Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Halloween was a month ago...

Halloween was a month ago, but I just finished my Halloween craft THIS MORNING, November 24. Better late than never, right? Thank goodness I didn't have work today or this may not have been completed until Christmas.

Come next Halloween, this will be proudly hanging on our front door.

Love, Brad & Courtney

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Birthday Wishes All Around!

So, I've been a terrible blogger lately. My last post was over TWO weeks ago! I guess we just haven't been all that exciting during this wonderful month of November. I've been super busy with work, school, and my new Young Women's calling, and Brad's been super busy trying to keep himself busy while I'm gone every single night of the week. But four exciting things have happened this month!

Numbers 1 and 2: Ryan and Chloe's birthdays!

Ryan turned 2 and Chloe turned 5! They're getting SO BIG! I can't even believe it, and I know their momma can't either. Brad and I were super bummed that we didn't get to see these two munchkins this year for their birthdays, seeing as for the past two years we have. We sure do miss them.

Number 3: Lori and Jared's one year anniversary!

I completely forgot to even ever post about Katherine Croft!! On September 25 (my mom's birthday) Lori and Jared were blessed with a sweet baby girl.
Welcome to the world baby Katie! We can't wait to meet you!

And Number 4: My brother Phillip's birthday which was yesterday. He turned 18! Just saying that makes me feel old. I can't imagine how my parents feel.
Not the nicest face, but I think this is a funny picture, so I'm sharing it.

This was after Christmas one year when Phillip and I both got new LG Chocolates - his was baby blue (like his cast) and mine was red. We were both learning together how to work them. This is definitely not the best picture of either of us, but it's a dear memory.

So to Chloe, Ryan, Phillip, and Katie - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! And HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Lori and Jared!

Love, Brad & Courtney

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Halloween is my all-time favorite holiday. I don't know what exactly it is that I love so much, but boy do I love it. Maybe it's the fact that for just one day the whole country is united in a celebration for children. Regardless of parties or whatever else people do, I think most everyone will admit that Halloween is solely about little munchins dressing up as whatever they want and going around to neighborhood houses seeking candy. How great is that!? And people go all out for this fabulous holiday. Seriously, some people are fanatics. I secretly hope to one day become one of those people. My goal is to buy more and more stuff on sale each year after Halloween, so maybe just maybe one day in the far off future I can be a Halloween decorating fiend. I also have a ginormously humongous and all around really big sweet tooth. I always have candy around. We even have a special drawer in our kitchen reserved solely for candy. Pathetic, yes. Fabulous, you know it! Don't be too jealous. Anyways, I just LOVE LOVE LOVE Halloween.

Unfortunately, this year Brad and I just simply didn't have the time to be creative with our costumes. :-( (But our 2011 costumes are already in the making and will be mind-blowing.) So, we borrowed from family and friends, pulled apparel out of our closet, make a few small purchases, and came up with this: 

In a word, fantastic. Except for several people giving me the evil eye and saying, "Well, I guess it is Halloween." First, I would like to say to those select individuals: Really? Is Tennessee really worth that response this year? It's not like we're really any competition. Second, I guess I must be a true fan. Third, YES, I know Tennessee lost on Saturday and has only won 2 games this season. Do you really think I can be dressed like this and NOT know that?! And fourth, when Tennessee is back on top in a couple of years (and they will be) don't come to me saying you're now a Tennessee fan. I might throw up on you. Needless to say, I was a little irritated that people didn't appreciate my plethora of UT goodness. Brad got a couple eye rolls from people who honestly couldn't believe that he grew up in Georgia and didn't bleed bulldog red.

I'm a little bummed because we neglected to get a picture of us dressed up with dogzilla. Maybe next year, right? We took Killer to Brad's parents' house on Sunday night for a walk around their neighborhood. I really wanted to go knock on doors, say trick or treat, and train Killer to bark after I said that, but Brad was way too embarrassed to do such a thing and wouldn't be embarrassed by me doing it by myself. So, we ended up just going on a late night walk with a dog dressed like a dinosaur, admiring the costumes, jack-o-lanterns, and decorations.

On Saturday night, we went to a church party. After dinner there was an activity called Trunk-or-Treat where all the kids walk around to all the cars parked in the parking lot. It's like going Trick-or-Treating but to car trunks instead of doors. We had a lot of fun! We even decorated our trunk for the occasion.

There was a competition for best decorated trunks. We knew we wouldn't win, because there were some pretty dang good decorated trunks in that church parking lot, and we literally just grabbed some decorations from around the house before running out the door. Well, guess what?!!

We won all-around favorite car!! Hooray! We were literally shocked! We got an amazing smelling bar of soap and matching candle, some stellar chapstick, and a $20 gift card to Target. Awesome! Our decorating materials didn't even cost $20. Score!

We hope your Halloween was a fantastic kick start to the holiday season. It definitely was for us! Enjoy all that sugary goodness as long as you can, but if you run out feel free to stop by our house. There's a candy drawer awaiting you.

Love, Brad & Courtney