Sunday, March 24, 2013

March Madness

We spent an enjoyable Saturday afternoon at a local sports bar watching Michigan State beat Memphis State with Josh, Susan, Sara and Evan.  The snow had just started when we left the bar and it was coming down fast and furious.  It didn't take long for there to be enough for Sara to make snow balls to throw at Evan in the parking lot!  And by the time we got home this is what it looked like.  Once the snow had stopped there were eight inches on the ground!
Snow on March 23rd; that's the real March Madness!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Griff and the Coyote

Keeping an eye on each other. 
This little standoff went on for about 15 minutes.
And then the chase was on.
Luckily the coyote outran Griff!
Of course Griffy ran faster to get back in the house than she did while chasing the coyote!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Pumpkin Parties Past & Present

That silly little post about a Pick-the-Pope competition reminded me that I hadn't posted about our pumpkin carving party and competition.

We have borrowed another tradition from Teresa and her family;
the Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party & Contest!  
I'm guessing this picture is from 2001 or 2002.  The girl with the pretty smile is now in her second year of college, and that boy working so diligently on his pumpkin is in his third year of college and the cute little blonde in the middle is fourteen!

Same year; Sara campaigning for the adults to vote for her pumpkin while her young cousins look on!
This year we held the first annual Lonesome Duck pumpkin party!
We started the night with chili and grilled hot dogs in buns wrapped in aluminum foil and stored in the oven warmer, just like at the ballpark! 
The actual pumpkin carving took place in the shed.
The process of cleaning and carving!

Being silly!

The results!
Pictures were posted on Facebook for friends to vote for their favorite pumpkin!  And to be honest I don't remember which pumpkin won the most votes but I do remember my mummy pumpkin got more respect on Facebook then it did in the shed that night! :)
Sorry for all the blurry pictures taken with the phone.
It was a fun evening!  Can't wait for year two!
The day after! 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Gering Competition - The Papal Edition

You know how this family likes a little friendly competition right?
Remember the:
March Madness brackets
Fantasy Football
Halloween pumpkin carving (with Facebook voting!)
Thanksgiving pie competition
Password is Taco - our live trivia team Thursdays at 23rd Street Brewery

And now.....
Welcome to the latest Gering Competition - The Papal Edition
Disclaimer: this picture was staged just for fun. 
But the possibility of an actual Pick-the-Pope competition was discussed!

Monday, March 4, 2013

A New Day Dawning

Lyrics from Matt Redman's song 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord).