Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Another great year!

First off I just have to say how proud I am of what the Vanessa Lauren Wolff Scholarship has become. In just a few short years we have held many fundraisers and have now awarded 2 VLW scholarships! It's such a great way to remember such a great classmate and friend.

All of the essays this year were incredible and choosing a winner was very tough. The essay that won was very touching and well written. The essay that won was about a car accident involving a mother and her children. The mother ended up passing away due to the injuries she sustained and was the winners grandmother. The essay portrayed how the reckless act of drunk driving not only ended her grandmothers life while leaving her mother and aunts/uncles without their mother, but it took away the experience for her never having met her grandmother. I hope that each year when we talk at the Students Against Drunk Driving assembly the girls are listening and realizing that life is too short to make stupid mistakes.

Our next fundraiser will be in February at Corks and Canvas. While the fundraisers we have had in the past have been rewarding, I hope that more fellow classmates will come out and support the cause. Don't forget, no amount is too small to donate.

Also, the scholarship was in the paper last week. It's great remembering Vanessa in this way and spreading the word via web and paper. Thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years, it means so much to us!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin Patch, take 2!

I read up on a cute little pumpkin patch in Hammond. You know a real pumpkin patch...not the kind in a parking lot. The one we went to last year was really cute, but I decided to try this one out. We really didn't know what to expect, but we ventured out to Hammond in search for the perfect pumpkin.

Once we got there we were shocked at how affordable it was! Plus, it was like a real farm. They had many activities for the kids ranging from a petting zoo, a zip line, a corn maze, face paiting, you name it! Noah was really excited once we entered.

As soon as we got there, we got his face painted. Noah is really into having his face painted. In typical pumpkin patch fashion, he got a pumpkin painted on his face.

They had this cute patch where you could search for the perfect pumpkin. Noah went up and down...and up and down and picked up just about every pumpkin there.

After chosing the 2nd perfect pumpkin, we then headed over to this jumpy thing. I'm not sure what it is, but is something in ground that is inflated with air. Noah had a blast on it...but it made me a nervous wreck. So nervous in fact that I thought he was about to fall off, so I ran over and fell in a hole like an idiot and sprained my ankle. Yep, sprained my ankle and fell straight to the ground. Definetly not my proudest moment. Noah and Clint went to venture off to the rest of the farm while I tired to "man up" at a picnic table with my bum ankle.

After the ankle fiasco, we ventured around the farm. They had a cow that you could milk (chill out, it was fake!), a water pump where you could race ducks down, and many places for photo ops. Just like at Boo at the Zoo, Noah wouldn't take a photo with either Clint or I. I can't wait to take Noah back next year, it was such a fun time...minus the ankle incident!

Why I hate Football...

First off just let me say that I grew up in a household with no brothers and a dad who could careless about any sort of sport. I don't have any memories of gathering around the TV to watch the Saints or the Tigers. I think because of this I don't find the need to plan my entire life around football season.

I admit that I'm a pretty avid TV watcher. I love many shows and I'm not sure how I lived 20+ years without DVR! However, I never say "Oh no, I can't go out on Thursday. I just can't miss The Office" or anything. Isn't that what DVR is for anyway? To let you live your life without being controlled by a TV and to be able to skip commercials?

I'm lucky in the sense that Clint could careless about college football. Phew! At least I have my Saturdays! However, whenever the Saints play it's a different story. I hate not being able to leave the house on Sundays, it's really cramping my style!

Even one of my best friends can't do anything when LSU or the Saints are playing. SERIOUSLY? It drives me bananas! "So, are you free next weekend?" I will ask her. Her response "Well...I'm free NEXT Tuesday". What? It drives me crazy! How do people give up their weekends for silly games? I'm only left with week days and when a BYE game is scheduled to see her. I guess I'll settle for a coffee date on a Tuesday for now.

When does the season end again?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Boo at the Zoo!

This is the 2nd time we have went to Boo at the Zoo. The 1st year Noah was only 8 months and didn't walk yet. Needles to say, this experience was totally different. Since Noah totally gets Halloween I decided to bring him back this year. Jade and Baby Gabe also came along!

As we entered the gates of the Zoo there were a few Star Wars characters and a pirate...who really looked like crazy drunk old man dressed as a pirate. Noah was dressed as a pirate that day so we took a second for a photo op.

Not sure if this section was new or I didn't notice it back in 2008, but they had a really cute toddler section. They had a bounce house (which Noah LOVED) and many games in this closed off area. Noah loved the candy corn golf, duck fishing and getting a "broken" finger.

Boo at the Zoo had tons of things to do besides the toddler area. They had other areas set up for different age groups, trick or treating, a boo zoo train and a live band playing. Noah and Gabe loved trick or treating, it was really cute!! The Hornets were also there giving out books with the Honeybees.

They had a really cute area set up with hay that was perfect for a photo shoot. Clint and I tried to get a decent picture with Noah...but he just wasn't having it. I then got an adorable picture of Jade and Gabe. Since Jade and Gabe took such a great picture, I had hope that Noah would take a decent group picture. Well, that was impossible! The two toddlers just weren't having it, this was the best shot we got.

Despite getting a great picture with Noah, we all had a great time. I can't wait to go back next year! The boys really enjoyed it. Plus, I love seeing all the kiddos dressed up.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Childrens Museum

In general, things advertised as "free" usually aren't. They usually have some catch to make you spend some denomination of money. This isn't the case for the Target Free Sunday at the Louisiana Childrens Museum.

Once a month the Childrens Museum has a Target Free Sunday. The first time we went was over the summer and I was glad that it was free because 1. it was TOO crowded to enjoy it and 2. Noah was a Mr. Cranky Pants.

However, this past weekend we went and it was so much fun! It was great that the Saints were playing because the place was pretty empty. Score for us! Since Jenna, Jade and I could care less if we missed the game it worked out perfectly for us.

The boys had a blast at the Childrens Museum. They made groceries at Winn Dixie, served their mommas at the restaurant and ran around like the crazy little boys that they are! The Target employees were even face painting. Noah got a football on his cheek and he thought it was the coolest thing.

I'm pretty sure that the Moms had a fabulous time too! We hope the next Target FREE Sunday is just as fun.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pumpkin Patch Lovin'

It's only natural that Noah is obsessed with the pumpkin patch, since he is in love with Halloween. One weekend we took Noah to a little local pumpkin patch in a church courtyard. It's obviusly not a "real" pumpkin patch, but I thought this would do to feed his needs.

Once we got to the pumpkin patch all Noah wanted to do was pick up every single pumpkin in sight! Since we had thoughts of going to a "real" pumpking patch, I told Noah to pick out the small pumpkin he needed for school.

This is obviously a very hard task for a 2 year old. Noah was definetly in search for the perfect little pumpkin. As he wandered around the patch, he wore this random hat they had there. It was pretty adorable.

After we found the one, I tried to get Noah to take some pictures. Stay tuned for Pumpkin Lovin' part 2!