Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Halloween

So, call me crazy, but I really don't like Halloween. I think when you are little, it is really fun. In elementary school you get to design your own pumpkin sugar cookie, drink red punch, play Halloween bingo and walk from class to class showing off your costume. Those were the days!
I have had a couple really awesome Halloween memories though. When my brother Ryan was little, he dressed up as a cute little pirate. He wore the striped leggings, the pirate hat and of course the eye patch. When Ry wore his pirate eye patch he seemed to be really clumsy. . .falling down, running into anything and everything. . .doors, walls, etc. It was that Halloween that my parents found out that Ryan had vision problems in one eye (and of course the eye patch was worn on the one good eye) It was pretty funny.
I dislike the monster/blood/goblin part of Halloween. There is nothing worse than changing the T.V. channels and getting an eye full of some nasty alien thing. I really don't like scary movies. I am 25 years old, and I still get nightmares from Goosebumps on the cartoon network. Pathetic!
So, Alec and I have learned to enjoy the holiday in a completely different fashion. We have some neighbors who are die hard Red Sox fans, and both Alec and I have been Yankee fans since we were young. For quite some time, even before I married Alec, my family and my neighbors had a friendly rivalry going on. The last couple of years Alec and I have carved these detailed Yankee-themed pumpkins and leave them on our Red Sox Lover's porch through out the night. Last year, we put a sign on their door on Halloween night for the kids to read when they rang the doorbell. It read, "Instead of saying 'trick or treat', say 'Yankees rule' and we will give you more candy!" We were hiding in the bushes just dying when the kids yelled, "Yankees Rule!" Then of course our friend would yell out into the night, "Ramptons!..." It was awesome. Each time they took a sign down we had at least 30 or more to put up. Early into the trick or treating process they ran out of candy and drove down to the store to get more. We watched them leave, it was the best!

Both Alec and I are in the Young Women and Young Men's programs in our ward, and this last week we had an awesome activity called the "Mall Brawl" that Alec used to do with his ward when he was younger. We had some of the leaders from our group (Alec and I included) dress in disguise and go to Fashion Place Mall, while the the other leaders took the youth in groups to to find as many of the disguised leaders as they could within half an hour.

Alec was in a wheel chair and I dressed like a guy with a goatee and dreds and everything! Alec stayed in the food court and kept his head down in a book, and I walked around the mall. People kept passing by us without recognizing us! It was so fun! Hopefully we will do it again next year!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

"When it Rains, It pours!"

So don't call me an ingrate, (because Alec & I are squatting in my parents lovely home while they are on their mission in Australia for the next three years), BUT. . .does everything have to fall apart at once?
First, it was us getting robbed while my parents were still here, and we had to put a security system in AND build a garage.
Then when my parents had left on their mission, we got a leak in the roof. I am a new home owner (well, sort of. . if you can call what Alec and I are doing as "home ownership", which you can't) but I do know that the elements of the outside are supposed to stay outside!
Next, I get home from work only to step into a puddle of water from our flooding pipes on the basement floor. It was dark when I entered, so I couldn't see the water. You know when you see a stranger who's about to cross the street and is about to step into the deepest sink hole of water ever? And they don't know it! That is the best! (Well, maybe you don't think it's funny either because YOU are the person I am talking about, OR it is because you are a nice, decent human being). I am neither! haha! Anyway, initially we thought we would have to replace the water heater, but it turns out we just needed a new part. Thank Goodness!
Well, this week our furnace had to be shut off after a safety inspection that we failed. . .badly. The carbon monoxide our furnace was producing was extremely high and dangerous. So here I am, in slippers, sweats, and a sweatshirt struggling to type due to my frozen fingers.

So, that's life up here in our home. Can't wait to see what will happen next week!

Life is Precious

This past weekend Alec and I were touched by a funeral service for a very dear and beautiful person. All through out the meeting, she was often referred to by family members and friends as a "beautiful person inside and out," and she truly was. I can't think of a better word to describe one's self or one's life. She brought sunshine and light to all she met, and I feel very privileged to have known her. How saddened I am to think how young she was when she passed, but how impressed I am by the way she lived her life. Adventurous Lisa, delightful Lisa, and Beautiful Lisa-we love you.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Crazy Bode

I was just going through our photos and videos and found this. Bode is crazy!