Election Day

I will be so glad when these elections are over and the political ads can stop. I find them so annoying and all they do is make me NOT want to vote. As a result, I really have no idea who is running in Nebraska/Omaha and what they stand for. It’s bad, I know. I should pay better attention and actually CARE, but I don’t. I really just want it to be over.

Why can’t there be a politician who doesn’t slam their opponent and resort to name calling? When will some “average Joe” run on actual values and good ideas? Is it even possible?

Despite my “anti-political” feelings I know that it is important to vote and I encourage everyone to get out there. It’s our duty and our right.

On another note, here are a few pictures of Mummy Munchkin!

Look out! She'll kill you with her cuteness!


The mummy walk


Our little family


Ready to call it a night after some trick-or-treating

Celebrations of Halloweens Passed!

CJ and I didn’t dress up this year. We wanted to and had costumes all planned out (I was going to be Katy Perry and he was going to be Elmo) but time didn’t allow for it. Usually we go all out with our costumes. Here are some of them from the past (some years have more than one because we had several parties and didn’t want to repeat!):

2003: Chicago the Musical - I was Velma Kelly and CJ was Billy Flynn


2003: I was an 80's diva and CJ was a nerd


2004: CJ was Death on Vacation and I was "The shower scene from Psycho"


2004: Death on Vacation, I was a sexy witch and our friend Jason was an ice vampire.


2004: Jason was a Lobster, I was Little Red Riding Hood and CJ was a Canadian Mountie


2005: Phantom of the Opera! I'm Christine Dye and CJ is the Phantom!


2006: CJ was the Green Hornet and I am Batgirl


2008: Mavericks! CJ is "Maverick" from Top Gun and I'm Sarah Palin


2009: Goth!


2009: New Parents!

As you can see, we usually go all out and we like to be original. Hopefully next year we’ll have more time and be back in the swing of things!
Here is Munchkin from last year:

A kangaroo


And a puppy dog!

Later today or tomorrow I’ll try to post some pics of her dressed up this year! Happy Halloween!!

Random Thought Wednesday

I lost 2 pounds this week! The funny thing? I have no idea how. It goes against all laws of nature. I have eaten like nobody’s business this week! I’ve had s’mores every night for dessert. Yesterday I ate my way through a goodie bag of sweets – Kit Kat, Reese’s’ PB Cup, Skittles, and M&Ms. Granted, they were the fun size ones but still, it’s not good to eat 4 of them in a row and then polish off pumpkin seeds. BUT, never-the-less, I lost 2 lbs. and no one can take that away from me!

I have to lead a workshop at work today and I’m really nervous about it. What if the computer doesn’t work? What if the attendees think it’s a waste of time? What if we go way off track and don’t get anything done? These are the thoughts going through my head. When it comes right down to it, I’m sure it will be fine. I also have to remember that not everything rests on my shoulders and in the grand scheme of things, it’s really not that big of a deal.

Tomorrow we are having a big conference for the organization that I am the president of. It’s our first all day event and we have literally been planning for it all year. There are over 100 people registered along with 5 speakers coming from all over the country. It’s pretty big. And I’m the prez. Oddly enough, I’m not nervous about it at all. This is 3 times bigger than my work even today yet I feel good about it. Maybe that’s because I know it’s been well planned whereas the work one was sort of thrown together. At any rate, tomorrow marks a huge milestone for our organization and I’m really excited about it.

I am loving this fall weather! It’s cold and rainy and I love it! Wearing warm wooly sweaters, boots and drinking warm beverages is awesome! I also get to use my seat warmers on the drive in. There’s something special about having heated buns when you arrive in to work.

Several weeks ago I was really excited for Halloween and now that it’s almost here I’m so “not in the mood”. Sorry Halloween, I think I feel a headache coming on. It’s not that I don’t like Halloween, it’s that I’ve had ZERO time to get anything ready. Between getting Munchkin’s costume ready, work, planning for tomorrow’s conference, painting the house and trying to actually sleep and stuff, I’ve had no time to get myself a costume. And as of now, I have no energy to do it in time for a party on Friday. We had some good ideas too. Who knows, maybe I’ll get inspired and throw something together. Or maybe CJ and I will just take advantage of having a sitter and go to a movie instead.

I think that’s all of my random thoughts. Well, at least the ones I’m willing to share! Have a happy hump day!

Crafty costumes

I’ve never been very creative when it comes to crafts. Art I can do. Crafts, no. Scrapbooking? Photography? Yes. Needlepoint? Crocheting? No.

But now that I’m a mom, that is starting to change. For Isabella’s 1st birthday, I made her a onesie that has the number “1” on the front and the Team Trader logo on the back.



Now we’re in October which of course means Halloween. And that means costumes. Last year I bought Isabella a costume. She was only a month old so it didn’t seem worth the effort to make something. But this year I didn’t want to go buy something that any other kid could wear. I wanted to make her something special. But what?
Well it hit us the other day as we were watching her walk. CJ commented that she looked like Frankenstein or a mummy because she walks stiff with her hands out in front. A mummy! That’s what she can be! So I went out and bought some white pants, a white shirt, hat and twin sheet. Last night I started the costume and it was really easy. I ripped up the sheet into strips and simply glued them on the clothes, going around so that it looked ‘wrapped’. I even took some of the strips and soaked them in tea to give them that yellowed, old look. I will attach those pieces tonight once they’re dry. It looks really cute. I’m toying with the idea of writing “Mommy’s Mummy” on the front or just leaving it as it. We’ll see.
I’m quite proud of myself for getting all crafty and attempting to make something. I can’t promise to do this every year but for now, it’s kind of a fun challenge!