Sunday, November 30, 2008

Turkey Day with family

We did the grand tour of Kentucky during Thanksgiving. First we went to Bowling Green to visit Ben's parents Wednesday evening. We got up Thursday and finished cooking, then loaded up the car to head to Hodgenville for Thanksgiving dinner with the Miller/Peterson family. That evening we headed to Henderson to spend time with my side of the family. Here are pictures of our fun-filled Thanksgiving weekend.
Cody and Caleb had fun with their cousins, Makinna and Abbi. They played on great Granny's stairwell for awhile tossing down bouncy rubber balls before we booted them outside. It was a nice day for the end of November. It got up to 60 and was sunny.
They discovered some hay bales on the farm that they played on for over an hour. Lori and I took turns tossing the kids up on top, then they would crawl around on them, leap across to a nearby hay bale, and slide off.




















Caleb doing his Spiderman walk up the hay bales.





Doing push-ups between the bales.
















Greg and Granny enjoying a scrumptious dinner.













I think I caught Donna taking a little snooze before dessert.











The Miller's watched the Titans obliterate the Lions while they ate.
Did you leave us any dessert Grandpa?












We arrived in Henderson after the Ford family Thanksgiving dinner. There were plenty of left-overs, but we were too miserable to eat...well maybe just a small piece of pecan pie. The boys were excited to see Uncle Kevin. Grandmom had a surprise in the boy's bedroom...a lava lamp!











Caleb was mesmerized by it and spent hours over the weekend sitting just like this watching the lava bubble up and down. He would call out for us to come see creatures or weird things in the lava shapes.

"Come look at it now, it looks like ET's head."
"Look it is Marvin the Martian."



Paige came over to see her cousins "those dudes".





Kevin and I got up Friday morning and braved the crowds in Henderson for a little shopping with the crazies. We didn't stay out very long, but picked up a couple of bargains. For lunch, we met an old highschool/college friend of mine at Olive Garden. Wendi now has a 4 year old little girl and a 4 month old baby boy. Brooke and Cody got along great. We caught up on who married who gossip, as well as how many kids so-and-so now have, and what career they ended up in.
On Saturday, we went for a hike at Wesselman Park in Evansville. It was a pretty, sunny day and we were still bloated from Thanksgiving leftovers, so we thought we ought to try walking off some of those calories. The boys had fun crunching in the leaves and spying woodpeckers and squirrels in the woods. We even spotted a white tailed deer running across the woods ahead of us.

























Grandmom is fun to rest on when you are tired.












We had a great Thanksgiving- seeing family that we haven't seen in awhile and spending quality time with our close family.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Ice Skating in Paducah

Paducah now has a temporary outdoor ice rink open November 14th through January 4th. It is located in the Farmer's Market parking lot on the riverfront. This was opening weekend. Saturday football games were cancelled because it was drizzly and cold. Thank goodness, because I definitely didn't want to sit out there for 2 hours freezing my tail off watching the boys slip and slide in the muddy fields. Saturday mornings are character skate at the ice rink. So we decided to go check it out. The Atnips met us there, since football was called off for them too. It was Dogs on Ice character skate. Blue from Blue's Clue was there, along with Scooby Doo and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Cody thought that was so cool. He sat down next to Blue at one point and they goofed around with each other. Unfortunately, my camera chose that moment to run out of batteries. Kelly ran to the car for me to get some more batteries, but the moment was over. Don't you just hate that! I got some other cute pics though. Notice the milk crates in the photo. These are used by those not so skilled skaters. It helps give kids or adults something to lean or hang onto and give them a little more confidence keeping their balance.
Cody was slipping all over the place and just could not keep himself in an upright position, even with the milk crate. After about 10 minutes of struggling, he gave up and called it quits and sat on the sidelines. Kiersa joined him soon afterwards.








Quinn and Caleb had a big time and quickly gained confidence. They have had rollerskating lessons during PE time at school this year, so their balance wasn't too bad. Caleb perfected what he called the Superman Slide. When he fell, he would glide his arms out like Superman.















I haven't ice skated in years. Dad used to take Kevin and I to Evansville quite a bit when we were kids. I was a bit rusty, but did fairly well. I will praise all of the adults on not having any butt-time on the ice. I hadn't wanted to sit in the cold watching a football game, but we stayed remarkably warm ice skating. Kept the blood flowing and we didn't get cold.





It began to drizzle and we pondered whether to leave or stay. But we realized that the drizzle made the ice better. It was slicker than when we had first arrived and made skating easier. Kelly took Mase, Cody, and Kiersa to the truck so they could stay warm and dry. With it being cold and drizzly the ice rink didn't have many people, only a crazy few like ourselves. That made it kind of nice and easier to skate without running into people.























Caleb taking a spill, but having fun.


Sunday, Christy called to see if we wanted to the ice rink with her boys. Caleb was very excited to try it out again. Cody said he definitely did not want to skate with the blade kind, only the wheel kind. I had to explain that they don't allow roller skates on an ice rink. He voted to sit out and watch.
We got to the ice rink and it was packed! The parking lot was full and the rink was crowded. I sat out with Cody because I couldn't watch him with all of the people. I was excited to see that the rink was a big hit for all. There isn't much to do in Paducah in cold weather, so this will be a lot of fun this winter. Even though it was crowded, everyone was very careful and did not skate too fast or crazy. If a child fell down, strangers helped pick them up, dust them off, and set them off to skate some more.



Here is Christy giving Adam and Andrew some instruction with their crates.











Adam having fun. He is going to have his birthday party here in December. Won't that be cool!




Andrew did really well and was soon zooming around with his crate stack.














Goofing off, having a blast. This was definitely a hit, Paducah!

