Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"Boo"tiful Night

Happy Halloween from the Millers!

My day-care/preschool had a fabulous Halloween Party! Yay!
Click HERE to see more fun party pictures!
This year my favorite decoration is the blow up witch (that looks more like Frankenstein).  It's the first year I've bought a blow up toy decoration.  Can't wait to buy one for Christmas!!
This is me wearing bat ears, handing out candy from a PURPLE container.
Of course the container has to be PURPLE!
Would you expect anything less?
My buddy, Teddy joined me for Halloween night. 
He was a big hit with the Trick or Treaters.
Jenn bought costumes for herself and my son.  Brandon went out reluctantly with Jenn to get candy!
Gotta love the Trick or Treaters that come knocking on the door with a PURPLE pumpkin!
I hope you all had a "Boo"tiful Night!!!!

Wednesday Hodgepodge #100

Join in the fun of Wednesday Hodgepodge.
Tell us a bit about yourself.

1. What creeps you out?
Since it's halloween: Creepy, greasy, leering, bad teeth, smelly men.  Gives me the chills!

2. What's your least favorite candy?
Peppermint Patties. 

3. Are you a fan of scary movies?  What's the scariest movie you've ever seen?
I really wasn't a fan of scary movies until recently.  I watched Freddy Kruger as a teenager and it freaked me out.  Now watching it, I laugh! It was so poorly made compared to today's horror flicks.
4. What part of life confuses you the most?
Confuses?  Hmmmm, my son's math homework???  I cannot think of anything.

5. Pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, poppy...what's your favorite seed?
I used to like sunflower seeds when my son, Zachary played baseball.  I like sesame seeds on sesame chicken, I like poppy seeds on muffins, and pumpkin seeds baked in the oven are a wonderful treat during the fall season.  I don't think I favor one over the other.

6. Imagine your life ten years from today...what's changed?
My sons are happy - whether that be with profession, love/spouse, possibly even children of their own.
My husband and I are retired - traveling a bit and possibly even enjoying a grandchild. ;-D

7.  What do you a) love the most and b) like the least about the Hodgepodge? 
That's not a fair question Joyce! ;-)  
a) I love getting to know people thru the little tidbits. Personalities show through their words. I feel blessed to 'hear' their stories.
b) I honestly do not know if there is anything I don't like about Hodgepodge. That may seem lame or like I am being a kiss-ass. Honestly, it is the truth!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Our home was lucky and only suffered minor damage to our siding due to Hurricane Sandy.  Some people in our area were not so lucky.  They suffered major damage and a lot do not have power or water.  I am saddened by the devastation New York and New Jersey has suffered.  We vacation at the NJ shore every year and it is heart-breaking to see so much damage to a place you love.  I am keeping the entire region in my prayers.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ed, Edd and Eddy

Ed, Edd n Eddy are three friend with the same name who were constantly trying to scam their friends for money so they can pursue their mission: buying jawbreakers.  I was amused as their plans always went haywire.  My boys (and I) loved this cartoon.

So why am I telling you about this?

I see uncanny similarities with these cartoon characters in comparison to my own three boys.
Ed is into monster movies, always has a green jacket on and is easily talked into any hair-brained scheme.

Ahren watches 'The Walking Dead' (a Zombie series on TV).  Wore a green army jacket for 5 years. Never took the darn thing off! He has always been an impulsive boy who acts first and thinks later.

Edd (better known as Double D) is smart, very quiet and yet unnaturally polite.

Zachary is improving in school and has blown me away with A+ grades in Physics! He is not as vocal as my other two boys and keeps more to himself.  He is very polite and respectful towards adults and teachers.  Not to mention, Zachary wears a hat like Double D.

Eddy is the mischievous schemer who loves to be the center of attention.

Brandonwhat can I say. He has been that same mischievous little boy who absolutely needs to be the center of attention!

Of all the TV family series out there, like 'The Waltons', 'Eight is Enough', and 'The Brady Bunch', … my boys had to be grouped with 'Ed, Edd and Eddie'??  But ya know what?
I wouldn't change a thing!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Batten down the Hatches!

As Hurricane Sandy approaches we have been getting ready for the worst storm that we have seen in this area in years!

We tied down the two gazebo's that we have on the upper and lower decks.
My husband finally took in the furniture this morning.
Fresh batteries and candles on hand.
All the Halloween decorations are back in the house!

Stocked up on drinks, dog food, eggs, milk, bread and other normal staples that you need during a storm.
The dogs are at my feet, shaking.. Poor babies are so scared!
Sandy is colliding with a winter storm coming from the Northwest Arctic.  The major part of the storm is supposed to hit us around 6pm, which has been moved up from 2am.
As of 3pm EST we are in a Hurricane Category 2 Alert with winds (they say) getting up to 90 mph.  It's extremely windy outside my house, but I doubt its at 90mph and I hope it doesn't get that way!

