Halloween Through The Years…

I hope that everyone had a great Halloween!  We enjoyed a night out Trick-or-treating with Kendall.  We walked with some friends and had a great time.  It was COLD that night. I was dressed up like an Eskimo just to survive so needless to say, I didn’t bring my camera along.  That just means that the Princess will have to go again next year so I can get pictures.  I decided to post a little Halloween Through the Years collection.  I am missing a few so will hopefully update this post later with those when I find them.  I think they are already scrapbooked and I didn’t have time to go through them all. Here’s a good start though.

Logan was the sweetest little Dalmation.  This was while we were living in Knoxville.  We used to put up some really great fall scenes in our front yard.

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This was Noah’s 1st Halloween.  Isn’t he the CUTEST little bee that you have ever seen???!!!

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Logan loved this costume, but it didn’t take long for him to decide that the head piece was very hot and almost suffocating.  LOL. It only made it a few minutes before Eric and I were carrying it.

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Noah has always been our funny guy.  He loves to laugh and make others laugh.  He was especially a little ham when he was younger. The clown costume was only fitting for him.

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I am not a big Star Wars fan and was really hoping Logan would change his mind and get a different costume but he was determined to be Jango Fett.

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I fell in love with this little Frankenstein costume and had to get it for Noah.  I could just eat that little kid up, he’s so cute!

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This was Miss Kendall’s 1st Halloween.  As you can see, she was super excited about it.  LOL.  She was only two weeks old.

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Noah made the cutest frog!!

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I have never been a big Halloween fan and especially not a fan of the spooky scary stuff.  I REALLY didn’t want Logan to be whatever that is he was, but I surrendered.  That happy smiling face on Noah’s skeleton costume sold me.  He wanted so hard to be scary like Logan (see his knife in his hand) but that smiling face just didn’t quite pull off the fright.

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Once again, Logan chose something scary.  I guess that’s a boy for you.  My mom made Noah this AMAZING spider costume.  We went ALL OVER town to find a black shirt for him to where and there was not one anywhere. :( Oh well, it was dark out and no one could really tell anyway.  No telling what Kendall was upset about.  She likes to throw tantrums. A LOT.  Still.

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I didn’t realize that Logan had so many scary costumes. LOL.  This one had a little pump that he carried in his hand that made blood wash down over his face whenever he pressed it.  Nasty.  My mom made Kendall the most adorable Skunk costume that I have ever seen.  Is she not the cutest thing EVER??!!  Noah was HUGE into army stuff so naturally he wanted to be dressed up in camo!

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Another scary one for Logan.  I think this was that Freddy Krueger guy or whatever his name is.  I don’t watch scary stuff so I have no idea.  Again, Noah wanted to be in camo.  The little mermaid was beautiful as always!

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This was probably one of my favorites.  Logan and two of his friends dressed up in political outfits.  This was the BIG election with John McCain.  Logan’s friend Jacob was John McCain.  He went trick-or-treating but didn’t take any candy. He just asked everyone to vote for him in a couple weeks.  It was awesome.  I just wish he had won. Oh well.  Logan was one of his secret service people.  I can’t remember what Ethan was.  Isn’t my little witch cute??  I can’t remember what Noah was.  I do remember that he refused to let me take any pics.  He was off running around with friends.

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Noah wanted to be a storm trooper.  I really dislike store bought costumes but when kids are younger they think those things are the coolest things ever.  I much prefer costumes that you put together yourself.  Kendall was the CUTEST bellhop I have ever seen!!  Her makeup and outfit were just perfect!

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Logan was at the stage where he felt like he was a little too old and too cool for trick-or-treating but still wanted to go with friends.  The obvious choice for his costume was a “gangsta”.

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Noah made the BEST Einstein I have ever seen.  It was just beyond perfect for him.  I always heard that he was very absent minded and disorganized, yet brilliant.  That pretty much sums up Noah perfectly. Kendall was obsessed with cheerleading so obviously that is what she wanted to be.  We had this outfit already because she wore it to Logan’s football games to cheer for him while he played.

