Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Greetings

Have a safe and happy Halloween weekend!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Adventures In Chocolate

Cool Breeze and I have been discussing the fact that our daughter will be attending college in less than a year. We are painfully aware that there has not been nearly enough money set aside for the next phase of Snow White's life. The money tree out back died, and I had to come up with another way to boost the college fund. Enter Grandma J!

Grandma J hosted a giveaway on her blog. The prize? Dove Chocolate. Somewhere in the post, she mentioned that her daughter was a Chocolatier with Dove Chocolate Discoveries. She hosts chocolate tasting parties, and sells Dove products that are only available through these parties. Having been in direct sales before, I recognized a great opportunity when I saw it!

After several weeks of researching the company, trying to decide if I wanted to get back into direct sales or not and discussing the business opportunity with Cool Breeze, I signed up. The products had gotten a big "thumbs up" from Noe Noe Girl, whose husband was the prize winner, and I couldn't imagine a more FUN line of items to market!

Actually, the word "FUN" does not even begin to describe it. Once I received my kit, I started melting, dipping, tasting and creating! My whole family has gotten in on the act. In fact, I had my first tasting party over the weekend, and I couldn't have done it all without Cool Breeze and Snow White. They are my taste-testers, helpers and providers of support:)

I'm not sure where this new road will lead, but I'm looking forward to the journey.

Chocolate, anyone?

Friday, October 23, 2009

State Fair

The Virginia State Fair is VERY popular with the Envy Family. Snow White was a mere seven months old when she attended her first fair. She won a prize for being the best "Pig Rooter" at the Pig Races, and has been hooked ever since!

2009 brought big changes to our beloved fair. A new venue, a new layout, and many new fried foods!

Meadow Farm, former home of Triple Crown Winner Secretariat, is now Meadow Farm Event Park. The new venue is spacious and CLEAN! Well, except for some of the folks working the Midway.

Main Stage entertainment included Blue Grass, Magic and a little Rock 'n Roll.

Secretariat was honored throughout the park, especially in the Farm Area.

These little guys were SO much fun to watch!

No State Fair would be complete without freakishly large fruits and vegetables.

Snow White has ALWAYS loved this singing pig! He appeared to be happy to see her again this year;)

These guys were downright CRAZY!

I found this amusing. Draw your own conclusions.

Billy Goats Gruff? He stood so still that we weren't sure he was real. Then he jumped down and started bossing the other goats around!

I was having an off night, and LOST at Whac-a-Mole. First time EVER!

The night wouldn't have been complete without a trip to our favorite food vendor....Porky's! This is a BBQ Parfait....BBQ, Sauce and Mashed Potatoes. YUM:)

And for dessert? Fried green beans, of course.

Can't wait until next year!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Homecoming '09

The Homecoming festivities were held at Small Town USA High School this past weekend. Although we lost the football game, Snow White (far right) and her friends never let their school spirit wane.

The night of the dance, SW and her friends posed for a few photos before heading out to meet their dates. They take Homecoming VERY seriously in these parts!

There is always one mom in every crowd who can rally the teenagers long enough to snap a few group shots. Thank goodness for those moms! I had a hard enough time getting SW corralled for the couples shots:/

**sigh** SO beautiful!

There's nothing better than kids in dress up clothes:)

It made me sad to think that this was the last high school Homecoming that my daughter would attend. However, I felt much better when I realized that no matter how old she gets, she will still love her Mama!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Monday Funny

Happy Monday!

I received this via email, and have no idea who to credit for its origin.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

"Crusty" Sighting

Yesterday, my family attended the State Fair of Virginia. I am working on a couple of posts that highlight the event, but wanted to let you all know that "Crusty" was in attendance as well. Grandma J neglected to tell me that "Crusty" would be making the trip, but I was happy to see him! He's SUCH a jet setter! Evidently, he was glad to be back in Virginia for a visit, but was excited about heading back home to the Great State of Texas! We chatted for a few minutes, and then parted ways. I was heading off to play Whac-a-Mole, and he needed to get back to his supervisory duties at the seafood booth.

"Crusty" told me to be sure to say hello to his beloved Blog Fest friends! He can't wait to see all of you again;)