Wednesday, September 30, 2009

So much for Wordless Wednesday....

Like I said, I have been sewing more and more. Good news, it hasn't been for other people. With a few exceptions, I have been sewing my little fingers away to make Emma Kate's fall wardrobe. Man, I cannot wait to show you some of what I have done! I just have to pick up some notions (buttons, elastic, etc) to finish everything off. This is my favorite time to sew, because there are so many cute things to sew for Halloween, Fall, Football, TurkeyDay, Birthday and, of course, Christmas.

So, that got me to thinking about Christmas. Yes, I know that it is NOT EVEN October yet, but for someone that makes a lot of the Christmas gifts I give, I gotta start early.

I started making my list and it made me wonder, "could I hand-make 100% of Christmas this year??"

I am really thinking that is it possible. I LOVE giving handmade gifts. There is NO better reaction that when some opens something that you have made them, that they love, and that is personal. Like Bean and MeMe's picture quilts last year (yes, Mom, I promise yours is coming)? Or Hoppy's calendar of the girls? Or pottery with the girls' handprints from my all-time favorite pottery studio in Homewood?

I am thinking I will try. I know that Santa will have to provide some Barbies and Leapster games, but I am thinking that I can get by with some of this......

and a new one of these....
And this.....

And these.....
And one of these sets...
It's still just a thought, but I am liking it so far....

Wordless Wednesday-I am finally sewing again.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Not a thing

That is what we did this weekend. In fact, I did not take one picture. That may be a first. We did not go to the game, because it was going to be another wet one. MikeyT went to Alabaster to visit his parents and play some golf with Hoppy. So, we didn't do a thing.
And since I hate a post without pictures, I will post some overdue pics of the Fall Festival at church two sundays ago......
Notice, EK with her BFF, Mary McKinnon...
I also have some pics from Emma Kate's "school" pep rally. Aubie, some cheerleaders and some football boyz came to have a mini-pep rally at the daycare .....It was cute!

I enjoy the last week in September and the first week in October. It is always the calm before the storm. Then, mid-October hits and before I know it, we are saying "Happy New Year!" In October and November we have a wedding in Virginia, some important doctor visits, a trip to the pumpkin patch, Auburn Halloween, Alabaster Halloween, Alabster Birthday party for EK, Auburn birthday party for EK, some more AU football, Thanksgiving and Auburn/Alabama weekend. Yikes, I better catch my breath now.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Have you ever seen the rain?

Saturday started like a typical Saturday here. We headed to campus. Emma Kate spent some quality time with her boyfriend.
Emma Kate, as she normally does, thinks that all Auburn fans are her "friends." She has NEVER met a stranger in orange and blue. For example, we do not know these people. We were sitting across from them at the Auburn Alumni tent, and Emma Kate asked if she could go see them. She crawled in their laps and made instant best friends. They are obviously very good grandparents because they buttered right up to Emma Kate. She liked their Auburn attire. They liked hers. She liked their hair. They liked hers. She told them that Aubie was her boyfriend. They liked that, too.
We headed into the game early since it had been raining, there were no bouncy houses. Emma Kate grabbed a towel and started cleaning off everyone's seats.

She watched the "footbaw payers" warm up.

She patiently waited for the band to come out and, of course, her boyfriend. But then, we saw this....
I tore my bag open and threw a raincoat on Emma Kate. Luckily she already had on her rain boots. I realized that maybe the raincoat wasn't going to be enough, so I threw a poncho on over her coat. Then, as I was putting my poncho on, THE. SKY. FELL.

Emma Kate looked at me with a worried look on her face. I told her it was okay that we were wet. Then she smiled really big, looked up into the falling rain and said "War Eagle!" It was good.

We decided to stay, as we were already as wet as we were going to be, but then it started lightening and they attempted to evacuate the stadium. We stayed for a bit, but eventually we went home and watched the rest of the game from the warmth of mom's living room.

The Tigers pulled out a victory. We could step outside and hear the roar of the stadium, the drums from that band, the stadium announcer and we could see the blimp. It was a good night.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Friday night fun...

What a weekend. Friday night started with a Toomer's Milkshake, a City of Auburn Block Party and an Auburn University Tiger Nights which included a Kellie Pickler concert, caricature drawings, swing dancing, a man on stilts, a mechanical bull, cotton candy, face painting and more!! Man I love a college town and free entertainment!! Lots of pics tell the story better than words!!
It was a fun family night!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Contest Entry

This is contest entry for those crazy folks at TodaysMama and Cricut. Be sure to check out Cricut's cool new cartridges and the chance at $30,000 in travel for you and your friends at the Great Gypsy Escape site!

