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Back with the living and a party!

Yesterday I got back to the land of the living.  I finally felt better.  Not 100% by any stretch, but better.  I was glad about this for a variety of reasons, but one important reason was that I had a party to attend.  Little Joshua was turning 4 (or will be on December 8th) and he was having a Cars birthday party while he had some family in for Thanksgiving.

Here's the invitation...

I found the idea on Pinterest for a race with the car's characters.  Jennifer made cars for all the kids out of cardboard boxes.  She did an excellent job!  Here's the Birthday Boy in Lightening McQueen...

His cousin Anson in Mader...

Little Harper in her birthday cupcake outfit...

The party set up...

Cake...

Cupcakes...

The goody bags and Piston cups for the race winners...

Some of the food...

There were several races held...








One with the parents even...

After all that racing, it was time for some cake!

But first, you've got to blow out the candles...

Then the birthday boy has to lick the…

Happy Thanksgiving?

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  Mine was okay.  I'm not going to give it any higher marks than just okay.  Here's a wrap up of my Thanksgiving (note: it is going to sound an awful lot like complaining, but really, it's just the facts folks).

On Monday, I was trying to get things wrapped up so I could go home on Wednesday.  My mom's birthday is mid-December, so I wanted to get her birthday present and bring it home, so I wouldn't have to ship it.  I went over to Neiman's, got her present, and then on the way home, BAM! I got sick.  I thought it was allergies, and maybe it is, but I have felt like total crap-ola ever since. 

Tuesday was kind of a blur.  I had morning class and night class.  I lost my voice while lecturing in each.  I still felt bad, so I prepared nothing for my trip home.

Wednesday morning I got up, did some packing and was about to wrap my Mom's present when I got a phone call that my grandfather was on the way to the hospital via…
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Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all have a day filled with family and/or friends, good food, and loads of things to be thankful for!

Tis the season...

Tis the season...for good movies!  There is always a serious movie drought at various portions of the year and then we hit November and BAM!, tons of great movies.  Some are already out and some are about to come out, but I need to hit up the theatre ASAP!

Here's my list:

(1) The Ides of March~ I know.  This has been out for weeks now.  I was suppose to see it early October with a friend, but I was so busy, I cancelled.  I still haven't seen it.  I really am looking forward to finally seeing this political drama.

(2) J. Edgar~ Also already released.  I'm very curious about this Clint Eastwood directed film.

(3) The Descendants~  Another George Clooney flick on my list.  Hey, double the George is Christmas come early!  It came out on Friday and I'm itching to see it.

(4) The Muppets~ The Muppets and I go way back.  Even though I have the deathly fear of (FROGS), this has never impacted my love of Kermit and his friends.  It comes out on Wednesday, just in time for Than…

A Litany of Things...

Here I am again.  I haven't blogged in forever.  I don't know what my problem is.  Strike that.  I do know what my problem is.  I've been busy and tired.  I know that it's a common problem with everyone this time of year.  Here's what I've been up to...

A couple of weekends ago, I went to see my cousin Gracie perform in Guys & Dolls.  It was a great show and she did a super job.  Those kids have been practicing every hour they weren't in school for months now.  The photography was pretty hard in there because it was dark and everyone was always dancing and moving, but here are a few shots I got of our Gracie girl...


The day after I attended Guys & Dolls, Jennifer and I decided to do a speedy version of a Canton trip.  We were there by 8:30 a.m. and we were leaving my 11:30 a.m.  Since it was Sunday and the last market day before Thanksgiving, we lucked into some Thanksgiving decor steals and deals. 

I got these cute Pilgrims (Jennifer got them too, …

Fall TV Update

I wrote about my tv watching plans in September. I stated that I had no intentions to pick up any new shows, but the best laid plans...

I started watching two new shows. Both air on Sunday nights. They are Homeland on Showtime & Pan Am on ABC.

Homeland is so good, but it scares the bejesus out of me on a weekly basis.  Here is a description of the show "Centers on Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody, who returns home eight years after going missing in Iraq, and Carrie Anderson, a driven (and possibly unstable) CIA officer who suspects he might be plotting an attack on America."

Pan Am is not heavy drama tv, but fun and light.  I've found it to be very enjoyable.

I have dumped a few shows without really intending to. I just have not been into The Amazing Race this season. I have also dumped Desperate Housewives. I had several episodes of DH on my DVR & realized that I just didn't care to watch them.

Other shows I'm loving this season are:
Parenthood (NB…

Lola at play

Last week, my Mom was in town.  We were shopping at Target and walking down the hair product aisle.  I stopped and said, "I need some new hair-bands.  Lord knows what has happened to all of mine.  They are probably piled in my nightstand drawer or something.".  To which my Mom replied, "Or Lola happened to them."

You see, even though Lola has nearly every dog toy (and many human toys) manufactured, one of her favorite things to play with are my hair rubber bands.  This evening I was laying on my bed reading news on the ipad, when she found one on the floor and started playing her little heart out.  I decided to film her on the ipad.  Keep in mind she had been doing this for a good 5 minutes before I started recording her.  She likes to fling it around and then try to find it.  Sometimes she likes to grip it with her teeth and stretch it out with her paws.  She's such a silly, but cute little pup!

Christmas Cards

Christmas cards start stressing me out in August.  No kidding.  Well, maybe I'm kidding.  It might actually start stressing me out in July!  Luckily, I have a friend who is the same way, so we keep each other company with our Christmas Card drama.

My card style has evolved over the years.  I've done various things, but I always like to include photos.  No matter what I've done in the past, it has always ended up costing way more than I intended at the beginning of the process. 

This year, I jumped on my co-crazy christmas card friend's bandwagon and decided to purchase a card template on Etsy and photoshop it to include my message and photos.  Problem was, I never found a card that just screamed my name, and I will not accept anything less than something that screams "me". 

In September, a new vendor opened a store on Etsy and had really cute designs.  Here are some of the cute cards that Casala Studio offers:







She even has some adorable Birth Announcements..…

Another Birthday!

Today is my cousin's birthday.  Gracie is 12 today!  We celebrated on Sunday night.  Per the birthday girl's request, we had chicken fried steak and fried okra.

Her Dad cooked the dinner for us...

Rosie dog helped...

This was maybe the best fried okra I've ever had...


My uncle also made her a chocolate 6 layer birthday cake with homemade caramel in between all the layers...



Silly Maddie...

Sweet Rosie...