Monday, October 31, 2011

Painted Pumpkins

Let's just be honest, this year I didn't feel like carving pumpkins. I have little to no free time on my hands, and how I even pulled off this year's pumpkins is still a mystery to me. However, I decided that since Alabama weather is so unpredictable... and carved pumpkins can get a little dicey in hotter weather... paint was my best option. So, I just walked out in the garage to see what I had on hand, and found some gold and black spray paint left over from when I "crackle" painted a lamp once. I say "once" because it was right after we moved into this house. No telling how old that paint was. But... I digress.

After failing miserably at a silver paint pen endeavor (I didn't take into account that I was working with a round canvas)...

I decided that masking tape and spray paint were my best options for pumpkin #1.

The end result looked like this:

For pumpkin #2, I took the gold spray paint route. After Michael looked sideways at it, I decided I needed something extra on it to "bling it up." Who knew that puff paint was more useful than just on a sweatshirt for grandma?

The end result looked like this:
And then for pumpkin #3, I decided to get all personalized with it. I had so much fun with the puff paint, that I decided to go with a big S, and some decor around it. The end result looked like this:
So there you have it. Sanford pumpkins 2011. Happy Fall y'all!

Saturday, October 29, 2011


I have had more fun saying that all day today. Pet-a-palooza. Say it- it's fun. Haha, you just said it didn't you? Well, for a couple of weeks now, I've been promising our dear sweet Max that I would do something special for him. He's such a good dog... sometimes. But he really has been so good with John Michael, so I wanted to treat him.

And then I saw the ad for Pet-a-palooza, a day at the park devoted entirely to pets! After a little research, I decided that this was the perfect way to treat Max.

So, this morning after our usual morning routine, we all packed up for the park. Max put on his new costume and modeled it for me in the kitchen. He's such a natural, right?

 And we went out to Veteran's Park on Valleydale to join in the festivities. There were many vendors with tents, bouncy castles, and lots of other dogs. Everyone in the family was busy checking things out.

Like I said, lots of other dogs... big and small.

But Max was busy checking out the dog in the "other yellow costume."

Check out that banana! There was also a gypsy (whose owner either dressed up like that too, or that's really how she dressed), a cheerleader, a hotdog, a princess, and my favorite was one who looked like part of a chariot with a little gladiator on his back.

John Michael even did a couple of double takes.

It was so much fun though- a good time really was had by all. By the time we got back in the car, Max was pooped... which is a pretty big deal.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Oh Happy Babe...

There is nothing more fun to me at this point than making John Michael laugh. I NEVER get tired of hearing him laugh- so I constantly try to do things that I think will start it rolling. However, almost always to my surprise, the things that I think will make him laugh, don't. And he'll laugh at some things that I would have never expected. Tonight that thing was the sound of Michael and me making barking noises. Michael was playing with John Michael and we heard Max barking at the back door. Michael started imitating Max by barking himself, and John Michael thought it was the funniest thing he had ever heard. After letting Max in, Michael grabbed the video camera and the rest is history.

WARNING: You will have to endure an entire video of me barking... but I think the incredible baby laughs will make up for it.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Time for Independence

Several weeks ago, John Michael started taking steps by himself. It's so scary, wonderful, and every other emotion you can think of. Thank goodness diapers are padded though, because that's the direction he falls almost every time. You know when you take a short deep breath whenever something startles you?  Well, I'm thinking that I probably take about 1200 of those a day now. It seems like every time I turn around, he's doing something that looks like it's about to end in disaster- but 99% of the time, it's fine. It's just that 1% of the time when he falls and hits his head on our hardwood floor, or the leg of the dining room table, or the side table, or the bookcase, or the...

I have to say though, it's such a cool thing to watch your child discover the world. The things that interest him are so funny to me. JM is really into hinges and wheels. He loves to study things to try and figure out how they work. Cabinets are by far the coolest things ever, along with doors. I could sit in a room with him while he opens and closes a door for hours. And anything that has wheels is super cool at this point. If it has wheels, he'll turn it upside down and study how it turns. We might have a little engineer on our hands, but at any rate, it brings me joy to watch him grow and discover this great new world around him. Granted, it's just our living room, or kitchen, or bedroom- but it's kind of fun getting down on his level and looking at things through his eyes.

Here's a little video I put together of John Michael's first attempts at walking (and then threw in some recent clips too since I'm so late getting this out). Enjoy!

You can also view it on Vimeo here.

Monday, October 3, 2011

A Time to "Walk the Line"

I know, I know. It has been FOREVER since my last blog post. Sorry- things have been a little busy. Work has been hectic as we just had our conference in Orlando last week. While I was gone, my mom came up and stayed with Michael and John Michael. When I returned, they all came to pick me up at the airport- and I was beyond excited to see my little growing weed!!!

My mom bought JM a new toy while I was away, and boy does he love it! Michael and I thought we'd put together a little video to illustrate JM's new talent... in true Sanford fashion... please put your hands together for Johnny Cash!!!

If for some reason you are unable to view the video within the blog, you can watch it here on Vimeo.