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I Miss Halloween…

I’m a big fan of Halloween.

There, my secret is out.

Before I was a Christian, this really wasn’t a big deal for many people.  I was one of “those” people who decorated their house for Halloween.  Even when we lived in an apartment, I was always the one that not only decorated my apartment and the door, but also the entire breezeway.  Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays because it’s just don’t-take-yourself-serious kind of fun to me (and don’t-take-yourself-serious pretty much sums me up).

Once I became a Christian, in some circles, I kind of felt like I had to go underground.  It’s not like anyone overtly said anything to me but I just felt funny saying anything about my love of Halloween.  But still I loved it, just more to myself.

So I’m just going to share my philosophy on Halloween.  I’m not asking anyone else to “convert” to my way of thinking, I’m just trying to explain myself to everyone who wants to know.

I really like Halloween.  I like giving out candy to cute kids (and even not-so-cute teenagers).   I like decorating my house with cute “monsters”, jack-o-lanterns, and the like.  I like watching spooky movies, especially the older classics.  Tonight I plan on watching the original Frankenstein like we did every Halloween growing up.  And no, I don’t take it all seriously.  I don’t get into anything “dark”.

I miss the times when we would just put on some old clothes of my dad’s and put dirt on our face and trick-or-treat as hobos.  The whole neighborhood of kids would go in a big group together.  We knew all the neighbors and were safe.  Our dads would hang back behind us with flashlights and escort us around.  It was simple and it was great.  Then we would all usually hang out at someone’s house to get sick eating loads of candy and watch Frankenstein or Dracula or the Mummy until late.

There was no concern about it being dark or dangerous.  No one looked at you funny for celebrating.

Now I understand that there is a lot of darkness in this world.  There are things that people allow their children to put on to trick-or-treat that I’m frankly very uncomfortable with.   I’m not saying that is good at all.  And if you choose not to celebrate Halloween or ever allow your children to trick-or-treat, I’m not going to condemn you or say something ugly to you about it.

So tonight, I’m going to pass out some candy and watch a movie.  Don’t worry, tomorrow my Halloween decorations will come down and I’ll decorate for nice, respectible Thanksgiving.


Color My Life…

Recently, we decided to paint a few rooms in our house.  There is something about painting a room that quickly makes it look so much better.  Really, what else can you do to a room that costs so little (just a little paint and supplies) but makes such a tremendous impact?

That isn’t to say I like painting that much.  I actually kind of like painting the walls.  A lot.  I just hate the cleaning up and the trim.  A lot.

We actually have two bathrooms in our house which have evolved into the Girl’s Bathroom and the Boy’s Bathroom.  The Boy’s Bathroom was painted in 2007 during  our last painting frenzy but the Girl’s Bathroom hasn’t been painted since it was constructed probably 10 years ago.  And there was actually some door trim that never was painted previously.  We also had some nice scratch marks on the bottom of the door from when a doggie got locked in the bathroom all day when we were at work (poor baby).

So I picked a great color that I had been thinking about for a while called Aqua Bay by Behr.

It turned out GREAT and I love it.  The color is fantastic  So fun to wake up to every morning and get into the shower.  I am going to pair with it the a lot of orange accessories that just POP with it (which I already have but was the contrast color listed to go with the Aqua Mist).

Then, I got stalled.  I really didn’t want to do the trim.  And this is on the first room we are painting.

So we decided to de-stress ourselves for once.  In order to get this all done before our Christmas family get-together and avoid becoming so stressed about it that I end up hating it after it is done, we have hired someone to finish the trim and paint the rest of the rooms.  (Yay!!!  Thanks Phillip)

The other rooms we have decided to paint are the living room, dining room, and hall.  I have picked some great colors for the redo.

For the Living Room, I picked Asparagus Green. —->

<—-  For the Dining Room & Hall, I picked Dry Sea Grass.

Both will be painted with White trim.  I have already started scouring Pinterest for ideas to decorate and update.  I’m really excited because we haven’t been able to do a lot to the house in a while.  I’m so ready to get some updating done.

Next up, I’m thinking about painting some of the tables in my Living Room a distressed black.   The furniture is about the color of the Dry Sea Grass paint so I’m trying to decide if the black distressed would look good.

I can’t wait to see how all this turns out.  Comments/suggestions are certainly welcome.

I’m Sailing Away…

I’ve been a little lazy about writing lately.  Actually, I haven’t written a word since way before our cruise.  So let me start with our wonderful trip.

Bud and I have been planning and talking about going on a cruise for our 25th anniversary for literally years.  Because of that, we were both sad when we found out Bud would be in Korea for our 25th anniversary.  After he returned from Korea, we decided this was the year.  We decided on a 7 day cruise leaving from New Orleans and going to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Montego Bay.

We left in late August right around the time Hurricane Isaac decided to come into the Gulf of Mexico.  We left and the first full day was pretty rocky due to the Hurricane.  Despite having the seasick patch on, I still got pretty sick the first day.  Once I took some more medicine and we got around 400 miles away from the hurricane, it was much better.  Also due to hurricane, our itinerary was flip-flopped and we started at Montego Bay. 

We decided to do excursions at the ports since we were newbies.  In Jamaica we went on a tour that took us through the beautiful countryside, holding a stingray, and then swimming with dolphins.  It was amazing.  The dolphins were so much fun and one took a special liking to me and gave me a BIG FAT KISS on the mouth!  The people were wonderful and the food was great.

The next day was Grand Cayman which I fell in love with.  It was the most beautiful place with the most beautiful blue water.  We did a tour here too which included a ride to Hell where we got to send out mail from the Hell Post Office, then we went to the Tortuga Rum Company where we had double chocolate rum cake (YUMMO), then to the Turtle Farm where we got to hold some cute turtles, and then finally to meet a boat that took us 30 minutes out to the stingray reef where we swam with and held huge stingrays.  They were so soft and lots of fun.  When you hold them they just look up at you.

The next port was Cozumel.  I want to go back to Cozumel again because we were at a different port than Carnival usually uses and we weren’t able to do a lot of what most people get to do at Cozumel.  We walked around, shopped, and then went to Margaritaville.  It was nice and relaxing for Bud and I. 

The sea days were so much fun and I know it’s cliché but I did have the time of my life here.

It was an absolutely fantastic 25th anniversary trip and hopefully it is the first of many wonderful cruises in our future.