Monday, November 24, 2008

Twilight Date Night

As I mentioned before, Audie and I had plans to see Twilight together for six months. When Friday came around I could hardly stand it! Jim made fun of me because he said I put actual effort into getting ready for my "date" with Audie.

Let's compare.

When Jim takes me out I usually just go in the clothes I've been in all day (my usual sweats or jeans and t-shirt with stains all over it from Tralee), my hair is up in a pony-tail, and we have our toddler totting around with us.

Preparation for date night with Audie to see Twilight included, doing my hair, actually wearing make-up, getting dressed up, actually wearing some jewelry (because Tralee wouldn't be along to rip it off), and actual butterflies in my stomach. I couldn't wait!

Here we are at the movie theater on our first "date" We tried to look normal in this picture

Here we are looking so EXCITED for the movie to start.

Jim and Jared wanted to hang out while their wives went on a date, so Jim and I went over to the Jacobs' house to hang out until Audie and I left to see Twilight. We brought some sushi with us (yes, I only ate the fish that was cooked all the way through) and shared it with the other Jacobs family. I don't think Audie ate anything due to nerves, while I snarfed up a few too many rolls due to nerves.

Then the time finally came! We could go watch our Edward and Bella! Audie and I were brave enough to leave our kids with "the boys" as we refer to our husbands when they're together. We were a bit worried our daughters wouldn't get to bed in a timely manner, but according to the boys our daughters went down for the night just fine.

This is where we sat -- in the VERY top right hand side of the theater. They were the only seats available, even though we got there 30 min. early!!

Now as for the movie. I LOVED it! No, it was not as good as the book (are movies EVER as good as the book?), yes there were some--dare I say--cheesy moments, and yes I would have changed a few things, BUT overall I really really enjoyed seeing how Twilight was made into a movie. Some of the things were exactly how I pictured them while I read it. I also really enjoyed the energy in the theater. I know some people might be easily annoyed by the screaming obnoxious teenagers, but I found it pretty amusing. When the movie started everyone started clapping/screaming/cheering. I laughed. When Edward first showed up on screen a few more cheers sounded throughout the theater. I laughed again, partly because I was just as excited as those that screamed, only I managed to maintain composer. At the end of the movie more cheers, applause, and laughter. Audie and I didn't want to leave. I think we stayed until the very last credit rolled on by. We didn't want the night to be over.

On the drive back to Audie's place we drove a little under the speed limit, like back in the old dating days when you didn't want the date to end, so you did everything to prolong it, even if that meant driving under the speed limit. We talked about the movie, remembered our favorite parts, picked at the parts we would have changed, and wondered what state we would find our husbands in when we got back. We were pretty sure one of our husbands would be sleeping, and the other would welcome us back with a fart. We were pretty right on, all though the only ones sleeping were our daughters.

Hooray for date night with Audie!

Hooray for our husbands watching the girls!

Hooray for Twilight and all things Edward Cullen!

Hooray that they're going to make New Moon into a movie!


It was a really nice weekend!

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Some Weekend Photos

Tralee likes to stuff things up her shirt, and down her pants. Don't ask why. The other day she was attempting to push a stuffy up her shirt, and her Daddy decided to help her. I think he helped her a little too well, because this was the end result! I think she has several stuffies in her clothes, a shoe, a sponge, some ribbon, you name it!

Sunday was a busy day for us. We went to church, went to Jim's Mom's house for dinner, and then had tithing settlement. By the time we got home Tralee was BEAT! It didn't help that she didn't have a nap on Sunday because our church is right in the middle of her usual nap time. When we got home, we put Tralee right in her PJ's, and then she climbed up on the couch and snuggled with me. I couldn't resist her warm snuggles, so we stayed on the couch for a little while until her usual bed time. Then she went right to sleep as soon as her head hit the pillow.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Just Curious

Who already has their tickets for Twilight?

Who has had plans for a "girl's night" to see Twilight since you heard about the movie?

Who is so excited to go see Edward (swoon) that you might just lose bladder control?

Who's husbands make fun of them for being obsessed with vampire stories?

Who is actually brave enough to take their husbands to see Twilight even though you're pretty sure you will be acting just as crazy/excited as the fifteen-year-old girls squealing three seats in front of you at the theater?

In case you're interested my answers to these questions are:

Yes my Twilight ticket has been purchased. I signed up for Fandango updates to I know exactly when Twilight tickets were available for purchase.

