31 December 2018
The December 2018 splash found us at my brother Eric's house for a Christmas picture, which, honestly, was taken at Thanksgiving while digesting our huge dinner and festooning Eric and Abbey's house with Christmas spirit. They are five of my most cherished presents. Merry Christmas to me. Or, as we say at the BallTeam house, Mrree Khimush....
30 November 2018
31 October 2018
....not my favorite holiday. We did get a few pictures, though.
See, all candy is bad for you. Eat an apple.
Josephine as Theodore. Her friends are Simon and Alvin. This getup got them about a half a pillowcase of candy.
JMichael went to his school's trunk or treat with teachers as a devil who hangs out with wicked clown monsters. This is his art teacher dressed as Pennywise. Disturbing. JMichael also wore this outfit to school, minus the mask. He also has been sleeping in it, again, minus the mask.
A few gems from past years - this one about 2016. JMichael is a vampire soccer player; Charlotte is a rabid cat; Samantha is a victim of domestic violence; and Josephine is a scarecrow.
This one is circa 2013, or so. JMichael as a teenage mutant ninja turtle; Josephine the ladybug; Rachel the convict; LaUra (Samantha's buddy from down the street and our sixth child) a zebra; Samantha the drummer and Charlotte the vampire queen.
2018 - Samantha the Corn Monster.
Oh the cuteness - 2009 - so adorable.
And finally, this gem from North Carolina - 2004 - Samantha, Charlotte and Rachel painted their pumpkins. Sweet faces.
12 October 2018
Samantha takes a fine selfie, huh? This photo is in the dark of the deck, because we - James and I - were being treated to supper out. James and Samantha picked me up from work, stopped by McDonald's and Samantha got supper for the little ladies and JMichael; we delivered it, then she took us out to eat. We went to the Fish Whistle, a local bar and seafood place, and we had a fantastic dinner. Good food, great company and cheesecake.
The tradition comes from the principle of the First Check. Samantha has been working for a while now, but, the rule is that when you get a new job, you take the family out to eat. Samantha just decided tonight is the night and it was a wonderful surprise.
08 October 2018
02 October 2018
Mom and I have always enjoyed a good craft. I thought we might try to make some money at it, so I approached a local shop owner about carrying us in her store. And you know what? She said yes. So here we are - JB Items, also known on Etsy as PersonalBlocks.
These are a few of our offerings. In our first month, we broke even (on rent to the generous shop keep), paid for supplies and bought a tank of gas. Not quite killing it, but, it's a good start!
What do y'all think?