Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Past Halloweens

Here are pictures of DS in his previous years Halloween costumes.
First year a baby chicken!
Second year we went to visit our Mom Mom. He was a Dalmatian and I was Cruella.
Third year Bob the Builder visiting our Mom Mom.

Fourth year Howdy from Woody.Visiting our Mom Mom.

Fifth year I guess I forgot to get a picture because all I could find was this one from behind. He is a police officer in honor of his Uncle.Sixth year Texan football player. He wants to be a kicker!Seventh year as a SWAT officer.Eighth year Ice Ninja.This year..........a caveman!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Fall Yall Giveaway

Miss Rocks in my Dryer is hosting another fabulous bloggy giveaway extravaganza.

Here is my giveaway:

A box of 10 Hallmark gold foil floral thank you cards with envelopes and a box of 12 Yankee Candle Mandarin Cranberry scented tea lights.
To win, just leave a comment on this post by Saturday, November 3 at 10 pm CST and then I'll pick a random number to select a winner. Unfortunately I can only mail to a US address. You do not have to have a blog to enter but make sure I have a way to reach you.
Be sure to visit Rocks in My Dryer for a list of other participants in the Fall Y'all giveaway.
Good Luck!

Two Weddings~The Second One

The second wedding was my cousins. She was absolutely beautiful. Her brother married them. During the ceremony they had the whole congregation part take in communion and their baby was baptised. Another neat thing was instead of a unity candle they had a vase with colored sand. The Brides and Grooms mothers when up on the platform together. The Grooms mother poured brown sand first, into a clear vase part ways and then the Brides mother poured white sand part ways. Then during the ceremony the Bride and Groom filled the rest of the vase with the remaining sand, mixing it all up. Very neat idea. Following the ceremony was dinner and dancing on the top floor of the Westin Galleria. We had so much fun dancing, even my mom was out on the dance floor! We left before the happy couple just before midnight. The honeymoon is a cruise in the Caribbean and then they will be residing in West Texas. Here are a couple of photos from the evening.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Two Weddings~The First One

We have had two weddings and a funereal this month! I love attending weddings to see the newest trends and ideas that Brides come up with. I had so much fun planning my wedding with my mom. Our budget didn't allow us to have a planner so we had to do it all ourselves.

The first wedding was a friend from church. The decorations in the church were minimal. The bridesmaids wore chocolate brown full length gowns and carried a fall cluster of flowers. The wedding cake was not tiered but on different level cake stands tied with sheer ribbon. The grooms cake was a tree stump with their initials carved on the side. Opposite the room was a table for punch and a table with fruits. The fruit table had caramel apples mixed in for a nice Fall treat. The reception was held in our Church's gym and yards and yards of materials hung from the walls to make it look like a tent. The favor was a fall cellophane bag fill with an assortment of wrapped candies. Birdseed was thrown as the couple left in a Black Hummer. They will be honeymooning on their way to Oregon to visit the grooms family and then settling down in the Dallas area. I was so busy visiting with my girlfriends, the Brides' sisters, from out of town that I didn't snap many pictures.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Friday Fill In

1. The last good thing that came in the mail was ___.

2. This week I'm grateful for ____.

3. _____ is the most delicious thing ever.

4. _____ inspires me.

5. I'm most happy when I ____.

6. And all the roads we have to walk along are ____.

7. As for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to ____, tomorrow my plans include ____ and Sunday, I want to ____!

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1. The last good thing that came in the mail was free popcorn from Dale and Thomas.

2. This week I'm grateful for my family.

3. Cheesecake is the most delicious thing ever.

4. Blogging inspires me. (or is it simply addictive!)

5. I'm most happy when I am spending time with family and friends.

6. And all the roads we have to walk along are winding. (Reminds me of that Oasis' song)

7. As for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to relaxing after soccer, tomorrow my plans include a Math Teacher Workshop and then a wedding and Sunday, I want to do something with my family outside if the weather is beautiful!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Thursday Thirteen~Halloween Decorations

Here are 13 Halloween decorations throughout our home. Enjoy!

1. This guy lights up and glitter swirls around in the pumpkin head. Quite impressive at night. He was a Bunco gift.2. This cute cookie jar was another Bunco gift.3. Another cookie jar and Bunco gift.4. This cute witch is from Yankee Candle. You set your candle in her and she glows.5. Love this cute sign.6. From Hallmark7. I love my picket fence in front of our fireplace. The garland came from a craft show.8. A wreath hanging in the family room.9. A sign hanging in my kitchen area.
10. Cuties in my windowsill in the kitchen.11. A pumpkin filled with candy corn and a scented candle~yum! 12. I had to have this when I saw it. I collect and love ladybugs.
13. My Fall quilt hanging in the family room.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

My Mom Mom

Hazell Iris Trussel Denson was born in Houston on the 30th of October 1918 and died peacefully at home on the 21st of October 2007. Our beloved Mommom was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Carl T. Denson, Jr and daughter Diane Denson Tobola. She is survived by her two daughters, and son-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. The service was lovely. Two granddaughters sang, Two grand children read a scripture and poem and one great-grand daughter read scripture. One grand son officiated the service. After the service we went to the graveside service and then over to the family's house for lunch and visiting. I am emotionally drained.

Thank you for all your kind words and prayers. They meant the world to me. I was able to make it through the service with little tears and I know it was due to all of you out there.

Below are a couple of photos taken growing up with my Mommom and Poopa. I have lots more but they are stuck in an old photo album and I need to figure out how to get them out without tearing the picture. My mom was the photographer and she always seemed to cut heads off or bodies.

