Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

How do you fix a broken Jack-O-Lantern? 
With a pumpkin patch!

The wonnerful thing about Tiggers.....
A pretty stinking cute kid with a more-evil-than-I-meant-to-make-it-look pumpkin.
Striking a pose with the pumpkins.  Don't you think the black cat in the background is a perfect touch?
Our clearly above average pumpkin carving skill!
Trick-O-Treating at Michelle's house.  Michelle's mom handing out candy.
With Dan at the really decorated house.  (a.k.a. Danta Claus in December)
Braving up to take candy from a pretty scary dude!

Thursday, October 25, 2012


I am sure you are on the edge of your seat wondering if the Tooth Fairy came through with enough bucks to purchase the 'maniken'.  She did!  Alison is her name (the manikin, not the Tooth Fairy) and she arrived yesterday. 

J-Bear and I sat down to order.  THEN I read the reviews for Lexy - the manikin we had picked out.  Apparently Lexy stunk.  Terrible reviews.  When I told J-Bear that she instantly broke into tears.  She was so disappointed that 'they don't like the one I like'. 

So we read reviews on Alison.  Her reviews were considerably better, but no where close to a 5 star rating.  It seemed that most of the reviewers were actually cosmetology students and their purpose was to practice hair cutting.  Since J-Bear has no intention of ever cutting a hair on Alison's head, we decided to take a chance.  As a hidden bonus - Alison was $3.77 less than Lexy! 

J-Bear has already spent gobs of time styling Alison's hair.  She L-O-V-E-S her!  I have done a couple styles on Alison's hair, too, and I have to say she is perfect for our intended purpose.  And I don't have to sit through brutal hair combing sessions anymore!  Win-Win!!

The very first do!

The Invention of Crabby

Last night, when we went upstairs to brush teeth and read, J-Bear became sassy and uncooperative.  After a while I asked why are you so crabby all of a sudden?  

She whips around and said “What you don’t understand is that *I* invented crabby!”  

Really?  Where does she come up with this stuff?  I cracked up, which defused her crabby.  

Then she admitted that maybe she didn’t invent crabby.  Probably the entire world invented crabby.  

She tried to get her 'crabby back on' but it didn't work.  Then she told me “The nice J-Bear is in taking a nap.  Do you want me to go get her?”  

I said sure.  

She left the room and returned skipping and singing.  She brushed her teeth without delay.  I guess it is her job to keep me on my toes.  She excels at it. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Peregrine Fund

On Sunday, my "Breakfast Club" ladies and their spousal units/families met up at Kit and Carlton's house for a brunch salad bar potluck.  Then we headed over to The Peregrine Fund World Center for Birds of Prey.  During the month of October, they have an outdoor flight demonstration.  The show featured five birds that swooped and played, sometimes flying just inches above the heads of their audience. If you are in the Boise area, I highly recommend the show.  Check out details at:

This weekend is the last weekend for the flight demonstrations, so don't delay!

J-Bear was the only kid in our group.  I was very proud of her.  She didn't complain about being bored.  She participated well and with enthusiasm. I was very proud of me, too.  I am not a huge bird fan.  They are unpredictable, move too fast, and rather flighty.  (Pun intended.)  But I did a great job of sitting still and not freaking out when those #^%$ birds flew right over my head! 
1.  Checking out her wingspan!
2.  Molly, J-Bear and the Hubster
3.  The owl from the flight show.  He has the most amazing orange eyes.  Double click on the picture to enlarge it on your browser.  Maybe you can see them.
4.  The fam
5.  My friend Diane
6.  The owl during the flight demo
7.  The Peregrine Falcon after his number in the show
8.  J-Bear at Condor Cliffs  (IMHO:  Condors are rather unattractive creatures)
9.  My little falcon

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pumpkin Huntin'

We went to one of the local farms with a group of friends.  The place was packed with people, but the kids had a ball.  This place has something for everyone.  Petting zoo, pony rides, miniature carnival rides, bounce houses, zip line, food, hay ride, pick your own pumpkin from a field, and a corn maze. 

J-Bear talked and talked about how this would be her first corn maze.  I opted out.  Mazes do not delight me.  But the Hubster reports the JV Team had a ball.  I think he just worked on keeping up. 


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Fall Surprise

When I arrived home one night this week, I noticed a wonderful surprise in our yard.  This summer we had a huge tree removed from the front yard.  It completely covered the fence and everything around it.  We have lived here 8+ years and I have never noticed the tree/bush directly behind the fence turns bright red in the fall.  But there it was, peeking over fence, waving at me as the breeze blew it ever so slightly. 

