HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2008























As you can see Grant was a very menacing Ninja for Halloween. He found out it is very hot to wear an all black costume in Las Vegas. But he still had a lot of fun being a ninja and I'm sure he'll put on the costume and wear it around the house when the mood hits him. On Thursday there was a Halloween party at school. Today there was no school because in Nevada we don't celebrate Columbus Day, we celebrate Nevada Day instead. This year Nevada day fell on Halloween (for the first time since we have lived here). No school on Halloween totally rocks!!
Grant and I had a great day first we lazed around the house, then we went and ran errands (boring), then we went out to lunch at Mimi's Cafe where Grant got to have hot chocolate and after lunch ice-cream (it comes w/ the kids meal). Might as well get him sugared up early! We then went to Kings Fair which has lots of bouncy houses and candy. Then we came home and Dad took Grant out trick or treating. Finally by 7:30 Grant was tired out, came home and he passed out candy. By 8:00 p.m. no more trick or treaters, Grant was getting cranky so he is vegging out in front of the T.V. and stuffing his face with candy. ahhhh Halloween one of the "funnest" days on the planet when you are a kid.... and yes I've already dipped into his loot several times!






random ramblings

Here is a picture of Grant and I snuggled up. I'm about to read him a bed time story. This was a self portrait and because I don't have stretchy arms like Mr. Fantastic I wasn't able to get the book in the picture. The reason for this.... I need to rant about something. I've seen two commercials lately that have disturbed me. The first is a local commercial where kids call on the phone, then a Las Vegas "celebrity" reads them a recorded story. The other commercial was for a little plastic box that reads stories to your children. It actually shows a little girl all tucked in bed with this creepy device "reading" a bed time story to her. What is wrong with people?! It's like some parents are trying to spend the least amount of time possible with their kids each day. Reading a bed time story to Grant is one of the best parts of my day. He's at an age now where he certainly can just read himself, but I'm going to keep reading to him as long as he'll let me. I'm not going to have Rita Rudner read him a bedtime story for me! good grief.

Today I am going to the dentist. The last time I went I accidentally wore my shirt inside out. If you check out my brunch w/ the girls post you can see what the shirt looks like. Trust me the pattern of the shirt is very dark on the inside so it can be hard to tell. The receptionist comes over to me in the waiting room and says "Is your shirt on inside out?" and I look down at my shirt and say "no" then look down again and say "yes" and went in the bathroom and switched it around. What can I say I was in a hurry that day. This sweet old man in the waiting room assured me that he hadn't noticed. So six months later I have an appointment and I am soooo tempted to wear that shirt again because that's just the kind of stinker that I am. But I am resisting the temptation. I happen to have a pimple right next to my lower lip right now, which I think is very bad timing. My face luckily hardly ever breaks out and I have to get one right by my lip today, come on!

I was lying in bed watching T.V. recently and Grant came in, looked at me and said "what's bad about double chins?" Before I could say anything he says"does it mean fat?" I said, yes. Then he just stood there staring right.at.my. chin!! I kindly told him to get lost. He didn't ask me this in a mean way he asked me in that innocent kid, I was just wondering way. He's adorable. (For evidence of my double chin look at my big hair post, I don't know why I'm telling you this. )

Our cat Lyndsey died last spring (that's a cheerful sentence). His last year he had diabetes and we (me) had to give him insulin shots twice a day. So when we went camping last Fall we decided to take him with us. We rented a cabin and he spent the entire time hiding under the bed. We are going camping again soon and it's making me think about Lyndsey and miss him. I was mentioning this to Grant and he told me that the last time he talked to Grandpa Shatzer on the phone Grandpa asked him if he missed Lyndsey and Grant said "I've moved on". I started laughing hysterically when Grant told me this. Grant couldn't understand why I thought this was funny. Lyndsey had already been apart of our family about five years before Grant was born so when Grant came a long I don't think our cat understood why this new, noisy creature was now in our house. So Lyndsey and Grant tolerated each other, but never really bonded. But it still cracks me up for a nine year old to say " I've moved on."

o.k. enough of my random ramblings, have a great day!


happy birthday dad!

I haven't been posting this week because my Dad was visiting. While he was here we celebrated his 60th!!!!!! birthday. WOW, 60. He doesn't look a day over 59! ha, ha, just kidding. I'm a rotten kid. See people that's what happens if you don't leave a comment on my blog, I become mean!
In reality my Dad looks and feels really great ....for being sooo very old. (I can't help myself!) I meant to take his picture and post it, but I forgot. I was too busy making my Dad fix all the things that have broken around my house since his last visit.
Dad, I love you and I hope 60 is your best year yet!
60! 60! 60! o.k. that's the last joke I promise!, can you read this old man!!!

fall fun







These are more pictures from our trip to the Springs Preserve last Thursday night. They had really neat scarecrows in the courtyard. It was such a beautiful night. It wasn't too hot or too cold, it was juuust right. They have a farmers market on Thursday nights, but I couldn't get myself to buy any produce because the prices are really high. I did get Grant a cupcake, so he was happy. We didn't know this ahead of time but they had different stations set up so that kids could go trick-or-treating. They didn't mind that Grant wasn't in costume. Grant was happy to come home with his pockets bulging with candy. I told him now that we have his costume we can go again this Thursday. What is his costume? You will just have to wait till Halloween to find out!
Grant is having fun prancing around the house in his costume. Did I just say that? My son is having fun looking very macho in his costume! Halloween just can't come soon enough for kids.
p.s. For those of you not in Las Vegas Grant is wearing a University of Nevada Las Vegas shirt. They are called The Rebals. It was collegiate day at his school.



