This morning my sister and I with her daughter and my son braved the crowds and the chilly weather and headed to the San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade. The sun was shining but it was very chilly with a breeze that chilled you to the bone. Mr. Potato Head was my favorite balloon.
Betty Boop was quite tall. She almost took a nose dive.
Bob the builder
These large balloons were quite amazing. We thought they were suppose to be higher in the sky but that might be how they look on TV or maybe due to the wind they kept them lower??
Are you in the wrong parade Mother Goose?
I must say that Woody was a little bit scary looking to me. And the handlers were having a heck of a time keeping him up. It appeared Wood had a rough night! haha
he was up (sort of) and then
Woody was going down. They finally got him upright for about two seconds and
then he scraped his nose on the street and they drug him for a while. It was pretty funny to watch. I am sure it is not an easy task keeping these balloons to behave.
We had a fun time watching the balloons, the bands, the various groups go by. The Wiener dogs were pretty cute and they were all dressed up. Did not get photos of that. It was a fun time.
Christmas seemed to come and go so quickly this year. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones. The house is so festive with all the Christmas decorations, items collected throughout the years. The house seems so bare after I take them down and I normally start right after Christmas. This year I might enjoy them a few extra days. When will you start taking down your tree and decorations?
I love wrapping presents and I love fun stuff. This is a miniature party popper; I thought they would look cute tied on packages. And these Martha Stewart little Christmas Tree boxes were adorable and although a little pricey I had to have them! You get red and green tree boxes with clear stickers to close up the bottom after inserting a special treat and dove stickers with To and From on them.
For my nieces and nephews these cute little tree lollipops purchased at Disneyland and rock candy sticks will be tied to their present.
Speaking of fun stuff isn't the elf the cutest? I purchased him at The Attic last year. I just love his little face.
A few weeks ago I paid a visit to "The Attic" in Coronado. The store was filled with so many fun and unique items. Lots of handcrafted ornaments. I brought home a couple of treasures that day. I just love my cute lil Santa. He reminds me of days gone by. The handcrafted seashell is so sparkly and looks wonderful on our tree. The photo does not do it justice!
Then there was the kitchen tea towel. I was going to give this as a gift but when I got it home it was just too darn cute to part with so I kept it. I guess this shopping spree was just for me!
If you haven't made it to The Attic this holiday season do so you will not be disappointed!
My brother went in for surgery Friday morning ~ something to do with the arteries in his neck. When they administered the anesthesiahis blood pressure dropped drastically and his heart stopped. The doctors revived him and placed him in ICU. There he stayed for the night and was doing okay as of then. If he is okay today they will be sending him home and rescheduling the surgery. Someone is watching over my brother.....he had 3 heart attacks before the age of 50. Has died twice on the operating table with no damage to his brain. This I say is a miracle. Sending prayers to my brother and his family that all will be okay.
It has been down right chilly here is Southern California! You laugh.....This is cold for us here. The sun is shining this morning but the nip in the air is enough to chill you to the bone. Time for a hot cup of tea and to start decorating for Christmas. I am a little off schedule this year. Normally everything is up and done right after Thanksgiving. I have some catching up to do today. Hopefully rushing around will keep me warm. Have a wonderful day no matter what you might be up to.
We started out by meeting at my sons school at 3:30am Saturday morning. The Seniors had the band room all toilet papered - I guess this is what they do they day of their last marching performance. A Sign was left for my son on our porch.
The marching band heading for Arcadia for the big Festival of Bands Parade and Field Show. My husband and I are volunteers and once we arrived we had to unpack and set up camp for the kids arrival. Once the kids arrived they are into their band uniforms and practicing. It was a rainy cold day. I walked the 2 miles parade route along with some others while getting drenched. Our kids did a wonderful job in their parade routine even though it was pouring rain. Back to the buses and onto Citrus College where the Field show would take place. Everything a wet mess.
The kids had some down time where they were fed and able to relax a bit. Thankfully the rain had stopped for a while until our marching band took the field.....as soon as the kids marched onto the field the skies opened up but that did not stop them from putting on an excellent show. It was sad because as soon as they were done and marched off the field the rain stopped! It was a crazy day; a very long day. We finished up and packed up and headed over to the hotel we would be staying in overnight. With one of the charter bus drivers getting lost for over a half hour we waited for the kids arrival it was about midnight by then.
Next morning it was up early for breakfast and on to Disneyland where the marching band would get to have some fun and then march down main street. It was so awesome seeing these kids marching and performing at Disneyland ~ So proud of our son. The kids then enjoyed Disneyland at night and then boarded the buses that would bring them back to school around midnight. Kids did have school Monday morning bright and early. These kids are amazing!! What a wonderful but tiring weekend we had.
