Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad and Happy Halloween!

Halloween was a pretty special day here in the Hamrick house. Not only was it Halloween but it was my Dad's 63rd Birthday!! My sister and I were very thankful that he was able to spend his birthday with us. Since Halloween fell on a Saturday this year, we grabbed everyone and headed out to a celebratory birthday lunch! My Dad LOVES mexican food, so we headed on over to Mi Cabana.





Of course, Jon and Cory decided to order the largest beer in history. You can tell Nicole and I are happy about it.




Somewhere in the middle of the lunch, I was able to flag our waiter down and let them know it was my Dad's special day. At the end of the meal, they all headed over and sang him a birthday song.










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Unfortunately what you don't see in these pictures is what happened after this last picture was taken. See that girl in the Egyptian costume? Notice how she's right behind Dad and out of his line of vision? What you DON'T see is that she has a handful of whipped cream. And as soon as they were done singing, Dad got a face full of it! It was AWESOME! He was such a good sport about it. Even when he had to blow it out of his nose. WTG Dad and Happy Birthday! We love you!!!!!
My Dad on Halloween:





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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Navy Ball Oct 2009

Jon and I had the opportunity to attend a Navy Ball this October. It has been about 4-5 years since the last time we were able to go to one. This time, we invited my sister and BIL to go with us. This is the first time we've attended a Military function together. Even though it was a Navy Ball, Cory was a good sport and put up with all our silly Navy traditions.
The day started with all of us getting ready at Nicoles house. My Dad was the hero of the day and watched all the kids for us.















The ball was held up in New Bern, NC.  It's about an hour away from us. That gave Nicole and I plenty of time to play around with the camera in the car on the way there:




When we arrived,  we found our table and let the festivities begin. The planners did a great job and it was wonderful to be back in a Navy Community again. Don't get me wrong,  I love my little Marine Community I am lucky to be a part of. But seeing all the sailors in their dress blues and dinner dress was really wonderful! There was a ceremony about our fallen sailors, we listened to a wonderful guest speaker and dinner was delish! It was a wonderful evening.




















Haha! Check out Jon's eyeball in the corner. Love it!




Finally, as we were leaving we came across this little gem in the parking lot. We could not resist!









Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!



Tuesday, October 13, 2009

When good baking goes bad.

I was in a baking mood this last weekend. Starting on Saturday, I whipped up some Zucchinni bread with dried cherries and chopped pecans.
Now normally, I'm a whiz in the kitchen. But for some reason the Culinary Gods were against me and torture of all tortures my bread came out all wonky! I have made this bread the same exact way since my Mom showed me WAY back in the day. (LOL - Love you Mom!) Like I said, I don't know what happened but when my bread came out of the oven and I went to test it, it blew up like the Christmas Turkey from National Lampoons Christmas Vacation!






All that was left was a dense, chewy shell and a hollow inside. What the heck?!?! I have NEVER seen that EVER happen before. But I refused to be beaten. I wrapped that sweet, wonky bread up and took it over to my sisters house and proudly presented it to her. With LOVE.

Sadly, she doesn't like Zucchinni Bread.

Who knew?

I guess all Chef's from the Novices to the Expert experience off days in the kitchen. In order to rectify the situation, on Monday I decided to make some fun Fall treats for the kids to snack on.

So, I gathered the children around (Except for Jason since apparently, he had much better things to do. Like...being a kid and playing outside. How dare he?! Didn't he know I was convincing myself of my Culinary Skills???).

We melt some Day Glo Orange Candy Melts over my make shift double boiler.




Then when it's all nice and smooth and oh so melty like, we dip our pretzels in!









We then make sure they are completely covered in Halloween & Fall themed Sprinkles.





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And finally, we have our yummy Candied Pretzel Sticks!!!








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***Cue heavenly music****

Success!!!

But really, how hard is it to melt some chocolate and dip a pretzel in it??






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Friday, October 9, 2009

Please make way for our VIP!






During the school year in each class, one child is picked to be a VIP. This week Jason was choosen for his classrooms VIP! It was a very special week for him.

Information from the school:

"When your child is selected to be the VIP, he or she will bring home a letter from the school and a biography questionnaire for you to fill out with your child. Please return the questionnaire and include a lovely photograph of your child. This information will be posted on our VIP bulletin board outside the cafeteria for the entire week. On Tuesday morning your child will be recognized by having his or her name called over the intercom. All of the VIPs will meet with the principal and the counselor in the media center to receive a special certificate and prize for being chosen for this special recognition. On Friday, parents are invited to join their child in the cafeteria for the VIP breakfast. If the parent is unable to attend the breakfast the child may choose a friend to join them at the VIP tables provided."

On Monday Jason turned in his questionnaire that was all about him. What he likes, what his favorite color is, what are his favorite toys.....those kind of things. He also was able to bring in a bag of his favorite 'things' from home that lets everyone know a little bit more about Jason.  He brought in his Dinosaur book, Pirates of the Caribbean Model Game and his Gromiti's (which are actions figures with cards).









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Tuesday he was presented with his VIP certificate and free meal for Logan's Steakhouse. 

For Wednesday, I had been asked earlier in the week to write a letter, card or poem about Jason that would be read to the class. I decided to write a poem. (I'll post it towards the end).

Thursday all the kids in the class drew him pictures and wrote him letters. They were all very sweet. I believe there was even a 'I love you Jason' card in there. He already has a girl in love with him!

Finally on Friday, all the VIP's and their families were invited to breakfast and they got to sit at the special VIP table!! Talk about the royal treatment! We each had pancake wrapped sausage, oatmeal and cereal. The true breakfast of a VIP!












 


All in all, he had a GREAT week. What a great program to let each child in the school  know how much they are loved and valued. Just like at home. 







Ode to Jason


There are so many things about Jason you should know - 
Like how he really loved to watch "I'm in a Japanese Game Show"!

There are things like his favorite toys - 
Lego's, Bakugan and playing Army with the boys.

He loves to play games on the computer, Wii and Nintendo DS - 
Star Wars Legos, B17 Bombers, Command&Conquer he plays with much success!

But the things I love about Jason, the things I love the best - 
Are the things you never would of guessed.

Like how he is so caring, so gentle and so sweet - 
Even when he's happy or sad, he makes our family complete.

With his silly laugh, cute little freckles and loving hugs, he's our favorite seven year old boy - 
He's always thinking of others and his heart hold so much joy!

So if you're wondering what kind of friend Jason would be - 
look no further than his smile and you'll know he's your cup of tea!