1. If you could escape to anywhere in the world where would it be? Somewhere in the Carribean....
2. What song do you play when you are by yourself in the car? Totally depends on mood. It can range from 80's one hit wonders, to DMB, to Indigo Girls, to Hip Hop or Pop.
3. If you had a night to yourself, and money was no object, what would you do? Me and Mikey T would jet up to NYC, eat at a fabulous restaraunt, and catch a play.
4. What is your guilty pleasure? Gossip Magazines, Reality Shows and the E! Channel.
5. What is the farthest place you have traveled away from your home? Paris, France.
6. Last book that you couldn't put down? The entire Twilight Series.
7. When you want to escape into another time, what movie do you watch? Any movies I watched a gazillion times in college-- Dirty Dancing, My Best Friend's Wedding, Jerry McGuire, Father of the Bride, etc.
8. What is your favorite local escape? Auburn Sporting Event.
9. How do you escape on a budget? Escape??? I haven't escaped in years.
10.Best food you've ever had while on vacation. Seafood at Capt. Anderson's in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sunday School

Emma Kate is now old enough to be considered "Sunday School" as opposed to "Nursery." So every Sunday, we get up late (because we have been at Aubie's party the night before) and we head to church. Emma Kate gets really excited because her BFF is there and at that point it has been a whopping 24 hours since they have last seen eachother.

We put on a cute church dress, do our hair and take our time getting ready. We head out the door singing Jesus Loves Me and God the Father all the way to church. We get to her classroom and she runs in to see her Sunday School friends and then I head over to the santuary.


Nope, I walk right in. My friend Allyson and I thought it would be a great thing to teach 2 year old Sunday School every Sunday. Thus, we have our daughters and 4-8 friends all under three. God is truly teaching me patience. Oh yeah, and HE is reminding me that I did NOT miss my calling as a preschool teacher.
Really, it has been fun and I look forward to watching these little ones grow and teaching them about God's love. Oh yeah, and Allyson-- don't plan on any trips out of town for the entire year.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Kinda Like Christmas

So, I feel like the bog has revolved around Auburn Football lately, but hey---I live here and work here and we love it, so I guess you'll just have to deal with it until November.
Saturday was a blast. We decided not to go to campus until 2:00 and Mikey T was out of commission with some 24 hour bug, so Mom, Emma Kate and I decided on a low key tailgate. Instead of dragging out tent, tables, food, chairs, and other tailgating necessities, we decided to just enjoy what if offered by the University.
Our first stop was the AU Alumni tent. Best. Idea. Ever. I mean, c'mon. If you belong to the Alumni Association, you get in free, if not, it is the best 5 bucks you will spend all day. Once you are in the tent they provide food, drinks, shade, a great band, face painting, chairs, and tables. The Ecology group was there with all kinds of creepy crawly things and Emma Kate was in love. She kindof took over. She held a snake (no pics);
a turtleanother turtle a gecko and more. The Raptor center was there with several different owls. And of course, Aubie made an appearance. We timed it perfectly as it was not yet crowded, and he was actually on his way out. As soon as he spotted EK heading his way, he turned around, plopped down on the ground so he was her level and they played for a long time like they were long lost pals. I *heart* Aubie.
Then we headed over to Coke Fan Zone, or, as my dear friend Marsha has coined it, "Jumpy Thing Hell." Again, we timed it perfect. As every other brave soul headed over to Tiger Walk, we headed to Jumpy Thing Hell. Thus, it was NOT crowded, there were no lines (except for the balloon man) and Emma Kate had a blast.
Since we see the balloon man like every other week as some function or another, Emma Kate just grabbed a pre-made balloon flower bracelet and we were on our way.
We headed into the stadium an hour before kick-off and we took the umbrella stroller, which was genius. It folded up and stayed at my feet all night. Then at 10:00 when it was time to head back to the car, we popped EK right in it and there was absolutely no whining. SCORE!
Emma Kate thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the game. She loves the people that we sit around; she loved when Unc got her some pop corn,she loved "stretching" like the football players before the game,she loves singing the National Anthemshe loves watching Aubie and Aubie's Bird, she loves the band and she loves the game.
We had been on campus since 2. She had no nap all day, but amazingly, she was a trooper. VERY minimal whining and lots of cheering and war eagling.
The next day, following church, she was in her room "taking a nap." We chuckled when we listened to her singing "Glory to Ole Auburn" through her door.