Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It's Banned Books Week

We're smack in the middle of Banned Books Week!

What does that mean?

Well, if you're an educator (or if you're just around ignorant people a lot) it means you can use this time as a teaching moment (homeschoolers and former homeschoolers alike practically live for teaching moments).  Banned Books Week is a nice jumping point for discussions about censorship, morality, art, government intervention, and history.  And then some.

If you're not an educator and you're not surrounded by ignorant people then you need to tell me where you are and please oh please let me live with you  can just celebrate your freedom by reading a book that's been banned or challenged in the past.

Now.  I could provide you with a list of banned or challenged books, but come on.  This is about thinking for yourself!  Using google!  Exercising your own discernment when you're navigating through different lists on different websites created by different organizations!

Fine.  I'm just too lazy to link all this stuff for you.  Have your own adventure!

Beside, I've already grabbed my banned book: The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie.  It was on a display at the library (PS: you can also check your library!  They may have special displays out this week!), and I thought now was as good a time as any since I've never read the book and I hear about it from time to time.  Plus, Cody's read it and I haven't.  And it's fiction.  This is a rare occurrence, and I don't like it when that happens.

But, if you do want some quick and easy picks for banned books, here are some I can name off the top of my head:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain.  I was never a fan.

The Awakening, by Kate Chopin.  Again, not a fan, but I'll happily loan you my copy.

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle.  I'm taking Laine's word for this.  Ridiculous.  This is a great book.

The Bible.  I'm a fan.

1984, by George Orwell.  It was accused of having a pro-Communist message.  I don't understand people.

Paradise Lost, by John Milton.  I don't understand why people read this in the first place.
The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer.  I'm pretty sure I didn't make that up.

So.  I really would encourage you to dig around the Internet or your library to see what's out there (I would normally encourage this anyway) and enjoy your chance to read.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Update: 16 weeks

I've been pregnant for a little over 16 weeks!  That's roughly 4 months!  Awesome.

Here's what's been going on this week:
  • I'm hungry.  Kroger is selling General Mills cereals for $1.98 a box.  I did not let this opportunity pass me by this weekend.  I love eating.  I love it so much.  I've missed having a balanced diet. 
  • I went shopping for things other than cereal this week--size Medium t-shirts, for one thing.  They're so long!  I found a couple on sale and they're so perfect at covering up the fact that my jeans are not my friend.  Small t-shirts are getting a little too short.
  •  I had my 16 week doctor's appointment yesterday!  I've gained 3 pounds (overall), my blood pressure is lovely, and the baby's heartbeat is 150 beats per minute.  The doctor listens for a heartbeat with this weird, doppler wand thing on my belly and the heartbeat sounds a little like clothes in the wash cycle.  Sometimes you hear this other sound like gusts of wind on a microphone and that sound is the baby moving.  This baby is apparently very active because we heard it a lot.  They kept asking me if I'd felt it move and, of course, I haven't.  But this is the first week that I could possibly be feeling something (moms who have done this before recognize movements sooner, but I'm inexperienced....and kind of oblivious a lot of times), so I'm not anxious.  Especially since it sounded so active at the doctor's office.
  • I've made my appointment for my ultrasound!  In 2 weeks, we will see our baby and (I really hope) find out if we're having a boy or a girl!  And then! we can stop calling this poor child "it."  We say "the baby" a lot, but "it" slips into conversations more than is comfortable.  
  • Another library worker asked if I was "expecting."  I love when people use the word "expecting."  I'm pretty expectant.  We have a lot of hopes and plans and expectations.  She suggested I be surprised by the sex with my first baby (because that's what she did, of course!).  I  honestly don't know how much more surprise I can handle.  I already know I'm going to be completely and utterly surprised if we're having a boy or a girl.  Finding out probably isn't going to take away any of the astonishment.  I'll just spend the rest of my pregnancy absolutely being surprised that it's ...... whatever it is.
  • After yesterday's appointment, I texted family to let them know the doctor's visit went well and that the ultrasound was scheduled.  Casey later called Cody to ask if he had a preference.  After the second or third time he said he didn't, he actually blurted out "I don't care one way or another!"  I laughed at him, and reminded him that there were better ways to say he would be equally excited about a son or a daughter than "I don't care."  His reply?  "[Sigh.]  I just want a baby!"  I reminded him that we also want it to be healthy.  But he said he had a feeling it was healthy and that we were fine on that front.  Oh.  Well, that's cool.  Thank you, dear.  It's nice to watch Cody be so excited about everything.
  • I own my car.  I know that's not quite a baby-related thing, but the title came in the mail yesterday and it's really happy news and everything is somewhat baby-related.  So: we have one less bill to worry about, and we took care of it before the baby got here!  This will get its own separate post later, but I wanted to mention it on the baby update because paying down our debts is a big part of trying to get things ready for our family.  Hooray!
  • But since you read these posts to hear about the baby, here's what the Internet has to say about our little four-monther: "Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop."  (Source.)
  • Remember what I said about being constantly surprised?  The baby's grown another half-inch in a week!  No wonder my pants have abandoned me!  I'm carrying around a whole avocado-sized baby!  It's so big!  With a hair pattern!  And its ears are moving into place! (I really hope they're not uneven, like mine.  But most people's are.  But I bet this baby's special, so maybe not.)  And that heartbeat!  Did you see that?!  25 quarts a day?!  Look at what that strong little heartbeat can do!  
  • As always, I'm so proud.  This baby is so impressive.  Probably groundbreaking.  Definitely awesome.
  • This is a picture Cody took of me last night:  
  • I like to have my picture taken at the end of day, right after I've eaten, so I know I look my best!
  • Cody said it was a pretty picture.  Just listen to the man.  I promise I'm not sticking out my stomach.  This looks a little contrived, but it isn't.  The baby is starting to show!  I like to have it around.  This way I don't look so strange touching my belly all the time.  Because I do.  I don't talk to it that much (am I supposed to be doing that yet?), but I do like to let it know I'm paying attention and pretty enthralled.
  • And thank you for paying attention.  I love how excited the people we love are getting about this lovely time, and that's why I write these posts instead of just mentioning in a regular post "I feel good/I'm growing/things are fine, etc.".  I think you're pretty enthralling, too.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Hi, Monday!