I've had plans to see the movie with my friend Audie for at least six months (correct me if I'm wrong Audie).

Yes, I'm excited to see Edward (yes, I realize it's just an actor, but tomorrow night let's just pretend Edward is real, not a fictional character in a book or an actor up on screen).

Yes, Jim CONSTANTLY makes fun of me for reading a series about vampires. He even occasionally tries to bite my neck, and after I yell at him he innocently replies, "What? I thought you would like it, since you love vampires!" He's such a dork! Ok. Ok. I'm a little dorky too.

And, NO Jim will not be attending Twilight with me. Firstly because I don't want him to ruin it for me with his snide remarks and guffaws at how cheesy he thinks it is, and secondly because I don't want him to see me transform into a teenager (even in my pregnant state) and drool as I watch Edward up on screen (again, I realize it's an actor, but for my sake, just pretend that Edward is real).

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Puppy Love

We've been pretty boring lately. Jim and I are fighting colds, the weather has been rainy (I love grey rainy days), and we've just been doing our daily routine. Nothing too terribly exciting. I probably won't post again until something note worthy happens. However, upon request of Tralee's grandmother, I thought I better put a recent picture of Tralee up.

Here she is with her doggy. Tralee loves this dog more than any other girl ever loved a dog. Her eyes light up when Corky walks into the room. When we say the word "doggy" Tralee has to search the entire house until she discovers where her beloved is. Corky is used as a pillow, playmate, and confidant. Whenever Tralee doesn't want to eat something, she'll just throw it on the ground and happily watch Corky snarff it right up. It's gotten to the point where Corky's not aloud in the kitchen while Tralee is eating, or Tralee would share he entire meal with her furry friend. I'm glad Corky tolerates all the attention from Tralee, because I know Corky would rather spend the entire day laying in the sun snoozing, than have a toddler follow her around. They're an odd couple, they are.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Well, I'm up anyways

Since I was tagged twice on this one, and since this cold is keeping me awake in the wee hours of the night with the stuffiest nose EVER (and saline does NOTHING and I can't use the GOOD stuff to spray up there because, yeah, I'm pregnant), I thought I'd oblige (is that the word I'm looking for? I can't think straight at 3am) Joni and Tricia and answer these question-ion-ion-ions (said like Doug Heffernan -- I'm tired).

Crazy 8 tag.

Eight TV shows I watch:

1. The Office (all time fav)
2. Heroes
3. Jon and Kate Plus Eight (Jim HATES that one, and refuses to be in the same room while I'm viewing it. Don't ask me why he HATES that, but LOVES to watch cage fighting -- the big goof!)
4. Sesame Street (not by choice, but because I have a one-year-old that LOVES it!)
5. Ghost Hunters (yeah, I'm a big fat dork! Leave me alone.)
I just realized I've been staring blankly at the screen for a few minutes.
6. Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
7. The Deadliest Catch
8. American Idol

Eight things I did yesterday....
1. Changed diapers
2. E-mailed people
3. Did laundry
4. Wondered why Tralee was not taking a nap even though she we SUPER tired. Hmmm, maybe she had a stuffy nose too.
5. Went to Subway to pick up a sub for Jim and I to share for dinner (I wasn't in the cooking mood)
6. Went to Enrichment
7. Filled my car up with gas
8. Came home to find that Jim had purchased us a kitchen table and four chairs at a thrift store that are really cool -- well, they will be once we paint them and reupholster the chairs! Also discovered that Jim did the dirty dishes for me! I was so impressed with him that I promised him things I can't type about.

Eight places I like to Eat.

1. Any (real) sushi joint
2. The crab leg buffet in Mesquite (LOVE SEAFOOD)
3. Primos Pizza
4. Anyplace that serves great steak
5. The King and I (it's a Thai place in Milwaukee, WI. They have the BEST Volcano Chicken -- yummy!! I usually have to go there and eat when I visit Milwaukee. They do take out, but the actual restaurant downtown Milwaukee is pretty cool, and is usually packed.)
6. Nana's House (This is actually my Nana's house also in Milwaukee, WI. She's the BEST cook and you never leave her home with an empty stomach)
7. Costa Vida (BETTER than Cafe Rio. . . oh yeah, I said it! Wanna fight?)
8. Rocky Rococo's Pizza (Also only found in Wisconsin. Man, I must be homesick for Wisconsin foods right now. Good thing I'm going there in a few weeks!)

