Saturday, October 30, 2010


I recently unearthed old photo's.  I love looking back at old photo's.  I thought I'd put some on here and share with everyone else.  Besides, these are probably photo's that most people have never seen.

Aww, this is David and I right after, I mean less than a week, after he returned from Iraq.  In our first apartment, Oakdale Apartments.  Ahhh, good times.  

David, aggravating my sister.  This is after Iraq, before we left for Italy.  He was only home from Iraq for 4 months when we PCS'ed to Italy. 

At the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.  One of my favorite places and this is why.  They have an exhibit, Body Slices.  I went back when we went to Chicago in January and it's bigger and more extensive now.  I could look at the body slices section for hours.    

Can anyone tell me why David's nose is black??  So were his toes. 

 At Disneyland in 2000.  TIgger was a former Marine, or very close to a Marine, because he kept giving me crap about my Army sweatshirt.  He even put US Marines under his signature in my book.  

David thought this would be an informative/good experiment for me.  It also included running up and down the stairs, and doing situps and pushups.  

On our way back to NC from leave after Iraq.  This is in the Great Smokey Mountains.  I was SO incredible sick in this picture.  

The Last Nascar race at Rockingham.  I think we spent 4 days there.  It was such a fun time.  Lot's of tailgating, eating, drinking, sitting around a fire.  Lots of people just out to have a good time.

Pinning David.  I did an excellent job.  ; )  No really, ask anyone who saw me do it.  Dan Korp prepped me before hand, by telling me the goal was to pierce his flesh.  I tried REALLY hard to do just that.  This happened within the first month of being in Italy, we were still living in the hotel.  

RIght after we moved into our first apartment, going to some mandatory family thing on post.  

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Yet ANOTHER pumpkin post

At the begining of the month, I picked up a small pumpkin for Hannah to simply decorate so we could put it outside then.  Here's her pumpkin creation:

It's been on the porch since she painted it.  Our other two joined it the other day.  I figure after Halloween I can chop it open, gut it, and use the pumpkin yuminess inside to to make something delicious.  Maybe pumpkin muffins or pumpkin bread.  

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Pumpkin Adventure of 2010

We finally managed to go get a pumpkin!  On the upside, we didn't have to wait to carve it.  We picked Hannah Banana up from school, packed a picnic lunch, and headed to Gillis HIll Farm to get some pumpkins.  I picked up a very small one weeks ago and let Hannah paint it but we still hadn't gotten pumpkins to carve.  We picked up two medium sized ones, and one small white one.  I wanted the white one to eat.  I've never had white pumpkin!

And the hunt begins....

 Crash, but a quick recovery.  See those dark clouds.  We ended up eating our picnic in the front seat of the truck.  We thought about going home but we went through the trouble of packing it so we decided to enjoy it and watch the rain.  

 This is a great little local farm.  They sell eggs, homemade ice cream, fresh seasonal produce and other things year round.  And it's only right down the road!

 How bout this one mommie?

 The comparison

 Digging out the guts

 Some other fun stuff we did..

 Hannah really liked this..

 Lucky was interested in the pumpkin too

"Okay Hannah, what do you want your pumpkin to look like?"  "A scarecrow."  

"A scarecrow, huh.  How about this instead?" 

Making some candy necklaces

 They're both so hard at work.  David's carving his own creation now.

Prepping the blood/bug lab

All the creepy crawlers

the "blood"

She had such a precise method, without logic, to the placement of her bugs

in the fridge they go
Our two pumpkins

It was a good day.  

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cernock Girl's Trip to Southern Illinois

Before we left, I was very anxious about my trip to Amy and Tom's.  Actually, I was anxious about the 13 hour drive to their house with Hannah.  It's not that Hannah is a bad passenger but I mean 13 hours, come on now!  I don't like being in the car for that long.  Plus, I knew it would be hard for me to help Hannah with anything she might want/need help with since I was the only other person in the car.  We managed though, and pretty darn well.  

She got one new toy before we left, the one she's playing with in this picture.  It's a LeapFrog ABC game.  I like how she has her leg propped up on her knee.  

My new found love, way better than Starbucks!!!  And cheaper.  I recently tried the Chai Tea Monster which was very good too.

Hyped up from Monster.  That's why I'm smiling.

Such a good little passenger.

This was the front passenger seat, I was as prepared as any mom could be.

Like I said, the drive went a lot smoother than I thought.  We only stopped three times, not counting the stop off at Gretchen's for a few hours.  Hannah took a long nap.  We didn't stop for food, we had enough snacks to hold us over.  Of course, she had plenty to eat at Gretchen's house.  I pulled out of my driveway at 630 and pulled into Amy and Tom's driveway at 930ish.  This includes 3 hours stop at Gretchen's.  

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Library Time

I've mentioned before that I am trying to get Hannah to the library more.  A couple weekends ago, we walked there one afternoon to hang out.  I let Hannah have the camera on the walk there to take some pictures.  Then I snapped a couple while we were at the library.  Here they are:

Our little park

Part of the trail

She likes her feet!

Going in to the library.

This is a great little book.

Searching for her books.