Just a few announcements:

Today's regularly scheduled baby update is postponed until tomorrow.  I'm sure it's worth the wait.

After teasing me for 4 months, a morning glory blossom appeared on my front porch Saturday morning.  I squealed all over the place and took pictures.  Like this one.


My weekend contained no apple buying.  But I did bring home the first pumpkin of the season!  I don't know what to do with yet, but for now it makes me happy by sitting on the dining room table.

I actually cut Cody's hair yesterday.  It was terrifying and very short, and I never want to do it again.   I probably will, though.  
Cody on Sunday morning, pre-beard trim and pre-haircut.

Cody with a trimmed beard and the shortest hair ever, laughing at Luke and Lorelei's banter.

Knitting projects are awesome.

Cody's cheese dip is awesome.  

On Friday night, I went to a birthday dinner with some lovely friends and this is the only picture I took.

Ta da!  Theme cakes are awesome.

Starbucks on a Saturday night with my favorite date after watching the Razorbacks lose can be awesome.  Especially when you're enjoying the best pumpkin spice latte of the season.

If you wake up feeling sickly on a Sunday morning, an extra 4 hours of sleep and some donuts will cure you because donuts are awesome.

A picture full of fall time awesomeness.


My little fall banner is awesome.


Behold, my fine craftsmanship.

Being married to a bald man who loves to watch Gilmore Girls with you and make chili is awesome.  Even when it's unattractive.

[Picture withheld because Cody looks depressed about his life and I look like I haven't showered even though I did.]

Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy Friday list time!

It's Friday!  My workplace is 80°!  Whoa.

But still.  I have a really happy list for you today.

Ready?  Okay.  I'm not doing bullet points, though, because blogger is a bit of a jerk about pictures and bullet points and I'm staying happy.  

So.

My dress can only be described as "poofy."  It poofs out in the front, it poofs out in the back, and it poofs out at the sides.  I am a comfortable girl as I float around in my poofy dress.

The poofy dress, on vacation with Jeff's thumb around this time last year.

Look what someone from IT brought me!  He loved Mt. Dew, until it gave him diabetes, and now he can't drink it, but he brought me this awesome Mt. Dew truck and it looks so much cuter in this office than my Mt. Dew poster would!

