our own worlds. Seeing her at my shower was wonderful, and again, just after Leda was born, we spent a few dinners together. Again, drifting back into our own worlds without so much as a phone call once in a while.

But when I see her, it's like it's only been a few hours since we've seen each other. It's hard to explain. You know when you haven't seen someone in a really long time, you chit chat and make small talk, but the feeling is that you have just been away from one another for so long that whatever made you friends so many years prior just doesn't exist any more? It is SO not like that with Kristie. It's like I've come home, like my favorite and most comfortable blanket, like reading a really awesome book.

We chatted for a few minutes, tried to catch up on our lives in a short period of time! We promised to call and get together soon. And off to our families we went. I will be giving her a call this week. I miss her a lot and I think it's time to do something about that.

It's amazing what can happen at a Friday night football game!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Lesson Learned?

Lately we have been trying to teach the "you had better listen to what Mommy and Daddy tell you" lesson, with little success.

This afternoon, Brock and Leda picked tomatoes and peppers from our garden. Leda picked tomatoes, Brock picked his hot tomatoes - one is a hybrid which apparently is pretty hot and the other Serrano, which is apparently also pretty darn hot.

Brock had left his pepper bowl on the living room table and Leda and I came in from outside and I told Leda, don't touch Daddy's peppers, and I specifically told her not to eat them (yes, I realize that is where I went wrong!)

Next thing I know, the child is screaming and scrapping her tongue with her fingers and shaking like crazy. She bit into one of the hybrids - luckily she only bit into it, not bit it off, but that apparently was bad enough.

For the next 15 minutes it was everything we could do to calm her down. As she got a little calmer, we tried to use it as a learning experience - see, when Mommy tells you not to do something, it's for your own good, not because we don't love you or want you to grow up to love hot peppers.

So, lesson learned? Well, she's listened to everything we have told her to do since then, which, in itself, is not that impressive - we bribed her to eat an extra piece of meat for dinner by promising a lollipop (she had eaten a pretty decent amount by then, and she was the one who asked for a lollipop, so it's wasn't a bad thing) and the only other thing we told her to do was to come up with us to take a bath. She was pretty well behaved the rest of the evening.

So I guess time will tell - will she pay attention to us tomorrow when we tell her to do something or not to do something? We'll see. If she doesn't, I guess we can always try to remind her about the hot peppers!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

NaBloPoMo and the Playoffs

I have decided to try this National Blog Posting Month thing to see if I can write a post a day for the month of November.

This should be pretty interesting, since I think I have been averaging about a post a week these days! I guess I will have to come up with some material! Or Leda will have to supply me with some! We'll see how it goes!

Oh, and yeah, the baseball playoffs - we get to play the Colorado Rockies (as my sister-in-law so kindly pointed out on the last post).

That means that when we win the series in Colorado on Saturday night, it will be after midnight here on the East coast because the darn game doesn't start until 9:30pm. Guess it's a good thing it's a Saturday night and not a school night and that I don't have tickets to the Bruce Springsteen concert (don't EVEN get me started on that!) so I have the time to watch the game if I so desire.

Now, see how nicely I played there? No trash talking (none that was blatant). See, we Philly fans can play nice! ;-)

Of course, my husband pointed out, at least it isn't football (Believe me, if my team would show up to the game, we would beat the stuffing out of the Broncos! ;-)

Monday, October 1, 2007

Blue and Gold sucks! Red all the way!

As you have probably noticed, I've been very quiet about my football team this season - I mean, really, there hasn't been much to talk about.

Last week was awesome, except for the Blue and Gold jerseys - eeeeewwwww! They was ugly! I guess since it was "throwback" day (the day your football team wears old jerseys just to freak you out) and it's the Eagle's 75th anniversary, they decided to wear the first jersey's the team ever wore. Thank goodness some one way back when decided to change the colors to green and silver because that blue and gold sucked! But the team played well. I said to Brock, they lose next week, there will be calls for them to wear these ugly jersey's for the rest of the season.

Well, we lost last night. And we lost bad - to the Giants of all teams. Pitiful, it was. Disgusting. If they continue to play like they did last night, we might as well start thinking about next season.

Well, that's enough about that.

Now, we do have SOMETHING to cheer here in Philly - the Phillies! Wow, what an amazing couple of weeks it has been! Who would have thought that the Mets would have such a complete meltdown going into the end of the season? And that our team would capitalize on it! Wow!

I'm not much of a baseball fan. It's okay - I'd much rather see a baseball game in person than watch one on TV. And, I really don't pay much attention until the playoffs. Yes, I tend to be a bandwagon fan - well, not entirely true, I do root for the Phillies, I just don't watch all the games throughout the season, so not EXACTLY a bandwagon fan - I've usually got one foot on the wagon throughout the season.

Anyway, this is a happy town today. Big rally downtown and parades and all! It's been quite a long time since the Phillies have made the playoffs! So the town is pretty excited. So at least there is something to cheer about - it's just not football!

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