Oct 31, 2008

Pumpkin Carving

Last night we carved our pumpkins that will decorate our doorstep tonight for the neighborhood trick-or-treaters. Not sure how busy it will be, so during a trip to Target last night, we picked up another bag of candy. It doesn’t help Cameron and I have been snacking on the candy I bought last weekend. Our main purpose for going to Target was to pick up a copy of Nightmare Before Christmas. Disney recently re-released it with new DVD bonus features especially for the Halloween holiday. To our dismay, Target didn’t have it. After a stop at Circuit City, we headed to Wal-Mart in hopes of finding it. Matt & Lynde were coming over for dinner and pumpkin carving. Neither of them has seen the movie and I thought it would set the mood for pumpkin carving. Luckily, Wal-Mart did have the movie. These errands began just as it was starting to rain. We didn’t take an umbrella with us but so far it hadn’t come down too hard, even with the lightning and thunder. This was not the case when we exited Wal-Mart – it was pouring and we got wet! Oh well, it’s still not very cold so it was kinda fun.



Settled in back at home waiting for Matt & Lynde’s arrival is when things got scary. Our living room can be overlooked from the upstairs hall. Both Jake and Kelsey enjoy sitting up on the ledge and Jake actually likes walking along the ledge. We’ve always feared one day that Kelsey would go to jump up onto the ledge and with her growing mass of a belly would end up falling over the edge down to the living room. Well, it wasn’t Kelsey. I was downstairs watching a recorded episode of Lipstick Jungle when I hear cat claws up on the railing above. Not a second later do I see Jake out of the corner of my eyes flying through the air falling toward me. He landed perfectly between the couch and the coffee table, just barely hitting my leg. Luckily cats land on two feet. I of course let out a nice little scream of surprise and then shed a few tears of relief once I saw Jake was ok. He didn’t seem phased by the whole fall and ate up the attention Cameron and I poured on him to make sure he was ok.



This is what Jake was aiming to Jump on


And This is how far he fell

Things calmed down, and soon Matt & Lynde arrived. After dinner it was pumpkin carving time. Here are some photos from last night and our lighted pumpkins. Matt & Lynde are coming back over tonight to help hand out candy and are loaning us their pumpkins for our doorstep since there neighborhood is still very much in development phase and probably won’t have many trick-or-treaters at all.


Lynde egging Jake on to put his head in her pumpkin.


Jake, the ever curious kitty, almost did put his head in that pumpkin


But mainly he just wanted to eat the slimy guts. We had to keep the guts bowl away from him.


Matt looking up from etching in the outline of his pumpkin


Cameron rubbed flour into the etching of my pumpkin so I could see it – we always tag team to carve one pumpkin.


Cameron & I selected a Wolf Howling at the Moon design as an ode to Melody



Lynde’s Pumpkin


Matt’s Pumpkin


Happy Halloween!

Love Always,
Sarah

Oct 30, 2008

To catch you up on what we’ve been up to…Part 2

I did it! I finally completed one of the projects I started before we got engaged and I became engulfed in Wedding to-dos! Friday night I completed Cameron’s Fraternity quilt! It now sits on the back of his office chair and keeps him warm in the mornings. It’s not professional or perfect to any degree, but I’m quite pleased with it and Cameron seems to be as well.



Friday night I also managed to get the downstairs portion of our house clean. And this was all before Lynde came over to hang out and after a full days work.

Saturday was a lazy day for us. We slept in some, then Cameron headed to his office for homework and games. I really slacked this year on getting the Halloween decorations out and with Halloween only being a week away at the time, I decided it would just be easier to decorate the house for Fall. To my surprise, we don’t own any fall décor except a small Scarecrow. This would not due, so Saturday I drove around town to some of my favorite stores to see what kind of deals they had on Fall Décor. To my luck, Joann’s was having a huge sale on all Fall and Halloween items to make way for Christmas. I came across some major finds, like these ceramic pumpkins that were 60% off!



I also picked up some real pumpkins for carving as well as for decoration. To my dismay, no one was selling any white pumpkins, which are my favorite. I also learned that my Target does not have a garden center, so while they were selling Pumpkin carving kits, they were not selling pumpkins to use said kits on!

From there, I got into the cooking spirit. I had picked up an acorn squash last time we were up at Vicki’s and was in need of cooking it. I found this recipe for Acorn Squash bisque in Everyday Food, a Martha Stewart publication and decided to try it in hopes I would find a way for Cameron to enjoy the squash (he doesn’t like it baked in the oven with butter and brown sugar). While I really do like the Bisque, Cameron unfortunately does not. He did give it a try. Luckily I made chicken, green beans and sautéed mushrooms for dinner as well, more recipes from the Everyday Food November issue that I had picked up that day.