Eight things I look forward to
1. Seeing Tralee when she wakes up in the morning (as long as it's not when she wakes up at 3am) or when she wakes up from a nap. I actually start to miss her when she sleeps for a long time. Don't get me wrong, when she goes down for a nap I think, "sweet release!" Then I start to miss her after a while.
2. When Jim walks through the door after work.
3. Going to Wisconsin for Thanksgiving (not the flying there part, just BEING there)
4. A trip to St. George to visit Jim's family there
5. Going out as a family
6. Finding out the sex of this baby I'm growing
7. Going on a date with my friend Audie to see Twilight opening night.
8. Spending time with family and friends

Eight things on my wish list
1. That Jim's business would be successful and all his hard work would pay off
2. That I could be like Samantha on Bewitched and snap my fingers to have a perfectly cleaned and organized home, a dinner steaming on the table, and be able to greet my husband at the door in a cute skirt and high heals while he complements me on how great the house, dinner, and I look and smell. All without him knowing it just took a simple "snap" or nose wiggle. That would be the life!!
3. A family vacation to any or all of this places: Ireland, Hawaii, Disney World, Japan
4. That I could decorate and remodel our home however my little heart desired without cost being an issue.
5. That after I have this baby all the baby weight from both pregnancies will just dissolve right there in the hospital and I'll look like I did on the day Jim and I were married. I was pretty hot then.
6. Penelope -- the movie. It's really cute, and I keep reminding Jim I want it for Christmas.
7. To be a perfect mother and teach Tralee all she needs to know to grow up and be a smart, loving, kind, giving, warm, open-minded individual that has a testimony of the Church and knows without a doubt how much her parents love and adore her.
8. That Jim and I, and our extended families will have happiness and success in our/their lives.

I Tag..... whoever.

Monday, November 10, 2008


I woke up with a pounding head, scratchy throat, and stuffy nose this morning. Jim woke up and headed off to work in the wee hours of the morning. Before he left I heard him get Tralee and set her up with some blocks in her room while saying, "Mommy doesn't feel well, play with blocks, and let her sleep a little longer." If I didn't feel like my head was between the jaws of a crocodile, I might have leaped out of bed and given him a kiss for being so sweet. Instead, I kept my eyes closed, and crossed my fingers that his plan of occupying our daughter would work -- at least for fifteen minutes or so.

I'm not sure when Tralee discovered that the lump under the covers was her mother, but as soon as she did, she joined me up on the bed. Lucky for me, Tralee sat on our bed and played with blocks, lifted up my shirt and used my every-expanding belly for a drum, and snuggled with me now-and-then as she patiently waited for me to arise. I finally got up (even though my body was begging me to stay in bed all day) as soon as my brain convinced my body that Tralee's soggy diaper could wait no longer. It was quite the fight as Brain and Body had two very different views on how the day should go with a cold.

Brain argued that, even though we're sick today, doesn't stop the fact that we're a mom first and foremost, and that a one-year-old can't wait for us to feel better. Brain continued to argue that Body should just take a Tylenol (as they're allowed when you're pregnant) and get on with the day as usual.

Body put up quite the fight. She screamed at Brain to leave her alone, and just let her stay in bed all day. She even went so far as to curse this pregnancy, and the fact that she couldn't consume an entire isle of cold medicine to induce a near comatose state, while allowing Tralee to run amok around the house. As you can see, Body is a bit selfish and unreasonable when she's sick.

Of course I listened Brain. I got out of bed and took care of Tralee. However, as soon as I sat up a few sneezes escaped my mouth which added to the pounding of my head. I'm pretty sure Body did this for emphasis on her argument, it was effective but didn't work. I am a mother after all, and there are no sick days for mothers. Body will just have to deal. She might win out at Tralee's nap time though. Instead of cleaning and laundering while Tralee is napping, I think I might take a nap as well. The house won't mind if it's neglected for a day or two. I know this for a fact, since I neglect it even when I'm not sick.

So, I'm off to make some orange juice, pop a Tylenol in my mouth, blow my nose, and find some things for Tralee and I to do today.