Amazing!

I made felt leaf garland last night.  I'll trim it up tonight and take pictures of it over the weekend.

Arts and crafts are so lovely.  I finished knitting (but not embellishing) these wristwarmers yesterday.

Then I realized it was time to retire this shirt.
Do you like the look?  I like them better than what I tried out last year.  I've already been informed that I'm making pairs for Laine and Leah as soon as they find yarns and colors they like.  I love knowing that I'll get this stuff done before it's cold!

I loved this message.

(via)


It reminds me a little of some Calvin and Hobbes strip where Calvin says tomorrow they'll not only seize the day, they'll throttle it.

Speaking of getting the most wonderful experiences out of my time, I informed Cody that he's making his 'special' cheese dip for me tomorrow because I want to eat cheese dip while cheering for the Hogs.  We are both pleased with this development.

I really liked this thought from Alana.

I started a new notebook today.  Oooooh!  It's always exciting to start new notebooks.  I was even prepared this time and put important information from my old notebook into my new one before I ever started using it.  (In case you're wondering, yes.  I save the old notebooks in chronological order on a shelf with photo albums.)

I'm eating leftover spaghetti for lunch.  I love leftover spaghetti.  

And finally, it's Punctuation Day!  And, according to the article, it's also Love Note Day.  Whatever.  Celebrate one (or both) of these fabulous and crucial things! 

I hope you're excited about your weekend and that your Friday is perfectly lovely.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Uh, it's posting time?

Hi.  It's another day, so it seems like I should do another post.

Hi!  

Oh, I already said that.

Good news: I still love craft projects as much as I did yesterday.  

However, my love of completing projects grows evermore with each passing day--or at least the days when I finish projects.

I have a lot of projects to complete.

And some letters to write.

And some cards.  

I don't know when I last mopped the floors.  

Actually, I do.  But there is no way I'm telling you when that was.

Mopping is a weekend activity anyway.  And I can make Cody help me!

I've been saying that for at least a month.  

But I think Cody and I will actually be in the same place at the same time this weekend!  Yes, my husband and I can hang out!  We could go on a date or something.

Or mop.  

Or go on a date.

I have my priorities. 

I feel they're pretty solid.  

What are your weekend plans?  You should start thinking now.

Do these plans involve apples?  Because farmers markets have them.  Okay, so do grocery stores.  

But apples are in season, and you should go celebrate that by buying and eating some.  If you're ridiculously trendy and whimsical and folksy, you could even find an orchard and go pick some!  

I've heard that some people do that.  But you'll have to google it because I don't know anything about it.

Far be it from me to hop on a ladder and haul around a bushel or a peck or [some other archaic measuring term I don't understand] that's heavy.  But if you want to feel authentic, more power to you. 

I think I'll stay on the ground and the unmopped floors and hold hands with my special friend while we buy apples or head to the library or maybe catch a movie.  Or see friends.  Or get coffee.  Or take a nap!

I don't know and I don't really care.  It's the first weekend of fall! The possibilities are endless and that fact alone is enough to thrill me until the weekend is actually here.

Behold!  Fall, as it appeared in 2006.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I wrote a whole post about yarn again.*

I wrote down my craft goals for the near future on a notecard today.  The list goes as follows:
  • a dozen pumpkins
  • 2 pairs of brown wristwarmers
  • 1 pair of orange wristwarmers (for me!)
  • blue scarf (probably knitted)
  • aquamarine scarf (probably crocheted)
  • raspberry scarf with felt additions
  • striped scarf in Saints colors (a co-worker said she'd provide yarn and dollars if I made this for her mom)
  • paper leaf garland for the front and back doors
  • felt leaf garland for the living room (I'm aiming for something along the lines of the one featured here)
  • more squares for a baby afghan
The baby squares are at the bottom of the list because the afghan is going to take the most time, and the completion date of that project is the farthest away.  But I'm amassing a nice little collection of squares in different shades of reds and blues, and soon some greens!  After that--yellow!

Where do I stand on the rest of these little hopes and plans?  I'm so glad you were polite enough to not leave a comment that says "No one cares!"  Let me tell you all about what consumes me right now.

