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Friday, October 30, 2009

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas < $20

Have you procrsatinated and don't know what to dress as for Halloween? Or maybe your just tired of spending a lot of money on Halloween costumes? Check out the video found here for cute ideas that don't break the bank, they're a green alternative, and provide family fun as well.

Costumes...Great for School

This Halloween, scare up some fun with these history- and lit-inspired costumes:

Ten US History-Inspired Halloween Costumes
1. Put on a three-corner hat and cape, pull a cardboard boat around your waist, and pose as George Washington crossing the Delaware during the American Revolution.

2. Dress up as Benjamin Franklin with a kite and singed hair. Be careful around the French maids.

3. Pretend to hitchhike as Christopher Columbus with a sign that says “India or bust.”

4. Dress up like Abe Lincoln – with two tickets in his breast pocket.

5. Test people’s knowledge of US history trivia by putting on a turn-of-the-century suit, carrying some bags of fake money, and painting your nose purple. Yes, JP Morgan really did have a purple nose.

6. Try a scandalous costume for a trio: Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy.

7. Wear a suit and a Richard Nixon mask. Carry a hallowed-out pumpkin filled with film. You’re reenacting the “Pumpkin Papers,” in which future President Richard Nixon used to take down Soviet spy Alger Hiss in one of the Cold War’s most notorious espionage cases.

8. Dress up as Betsy Ross with a half-finished American flag. Include a rainbow flag, a pirate flag, and yellow smiley face among your book of samples.

9. Sport your finest 1920s-style outfit, a plastic Tommy gun, a cigar, and your best Al Capone accent. Rave about the merits of the 18th Amendment and Prohibition.

10. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to flex those guns. Rosie the Riveter is one of the best “girl power” costumes in history. (World War II: Home Front)

Ten Literature & Poetry-Inspired Halloween Costumes
1. Bust out the Photoshop to make an “oil painting” of yourself aged about 50 years. Frame it, put on your best Victorian-style outfit, and trick-o-treat as Dorian Gray. (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

2. Go on a hunt after your friend who is dressed as a white whale with bloodshot eyes. Chase the whale around the streets with a toy harpoon in hand. Rant and rave to strangers about catching the whale. (Moby-Dick)

3. Dress up like a grizzled old sailor, rave unintelligibly, and hang a fake albatross around your neck à la “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”

4. Put on a collared shirt, a tie, a long coat, and a red hunting hat. Carry a record under your arm and collect candy as Holden Caulfield. (The Catcher in the Rye)

5. See who gets the Scout Finch reference when you walk around barefoot with a banged-up ham costume and knife slash through the back. (To Kill a Mockingbird)

6. Put on a straw hat and some ratty old clothes, pull a cardboard canoe around your waist, and try your luck as Huckleberry Finn. Don’t be afeared to use *some* Antebellum Missouri slang. (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)

7. Pay your dues to George Orwell by dressing up like a pig brandishing a liquor bottle and insisting that “two legs are better than four.” (Animal Farm)

8. Put on a long, plain dress and plaster a scarlet “A” to the front. Get your friend to dress like a priest. (The Scarlet Letter)

9. Dress up like Lady Macbeth and try to scrub imagined bloodstains off your hands. Rinse, repeat. (Macbeth)

10. For a truly terrifying Halloween costume, give your kid brother face paint, some tattered rags, a conch shell, and a (fake) pig head on a stake. Don’t let him see that you’ve got glasses. (The Lord of the Flies)

11. You'll need tights and Renaissance garb: Hamlet. Pace the streets emoting: “To be or not to be?” and “Methinks it is like a weasel.”

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Durham Halloween Party

Not So Scary Halloween Party

Every year for the past few years, Maury Hills Church hosts this community event. It gets bigger and better each year.

This year there was a costume parade, pictures for those that dressed up, Live Band, hotdogs/chili/drinks/cotton candy/CANDY, "trunk or treat", haybale maze, pumpkin decorating, storytelling, hayrides,and inflatables. If you come and don't have, then you just don't know how to! We had 400+ come this year.

The Duncan small group always goes all out in their costumes and this year was no exception (our preacher and his wife are a part of this group too) with a Michael Jackson/THRILLER theme. The undead even danced the THRILLER moves. It was great! There's video proof floating around Facebook. LOL

Here are a few pics of my own from this evening:

Kylei is a Hobo (her sign reads TRICK OR TREAT!) and Savannah is a Senorita

Michael Jackson comes out of his coffin for one last Dance Routine!