Hopefully I'll fell better by tomorrow. At least for Body's sake, she's really ticked off she can't stay in bed all day.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Latest Achievments

Tralee's been saying a few more words lately. She's a late talker, so we're always impressed and proud when a new sound or word is achieved. Here are the words Tralee uses:

1. "Puh!" Translation: Jump

2. "Weee!!!" Usually done when she's swinging or being thrown in the air by her daddy.

3. "Yay!!" Usually said while clapping her hands in excitement. She says "Yay" after we sing one of her favorite songs, she does something she's proud of (like building a HUMUNGO tower of blocks), or when she sees something she likes (Daddy walking through the door after a long day of work).

4. "Peh-Ey" translation: Pretty

5. "Dah-Ey" translation: Doggy or Daddy

6. "Bye Bye" A universal word said for both "hello" and "goodbye" kind of like "Aloha"

7. Mom or Mama

8. "Seey" translation: Silly

9. "Da-dee-dee" Translation: Amen. She says "Da-dee-dee" after every prayer when we say "amen." We just roll with it.

10. "Toot! Toot! Toot!" Usually said after someone farts -- it's funny, cause it's always "the dog" that farts around here.

11. "Up" Usually said when she's been tugging on my leg trying to get me to pick her up.

12. "Pa Pa Pa" Translation: Pat or Clap

13. "BAA" Translation: Ball

14. "Go! Go! Go!"

15. "Buhba" Translation: Bubble

16. "Sheesh" Translation: Shoes

That's about it for her words. Tralee does some mean animal sounds. She's learned elephant, kitty, snake, and doggy. However, her doggy isn't your typical "woof!" Instead, Tralee prefers to pant like a dog after we ask her "What does doggy say?" She must see our chubby pug huffing and puffing all the time.

Tralee has been working on letters and numbers as well. She can correctly identify lots of letters when we ask her to. She's especially good and "A" and "B." She also loves to "count." She doesn't say the numbers, but she does a really good job mimicking how I help her count. It's adorable! Here's a video of her "counting" her puzzle pieces, at the end she does the elephant sound, but turns her back to the camera. You get the gist of it though.

I read somewhere that at Tralee's age, kids should be able to jump, walk up and down stairs, and may possibly be able to stack at least two blocks on top of each other. I laughed at this, because Tralee's been jumping (I'm talking, REAL both-feet-off-the-ground LEAPING) since she was 13 months. She's also been walking (by herself) up and down stairs (not even holding onto the railing at times) since she was around 13 or 14 months as well. As far as the block building goes, Tralee makes towers taller than she is out of blocks. The other day Jim called to me from Tralee's room, "Leslie, get the camera right now!!!!" By the time I found it, and raced up the stairs I heard the crumbling of a tower. I missed it, but Jim said it was the BIGGEST tower he's ever seen! Tralee was standing on her tip-toes to get the next block on top. I'm sorry I missed it! Tralee's a GREAT block builder, in fact, anything that can be stacked, she will!

We were at a restaurant the other night and Tralee made a beautiful tower out of the ketchup bottle, the steak sauce, and the pepper shaker on top. It was quite impressive as these are not easy things to stack! The waitress didn't believe that Tralee did that on her own, but we assured her we had nothing to do with it -- except make sure Tralee didn't knock it down and send steak sauce flying everywhere.

Tralee has always been ahead of the game physically, crawling, walking, and climbing, way before the rest of her age group. This is one of the reasons I think the verbalizing is coming a little slower. She's been so focused on all the physical aspects, that talking was put on the back burner. We're seeing some real improvements with Tralee's talking as of late, and we couldn't be prouder!

It sure is fun watching her learn and grow everyday!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Offal that wasn't so awful

WARNING: Don't look at pictures, or read post for that matter, if you have a weak stomach, or faint at the sight of blood. You've been warned!

A few weeks ago Jim and I watched an Iron Chef episode where the secret ingredient was offal. For those of you who don't know what offal is, basically it's all the extra bits of animal that aren't typically eaten (tongue, lungs, heart, you get the idea). Jim and I were fairly amused by this Iron Chef challenge, and kept asking each other "would you try that?"

