Halloween has never been one of my favorite holidays however when you have children, there are certain things you just ‘have to do’. So year after year about a week before October 31st (or whenever Trick or Treat is being celebrated), we need to figure out what each child’s costume is going to be. Sometimes they even want to go to parties that actually judge the costumes. Shew….competition?!
Signs are very popular these days. You see those that make you laugh, those that make a statement and then those that on the right day, really hit home.
Last night as I was getting ready for bed the picture hanging on our wall caught my eye. I see it every day but after spending 2 hours waiting in line to pay our respects to a wonderful, young man that lost his life to a tragic accident last weekend I realize how short life really is and the importance in living, laughing and loving, every day.
So it is now that I realize how short life can be and how grateful I am for my family and being so close to my children. I can’t imagine losing a child but can only try to understand the pain. I think I do a pretty good job of making the most of every day but there’s always room for improvement. No better time than now, right?
I don’t typically blog about the ‘raw’ me but I think you will agree that the loss of such a young, wonderful person that had an impact on so many people gives us reason to want to Live, Laugh and Love.
The community is very saddened by the loss of such a wonderful young man. Everywhere we go and everyone we talk to is struggling with the acceptance of this tragedy. Just this past year during the fair Cierra came to know Hart better and liked to joke with him about purchasing her lamb. During “fair week”, we get used to seeing each other and many become known as our “fair family”. When we heard the news on Saturday, it was difficult for us to comprehend that he is gone. Cierra continues to have a tough time with this although we do our best to help her understand how short life can be sometimes. She even said to me tonight, “it’s true, only the good die young”. Wow.
Please keep Hart’s family and the many friends he had in your prayers. He will truly be missed.
This week’s photo challenge is Halloween Dress-up. Since my children are ‘too old’ for dressing up these days, Cierra and I decided to play with Kayden. Oh my….her Mommy made her a really cute orange, white and black tutu that looks really cute with her cat ears and black nose. I struggled with the paint that ended up on more places than her nose so we opted for just shooting the adorable baby that she is….
Kayden has just started pat-a-caking herself…. She loves to hear “pat-a-cake” and is figuring out we like it when she claps! She gets so excited!!
We had a slight change in plans yesterday due to the rain and the need to take Cierra to the dr. – we had originally planned to all go to the Pumpkin Patch then have a pumpkin carving contest. Well, the rain changed the Pumpkin Patch plans as we didn’t want get all wet and Kayden hasn’t been sick once in her 9 months so we didn’t want to risk that either.
Cierra has still been coughing and just doesn’t really have the energy we are used to so we packed her up and headed to the dr. Luckily they confirmed she did have the ‘flu’ but was on the downslide now with just the remnants that would have to run their course. She’s no longer contagious and should start feeling better every day. So, that’s good.
Back at the ranch, LOL – trying to work around everyone’s work schedules is difficult so Britt still wanted to carve pumpkins. While we were in Frederick her, Brandon and Chase picked up enough pumpkins for everyone to carve (thank goodness for Wal-Mart)! We didn’t have J, Ash and Kayden but everyone else got their pumpkin and set out for some carving!
After about an hour, the first pumpkin came in – Ronnie finished first! He had a bet with everyone that whoever was last had to buy dinner!
Then ‘Queen B’ finished up –
Now comes “Queen C”
And last but certainly not least – Chase man!and no, he didn’t buy dinner!!
It’s amazing how one blog leads to another and another….Some have playlists and others are silent. While blog hopping I stumbled across this song then realized I actually have one of their songs on my playlist. While I like the traditional Christian music, I really enjoy several of the newer groups I have found. I hope you enjoy!
REMEMBER – you must stop my ipod on the left side so you can hear this music!
For those of you in our county, this year’s food drive is as follows. We will be distributing door hangers on November 7th with pick up the following Saturday, November 14th. We are asking for everyone’s support. If you don’t receive a door hanger by November 9th and want to contribute, please contact Ronnie at 304-725-8021. We will pick-up. The best part of our drive is that all the food stays local. Our boys enjoy this annual activity and love unloading all the food at the pantry, they like making a difference!