This is looking outside my family room. 
The rain is coming down so hard you can hardly see out of the windows.
I will keep you posted (as long as I have electricity). 
Love you all!


Is there a time in your life that you regret something you have done, or didn't do? 

Or you have not thanked the people you should have?

Not fully appreciated the things someone has done for you or the opportunities they gave you?

Crestfallen over someone lost to you? Someone you never said 'I love you' when you had the chance.

This song 'Sad', by Maroon 5, reminds me of someone who is regretful over the choices they may or may not have made.

Do you remember the good memories that they have left in you as a reminder that you are loved for who you are?

Don't you think that it's natural to appreciate the good after you have experienced life without them?

It is so much better to appreciate the good things you have while you still have them.  Begin each day by counting your many blessings.  Pay particular attention to those you may take for granted.  

Don't be sad.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Mr. Sun, sun… please shine down on me!

Sunshine Award

Its a rainy day, dark clouds covering the sky. We are waiting for hurricane Sandy to
hit on Monday with winds up to 60mph. We brought in all the outdoor furnishings,
 bought batteries for the flashlights, went grocery shopping for a necessary food.  
I even had to bring in all the Halloween decorations, for fear they will blow away.  
Hopefully our power doesn't go out because we do not have a generator.  

But Audrey from Break it, Make it, or Bake it was out spreading sunshine and has given
 me the Sunshine Award.

The rules are to answer the 8 questions, and then spread some sunshine to 8 other
 bloggers that you think are awesome!

Here it goes....

1. What is your favorite Christmas / Holiday Movie?
It's A Wonderful Life.  It's a oldie, but a goodie. I never get tired of it and watch it 
every Christmas Eve while wrapping the last of the Christmas gifts.

2. What is your favorite flower?
Anything Puprle!

3. What is your favorite (non-alcoholic) drink?
Diet Pepsi.

4. What is your passion?
Scrapbooking (even though I haven't had time to work on it recently). Watching Ice
 Hockey (even though the NHL is having another lockout).  Eating Italian food (even 
though it puts on the pounds).  Coach Bags (even though they are very, very expensive)!

5. What is your favorite time of the year?
Summer! I love being outside and feeling the sun on my face!

6. What is your favorite time of the day?
I am a morning person. That is when I have the most energy.  I admit, I run out of that
 energy by 2pm. I am glad for nap time.

7. What is your favorite physical activity?
I like to walk with the dogs.  I go to the gym, but don't exactly enjoy it.

8. What is your favorite vacation?
Without kids, Ireland! 10 whole days with adult time. 
With kids Ocean City, NJ.  It is an annual tradition to go there every year with my husbands family.

I am passing this award on to:
1. Katherine at A Life Worth Living
2. Kathy at Empty Nest Full of Heart
3. Kerry at It's The Little Things
4. Lynn Marie at Life through Bifocals
5. Laura at A Day in the life of the Railings
6. Marla at Marla's Musings
7. Jhona at We Weirdos Need to Stick Together
8. Debby at Just Breathe


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Friday Fragments

Welcome to Friday Fragments

Brandon has his first High School Hockey Game of the season.
His team won 7-2! Great way to begin the season!!
Brandon with his girlfriend, Jenn.
Isn't is cute that she is wearing his jersey?

Melissa drew a Sock-Monkey for my husband.
He is an economics teacher and uses the sock-monkey as a reference to supply and demand.
Melissa is my oldest son, Ahren's girlfriend.

 The kids at my day-care painted pumpkins this week.

 My sister is fighting for the rights of Mid-wives.
I did not know it was illegal for a midwife to practice in the state of AL.
Tori is the one on the right.
"CNM's Certified Nurse Midwives are legalized in 50 states but each state dictates their restrictions (such as in Alabama they can not do homebirth, have a birth center, and very few are allowed to attend a hospital birth) so in essence they are only allowed to do gyn care in AL. CPM's (Certified Professional Midwives) are illegal in Alabama. Two midwives have been arrested in this state. I can't practice in this state or I will be arrested. I practice in TN where it is legal because I am a CPM."   ~ Tori

Have a wonderful weekend!! 


She Got Her Surprise!

Mission Accomplished!
Keetha got her present!

Let me back up a bit and tell you the story behind the gift. 
Keetha collects Nut Crackers. Every Christmas I love how she blogs about her collection and the new annual addition she has purchased. She is very proud of what she refers to as her "Kings".  She has a cozy display that any Nutcracker would love to be a part of.

