Meal Swap Christmas Dinner

This year for our annual Meal Swap Christmas dinner, we went to The Continental.  It is a quaint little retaurant/bar in the East Village.  It is very neat and they are very well known for their happy hour and their appetizers.  I have to say too that their staff was incredible!  They messed up our reservations so they gave all of us, and there were ten of us, a round of free drinks.  We had a fabulous time and here’s the pictures to prove it.

Ann and me having a good time.

me with Gina and Sonya

Erin, Brandy, and Crystal

Ann Marie, Jeriann, Ann, me, and Jenny

The whole group

Pumpkin Carving

Last night we had our 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Party with the Barrons.  We had great fun making a mess and creating masterpieces.

Getting down and dirty

My cute helpers

The final product. . . Brad’s (it’s hard to tell what it is from this picture but it’s a scary face), mine is a cat, Jaxson’s is Dracula, and Holden’s is a ghost.

Matt’s, Ann’s, and Miah’s

Wedding Weekend

Last weekend Brad was a best man in Ben and Tina’s wedding.   They got married last Sat. at TCI (a country club) in Polk City.  The wedding was outside and they were blessed with such a gorgeous fall day.  It couldn’t have been anymore beautiful.  We had a great time celebrating with them and a bunch of other friends we haven’t seen in a long time.  We did make a late night out of it so we really appreciate my dad and Brenda for keeping the boys overnight with them.  The boys had a lot of fun and I heard provided a lot of entertainment 🙂

Ben and Tina

We enjoyed the beautiful weather outside.

Mike and Mom over looking the golf course.

Andy, Mindy, Brady and Baby #2 Cathcart. . . That’s right we are going to be Aunt and Uncle again!!  Congratulations to Andy and Mindy emoticon

Oh yeah, here’s me with the best man. 

These boys and their air guitars.  I could probably pull out a very similar picture from eight years ago at our wedding.  Their air guitars go to every wedding reception with them 🙂

A Very Special Visitor

My friend, Amber, visited me this week from California.  It was so nice to see her.  It’s pretty sad that we couldn’t even remember the last time that we saw each other or that she has every seen my babies; however, Amber is one of those very good friends that no matter how long it’s been we can always pick up right where we left off.  Thanks for coming to visit Amber and I am already looking forward to coming to see you in Cali 🙂

2011 Block Party

We had our block party this past weekend and we had absolutely gorgeous weather.  It couldn’t have been any nicer.  Brad and I were host and hostess again this year.  We had a pretty good turnout.  It’s hard to say how many people came because a lot of people came and went, but I’m guessing we probably had around 40. We closed the street down and the kids had a blast riding their bikes and just running wild in the street.  There was also face painting, jump houses, sparklers and some pretty awesome food.  I’m already getting bigger and better ideas for next year.

Jaxson getting his face painted.

Spiderman even made an appearance at our block party

Miah, Jack and Jaxson enjoying the treats that I made.

Holden and Daddy enjoying some yummy dessert.

The party

Holden preferred to eat the grass rather than all of the goodies.

My little punkie 🙂

Miah went a little crazy with the glow sticks.

Fun With Neighbors

The Case Haubs hosted an end of summer/back to school party last week complete with a pinata.  The kids had fun running around, eating, and wacking at the pinata. 

Jaxson taking his turn at the pinata.

The frantic scurry for candy.

Give these babies a few suckers and they’ll sit still for a picture.

We also went to the zoo last week with Crystal and Peyton. 

Jaxson and Riley had their first sleepover at our house last week. 

Fun At The Zoo

Latrice and I took the kiddos to the zoo on Tuesday when the weather was perfect.  We had a great time.

Waiting for the train to move.

Our attempt at taking our own picture

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