Saturday, November 28, 2015

Ice Ice Baby

It has been raining for 3 days continuously.

Combine that with freezing temperatures and you get some beautiful but deadly phenomenons.

First, there is this crazy beautiful crystal world of shiny icicles and glittery ice.

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However, with all that amazing beauty, comes some pretty devastating and dangerous situations. Ice is HEAVY!

We lost a bunch of tree limbs this time - the worst that I can remember ever having personally experienced.   BUT I am awfully thankful that none of the limbs fell on any critical areas/structures ( *fingers crossed * ) that the electricity ( and most importantly, HEAT ) is still on !

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Stay warm and safe, folks!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Musical Mayhem

We went with the little boy for another live performance at the Civic Center!!!!

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Read all about it HERE

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Autumn Love

Autumn usually gets here rather late - we have long, long, hot summers - but when it does, it is very pretty :)

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Add this little face in there, and the view becomes phenomenal :)

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Early Thanksgiving

Hillcrest hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for LAFF last week.

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I didn't have my camera with me, so my phone photos are not the best.

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Cindy has been home for about a couple of weeks now, and the little boy has been over the moon to have her back :)

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As for the family Thanksgiving get-together, I've got a 20 lb ( if I remember correctly ) thawing in the fridge. Hoy.

The Enormous Carrots

We found some of these monstrosities at Walmart, going for $0.56/pound. Man.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Halloween Adventures 2015

With a little boy in da house, it should be called Fortnight-O-Ween :)  AND he loves calling them Halloween Parties, so that's what we'll call them.

Halloween Party #1 & #2

#1 Buffalo Gap Historical Village "Pillage the Village"
#2 Trick or Treat / Fall Festival @ Hamby Flea Market

We brought a very eager Mario to the first HaldoWeenie events of the year probably a month ago, and it was a great start to the festivities. :) Read all about it HERE ( yes, it was THAT long ago )

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Halloween Party #3 Boo at the Zoo, Abilene Zoo

I put together a couple of costumes for the little boy this year, the first of which was none other than the greatest and most enduring of American superheroes, SUPERMAN.

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My sister teased that our Superman was wearing Boxers instead of Briefs, after seeing the photos. :)

The little boy really got into character too!

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This year, he kept saying that he wanted to go to the games / activities area, as those were more important to him than the candy! The weather wasn't very cooperative that day, and so the vendors/booths had to be moved indoors in a pretty cramped area,

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but the little boy got to get his photo taken with Mickey!

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He couldn't wait to get outdoors, especially to the bounce houses, which were new this year.  There was even one in the shape of an alligator! The way out was a little questionable though. :P

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After that, we spent some time just exploring the zoo and playing in the giant beach themed sand box!

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Halloween Party #4 & #5

a) Trunk or Treat @ First Baptist Church

1st Baptist Church in downtown Abilene always hosts the biggest party in town for  Halloween, so how could we possibly miss it?!

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The little boy was dressed in yet another home made costume - this time it was Stampy ( Stampylongnose ),  the little boy's favorite Minecrafter on Youtube.

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Of course, he made a beeline for he bounce houses - no surprise there :)

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and then trains and some games.

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He was super thrilled when kids who recognized his costume came by and called him "Stampy" so it made my heart swell that my humble costume made him happy. :)

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b) Southern Hills Church of Christ Trunk or Treat

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We left downtown as the sun was setting, and headed for Southern Hills, where another Trunk or Treat party was going on..

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The highlight of THAT event was of course, the car decorated with Minecraft stuff!

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And once again, he couldn't wait to go play in the playground - in the dark. :)

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Halloween Party #6  Beltway North Campus

On their website, the church specified NO COSTUMES, so we just went as ourselves, LOL.

We totally bypassed all the candy stuff and spent all our time bouncing and riding a bike with Daddy.

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Halloween Party #7  Hillcrest Church of Christ Trunk or Treat

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We went home, had dinner and then got dressed as a Skeleton for the last Hall-do-Weenie party of the year.

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We got there a little late, and the crowds had pretty much dispersed, unlike the previous years when we would arrive at prime time. 

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The booths inside the Multi Purpose Room were still going strong, and so the little boy got to do all the different activities inside.

After that, we did the traditional thing of doing the rounds at the neighborhoods to top off a great and fun-filled fortnight :)

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I'm just hoping that whatever the little boy would like to be next year, that I can pull of another homemade costume!