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Saturday, October 31, 2009

How was your Smelloween ???

  I hope yours was delicious and not
     a noxious gastronomic nightmare....

        ( I had to post this, I have two sons!!!)

Happy Smelloween!!

P.S. did you remember to set back your clocks???
The dreaded daylight savings time has begun ........

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hungry on Halloween ?

Hungry on Halloween ...

This little rhino was. He always seems to be hungry!

my growing grandson #1

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Here comes...

The sun!!

Where have you been Mr. Sunshine?? It seems ages since I have seen you last...
Cloudy dreary days, rain and cold seem all that has visited me lately.

Today feels so grand since you came to see me!!
It makes my heart and soul seem somewhat lighter.
Even the falling leaves and dying blooms of summer just past, seem more cheerful.

What a difference you make in an attitude, so why do you hide so much lately?

One fleeting day... just one!

I awake this morning, toss aside the window coverings and poof! you are gone....

Oh Mr. Sunshine, why did you leave???

Please return quickly, I miss you.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Favre at 40 still a Factor!

Brett Favre celebrated his 40th birthday (Saturday) late on Sunday afternoon by winning another game with the Vikings! The "kid" gunslinger that 'shoots' footballs for bullets, and wearing his pink cleats for Breast Cancer awareness again this week, shot the Vikings to a victorious 5-0 start for the season! Another personal record for Favre, his 1st 5-0 season start, added to this quarterbacks collection of all time records.

This fan had no excuse not to watch her QB, as the Packers had a buy this week, meaning they did not have a game to play. I do not know the difference between a running back and a linebacker, but I know when someone is having Fun, and that someone is Brett Favre! When Favre has fun many fans across the country have fun watching him, that is what keeps him in the factor and hearts of fans.
Well done Brett Favre!

I sign off this week with a mom and son Favre Fans photo ...

(#2 son) Neil and I, in our matching Favre shirts.


Favre photo from Getty Images

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The Favre Factor

  Tonight was history in the making for Green Bay Packer fans and Brett Favre fans alike. Monday night football was head lining the age old rivalry of the Green Bay Packers vs the Minnesota Vikings !
Two of the oldest football rivalries around.
What made tonight bitter sweet was that beloved Quarterback Brett Favre was playing against us with the Vikings ((shudders)).

Many who follow football know of Brett's "decision" to retire after the 2007 season where he lead the Packers once again to 1 game away from the Super Bowl. His announcement was full of tears and questions... and to me and hubby something just did not feel right. Brett had always had times of showing emotion during some interviews, but he seemed genuinely more distressed to us, and other Packer/Favre fans. What came to pass by the next season is still not fully disclosed... Brett still felt he could play, and he sure proved it during the 2007 season, and had always said that he would retire himself if he felt he was not physically able to lead the team to win or if it was no longer fun.

  Fun being a big part of watching Favre play!
 You can see the little boy joy in him every time he plays. The leaps and bounds and whoops and jumping on other players over a touchdown or just another amazing pass that made it into a receivers hands for a first down, Brett loved the game! But sadly for Packer fans he was instead "traded" to the NY Jets. I do not think he was totally happy about it, as I feel he should of had more of a choice where he could go, as he still could play and he still had years left on his contract. It was never about money either, as Favre had given back part of his salary to give the organization more head room in the NFL rules to hire better players. But he went willingly and took NY from a losing franchise to one that was just 1 game out of the playoffs! He helped them turn their team and game around. I think the Packer organization sent him there as they did not want to have to face Brett on the field in the same league. This year after much more questions , mystery and anticipation it was announced that Favre would be indeed playing for our division rivals the Vikings!

So tonight's Monday Night Football game was highly anticipated by fans of both teams and Favre fans. Would Aaron Rodgers, Favre's QB backup for a couple years ( and the one ultimately chosen by the Packers management to 'Go' with the younger gun, instead of the proven Pro) be able to out run, out throw his once mentor? Or would Brett become over wrought with conflicted emotions of seeing old friends and teammates on the other side of the playing field?? or would he want sweet revenge and pound them into the ground??
Brett said in many interviews before and after the game that he had no interest in revenge, just winning - what he always loved to do.

Lots of many predictions and media frenzy all around. I did not listen to the 'gossip' I just wanted to see Favre play, all-be-it in Viking purple. It turned out to be a very exciting game. Both quarter backs doing their job and marching the teams down the field... touchdowns tied up with matching touchdowns... it left us on the edge of our seats! Cheering for both teams.. it felt weird but exhilarating at the same time.

Favre had been not playing the long rocket balls he was know for in previous games... but he came out in old "True" silver-bullet form in the 2nd half. I think he even surprised himself. His shoulder surgery showing a major success from the off season.

