Sunday, December 7, 2014

Guess what?

Six stockings were hung by the windows with care. Six? Aren't there only five of us? 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Trunk or Treat 2014

Esther and Nathan chose our theme this year - Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Daron was Larry Daley, I was Amelia Earhart, Esther was Sacajawea, Nathan was Octavius, and Jacob was Jedediah. We were too busy to think of any clever trunk decorations so we hooked up our tv to the iPad and played the movie from which we got our theme. At one point, we had a bunch of kids sitting down watching it!

Unfortunately, we had a record high of 92 yesterday and it was still very warm and humid. I was sweating in my leather jacket but refused to take it off - on principle!

I made Nathan's battle skirt from a red vinyl and gold paint. My painting skills are much better than my sewing skills. We made leg greaves from cardboard and silver contact paper - not as good as mylar but I couldn't find any at a price I was willing to pay. The cape I wore for a play in high school, and the breastplate was from Amazon. If I'd had enough time, I would have made a better fitting breastplate out of plaster of paris. Next time!

 Nathan loves to pose!

Esther's costume was from Amazon and it is surprisingly well made. There is even a zipper and it is well constructed. Very pleased with it! The adorable fringe boots are from The Children's Place and she looks forward to wearing them in the cooler weather. The wig didn't last very long as it was pretty itchy. 

My sweet girl. She knows a lot about Sacajawea!

I bought the boots big for Jacob so he can wear them for a long time. When I first put them on (they reach nearly his knees) he looked at me all panicky and said, "I can't move!" But he finally figured it out and was all over the parking lot.

This is what Jacob does when you ask him what a cowboy says. Can you tell? "Mooooo!"

And a bonus picture of Jacob at the pumpkin patch the other day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014

Autumn Quote

I just turned one of my favorite quotes into this great chalkboard picture.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

You Never Know

Our church frequently puts out inspiring videos. This one is no exception. Being a mom of young kids and the wife of a very busy man, I find myself frequently in this woman's shoes. I was so touched by the encouraging words of a former President of our church at the end of the video. Truly we can't always know the good that we can do for others even when we feel like we are doing nothing for ourselves.


Legal Troubles Part 3

So Daron and I went before the judge down in Lancaster, TX this morning. The judge listened to Daron tell the background for about 2 minutes. Then she started signing the papers to have my suspension cancelled. "Thank you for your background information, Mr. Janis," she said then notarized the paper and handed it back to us.

It's over! My record will be free of a permanent suspension on it! Huzzah!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Legal Troubles Part 2

So my hearing with the Department of Public Safety has been secured for September 25th.

This afternoon Daron talked to the lady who will be representing DPS at the hearing. There is good news and bad news. The good news is that my license suspension is actually on hold until a decision is made at the hearing. Another piece of good news is that it is quite possible that I won't actually have to serve the suspension. The bad news is that the suspension or probation of suspension will be on my record forever. Groan!!!

The lady Daron talked to was sympathetic to our plight and recommended we keep the hearing and quite possibly the judge will have a soft heart and dismiss the entire thing. Well, here's to hoping we get a judge who is kind-hearted and let's me off!

What a crazy adventure this has been!