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The 31st Day of Our Lives

Day #31

I made it!
I posted 31 days straight.
Usually I end this series with photos from our family Halloween costumes.
But this year, 
my town is actually having Trick or Treating ON Halloween. 
So I don’t have any photos yet.
I’ll post those tomorrow.
Or follow me on Instagram  (@chairsfromthecurb) and Facebook (@chairsfromthecurb)
and you can see some sneak peeks.
Here’s a look back at a few of our past costume themes:
Wizard of Oz


Peter Pan
The 3 Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf
The 4 Elvis’s

Willy Wonka
The Peanuts Gang
Fast Food Characters
Gilligan’s Island
Super Heroes
Disney Princesses and Prince Charming

David Pumpkins. Any Questions?

Day #30


Maybe you haven't seen the Tom Hanks skit on SNL about David Pumpkins.
It’s a great example of how Monte approaches comedy.
Quantity over quality.
This skit just wears you down  until you laugh.
Or maybe it’s the annoying music.
it’s Halloween Eve and due to crazy schedules, we just got around to all being  in the same place at the same time so we could decorate our pumpkins.

None of us were feeling like carving and scooping out our pumpkins this year so we went with a painting/costume theme.
I dug through our costume prop box and decided to make one of our small pumpkins a Piggy Pumpkin.
We were The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf one year for Halloween.

I eventually made her a girl.

We’ve had our pumpkins for a few weeks, sitting on the front steps.

Monte’s pumpkin got cracked and was starting to smell when he brought it inside to decorate.

He went to move it a little and the entire bottom, guts included, just fell out.

He didn’t handle it well.
You may have h…

Shameless Plug

Day #29

I’ve been out of town for three days so I’m way behind on everything.

McDaniel is doing a senior capstone project.

She chose to support an offshoot of C.R.A.C.K.HOUSE ministries  (Christ Resurrects After Crack Kills)  called Church Boys Boxing.

The ministry hopes to provide a building to house a gym to get the teens of the area off the streets and teach them boxing as a constructive use of their time, energy, frustrations, etc.

McDaniel is collecting boxing equipment and raising money to contribute to their building fund.

She started a Go Fund Me page and we are doing a bake sale next week.
She wrote this fundraising letter:
In order to graduate my high school has us create a capstone project where we have to show proof of learning. I have learned that I want to accomplish lot more than just sitting around learning. 
I want to go out and DO.
In this moment of in-between thinking and actual action I thought about something. There are people who live minutes away from myself who long…

The Missing Size 10 Basketball Shoe

Day #28

I didn’t want McDaniel to feel left out with all these Ellie stories.

So I found this doozie in the Chairs From the Curb archives from 4 years ago.

This is just so

and infuriating.
But this is our life.

Once upon a time…

it came to my attention that McDaniel left a basketball shoe in our neighbor's car who we carpool with.

"A" shoe.
As in one.
Why just one?

Good question.
The answer came to me in a mumbled mess of I don't know's and something about a zipper not being completely zipped on a gym bag.


somehow a SIZE 10 high top basketball shoe "slipped out" of her unzipped gym bag and was lying in the car of our neighbor who then gave it back to McDaniel on a day she didn't have basketball practice right after school.

So McDaniel didn't have her gym bag with her.
On that day after school, she and her friends were being picked up by a friend's dad and taken to the mall to shop for a gift for another friend who was movin…

Get Rid of It

Day #27

I’m busy.

Sometimes I think I have so much to do that I’ll NEVER get it all done.
And then I remember I’ve been busier.
I remember that I’ve been busy ON TOP OF my house being renovated.

I found this in my drafts that I never posted.

This is when I had a lot going on.
In the past week, I took McDaniel to the doctor for an ear infection and the weird rash on her leg that hasn’t gone away in months.

I tucked her into her bed with hammers hammering and saws sawing on our addition.
Ellie had her tongue tumor removed two days later.