Have I ever mentioned I love fall?  What?  You say I have mentioned it 3-4 times in the last 5-6 blog posts?  Silly me.  But I just l-o-v-e fall.  Can't help myself!

Do You See What I See?

Do you see what I see up under the fern?

Look closely.  Maybe even double click on the picture to enlarge it. 

It has glowing eyeballs and a calico fur coat. Yup - that would be Dixie.  Also called Sassy Pants because of her 'Catitude' about life.  Actually I am the only one that calls her Sassy Pants.  But she deserves it.  Perhaps my attitude about her Catitude is the reason she can't stand me. 

I have had that fern plant since the early 1980's.  No kidding.  About 30 years.  It has learned to survive in spite of neglect.  When J-Bear came along, it was perched up on the plant shelf so that the kid could not get a hold of it.  But I am fearful the fern will not survive the introduction of Dixie into its little world!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy

It's been a busy week!  It started with my birthday celebration on Wednesday.  We dined at Red Lobster.  I had my heart set on a shrimp meal.  I actually reviewed their menu before we went to make sure they had good kids selections and a shrimp deal for me.  I think J-Bear's goal is to eat Mac & Cheese at every restaurant in Boise! 

When we got there, I got sucked in by their table top advertising.  I ordered a shrimp sampler appetizer for my meal.  Unfortunately, I didn't really understand the items on the sampler and let's just say I was a little disappointed in myself for having been lead astray.  But the company was good and we had a good time. 

Saturday morning, J-Bear and I set off for the Boise City Library! to research for her animal report she needed to write for school.  I had no idea that when you arrive in the library parking lot at 9:58 AM and they open at 10:00 AM, that there would be 30-40 people in the lot awaiting the opening.  Who knew the library was such a hoppin' place?  Luckily, only a few were headed to the cat section of the Children's Library. 

Saturday afternoon was my real birthday celebration.  In August, I emailed the Hubster to say I knew what I wanted for my birthday.  Cirque du Soleil was coming to Boise the week of my birthday.  And I wanted all three of us to go.  I have always wanted to see one of their shows, but never could justify the cost.  But a 50th birthday seems like justification enough to me! 

Our seats were great, the show was fabulous, and J-Bear was totally enthralled for at least 1 hour and 50 minutes of the 2 hours show.  I thought she did great!  The only drawback was that the show was in Taco Bell Arena, literally in the same parking lot with Bronco Stadium.  And the Bronco's had a football game.  Let's just say the campus was hopping and the parking garage assigned to the Cirque show was clear across campus.  They had shuttles to transport folks, but the day had fabulous fall weather and we enjoyed our walk.

Then we headed over to my sister's house for pizza and ice cream birthday cake to celebrate my birthday.  I happen to really enjoy ice cream and an ice cream cake is 'THE BOMB' in my opinion.  I love my sister! 

Sunday morning the Hubster and J-Bear headed off to the airport again.  An absolutely picture perfect flying day and they flew all over the valley.  Again, she loved flying.  I think he has found his flying buddy.  And this time, the thought of my family in that plane didn't make me queasy.  I am making progress. 

Sunday morning found me having breakfast with Bebe Dodds who was in Boise to pick up daughter, Katy, at the airport.  I have not seen either Dodds girl for a while, so it was fun to catch up.  We hit Costco after breakfast and Katy retrieval.  Funny how the two of us could fill up an entire mini van with Costco goods! 

Sunday afternoon, J-Bear worked feverishly on her Cat Report.  The kid has a razor sharp focus when working on something she really enjoys.  Let's just say the report is not due until October 26, but will be turned into the teacher tomorrow.  Complete with original artwork!

Today, J-Bear had oral surgery. . . . again . . . . to remove some baby teeth.  J-Bear has always been teeth challenged.  I think her teeth are going to provide us 'excitement' all her life.  For several years, our regular dentist has told us to be prepared for braces.  She did not have a tooth in her head until she was 18 months old.  And now they are dragging their little roots before making their exit.  But she has nice, large permanent teeth all set and ready to take their place. 

This surgery was to remove 3 top teeth to the left and right of the front teeth.  The orthodontist and oral surgeon agreed if we didn't get them out now, the permanent teeth would erupt where they are . . . which would be sideways and up under her nose.  That wouldn't be good at all.

Last night, she left this note on the counter for her dad, lest he forget the activities taking place this morning.

In recent months, J-Bear has become quite adept at hair styling.  Braiding and pigtails that used to provide too much challenge are 'easy-peasy' for her now.  A couple weeks ago, I got my hair cut and had a few inches taken off.  Now my hair has been declared 'useless' for hair styling.  (It was a secret ploy.  I do not enjoy being her model.  Especially when the squirt bottle comes out.) 

