Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Pre-Halloween!

Gabriel's class celebrated Halloween today! The kids were able to come to school dressed in their costumes and they had a wonderful party, which Patty was responsible for catering, along with another mom. The kids had a wonderful time and all of Patty's (and Cheri's) hard work really showed. Since Patty was there early to set up for the party, she had a chance to observe parts of Gabriel's school day that we had never seen before. Gabriel had a really great pre-Halloween Halloween. Please enjoy the following pictures:
Spider web cookies

They are delicious!

Morning prayer

And video!

From Classroom party

Even though Gabriel is Ben Tennyson for Halloween this year, he couldn't miss out on a Transformers opportunity.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pink Is The New Air Show!!!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could not be more thrilled right now!!! Check this out: I'm famous

Thursday, October 23, 2008

gWitch Spell Phone Cover

Yesterday I got G up half an hour early for school and gave him breakfast in the car, all so we could get to the T-Mobile store before school to get my new G1, the morning of its release. Hey, cut me a break - I've been waiting for this thing for a year! As soon as we turned out of our neighborhood, the flat tire indicator came on. Yep, the left front tire was at 0 psi. Fortunately, we have "drive-flats" and can still go 90 miles on no pressure. So, we headed up to the store and school, since we wouldn't have time to fix the car before school. We chose our new phone, updated our service, chose a new plan, and I went to pay... but no wallet. I'd taken it out of my bag to buy a birthday present (which is stuck in cyberspace and an entirely different story) and left it out at home. Two big screwups, and it wasn't even 9am yet.

I took G to school, met Matthew at Discount Tire, and while we waited for the car, we went back, bought the phone, had a coffee while playing with our new toy, and got the car (that was free! Yeay for Hakeem at the Town Center location) all in perfect timing to pick up G from school. Ugh, what a day.

But it turned out pretty well. I got my new dream phone, and the car is patched up and back on the pavement.

So this phone - it's amazing. It does everything, in fact so much that you should just follow the link above to check it out. T-Mobile has great service, both coverage and customer service, so we stuck with them rather than switch to AT&T for an iPhone, and boy are we glad we did. Our favorite features: the phone is angled so that if you place it on the table face down, the screen doesn't touch the table - keeps the screen safe and also cleaner. Also, we downloaded Shop Savvy, which is a bar code reader that allows you to comparison shop and read reviews while shopping in the store.

Of course, I needed to personalize this phone right away, so I made a wicked witch pouch for it. I named it the gWitch Spell Phone Cover.

In other news, Drew came over today and we had pizza with him and his mommy. We had a great time, and the boys got to stay up late, eat pizza, and play with all kinds of things. Tomorrow, we will meet Christopher and his mommy (that would be Lisa) for lunch and head over to the bounce house for the afternoon. We were going to make a 4-family trip to the Chattahoochee Nature Center for the annual Halloween Hike, but the weather is not going to allow that to happen. Saturday, we have Joshie's birthday party and several options for Halloween fun, including a "trunk or treat" - a family fun day at the school most of G's friends attend. We missed it last year and really wanted to go, so I think we'll make it a priority this year.

Finally, just a couple things worth mentioning about the Chipster: he's been having great behavior lately, he's growing very quickly lately (is already wearing some size 5!), wants to play games all day (favorites are Hullabaloo and Candy Land), and he got his first progress report of his entire life. He got C's on everything, which is actually the best grade (it means "consistent"), and although we were late once, it showed 0 tardies and 0 absences. The comments section says, "Gabriel is such a sweet little boy. We are so happy to have him in class this year. Gabriel is very well mannered and respectful. He is very aware of our daily routine and loves to help me if I forget something! :-) Gabriel is doing great with his letters and numbers."

We love the part about correcting his teacher, because he is really on the ball and we think that's funny. We're super proud of the description "well mannered and respectful." That's the most important thing to us at this stage.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Did you say airplanes? And it's free?

Yesterday Chip, Patty, Matt, and Patty's mom all attended the 2008 "Wings Over Marietta" airshow, which is held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. We hadn't been to an airshow for a really long time, and there was a very big added attraction this year: the Thunderbirds would be performing. Gabriel was excited because BFF Christopher would also be there with his mom and dad. The show did not disappoint. There were a number of really neat performances in the air and some really neat aircraft on the ground, some of which Gabriel even got to sit in! Of course the Thunderbirds didn't disappoint, drawing gasps from the crowd especially when, from different directions, all of them seemed to converge on one spot over the airfield at the same time. Naturally, we took a few pictures. Below you should find a slideshow of some of the best of them. Clicking on the slideshow will take you to the album.
Patty's favorite part of the airshow was the Legacy Flight and the P-51 Mustang. Matt's favorite part of the airshow was when someone asked Gabriel which airplane was his favorite and he said, "I liked the one my daddy works on the best!". Gabriel's favorite part of the airshow was the parts when nothing was making his ears hurt. Everyone's least favorite part of the airshow was leaving when the show was over because we stood in line for two hours to get on the bus to take us back to our car. Still, it was a really fun way to spend the day, sunburn and all.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Good Times

My mom and I made Gabriel's Halloween costume this week. He's Ben 10. Also included a few odds and ends. Enjoy!

The video:

Wait for the punchline...
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An interpretive dance set to the theme to Transformers

And last, but not least, how the Pledge of Allegiance should be said.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Don't Scowl, Wear A Cowl!

Some pics from today. I finished a knit cowl of my own design, and Chip is just too cute sometimes to leave out of the blog. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


We put up our Halloween decorations yesterday and today, and our mantle shows why this is our favorite time of year. We think these things are so funny!

In other news, G and I decided to hide under his bed when M got home from work. It's just something we do sometimes for fun, only today he couldn't find us and got a little scared. When we went to Publix for batteries (for all of the Halloween stuff), the folks at the bakery were happy to decorate it for us. SFSY stands for "sorry for scaring you."

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Taking Our Buddy To The Big City

Since Buddy was visiting our home this weekend, we let G take him to the aquarium with us on Friday. We had a really great time and learned about some new creatures, like cuttle fish and Japanese spider crabs. Some photos:

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Happy Christening Anniversary, Chip!

G's class makes note of his baptism date, or at least they're supposed to, so we made a special treat to take in today. It was also a big day for the Chipster because Buddy, the class mascot, chose to come home with us for the weekend! G's been eager to be chosen each week, so this is a very big deal. Here are some photos we took today.