Sat for family portraits with Tim's family. Getting the kids to sit was another matter.
Organized Aidin's class Halloween party for Friday.
Continued sewing Halloween costumes.
Gotten back into the early-morning exercise groove after a month-long hiatus. (I have shin splints to remind me not to be such a slacker.)
And while I was doing some of those things, my kids camped at Clinton Lake with the grandparents (in the trailer), attended a Halloween party and carved pumpkins with their dad. And Tim was zombified along with a lot of other Lawrence folks.
And I continue to sew Halloween costumes. The kids are both *nearly* done. Tim's and mine - not so much. So ciao for now, my bloggy friends. I'll be back when they are all done - perhaps not until next week - to share the final product.
My niece Clare turned 13 on Saturday. It hardly seems possible.
(Yes, that is an incredibly awesome cheeseburger cake. The burger part is solid brownie. Yum!)
She was born when I was living in India. I didn't meet her for the first time until just before her first birthday. I am her godmother. My mom stood in for me at her baptism. She was the toddling flower girl at our wedding.
And I (we) love her to bits.
(Seriously, look at Eliot cheesing out there over the thrill of sitting next to the beloved birthday girl.)
Clare is right on the cusp. She's turning into a young lady and a jock at the same time. A few weeks ago we went to her volleyball game, now she's playing basketball. She's athletic and smart and artistic and musical and so very shy.
So we celebrated her birthday on Saturday. Just our side of the family. I wanted to give her something useful, so we bought a nice Camelbak water bottle and I made it a cozy, following Kathy Mack's tutorial. There will be no mistaking her water bottle when she comes back to the bench for a breather.
(I know, I know, more KU stuff. It really is a religion around here. All I can say it there is more to come... so brace yourselves.)
Our weekend was a blur, but then are weekends anything but at chez laeroport?
Dinosaur photos, carnival, Tim's band playing at the Gaslight, pre-performance potluck, grocery shopping, a trip to Pet World (the coolest locally owned pet store), tennis lessons and a birthday party.
And when we took a moment to look up, there were skydivers.
The carnival was a success. Our basket only brought $30 in the silent auction, but it was bought by Aidin's teacher, so I know that she'll use the gift cards for books for the class. So it's all good. But I will have to think of something else to make her instead of a book bag for Christmas.
There is always a cake contest as part of the carnival cake walk. Last year I entered and there were so many great cakes that I didn't even get an honorable mention. This year I thought, "the heck with it," and didn't even enter the contest.
And I won third prize.*
Woo Hoo! I haven't won a prize since 1990 when my boyfriend's mom entered two of my photographs (un-be-knownst to me) in the Washakie County (Wyoming) fair. Evidently, the key to me winning something is to not know that I'm entered.
I think my luck must be ready to turn around. Over the weekend I also found my cell phone which had been missing for over a month and I'd already replaced and the diamond earring that I lost last week.
I'm feeling lucky indeed. Happy Monday!
* No photographic proof as I was running the Duck Pond game all night and my mom hasn't e-mailed me her pictures yet. ;)
This evening is a school carnival for Aidin. Each family was asked to bring a cake for the cake walk. Here's my contribution.
Less involved than last year's cake walk creation, but I was still up past midnight in the making - thus the dark dark photos. And because you can never have enough cakes, an extra (the coffee cake I posted on Monday) gussied up with some leftover vanilla frosting and some marchino cherries.
The carnival also includes a silent auction. Our Brownie troop put together a book basket as a service project for the school. It includes a book bag made from my stash, $75 in gift certificates to two local used book stores (which were purchased by selling some of our old books back to the stores), a new Jack & Annie Magic Tree House book and bookmarks made by the girls. I hope it brings a lot of money.
A bit more sewing on the plate for this weekend, as Saturday my niece Clare turns 13. Oh, my. Then on to a secret embroidery project that I'll be able to share at the end of next week.