Fast forward to a few days ago. Jim walks through our door with a red cooler, the kind you might expect an organ to be transported in. He had a big smile on his face and exclaimed "We have meat!" You see, Jim's Mom and her husband Jeff purchase calves in the spring, fatten them up, and butcher them in the fall. I try not to look at the cows too much while they're grazing in Jeff and Tricia's field, as I'm afraid I might get attached and then cry when the butcher comes to town. Anywho, the cooler contained exactly what Jim promised it would: Meat, meat, and more meat to stock our freezer with. This could only mean one thing, Patty O'Beef and Patty O'Hamburger (Jeff's name concoctions) had sacrificed (though I'm not sure they did so willingly) themselves to feed us all, and Jeff and Tricia were kind enough to help stock our freezer with their heifers. Usually I cook with ground turkey and chicken, however, how can I say "no" to FREE meat, that is organically raised by my in-laws? I can't, that is, unless I was stupid.

Anyway, back to the story. Jim decided to re-arrange our freezer so Patty O. and Patty O. would fit. My job was to hand him things from the cooler to place in the freezer. I handed him ribs, steaks, and ground meat, then I came to something I didn't quite recognize.

"What's this?" I asked.
"What does it look like?" Jim replied.
"Heart?" I hoped he'd say no.
"Bingo!" He said instead.
"Jim, you just took this because we watched that show about offal!"
"Uh, yeah. It's gonna be awesome when you cook it for me!"
At this I rolled my eyes and vowed that the cows' hearts would sit in our freezer until they (not so unfortunately) passed their expiration date. I was sure Jim would forget about them anyways.

I was wrong.

He brought up the awful offal every few days. "When are you going to cook the heart?" He'd ask. Today, I finally gave in. Why? Because I love my husband, and he usually eats whatever grub I lay before him. He rarely complains about my cooking (or lack thereof) and NEVER asks for specific meals. . . that is until the heart came into the picture.

I dutifully searched the internet for "beef heart recipes" and was pleasantly surprised at the amount that came up. I decided on a nice (EASY) recipe titled German Sweet and Sour Beef Heart. It's basically a gravy that you pour over mashed potatoes. Everyone likes mashed potatoes, so I thought if the heart turned out gross, we'd at least have something to eat.
Here they are in all their gory (get it?)

Preparing the heart was the most difficult part. I couldn't decide if I was in a horror movie, doing a science experiment, or actually cooking dinner. When the recipe said, "trim off fat and . . . ahem. . . entrails from heart" I nearly lost my breakfast. I realized my face was all disgusted looking as I was dealing with entrails, so I thought I better capture it in a photo.

The rest of the recipe was just about throwing a whole bunch of crap in the slow cooker, and waiting a few hours. Then I made a gravy from the broth, cut the cooked heart into cubes, added that to the gravy, and when all was said and done, I poured the gravy and heart over my home-made (extra yummy) mashed potatoes. I thought this meal would be nicely enhanced with some brussel sprouts, but I didn't have any, and was too lazy to drive to the store to buy some, so we had canned green beans instead (canned by Jim's mom and Jeff from their garden -- WOOHOO!).

Okay, so I don't know how to "plate." I'm sure it could have looked A LOT prettier, but I'm just not creative, what you see is what you get. Deal with it.

The next most difficult thing was to actually try the heart. I must admit, I was mildly curious about what the heart would taste like, and I'm usually keen to try anything (within reason) at least once. I'm no Andrew Zimmern , but I thought I might as well give this whole heart thing a shot. Plus, the smell of my cooking was really quite pleasant. As far as the heart goes, I liked it. I didn't love it, but it was decent. You could definitely tell it was offal, but not in a gross way. It wasn't "awful." The gravy was divine! Jim loved the whole thing, but Jim's weird, so I knew he would. He even said, "Oh, this meal warms my heart. Get it Hon? Get it?"

I got it.

So, that's that. My adventures in cooking offal!

So, would you try it?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tralee's New Favorite Video

We found this video on youtube. Tralee just learned how to make the elephant sound, so I was looking up elephant videos for her to watch. I found this one instead. It's an elephant jumping on a trampoline -- completley random, I know. However, Tralee LOVES jumping and she loves elephants now, so this was a video made just for her. The first few times we watched it she laughed hysterically! It was too much fun! Now, Tralee just says "Jump!" and "WEEEEEEEEE!!!" every time the elephant takes another jump on the tramp and does flips through the air. Tralee's "jump" sounds more like, "Puh." So as you watch this video imagine her laughing and saying "Puh! Puh! Puh! WEEEEEEEEE!!!!" every few seconds. I love it!!

I also just realized an elephant video is kind of appropriate for today, being voting day and all. Maybe I'll try and find a donkey jumping next.

