Trick or Treat

This is the cutest scuba diver and Mariposa I have ever seen.

My sweet nephew and niece, Ryan and Morgan.


May the Best Man Win!

We voted today! They say you can't complain if you don't vote. And I like to complain...so I voted. We live in the D/FW area and around Ft. Worth all you see are McCain Palin signs and then when we went to Dallas last week we saw mostly Obama Biden signs.

I definitely have my preference of who I want to be the leader of my country, but I will respect the President either way. Maybe unless he cheats on his wife, lies to everyone about it and doesn't know what the definition of "is" is. It's not a job I would want to have. Good luck USA!


A Great Day

Marcus and I spent the day at the Dallas Arboretum. It was perfect weather. Here are a few things we saw:

Giant Lily Pads

A beautiful tree and waterfall

And my favorite, a house made of pumpkins. I already let Marcus know I want one of these in my backyard next year.

The Pumpkin Festival is going on through November 2nd. There are thousands and thousands of pumpkins lining their giant flower beds. It's beautiful. Check it out if you're in the area.


And They Lived Happily Ever After

Happy 9th Anniversary to us! We got married on October 23rd 1999. Here are some pictures of my pictures. Make sense? This was in the olden days before digital cameras.

Marcus and the groomsmen showing their excitement for the big day:

Our first dance as husband and wife. Our song was "Valentine"

Cutting the cake. Thankfully it didn't get smushed in my face:

Off to our honeymoon in Cancun:

The wedding was great, but the marriage is even better. Marcus and I have known each other since Jr. High. He was never even on my radar of somebody that I would marry. I wasn't on his either. After college he was living with one of my friends, James, that I went to visit. When we re-met, I somehow knew he would be my husband. Our first date was a Pat Green concert. And we have been inseparable ever since. We were engaged less than a year later. He really is my best friend and we have so much fun together . I would rather be with Marcus than anybody else in the world. The longest we have ever been apart is 2 days...and it's too long. He is so good to me and I am lucky to have him.

Do you want to barf yet?


How Embarrassing

Some neighbors had a garage sale this morning and unfortunately Marcus stopped by. He saw something that caught his eye. He even told the owner, "I don't need this, but if you take $100 off I'll buy it." SOLD!

What?? Wasn't I just told yesterday not to buy any more pumpkins. That there was not any more money in the pumpkin budget? Apparently there is money in the scooter budget though. I am told it will save us tons of money in gas.

This is Marcus's new scooter. He's not a small man, so you can't help but laugh when you see him on it. One of his friends commented, "You've got to be pretty secure in your manhood to ride that thing." Another said, " a scooter is like an ugly girlfriend, they're great until someone sees you with one."

This is after he came home from the grocery store and loaded up.

He says he wants to paint it like the General Lee. I can promise that is not going to happen.


We're Rich!

Money has magically appeared in our checking account... Or maybe my husband worked really hard at the fire station and he has direct deposit. Friday is pay day, but on the flip side it's bill paying day too. This is where I keep my bills to make them a little more attractive. They seem harmless when they are in a cute vintage mail box. Then BAM! Before you know it your pay check has disappeared.



What's better than a GIANT cupcake? Not much. I made this cake for my friend, Kim's birthday. I found the cake pan at target.

You need to use more than one cake mix. So I put chocolate cake on the bottom and yellow cake on top. Then, of course, chocolate icing, because you can't have too much chocolate.

This is what my kitchen looked like when I was done:

I am sure Betty Crocker's Kitchen never looked like this. How embarrassing!


Let There Be Light

When we bought this house, in February, we had to replace just about everything, including the lights. This is a before picture of the breakfast nook. You can't see the light, because there are cabinets in the way. But you can believe me when I say it needed to be replaced.

Here is the after picture. We knocked out the cabinets and made a half wall going into the office area. I got this chandelier at Ikea. It was just plain black and I beaded it.