blooms












One thing I love about Las Vegas is you can find things blooming 12 months out of the year. Grant and I visited the lovely gardens at the Springs Preserve and I took some pictures of the pretty flowers. Grant took one of the pictures, see if you can guess which one, ha,ha.



sooooo proud

I'm so proud of Grant. He got 100% on his spelling test and here are a few of the words on the test: punctuation, multiplication and intermediate. Those are some tough words!! My little guy ROCKS! (o.k. he's not so little anymore).
In other news about Grant ,this just in... There was a girl in his class that he had a major crush on until he noticed that she picks her nose and eats the boogers. eeew. Now he says if he has to touch anything of hers he goes and uses the hand sanitizer afterwards. LOL
How quickly love fades when boogers are involved.

the power of prayer



I'm reading a book right now called The Power of Praying Through the Bible by Stormie Omartian ( I love her books!). There is a wonderful prayer in it that I just had to share with you.

Dear God, help me to live each day with a deep sense of Your presence. I don't want to go through life without taking time to be with You. I want my relationship with You to be so strong that other people recognize Your Spirit in me. Whenever I draw near to You in prayer, help me to hear Your voice speaking to my heart so that I will always follow your leading.

Fall Flowers in Las Vegas

Here are some pictures from my front and back yard that I took today. Including the HUGEST, most disgusting, grasshopper I have ever seen! I have to admit the only reason I'm posting these pictures is because I'm practicing putting a slide show on my blog without Sarah's help. I hope you enjoy the pictures and have a great week-end!

God's truth vs. satan's lies

We just finished a very interesting series at our church called "Satan's Plan to Wreck the World" For six weeks we learned about the lies that Satan uses on us and in turn learned what God's truth is for our lives. I'm going to post them on this blog because it's something I want to remember and be able to check back and make sure I'm not being sucked in to any of his lies, but living God's truth and His way.
Satan's Lies:
1)Trusting God won't be enough
In Gen. 3:1 the serpent said "did God really say,you must not eat from any tree in the garden?".
The evil one try's to make you question your self and what you know to be true. God tells us to give all of our worries and anxiety over to Him, but how often do we think that our problem is to big to do that. That's Satan telling you that trusting God is not enough, don't fall for it!
2)Avoiding Pain Will Make You Happy
If we've been hurt by people and situations in the past our tendency is to avoid the situation in the future. But, we can't do this. Hiding away in our homes is not the answer. Prov. 18:1a He who separates himself seeks his own desire.
3)Having It All Will Make You Somebody
To often we place our self esteem in our appearance, our home, our children, our car. If we look like we have it "all together" then people will admire us and then I can like myself. Instead we need to have our identity in Christ. Jn 15:14 says if we obey God He will be our friend. Isn't what God thinks of us more important than what those around us think?!
4)Keeping to Yourself Will Make You Safe
Satan wants you afraid and he wants you to hide. 1 Jn 4:18 a There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.
5)Satisfying My Appetite Will Fill Me Up
Satan' s plan is that you have an appetite that cannot be satisfied.
Prov. 27:20 talks of the eyes of man never being satisfied. Ecc 6:9 says "enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don't have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless; it is like chasing the wind. "
God's plan is to satisfy your soul. Mtt. 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
6)Putting Yourself First Will Get You Everything
It's amazing how this Sunday morning series has tied into my Thur. morning ladies bible class . They are not planned at the same time. On Thur. our speaker said some things that I have to admit I did not like hearing."People do not have to meet your needs" and if that wasn't bad enough "People don't have to do things your way" . A friend of mine joked "please don't anyone tell my husband and kids that!" I have to say these two things were really hard for me to hear, I do want things to be my way. I think my way is the "right" way to do them. But here's what God had to say to me. Phil 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 1Cor 10:24 Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. Mtt 16:25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. Mtt 20:16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last.
Ouch! It is painful at first to think of having to always put others first, we (me) are selfish. But, then I have to remind myself of God's promises. John 10:10 tells us 'the thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; but I (Christ) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. Do I want a full, abundant life! Yes and yes again. Then I need to remind myself daily to put away pride and to claim humility, for isn't an abundant life worth trading momentary, petty selfishness?!!

my sandwich, finally

This picture really doesn't do the sandwich justice. It is supposed to be a picture of a tuna fish sandwich with pickle relish, grated carrots & almonds, but instead it looks like white blobs on wheat. Occasionally I enjoy a tuna salad or egg salad sandwich for lunch, but in the last few years I'm trying to get more creative with the things I add to them. I do this both for taste and to bump up the nutritional content. Some of the things I like to add to my sandwiches are grated carrots, diced zucchini, diced radishes, craisins, almonds and sunflower seeds (no, not all at once, silly). It can be a great way to use up that last little bit of produce that is going to go bad soon. I'm thinking right now that a sandwich with some diced apples and nuts could be a tasty Autumn lunch. I'm told it's no longer summer (in Las Vegas it's hard to tell!). So get creative with your sandwiches and let me know if you have any groovy combinations.