I recently found a hockey nutcracker at Target. I just had to have it… well because its… hockey.  
My hockey nutcracker
I was proud of my nutcracker and posted about it.
Keetha saw my nutcracker and I'm sure her mouth watered.  
Since she is a huge football fan, she replied that she would love to have a football nutcracker, but was no where near a Target to pick one up. 
Ah Ha!
The idea struck me to surprise her with her very own Football Nutcracker.
Football Nutcracker I sent to Keetha.
 Football King traveled over 760 miles to his new home, where he will be properly and proudly displayed!

You can check out Keetha's blog HERE.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

#99!  Let's head over From This Side Of The Pond to join Joyce and all other bloggers who participate in Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1.  So, do you like beer? 
Bluck, no.  Even the smell of beer turns my stomach.  I love wine! Sweet wine though. Moscato is my favorite.

2.  What's your least favorite repetitive task? 
Cleaning the stove.  I'm not sure why, but I hate it!

3.  When was the last time you rode a bus?  Where was it headed? 
My son's class trip to Washington DC. That was at least 5 years ago.

4.  What song from your childhood or from your own children's childhood could make a parent's nerves stand on end? 
I can't think of a nursery rhyme that would do that.  From my teenage years I listened to 'Hair Bands' like Motley Crue, and Poison. -Don't Judge: It was the 1980s!-  I'm sure any of those songs drove my parents nuts.  More so the sounds that the lyrics.  I am from the age of MTV.  THAT definitely drove my parents nuts. Not only did they have to 'hear' the music, now they had to 'see' it too.

5.  The US Presidential election cycle is drawing to a close (can I get an AMEN??), and the third and final debate was held last night...what was the last thing you 'debated about'?
I am currently debating wether or not I should cut back the attendance in my daycare.  It's a hard choice because I love all the kids and I get along with all the parents. However, the stress is becoming to much.  It's long hours and I am exhausted at the end of the day.  

6.  Can a person make too much money?  How much is too much?
Well I cannot argue that I'd like to have more money.  I don't need millions and millions to make me happy. I think people who have too much money are so caught up in materialistic items instead of what is really important in life.  There are others who are living in poverty and need the money.  Why can't we share the wealth? Doesn't everyone deserve to have a roof over their heads and food in their belly?

7.  Pop-soda-coke-something else...what's it called where you live?
Soda.  I don't call is coke because I am a Pepsi drinker.  My BFF is from Michigan and she used to call it Pop.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Making Friends with Hockey Parents

For 4 seasons I had my BFF by my side during hockey practices and hockey games. Hockey practice went by so quickly having someone to talk to.  Hockey games were exciting watching our sons playing on the same team. Hockey Games + BFF. Can life get any sweeter?    

Not only did our sons play together, the team was lucky to keep the same group of players for many seasons.  It was a nice group of boys and a nice group of parents.  Everyone got along. We've been together every weekend for many seasons and we have gotten to know each other well. We were spoiled.
This is year is different. My BFFs son moved to another team. Older players moved up to the next level. A few players transferred to other teams or quit playing all together.  The team dynamic has changed.  New players, new parents.
I consider myself an easy going person but I am finding it hard to connect with other hockey parent's.
It seems like there are those who:
  • don't stop talking (even gossiping)… so much so you cannot watch the game.
  • always have something to complain about.
  • criticize the coaches, players, practices, travel schedule, everything and anything.
  •  won't even acknowledge you.
Although it would be nice to get to know the other parents, do I really want to be apart of gossip and drama? Do I want to put myself out there and reach to others who tend to look the other way? 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy Birthday to ME!

It's my birthday month, my birthday monthla de la de da, it's my birthday month
This is the song I am going to be singing to myself in 9 days and to my poor, unfortunate family.
There is a good reason for this.  Every year, prior to his birthday, my husband counts down, sends texts, writes reminders on the calendar, leaves notes… for one whole month! Which totally drives me crazy is a great way to remind me to buy the perfect present!
This year I decided I too don't get just one day or one week to celebrate the fabulous day I was born, I get an entire month! 
Great idea, right?
I was born the day after halloween.  I always tease that I should have been born on halloween instead of All Saints Day because I am more like a witch than a saint.

The hitch to my 'birthday month' plan is that I am born on the first day of the month.  How can you have a birthday month if you are born at the beginning of the month?

I don't care! I am celebrating the entire month of November!

NOTE TO HUBBY: 9 more shopping days… 
NOTE #2 FOR HUBBY: Here is a link, hint hint.
NOTE #3 FOR HUBBY: Feel free to purchase additional gifts. 
Love you Baby!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Color Purple {Sunday In My City}

Longwood Gardens - Pennsylvania

 Longwood Gardens has 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens that covers over 1,000 acres.

Longwood Gardens is open year round. It's cool to see the different seasons and the variety of colors throughout the year.