Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween 2010!


This year we spent our Halloween at my sister's house. Unfortunately, my nephew Cameron had a soccer game that started at 4 and of course ran late (Honestly? Why schedule a soccer game at 4 o'clock on Halloween?) so while Mom and Dad stayed at Nicole's house, Jon and I took the kids around the neighborhood.

Here's Jason, aka Mr. Race Car Driver. Justin aka Freddy Kruger and Jack aka Mr. Bones.

Jon and I with the kiddies...

Headed out!

We all had a great time that night and Cameron was finally able to join us a little while later. By that time, most of the little ones tuckered out and some had to use the bathroom. We ended the night by watching The Vampire's Apprentice and letting Dad open his presents.

 Such a fun day!

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Yup, it runs in the family.

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cassie's 1st Homecoming

It's always a big step when your first born child starts High School. So it shouldn't of come of much of a shock that it would also be a pretty big thing when that child goes to their first high school dance, which happened to be Homecoming.

A week and a half before, Cass and I headed down to Wilmington to shop for her dress. Which thankfully we found, along with shoes and jewelery. When we were in the store where we bought her dress, we realized that the one she wanted was the only one left in her size. Sadly, the zipper was an issue and we couldn't for the life of us get it to unzip. While in the dressing room, we were able to wiggle her into it without using the zipper and it was really an act of God that allowed us to get her out of that dress without ripping it to shreds that day. But it was the one she desperately wanted to have. So like a good Mama I am, I bought it for her. Along with the shoes and jewelery.  And you can bet your booties that I made sure I got a discount on that dress for the zipper being jacked!

I figured once we got home, I could see if I could work a little magic on it. If all else failed, I could get my ever so crafty friend Karen, see if she could work her mojo over on it.

Sadly, neither one of us could get it to work and we both agreed that as long as she got it on that night, it wouldn't matter if we had to cut it off of her at the end of the night. If we only knew how true that statement would become....

The day of the Homecoming dance finally rolls around and it turns out to be one of those crazy busy days from H-E-Double Hockey Sticks!

Starts off with Jack's last soccer game of the season, followed by me running into town to try and find my daughter a strapless bra for under her dress. Which we both had completely forgotten about needing until that night before. Then it was off to Jack's End of the Year Soccer Party, followed by a stop at the base Stables for the Vendor Bender (in which I won the GRAND PRIZE, thank you very much!). Then it was home, where my sister and her family, along with Mom and Dad were waiting.

At that point it was time for Cassie to start getting ready, while everyone else headed outside to carve pumpkins (didn't you read that blog? If not, you should! My awesome hubby was my Guest Blogger) while I spent a good 2 hours in the bathroom making my daughter glamorous for her big night.

Here I am curling her hair...
After we had gotten her hair all dolled up, it was time for her to put her dress on. Except when she came out, her strapless bra was completely showing on the sides and back. So, I used my imagination and actually ended up sewing the bra to the dress. I basically sewed her into her dress. It was so AWESOME!

My daughter, the multi-tasker!

All done! Here she is moments before her date beautiful daughter!!!

Of course, I made her pose with her Mommy...

and Daddy...

...and Grandma and Papa...

And then we got silly...

Finally her date for the night showed up.  This is her current boyfriend, 'What's his name?"

Haha! Naw, I'm joking. His name is Cody and he's actually a pretty nice, well mannered kid.
Shortly after he arrived, Jon went inside looking for his pistol, saying something about 'not having a problem going back to prison...'

After Cassie died from embarrassment, they headed down to the O'Club to get a few pictures taken, before headed for a luxury dinner out to CiCi's Pizza and then heading on to the dance.

The whole group...

Here's to another milestone down! I have a feeling that in a few years, I'll stumble across this blog post and be AMAZED yet again how quickly time flies by. Don't you wish they could stay little forever?

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Happy Birthday Dad!

My Dad is one lucky son of a gun! He was blessed with being born on the most righteous of days - HALLOWEEN!

This year, since we knew that Halloween would be filled with craziness from dawn to dusk, we decided to let Dad blow out the candles on his birthday brownies a day early.

Little did we know, his birthday candles had other ideas....

Dad and the kids, watching in disbelief as the candles melted away quicker than anyone could blow them out!

For those of you who want to know, DO NOT buy the candles that spell out HAPPY BIRTHDAY! By the time Dad had a chance to blow them out, most of the candles melted down to stubs and there was wax all over the brownies. Ewww!

 But that didn't stop us from diggin' in! Brownies are Dad's favorite and what the birthday boy wants, the birthday boy gets!

Happy Birthday Dad!

We love you!

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It's time to carve the pumpkins!

This is going to be a very special post. Today, I'm having my husband relate the story of how all us Hammie's and Wilburs carved up our Halloween pumpkins.

You see, while they were all doing that I was in the the master bathroom with Cassie getting her ready for Homecoming (which will be another post later on...) so, while I was in there with her, Jon was outside snapping pics of all the kids hacking away at their pumpkins. So I find it only fitting that he be the one to tell all our friends and family how it all went down.....

Take it away babe!

The bane of most parents existence during halloween is the dreaded pumpkin carving. Now there is a reprieve from this and it is when your kids finally reach the age where they can do all the carving themselves. The Hammies have now arrived at this golden age! Jack and Jason can both actually draw and carve their own designs in their pumpkins! What a glorious day! It is only fair to mention our daughter Cassie had no time for pumpkin carving, she was overfilled with teenage angst. Nicole and Cory along with the rest of the Wilbur clan came over for this good old fashioned fun.
Here you can see the obviously master talent that comes with being 6 years old. Jackson has no problems carving his diabolical face into his orange cucurbita canvas. His technique, however effective, is very time consuming.
Jason and Cameron taking a moment to enjoy all the fun associated with pumpkin guts. Another point to be made, our kids are old enough to clean their own pumpkins, again, a glorious day!

Justin in disbelief that all of "that" came out of something so small. Notice the Michigan shirt. Go Blue!

Now, one may question what attire should be worn when carving pumpkins. Some will say that a t-shirt or apron would be appropriate. Nicole is adamant that if it's good enough for an evening of fine dining, then it is definitely propriety for carving pumpkins.

The kids couldn't monopolize all of the fun, Cory had to get in on the action with some elegant artwork.

Nothing can be said.

Jason putting the final touches on his Picaso, or Van Gough, or maybe it is a Mondrian? Either way, job well done Jason!

A few hours later we had several pumpkins carved, guts everywhere, Cory's pants were pulled up, and Nicole collected about 2.5 million pumpkin seeds to bake and eat. It was almost painless, and totally enjoyable. Halloween has come and gone this year, we now wait patiently for next year!

Stay safe. Keep your door boarded up. I'm out!
- Jon

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