Round Three: Halloween

Another busy evening....Tonight we headed out to Josh's grandpa's to visit and let the kids show off their costumes. We also enjoyed rides on his new 4-wheeler. The kids loved riding it. I'm pretty sure they are going to try and add this to their Christmas list. (maybe we'll pass that request on to the grandparents;-) After the fun 4-wheeling, we went and ate dinner with Josh's parents and hung around their place the remainder of the evening. The kids were able to feed Cody, played Memory, wrestled with papaw, played swords and all kinds of fun stuff. It's never really a dull moment when we are over there. I'm pretty sure great-grandpa/ma Bennett almost saw their life flash in front of their eyes a few times. I think they enjoyed it.

Tonight Chaney went back to Pocahontas and we persuaded Tuck to wear his cowboy boots and we could pass him off as a cowboy. He doesn't think dressing up is nearly as fun as Chaney.

Pocahontas & her horse


Pais with a dirty mouth...pretty normal

Sword fighting

Eating some sweet treats

According to his face, the food is good. Yes, he is eating a scotch-a-roo.


Round Two: Haunted House

Tonight we went to my dad's house in Broad Ripple. Each year their neighborhood puts on a little Halloween get together. In this neighborhood there is a retired judge and he decorates part of his house and makes a haunted house. He does a good job and the smaller kids are able to enjoy it. We then went back to their house for chili dinner and had some quality family time.

There were dogs dressed up as well as kids

Tonight Tuck was a Power Ranger. He is kind of over the whole dressing up thing, not sure if you can tell or not. He did not want to put on his shoes, gloves, hat or mask.

Chaney was a horse, of course

Spiderman made an appearance

Farmer Paul was there

"Hank-a-burning-love" was a frog

These pictures are from the haunted house. This retired gentleman (apparently) is still very interested in the political scene. He did a very nice job with the decorations.


Round One: Harvest Hoedown

Tonight our church had its annual Harvest Hoedown. This year we had a dragon and Pocahontas. There were so many things for the kids to do. Each year they seem to enjoy it more and more.

Never thought you'd see a dragon chasing Pocahontas, did ya?

Pais just went as the cutest baby, that counts as a costume, right?!?!

Every year she loves to get her face painted

Tuck even played a few games of skee-ball

Tucker, Charlotte & Ryker....the terrible two trio

Chaney doing what big sisters do....spoiling the younger ones

Pais enjoying her sucker

Chaney sliding

Tucker sliding

Yes, even I got in on the fun. Mom's still have fun.


Work of Your hand

Many times in the Christian walk we can get discouraged and feel beaten down wandering if God is listening to us. Other times we feel like our relationship is going so well that we have a direct line of communication to God. People who are not in church or don't even know of Christ are often skeptical that miracles are no longer present. If you are a believer you know that miracles are all about God. In my opinion, miracles are God's way of proving to us that He is still in control of everything. He works in such a way to once again turn our eyes upon Him and trust Him in ALL aspects of our life. I am convinced, now more than ever, that their is nothing that our God can not control. In the last few years, I have seen a hand full of miracles that make you want to cry and praise God all at the same time.

  • Silas-My nephew born via c-section with a premature lungs. He was in the neo-natal unit for about 20 days not knowing what would happen. God healed him.
  • Jake & Melinda - My brother and sister-in-law who were once told they would never have a child of their own conceived and now have another blessing to add to their other blessing.
  • Jennifer - my college roommate and dear friend. She and her husband are now expecting their first via IVF.
  • Graham - Jaclyn's brother-in-law, horse riding accident. By doctors standards, he was going to have permanent brain damage and never be the same person. By the grace of God, he is returning to his old self. What a testament to God's faithfulness.
But along the way with the good comes the bad. In the last few years we have also had unexpected deaths in our family along with our (close) friend's family. We have had dear friends who have had miscarriages and other life altering events and we begin to think what is God trying to teach them or us. How do we lift them up and help them? We pray for them and let God be in control.

(Thanks for indulging me on my little soap box. In the last few weeks, I felt like I should write something like this to give God ALL the glory in the little things and big things that happen in our lives. Our God is so good and it's only right that we show this to all that do not know Him.)


