Wednesday, September 16, 2009

School Projects

My kids bring home a TON of papers each week. I usually flip through them, then put them in "a special file." You know... Oh, don't make me spell it out!!!

Every once in a while, though, they bring things home that make me stop and take notice. Here's a paper Sis had to write the other day. The instructions say: If you could have any job when you grow up what would it be? Tell why and how well you think that you would do that job. How much money do you think that you will earn? (4-8 complete sentences)

In case you can't read it, she wrote: I would like to be a fashion desiner. I would be really good and probibly make 5 to 50 dollars a day. I'd be really good 'cause I know all the latest trends. These are some reasons I'd be a good fashon desiner.

Good news for me: I guess she'll never be able to afford moving out! :)

Then there's Bub... The first day of school, he filled out a form about himself and drew a picture of himself. See?

Did you notice his long yellow hair? And the dancing banana on his t-shirt?

Some of his answers: son of Don and Darla
Lover of God and family (awwwwwww)
Who feels nervous and pooped (what??????????)
Who needs shelter and food
Who gives Happiness and fairness

Here's hoping you're not feeling nervous and pooped!

Friday, September 11, 2009


I remember...

Last year's posting with pictures from Ground Zero here

The World's Fair of 2009

So, in our relatively small town, we have a carnival come to town the weekend of Labor Day EVERY year!!! Those of us from this small town wouldn't miss it for ANYTHING! Thus, it's become known in town as our World's Fair. You know... because the WORLD revolves around us in our small town! :)

Here are the kids on the ONE ride that they agreed to ride together... and Sis is already angling to hang out with her friends instead of us next year. Ugh!!! They are growing up too fast! Oh, and have you noticed Sis's side bangs? Because she would really, really like for everyone to notice them. Although they're easier to see with the back in a ponytail... RIGHT? (You need to agree louder... she can't hear you!!!)

This made me dizzy just watching them ride... but they had a ball! (And I got a new shot for the header of my blog)

Going through the maze of mirrors.

They love posing, can't you tell?

Bub and his friend, N, loving the Avalanche...

...with their "gang signs" while they're up in the air!

Bub and his friend, H, having a great time!

Sliding down from the House of Fun

And as always, ending the day with some yummy homemade ice cream...

The post from last year's World's Fair is here.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Family Reunion

So, I mentioned in my last post that we had a family reunion this past weekend. I think I figured out that my last time down there for an actual family reunion was in high school... which was at least 20 years ago. What a great time we had!

But did I mention that we were in the hills? And I get carsick? And I rode a bus with 33 of my other family members? And a lot of them get carsick, too? Let's just say some of us were REALLY REALLY glad when we got there!!!

Here are some shots from the day:

Here my Grandpa is the center of attention with his grandson on the left, his daughter behind him and some cousins listening in as well.

Here's my Grandpa with his twin sister... some precious 86-year-olds!!!

My Grandpa and Grandma

My Grandpa, his siblings and their spouses

My Grandparents and their kids/grandkids/great-grandkids that were there

The Grandkids acting silly... REALLY? (You're shocked, aren't you???)

My cousin, M, with a kitty that someone found...

My beautiful niece, Big Sissy...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Pesky Little Brothers

Alternate Title: Annoying Older Sisters -- Hey, this is my blog... I can call it whatever I want!

So, at a family reunion this weekend, my brother and I were trying to pose for a picture. I say trying because by the time my brother-in-law had the camera set up to take our picture, we had already started a tickling war.

Apparently, he took the pictures anyway!

I love my silly family!!!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Accessories 101 - State Fair Edition

So, as you may or may NOT remember, last year was the first year since I was a kid that I went to the State Fair. And boy, did I learn a lot!!!! (You can see my lessons learned last year here)

Well, this year was my niece's last year to show cows as a high school student (she has moved on to the big college world!). So, as we're sitting in the jr. livestock barn, I started noticing the style. Because there is DEFINITELY a style going on at the barn. Maybe not MY style, but a style nonetheless.

Before I start with a list of Accessory DO's for you, let me start with one VERY IMPORTANT DON'T: The crack.

I didn't post a picture of the true crack I saw (I didn't want to offend), but it was seen. It doesn't matter how cute your belt (or even tattoo) is, if there's crack to be seen, it's a definite FASHION DON'T!!! As Sis loves to say: Crack kills!

So, on to the important accessories to have at the State Fair:

Accessory #1: A cow. Or some other kind of livestock-ish kind of animal. Otherwise, you just look like a wanna-be. Or a parent. Or an out-of-place aunt who doesn't really even understand what's going on. Ahem.

Accessory #2: PLENTY (and I do mean PLENTY) of "hair product" for your animal (see #1). Please note that the cow is having a GREAT hair day in the picture below. WAYYY better than its owner's aunt. It's all due to the hair product. Or whatever it's called.

Accessory #3: A sparkly hair doo-dad. My niece is sporting a sparkly little barrette in her hair. A barrette isn't necessary, but any kind of sparkle in the hair will work. A clip could work just as well.

Accessory #4: A big stick. I'm not sure what this is for... but all the cool kids seem to carry them. It looks like their tickling the cows' bellies with them... but I'm SURE that's not what they're doing with them... right??? Anyway, WHATEVER the reason for them, they're really important to the total style of one's look.

Accessory #5: The bling belt. Ah... I have so much I could say about the bling belt (we'll call it BB for short). I LOVE the BB.... almost enough to decide to be a cute country girl myself. Except I'm kinda too old scared of big animals. But I looooove the belts. How cute is this one on my niece? And how much must she love me to stand still so I could get a good shot of her BB?

Accessory #6: The boots. Also, something I love... theoretically. Although the boots I would pick out would be a little less functional and a little more impractical. But these boots are the real deal. They might even have some manure on them... or dirt.

Then I stepped outside of the show arena to get some more critical accessory elements of the state fair. Continuing on...
Accessory #7: Shades. It's usually SUNNY at the State Fair. So, a girl's gotta do what she can to combat the brightness, while keeping her cool on.

Accessory #8: While this one isn't NECESSARY, it's a nice addition to other accessories. It's FRECKLES.

I hope I've helped you with all your fashion accessory dilemmas for next year's state fair. If you have any questions, just call!