Sunday, October 29, 2006

Let's play catch-up!

Oh boy, do I have a lot of pictures to show you! It's been awhile! First up, Sophie in her Halloween festivities. I bought a bandana for her, then outlined the pumpkins and stars in orange puff paint to give it some "pop." I considered buying her a Halloween costume, but I couldn't find any and besides, she doesn't have anywhere to wear it. If only they would give out dog bones, she could go trick-or-treating!




Next up, the Broadways had a Halloween costume party on Friday. Mike and I went as War and Peace, although people kept guessing we were Forrest Gump and Jenny. Also very clever. I tie-dyed the shirt myself! I was pretty proud at my first stab at tie-dying.


The lifegroup boys. Scott (on the left) was Gene Simmons. It was creepy, so much so that I had trouble looking him in the eye. He didn't just look like a rock star, he took on the whole persona. Next to Scott is Ben, who was a punching bag. His wife Danielle was a boxer, and she made his costume.
Ken and Sherri Broadway, the hosts, were from the show Deal or No Deal.



This is Dave Hutchings, I mean Quasimodo. He's the music director at our church.

Finally, Mike and I went to Jacksonville to visit our friend Aaron this weekend. We went to an air show, which the boys enjoyed, although I could have done without it. Too much testosterone!


This is us with Ken Shockley, the stupidest guy in the world. He put three F-16 jet engines in his semi and races planes. Like I said...
And finally, the long-awaited blue angels.





It was really good to see Aaron and relax this weekend. After the show we went to a sports bar for the Gator game, where we watched them pound the bulldogs. So that was fun! On Sunday we went to Aaron's church, Crossroads UMC, then lunch at the Olive Garden. It took us 2 and a half hours to get from Jacksonville to Gainesville on the way home, which is WAY longer than it should have. There was some sort of hold-up in Starke, although we never figured out what it was. This weekend was fun, but it's good to be home, especially after that drive!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Last night, Stevie Wonder was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Freedom Awards Ceremony in Memphis. They also honored Dr. Bernard Kouchner, founder of Doctors Without Borders, and civil rights activist Dr. Joseph Lowery. How did they honor Stevie Wonder? With a video tribute. How ironic...

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

This video made me fall out of my chair laughing!

Talking cats

Sunday, October 15, 2006

The weather has been absolutely beautiful this weekend, and despite the embarassing loss by the Gators, we've been enjoying it. We've had the windows open, and Brooklyn has been enamored with it. We haven't had them open since we got her, and she loves looking out at the great outdoors. She'll sit there with her tail twitching, and usually she'll be concentrating so hard that it's easy to sneek up on her and make her jump - one of her daddy's hobbies! Today we caught her climbing up the screen!




Sophie got a new toy! She's become so adept at tearing open expensive toys that I decided to buy some cotton batting and stuff it into socks with a squeaker. Mike decided to make her the "ultimate toy," with a random sock that wound up in our laundry and a handful of squeakers. She couldn't wait!


Eventually she decided to give up on waiting and go right to the source. Unfortunately, they don't put squeakers in the package at the factory!

How the heck does he get them all off?!?

Saturday, October 14, 2006

What a handsome family...

We had portraits done at Sears this morning, and we were thrilled with the results:


The photographer was GREAT with Sophie! She also said Sophie was the best dog she had ever photograped! Of course I kept my pocket stuffed with treats, so that helped.
I LOVE this picture of her! I think it really shows her personality.

Friday, October 13, 2006

The great pumpkin is here!


I picked up a cute little pumpkin for fall, but I didn't want to carve it, because it depresses me when Jack-O-Lanterns collapse and smell like feet after Halloween. Sooooooooo I decided to draw on my pumpkin instead. I drew inspiration from a picture of a quilt I took at a display at the Museum of Natural History. I was pretty happy with the results. It's sitting on my kitchen table right now as the only piece of fall decoration I own. When I get my own house I'm going to have lots of storage and have lots of decorations for every holiday!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

I wanted to quickly share with you my new favorite quote:


The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously"
-Hubert H. Humphrey



How true, how true!!

-Jacki

Monday, October 09, 2006

Could it be?

It seems that winter is finally beginning to make an appearance here in Gainesville. It's almost unsettling to me, I think because summer lasted so long that I began to believe that it would be hot until eternity. I wore a sweater to class today, and it was nice.

Funny story

We keep the cat's food in the hall closet so the dog won't get to it. Mike took out the four bottom slats on the closet door, and Brooke immediately caught on. Apparently, so did Sophie. Mike and I got home a few weeks ago and heard the dog whining. I thought she had gotten shut in the bedroom, and as I was hurrying to let her out, something from the hall closet sniffed my ankle. There was Sophie's head, looking out at me from inside the hall closet! Ladies and gentlemen, I have never seen a live birth, but after seeing her squeeze herself out of that tiny space, I have a pretty good idea of what it's like. Imagine this, only more so:And yes, she ate every bit of the cat food in Brooklyn's bowl. Mike replaced one of the slats, so hopefully Sophie won't get in there again. It makes for a great story, though!

Monday, October 02, 2006

The busy man is troubled with but one devil; the idle man by a thousand.
-Spanish proverb


This weekend Mike and I went to see my family. I'm really glad that I got to slow down a little and see them. They always seem to put everything in perspective for me. I got to see my grandmother for the first time since she left to travel for the summer, and Mike seemed to really enjoy the tradeshow. We caught the last half of the Gator game - the good half - at dinner after the show. We're now 5 and zero, and I like those numbers! Tim Tebow (the freshman quarterback) got some more playing time, and despite begrudingly acknowledging him at the start of the season, I was quite impressed. The boy thinks he's all that and walks around campus like he owns the place, but he stiff-arms players like you wouldn't believe. I don't have anything due this week, so I'm making sure I DON'T fall behind!