I set her up in the basement to watch TV only to find that there was a worker sawing into the wall  and completely picked up the sectional couch and moved it WITH ELLIE STILL ON IT.
So I moved Ellie upstairs into our bedroom. 
When I came downstairs, I was greeted by the siding guy telling me he accidentally crashed into my car trying to avoid backing into the other workers’ truck.

He felt terrible and said he would take care of it. 
I told him,  “No p…

An Election Story

Day #26

Before you click off of this story at the fear of a political rant,

this is about Ellie’s 5th grade student council election.

[I posted this four years ago.]
There were 4 different classes of 5th grade in Ellie's grade.
Two representatives were elected from each class.
There were specific rules to run:
•They had to write out their campaign "platform” 
and reasons why they wanted the position.
•They had to write a speech which they 
would give in front of their class.
•They could not "campaign" by giving out 
buttons or fliers or candy or bribes of any kind.
Ellie was excited and filled out her form with her platform with ease.
Her campaign promises included:
• Getting a microwave in the cafeteria that the students could use.
• Increasing the size of the sub sandwiches  (this is a real hot topic with Ellie that caused her to make an appointment with the vice-principal last year. I guess the VP said she "appreciated Ellie's willingness to share her thoughts on th…

Since We Were Talking About Ellie

Day #25

Since we were talking about Ellie, I thought I’d share this weird incident that happened to her as well.

God love her, she had some interesting elementary years.
And an obsession with the school nurse that I’d completely forgotten about.

I thought that phase would NEVER end.
And isn’t that just what parenting is?

One phase that you’d think would never end bleeding into another one and another one?
How soon we forget.

The Stuff We Remember

Day #24

I was in my high school freshman English class when a girl threw up all over the back of the boy sitting in front of her.

He was all leaned back into his chair  so she got a good shot at him.
Poor sick girl got up and ran out of the class.

Poor “got sick upon” guy ran out not far behind.
The girl never returned but the guy did,

wearing a too-small gym uniform with tube socks pulled up high on his skinny long legs.
He was super tall so those short shorts  seemed even shorter.
His hair was wet too.
We all had a good laugh.
I remember asking my fellow classmates at our 10-year high school reunion if they remembered that incident.

Some did, some didn’t.
Something very similar just happened to Ellie in her freshman English class.

I told her that she just became someone’s  10-year high school reunion memory.
But she doesn't see it like that--yet.
I’ll be sure to let you know when I’m free to tell the full story.
In the meantime, It reminded me of Ellie’s  “puked in the head” story t…

Just For Fun

Day #22

There’s just been too much heaviness  so I’m going to keep this light and breezy.
Here’s some stuff just for fun:
• Cows Frolicking
My friend Shannon sent me a video of cows frolicking in the grass after a long winter inside. She sent it to me on Facebook and I couldn’t find the exact video on YouTube but this one is close.
She and I talked about how fascinating and calming it is to watch. A cow getting pure joy out of being outside in the grass. I love it!

• Jon Crist

We saw Jon as the opening act for the comedian Tim Hawkins a few years ago. He’s funny! He puts out these funny little videos on Instagram. This is his latest one:

Be sure to check out the one about Christian music too.

• Tim Hawkins Podcast

Speaking of Tim Hawkins, he has a podcast with the people he travels on the road with and various guests along the way. Like Jon Crist and Kirk Cameron. They record the podcast after Tim’s comedy shows and they are usually tired and slap happy and soo funny!

There’s one guy …

We Need Our Faith Back

Day #22

There’s been a lot of crazy in this presidential election season.

The worst has been the way people are attacking one another.
Demanding tolerance yet not extending it.

Baiting and trapping with little or no facts.
And using social media to do it.
It’s sad when someone questions someone’s salvation based on who they may or may not be supporting for president.
An author of many bible studies, Beth Moore, is under such an attack.

She wrote beautifully in response to it. (click on the link to read it)
It’s long but so worth it.
She explains we need to get our focus off of two people and on to the one true God who is actually in control.
To stop acting like THEY are our only two options when HE holds the entire world in his hand.
It’s a nice reminder.

Happy Saturday!