Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trunk or Treat

This past Friday before our home football game our school hosted Trunk or Treat. Several parents and student organizations lined up at the end of the football field with their trunks decorated passing out candy to the children walking around. Davis and Wilson had a ball and it was the most candy we've scored ever! Afterwards the trunk-or-treaters walked in a procession down the field showing off their costumes to the spectators in the stands before lining up to the cheer the Chiefs running out. This was the first year Tensas Academy has done this and I hope they continue it in the future. We got to see all of the precious costumes and it made for a less painful trick-or-treat experience altogether.

Tensas's Bravest and Finest

Friday, October 22, 2010

Disney World II

The boys and their gracious hostess, Ms. Libby

TyTy, 2010 nominee for Uncle of the Year

What a sweet smile, Wilson!

Can you see that it's Wilson driving? He can barely see over the
steering wheel.

Wilson and Ty Ty again.

The boys and Zurg

Jedi Davis, sending Darth Vader back to the "Dark Side"

Davis was too afraid to pose in a picture with Mickey and the other characters, but wasn't too afraid to get on stage and fight Darth Vader. Go figure!

This was serious stuff!

The boys and Miss Libby's granddaughter Loey

Wilson and Handy Manny

Wilson and Mickey

Miss Libby with her son and granddaughter

Silly Boys!

Gammie and the boys



Thanks Ms. Libby for everything!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Calling Baton Rouge

While the boys were away at Disney World, Ben and I took another trip down to Baton Rouge to watch the Tigers play McNeese. It was another perfect football weather weekend. We headed down south early Saturday morning and made it there in time to enjoy lunch at Pastimes, a local dive of Baton Rouge. After living in BR for five years, this was the first time I had ever eaten there. The place always looked so scary and uninviting with its barred up windows, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was a charming little time capsule packed with LSU fans and memorabilia, new and old. I'm kind of disappointed I missed out on it during my college years. Their menu has a wide variety of pizza and poboys. Ben and I shared the Big Ragoo pizza, which was pretty darn tasty. After lunch we checked into our favorite BR hotel, the Capitol House Hilton which overlooks the Mississippi River. Later, we headed to campus to scout some tickets and walk around a bit. We scored some pretty good seats again other than we were in the sun for half of the 1st quarter. Unfortunately, they were on the opposite side of the student section, so no drunkards to entertain us this time. Since we had no children to rush home to, we spent most of Sunday hitting some more of our favorite places before returning home. Even though we miss our children, it was nice to be footloose and fancy-free for a couple of days.

Disney World

Davis and Wilson have been at Disney World for the past few days with my mother and little brother ,Tyler. They left Thursday and will be flying home tomorrow. I've talked to them a few times and it sounds like they are having a blast. I know my mom has probably taken tons of pictures, so I will post those after they get home. Here are two pictures that my mom text me.

The first day they went to Magic Kingdom. As you can see they got their faces painted. Wilson looks like a wrestler waiting to get tagged in.

This picture was taken today while they were at Animal Kingdom. Their Mickey Mouse safari hats crack me up!

Monday, October 11, 2010

What To Do When Your Mom Is On Facebook

Please watch this SNL video with Jane Lynch. It is absolutely hilarious. Anyone whose mom is on facebook will be able to relate and get a real kick out of it. It just so happens that my mom is on facebook. There have been a few circumstances where I've received a fb related call from her. I don't normally put things on facebook that I don't want her to read, but a mom filter would come in handy if I ever had the notion.

Monday, October 4, 2010

It's Been Too Long

The last time I set foot in Tiger Stadium I was pregnant with Wilson. This weekend Panola had a break in picking cotton, so Ben and I and were so excited to finally get back down to Baton Rouge to watch the Tigers play again. We also took the opportunity to introduce the boys to Death Valley as well. We used to be the proud owners of season tickets, but had to give them up after having children.

Baton Rouge has grown tremendously since we graduated 8 years ago and I literally feel like a kid in a candy store trying to decide what candy to buy when I go. After the five years we spent there, we have established our favorite places to eat and things to do and add to our list each time we visit. Friday night, we suffered the two hour wait at Superior Grill to enjoy our favorite Mexican and margaritas. John David and Bailey joined us, and I regret not taking any pictures. Saturday morning, we took our boys for beignets and hot chocolate at one of our local favorites, Coffee Call. After they got off of their sugar high, the boys took a pre-game nap before we hit campus.

After walking a mile from our parking spot we tailgated with Berry and Rad Trascher and some other friends. The boys were able to load up on coke, chicken wings, and cookies there before the game. The weather couldn't have been more perfect for football. Only about 1/8 of the stadium was covered in shade and we were one of the lucky ticket holders to be in it. We sat right above the Greek section to the right of the student section which heightened the boys first experience in Tiger Stadium. We had great seats, but I'm just hoping our boys didn't bring home any new vocabulary. And, no visit is complete without being sat next to a drunk who passes out mid-game. Ben happened to be the lucky ticket holder of that seat.

The boys were so fired up to be there, especially Davis. Before the game even started he was getting mad because the fans in front of us wouldn't sit down so he could see. Then when I tried to get him to smile in a picture with his Dad, he fussed at me because he was trying to watch the game. Wilson, on the other hand was more interested in his popcorn which he promptly spilled half of before kickoff on top of the two cokes that they both kicked over . We made it all the way to the third quarter and then Wilson had a meltdown about the bottom of his shoe being dirty. At that point all the boys wanted to do was go back to the hotel and watch a movie. (I guess it is payback for the vacation my parents took me and my brother on to San Francisco when I was six and all my brother and me wanted to do was swim at the hotel) Frankly, we had had enough of the Tigers performance by that time too so we thought it best to get off campus quickly before getting stuck in the post game traffic. We decided to go to George's to eat and watch the rest of the game. Other than a scraped knee and few meltdowns it was a great weekend in Baton Rouge.

Enjoying a beignet at Coffee Call. Mostly he just licked all the powdered sugar off of it and asked for more.

Wilson and Davis taking a pre-game, post-breakfast nap. No nap is complete without Monkey and Charlie.

Playing under the tailgate table

Tailgating with the Traschers

The Golden Band from Tigerland. I forgot about the chills that shoot up my spine when they start up the LSU fight song before the game.

Thanks Davis, for taking a break from the game to let me take a picture.

And thank you Wilson for not smiling in yet another picture.

Please notice the drunk girl passed out next to Ben. Don't let Ben's look fool you. He was quite aware that he could be hurled on at any moment.

Here she is again.

And again. Ben said she would growl off and on. What tiger spirit! Also, I would like to thank her boyfriend for teaching my children some new vocabulary.

Family photo before we hightailed it out of there. We were all trying to put on our happiest smile. You can see for yourself how happy Wilson was, and if I'm not mistaken Ben is gritting his teeth.

This is the meal I wished I would have had at Georges. I chose the lighter option and regretted every bite.

We stopped by Sunday on our way out to see Mike. He was taking his Sunday afternoon nap.

Thanks again Wilson for not smiling or looking at the camera.