Yarn.  Yarn is all I care about and really all I want to mess with right now.

It's September.  This month has seen more yarn-buying than I've done all year.  It's a little embarrassing.  But by George, I am beating the October panic!  (Do you experience that?  Do you feel unprepared and insecure because you lack cute fall accessories?  No?  Then.....fine.)  My current inventory includes untouched skeins of:
What I'm actively working on right now:
  • the paper fall leaf garland
  • the orange wristwarmers
  • the cranberry scarf
What I want to work on this weekend:
  • garlands!  The look for September must be updated
  • pumpkins.  There can never be enough
  • finishing the cranberry scarf
  • starting another scarf
Some time this weekend, I'll go through the scarves I've made and photograph them.  

Then, some time in the very near future (next week or the week after that), I'm going to do a post entitled "Do You See Your Christmas/Birthday Present?"  

Because thanks to these past couple of weeks (and the sweet deals at Michaels), I may be ready for you this year.  

The important things is:

Are you?  

Yes, I am far too confident this year.  

But.  

I'm just saying.  

Be ready.

Because I am.  

Or I'm getting there.

I'll stop now.

*This hardly the first time I've posted about yarn.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Something about September

Did you know that September is National Yoga Month?

It is.

I'm not the most dedicated exerciser, but I do like yoga.  I don't really have a lot of focus or balance, but I dislike aerobics a lot more strongly than I like yoga.  So yoga it is!  I'm sure my joints like it better as well.

(You know what I really love?  Weight-lifting.  No kidding.  But that's probably not an option for me right now.)

I like to check out yoga and Pilates DVDs from the library and I have my little yoga mat and after days that are less than ideal (have you paid attention to the news today?), it's nice to go home and wear comfy clothes while you do a series of stretches to relieve the tension out of your lower back and get gentle reminders to breathe.

Laine gave me a prenatal yoga DVD a few weeks ago, and I really like that you practice the routines at a much slower pace (duh), and there are modified poses for each trimester (a really big duh).  Honestly, what I like best is an interview with the instructor--she said she practiced yoga throughout her pregnancy (because she's a yoga instructor) and gained 50 pounds.   I don't know why I like that, but I do.  It's reassuring.
There are yoga programs for building muscle, for increasing flexibility, for weight loss, for calming yourself and meditating, etc.  I like that.  You can do it if you're pregnant, arthritic, or injured.  I really hope you're not all of those things.  

Where am I going with this?  Uh, you should try yoga?

Actually, I wouldn't take it that far.  I just knew that I wanted to say something about yoga when I found out that we're in National Yoga Month because I really like exercises that aren't so heavily results-oriented or aggressively telling you to work harder or push farther while you're sweating and hurting and grunting "Absolutely not" while my your glasses fall off.  I just like yoga because you're encouraged to pay close attention to what movements affect your body and be mindful, and if you haven't tried it, well....I would never go so far as to tell someone "You should do this exercise!"  But I will say that if you're interested, now is a good time to try it out.   Check out what google tells you, or find out what materials your library has to offer you.

I hope you like it.  I hope you don't have a problem with your glasses falling off.  I've heard that can be a problem for folks who aren't particularly coordinated.  Bless their hearts.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Update: 15 weeks