Friday, November 14, 2008

My Famous Underwear-making Brother

Is that a weird title or what?!?! Well the coolest thing happened this week. My brother, who works at Fruit of the Loom, saw a pair of boxers that he designed on an actor this week! Robert Buckley who stars in the television show "Lipstick Jungle" was sporting a pair of 'K.T. Howard boxer originals'. The cool part about it was that he was wearing the boxers in a photo shoot for a big time fashion news magazine, DNR (Defining Men's Fashion). Here is a what I found when I looked up DNR for those of us who aren't up on the celebrity or fashion news bandwagon.
"As the industry standard for news, fashion trends and business strategies, DNR is the first read and last word for top-level executives. Every week, DNR unites retailers, manufacturers, the media and financial community with an insider perspective that defines men's fashion and fuels the momentum of the industry."
Buckley was wearing different styles of boxers in the DNR photo shoot and it said he was wearing Spring 09's defining underwear trends.
I guess when you are hot, you are hot. Kevin Howard...underwear designer for the stars!!! I want your autograph.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yes, We Can!

Wow! What an election whirlwind!!! We are history in the making. We will be talking about this moment to our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Barack Obama will be the first African American president of the United States. It is still unbelievable in the world we are living in, with so much hate and prejudice still lingering in our country. It will be interesting to see if a black president will make a difference in minorities in our country standing up for what they believe in, making more presence in politics, and lifting themselves up out of poor conditions. I am so proud of our country. People voted to make a stand for change. Many were tired of the condition in which our country has become. There were record numbers of voters in all of the states. Minorities and young voters flocked to the voting booths. People cared about this election. They care about what will become of our country if we don't have good leadership. I hope that Obama is able to make a difference in the mess that Bush has lead us. It will take several years to pick up the trash and clean up the damage that has been done. It was amazing to see the reaction of the rest of the world. Britains, Chinese, Australians, Africans, Japanese all cheering and hailing Obama's victory. Many countries have lost faith in America over the past few years. They see this victory as a sign of change and improvement of racial relations throughout the world. I am so glad this election race is over though. I always hate all of the election ads, lies, and negative campaigning.




He may not be Superman, but our country is ready for someone with fresh ideas and someone who cares about the people of America. I don't disagree that McCain might have done a fairly good job at straightening up the mess our country is in. But Palin was a poor choice as a running mate. Look at the difference in campaign strategies and decisions right down to the place of celebration of victory at the end of the election. Obama chose a public celebration with the American people at Grant Park in Chicago, whereas McCain chose a private, invitation only gathering at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa. Nuf, said.


For those of you who have had enough politics to last you awhile, take a look at some handsome boys. I forgot to share a couple of pictures from Halloween in my last blog. The carving of ye ole' pumpkins. Too cute to not share.






The trash can is for the scooping of the pumpkin guts. The boys thought this was great fun. "Can we use our hands and get them messy?" Yes, of course, as long as Mama doesn't have to get her hands yucky.











Check out that look of concentration!




The finished jack-o-lanterns.













The leaves are finally starting to get some color around here. Our yard has a couple of maples that are a beautiful shade of yellow and my oak in the backyard is red.
















My sweet Caleb!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Trick-or-Treat

Well Halloween has come and gone. Leaving us with mountains of candy. Mom came down to see the boys dressed up and go trick-or-treating with us. We had a busy day Friday. Caleb and Cody both had parties at the same time. Mom and I went to Caleb's "Fall Party" because I had not done anything at his school this year. It was a good thing we went to help because there was not any other parents there. We helped the teacher hand out food and treats, then they played a game of Bingo. Only using the word GHOST instead. Caleb was the first to win and get a prize (a matchbox car). He ended up giving it away to the little boy who sat in front of him at the end of the party because that little boy didn't get a prize. Mom and I were so impressed with Caleb for being so thoughtful.

After picking Cody up from his preschool party, we went by Ben's work to trick-or-treat there and show them the boys all dressed up. Notice the crazy bubble on Caleb's head. That is part of his astronaut uniform for his "Career Day".













That night we had the Petitt's over for our annual trick-or-treat together. The moms trick-or-treated with the boys while the daddies passed out candy to the kids on our front porch. Both Adam and Caleb dressed as Darth Vader. Andrew was Luke Skywalker and Cody was Indiana Jones. It was a night of fun, food, and boys full of energy and excitement. We usually just go up and down our street, but there are fewer and fewer houses on our street participating in the passing out of Halloween treats. We had to remind the boys that when you ring the door bell one time and no one answers to not continue to ring it 12 more times. Caleb told us at one house, but I saw someone peek out. Yeah, but they didn't come out with any candy, so let's move on. So we decided to go one street over. Stupidly we thought, hey why don't we just hike over there instead of driving. We had to walk about a block on a busy road in the dark to get there. Thankfully only one truck came by, so we only had to step off into the ditch once with 4 boys hyped up on sugar. The next street over was much friendlier with the passing out of goodies. Most of the houses had lights on. By then the boys were getting braver, "Trick-or-treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!" We had to put an end to that. I thought again how crazy that the same things I heard as a kid are coming back around to my kids. On the way back from trick-or-treating on that street, we thought it might be safer to cut through the yards instead of walking along the street. Now there is a deep ditch between the street and the yards and the yards are up a hill. So that is what we did. It was going fairly well, until we came to a dead-end at one yard. We had to go down the hill and over a deep ditch to go through the next yard. Christy made it down the hill and over the ditch, then had to help us all skid down the hill and make the leap across. I don't know how we did it in the dark, but we made it through without anyone falling face first in the ditch or breaking an ankle. I think next year, we will try another game-plan.







Caleb and Adam, best buds.

Look at our loot!




Thanks for coming Grandmom!!