Sunday was BBQ time so we headed to Pat & Kim’s, even though Cameron organized the whole thing. Our friends Christina & Jeff knew about the BBQ at Pat & Kim’s before Pat & Kim! Then Cameron didn’t spread the word enough, but as our circle of friends goes, word got out. So when Jeremy & Alyssa showed up to Cameron’s surprise, Cameron joked “Who invited people to my BBQ?” It was the joke of the day until Cameron discovered that 3 year olds don’t yet grasp the idea of sarcasm. The boys were glued to the TV, their blackberries and laptops that day for Football so the girls and I decided to do a little shopping to get out a little bit and not fall asleep. We left Kim & Pat’s daughter Kaley to watch over the boys. When she asked where we all went, Cameron made the mistake of telling her we didn’t like her so we left her to go shopping. I can only image how quickly Kaley’s face fell. Cameron had meant to say they liked her better and that was why she didn’t go with us to the store. Cameron made it up to her by leaving the football game and letting Kaley show him some of her toys and Baby Paige’s room. We’re all looking forward to the arrival of Kim & Pat’s second daughter this Christmas!

Oct 27, 2008

To catch you up on what we’ve been up to…Part 1

Two Saturdays ago was our nephew Connor’s 4th Birthday party. He would turn 4 that next Monday. We headed up to Yuba City mid-morning to meet the family at a park for the festivities. The kids got to make paper planes, decorate mini-pumpkins and play on the playground equipment. Connor also got a real scooter so we watched as he learned the different between a real scooter and his previous Playschool scooter. Before we left, I did see Connor use his foot to slow down and stop versus the previous method of just jumping off and watching the scooter continue on its way.

From the party we headed up to Chico, first stopping in to see Grandma Betty. We really hadn’t seen her since the wedding so it was good to stop in and catch up. Sunday, Cameron and his buddy Dave were planning to go hunting, so Saturday night Cameron and I went out to Little Dry Creek to put his and Dave’s names in for a draw for Sunday’s hunting spots. Dave was out at a location in Delavan doing the same. Little Dry Creek turned up to be a bad draw, but luckily they got a good draw out at Delavan. Cameron got up early Sunday to meet up with Dave while I hung out at my parents house by myself – they were kind enough to let us stay at their home while on vacation. In return, we fed their cat, Mocha and tried to give her some attention. She’s not much of a fan of any one giving her attention besides my parents. Cameron and Dave would come back with 2 small ducks.

We headed back up to Chico Tuesday night as Dave and Cameron had another hunting trip scheduled for Wednesday. This time my parents were home, so we were able to get caught up with them that night. It was work as usual for me on Wednesday while Cameron took the day off to hunt. He ended up with two ducks and a goose (I think) while Dave got two ducks, otherwise Dave got 3 ducks and Cameron got a duck and the goose. All in all, a decent haul as the duck and goose breasts are beginning to pile up in the freezer, and the season has barely begun. I can only imagine how much more we will end up once Cameron finished school and has a lot more free time on his hands.

Most week and weekend nights are still spent with Cameron working on homework, but the end is quite near. After tonight, he has only a week and one final paper to go. It’s easy to imagine what our weekend plans for this weekend will be.

I’ll catch you all up on this last weekend tomorrow.

Love Always,
Sarah

Oct 14, 2008

The 70s Are Back

This past Saturday, Cameron, Matt, Lynde and I celebrated the 30th Birthdays of some of our skydiving friends. The theme of the party was the 70s since the 3 birthday kids were born in 1978. Earlier in the week the four of us headed to a shop called PreVues in downtown Sac to find our outfits. Here are some pictures from the party that night. Enjoy!


Cameron and I in What Lynde termed "Authentic 70s" I had to make a few alterations to the dress before the party, as the halter was meant for someone with very large Breasts. Don't you just love Cameron's wig?!



Matt & Lynde in what Lynde termed "Costume 70s". Great wigs too!

Lynde & Myself

Our Friend Ryan had on almost the same jacket as Cameron. He got his from his girlfriend's father! Candy informed me that her mom gave it to her still in the plastic cover.

Love Always,

Sarah

Oct 13, 2008

Changes

Just as the weather is changing, I decided it was time for a change of my own. Cameron recently mentioned that he was curious what I would look like with brown hair. I’ve never been one to be afraid of taking chances with my hair, as I can always change it back or it will grow back, so I agreed that I would give brown a try. I also was tired of how long my hair had grown in anticipation of the wedding, so on a recent weekend I made the trek up to Chico to see Martin and make some changes to my hair. What do you think?

Before: Blonde and long

After: Brown and short


Cameron and everyone else that has seen it, likes it a lot. Initially, I was in shock and did notice how blue my eyes looked. But as time has gone by and even as the color has lightened up, I’ve decided Brown is not for me. I was so worried Cameron would not like it I never stopped to think if I would like it, and it turns out I don’t. I’m just not feeling the brunette in me – it makes me feel old and I’m not ready to be as old as it makes me feel. So I will be returning to blonde the next time I see Martin – which isn’t until Thanksgiving.

Love always,

Sarah

Oct 10, 2008

Go Sharks!


