Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick or Treat

We don't get many trick or treaters on our street. Wyatt the Pirate showed up though and made off with a haul of candy. I went with him to the neighbors. He really is getting into the whole thing this year. He says trick or treat nice and loud and always says thank you. It was lots of fun for the old folks.

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween, I will have photos to post tomorrow. Wyatt is going to be a pirate, so hopefully there will be cute ones to share.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Decaffeinated Coffee

I always swore that I would never drink decaffeinated coffee. It had no taste, no zip, no KICK! However, I like a cup of coffee in the evening after dinner and regular coffee will keep me up a lot later than I want. The result is that I now drink decaf. I really think that decaf may just be a lot better than it used to be. We have a Senseo coffee maker and the coffee made with it really tastes like regular coffee. Since it is a pressure machine, it even has a little crema on the top like espresso. What more can a person ask for? When we first got the Senseo I was skeptical of the cost per cup, but since we don't use it all the time, the cost isn't bad.
Plus, it makes good decaf coffee.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Wyatt & Papa

This page has been on my table for two weeks waiting for the little bit of journaling I was going to write. I really like the colors and of course the pictures. We didn't spend all that much time picking the pumpkins, but Wyatt gets so much pleasure from these adventures, it is a great memory.

Some People are happy when birthdays come around

Yesterday was Wyatt's third birthday. He had a party with several of his friends and by his account it was a great success. We were fortunate that we had a beautiful fall day, and the party was held on the new porch Nick has been building. Wyatt was just ecstatic when everyone sang happy birthday. He enjoyed blowing the candles out he had to do it twice.
The theme of the party was pirates and all the children were wearing pirate hats, hooks and eye patches when we got there. The cake had pirates on it as well.
The new play set Nick built was put to work as well. I think it is going to get a lot of use over the next few years.

Winnie the Pooh

We all went with Wyatt to see Winnie the Pooh on Friday night. Obviously we would not have gone to this program if Wyatt were not going. I know I went to watch Wyatt which is what I did. The program is cute and obviously geared towards small children. Wyatt was dancing and waving along with all the other little children. One of the cutest unintentional moments of the program was when a little girl about two years old got away from her parents and wandered up on to the stage with all the characters. Her father was trying how to get her back down without going up on the stage himself when one of the actors escorted her back. She was in heaven walking around with Pooh, Tigger and everyone else. There was not a toddler in the place who would not have done the same thing.

You cannot take photos of anything during the show that turn out and the prices for everything else were outrageous. Ten dollars for popcorn, eighteen dollars for a cheap little light toy. Even Ray was able to control his spending on the grandchild at those prices. The photo kiosk was just as overpriced, so Papa and Wyatt stood by the Winnie the Pooh statue and I took this picture for free. I know Disney knows how to turn a profit on everything, but this was too much for me.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

It is getting to be Fall, no matter what I want.

On the weather last night, Merrill Teller our local fixture weatherman informed us that we will be having rain today and following that the lucky folks out in western Kansas will be blessed with snow. My mind screams No, No, No! The older I get, the less I like cold weather. I have photos from our cruise last spring of me on the beach at Cozumel on my computer and that is where I want to be. That probably won't happen any time soon, so I will have to be glad we have lots of firewood for the fireplace.

Ray, on the other hand loves the Fall and cold weather. I don't understand it, but since that is a very minor difference, I don't worry too much. I tend to be the one who has to put on the sweater when it is cold; God forbid that he would be too warm. However, I can justify it though on energy conservation reasons.

I taught a Scrapbook Basics class last night. I enjoyed it as usual. I knew one of the ladies, I thought it was from the store, but we had belonged to a monthly challenge group together a couple of years ago. Eileen is a tremendously funny and talented lady. She knows more about scrapping than I do, and took the class 1. because it is free right now and 2. she completed the SDU program and is now a graduate. She is interested in taking Masters Classes. SDU is offering a couple of new Masters Classes that I am going to take as well. Now just to find time.

Wyatt is coming to spend the evening. He normally comes on Tuesday, but we changed nights since I was teaching last night. He is so much fun. He will be three on Saturday, I need to go out and find him a gift. We helped pay for the play set his father built, but every boy needs a truck or some other toy on his birthday.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Life is dull, dull is good.

Life isn't really dull, but uneventful. I did a wedding on Saturday night. I will post a few photos in a couple of days. I don't like to look at what I did too soon after shooting. The wedding was at the Twentieth Century Center which is a beautiful venue.

Wyatt will be three on Saturday. He is having a birthday party with little children. Ray and I will enjoy seeing that.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Another great weekend over!

Me, Cyn, Angie, Barb, Taunja

I got home last night from my crop weekend in Denton with my friends. We all had a great time; we ate a lot, laughed even more and did quite a bit of scrapping. We took this picture Saturday night at Fera's, a really good little Italian restaurant near the college campus. Every Sunday afternoon we procrastinate as much as possible in getting ready to go home, this time it was four o'clock. I didn't want to leave, but it did get me home late.

I don't suffer any guilt over leaving Ray home by himself. He did a lot of fun stuff while I was gone. It is nice to know he is more than capable of entertaining himself after all these years.

We get together again the first week of April next year. I can't wait.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

We went out to Bergmann's farm to get pumpkins for Halloween last night. Ray and Wyatt spent some time looking at all the different sizes. Wyatt mostly ran from one stack to another, but he thought it was all exciting. They ended up choosing one large, one medium and two small. Ray is going to carve one and paint one. I think he is more excited about this than Wyatt.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Woo Hoo!

Two more days!! I leave Thursday morning for Denton, Texas for our semi annual First Born Crop. The Texas Ladies get together in between times to do stuff, so this is a big deal for me since I only get to see them at this time.

I have most of my supplies set out. I am going to print pictures tonight. This is the most organized I have ever been. It will be interesting to see if it helps me do more pages.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The way of the industry

I was told Thursday evening that the Scrap booking Store I just started teaching at is closing their east store. It was something of a shock, but given the fact that times are tough in the industry, I could see how it would happen. In this particular instance, it may be a good way to hunker down and weather the storm. The remaining store is on the side of town without any competition except Michael's and Hobby Lobby and will probably keep on going strong. The sad part is that there is a whole great crew of store staff who will be out of a job. That is not good in the times we are living in.

I may or may not have a job. I am the most junior instructor and still have a full time job, which limits my available time more than the other instructors. I hope they keep me on. I enjoy the teaching and I enjoy having money that I don't have to spend on anything more complicated than scrapping supplies if I wish.

However, we will have to wait and see how everything all turns out.