Friday Fun

Fleeting Thoughts

I can’t believe this weather. It. Has. Been. Gorgeous. As in, sunny and low 70’s gorgeous. And LOW humidity! That’s really saying something for this area of the country. (I live in SW Missouri, in case you’re curious).

The tips of the trees are beginning to turn. I really hope we have a blinding in-your-face sort of fall. I am the most relaxed (and dare I say happiest?) this time of year!

I think Google is mad at me. And I’m not even sure I can explain this, but I’ll try. I purchased my own domain name – I’ve had it for quite some time, actually. Anyway, when I moved my blog over to and redirected my domain to this URL (so that when you brought up my blog, my URL showed instead of I noticed something really curious – the number of visitors to my site plummeted. Which doesn’t really bother me overmuch, I don’t base my blog success on how many hits I receive, but I was curious.

So, I changed my blog URL back to And suddenly, I started receiving hits again.

And then, being the dolt that I am, I forgot about that little experiment and changed it back to And when nearly a week had gone by and no one had entered my photo contest (what is up with that, btw? The photo contests are usually so popular!), I began to wonder what was going on. Oops, it was because of the URL change. (I’m assuming! Maybe people don’t like me anymore).

So, I changed it back to again.

Apparently, Google gets cranky when you toggle back and forth like that. I didn’t know that, but I read it somewhere.

So … I need to quit messing with stuff and allow Google’s spiders free reign. WELCOME GOOGLE! (It never hurts to do a little butt kissing, now and again).

I just received a reminder call from Sears Portrait Studio. We are scheduled to go in this Sunday and have our family picture taken. The last time we did this was in 2006. I have no idea what we’re going to wear. I dressed (the boys would die of humiliation if they knew I share the fact that I “dress” my kids when it comes to picture time. HEY! Pictures are important to me, they aren’t going to look like homeless geeks that day, mmkay?) the boys in sweaters last time, I’m thinking something a bit more dressy this go-around. In fact, I think I’ll shop for some oxford shirts for the boys today. Then all my guys could wear different colored oxfords and me … well, I’ll wear something to color coordinate.

I know. I put WAY too much thought into getting our pictures taken.

Speaking of pictures – we took a bunch of random pictures of our family outside in our yard this time last year. And they were some of my favorite pictures of our family. We set our camera up on a tripod and the husband had one of those remote control things and just began clicking away. There are several where we’re all laughing or just acting goofy and I LOVE them! I think we’ll do that again. In fact, this weekend is supposed to be nice and we live just a half mile from the lake … maybe we’ll go down and take some casual family pictures this weekend. (maybe)

The boys will be THRILLED! *grin*

GD is riding in a car, with a stranger, today. And I’m not exactly worried, but … okay, I’m a little worried. He is going to a park with his Graphic Design class today to take some pictures. And considering he’s only 15 and not driving, he needed a ride.

His teacher offered to take him and two other classmates in her car (and yes, I asked if it was just going to be him and his teacher. Because if so? I would have driven him myself). I’m nervous because he’ll be putting his life in someone else’s hands. She better take good care of him or I’ll kick her ass.

Just sayin’.

MK has been limping for a solid week now. And not just a little limp, a bona fide lopsided walk sort of limp. He says his heel is hurting him. But he doesn’t want to go to the doctor. And it doesn’t hurt him when he runs, only when he walks.

WTH? What sort of pain only hurts when you’re walking and not running? Shouldn’t that be the other way around. So, I’m wondering if it’s his way of getting attention or trying to draw sympathy from people or what. I can’t decide what is wrong with that boy. We’re going to give it another week and if it’s still hurting, I’ll take him in.

But I really don’t think it’s anything serious. I’ve looked at his heel and it looks fine (though that’s not always a good indication, I know) and I watch him when he’s not looking – he limps sometimes, and sometimes he doesn’t.

Mainly when he knows I’m watching him.

Hhmm … suspect.