Hockey season is officially underway! Last night the Sharks won their season opener against their rival, the Anaheim Ducks 4-1. A great start for new head coach, Todd McLellan, who comes off of a Stanley Cup win last year as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings. You can see a difference with the Sharks already - they're definitely more aggressive.

Cameron and I were lucky enough to catch parts of the game last night. Unfortunately, we missed Cheechoo's two goals in the second period due to our DVR schedule.

We became Sharks fans while we lived in Fremont. When Cameron was at Synnex, he was lucky enough to win tickets every so often, and we would get to watch the games from the rafters in one of the private suites. After Cameron left Synnex, we didn't go much until playoffs last year. Our friend Pat was fortunate to win tickets through his work and was kind enough to take us to two amazing playoff games. Being able to go to the games on a whim will be one reason we will miss the Bay Area - we'll have to adjust watching games on TV, but it's just not the same as seeing it all live. Guess we'll have to plan to go to a few games over the season on weekends.
Go Sharks!


Love Always,

Sarah


Oct 7, 2008

Giant Pumpkins

This weekend did not go as I had planned, but in a very good way. Originally, I was supposed to clean the house. Lately I’ve either been too tired or too busy to maintain its cleanliness that things have been slipping.

But Friday I read about the Elk Grove Harvest Festival and it’s Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off in the SacBee. This piqued my interest and so I thought it would be fun to check it out Saturday morning before going home and dealing with the house. Saturday morning I talked to Cameron about it. We then called Matt & Lynde to see if they wanted to go as well. They were on board, although Lynde had to go to work first. So Matt, Cameron and I headed to Elk Grove Park and wandered around, taking in the weigh-off while waiting for Lynde. I created a slide show of the pics I took. You should see them to the left. Here's the winning pumpkin and it's weight.


We learened that the Giant Pumpkin seeds can cost anywhere from $350 to $1000 each and while we thought there would be tons of them in each pumpkin, there usually are only about 15-20 seeds. There is definitely some money to be made if you master the art of growing giant pumpkins, especially if you have the largest one year. All these Giant Pumpkins were set to be carved and floated along the park river the next day for the Giant Pumpkin Regatta. I would have loved to see this, but I was just too tired after the Saturday we had.

After the festival we were all hungry so we decided to have lunch at the Elk Grove Brewery. We had some delicious chili-cheese-garlic fries, huge beer-battered onion rings and sandwiches or burgers as well as sampled the Diamondback Wheat beer. Everything was great and we will definitely be going back – though not too often as it wasn’t the healthiest meal we’ve had lately.

Before we knew it, it was 4:30 and we were tired. Plain and simple, Cameron and I headed home and crashed. After our long catnap, Cameron did some schoolwork before we headed to Matt & Lynde’s for movie night. We watched I AM LEGEND and Alien Versus Predator 2. We didn’t get home until late and yet Cameron still came home and did more homework.

As for me, no housework got done on Sunday either. Cameron, as usual, was locked up in his office working on schoolwork, minus the door knob. He plans to take the door knob from the spare room and put it on his office door since we do need a way to protect Spaz from the cats at night. So far, all is ok, as the cats are spending the nights curled up on our bed with us rather than wandering the house getting into mischief. Jake is aware that he can simply push the door open, but he only does it when Cameron is in there and he wants attention.

Love Always,
Sarah

Oct 2, 2008

Cheap Door knob!

Yesterday I went up to talk to Cameron in his office several times. Each time, I found it harder and harder to turn the knob and enter the room, to the point where I almost slammed by body into the door on accident when the door didn’t open as expected. After Cameron jokingly asked if I was having issues, he admitted the door knob has been sticking.

Now I often say to people when they call and ask what we are up to that Cameron is locked up in his office working or doing homework. This has been ever more the truth since he started his last class. Last night, after getting home from watching Iron Man at Matt & Lynde’s, Cameron went back into the office to do some more homework, while I settled into bed and watched some TV. It was getting late and figuring Cameron had more homework than he had anticipated, I turned the TV and lights off, rolled over and was just about to close my eyes to drift off to dreamland when I heard Cameron call for me. I replied and he asked me to come look at something in the office. This is what I saw as I turned the corner to get there:


The door knob finally gave out completely! Luckily Cameron had a screw driver in the office so he was able to get the knob part off, but he was having issues seeing and figuring out the latch hardware. Once I turned the hall light on for him, he was able to see better and was out in no time. I have to admit I laughed until I cried I found the situation so hilarious. Cameron not so much and I know he’s going to kill me for posting this story on here, but it was just too funny not to share – it wasn’t anything he did, it was just a cheap door knob and he got himself out – I wouldn’t have been able to do that by myself and I probably wouldn’t have had a screwdriver around to get me as far as he did before calling for help.

Love you sweetie!

As for the movie Iron Man, I wasn’t impressed. One, it was a little too much like Transformers at the end, and I think Transformers was a much better movie. Two, I knew who the villain was within the opening sequences so nothing surprised me.

Love always,
Sarah