My father in law had heart surgery this morning. He lives in Texas so we were not able to be there with him. His surgery went well and I just want him to know that our prayers and thoughts are with him. Hoping in the days ahead he feels better and has a speedy recovery.
We love you!!
After a busy week of gearing up for my sons Band Tournament this past Saturday it is time to get in gear for Thanksgiving. For those of you that have or have had kids in High School Marching band you know it is very demanding and busy during the fall. To watch as the High Schools from near and far get out there and do their performances - it is just amazing. Tournament days are long days and being a parent that volunteers it is tiring but so rewarding. Prior to Thanksgiving we have two more tournaments one close to home and another up in Arcadia and then the next day the kids will be performing in the Disneyland Parade ~ yes an overnight trip......yikes...not sure I am ready for this one! Off to decorate the house for Thanksgiving.
For the second time in 19 years we will actually be home to answer the knocking at the door and see the cute/scary costumes yelling trick or treat. Love giving out treats ~ a little sad that we don't get too many kids at the door. Last year maybe a total of twelve.
into a ZOMBIE. My sons school marching band was performing Michael Jacksons "THRILLER" at the football game at halftime and everyone was to show up as a zombie.
My Zombie Boy
I think my husband did a great job transforming our son into a zombie. The marching band performed an awesome "Thriller" show at halftime. They were all so different looking but everyone looked great. At the end of the show they all limped off the field looking like something from a zombie movie.
The cutest little box that says things in a creepy voice when opened
A little bit creepy
my son the smurf thingy -did not get his legs but they were blue!
This year I got a late start planning, decorating and getting things prepared for our Halloween Party but things came together. Lots of food, games, prizes and fun. Everyone showed up in costume this year; we had Darth Vadar, Iron Man, Luigi, a hot dog, Smurf, todo, ninja and two completely different Mad Hatters and a few other very creative ones. My son and his friends are quite the characters! Iron man squeezed his body into a kids costume wearing plastic mask and all - they were all going around playing the parts of their costumes - it was a blast. We really should of been video taping instead of snapping photos.
Yes, even my husband and I dressed up. Funny how in the photos you can see the pillow my husband stuffed in his costume. And yes the makeup all came off after washing our faces several times. Although I still had a tint of green look to my skin before I got in bed. For some reason I did not take many photos this year(the paparazzi mom) but I know my sisters got some good photos and I can not wait to see them. Halloween....one of my favorite times of the year. Are you dressing up this year? What will you be?
October 9, 2003 is when my mother passed away. Seems like only yesterday but it has been seven years. My how quickly the time flies and not a day goes by that I don't think of my mother and miss her. My mother was a great lady. She opened her heart and her home to foster children for many years when I was just small; babies in the house that my mom loved as if her own. Later in life she opened her home to babysitting many children and later opened a daycare where she took care of so many precious children including her grandchildren. She had the patience of an angel, her energy was never ending, her love of life, her family and children were the most important things to her. I have so many great memories of my mom that make me smile but without her here there is an empty spot in my heart. My sisters and I celebrate each year by taking a trip to the cemetery bringing flowers that my mom loved so much and going to lunch. We love you mom and miss you with all our heart.
I was watching the food channel last night and they were talking about this plant ~ A Buddha's Hand. Hmmm never heard of this or seen it before. It is a fragrant citron variety whose fruit is segmented into finger like sections. It grows on a shrub or small tree with long, irregular branches covered in thorns. I was not listening completely to what they were saying but remember them saying they were somewhere in Northern California where they grow it. A vodka company uses it in the process to make their vodka - no...don't remember which brand. I thought it was interesting. Have you ever seen or heard of this fruit before? I must go read more about it.
Friday nights around here have gotten a little hectic. I can not spend hours cooking so tonight we will have stuffed jumbo pasta shells. I have just finished putting this together so this evening I will just need to pop it into the oven until warm and bubbly. Jumbo pasta shells, ricotta cheese, 1 egg (hope it is not on the recall list!) Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, fresh shredded Parmesan cheese, parsley, thyme and nutmeg, spaghetti sauce. I filled the shells using a pastry bag - so much easier than filling by hand. I will add a nice green salad and there you have it a quick yummy Friday night dinner.
Enjoy your Friday night and have a wonderful weekend!
They say after Labor Day summer is over. Can it be true? In Southern California summer felt like it never really began. With temperatures cooler than they have been in years and a very busy schedule; I feel like summer whizzed by in a blink of an eye. This past weekend was nice; my sons first performance in the marching band at the High School football game. All I can say is wow......what a performance and seeing your child in that uniform for the first time.....it just brought tears to my eyes! Saturday was warm with temperatures reaching 100 and I spent the entire day in the backyard enjoying the last days of swimming, sun and the view of all my beautiful plants and flowers. With a BBQ in the evening, the day was perfect.
Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy your week!