Fashion Show

This week we have been trying on Halloween costumes and I told the kids we could have a fashion show and I'd take pics of them. Tucker didn't really care for it but Chaney loved the idea. Actually, after we were done trying on the costumes Chaney came down in this dress and put her heels and glasses on. (You can not imagine the attitude that comes when she puts on the heels...Oh goodness!!) Anyway she started posing and I started snapping away. Just a side note, I did not tell her how to pose, these (obviously) were all done on her own. Oh...to be 4 going on 14.....again.


Soon & very soon...

... we are going to see the King. OOpps! Wrong line...I meant to say we'll have ourselves a walker.

(I apologize for any motion sickness I might cause)


Menu Monday - Scotch-a-roos

If you know anything about our family, you know that Scotch-a-roos are a favorite of ours. You can always bet there is a pan of them at any Tinsley or Blackford event. I suppose that it is only fair that I share the recipe with you...I mean Kellogg's has been sharing the recipe for years.

1 cup of Karo syrup
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of peanut butter
6 cups of Rice Krispies***
1 bag (12 oz) of semi-sweet chocolate chip
1 bag (12 oz) of butterscotch chips

Place corn syrup and sugar into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter. Mix well. Add Krispies. Stir until well coated. Place mixture into a 13 x 9 pan. Do not press the mixture down. Make it lumpy. Pressing the mixture down make can make it hard to cut and eat.

Melt chips (both kinds) in a microwaveable bowl. Heat for a minute stir, then heat and stir until mixture is pourable. Be sure not to heat the chips to much as you will scorch them. Place chocolate mixture over all the Krispies in the pan. Put in freezer to cool.

***If you click on the Kellogg's name above it is a link to their recipe. However, after making this many times and watching my mom for years, we have tweaked the recipe.
Tweak #1: 6 cups of Krispies is an estimate. I usually eyeball it. Too many Krispies can make it dry (it will still taste ok but really dry) Most of the time I usually make the Krispie mixture a little gooey.
Tweak #2: Don't press the mixture in the pan. You can try to even it out but don't press down.
Tweak #3: We always add more chocolate, who doesn't like more chocolate?!?!
Tweak #4: Putting the finished project in the freezer helps it to cool faster and solidify everything. You can also make a batch and freeze it (for a month or so) and then pull it a few hours before serving.



Leaf-ville Reunion 2010

Today was the Linville Reunion, (and after you see the pictures) you'll understand why I renamed it. Attendance today was less than usual...we looked at the bright side, more food for us. The kids had fun taking a walk to the bridge and enjoying the day meeting new people and introducing them selves as "Rod & Lee's grandchildren." I remember those days... You go to the family reunions and no one really (cares) what your name is they just want to know who your parents and grandparents are.

PK & Mamaw

PK & Doug (Doug is mamaw's first cousin & mamaw Janell's first cousin, it's a double whammy) Doug came to our table to talk to us then asked to hold Paislee and she agreed and they had a good time together. I won't mention the part that he bribed her with balloons;-)

My baby & me

PK & great-aunt Marla

Tuck getting buried

Tucker & Chaney getting buried

Papaw's turn...and Tuck wanted to get in with him

Lauren's turn

Paislee's turn


Hank & Paul's Day of Fun

WHEW! What a (good) day. Today was a first for me....watching 5 kids. Well, wait, did I mention they were all under the age of 4? It was a good time. Hank and Paul were with us all day. Jaclyn and Rick went on a short trip to New York to visit Graham & Randi so today was our day to have the boys. We enjoyed the great weather today and played outside all day, except for naptime. We enjoyed riding bikes, baseball, swinging, sidewalk chalk, leaf raking and jumping, picnic outside, tag....we did ALOT! All of the kids were very well behaved and played well together. Having five kids is definitely something that I am not ready for. It was a nice day to make memories with cousins...and nephews.

Paislee watching everything

They loved playing in this house, it was like their secret hideout

Hank with a smile....that's odd

I'm pro child labor.....ha!

Hank showing Paiswee (that's how Paul says it) how to eat her puffs

Hank watching the leaf jumpers, he didn't want anything to do with it

It's a leaf monster...
...nope, just Chaney

Chaney was eating her pb & j behind the tree and didn't think anyone could see her...Wrong!