The undead dance likes there's no tomorrow!

Some zombies and others during the Costume Parade

SMURF HOUSE with all the Smurfs and their antagonist

Savannah on a Sugar High I think! LOL

Kylei is also a lil hyped up!

The girls on the fence...Daddy's there too!


My baby needs a whole hand to tell her age!

Savannah is 5 today! I cannot believe it and don't expect it to feel true for atleast another six months or so. lol

There's not going to be any big plans today though because we celebrated her birthday this past Saturday with a Tie-Dye themed birthday bash! It was a lot of fun and Savannah had a great time! Thank you to all who came. :)

Here are a few more pics from the party:

My family

The Tie-Dye crew (minus Luke who didn't want his pic taken)

SILLY FACES = Stick Your Tongue Out

Peace Emma!

Ollie loves Tattoos! haha

Me and MY Melanie

Wade and his "had to have" orange balloon :)

Kylei, Savannah, and Catherine

Vannah is for Peace and Ice Cream


Some party-goers gabbing: Wade, Tara, Luke, Lori,Carol (and Baby Brian)

Papa and Vannah playing after the party

Family Tradition to set the balloons in flight. 4 + 1 = 5 (for Vannah's age)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fall Break

For the last 2 weeks my children have been on Fall Break. Needless to say, I didn't get much of ANYTHING done. My husband fussed, but I felt like they should have a real break and be able to go and do stuff, so we went and did stuff.

Today and tomorrow are my days of Fall Break....but guess who's at home catching up on housework?


Sunday, October 18, 2009

RHS Class of '99 Reunion

It's hard to believe sometimes that I've been out of high school for 10 years. On the other hand, I can believe it. I've been married for 8 years and have two children now. Things seem a lot different in my life than they did 10 years ago and though I've gained a lot of wisdom since through experience and more education, I still don't feel 10 years older, though I'm certain I look it!

At any rate, a big THANK YOU to Charlene Sands Russell for putting together a reunion for our class. It was unfortunate that many couldn't/didn't make it, but it was still great to see those that did!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Maury Hills Church Anniversary Weekend

Join us as we celebrate 8 years together! Don McLaughlin of the North Atlanta Church will be with us. He'll speak Saturday night (that's TODAY!!) and at both services on Sunday. We'll also have uplifting worship and our normally exciting children's ministry!

Schedule: Oct 3-4

Saturday Night Praise, 6:00 pm
Sunday Worship, 9:00 & 10:30

101 Unity Drive
Columbia, TN 38401

Call me if you have any questions 931-309-8871

**This is me personally inviting you (if you're local) to join us. Tonight (Saturday) will be worship, praise, and Donuts/Cider afterward.

**I will be at both services on Sunday. 9:00 I'm in the Children's Ministry and at 10:30 I'll be in the worship hall.

LET ME KNOW IF YOU'RE COMING SO I CAN LOOK FOR YOU!! I love this church and I know you will too.

An Inconsistent Truth

Global warming and climate change - is it real or the biggest scam and swindle in history? Hosted by award winning radio host Phil Valentine (99.7 WTN-you can hear him at 4pm CST) and from director Shayne Edwards, this documentary film explores all sides of the science and gives a voice to the over 31,000 scientists that signed the Oregon Petition declaring it to be a hoax. It investigates the true motives of the UN and those who signed the Kyoto Treaty.

Barbie gets a Makeover

Savannah Barbie - I'd buy her!
Create your own FACEinHOLE

Friday, October 2, 2009

Halloween Short Film

I created (and I use that term loosely) a short animation of my family for you Halloween enjoyment. See it here and enjoy!!

Swine Flu vs Bird Flu


What is the difference between Bird Flu and Swine Flu?
For bird flu you need tweetment and for swine flu you need oinkment

Now aren't you sorry that you subscribe to this blog? :p

Batty about Fall

Well, Fall or Autumn if you prefer, is here (officially for a little over a week I think) but the weather has finally caught up!! Everybody enjoys this season. It's beautiful with all it's oranges, reds, and yellows; it's cruchy leaves; brisk days; and the scarecrows and pumpkins that begin to creep into our neighborhoods just bring back all sorts of warm memories. Even more than the Christmas season, it has a sense of home and comfort that just appeals to me on so many levels. So, happy fall yall! Hope we all remember to count our many blessings and enjoy this season while it's here. :)

Super Lindsey

You have to check this out!! It's a video featuring yours truly and it RoCkS!! LOL