Friday, October 29, 2010

Main Street Mayhem

Savannah had her first Trick or Treat experience this morning. Our Down Town area does an annual Trick or Treat through the stores so we headed down with some of our friends. (Note, Mermaid costume made with love by Grammy - Travis' mom) More Halloween pics to come, but I gotta get these up so Travis can see what we've been up to today while he's at work!

 It took some training but after about 5 stores Savannah finally got the hang of what we were doing.  It really is a confusing concept!  Go in to the store, get some candy, say thanks, then go to another store. I have a feeling this will come back to bite me the next time I try to go shopping with Savannah down town!
 And here's part of the crew : Max, Savannah, Chiarra, Maddy, and Callen

 Our friend LeAnn's kids are all in school now, but it was really fun to have her come with us. 

This is how she ended the morning.  The skirt was great but it must have been slowing her down.  

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Derby Dames vs Denture Dames

 Saturday night Travis took me on a surprise date in Des Moines.  I had been wanting some new clothes so we went to Plato's Closet.  That place is kinda hit or miss, but this time it was definitely a hit.  I like shopping with Travis because he likes me and likes everything I try on so he usually gets me whatever I want.  That sounds totally self involved...well, it is.  I have been on this roller derby kick ever since we watched Whip It a few weeks ago (see my blog from about a month ago for more details) so Travis took me to see the Des Moines roller derby season opener.  The Des Moines Derby Dames is the name of our local team.  We had "suicide seats" which just means that there isn't enough seating in the place so some people have to sit on the ground by the track.  I liked sitting there though because we were more in on the action.  There wasn't as much hitting and elbow throwing as I'd hoped but there was plenty of shoving.

This is "Stella Italliano".  She's our best Jammer. Travis would get sooo excited when she jamming. 

Sunday morning was a bit of a change up.  We took a bunch of our high school students to a nursing home in town.  We just talked with them and hung out with them for about an hour.  It's amazing how much I dredded it, but then ended up enjoying it.  Of course it helped that one of our students played Piano for about 20 minutes, which took the pressure off conversation.  And of course Savannah came and brought plenty of entertainment.  I'm thinking Savannah and I might go more often.  Maybe I'll have her draw some pictures to deliver there or something.  

Travis loves people. All people.  That's one of the things I love most about him.  He's really good at conversation and connecting.  He spent most of his time talking with Charlotte who asked him at least 6 times where we live.  Either her memory is running out, or I can expect an 85 year old women at my door step any second.  

shopping with the higher class

[Okay, let me just say, this is a post making fun of posts that I have seen like this on other people's blogs where they take fancy close up shots of every day things that they are doing to make them look more classy.  However, I love reading other people's blogs that are like that because it lets me be uber nosey about their every day habbits. So if you're one of those, keep it up!]

Savannah and I had a productive morning the other day.  We went to one of our favorite stores - Walgreens!  We love looking at the coupons every week and taking advantage of the 2 for 1 generic Ibuprofen and the $1 dried fruit.  Savannah just loves the prunes  pineapple!

We also hit up the dentist!  It was Savannah's first visit.  She sat on a stool and watched as my teeth got cleaned.  Then she sat on my lap and opened up wide while the dentist counted her teeth, twice.  I think the counting was just a trick to get her to keep her mouth open while he examined them.  Then she got a tooth brush, a tattoo, crayons, and i dont even know what else.  I actually (honestly) LOVE the dentist because it makes me feel awesome about myself. 

Then we went to Fareway and got these awesome staples - generic peanut butter, Crisco, and chocolate stars.  We used them to cook up these, peanut butter cookies with chocolate stars in the center.  Mmm mmm good. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Surefire Bootcamp Plug

So I'll just put this out there - Travis has been getting jacked lately.  Right?  I mean, not too many days go by anymore that someone doesn't comment on how fit, good, thin, hot, huge, built or in shape he looks.  Well, what's the secret?  Jeff Barton and his Surefire Bootcamp . Travis goes every week day at 6am (5am Thursdays).  Jeff's nitch is that he never, and I mean never repeats a work out.  Travis has gone for 7 months and has never done the same work out twice!  This guy knows what he's doing!
Below: Sav and I went one day to check it out/take pictures/hassle our man. 

Fall foto shoot.

"Even a child is known by his actions

By whether his conduct is pure and right."
Proverbs 20:11 

 Proverbs 17:6
Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
She's pretty awesome. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Weekend in review

We had a pretty good weekend around here. Friday night Travis and I stayed in and got caught up on our Thursday night shows.   Normally we are totally committed to watching Community, The Office, and 30 Rock, but the last few Thursdays have been taken with various things.  So we're all caught up now.  30 Rock, Love it. 

Saturday I had coffee with some of the Escape leaders.  Then that afternoon we went to a Wedding.  

 Here's Savannah at the reception.  She loves going places and interacting with people.  She also enjoyed crawling under the tables going through purses.  

Our good friend Nattie Larson sat with us.  She's super awesome.  Kinda like me in a lot of ways. Proud to say that!  I've known Nattie for several years and I can say I have never gotten tired of her.  I mean, she looks pretty ticked in this picture, but that's just part of her humor. 

Who knows what's being said in this picture.  When ever we go to these kinds of things Travis ends up being the star  entertainment.  He's a pretty funny guy.  I look like I'm in pain, but trust me, it was just a good laugh!

And here's just a random one Jasey took of herself in our dinning room. I will say, Jasey has been really helpful with Savannah lately - Thanks Jasey!  She also lead a group of 6th graders on a JR High retreat over the weekend, and I'm really proud of her.  So here's to you Jase Face. 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Savannah singing video

Click here to see a video of Savannah singing Jesus Loves Me. 
For some reason Blogger doesn't work well with me and videos.

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