She was complaining about my useless hair over the weekend, so I told her she needed a beautician's hair mannequin.  She had no idea what it was, so I showed her one on Amazon.  I had no idea what an obsession I was starting!  She has counted her "Spend" money.   Requested special permission to use her "Save" money.  She has $41.00 when she combines all her resources.  So she wrote it on her chore chart to remind herself what she is working towards. 

 As you can see, she is $6 short.  Today, on the drive home from the dentist a thought came to her.

"If I had three teeth pulled and the Tooth Fairy usually gives me $2 for a tooth, I CAN GET THE MANIKEN TOMORROW!!!!" 

I will keep you posted on if the Tooth Fairy comes through!

Sunday, October 14, 2012


The first weekend of October, we headed north to visit Moscow/Troy folks and catch a Vandal Football game.  The weather was perfect, the visiting wonderful, and the Vandals won!  (Perhaps the only W the boys may collect this season.....but that's not the point here.)

1.  We dropped some bucks at the bookstore when we hit town Friday.  J-Bear and Panda modeling their new Vandal Gear.  In light of fairness, we brought home the same gear for Poodaloo (Panda's sister who had to say home this trip).  Reportedly she wore it to bed that night and to school the next day. 
2.  Birthday celebration.  Mary and I both have October birthdays so it's always a party during our fall Vandal Football Game weekend. 
3.  We ran into Sandy (Olson) Johnson and her grandson at the Homecoming Parade. 
4.  We arrived at the Kibbie Dome.  J-Bear has not been to a Vandal Game since she was 6 months old.  We usually find a friend to entertain the kids while we attend the game.  But this time, we took J-Bear and Panda with us.  They had a great time!
5.  Us at the parade. 
6.  My 50th Birthday celebration.
7.  Since it was Homecoming, several high school band performed with the Vandal Marching Band.  It was a pretty awesome show.... on their first game. 
8.  Panda hamming it up.
9.  Bootie from the parade.
10.  The Vandal Marching Band at the parade. 


We had our house painted the first week of October.  It has been a subject we have discussed for at least two years.  More serious discussions ensued this summer.  The trim on the house was in rather sad shape and the reality is it just had to be done. 

I did some research looking for a local painter.  If you are from the area and looking for a painter, I will give a shout out to Caldwell Brother's Painting (208-343-3886).  John and Tenli were fabulous to work with, the cost was reasonable, the work timely, and the communication great. And after meeting them while they worked on our house three days...they are just darned nice folks.  I highly recommend them. 

Here are the before shots (of course I have pictures....surely you know be better than that by now???)  
Some during pictures: 
And finally, the after pictures:
Both the Hubster and I thought there would be a lot more contrast between the paint and the trim.  On those little miniature cards, there appeared to be a lot more contrast. 

Funny J-Bear Story:  We drove in about two days after the painting was done.  I commented "The paint colors are growing on me."  From the back of the van "Ewwww!  Gross!  Where is it growing on you, mom?" 

Kids can be SO literal!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Favorite Birthday Card

I received a birthday card from Viki, my former Healthwise boss, that really made my chuckle.  I thought I would share it.  Some of them apply . . . . perhaps too much!! 

Happy Birthday, and welcome to the WONDER YEARS!

As in,
I wonder where I put my glasses?   (Editorial Note:  Happens several times a day!)
I wonder where I parked my car?
I wonder why boys call me "ma'am?"
I wonder if I paid that bill?
I wonder when that appointment is?
I wonder why I bought bok choy?  (Editorial Note:  Even with a challenged memory bank, I would never buy bok choy!  Not a real cabbage fan....) 
I wonder why everything hurts?
I wonder why it's so hot in here?
I wonder why it's so cold in here?  (Editorial Note:  These two can happen within two minutes of each other!)
I wonder why I said that?
I wonder if I locked the door?
I wonder what the speed limit is?
I wonder what the policeman wants?

Happy Birthday, Wonder Girl! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Be Careful Who You Celebrate With!

If you have a moment of bad judgment and choose to celebrate with Kelly Johnson and Mary Yenney, you could end up looking like this on your birthday.  (Well, actually the weekend before your birthday.....)

Happy Birthday To Me......on Wednesday!

I Love Fall!

Fall is here.  It has been officially for a few weeks.  But you can tell when one day you wake up and BOOM!  There is fall.  Right in your face. 

I love the cooler temperatures.  I love being outside and not worried about sunburn or heat stroke.  I love the colors.  I love the crunch of leaves under my feet.  I love football games and trips to the pumpkin patch. I love making a pot of soup. 

You heat lovers can have summer.  You snow lovers can have winter.  Give me fall!  I will take spring, too.  It's a pretty darned nice season as well.