Friday, October 30, 2009

Extra Hour

I know that I often wish I had more than 24 hours in a day.

What are you doing with your "extra hour" on Saturday?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Now That I have you Hooked

Sorry to leave you "hanging" on that fish hook photo for so long. That just wasn't nice! Here's a happier photo: the Master holding the fish hook after it was removed from his foot. He was so relieved to have that over! I think the worst part of it (for me) was the long wait at the doctor's office.

I've been very busy taking photos this week. Last night was a fun Photoshoot. There was apple eating, spit-swapping, lots of laughter, a little blood, and a grown man hanging upside down from a tree! Here is a fun one: the expressions on the boys' faces crack me up!

Ann, your sneak peak is coming!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

In Which the Master Finds a Fish Hook

Yesterday, I was in the middle of a Fall photoshoot with a family when the Master interrupted me with this:

Quick, grab your children and say, "See, this is why you wear shoes!"

Details, of both the Photoshoot and subsequent visit to the doctor's, to follow...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Favorite Fall Mix

I make this sweet treat every Fall and I love it.

Mix together equal parts of candy corn, plain M&Ms and dry-roasted peanuts. Serve and snarf.

Now, before you rush to the store, color is important. This mix is beautiful when Fall-colored M&Ms are used: browns, orange, reds, yellows, even green. Sometimes you can find special "Autumn" M&Ms or even Halloween-colored M&Ms on the shelves at the store. But it's often cheaper to buy just a regular bag of M&Ms and make your children pick out (and eat) all of the blue ones.

This looks lovely when displayed in a glass container. Oh, and when you take 1 piece of candy corn, one peanut and 2 M&Ms from the mix and eat them at the same time, it tastes exactly like a Snickers candy bar. Really!

Monday, October 19, 2009

MrsMama does the Happy Dance

After a month or so of intermittent washing machine problems, the beast is now working again! It got to the point where I was mooching off of my friends and family for clean clothes. A sweet lady invited me over for tea on Saturday and I showed up at her door holding a basket of delicates. Isn't that awful?! And when my MIL stopped by to pick up Master Munchkin for an overnight, guess what I sent along? No, I won't say it - it's too embarrassing!

I never thought I'd be so happy to be doing laundry again. I am entirely ecstatic. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go bury my nose in a warm load of freshly dried towels.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

River to Well

Remember when I told you about a photography contest a little while ago? You gave me some great feedback and I entered 2 photos. This photo, of Master Munchkin, won an Honorable Mention.

Summer Dream

The winning photos were displayed downtown and sold to raise money to buy clean water for a village in Africa.

Below, you can see my photo on the top row, left.

Thanks for your imput and for cheering me on. I am happy that I got to be a part of such a good cause!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fun Fall Photoshoot

Over the weekend, this dear family braved the nippy wind to get some fun Fall photographs with me. We don't have a lot of Fall color around here but we were lucky enough to find this gorgeous tree.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Close to Home

If you have a moment, would you please pray for this dear family? Things are pretty rough for them right now.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Wolf Man

I stopped by the gym this morning to try to ease myself back into exercising. It is a small gym, in a community center and it's free. Since there are no membership fees or contracts, it attracts a unique (thrifty?) group of people, like me and April. But this morning it was just me and Wolf Man.

I was working on some free weights when a man walked in. Older than me, slight build, long hair. Gym etiquette requires an acknowledgment of other exercisers, perhaps a short nod or a "good morning". But he launched into a conversation about the Zombies in the park last night. Since I was the only other person in the room, I felt compelled to converse back, although I kept my answers short and became very interested in what I was doing. After he saw that I wasn't going to stop and give him my attention, he snatched up some 1 lb weights and started dancing around in front of the mirror, saying things like, "Whew! This is a good work out!" I inched farther away.

Then he struck a pose in the mirror and growled, "GRRRRR....wolf!" I put down the weights and fled walked to the elliptical machine, which was a respectable distance away. Pretty soon he came over and started messing with the machine next to me. It is a strange little contraption, with a stool and a V-shaped track with orange handles. I have no idea what it does - I always avoid it so I won't embarrass myself.

Wolf Man had no idea either, but that didn't stop him. "Huh, a stool," he remarked. I just kept exercising, pretending I was too winded to talk. Ok, I wasn't pretending much. "And some handles." He grabbed the machine and tilted it up off of the ground so the V was pointing to the ground. "Dive, dive! Going down 1000 feet." Then he started PINGing and making various mechanical noises. Suddenly he pushed a red button on the side of the machine. "Boom! That's what a 50 caliber sounds like when it hits the side of a house." Machine gun noises followed.


I wasn't too concerned for my safety since I had about 30 lbs on the guy and I take martial arts. All he had was a strange piece of exercise equipment. And an invisible submarine. I'll take those odds any day. My overall impression was that this guy was harmless. A little stoned maybe, but not physically threatening.

But, I was done at that point so I snatched up my stuff and booked it out of there. I heard him call after me, "Thank you. It was a good workout!"

Maybe next time I'll try to use the Mystery Machine. Somehow, the embarrassment factor is not really an issue anymore. :)

Thanks, Wolf Man.


I am happy to report that I am back and feeling fully recovered. I am suspecting that I was hit by a very evil virus, which took me down and out for quite awhile. It seems that my Crohn's is still under control at this point. I can't tell you how thankful that make me feel!

So, it's back to the usual here at All Astonishment: marital arts, photography and the occasional Munchkin moment.

Saturday, October 03, 2009


I simply had to log on and pop in for a visit.

It's been a rough week, full of Ups and Downs. The Downs included pain, tears, frustration, and numerous unpleasant and unmentionable bodily functions. But the Ups. Ahhh the Ups....
  • Extra time with my husband
  • Cuddling up in bed and reading to Master Munchkin
  • Watching dear friends jump in and fulfill every obligation for me
  • Feeling incredible loved
  • Knowing I was in the Care of the Creator
  • Miss Munchkin cleaning and cooking
  • Love notes from my family
  • Such sweet, kind comments from you
  • And naps, lots of wonderful naps
I am feeling much, much better.
Thank you all.