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Noah hit the age where he felt border line too old and couldn’t think of anything to dress up like.  We decided a crazy Florida fan was perfect.  He loved it.  I think the hair is awesome!  Kendall had two costumes this year. For this night (we went to Trunk-or-Treat) she was an old lady school teacher.  I think it’s perfect.

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For the next night of Trunk-or-Treat and Halloween, she went as a witch.  My mom made her costume.  Isn’t it awesome??  I really should learn how to sew so I can be an awesome Grandma to my grandkids one day too. My mom dressed up as a witch.

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Noah decided he still wasn’t ready to give up getting candy, so he wore his Grandpa’s airline pilot costume.  I couldn’t stop laughing all night because he reminded me so much of Isaac (the bartender) from Love Boat.

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I LOVED this clown costume that we put together for Kendall.  She was absolutely ADORABLE.  We created her shirt by ironing on felt circles that we cut from all different colors.  It was awesome.

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This year Kendall wanted to be Bat Girl.  Not really sure where that came from.  She didn’t want to go out without Noah so he agreed to go.  Of course, we hadn’t gotten a costume for him so we threw on his brothers football gear.

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Then there’s this year.  Noah said he was definitely too old for trick-or-treating, which he later regretted after seeing some of his friends dressed up.  Kendall had decided months ago that she wanted to be a nerd.  I LOVE how her costume came together.  She had the whole nerdy act down too.  Love this girl.

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I know there are more picture of Logan before 2000.  I will find them and update this post later.  Right now I am working on organizing and decluttering the house so we can get ready to start decorating for the holidays.  My favorite!!!

Our Nerdy Girl…

I have a confession to make. Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays. It might have been when I was little and when my kids were little, but not so much anymore. I guess it has just lost its magic now that my kids have mostly outgrown it. The boys don’t do anything for Halloween usually.  This girl isn’t quite ready to say that she has outgrown it yet. She is going trick-or-treating with friends and then to a little Halloween party afterwards. She decided this year that she wanted to be a nerd. I LOVE it.  I have always thought that costumes that you put together yourself are so much better than anything that you can buy at the store.  Don’t get me wrong… we have bought plenty of store bought costumes over the years. My mom has even made them quite a few which were awesome too.

I hated to tell her, but she sure makes one cute little nerd!  She has the snort laugh down perfectly too.  I need to get a video of that and of her nerdy walk before we go trick-or-treating tomorrow night.

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I really think this picture is going to be framed for the bookcases around the fireplace.  Isn’t she too cute?

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She has COMPLETELY perfected the Steve Urkel walk too.  I must get this on video. It cracks me up!!

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Last night Kendall went to church for Trunk-or-Treat. My parents snagged a couple pictures for me. Too cute!  She said they were her nerdy brothers!

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My Aunt Sandy and Uncle Darrel have been here visiting from California for a few days.  We have all enjoyed it so much. We are hoping they will decide to move here and or at least pretty close.

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I hope everyone has a very happy and safe Halloween!! :-)

Congratulations On Your Admission…

A very special letter came in the mail this week.  One that we have been anxiously awaiting. I got the letter while he was at work so I was able to run and get some balloons and things to celebrate.  Don’t worry, I didn’t open the letter.  I left that for him.  I was just pretty positive that I knew what it said since it was from the Office of Admissions and had “Congratulations” written on it. I also knew that we would most likely be hearing back from them this week.

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As soon as he came home from work, I told him there was something on the table for him.  He quickly caught on to what it probably was and ran to change out of his work clothes before opening it.  When he saw that I had the balloons on the chair I wanted him to sit in, he grabbed a can of Pepsi and told me he got it to drink since it matched for my pictures.  I have him trained so well!

All of us were gathered around the table anxiously waiting to hear what the letter said.

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He took his time reading every last word of the letter.  I think he purposefully read it slow to keep us all in suspense.

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Finally he couldn’t keep it in any longer and started smiling.  Then he told us that he was accepted.  We are all so excited for him.  University of Memphis is his first choice college so it’s BIG news and we couldn’t be more proud. He made this decision all on his own after much careful thought.  The reasons he chose to attend here are very mature and well thought out. I am so proud of him.  In case you didn’t know, we live close to Memphis so that is even better!