In the end Rodgers could not avoid the smashing defense of the Vikings, getting 'sacked' 8 times. Something that Favre had endured many a year as a Packer, yet somehow the Packers still have not gotten it into their heads they need players that can protect the QB and give him time to throw. And it showed.

Game final score Vikings 30 Packers 23. After the game you could see the old team mates all waiting their turn to say congrats, hello, shake hands, get a pat on the back or a big hug, like in Donald Drivers case. As QBs met theirs was handshakes and well wishes too. Both recognizing the others work and ability. Farves' interview after was peppered with questions, still the media trying to wrench out a tabloid tale of sweet revenge and back stabbing games... Brett would not fall into that.. he still has many friends on and off the field in Green Bay. You could the tears again well up in his eyes several times tonight.. and he admitted yes he was emotional, but he did what he set out to do... Win. And prove his worthiness to be playing and saying his hopes to get the Vikings a winning season.

Asked about how his arm felt, he replied 'Good', most likely better than other parts of his body, in true Favre humor. Always the little kid, the jokester and the sly smile. I wish him well, as I still am a Brett Favre fan. I will always be a Packers fan, a cheesehead ( we actually like the nickname, once meant to make us feel lessor but doesn't), But Brett Favre will be 'My' quarterback, the one who made the game interesting and fun to 'actually' watch for me. Sigh ...

I leave you with two more photos... we were lucky enough to get tickets for a Packers game (last regular season home game December 2007) When even regular home game tickets are scalped at high prices!! Our youngest son (Neil) and DIL were home that Christmas for the first time in a long time from San Diego, and one of #2 sons' co-workers had a relative with season tickets they were not going to use and sold them to us for face value! How great is that!
This was Neil's first ever 'live' Packer game (as well for DIL Julie), and they were anxious to see the 'Pack' and the great Brett Favre. Little did we know that this winning game for the Packers the NFL North Division 2007 Champs, would be Brett Favres' last regular season home game as a Green Bay Packer.
We had a great time parting with the crowds, everyone was happy even though we were frozen practically solid!! I think I had a icicle hanging from my nose for awhile.... So I share with you that moment of the 4 of us during the game.

         Al, Faythe (me), Julie (DIL) and Neil (#2son)

Neil and Julie, hopeful for more Favre!

'Favre' photos credit to the Milwaukee JournalSentinal

I am not and do not pretend to be a profession sports writer, I just had to share my feelings and Joy of getting to see my "heart" Favre playing and having fun once again. Until the next match up which will be on the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field!


Sunday, October 04, 2009

MN State Fair, past & present...

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  Summer was fleeting this year, it really never felt like summer....
The weather was crazy ~~~ all over the place and maybe, maybe 3 days of what I remember summer weather feels like, hot, hot, sunny and of course some nasty humidity. No I did not miss those long stretches of humidity but I like the heat and the sun of course!

We celebrated the end of summer the last 2 years by going up to Minneapolis to see the grandkids and go to the wonderful Minnesota State Fair. There is lots to see and experience, and somehow we never get to see everything! And of course there is always the famous food on a stick... from corndogs to Walleye and bacon ! all kinds of sweets.... and lots of Milk and milk products including ice cream and other frozen goodies and dairy products. There is the huge slides and giant group bungee cord whips, that was fun just to watch... I do not think I am ever going to brave enough to try that! And lots of rides and games.

So I thought it may be fun to share some photos from last year and compare them with this year just to show how much the boys have changed ....

sooo starting with 2008 State fair....
  We decide it is easier to rent a wagon then try to maneuver 2 strollers or a double stroller, since Collin was walking much better last year we wanted to encourage him to explore that... so mom and dad bought him a cute little monkey backpack/leash ... of course the monkey was a hit and we did put it on him the day before we went and let him see how it works, but once we are at the fair and he sees how the leash part can interrupt his running... well ... Then that monkey wasn't so fun, "I want monkey off!!" but can't do that... safety first! Of course those little legs got tired a lot so Buppa would carry him from time to time. He would ride in the wagon with Sammy for awhile or when he would take a little snooze, but his preferred mode of transportation was in Buppa's arms...!

