Kids For Obama

Katrina and Izzy
Emma was a little grumpy towards the end and wasn't happy about being in the stroller.

Izzy showing Emma the rock she found

Looking up in the sky for all the balloons that got away

Pumpkin Patch Day

Emma was a little overwhelmed by all the pumpkins!

Relaxing in the wagon with all the pumpkins and a much needed popsicle!
There's a good one over there!!

This weekend we headed east to Carnation for a visit to the pumpkin patch.  It was a perfect fall day for some pumpkin picking.  My mom and Bill were also able to join us which was an added bonus, extra pumpkin carriers!  Eric packed us a great lunch and by the time we got out to the farm we were starving so we quickly set up our picnic.  We enjoyed sandwiches and pasta salad under a big tree on the grass.  After lunch we hopped on one of the wagon's that takes you out to the field of pumpkins.  We were able to get on the one wagon that is horse drawn and Emma thought that was the coolest!  We found a few great pumpkins before hopping on a tractor pulled wagon to head back in and hunt for some baby pumpkins in another field.  Emma loved picking out the baby pumpkins!  She calls pumpkins "Pumpkin Pie" and of course a baby pumpkin was "Baby Pumpkin Pie". So cute!!  We all had so much fun and came home exhausted from all the pumpkin patch action!!


the mac is back

Last October we purchased a new MacBook. It was an early Christmas present to ourselves since our first Mac had up and died...well, more like a slow, torturous death before finally crapping out. The excitement over the new Mac was simply euphoric. Built in webcam?! Photobooth?! iMovie?! The accessories to this new computer were overwhelming! Soon I was making movies of Emma, taking funny pictures on Photobooth, and just enjoying the new addition to the Payne house. It was wonderful. We sailed through the holidays, uploading all our Christmas photos to the new computer, not to mention all the pictures we took with our new camera. Then January hit. The new year was brought in with tears and sadness as one day we watched, almost in slow motion, as our sweet little MacBook succomb to a spilled domestic beer, courtesy of Emma- our beer swigging 2 year old, and sadly myself as I was the one who left the domestic next to the computer. A mistake never to be made again. We rushed our lifeless MacBook to the Genius Bar but unfortunately it could not be saved, and our warranty clearly stated that beer spillage was just not covered. Despite our sadness, we atleast had the use of Eric's work laptop. But it wasn't the same.
Fast forward 9 or so months. Eric has been told by his boss that they'll be needing the work laptop back soon. So I scrambled and finally my dad agreed to bring back my old computer that he had been using. An emachines desktop- I know, I cringe-but it would do. We would have to move some furniture around so as to have a place to put the huge desktop. As we're cleaning out drawers to move the furniture Eric comes across our departed Mac. Just out of curiosity he plugs it in...it whirs to life. Hooray!!!!!!!! After nearly a year of being comatose, it's alive again!!! All our files, pictures, music and videos fully intact. It was a miracle! An unbelieveable miracle. So now, I blog, happy again from the Mac. Welcome back Mac :)