Monday, November 10, 2008

Veterans Day

I had never heard this poem until I sang it in my church chorus. It touched me in a way that I haven't felt in a long time. Please remember our fallen warriors this month and take up their torch so that we may see the options in our future.

In Flanders fields, the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up your quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Dr. John McCrae


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween!... and WOW Kyle's 7!!

So this Halloween was definately a test on how enginutive I could be! For over a month Kyle had said "I'm going to be Indiana Jones" when asked what he wanted to be for Halloween. Then about 1 week before the day he changes his tune to "I'm going to be IRON MAN!!". Crap. You can't FIND an Iron Man costume 1 week before halloween, let alone in Logan! So I did what I could, I bought a red power ranger costume, spray painted the mask to be like Iron Man, and put some gold onto his suit. To complete the ensemble we got a stick on LED light for his chest and two glow disks that I glued onto red gloves to make those glow. Jessica was pretty easy, and she actually liked the dress!! She knows the superman symbol thanks to Kevin and it was a "girly" costume but she could still fight like her bro. I sewed her costume myself in one day and WHEW! Two down... adults to go! I know that most adults don't dress up for Halloween, but this is me we are talking about. I dressed as a gypsy and called myself Madame Zorba, told a few fortunes, and passed out candy. Kevin was a Hawaiian tourist for work, but changed into a pilot when he got home. His mom and her friend, Marty, came up for Halloween and stayed the night to be here for Kyle's birthday party. And speaking of which....

I HAD 9 KIDS FOR THE PARTY! I was whipped at the end. But it went well. We played hot potato, musical chairs, did a balloon relay, had pizza, decorated cupcakes and just played until mom's came. Everyone had fun! Kyle is now 7 and he likes 1st grade. He is into Lego's, Bionicles, Transformers, and his favorite present was a HUGE Nerf rifle that Kevin and I gave him. He also fot some great presents from his Grandmas and Papas. So the chaos is slowing down here, now I just need to get through my choir concerts and then... well it will be the holidays.