Saturday, April 25, 2015

Love and Ketchup

Kerry knows how to crack me up!



Thursday, April 23, 2015

Prom 2015


These are some of the pictures from the photo booth at Emily's prom.

More photos will be posted later when we get them back from the photographer!




Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

I, amazingly, completely forgot to take pictures of the girls in their Easter dresses.

Fortunately, Emily snapped pictures of their feet during church.

So there's that.






Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BBQ Ninja!!

Kerry had wanted some new grilling tools for Christmas last year so the girls bought him a really nice set.  Now that the weather is getting warmer, he's finally getting a chance to pull them out and use them.


I'd forgotten how positively lethal looking these things are.

 Kerry said they make him feel very powerful and manly.

 He told me, "You never know what might jump out and attack you when you're grilling.  Now I'm completely prepared for anything!"



Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Sweetest Thing

This month, our pastor has been doing a sermon series on "Song of Solomon".  He capped it off this weekend with a sermon about marriage and how tough it can be as well as kudos for those who stuck it out through hard times.

At the end of the sermon he called for all married couples to stand and face each other.  Then he had us repeat our wedding vows.  As in a traditional wedding, the pastor said each line of the vows and we had to repeat each line.

He started with the men.  Kerry looked deep into my eyes and earnestly repeated every word.  About halfway through he choked up and couldn't continue.  After missing a few lines, he started again, then had to stop again.  I was doing just fine, but he made me tear up and I'm a pretty tough case when it comes to crying.  We both were laughing as we tried to get through the vows without completely breaking down.

It's the sweetest thing to know my husband is still a softie and still is willing to commit to me all over again!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

ComiCon!


The girls and I totally got our geek on at ComiCon!

This is something we've never done before but we've always wanted to.  ComiCon is a massive convention for sci-fi fans.  Stars from sci-fi movies and television shows sign autographs and talk to audiences and answer questions.  Comic book creators have booths where you can buy their drawings and comic books.  Attendees dress as their favorite characters.

Looking at all the costumes people wear is the main reason I wanted to go.  ComiCon is proof that people never really grow out of wanting to dress up in costumes and play with their friends.

We had a little bobble at the beginning of our adventure when Katie realized she had left her backpack with all her clothes and costume in it back at home.  (Now, there will be some argument here as to who actually left the backpack at the house.  Katie asked Emily to grab it off the loveseat and put it in the van for her.  Emily says Katie told her to grab her "stuff" and put it in the van.  As Katie's blanket and pillow were on top of the backpack, Emily didn't even realize the backpack was there when she grabbed the pillow and blanket and put it in the van.)  Being as the backpack and costume of Kaylee from "Firefly" were a six hour drive away, Emily very kindly allowed Katie to wear her 10th Doctor from "Dr Who" costume while Emily dressed as Castiel from "Supernatural".

This was the line to get into the convention.  It looked like it was in an airplane hangar and snaked in a constantly moving "S" shape through the building.  We saw some pretty cool costumes slinking by us at this point but we were moving too quickly to get pictures.  I'll say this though - these people were some of the most orderly folks I've ever stood in line with.  No one was loud or pushy.  No one dropped trash on the floor.  No pushing or cutting in line.  Say what you like about geeks, this was far better than standing in line at Six Flags.

The day of ComiCon was also the birthday of Emily's best friend.  Since she couldn't be there, Emily took a birthday card and got people dressed as famous characters to sign it.  She filled up two full birthday cards while we were there.  Most of my pictures are of people signing the cards so they all have Emily's back in them.

This was Starlord from "Guardians of the Galaxy".

Another Castiel and Elsa from "Frozen".



This orc very kindly handed his bludgeoning tool to a small Hulk/Orc and posed for a picture with him.  Even monsters are nice at ComiCon!

Cat Woman, Captain America,  Nightwing, and Superman.

Beast Boy and Raven 

The Two Towers from "Lord of the Rings".


Fluttershy from "My Little Pony".

Black Panther and Mario

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Young Boba Fett 

A weeping angel from Dr Who.

Don't Blink!

There were also several displays of Lego cities.

Captain Jack Sparrow from "Pirates of the Caribbean".  He advised Emily to get a drink since the drinking age is only sixteen in England.

Predator

Frank the Bunny from Donny Darko.  He wrote on the card, "Why are you wearing that stupid human suit? Love, Frank the Bunny"

A Dalek from Dr Who.  There was actually a guy inside of this peddling it around.

Magneto and Mystique

Katie got in a group photo of Dr Who enthusiasts.  She's on the left end as the 10th doctor.

Two Darth Mauls fixing each other's makeup.

You can't imagine how hilarious that is.


Deadpool.  Assassin in a unicorn costume.

No Clue

Hawk Girl


Poison Ivy

Along the back of the convention center were rows of celebrities signing autographs.  We could see them but the lines were long to get to them and you had to pay for the autographs.  You could pay a ton more and get pictures made with them but we opted not to do any of those things so we just admired them from a distance.  We saw Karen Gillian of "Dr Who" fame, Sean Gunn, whom I know as Kirk from "Gilmore Girls" but who is currently known as Kraglin from "Guardians of the Galaxy", as well as Ming-Na Wen who is on "Agents of Shield" and was the voice of "Mulan".  There were lots of other actors there as well, but I wasn't familiar with a lot of them.  Cary Elwes was there as well but they had him inside of a tent where we couldn't see him at all.

One of the highlights of our day was when we made it into a panel featuring Karen Gillan who played Amy Pond, the 11th doctor's companion on Dr Who.  Also, unexpectedly, her cousin, Caitlin Blackwood, who played Amy Pond as a child, popped in on the panel and answered questions as well.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Puppies In The Snow

Our puppies have really enjoyed the snow.  Sort of.

Sometimes they come in with balls of ice caked into their fur.  The ice doesn't just rub off.  No, it does not.  This requires a dip in a tub of warm water to melt it all off their bellies, armpits (legpits?), and legs.  Every single time they go outside.

I shoveled a path from the back door, across the deck, and into the yard.  I cleared them a nice section of dead grass.  Before the snow arrived, I leaned the walls of our former shed against the deck to give them areas where there would be no snow so their little toes wouldn't freeze.

Do they appreciate all my efforts to help them use the bathroom without covering themselves in snow?

They do not.

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