Sunday, October 26, 2008

My, How Time Flies

So, you know mom and dad have been scanning slides into digital files, since I've shared some of my favorite old photos on this blog recently. Well tonight they sent me some that made me laugh out loud. I was apparently a Bama fan even at a really young age! And boy, time sure flies! But I must say, my smile hasn't changed. It still takes up my whole face and makes my eyes close. Compare these - younger photos with my cousin Jason, 4 months older than me; older photos at Homecoming, 2004!

Oh, and here's one of my all-time favorite pictures of me with dad, riding on his shoulders catching snowflakes on my tongue. Of course, nowadays when we go skiing, we each have our own skis, and I don't ride on his shoulder! :)

Wonder House Halloween Party

Last night was the Wonder House Halloween Party. Ever since I got my invitation I've been trying to come up with a costume. The theme of the party was "Welcome to the Jungle," so I decided I should be the King of the Jungle. I knew the church still had lion costumes from when we did that musical a few years ago, and I knew the mane and paws would fit me, though the rest was child-sized and wouldn't work. So I set out to find a "lion body" to go with my mane. Mom ended up finding an actual lion costume, so I mixed and matched and came up with a pretty decent lion costume. No, I was not the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz - just a lion.

The party actually turned out to be a lot of fun. After the costume contest (Joanna the peacock won best overall, and Rachel the monkey won best animal), Rachel and I headed to the back room to watch the final quarter of the Alabama vs. Tennessee football game. Bama won big, so it was a great night. Roll Tide! Enjoy these photos of the party...

Rachel the monkey

Amanda the cowgirl, and Amy, "eye candy"
The pirate family - Egbert, Dia, Solana, and CMac Hood

Joanna the peacock

Erika the convict and Kristen the diva

Angel as "Ugly Betty"
Taryn as the Gorilla Ballerina

Friday, October 24, 2008

Carving My Pumpkin

Tonight I took a little time away from studying for comps to carve my pumpkin. Okay, it wasn't the best carving job, I'll admit it. I messed up with the lid, so it tends to fall into the pumpkin if it's not balanced just perfectly. There's still some guts inside because I couldn't quite get them all. But it doesn't matter. It was fun anyway, and now I have a cheerful jack-o-lantern decorating my porch for the rest of the Halloween season.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Merry Monarchs on Merida

When I got home from church today, a family of merry monarchs greeted me at the door. They were there earlier this week, but didn't hang around long enough for me to get my camera. Today, apparently they were having a good time, because they didn't seem bothered by my presence or my camera. A couple of times they flew right at me! They were so pretty, darting in and out of the bushes, lighting on the flowers. I think I got some pretty decent pics. What a happy way to start the afternoon!

State Fair of Texas

Yesterday a group of us from Cypress, Wedgwood's single's department, went to the closing weekend of the State Fair of Texas. We decided to ride the train, the Trinity Rail Express, rather than fight traffic driving to Dallas. The trainride itself was fun, though it seemed really slow.

(me and Taryn)
(Jenny and Amy)
(Missi, Norman, and Jenny)
When we finally got to the fair, we split into two groups and immediately scoped out the food. The state fair is all about fried food, and every year vendors try to come up with strange concoctions, like fried twinkies, fried snickers, and this year's winner, chicken fried bacon. Very strange! Most of the group wanted corny dogs, so that was our first stop (I got french fries, of course). Since this particular food stand was in front of Big Tex ("Howdy, folks!"), I took advantage of the photo op.

We then headed down the Midway toward the Texas Star, the largest ferris wheel in the United States (of course, everything is bigger in Texas, right?). The line was long, but it moved a lot quicker than we expected, and our ride on the ferris wheel was marked with a beautiful view of the Dallas Skyline at the final moments of sunset.
(Amanda and Deja)

After that we wandered around the fairgrounds, eating more fair food (corn on the cob, caramel apples, funnel cakes) and visiting various exhibits. We saw the most adorable puppies - I have no idea what breed they were, but I SO wanted to bring one home with me. Then we headed back to the train station for the late night ride home. It was a long evening, but a lot of fun. And since this quite possibly could be my last autumn in Texas, I was so glad to get the chance to experience the State Fair once again.