I didn't set out to do 30 days of thanks as I have in the past, but the past couple weeks I've felt thankful for a multitude of things! In no particular order, I'm thankful for...
1. the opportunity to build a new house
2. no rain on Halloween night :)
3. cooler weather
4. that our A/C is working (who knows how long that will hold out!)
5. being on Cindy's CT team, plus getting a guest gig with Libby Pritchett for Jan/Feb.
6. winning a free kit after my layout was featured on the Sweet Shoppe blog by one of the designers
7. my mom's health getting better and better
8. going to lunch/breakfast with friends
9. getting some Christmas shopping done
10. being evaluated this week at jazzercise and not having to do it again for another year!
Of course, there are many others I am thankful for everyday, but these are just a few recent ones :)
Cindy is coming out with some new templates this weekend called lots of snapshots. She did three different versions, and I was excited when I saw them because they gave me the motivation to scrap both Brady and Mallory's birthdays :) I often find that when I don't have any great photos (just a bunch of good/ok ones), I have a harder time scrapping them so these were perfect. I'm feeling accomplished, lol.
Brady is officially ten today, although he's pretty much been celebrating the whole weekend. He had two friends spend the night last night. They chose to go to CiCi's for dinner (Bryan was thrilled, lol) and then to Main Event where they bowled and played video games. The three of them stayed up until 2 a.m., at which point I told them to go to bed! This morning, Brady discovered they had attempted to draw a mustache, goatee, and monocle on his face while he was sleeping. Apparently, a pen was the only thing they could find to draw with, so they weren't able to do a great job :p I was just glad they didn't go for a sharpie!
Today was out to lunch with Grandma & Grandpa Dinkel, then home to open presents. Both boys have baseball games this afternoon, but Brady managed to find a few minutes to squeeze in some time on the wii - he was happy to get Mario Super Sluggers from Uncle Scott and family.
Brady and his friends got movie tickets to see the
Mom is finally going home today :) It's been 3 1/2 weeks since the accident, so a long time coming! I'm planning to scrap a page about it all, but that's just in my head for now, lol. I took Brady with me to visit her earlier this week, and we are all going this weekend for a quick visit. Of course, Brady's birthday is also this weekend, so fun times ahead!
lots of fun stuff coming up this month! Brady's birthday is a little over a week away, then Scott & Holly are coming in town for an A&M game, and we can't forget Halloween :) One of the things I'm most excited about, however, is two weeks from tomorrow. Here's a little background for those I haven't talked with - we want to build a house in the neighborhood next to our elementary school. It's not as simple as putting some money down and starting the process though. There is a waiting list with a couple hundred names on it and there will be 62 lots available in the section that is opening in December. So, anyone on the list that wants a lot is to show up to a drawing (like a lottery) and hope their name gets pulled! That drawing will take place on Sunday, the 27th. Here's hoping my name is one of them...
Here's a layout I finally got around to finishing. I bought the template and kit months ago, and even had the pictures in place. I have several like this waiting for me to finish - they usually don't sit around this long, but I guess they'll get done eventually!
since I posted! Seems like the older the kids get, the less I have to talk about, lol. Or, maybe it's that I have less time to talk :p I've always noticed that I take the least amount of pictures in January and September - no holidays, vacations, etc. going on so my camera just doesn't come out as much. If Bryan and I hadn't gone to NYC, I'd pretty much have no pictures at all from September. It doesn't help that the boys have been rained out three weekends already for their baseball games!
In other news, we've finally decided on Halloween costumes! By this time, I normally have them in hand but this year we had a harder time coming to an agreement. Of course, I wanted all three kids to "go" together, but I could see that it was going to be very difficult... mainly because of Mallory (who else?). I came up with the idea of Cruella de vil for her, knowing she would probably be thrilled about it. She hasn't wavered from it since we decided. The boys were trickier. After much deliberation, they have decided on KISS. I cannot wait to see Drew dressed up... it's going to be awesome!
Our first day in NYC, we visited the Statue of Liberty, 9/11 memorial, and made a pass by the fire station where they filmed Ghostbusters. As you can probably guess, that last one wasn't my idea! lol Ellis Island is still closed, and tickets up the crown of the statue weren't available, so what we were able to do was go up to the pedestal and walk around the island. It was fairly overcast as you can see in the pics.
By afternoon, the sun was definitely out...
See the rainbow?
I like the perspective here - both of the pools are huge.
We walked to Times Square after dinner that evening.
The ball that drops on New Year's Eve is way up there!
Look above the 2013.
Our second day started out at Grand Central Terminal. We had a quick breakfast there, then headed to the Brooklyn Bridge. We walked across, then took the subway back over to Central Park.
Looking back at the city and the Manhattan Bridge
I only took a couple of pics of Central Park - it was
either that or take a billion so I opted for less!
We did a lot of walking and were pretty exhausted by mid afternoon both of these days! After heading back to the hotel and watching a bit of the Aggie game on Saturday, we decided to head back out for dinner and to see the views at Top of the Rock. We bought tickets that allowed us to see it both during the day and a night.
(no night pic because it's just a black blob, lol)
Empire State Building in the middle (day and night)
Another view of the skyline... day and night
The plaza in legos
Our third day was a little less hectic. We met Jay (a childhood friend of Bryan's) and his daughter at Brooklyn Brewery - the men sampled a few beers and we did the tour. Later that afternoon, we headed back out for an early dinner, then went to see Book of Mormon. Definitely not a child-friendly show, but we enjoyed it!