This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!
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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!!! I wanted to share with you our Halloween decorations, a little recipe and also how we spent our Halloween night.
First we'll start with making yummy pumpkins seeds! I love to roast fresh pumpkin seeds, it's so much fun and they taste sooo good! First you take all the seeds from inside your pumpkin that you're carving. I put them in a bowl and fill it with water to rinse them. You have to work with them a lot to get the slimy pumpkin strings off of them.  Drain them, pat them dry a little bit. Put them in a bowl and then add 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Mix well until all seeds are covered with butter. Spread the seeds onto a greased cookie sheet and gently salt. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes depending on how crisp you like them. 
Stock photo, Rose of Sharon 2007

Put them in a pretty fall-looking serving dish and serve! They smell so good while they are cooking and they taste so good! They are a perfect snack for the season.
Here's my fun little Halloween display in my kitchen window.
It looks cute at night with all the candles lit!
I love the spooked cat on the fence votive holder!
Here's the top of my bookcase.
Cozy!
I found this awesome old tall drinking glass at a garage sale. Its from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland and I think it's vintage! I placed a tea light inside and it's perfect for Halloween!
You can't tell very well from this picture, but I found a really cute black house with holes in the windows so that candle light comes through. It is so cute all lit up!
On Halloween night the kids all came over for dinner!
We had our traditional chili and cornbread dinner!
I've been picking up fun Halloween serving dishes to make it more festive!
Grayson and Rachelle made us some darling Halloween cupcakes!
Trick or treat!!!
We had lots of children come to our door with great costumes! It looks like the Mario Brother's was a popular costume this year!
I love it! I think trick-or-treating is so much fun!
Hey....it's Charlie Brown!!! Isn't he cute! This is Caden and he's the son of Colin and Amy.
Colin is best friends with our oldest son, Mackenzie. They have been friends since middle school.
Colin is like our 5th son!
Canden was the big hit of the night for our family!
He was so funny!
We all enjoyed watching him play. Look how happy he is!
I really like seeing how my boys interact with children. They are all so great with kids and I know they will be great fathers some day!!!
I was having such a great night!
Cameron enjoying the night!
Mackenzie and Brittany!
Grayson and Rachelle!
Eric and Hayden! I love it that my kids love to come to gatherings like this!
We watched a scary movie!
Ding-dong! Someone's at the door! Rachelle answered it ready to give out candy.....
....and who was it? It's my good friend, Sarah and her family! Aren't they cute!!!
We had a wonderful night and a fun season!

I know there are a lot of Christians who don't like to partake in Halloween. I understand that. To me, Halloween is not an evil thing. I don't celebrate evil things. It is a fun family night for the entire family. It's about children dressing up and having fun. It's tradition. I have so many good memories of my Daddy carving the pumpkin, helping us get dressed and taking us out trick-or-treating. I also have good memories of Eric and I doing this with our sons and now they are grown and will do it some day with their kids.

"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God." Romans 8:28a

Hugs, Sharon

Monday, October 25, 2010

Homecoming!

Homecoming in our little town is a big deal. You can just feel the energy in the air and there are so many activities leading up to the big homecoming game and the big dance. Here are a few of the highlights from the Bulldog's homecoming.

Right after the big football a week before homecoming, the cheerleaders came up to Hayden. They had a poster in their hands.
When he saw what the poster said, he started smiling and laughing.
The sign says, "Prince Hayden"!
Yep...he was announced one of the two junior homecoming princes. This is the third year in a row that he was voted a homecoming prince! I'm so proud of him.
I am so proud of him! The his whole class voted on who they thought was nice, funny and outgoing and Hayden was chosen!
It was really fun for Hayden because Haley was there and they are going to the homecoming dance together!
They are so cute!
And look what's going on over there on the darkened track.....
Its Grayson and Rachelle!
She's a cheerleader and he graduated last year. He came to the game to watch his brother play football and to watch her cheer. I love these pictures of them as they steel away for a kiss!
At school they have spirit week and every day is a different dress up day. Hayden didn't participate it in it, but Rachelle did. Here's nerd day. What a bunch of cute nerds they are!
And here's toga day. Fun times!
The girls played powder-puff football. I was not able to attend that night, but I got these pictures from Rachelle.
The senior girls won!!! Normally the boys play He-Man volleyball, but for some reason this year they did it at lunch and didn't advertise it very well, so many of the boys didn't even want to play. Hopefully they will have it at lunch next year because it is a big part of the homecoming week.
Friday afternoon before the big game they have a cute little parade down main street. I got a call that you don't get every day, it was from Hayden, "Mom, can you bring my homecoming sash to the school, I'm supposed to wear it in the parade." hahaha! Mama to the rescue! I got it down there in time for him to be in the parade!
I love this little parade!
I love our little town!
Hey, there's the cheerleaders on that firetruck! Rachelle is the last on on the right, at the very back of the truck.
They were having so much fun!
And there are all the homecoming princes. Hayden sitting right in the middle.
I'm so proud of him!
Here are the boys running on to the field! Go bulldogs! Hayden was the first one through the sign!
Cameron brought Megan to the big game!
Our friend Collin and his wife Amy came to watch and they brought their darling little boy, Caden!
At half-time they have a mini parade and each class reveals their class float.
This is so much fun!
Cameron was enjoying it!
Collin, Mackenzie and Grayson.
Me and my honey!
Time to announce the homecoming queen!!!
Then the burning of the big wooden bulldog "B".
Brittany with Amy and Caden.
We won!!!
The boys were all so happy!
Hayden and Haley!
My four handsome, amazing boys!!!
The kids goofing around.
Wow, this is the first time EVER that we have had all four boys each have a special girl! I love this picture!
Grayson and Rachelle.
Grayson and Rachelle on their way to dinner and the homecoming dance.
Isn't her dress cute! She is such a pretty girl!
Happy times!
I love this picture!!!
Hayden and Haley and Grayson and Rachelle!
Hayden gave Haley a very pretty corsage.
Here she is pinning on his boutonniere.
Mr. Homecoming prince!
Awe...they are so cute together!
Sweet! I love her dress with her boots! Just darling!
Hayden and Haley with Chevy and Hanah.
Two cool studs!
This one's cute!
One more goofy shot of the kids! What a fun night! What a fun week! Homecoming in this little town is so much fun!

"Anyone who shows respect for the Lord has a strong tower." Proverbs 14:26

Hugs, Sharon
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