Sunday, October 24, 2010

Autumn Fun

Every year our family goes to a corn maze in October.  We've gone to the same place almost every year for the past 6 or 7 years.  You can check it out here:

So today was the day, we had teams of two, Don and me vs. our kids and their boy/girlfriends.  All week they predicted rain for today, but we only had two brief showers that didn't dampen anyone's spirits.  Here's the energetic group before we entered the maze:

Don and I (the old folks!) always come in last, but not today.  We thought we were first, because when we finished, none of the other teams were waiting.  But it turns out that Jordan and Nicole (far left) finished it in record time, and went back in to get some of the bonus checkpoints.  They actually made second place on the record board posted in the barn!  And we came in second!  Not bad for the oldsters of the group.
Then we found our perfect pumpkins in the pumpkin patch before coming home for stuffed pizza!  A great day!
Happy fall, everyone!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Gift

The surprise party was today (he was surprised -- yay!)  And I had a surprise this morning.  Apparently the birthday boy's son (who helped me get the pics) nonchalantly asked his dad this morning what color he planned on painting his Model A when he was done with it.  "Maybe green?" he asked.  His dad shook his head and said, "Oh, no.  Not greeen!"  And I got the word a couple of hours later.  He thought a blue-grey would be nice, but this is the best I could do on such short notice:
 And this was the front of his card.  The inside says, "That's one reason you are so special" 
He liked it!  It was worth all the scrambling!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Gift for a friend

A family friend of ours is celebrating a birthday and we are invited to his party.  (Shhhhh -- it's a surprise!)  He has a Model A that is his pride and joy -- I don't know how long he has been restoring it, but it actually runs and everything.  His son helped me take some pics of it secretly, since I thought he would enjoy receiving a nicely framed photo of it.  His son told me that his dad wants to paint it a forest green color when he is finished restoring it.  So I played a little with Photoshop and came up with a couple of possible photographs.  Please tell me which one you like best!

Here's the car without any help from photoshop:
And here's one after I played with it:

 I kind of like the old feel that the black and white background give it.  But my daughter thought the green leaves set off the color better, and I liked this shot of the car a little better, so I tried this one.
I can keep on playing for a few more days.  Please let me know what you think!  Thanks!