Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What's that smell?!

It's a SKUNK!!!! I've finally had time to sit down and upload the Halloween party pics (actually I pirated them from Jen Charbonneau's fb page, so thanks, Jen!). Here is my interpretation of a skunk costume that Jolene so graciously modeled during the party, even though the pants were a bit of a fiasco.

Did you know that Cleopatra had a pet skunk?
Jolene's newest trick is to point at everything. Luke likes to stick his index finger up to hers and say, "phone home." All you children of the 80's and fans of sci-fi films will totally relate.
The tail. Notice the good five inches of diaper sticking out because Jolene's mommy underestimated the size of her booty. Should've known she's her mommy's daughter!

Cleopatra and Pharoah (not historically accurate, I know, but I couldn't resist these costumes at Lucy in Disguise). We all know that Cleo was a single, FEMALE who ruled Egypt (who also happened to shack up with some notable Roman rulers).
She is a funny stinker.
We are all in character. I love Melissa's oh so surprised look and Amber's dark witch persona. Brooke G. was a squaw with a cowboy husband (who looked exactly like Ross Horton, mustache and all). Jen glammed it up as Audrey Hepburn and Julie was a great looking pregnant car accident victim. Oh how I love Halloween!
We naturally fed them in character. Jolene looked at me a little funny the whole night. We will miss sharing an ottoman with the Benders during feeding time when they move out.
Luke, Kyle W., and Doug blow out their birthday candles as their wives try and avoid getting waxed. Kyle and Blaire W. were a couple from the show Mad Men (haven't seen it, but they looked very chic). Brooke B. was Sarah Palin and Doug was Napolen Dynamite.
This is the skunk in the road they tried to avoid hitting before careening off the highway. Your sacrifice was worthy, Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Joley is loving Mrs. Amber and her amazing costume. Darn that diaper sticking out! Oh was my first time to sew a costume. By the way, I will NEVER make a costume out of furry material again because fuzz was everywhere for about a week as I cut and sewed (including inside my nose and mouth, gross).

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Did people in parts of the country that have beautiful leaves that fall to the ground decide to rename autumn to 'fall'? I think I like calling it 'autumn' better because the only leaves I have seen fall so far are the ones we saw in Virginia, where they have an actual 'fall'. Speaking of, we saw the most beautiful leaves on our recent trip up there to visit my parent's new cabin they built close to the Blue Ridge Parkway (google images it...gorgeous). Once again, I've been delinquent in my blogging. Since we've been back from California, it seems like the months have decided to fast-forward on me to Thanksgiving.

Does anyone else find it completely irritating that all the stores had their Christmas gear out before Halloween was even over?! Sigh. I'm reminded just how commercialized our celebration of Christmas has become and how we as Americans have given ourselves yet another excuse to be materialistic consumers of more stuff. Anyway...

I'll stop rambling and protesting long enough to post some recent pictures of the family...

Jolene and Grandma Chapman rock at the cabin in Virginia. Joley loved rocking with Grandma!
This is on the back porch of the cabin and you can see some of the beautiful leaves behind us.
Back home at the pumpkin patch practicing walking with Daddy.
Friends in the pumpkin patch...Amelia thinks it's really funny to make that face for pictures. Her mama doesn't.
My little punkin.

I'm not sure if many of you know that my favorite holiday to decorate for is Halloween. Well, it is and this year was no exception. It is also convenient that Luke's birthday falls on Halloween Eve, and this year we had a costume party to celebrate (and give me an excuse to put up my if I need an excuse.) I'll post some pics if I can get someone to send me some (we lost our camera charger at the WORST time).