Christmas is coming...

Daunting a little, isn't it, to think how true that statement really is. Summer is officially over. Today it's snowing... October starts tomorrow... The days are shorter. (Wow, Debbie Downer, huh!)

But, alas, there are many fun things about fall. Let me name just a few...

A) Fall Fashion. I love me a cozy sweater and scarf!
2) The holiday season is coming and that means, we get off work!!
D) Garrick and I are going to do Christmas Carol again at the Hale!!!
Christmas Carol 2006
I was not going to do it again. I was just going to keep working at the PB. I keep claiming I am retired... but, come on. Who am I kidding. I love it and had to do it again. Gar was asked to come back to do Christmas Present again (yes, he's just that good folks!)

So I went to call backs, sang a tune, and called called to be in the show. (That's the short version of the story). I am SO excited. It should be a good time. We start rehearsals a week from today and we open the first week in December! I will still work at the PB on the weekends, the cash is too good to let go of!


I love Jim


Gotta love Ang.....


This weekend was a fun, family weekend. We both worked on Saturday and then went to a birthday party for our friend T-Bone. It was fun... from what I remember. HaHaHa!

Then Sunday came and we built a fence (this is where the clever title comes in...). We bought all the supplies last weekend. It really amazes me how guys just have it in their blood and have the know hows to build things... I went a married myself a handyman. Who knew? It just keeps getting better!

When we were at Lowe's, he knew all the proper building supplies to get... I told him that I would have just bought the fence that was already assembled and propped it up on something. But Gar got all the necessary parts! Amazing... here are all the parts in our garage eagerly awaiting to be put together.
So Sunday morning, after stopping to get some greasy breakfast to kick the hangovers, Gar got his hammer, leveler, nails, measuring tape, little shovel, big shovel, and his tool belt and got to work. I'm sure that there were many more tools that he used, I just have no clue what they are called.

This is the one of the holes for the posts. Who knew that you had to dig a hole and cement the post in? Not me.

The holes are dug and ready for the cement. Now, I wasn't just sitting there looking beautiful while Gar slaved away digging the post holes, I was mowing the lawn. That is the only yard work that I actually like to do. I still remember the time my dad taught me how... Ahh, memories...
At any rate, it took no time to get the posts in the ground and cemented... I really want to know where Gar got this knowledge. I helped him while we were dating to put up a vinyl fence for his Aunt Phyllis and it took him no time, he didn't even have instructions. It must be in the male blueprint I guess.
There are many steps to building a fence. Again, I had no idea that home improvement work is so involved. But it is fun and I enjoy the time that Gar and I get to spend together. I love him and our little family.

So here we have both posts up and the 2, lets call them the guard rails (?) up. It's starting to resemble a fence, no?

Half way done and just a few slivers. In fact, we went without injury. I did manage however to break a nail. What's a girl to do?

We did it the old fashioned way, no electric hammer, just Gars big guns and my help of holding the frame in place while he hammered away.

It only took a couple of hours, maybe 2 hours, and we were finished. Doesn't it look great? It is 8 feet long and 6 feet high. We decided not to stain it. I think the natural wood color is very nice looking and looks great against the tan brick of the house.
We are stilling trying to figure out what to do with this little piece of land... Rip out the tree? Cement the whole thing? Plant a garden? (That last one is entirely too much work!) I tell Gar that we should cement it for our boat. A girl can dream, right.
Gar is such a great handyman and husband. He has done so much to make our house a home. It is true, the projects never end.

While Gar and I were working we look over and see that Mr. Toby wants to help. This little guy has the ENTIRE yard to himself. But, the boy hardly ever leaves our sides. It's endearing really! We look over and he is hard at work digging a hole of his own. We have never seen him do this. It was adorable. His tiny little feet just working away. He so wanted to help.

So the fence is up and Mr. Toby has his field of grass, a territory to guard, and to call his own. I think he is going to love it. I know I'm going to. This morning I opened the door, let the little man out and then closed the door and finished getting ready for the day. How liberating it felt. I didn't have to stand outside pleading with Mr. Tobs to "GO POOH ALREADY!!"

It's a good life we live.
And how thankful I am for everyone and all that I have in it.


Vegas and Babies?

What is the title of this blog entry all about you ask? Vegas and Babies.

Well, Gar's bro, Jesse and his wife Jamie, just a baby girl... Gar is a proud Uncle and I am a proud Aunt once again. This is the first niece/nephew that Gar has from a blood sibling. She could not be any cuter, right?

Brooklyn was born last Thursday and she is perfect. The little family is doing great. Jesse is Gar's baby bro. He and Jamie are too cute and are both very into animals. Let me just tell you they live with about a million animals. They decorated the nursery with the cutest animal decor. It is super cute!

Welcome to the family little Brooklyn. We can't wait to meet you.
We love you Jesse and Jamie, CONGRATULATIONS!

Well while Jesse and Jamie were having a life changing moment and making a family, Gar was in the city of sin... When he got home on Saturday I told him he forgot the camera, he said "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas". HA HA... Well lucky for me, one of his co-workers manage to document the fabulous trip and Gar gave me a few to share.

This is Gar and a couple of co-workers that went along too. The nerd headquarters was at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. They stayed at the Luxor hotel. FUN!

Here are some great photo ops of Gar. Not quite sure where they are or what these sculptures are, but they are pretty cool...
Yea, that's Gar on the top of the snake thing....
He had a blast and said that the nerd convention was great. He learned a ton and managed to only loose a few dollars to Vegas.


VIVA Las Vegas

I wish that I can say that Gar and I are there on a fabulous vacation, but that is just not going to happen... Gar is actually headed to Vegas right now as I type, but it is for work. I am jealous though, the man will have free time and will have a blast and if he plays his cards right (no pun intended) he will win us millions and I will be able to leave the PB and he won't have to do the DStar... We'll see. Keep you fingers crossed!

He is going to a nerd convention, wait, I meant the huge photoshop convention there for his work. It's the biggest nerd/photoshop convention in the world, fun! There are about 5 of them going. What a blast! I did however manage to keep his debit card and check book here... So that is a good thing. He will be back Saturday! Can't wait.

I will take some more photos of the house probably tomorrow and post them... Until then..