15 weeks!  This is huge!  And by that, I mean I am huge.  Or at least getting there.  No, really.  I am noticeably pregnant.  So that's new.  Here are some other things that have been happening:
  • On the noticeably pregnant front, people are noticing.  A co-worker privately asked me last Friday if I was pregnant because she'd been suspicious for a month!  I went to the library and checked out some books on pregnancy and the woman checking me out looked at my choices and said, "That's what we thought."  And when I told my supervisor this morning she was excited, and confessed that she and at least one other person (and not the same person from Friday) had wondered as well.
  • Both of the mirrors in our house are so high up that I can only see my shoulders and face.  Yesterday, I was in a bathroom where the mirrors were from the waist up--and startled myself when I was leaving and glanced at my chest from the side.  Exciting changes over here.
  • Just so you know I'm not all talk--here I am!  
  • I'm laughing at Cody because he's struggling with the camera.  Look at my new banner of cards!  Y'all are sweet.
  • I like being able to see my belly.  I rub it a lot, and having it around makes this even more real for us.
  • Eating is so much fun now that I want to do it all the time!   No, really.  I like having my appetite back. I didn't realize how much I missed enjoying food until I started enjoying it again...with gusto.  I still love apples, and grains, and vegetables.  And dairy products.  And meat.  I just get excited about food these days.  Cody's excited about that, too, and made a giant pot of spaghetti last night.
  • Like I mentioned earlier, I checked out some books about pregnancy.  I'm halfway through one of them and I am not even freaking out!  Hooray!  I told you I wouldn't!
  • I still try to stay away from the Internet when it comes to anything pregnancy or baby-related, but on my weekly check-in to Baby Center, this is what I read: Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. (Source.)
  • 4"?!  Where did the time go?  Our little champ is breaking the 2 oz. mark and developing little lungs.  And moving!  And hating bright lights as much as its daddy!  And working out those little limbs and joints!  What a busy little thing--I'm so proud.
  • I got a card from Brook just for being pregnant and she included a gift card to Cold Stone Creamery.  I love how excited our friends are for us, and it's been fun to hear their questions and opinions and advice (Jeff's missive: "Name it Jam.").
  • Cody also have lots of opinions about the baby: Like what names it can and can't have.  And he thinks it likes tomatoes, so he should be allowed to make more dishes with tomatoes in them (I disagree) because he probably read something about the health benefits of tomatoes.  I found out yesterday that he wants to sing a lot to the baby when it gets here, and that he hopes it will like singing with him when it's bigger.  
  • I'm suddenly seeing more '80s pop in my future than ever before.  I can't wait.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday list

  • This week has been fairly wild.
  • Cody came home early two nights in a row.  Rather than enjoying the gift of more time with a nice man, I was startled and disoriented and actually yelled out "What are you doing here?!" one night while slinging dishwater everywhere in alarm.
  • I went out and bought more yarn.  Again.  I have plans to buy more.  
  • I ♥ craft nights.
  • Sacha Baron Cohen is supposed to play Freddie Mercury in a movie about Queen (early days--Live Aid in 1985).  I don't know how to feel about this.
  • I saw my parents and a sister last night.  It was fun, and we ate Italian food because Sara got to pick the place.
  • Our offices moved.  I like my set-up, but I'm not taking pictures yet because things still look a little sparse in here.
  • I'm playing a lot of Metallica today.  So far no one has told me turn off this noise.
  • I will go to nearby branches of my library this weekend.  I think you should do the same.
  • I'm going to a Razorback watch party tomorrow!  There will be football food (one of my favorite kinds of food!) and friends (friends are some of my favorite people!) and lots of Hog t-shirts.
  • It's September and I really don't want to do anything other make scarves. 
  • If you were hoping for a blog post with substance, I'm going to direct you to Alana's Friday devotionals.  She's focused and consistent, and I always look forward to each post.
  • Would you mind if I did more posts about Metallica and My Morning Jacket with pictures of my yarn and some scarf projects?  You would?  Oh.
  • I just realized I have no idea where our printer is. 
  • I've listened to Metallica's cover of Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy" 4 or 5 times today--once while talking to a supervisor about office decor.
  • Wearing jeans to work does things to a person.
  • Weekend plans: aforementioned watch party, more apples at the farmer's market, scarves, maybe I'll make some pumpkins, and we can walk to the library.  And I'm going to try to cut Cody's hair.  That will not be photographed.
  • 6 times.
  • Okay, 7.
  • I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Snapshot and important thoughts.

This is a picture of my husband and his baby cousin around this time last year.

 

If anyone could tell me how or why we did not start growing this little family sooner 
I would love to hear your ideas. 

Send your theories to jenniferwhatwereyouthinking@gmail.com.*  

Thanks.  

Because holy smokes.

That man should hold babies all day.

(All in good time!)

In closing, holy smokes.

*I am kidding.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Uh, enjoy all these pictures?


August's basket: milk, rice, sausage, greens, sweet potatoes, cheese, peppers, apples, pears.
My pumpkins!  And my anniversary flowers.
Ta da!
I put them in every room in the house!  Kitchens need flowers.
Hallway flower.
Bedroom flowers next to my anniversary card.
Bathroom flowers.  (Blogger ate my picture of dining room flowers.)