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They are the “Memphis Tigers” and I will have to admit that later that night I ordered the “Tiger Mom” decal for my car.  I know, I know.  I can’t help it. Besides, I have all kinds of stickers on my back window (it’s a Jeep thing) so it was only proper to get one of those too.  ;-) I guess we are all going to become Tiger fans now.

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There are no limits to where you can go with hard work and determination.  I love you Logan.  I am so proud to be your mom!

 

A Birthday and An Airshow…

A certain young lady in our house just turned 12. I still can’t believe it.  We always have a family dinner (with my parents too) and let the birthday girl (or boy) choose where they want to go eat. Kendall chose her favorite place – Carrabbas! After dinner, we headed back to mom & dad’s house for cake, ice cream and presents.  She didn’t have nearly as many presents to open this year because we we went shopping the weekend before and bought her a bunch of clothes for her birthday.

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It just so happened that my new phone arrived on her birthday which always makes the kids excited.  It means that phones get shifted as I hand down my old one.  Logan took my Samsung Note 3, as it is pretty big and just worked best for him. He has been thinking about a Note for his next upgrade so it will be good for him to have a little experience with this one before he makes a decision.  Noah decided he wanted to keep the iPhone 5 that he currently has because he doesn’t want to lose any of the progress he has made on all his games.  LOL.  So Noah.  Kendall ended up getting Logan’s Samsung S4.  She loves it.  It is Android which she wanted, and it is the perfect size for her.  It’s larger and so much better than her iPhone 4.  She couldn’t wait to get her hands on it.  Unfortunately, my new phone didn’t arrive until late on her birthday so we didn’t have time to get things set up.  Then we had the airshow on Saturday so she had to wait until Sunday.  I think it felt like an eternity to her.  LOL.

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She has two brothers so she knows all about Halo and other video games.

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We went to Best Buy as soon as we got things switched over and she picked out this new case.  That light turquoise/green is her favorite color so I was thrilled they had this one.  It is so her!  Logan also has several cases for it too.  She will love that since she changes them out constantly.

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One thing she loves about Android is how you can customize it to look different.  Here she got her Text app all set up and even downloaded a keyboard that goes with it perfectly.  As usual, she was checking up on one of her friends that was absent from school that day.

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Like I said, Saturday we headed out to the airshow.  Sadly, the ground display was pretty much non-existent.

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They did have the Shockwave Jet Truck.  Have you seen it before? That guy is CRAZY!!!  We have seen him numerous times and he is always fun to watch.

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I snagged this picture below and the video off the internet just so you can see how crazy we are talking.  He goes 300 mph.

They also had a small car show going on out there so we cruised through to check things out.

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Orange is Noah’s absolute favorite color.  It always has been.  I could totally see him driving this one so I had to snag a quick picture!

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Then it was time to go sit and get ready for the show to start.  Let me just say it was COLD.  Very cold. The temperature wasn’t horrible but it was windy and that made it cold.  Most of the time I was wrapped up in that blanket all the way up to my neck.  I should also say that I was battling a cold and felt terrible that day.

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I grew up with a pilot for a dad so airshows were a big part of my childhood.  Then I married an aviation lover, so needless to say, I have been to A LOT of airshows.

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Since I have been to a lot that means I have TONS of pictures. I decided to leave my big lens at home.  All I brought was my wide angle 35mm & 20mm lenses.  I really missed having my long one when we got there though. All through the show I just kept seeing images in my head that I wish I could take.  With a wide angle, this was as close as I could get.

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Kendall decided that she wants to be a Blue Angels pilot one day. She and Noah hung around after the show to meet the pilots and get autographs.

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For some reason, she loved pilot #6.  That is ALL she talks about.  She says he is the wild one so she wants to be #6 too.  LOL!

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They managed to meet all of them and get their autographs.

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**Thanks to my mom and dad who contributed pictures to this post too! :-) **