Have a peaceful evening!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Thrifty Find

I stopped in a Goodwill on Saturday on my way home from my teacher workshop and picked up this platter. I paid $3.00, what a deal. It's not your normal size cake platter. It's a little bit smaller in diameter. It's a heavy glass with no scratches. Not too sure if its old or not. But I loved it and it will work nicely for a cheese dip bread bowl that I make for gatherings. Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 22, 2007

My Little Helper

It was such a great weekend, this past weekend. Beautiful! In our backyard we have a huge pecan tree that sits right in the middle of our yard. We have some small plants around the base of the tree with river rock edging the bed. Quite nice. I plant my tulip bulbs in this area in the Fall. I might have to find another planting space since my little helper likes to get in the flower bed and dig everything up!!!! Devil Dog you drive me crazy, but we love you anyway!

Today it felt like winter. The temperature was below 60 and that is freezing here in Texas. I wasn't prepared for this cold snap. Slowly it will warm back up.

An update on my great aunt. She passed away Sunday. The funereal will be Wednesday. Please pray that I make it through the service.

Hope your week is off to a warm start!

Sunday, October 21, 2007


Saturday, I went to a Gifted and Talented Training and I had so much fun! Usually teacher trainings are not that exciting or interesting especially when you have to give up your Saturday. This group of three men formed Kidprov. They promote improvisational comedy with edutainment value. Let me back up and share some background information. I love comedy. My DH and I attended many comedy shows during college while dating and after we got married. We would stay up late and giggle while watching it on TV. Slowly comedy started to get dirty with the use of profanity and we stopped watching. Then Whose Line Is It Anyway came on TV and we were hooked. Think of that show and that was how the workshop was on Saturday. I thought I was taking a comedy class. They pulled volunteers from the audience and had them play the different warm ups and games. One of my favorites was Morph. This game was so much fun! The guy would bring out an ordinary object, like a box, picture frame, etc. and you had to use it in a different way. We were all laughing so hard we were crying. I needed this so much this weekend. To all my teacher friends and principals these guys will come to your school and do assemblies for students and teachers. Through improv, Kidprov establishes a highly interactive environment whereby participants learn through multiple learning modalities. Kidprov's classroom tested improvisational activities are easily applied by classroom teachers and are readily adaptable to all grade levels and subject matter. Their website is http://www.kidprov.com/ . They did say that their website was not spectacular and would be updated it soon.
Hope you had a fun weekend!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Friday Fill In

1. October ___.
2. ____ doesn't/don't scare me!
3. Haunted Houses _____.
4. My favorite scary movie is ____.
5. ____ me.
6. It was a dark and stormy night ___.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to ___, tomorrow my plans include ___ and Sunday, I want to ____!

**If you play please let me know so that I can come read yours**

1. October is my favorite month.
2. Heights doesn't/don't scare me!
3. Haunted houses can be creepy and scary.
4. My favorite scary movie is ...I don't have one because I don't watch them.
5. Please don't scary me.
6. It was a dark and stormy night and I was curled up under a blanket reading a good book.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to relaxing, tomorrow my plans include a Gifted and Talented In service and Sunday, I want to go to church, have lunch with my parents and then get some things done around the house!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Heavy Heart

My family and I need your prayers for a special lady and our family. My great aunt, Mom Mom, is slowly making her way to heaven. She was taken to the hospital earlier this week and has refused any help, so its a matter of days. My parents went with me and my DS to say our good byes and we love you. She is very special to me. She placed me in my parents arms when I was a baby. She found me a loving home with wonderful parents to raise me. I grew in my moms heart not in her belly. She has always had a special place in my heart and life, as I had with her. She took care of me when I was little when my mom was very ill at times. I have gone on vacations with them and we celebrated special moments together. My heart is heavy. I don't want her to go for selfish reasons but I know she is headed for a much better place where there is no pain and suffering.
The above birdhouse wreath was painted by my DS. He wanted me to showcase his art project. I had picked up this wreath and a couple more many years ago. I had painted two, one for my mom and one for my sister for Mother's Day several years ago. I had two more sitting in the garage. Well, this summer was a wet one and DS needed indoor activities. So one afternoon, I dragged out the paints and paintbrushes and he went to town. He loves to craft when I pull out all my stuff. My sweet budding artist!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Thrifty Finds

Here are my latest finds. Nothing too exciting this trip. I found the large bushel basket in Halloween colors and trick or treat around the rim. I can't decide if I want to fill it with a pretty mum or candy. You can guess how my DS voted! Grabbed two bags of spider rings. My students love these for some reason. Also, two small clay pots. I saw on another blog, and I can't remember who it was, but they painted the pots white and then added a rub on letter for a monogram look. I thought that would be prefect in my scrapbook room! If you are reading this and that was your idea, please leave a comment so that I can give you credit and thank you for that neat idea. I'll show the pots again after I have altered them.
Hope your week is going great!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Smile Award

Terri from Lakewood Manor and Dena from Swaddle Cottage both have honored me with the "You Make Me Smile" award. Thank you Ladies! I have been ill the past couple of days and this was a nice surprise when I returned to the computer. I am very honored and grateful. I love visiting all my sweet blog friends. You all make me smile. I need to pass this award on to those that haven't received it yet. Here are some delightful blogs that I haven't seen the award posted yet on their blogs. Please go visit them soon! You can access them from under my Daily Inspirations.

1. Enchanted Cottage- love her crocs and pumpkin stand pictures!

2. Equus Villa-adorable header and her pictures of scarecrows are a hoot!

3. Garden Antiques-shares photos of antique shows around my state.

4. Oak Rise Cottage-love her thrifty finds.

5. Pitty Pat Papery-very talented woman. Check out her Oil of Olay box!