Me, sitting on Sara's lap at Dallas's party.  We really look like sisters here.
Chad and Robert, just sitting like some cool brothers-in-law.
Laine, sitting on Levi.  We're a close family.
Just some kids mingling.
Men.
Father/daughter.
Levi and solar flares.
Leah in sunlight, reflecting on her animal adventures.
Happy Robert.
I think Chad is blinking.
I think that in this picture, I look like....
her!
Jack, and his adorable baby.
Mom, stealing his adorable baby while Dad tries (unsuccessfully) to steal the baby from her.
Levi scheming during our team Scattegories game.
Mo, wearing Levi's belt as a collar.
Leah and Mo became great friends.
See?
Hairy men, squinting in the sun.
Can you tell which one didn't go to church that morning?
A pretty useless picture of me at 14 weeks.
A cute picture of my cute parents.  Mom usually makes that face when Robert talks.
But they really love each other!  Sometimes I wonder if he's the favorite son-in-law.
My beautiful new issue of Martha Stewart Living accompanied me to the laundromat last night.
Is it silly to say I loved this month's table of contents?
Because I loved this month's table of contents.
I like to tear out all of the inserts and front-and-back ads.  Now my magazine is much better.
I hope you enjoyed these pictures.  Happy Wednesday!  Go buy the new Martha Stewart Living!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dallas is 9!

Dallas turns 9 today!
He has his birthday party was this last Saturday.

Here are his army men cupcakes:




Because his theme was GI Joe.
When I showed Cody my pictures, he was impressed with the pinata. 
If only we'd had known just how impressive this pinata would prove to be....

Here is Laine snacking and talking to her dear buddy, Jack.
Jack and Laine tried to get his baby, Avi, to like Laine.
Dallas's cousin, Brandi, is in the background trying to be supportive.
Avi did not like Laine.  We all knew this would happen.

This is me, trying to look excited just after Karen told me I'd be writing down the list of Dallas's presents
for the third year running!
I honestly didn't know anyone in that family could read my handwriting.
But Karen told me I could still have a cupcake, so I stopped whining.

It must be said, the cupcakes were delicious.
Leah loved hers!
(Laine took over photographer duties when I started up my writing duties.)

And then here's Laine enjoying a cupcake!

Sara and Robert loved their cupcakes!
Chad....could only pretend.

This is a nice mingling shot.

There I am, 
recording the presents Dallas got and who he got them from so he can write thank-you notes.

I'm not sure how Laine managed to get a picture of Dallas!
He was either running around everywhere, shooting water guns, or covered up with people.
But there he is!

There's his dad, Mike.

And there's his mom, Karen, 
hoping her only child doesn't whack her with the pinata stick while he's blindfolded.


Dallas wanted a party with a GI Joe theme, and a pinata that everyone could hit with a stick or a bat.  So that's what he got.

Fun story about the pinata: it's indestructible

Every kid at the party except for baby Avi hit the pinata with a stick or a bat.  

I don't think any of them even left a dent!  

Chad considered taking a swing.  

Jack thought about taking a swing, but was worried he wouldn't break it.  

His fear were well founded.

This was not a whacking pinata.  

This was one of those deals where all the party-goers grab a string at the bottom of the pinata and pull.  Karen pulled all the strings at once as her nephew hit the pinata with a baseball bat.

She succeeded in breaking off all the strings and keeping the pinata intact.  

What happened next is pretty legendary.

Karen ripped the pinata off the rope attaching it to the ceiling of the garage (this action alone somehow didn't break it open) and ripped open the pinata with her bare hands

Children screamed and rushed her.

Candy and toys spilled everywhere, even though I don't think some pieces actually made it to the floor before people snatched them up.  

The suspense had just been too much for everyone.

I should have taken pictures, but I was just too stunned.  

And I was secretly glad that I'd saved my army man on top of my cupcake, because I knew I wasn't going to see any of those pinata prizes.

Before we left, Mom told Karen that maybe next year's party should just be a small family affair.  Karen agreed.

It was an incredibly memorable event.

So happy birthday, Dallas!  I hope you're having a great birthday today, and that you enjoyed your party!  

I think people will be talking about it for a while.


Levi and and toddler Dallas, from a long while back.