Sunday, October 31, 2010

Birthday Wrap Up

Wednesday, Shaun's birthday, we went to Bloomington for a Here Come the Mummies concert (a very fun group if you don't mind a little vulgarity). Overall, I decided that I'm too short and care too much about my hearing to attend concerts.
It's been a quiet weekend around here, which is kind of nice. I cleaned the house, did some yard work with Joshua, and bought some Christmas presents with Shaun. Back to work tomorrow.

Monday, October 25, 2010

It's Derby Time!

The past weekend was one of the busiest we've had in quite a long time. It was a very fun sort of busy. Friday evening we had some friends over. The carved pumpkins went over very well, as did the food.

Saturday was even more fun. We headed over to East Peoria for a roller derby match. How exciting! There were lots of crazy skating costumes, pushing, shoving, action, and nicknames. What's not to love? We even had front row seats thanks to Shaun springing for the VIP tickets. So worth it!
Sunday we were at Grandma Norma's for a wiener roast and an informal celebration for Shaun's birthday.
The fun continues on Wednesday when we'll be in Bloomington for a Here Come the Mummies concert. I don't think we've been this fun ever in our lives.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Six Little Pumpkins

Last night we carved pumpkins in anticipation of the party we're hosting on Friday. Shaun and Stuart were over, and Joshua even joined in the fun. We ended up with six pumpkins that will be lighting up our front step tomorrow evening. Stuart gets the award for most impressive, a Superman S (because I love letters!), created with a power tool. I get the prize for speediest, completing three pumpkins. Shaun wins for being willing to prep the most pumpkins. Thanks for scooping all those seeds! Joshua wins for participating in a craft project for the longest amount of time in his life, and I think, even enjoying it a bit.

So, if you're driving around Peoria tomorrow night and happen upon this lovely collection of welcoming pumpkins, come on in. Free food and beverages!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

Shaun and I had a nice time carving pumpkins last year, but I waited too long to buy. Last minute, I was scrambling, searching grocery stores, until I finally found two at Lowe's. This year, no procrastinating. We went to a real pumpkin patch yesterday, planning to buy three pumpkins, one each for me, Shaun, and Stuart. (Joshua hates Halloween couldn't be talked into carving last year.)

Upon arriving at Ackerman Farms in Morton, we were quite impressed with the giant assortment of pumpkins and gourds. Instead of coming home with three, five items found their way into our wagon. It was a beautiful day, over 80 degrees, and just very fun to wander around and look. We will definitely go back next year.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Winner, winner...

Chicken dinner!

Grandma Norma called me up yesterday after work and asked if Shaun and I would want to meet at the Jubilee Cafe for dinner. So, last minute, we drove on out to exit 82 and met her and Grandpa for chicken and pie. Gotta love a restaurant where none of the sides are truly vegetables, and the one labeled "vegetables" ends up being corn. Shaun and I had a good chuckle over that. The chicken was quite tasty, and I would go back for sure. It was great to see Grandma and Grandpa, and they also brought a big basket of apples ready to be cut and frozen for winter pies. Fun night!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Time for a Trim

We went to Monticello yesterday to visit family. While we were there, Joshua's grandpa gave him a haircut in his garage barber shop. The last few years I've taken over the hair cutting, but before that, Grandpa was always in charge. Thinking of his barber shop (still open to the public, if you're interested) always makes me smile. Surrounded by old sheriff election signs, pictures of police dogs, and a vintage barber chair, it's quite the cozy place. It's also the only place I can think of to get an $8 haircut while petting a Golden Retriever.
In other news, we still haven't seen baby Ava. She's in the NICU for another week at least and is only allowed limited visitors. She's doing well, but isn't able to hold her own temperature yet.