Sunday, October 30, 2016

Homewood Witches Ride!

Wow, another fun night for the ladies of Homewood and surrounding areas!  The 4th Annual Homewood Witches Ride had beautiful weather (it was actually a hot 80+ degrees), over 470 witches flying (riding their bikes), and lots and lots of children and neighbors lining the streets!  The race raised over $10K for the American Cancer Society, and it was fun for all involved.

I decided to switch up my costume a little this year, and was happy for the slight change that allowed me to be a little cooler.  After getting ready, I rode over to Chris Newell's home for a pre-party.  Then around 5:15, we pedaled over to Homewood Park to line up for the ride.  Once the party planners, Janie and Daphne, arrived - we began our short jaunt around Homewood promptly at 5:45.  We concluded at Little Donkey, where our sparkling margaritas awaited us.

The witches at the pre-party!

me with Lauren Tanner

Just before we started
Look at all of those people on Roseland!
Look at these cuties waiting on us!
The after-party at Little Donkey

Monday, October 24, 2016

Papa is 87!!

Papa and his boys!
Steve and I have been together for 12.5 years now, and though everyone has aged (as it unfortunately works that way), we have watched Big Lou stay about the same.  Steve swears it is because of the six grandchildren.  They watch our children regularly, and we know how much of a handful they can all be.  They still tailgate like champs at all home Alabama games, and entertain the entire family for every holiday.  That is a lot of responsibility for a man who just turned 87, and his bride of over 58 years who is almost 82 years old!

On October 23rd, Papa celebrated his 87th birthday alongside of family, and we celebrated him the day before in Tuscaloosa while watching Bama beat A&M.  Myra cooked all of Papa's favorites for his birthday - a Lebanese feast!  We sang Happy Birthday to Big Lou, as well as Steve and Louis since she didn't have an opportunity to bake them a cake (she believes that everyone should have their own we had three)!  We love you Papa!  Happy Birthday!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Flag Football

For the second year in a row, Preston played flag football.  It is such a fun sport to watch, and as a
parent, I feel better that it is unlikely he will get hurt.  He had some sweet boys on his team, but unfortunately they weren't good enough to triumph in the tournament.  Pres had fun trying the quarterback position out this year, and he scored lots of touchdowns throughout the season.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Walker's Wild Side

So our timid little two year old has been growing up a lot lately.  Walker's vocabulary continues to explode.  He has become quite the little parrot, repeating things that each of us say.  It started off cute, with him singing several verses correctly from popular songs on the radio, or saying fun things that the big kids say like "burn" correctly. But then he started getting carried away, and has been saying things like "stupid, shut up, butthead."  We initially ignored him because he thought it was funny and would say it more often, but then it became obvious he wasn't going to stop unless we punished him for it. Telling him not to say those words hasn't been working, spanking doesn't work, time-out doesn't work, thumping him doesn't work, so we decided to try something different....sassy juice.

Friends told us that their children didn't like the taste of vinegar, so we told Walker that the next time he said a "bad word" we were going to give him "sassy juice."  It didn't take long for the opportunity to present itself, so Steve got out the white vinegar and stuck his finger in it and then in Walker's mouth.  He said "mmm, that was yummy."  Oh Lawd!!!  We gave each other a look, and then Steve dipped his finger in the apple cider vinegar and rubbed it on his tongue.  Again, "mmm that's yummy."  So, that didn't go as expected, and we needed to pull out the big guns!  Steve poured a teaspoon of the white vinegar and poured it down his mouth.  He immediately began coughing, his eyes were watering, and then he asked for water.  Needless to say, he didn't like it.  Sadly, his behavior didn't immediately correct, but we have threatened the "sassy juice" several times since then and it is just a matter of time before he receives another dose of the now disgusting juice.  At least now he recognizes when he says a "bad word," and talks about getting sassy juice if he says it.

I guess if the juice doesn't work, the next thing to go will be his coveted outside time riding his scooter, bike or jeep.  The boy LOVES keeping up with the big kids and all of their friends.  Though he is only 2.5 yrs old, he can ride his scooter pretty darn well.  He is fast, is learning to brake and doesn't tire easily while riding it.  He races the big kids on their scooters, and can hit a turn like a champ!  However a couple of weeks ago, Walker couldn't keep up with Preston while Pres was on his bike, so I asked Steve to pull out the old Spider-Man bike.  He had to put air in the tires and reattach the training wheels, but it didn't take long for Walker to begin riding a big boy bike!  Bennett was patient with him one afternoon too, and he finally started getting the hang of the pedal brakes.  It is the cutest thing to see his tiny body pedaling that big boy bike on the sidewalks of Homewood.  He still needs a little help going up hills, but he gets it and is improving everyday.  Though he still likes his battery operated jeep, he is starting to prefer his other modes of transportation.  But when he chooses to drive his jeep, he does it well....maneuvering through our gate easily, around cars without hitting them, and all around our backyard.  He even likes to pretend like he is running over things like his Uncle Brian does in his jeep.

Walker is growing up quickly, and I hate that I haven't been documenting all of his little antics over the last several months.  He is a funny kid, and is starting to act more and more like Preston with all of his facial expressions, his temper, yet his love for his family.  Love watching him grow up and develop his personality.

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Owl Prowl and Pumpkin Patch

Pres coming into the finish line
Every Fall, Shades Cahaba holds their fun run for the students.  The Owl Prowl is a short .8 mile course that the kids run as fast as their little legs can carry them.  They break the race down by each grade so they can give awards to the first three girls and boys to cross the finish line for each grade. 

Bennett ran by herself this year, and Steve ran with Preston. They all did great!

Preston's class picked a service project at the beginning of the school year.  They chose to raise funds for First Light Women's and Children's Shelter.  Miss Anderson found a pumpkin patch that was willing to donate pumpkins, so the children asked the student body to sponsor a pumpkin for $10.  They raised several thousand dollars that way.

The day of Owl Prowl, the pumpkin patch delivered all of the sponsored pumpkins, as well as additional ones that could be purchased.  By the end of the afternoon, through the sale of additional decorative pumpkins, the bake sale and sale of mums (that were also donated), the class raised over $4600 for the shelter!  It was a huge success!

Cute tent of baked goods and homemade scarecrows
Sara came to buy pumpkins from the "patch"

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Over the Hill

The birthday boys!
So what age is "over the hill?"  I hate to truly know the answer because I don't ever want to be there!  Age is just a number, right? 

Well this year Steve turned the magical number of 45!  Since Louis turned 55 on the same day, we did a casual and fun celebration at our new fav....Taco Mama!  It was a beautiful day, so we snagged a big table by the window and enjoyed margaritas, tacos and these two awesome men in our lives.

Bennett made her Daddy's favorite cupcakes (chocolate with cream cheese icing), even though he isn't a big sweets lover.  We sang Happy Birthday, and had a great afternoon!

That night, Louis and Myra kept the children overnight, so we could have a fun adults only night.  We invited friends over to watch football, and toast Miz, and then we were able to sleep in until 9am the following morning!  Between sports and our early risers, sleep is a hot commodity lately, so we greatly appreciated the break from parenting (it was like a birthday present for me too). 

Overall, it was another fun birthday celebration!  We all love you babe, and appreciate all you do for our family!