Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween 2008

My neigborhood Hayden carved this LOST themed pumpkin. He did a great job!

Jack and Sawyer from LOST.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Thrifty shopping for Amanda

I have seen so many cute monogrammed things on other blogsites and decided that I wanted to get Amanda some monogrammed clothes. My first stop was Ebay. I was the highest bidder (2nd bid) and got this cute dress for $9.99! I typed in "Amanda monogram" into the search engine and up came this dress!

Amanda loved it! It came with a matching bow with an "A" monogrammed on it.

Here is an adorable dress that my mother-in-law made for Amanda for next summer.

Here is another great Ebay find. Again, I typed in "Amanda monogram" and up came this dress. The reason it came up is because it was made by a children's clothing company named "Amanda Remembered". I did some research on the etiquette of monogramming. When you use one letter, it came be the first letter of someone's first or last name.  The "F" was perfect. I was the only bidder and got the dress for $12.99!

This will look nice on Amanda at Christmastime.

I also love to go to Children's consignment sales. My favorite website to find sales in Atlanta is  One day when I was going to meet and pick up Amanda from her grandparents in Cumming, I stopped at a sale and found this cute Christmas dress for $7.00! It is by "Rare Editions" and still has the price tags on it for $34.99. I got a great deal!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Happy Birthday Rachel!

Amanda and I went to a Birthday Party for Rachel today!

The party was at a new McDonald's near Amanda's preschool. They had a huge indoor playground!

Everyone loved the Happy Meals, especially the Wizard of Oz toys that came with the meals.

Amanda helped Rachel open her present.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Poor Buddy!

Well, I usually don't post these kind of things, but Buddy got attacked by a dog that lives behind us this summer. Amanda, Buddy and I were playing in the backyard when it happened. When I saw the dog making a mad dash into our yard, I immediately scooped Amanda up and ran into the house with her. She is my first concern whenever I see this dog running into our yard. Buddy has been attacked by this same dog at least six times. Once Buddy was attacked by this dog while we were out on a walk, and I got caught in the middle! It was terrible!  His wounds from this last attack got infected even though I did everything I could think of to keep the wounds clean. I had to take him to the vet so that he could get an antibiotic prescription.

 I have approached the homeowner several times and he has alway told me that it would not happen again. This last attack was the last straw. I would be devasted if something happened to Amanda. I drove all the way to Winder to file a complaint with Animal Control. The owner was cited for 3 violations because of my complaint. He appeared in court and plead "not guilty" saying that he was not home when the attack happened. I found out from Gwinnett County courts that this dog has a long history of problems and that he has even attacked a women. 

Then last week I received a subpoena requiring that I appear in court as a witness On October 2. We will see what happens ... 

UPDATE: I got a called late Wednesday from the attorney handling the case. She told me that I no longer needed to appear in court because the owner of the dog was going to make a plea to the judge. I said, "A plea of guilty?" She said it would be a plea of "no contest". So to make a long story short, I called on Friday to find out what happened. The owner must have been found guilty because he has to surrender his dog within 10 days. That means the dog will be put to sleep! I feel terrible about that. But because this dog has a long history of problems, I would be devastated if he were to attack Amanda.

October is Here!

What will Amanda dress up as for Halloween this year? Last year she was a cute little witch. I was thinking about getting her a Ragedy Ann costume this year ... we will see!

Papa and Nana were visiting us last year on Halloween. Papa got to take Amanda trick or treating. I remember trick or treating when I was a child in Northborough, Mass. It was always so much fun to go with the neighbors. One year I even made a map of what I thought the best route would be to get the most amount of candy!

Buddy was a little freaked out by all the door bell ringing!