Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sit Down With Santa...Or Don't

Most kids love Santa!  He's the jolly old man who brings present to children all over the world in one magical night.  Kids line up at malls across the country to sit on Santa's lap and tell them their wish list. Elf's on the Shelf are busy reporting to Santa, making sure little ones are on their best behavior.

It's a nice idea to paint, isn't it??  Maybe we will get there someday.

Here's the reality:







Our fist visit with Santa this year was at the South Park Mall in Charlotte, NC while we were visiting for Thanksgiving.  Colt's cousins, Walter Mack & Hudson, had no problem smiling with Santa.  Colt, as you can see, wasn't happy at all to be there!

Thinking we should try again, we did.  Maybe a different time, different Santa and a little snack before hand would make a difference?  Guess what?  It didn't.  And, in fact, it went even worse than the first time...


Sorry Santa...maybe next year will be less traumatic!!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sunday in Carolina

Nothing like spending a Sunday in Carolina cheering for the Panthers!


We got to see our pal Cam.  
Hadn't had a chance to hang with him since our GMA visit.  
Looked like he was still doing good.


The Panthers were looking good on the field.  
We got to see them play their franchise record eighth straight win.
Go Panthers!


Brett's Granny wore her sassy feather boa.  
We think she's the Panther's lucky charm!


Got to catch DMC sing "It's Tricky" at halftime.  
Unfortunately, Run was not able to make it.  
Maybe next time.


The highlight of the game wasn't Cam doing his "Superman" or even him 
handing the football to kids in the end zone.  
Nope, it was this giant $10 bucket of popcorn that had unlimited refills!  
Let's just say we got our money's worth...and then some.


Smile...while we're all still on the bandwagon!!



Sunday, November 24, 2013

Happy Hair Cuts!


Sometimes a little guy needs a little trim...


Thankfully, Colt's G.G. is snippy with the scissors.


Good thing she's able to work under pressure and with tough clients.


This marked Colt's fifth haircut...and it's not getting any easier!





Saturday, November 23, 2013

Strolling Through the National Harbor

Our pal Andy just took a promotion that places him in the Washington, D.C. area.  We were super happy to stop by and see him on our way down to Charlotte for Thanksgiving and take a look around the National Harbor.

He gladly took Colt (we just tagged along) on a little tour of his new stomping grounds, which were pretty sweet!


There were plenty of boats out on the water, which Colt loved looking at from our hotel room.


The National Harbor has some odd art, but we didn't mind.  We got to see The Awakening coming out of the sand.  The sculpture was designed by J. Seward Johnson, Jr. and was originally part of a public art exhibit in 1980 in DC.  It moved to the National Harbor in 2008.  Kind of cool isn't it?


Andy didn't mind showing Colt his favorite parts of the National Harbor...including the Peeps Store under the giant Christmas tree!



 We can't wait to come back!!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween from The Garretts

We like to celebrate Halloween around here in a big, fun way...and as much as we can!

Darla, Nemo & P. Sherman
New York's weather was a little wet, but it didn't stop us from a little trick-or-treating.  We stopped by the Clifton Park Mall (with a couple hundred other families) to pick up some sugar.

As you can guess, things went really well.  Nemo loved constantly running the opposite direction we were going.  And laying in the floor.



Our festive front porch attracted 66 trick-or-treaters this year!  Thankfully the Barretts and the Garretts had enough candy!  We're lucky to have such fun neighbors who love Halloween as much as we do!

Can you find the Barretts in this picture??
Just a couple of Witches in Training!

 Happy Halloween!
 





Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Who You Gonna Call When Carving Pumpkins??

Last year, Colt wasn't much help when it came to carving pumpkins.  
This year, he wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty!




Brett broke out the heavy machinery for his pumpkin creation.  Who knew carving pumpkins were just another excuse to use that Snap-on hand drill?



Since we had just watched Ghostbusters at the Malta Drive-In a few weeks ago, we felt like we needed to honor the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.  


But it was Brett's disco ball pumpkin that really lit the place up!


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Shopping at Sam's Club

We love Sam's Club.  So much so that we go shopping there at least once a week.  This week, Mr. Independent insisted on pushing the cart.

Here's how that went.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Don't Mess with the New York State Fair

Entertaining company from Texas can be a bit tricky.  Those folks set a high bar for bigger & better.  And when people from the Lone Star State meet people from the Empire State, it can turn into a bit of a bragging competition...New Yorkers are pretty proud!  With my Aunt Bernardine & Uncle John in town touring the Northeast, I figured they needed to see the best of the best.  Things might be bigger in Texas, but they ain't better.  

Case in point: the New York State Fair.




Last year I took my parents to visit the humongous fair in Syracuse.  We had such a good time, that when I was offered complimentary tickets for holding a fair ticket giveaway on my blog, it was a no-brainer to head back.  This time, we loaded up Aunt Bernardine & Uncle John, packed everything but the kitchen sink we needed for Colt, and Brett (thankfully) volunteered to make the long drive to the 'Cuse.

I didn't realize how much I missed at last year's fair until this visit!  There was honestly so much to see and do there that you could spend a couple of days wandering around and still not catch it all.




Our advice for tackling the fair is to go during the week if at all possible.  Our Sunday visit was just a little bit crowded!  The Fair's foot traffic usually hits around the million people mark and I think we were there with about half of that on the day we went!

We had a lot of fun showing our Texas relatives all of the things that make up the great state of New York.  On the drive over to Syracuse, Aunt Bernardine mentioned she wasn't too impressed with the corn crops here.  In fact, she called them 'spindly'.  The corn may be bigger in Texas, but the Lone Star state pales in comparison to the snowfall totals around here!


Amarillo, Texas with a measly 17.9" of snow
Albany with 62" of snow
Syracuse wins with 179" of snow...that's almost 15 FEET of snow!
Some of the biggest treats we discovered at the fair came in cups.  Let me tell you, it's amazing how much easier it is to deal with livestock smells, crowds of people and your own squirming child after you have had a visit the Wine Tent!  Aunt Bernardine & I tried the famous Montezuma Winery Wine Slushies and they did not disappoint.  The slushies were sort of like if you put wine and ice into a slurpee machine.  The mix of Fat Frog Red and Diamond White tied together well!  The winery is based out of Senaca Falls.  If you're in the vicinity, I recommend stopping by!


Colt got in on the action at the Dairy Barn with his dad.  They knocked back chocolate milk like it was going out of style at just $.25 a cup!



We had a blast at the New York State Fair (again!) and would recommend to New Yorkers, Texans and everybody in between.  Y'all will love it!

Here's a extended look of what we got to see and do during our visit:



Next year the New York State Fair will run August 21nd - September 1st.  Put it on your calendar to come!


*Special thanks to the New York State Fair for our complimentary tickets.  We had a blast-Y'all are awesome!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Taking Another Walk Over the Hudson


There are somethings in our area that are worth doing again!  With Heather's aunt & uncle in town from Texas, we had to show them our biggest area attractions.  En route to the Woodbury Commons Premium Outlet Mall, we made a pit stop at the Walkway Over the Hudson New York State Park.  (It's the one Heather visited with Brett's grandmother in 2010.)


Not much has changed since then.  The park is still an amazing view of the Hudson River! Unfortunately, it was a little hazy on the day we visited, but the view was still spectacular.



Uncle John & Aunt Bernardine didn't seem to mind the height, all 212 feet above the river!  


We enjoyed walking part of the 6,767 feet that measures the bridge.  It's a long walk!


Thankfully, Colt was up for the stroll!