What I did today . . . so far

Woke up

Visited the ladies room (for the third time since I went to bed last night. What can I say, I'm pregnant.)

Changed a diaper

Stole some of Jim's cereal for breakfast (he hates that since, "Jim doesn't share food!" Just like Joey from Friends. It makes it that much more fun to steal things off his plate!)

Laughed with Jim as Tralee did her "new" animal sound -- elephant!

Said family prayers and kissed Jim goodbye

Fed Tralee and myself

Went to bathroom

Bathed Tralee and self

Checked blogs and e-mails

Counted things with Tralee

Colored with Tralee

Played with blocks, I'm sure you know who with

Played Starfall, yup with my daughter

Watched "Elmo" a.k.a. Sesame Street in between bathroom breaks

Checked facebook, blogs, and e-mails again

Changed another diaper

Took dog and Tralee for walk

Fed Tralee and self lunch

Had to pee again

Called Jim

Picked up almost all of pantry Tralee tore down, except for three cans of pumpkin puree Tralee likes to stack, and a few starbursts I didn't even know were in there.

Forced self to do dishes (my LEAST favorite chore. . . EVER)

Opened up a starburst for Tralee to eat (she ate a good lunch, she was entitled)

Picked up toys all over floor

Watched as toys instantaneously spread across floor AGAIN

Read books to Tralee

Took one can of pumpkin puree away from Tralee to bake pumpkin chocolate chip cookies -- SO GOOD!

Ate too many pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Watched Tralee pull the bowl of Halloween candy down from shelf and spread it out all over floor.

Counted candy on kitchen floor with Tralee for a good half hour. The girl loves to count!

Talked to Jim

Had to go to bathroom. . . again

Checked blog and e-mails. . . again

Mapquested where to vote

Changed another diaper

Voted with Tralee in tow -- HOORAY!

Was sad I didn't get an "I Voted" sticker. . . seriously, did they run out? I was really excited about the sticker.

Talked to Jim again

Peed again

Called and talked to Mom about voting and other things

Yelled at dog for stealing a starburst from Tralee and eating it

Wondered what to make for dinner

Wondered some more

Decided to stop wondering and blog about day while eating another pumpkin cookie and sipping on a glass of 1% milk.

It was a pretty good day so far. . . now, off to the ladies room!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Trick or Treat

We had a pretty fun Halloween season. Between pumpkin picking, our ward trunk-or-treat (which is where those ADORABLE fairy princess pictures emerged), trick-or-treating with Jared and Audie Jacobs and their girls, and Jim doing his usual Halloween pranks, we had a blast!

Here are some pictures from trick-or-treating with the other Jacobs family.

We had two costumes to choose from (thanks to Adrienne Jacobs) so for trick-or-treating Tralee was a bumblebee. She was a pretty adorable one at that!
Jovie was the star trick-or-treater. She would march up to every door, knock, and then triumphantly shout "trick or treat!" or "Happy Halloween!" or "Happy Hallowtreat!" She was pretty cute. Tralee on the other hand would shy away from any door with spooky music, scary Halloween decor, or just simply because she didn't want to. She had to take Jovie's lead several times, and instead of saying any Halloween greeting Tralee would mumble in her own language. She still got candy, so I guess to each their own!

Below is Jovie and Tralee getting some candy. Tralee refused to hang onto her bucket, aparently a smiling pumpkin is too scary. So, we carried her bucket for her, but after a while she was a pro at picking out a piece of candy and throwing it in her bucket.

Tralee was pretty happy to be out and about.
However, after a while she slowed down significantly to the point that Jim had to carry her on his shoulders or she just wouldn't move.
Our last stop was Jim's Uncle's house. This is the same house I wrote about last year, where they take pleasure in scarring the kids. As you can see below, they didn't have to so anything but sit there and Tralee was freaked!!! Anytime Tralee got scarred on Halloween she did a weird little growly sound. Poor little thing didn't know what to think!

After helping our girls collect as much candy as possible, Audie and I went inside Jim's Uncle's with the girls while Jim and Jared took part in the spooking ritual. Jim was a huge scary dude with a hunchback. Jared was . . . uh . . . a spooky girl in a dress! He actually pulled it off better than any girl could have, he danced and everything! Audie was so proud of her husband. Jim and Jared actually made a pretty cute scary couple. What Halloween will do to some people! CRAZY!

Until next year. . .