Friday, October 31, 2008

It's a boy!!!

There's no doubt about it! My gut feeling that I was having a girl (I said I was 99% sure) was 100% wrong! Ive got the ultra sound pictures for proof. He is such a little cutie! (And a bit of an exhibitionist, too!)

Introducing..... Emmett Jeffrey Faulconer!

How's that for proof?!

Look at that profile! What a little hunk!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

MaryEllen's funny mind

This is just something funny MaryEllen said tonight. We were walking through Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse (a huge shoe store) and she said, "I wonder how many tongues are in this store."

I swear I have never even told her that shoes have tongues. Where does she get it?!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Apple Hill!

Our family took our annual trip to Apple Hill last saturday and we were happy to be joined by my brother Michael and his family. We made our usual rounds; starting at High Hill with caramel apples and a stop at the Fudge factory. Next we went to Boa Vista where we always buy pumpkins and Apple cider. We rounded out the trip at Abel's acres for a trip through the hay maze and some other fun things for the kids. We had a great time!

MaryEllen and cousin Elliot on the pony rides!

Henry got his pointer finger out for the ponies

Henry and Daddy gt to pet the ponies that were taking a break

I'm not sure what this face means.

Henry was nearly eclipsed by his caramel apple

Needless to say, we got no chocolate.
(life was unbearable.)

Elliot with his fellow pumpkin heads

Trying to heft this enormous pumpkin is hard work!

Taking a rest

MaryEllen and her perfect pumpkin
(it even had the little curly things on the stem!)

our annual picture in the pumpkin patch

Henry chillin' with Aunt Jessica

MaryEllen and I trying to escape the Hay Maze

Little ghosts

What a scary witch! I think she was scared of herself!

Our cute little pumpkins! Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Trip to the Zoo!

I was really bored a couple of weeks ago so I decided on a whim to go to the zoo. Oh my gosh, we had so much fun!! I had no idea how into animals Henry is, and MaryEllen loves anytime she gets to navigate a map. (She hardly took her nose out of the zoo map the whole time.) It was one of the best, most laid back day trips we have ever taken, and I can't wait to go back!

The Infamous Map!

Scoping out the tigers (note where MaryEllen's eyes are)

Believe it or not, He went CRAZY about this water feature!

The flamingos were by far the favorite of our group. I had to restrain Henry several times from climbing through the fence.

We took about 20 of these kangaroo shots. MaryEllen got frustrated with Henry's goofing off and finally decided she would show him how to be a proper Joey.

When she found out the Otter lived all alone, she promised him we would stay and keep him company. The tantrum came when I said it was time to leave. She was so mad she rolled up her map!

MaryEllen wasn't scared of anything in the reptile house, but was mortified at the thought of walking under the huge blow up frog to get to the entrance.

Our CLS Grad!

Here are a bunch of pics from Brian's Graduation from his CLS training program-- It was a while ago, but I finally had Him upload the photos.

Our little family

The graduating class of 2008!

Brian's proud parents

Brian and my disappearing mom

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

More on Proposition 8

I figured that since this is the faulconer family blog I (Brian) should take the time to write the occasional comment as well. Proposition 8 is an issue very near and dear to my heart. Not only does it deal with the definition of marriage, but the entire process that warranted the creation of proposition 8 bothers me and should bother all those that recognize and uphold the tenants upon which our forefathers built our great nation.

The great author Thomas Paine wrote a stirring pamphlet (entitled Common Sense) that helped stir the inhabitants of the colonies into the American Revolution. Much is discussed in that pamphlet but the point I’m thinking about today comes right from the start of this great document.

”SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.“

Why did I post this? Because we the people of California voted on against gay marriage. This country was designed to be governed by the people and free from the injustices and oppression of kings and rulers that would do as they please. But now here we are, the people’s voice shunned by judges that have no inherent right to overturn the voice of the very people they are called to serve. I do not understand how this fact is overlooked by so many. I truly feel that we are being exposed to the same miseries that we might expect in a country without government. It feels like so many are willing to turn away and ignore this fact. This is a real attack on our freedoms and it’s time for us to stand up and fight for what’s right.

My Uppercase Living business

I am so excited about the progress I have made recently in my business! I never thought that I would be very good at any kind of sales, so I was really surprised to find out that I could be successful in something based completely on selling a product! I thought I would post some pictures of projects I have made for anyone who doesn't know what it's about. Sorry they are all old projects, I haven't taken any pictures of my new stuff.

MaryEllen redesigned her bathroom around this expression

Henry's sports themed room

MaryEllen's room

The silver part says Always and forever
(hard to see with the flash glare)

Some gifts I have made