Marcus made me a cute light out of a red colander to hang over my kitchen sink. He also put outlets on top of my cabinets so I could plug lights in up there. He's sweet like that. First you have to see the before pics to appreciate his hard work:

And this is "during":

He raised the ceiling from 8feet to 10 feet. And put bead board on it.

And the after, Ta Da!

I am thankful for a terrific handy husband. And one that let's me paint my cabinets smurf blue!


Bippity Bobbity Boo

This weekend Marcus and I went to the pumpkin patch. It seems like every time I go to Wal-Mart or Sam's, I pick up a pumpkin. To get the really special ones, you have to go to a real live pumpkin patch. My friend Lisa and her family have one on their land.

This is called a fairy tale pumpkin. So if I need to go to a ball, my fairy godmother can turn it into a beautiful horse drawn carriage. All that for 10 bucks. It's a bargain really.


I Heart the Red Raiders!

The Texas Tech game was a nail biter today. They sure made it exciting. Tech beat Nebraska 37 to 31 in overtime. Marcus and I went to run some errands after the game, so I changed into my Tech t-shirt. I was a proud alum.

This is the Will Rogers statue on campus. Here's some info on that...
One of the most well known landmarks on campus is the statue of Will Rogers and his horse Soapsuds. This memorial was dedicated on February 16, 1950 by longtime friend of Rogers, Amon G. Carter. Carter believed Texas Tech was the perfect setting for the statue and that it would fit into the traditions and scenery of West Texas.
The statue stands at 9'11" tall and weighs 3,200 pounds; its estimated cost was $25,000. On the base of the statue, the inscription reads "Lovable Old Will Rogers on his favorite horse, 'Soapsuds,' riding into the Western sunset."
Today Texas Tech tradition and legends surrounds the statue. According to one legend, the plan to face Will Rogers so that he could be riding off into the sunset did not work out as it would cause Soapsuds' rear to be facing downtown. To solve this problem, the horse and Will was turned 23 degrees to the east so the horse's posterior was facing in the direction of Texas A&M, one of the school's rivals.
Before every home football game the
Saddle Tramps wrap Old Will with red crepe paper. Will Rogers and Soapsuds have also been wrapped up in black crepe paper to mourn national tragedies.


Bunco Babes

I had Bunco at my house last night. Of course I don't have any pics of all the girls and how much fun we had, and all the food we ate! I was so frantic trying to get my house cleaned and all my decorating projects finished, so the camera never entered my mind. Here's my score card for proof...

I won $25! It's already gone. Have I ever mentioned how excellent I am at spending money? It's a gift really. Speaking of gifts...one of the girls brought me a present! It was a glass block that says, "4 out of 5 voices in my head say, 'eat the chocolate'. " I love it! I tried to get a picture of it, but since it's clear and glass you couldn't read the words. You can trust me, it's cute.


Home Sweet Home

We have been on a road trip visiting family and friends for a few days. It's always nice to come home and sleep in your own bed.

This bed was a wedding gift from my Mother and Father-in-law. We love it. I am pretty sure it's the only wood furniture in my house that's not painted. Also, most people are surprised to find out that Marcus and I don't have "sides" of the bed. We both will sleep on either side. We are just crazy like that.


Get This Man a Trophy

I think someone is trying to win husband of the year. Look what I woke up to this morning:

He's good.


Think Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There are so many cute pink items you can buy that support Susan G Komen for the cure.

Marcus just got me this cute pink hose for my half birthday:

If you are not celebrating half birthdays, than you are missing out.

Last Christmas I received a pink Mixer and Blender:

And this Christmas I really want one of these:

It probably seems as if I am really interested in cooking. Not so much. I am just mainly drawn to the pink. I do like to bake and I wish I was a good cook. I tell my husband I would be a better cook if I had this pink Kitchen Aid mixer!

And nothing in this room benefited breast cancer, but it's pink:

My niece, Morgan, calls this the princess room and this is where she sleeps when she spends the night.