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Showing posts from October, 2013

Happy Howloween

The pups and I hope you have a howling good time tonight! Be safe and bring home lots of candy! :-D

I'll be back later with pictures of OUR Trick-or-Treating adventures with a Skeleton and Ghosts!

Win Some, Lose Some

On Saturday, John and I took a trip down to Six Flags (I know, I've been going a lot lately! LOL).
(John had gotten a Season's Pass too and he needed to get his new card by the end of this season in order to get the Gold Member status for next year.)
So Friday night, McKayla went to spend the weekend with Aunt Leslie and John and I woke up early on Saturday to head down to Atlanta. We got there about 10:30 but didn't get to actually ride any rides until almost 12 b/c they said it was 'too cold'. The coasters are rated at a certain speed and when they're cold, they'll go faster than is safe. So they have to wait til the temp is right and then do test runs and THEN allow passengers on board. My question tho: if they have to do empty test runs anyway, why not test run AND warm up the tracks at the same time?
We rode the Sky Bucket first, b/c it was one of the only ones running, then "The Great American Scream Machine" (and were actually the first to…

Interesting Stuff

Some interesting stuff I ran across on Facebook one day. :-)

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot and then once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you were "piss poor". But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot....they "didn't have a pot to piss in" and were the lowest of the low.

The next time you're washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.
Here are some facts about the 1500s:
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell......brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub fulled with hot water. The man of the house had t…

Father Daughter Day

Also this past Saturday (we had a busy weekend!), McKayla's school had a Father/Daughter day. The thought being to get Dads more active in their child's life. Luckily, that's not an issue with her Daddy. :-)
They played games, ate hot dogs and had a fun time.
Not much else to say, since I wasn't there but I'll let the pictures and McKayla tell the rest. :-)
"I climbed up."

"I was up there."

"And I slide down."

"I'm driving."

Pumpkin Carving

After Church on Sunday, we took the kids up to Aunt Leslie's to visit and carve the pumpkins they picked on Saturday.
There was a lot of hollaring about how gross it was, how nasty if felt but they all dug right in and cleaned them out.

Then it was time to pick their patterns and get to carving. Chris picked a crow (master level btw LOL), McKayla picked a smiley face, my niece picked a cat and my nephew picked a scary face.

Guthrie Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze

Saturday we spent the afternoon at Guthrie Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze (there's a cute little video about the farm and what it takes to "raise" pumpkins if you click that link :-) ).

First we went through the maze. The kids took turns leading us and McKayla is actually the one that led us out of the maze. WTG McKayla! :-D

Bark in the Park 2013!

A couple Saturday's ago (Oct. 12th to be exact) was Chattanooga's Bark in the Park!

McKayla, Rio and I loaded up in the Jeep and headed down. We saw tons of cute dogs, cuter costumes and awesome vendors. It was a great turn-out. Lots of awesome doggy vendors, demonstrations and cute dogs galore.
Sadly, I didn't take any pictures this time but I had people graciously let me "borrow" their pictures. So I'll end the typing here and let the pictures do the rest. Enjoy! :-D

These pictures are from "Pit Happens" Rescue.

1st Field Trip!

McKayla went on her very first field trip a couple of weeks ago to the Apple Valley Orchard.

Since it was a "special" day, Daddy and I had breakfast with her at school and then came back a little later to pick her up (Pre-K doesn't have bus service, so the parents had to pick them up from school and take them to the Orchard).

We arrived at the Orchard about 11:00 and had lunch at the pavilion.

Then they took us on a tour of the facility, showing us how they cleaned the apples, made apple cider and all the workings of an Apple Orchard. They told the story of Johnny Appleseed and then took us on a hayride through the orchard.

Dear Backyard Breeder

Dear Backyard Breeder,
Tonight you have won. Tonight while your pocket is lined with cash from the flesh in which you sold, my heart is broken beyond measure. Tonight I feel totally defeated and my sadness is overwhelming.
Tonight breeder, I held the beautiful head of the adult male Dane who came from your litter. Do you remember him? He was the most precious, little black puppy, with giant liquid brown eyes. I cannot tell you if he would have been a massive and well structured Dane though I held him tonight. You see, I could not tell you because he weighed 56 lbs and his body was crippled. I could not tell you if his coat was beautiful and shiny because he was covered in scars, wounds and broken bones. I cannot tell you if he would have loved children as he will never be able to play with them again.
Tonight breeder, what I can tell you? I can say you bred a boy who was so sweet. As I lay in the floor with him tonight with his head cuddled to my chest, he snuggled me. He licked my face …

Girls Weekend!

Weekend before last (9/28), was a girls weekend at Six Flags over Georgia! It was me, McKayla, Aunt Leslie and her daughter, L and our friend Kathleen and HER daughter (another L). 6 girls. No boys. Perfection. :-)

It started out not looking so good. We left after school on Friday and we're about an hour out of town when I hear this screeching noise (it sounds like a marble rolling around in a metal bowl) in the passenger rear tire area that's getting progressively worse as we drive along. I end up sticking my head out the window to see if there's something sticking out (kids, don't try this at home {we were running maybe 10 mph btw LOL}). I can't see anything, so we pull over in the nearest parking lot which happened to be a Dollar General. We get out and we're looking underneath and around the tire trying to figure out what's going on. Leslie calls her husband and we describe what it's doing, he says he'll have to think about it and call us back.…

For Your Viewing Pleasure

I ran across this video the other day on EPBOT.
It has now made the rounds on Facebook and I'm sure on other social media sites as well. It's now even being played on the radio.
It's just goofy enough to make me dance and sing along with it and it always brings a smile to my face.....and I'm sure that was the point. :-)

(If the video doesn't work, try this link:)
If you haven't heard or seen it yet, I hope you enjoyed it. :-)

Small Town Kindness

John, McKayla and I went to eat at a little roadside diner the other night for dinner. The server brings our menu and then comes back with this toy, saying that it's from one of their regulars and that they'd left a bunch for the little girls that came in. McKayla had the most astonished look on her face, she's thinking "wait a minute, I don't get toys when we go out to eat.....??????", she almost looked like she couldn't believe it was true. LOL
It tickled me so much that someone was so sweet to pass out toys that I told McKayla that we needed to write them a thank you note for their kindness. So I ripped out a page from my planner and passed it and the pen to McKayla. She wasn't sure what to draw/write so I told her we could keep it simple and write "Thank you" at the top, draw a picture (she drew a flower) and then sign her name at the bottom. (GREAT opportunity to work on writing ;-) ).
When the server came back, I told McKayla to give …

Monthly Measure 10/1

So, I'm pretty excited this installment of Monthly Measure.
For 2 things: 1) Because I actually measured/weighed AND published the 1st of the month! Wahoo! LOL 2) Because I've lost more than I gained! Double wahoo! :-D
I know the first doesn't really mean a hill of beans to y'all (all 2 readers; Hi Mom! :-D) but it soothes the savage OCD beast when I actually measure ON the day I'm "supposed" to. The 2nd one is equally important, if not more so, because of more obvious reasons LOL

So let's get to it, shall we?

Lost 2 lbs
Lost inch in bust Lost an inch in waist Gained 1/4 inch in hips

Now, if I can just continue this trend (adding losing in my hips and no more of this gaining nonsense while we're at it), I'll be a happy girl and at my "dream" weight in no time. I've gotten more active this last month; McKayla's in school now and once I drop her off, I'm running, running, running (well, figuratively, not literally LOL). If…