Last year we visited the local 4-H visit the farm experience. You walk through the process of little exhibits on different aspects of day life on a farm. From picking out corn seed, planting the seed, harvesting, and then feeding a cow and seeing what the cow uses the food to produce, Milk! Then you can touch the cow and try to get some milk ( not a real one, too risky for the animal and child) but it was a full size cow-manikin! Collin liked the planting and harvesting... but when it came time to see the long awaited, much anticipated Cow... he gets in the little barn each exhibit is in, Dad shows him where to feed the cow and asks him if he would like to milk it. Collin looks up... And "sees" this large black and white "thing" .... you can tell by the look on his face and then the 'No, no, no!!' and trying to get far, far away... this attempt at 'Farmer Collin' was not going to happen! He did get to see the hay harvest and pick up little bales of hay and take them to the storing area for winter feed... we did make it through the rest of the inside exhibits where the finished "cow" products and different foods raised on a farm are shown and home-made goodies sold... so the mean scary cow was forgotten pretty quick , I think....

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We have gone with family friends the "Cravers" the last 2 years, last year they had their son Mackean and "mom C" was expecting ( any day!!) #2 addition... What a brave mom! So close to delivery and walking the fair and of course eating the goodies... She never once complained about carrying the extra load. As we stopped at a 'Wild Fish' food on a stick station across from the farm experience we sampled different fresh caught wild fish from Minnesota lakes... all on a stick of course! we are sitting and chatting at a picnic table, Collin and Sam are a little snoozy... all the sudden... where is Mackean ?? looking around... are you hiding under the table, NO, oh oh...

  It was an all parent alert! We all scatter different directions, with the 2 moms staying with the boys at the food stand and the rest of us searching... I went through the whole farm exhibit dashing, heart pounding and calling his name and asking the attendants if they had seen this little blond hair moppet... I am almost done, out of breathe, I am sure you all know the feeling when my cell phone rings.. He is found!! Hooray! He was just poking around a couple of tables away, but could not hear his name being called. His mom and dad gently but sternly explained that he should always stay in sight and close by, he is a few years older than Collin and understood but was a bit scared himself. But we were all happy it was a good ending. We were extra happy we had that monkey backpack/leash on Collin!

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The day ended with all of us pooped out and we headed for the mega-bus back to the park and ride area we left our car... Collin totally passed out on Buppa, while Sam was awake and smiling.

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Minnesota State Fair 2009...
Another beautiful day for the fair ! This time we met the Cravers' at the Fair entrance. And an older, wiser Mackean and now officially 'big brother' to baby Olivia, an adorable little girl. Just a few days away from her big "first" birthday!
And now we had two little monkeys on monkey backpack/leashes ( dad thought wisely to have the same kind so there would be no fighting) and we rented a wagon again. Sam was walking, more of a lurching-running... zoom - zoom - zip! So we did our best to keep them both in the wagon as much as possible. Buppa was on strict orders not to carry anyone this year, as he was still recovering from his heart surgery in April... and picking up heavy little boys is not a good thing as it pulls and stretches on his healing muscles, scar and ligaments, we don't need this new device to dislodge itself or pull loose a wire.

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We saw different exhibits this year and tasted a few different yummies on a stick... And it was a pleasant experience by all with no missing boys to track down!! Hooray! we made sure we went through the baby animal barn this year and got to see a new momma sow with all her tiny tiny day old piglets! They were in a huge incubator together out of reach of hands... they had big mirrors and cameras with screens placed around so everyone could see. They also had the 4-H showing of the younger animals in the center arena going on, so occasionally someone would be herding a big pig or goat past with a long stick or you could see the bathing station were a soon to be seen animal was getting all spiffied up before their big premier. And of course the cages were all along the rows where the rest were waiting for their big show. Some were friendlier than others, they would press their noses close to the gates and you could touch them, some would back up ( or child would back up...) and some seemed happy to be visited with and talked too. For there being so many animals it was surprisingly not to smelly. The kids in 4-H were very vigilant in keeping the stalls clean and getting rid of waste products. It was a nice get close and meet an animal you don't normally see living in a city ☺. The Fair had a convenient washing up 'people station' just before you went outside the building for sanitation and getting rid of any other nasties you may of stepped in or touched. A great idea! It also kept the lines to the restrooms not to crowed.

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We ended another Fair visit tired and worn out. It is actually nice taking the mega-bus back to the park and ride. You get to rest before you have to drive the rest of the way home. The park and rides are a convenient, less stressful way to get to a busy packed fair grounds. I would recommend it for any large event.

We didn't stay as long this year as last, with Sammy being just over 1 year and Collin 3&1/2 they got tired and antsy quickly. Plus so did we! Here is Sammy napping, you can barely see his macho "Oink pig" tattoo on his upper arm.

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The only thing that Buppa really missed is he forgot to get roasted corn on the cob this year... and wouldn't you know it... we never had any all summer and he is still carving it! Hahahaa. Poor Buppa.

I hoped you enjoyed our little trip to the Minnesota State Fair and hopefully next year we will have another exciting ( but no lost kiddos) visit to share with you!

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