Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Acorn Games

I ate so much junk this week.  When brother Jason comes around (my actual brother and not a member of the Sunshine Carpet Cleaners), 
he comes with lots of sugary things and carbs.  The things of my dreams.  I could own how my self control level falls to zero when the sugar and carbs of all kinds, including the white potato, take over our counter space, or I could speak truth.  That truth being that it is the fault of the singing bread, as it dances into my brain and makes me eat it. There's really very little to be done about it.
noooooooooooooo dancing bread.  Why do you do this to me?????

Now Jason and Krystal and cutie niece Tessa are gone, and I am left to fight off a larger-than-elephant-sized sugar carb crash, with the leftover, generic oreos and pumpkin roll taunting me from the kitchen.  noooo generic oreos and pumpkin roll.....noooooooo.

This is how I feel today.
But I told you here that we would keep you updated on The Acorn Games.  And so I will.

We had lots of fun gathering and throwing acorns together as grown adults. We intended to throw them around more often...but then this came up...
  and this.
 
This needed to happen...


and lots of this... 

 
 
 
no.
 
  
   
And then this little girl, who sings and pretends Frozen every day, needed a trip to The Frozen Store (Disney store) with her aunt, to bring home a little Anna, who happens to look an awfully lot like herself.
We also colored the head lice coloring pages.  Although Tessa thought they were spiders and began to animatedly sing "Itsy Bitsy Spider".   Of course when I got out the camera, she decided to be her mischievous self, and would not sing.

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And then she sang it, but with her added style and words...something about a banjo.
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Then she sang it very well...
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so close.

But there WERE acorn games.  Some more competitive than others.  With all the other activities going on, brother Jason held fast to his title, left unchallenged for most of the week.
 
trying to tip the last cup.
 
The games are made up as we go, a perfect game for firstborns, since that's what they do best.  We had 5 firstborns living here this week.  So you can imagine. Daughter Sara came up with the initial idea of course, since she is very much a first born.
The winner makes up the next acorn game.  The first one to win two games of those played wins that session of The Acorn Games, keeping the trophy until challenged by any of us.
final winner brother Jason
 
    
Post-trophy ceremony, a battle of another kind began.
It went something like this:

brother Jason: "I don't want it."
sister me: "What do you mean you don't want it?  She's awesome."
brother Jason:  "Where am I going to put it?"
sister me:  "I don't know.  Anywhere.  She's great."
brother Jason:  "I don't think we need her."
sister me:  "You won. Take her!"

And so Lady Gnome, who at one time existed to simply sit in a fall garden and ask questions but now holds high the acorn of winning while balancing a full grown turkey in her other arm, traveled on to a new land to live with final winner Jason and his family...
until next year...

How are you making your today world beautiful?


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Superheros Unite!!!



We did it.
Husband Dion and I ran our first 5K.  It was a Superhero 5K and that part of it was super fun.  Congrats to my brother Jason, who won first in his age bracket, 7th overall (and was kind enough to circle back to run with us at the end).  
Currently he is also holding the trophy for The Acorn Games...here they sit boasting of his greatness on the fireplace mantle.
I wasn't so happy with my run, but it's been 2 weeks since our last practice run, so I kinda expected it. Participating at all in a running event is accomplishment big enough for me. 
The best part was the costumes.  Jason was Spider-Man.  Dion was Mountain Man.  I'm not sure what his superpowers were, but he was Mountain Man, because he is from the mountains. I was Linnet Hero with the superpower of slowing things down, my strength being asking regularly if we're there yet. 
What I can't figure out is why we pay to do these things.  It felt like they should be handing us twenties as we crossed the finish line.  We did go out for Thai afterwards, so that was a good incentive.  We didn't catch any bad guys unfortunately, and although Dion and I tried to fly with our capes,  that didn't work very well either (Spiderman cannot fly in the first place-he has web powers).  So it's good to be back to normal humans.  Running is really hard for me.  I will keep trying for awhile longer.  I keep saying I will stop trying one of these times, but I think I may be improving just a little bit...so we'll see...
I found this dress two summers ago for 5 dollars at Goodwill with intentions to alter it for a Bad Prom 5K.  
The back side: Look at that big bow placed at just the right spot.  The sales guy at the goodwill said it's like a giant bottle of pepto bismol.  Perfect for a bad prom.
That race was cancelled, and so I became determined to make it somehow work for this Superhero Race. Although I didn't wear what I was originally working on (wasn't feeling it)...
the over all concept stayed the same...
...lots of pink and black and white stripes.  The leg warmers are from Amazon.  They looked good, but they kept falling down. After pinning them to my shorts, they ripped holes in my shorts, and then the pins jabbed me as I ran, but Superhero racers don't stop for a little blood.  Even slow ones.
So there were some glitches, but overall it worked out.  I found the wig for a dollar at our local discount store, and changed it up a little bit.
 
I used the bottom of the dress, a car decal, and the bow from the back side of the dress to make a cape.  The gloves are actually foot socks, which I will now wear as gloves.

Here's cutie niece Tessa and me after the race.  We are practicing our strength, flexing our super power muscles. 
Sometimes she closes her eyes when putting all of her strength into muscle making.
She sure is a super cute superhero, isn't she?!



How are you making your today world beautiful?


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