Car Show!!!

We just went to the annual ‘Cavalcade of Customs’ car show in a nearby city.  It was a lot of fun.  We usually go every year, but this year was extra fun for all of us, I think.  First of all, because we have a little boy who really loves trucks and cars! Secondly, we went in a small group this year (me, my husband, our little boy, mother in law and young nephew) on the opening night, which was MUCH less crowded.  It makes a difference, believe me!  I took some pictures of the cars I thought were pretty neat.  Of course, my judgement is COMPLETELY dependent on the looks of a car.  My husbands opinion is based much more on what’s under the hood, looks are secondary.  But, I had the camera.  🙂  So, here’s to our night on the town!  Enjoy the pictures!

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Trunk or Treat

Tonight was the first time that my little boy has gone “trick or treating”.  Actually, it was really “trunk and treating” since the event was held at our church and the kids just go around and get candy from everyone.  Halloween has never really been a holiday I’ve been fond of.  Maybe because I don’t like a lot of the scary stuff that goes along with it.  There is a darkness behind certain things that I don’t care to expose myself to.  But this evening was fun because it was about spending time with others, and after getting the candy in the parking lot, we got to go inside and eat, play games and just enjoy the fellowship of others.

What I enjoyed more than anything was seeing how much fun my little boy had.  I got him a blue, plastic pumpkin to put his candy in and he held on to that pumpkin for the entire trunk or treat time outside.  The first two times he got candy, the “givers” had to put it in the pumpkin for him.  By the third time, he got the hang of it and was taking the candy and putting it in the pumpkin.  After a while, his pumpkin started to get heavy and he was dragging it along.  He almost fell over once from the weight but quickly recovered.
As for costume, he was a puppy dog.  I took an old winter hat of my husbands, cut out black, felt pieces and hot glued them on.  It was adorable.  Then I just used eyeliner for whiskers and there you have it! A super easy, cute and cheap costume.

Anyhow, after having his hands painted with a spider and cobweb, munching on snacks, running around the dinner hall, and coloring, it was time to come home.  He had a good night and I will remember this first halloween forever.

Ziplining Fun!

This was our Adventure Club outing last week.  I mentioned in the last post that we had gone and was going to post a picture or two.

We had a wonderful time.  The morning air was fresh and crisp.  I breathed in the autumn air and it was like a balm to the soul.  This is one of the best times of year.  You can smell the aroma of the leaves, how they are starting to turn and drop from their branches.  It made for an ideal day to zipline.  We did about 5 or 6 ziplines.  I can’t remember the exact count.  It was a ziplining obstacle course.  The last two ziplines were double ziplines and 2 people could go at the same time – Fun!
At the first line we (me, dad, and sister) climbed a set of steep steps and made our way to the platform.  I have to say, it was a little bit nerve-wracking!  This adventure was really my dad’s idea, as he has been ziplining before.  So, he volunteered to go first.  Then I decided to go after him.  I was nervous all the way up until I jumped off the platform and put my trust in the line above.  It held me firmly and I zipped away comfortably, feeling the wind in my face.  I whooped and hollered throughout the first line.  It was so much fun and I would definitely go on a zip line adventure again.

Day 7: My Bucket List

It’s funny the way things work out sometimes.  I have made a list of 30 plus topic ideas to write about for my 30 Day Blog Challenge.  One of these was Bucket List.  Then, yesterday another blogger “liked” my last post.  So, I went to her blog to check it out and she is like a Bucket List Pro.  She is the Extreme Adventure Club (me and my sis’s adventure club haven’t done or thought about doing some of the awesome things she’s done!).  Her link is here: http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/    You should check it out, she’s done some amazing things.

After viewing her blog, I decided today would be the day that I would write about my bucket list.  It’s things that I would like to accomplish in the next year most likely.  Maybe a little longer.  So, here goes:

  1. Go Zip-Lining with my dad and sister.
  2. Ride horses at least once before the year is up (haven’t ridden for almost 2 years!)
  3. Go to Florida with my husband and little boy- it will be the 1st time either one has seen the ocean.
  4. Go to Tennessee – Mountains…enough said
  5. Go foraging for mushrooms- this is something that I actually thought about doing the other day after a good friend referred me to a local site that will take you on a day trip to hunt edible mushrooms.  They feed you two meals and teach you.  I think it would be REALLY fun!
  6. Move.  I love our home but our land isn’t really meeting our needs and it’s time for a change.  I’m hoping to get our house up for sale and sold within 6 months maybe.  Scary but exciting!
  7. Build something- a doghouse, birdhouse, bookcase. Anything really. I would love to have some kind of skill with woodworking.
  8. Send someone a card every month.  Something that lets them know they are appreciated, cared about, being thought of, or prayed for.
  9. Compete more.  More 5k’s, a bicycle or kayak race, volleyball games…I want to stay fit by having fun and competing.
  10. Raise a Garden.  Unfortunately, my well laid plans just completely fell through this year.  After having my yard plowed up I couldn’t ever get anyone with a tractor to till it for me.  I’m never trying to raise a garden again unless I have the tools to do it myself…So, next summer I plan to have obtained a tiller by then! Can’t wait!!!

So, that is my bucket list as of right now.  It is constantly changing though as I think of new ideas I want to try or some ideas go by the wayside.  What is your bucket list? Please share!

 

The Adventure Club

About three years ago, my sister and I formed this little club.  “The Adventure Club”.  The idea was that we would get out and do some fun activities that day to day life doesn’t really allow.  I think we went kayaking one time.  I can’t really remember why but it just never got off the ground.  I am a pretty active person and I like to run, exercise, and am starting to get into bike riding and kayaking a little.  Me and my sis have actually done a couple of races this year (a 5k and a Warrior Dash).  They were really fun and we want to do some more.  So, we decided to bring the “Adventure Club” back from the dead and give it one more shot. 

I figure that if we are already running and are planning on doing some bike runs and paddling then why not put a name to it and make it a little bit more official?  Perhaps it will help us to be a bit more dedicated.  I have already made a mental list of the activities that I want to undertake this summer and fall and they are: riding horses, kayaking, hiking to some special places in our area, indoor rock climbing, and running a 5k in september.

I think these are very “doable” and I am excited to have our little club again.  This past weekend was the kickoff and we went kayaking on the river.  It was pretty tame but that’s ok.  The point is getting out there and not just being one of those people who say “yeah lets go do ____ (insert activity) sometime” and then never follows through.  That is a pet peeve of mine and I decided some years ago that I didn’t want to be like that. Since that time I have tried to be a someone who follows through with what I say….

Anyhow, Adventure…Here we come!!!!