I think I’m wearing the wrong kind of makeup. Look at this picture:

Pale Face

Look at pale my face is!! Compare the skin on my face to the skin on my chest – VERY DIFFERENT shades. I think my makeup is too light. Which wouldn’t surprise me because I’m not the sort of person who spends too much time thinking about what makeup I’m wearing. It covers blotchy spots and freckles? Works for me!

I think I’ll buy a little darker foundation and see if that helps.

Of course, it would help if I wore blush but that takes time and … I don’t really care all THAT much.

I can’t decide if I like reading Dr. Laura’s blog or not. Though I like the woman, and I like what she has to say (most of the time), I think she might be just a tad too off-putting for my tastes. I’m pretty arrogant in my opinions, but I’m a marshmallow compared to this woman.

Read this blog entry and then tell me what you think.

Me? I think feminism HAS gotten way out of hand, but geez, not every woman aspires to be a 50’s wife cardboard cutout.


And speaking of blog entries – here are some that really touched me this week:

Huckkdoll’s Carnage

The best pouty face I’ve EVER seen over at A Whole Lot of Nothing.

I’m REALLY enjoying Abbey Ryan’s art. She posts a new painting each day and you can even buy it from her on eBay!

Spidey’s dance totally made my week at Mommy’s Martini.

If you have some fun/interesting/touching blog links to share, please do! I’m always looking for new blogs to add to my reader.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday Fun

Friday Craft: Halloween Pumpkins

We used to carve a pumpkin every Halloween.

We don’t do that much anymore. *sigh* It’s sad when you stop doing something you’ve done for years. I don’t really know why … well yes, I do know why. The husband simply doesn’t want to put up with the mess anymore. And the boys don’t really “help” anymore so it’s sort of boring without their participation.

BUT, I know that a lot of you DO carve/decorate pumpkins for Halloween, so let me pass along some of my favorite “how-tos” from Family Fun.

I’ve posted this little guy before, but I have to say, he’s still one of my favorite pumpkin characters:

Ball Player Pumpkin

Transform a pumpkin into a bubble-blowing major leaguer.

Carving knife
White paper
Acrylic paint or markers
Pink balloon
Baseball cap

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Cut the pumpkin’s top off and hollow out the shell.

2. For eyes, carve holes in the shell and tack white paper behind them.

3. Use acrylic paints and colored markers to add hair and eye black below the eyes.

4. To make the gum bubble, blow up a small pink balloon and pull the knotted end through a small hole in the pumpkin’s shell. Then add a baseball cap for the finishing touch.

Here’s a really easy one that would look really cool lined up on your front porch:

Say Boo! Pumpkins

(The instructions on this one are self-explanatory).

Frank N’ Friends

You can find the instructions for the pumpkins pictured above, as well as a Frankenstein pumpkin here.

And here’s a new one this year:

Bat O’ Lanterns

Stage a spooky scene by assembling a colony of these winged creatures made from miniature pumpkins and craft foam.

Black acrylic paint
Ornamental (miniature) pumpkins
Black and white craft foam
Hole punch
Glue dots
Black duct tape
Wooden skewers

Time needed: About 1 to 2 Hours
1. Cover your work surface with a drop cloth or newspaper, then paint the pumpkins. Allow them to dry completely.

2. For each bat, snip two identical eyes from the white craft foam and use the hole punch to make pupils. Adhere the eyes to the pumpkin with glue dots.

3. Cut matching pairs of ears and wings from the black craft foam (our wings are about 6 inches long). Attach the ears by taping a toothpick to the back of each one, leaving about 1K inches of the toothpick exposed, then inserting it into the top of the pumpkin.

4. Finally, tape a skewer to the back of each wing, leaving a 2-inch point exposed, and push it in place.

Have fun making memories!


From the Past: An Early Halloween

Halloween Past

Let’s see … this was most likely taken around 1973-ish? This looks like I’m about 8, my sister (the little witch – hehe), looks about 5.

My mom made our costumes. She made us a lot of great childhood memories, actually. I was a tiger, in case you were wondering.

ADDED: I just noticed how much bigger my pumpkin is compared to my sister’s. Apparently, I was SERIOUS about collecting my candy. 😀

Have you ever made a Halloween costume for your child(ren)?