From the monthly archives:

November 2008

Family Halloween Party – People and Costumes

by lulujane on November 3, 2008

Sue almost makes me wish I could be a witch if she could promise me I would look that great!

Catching butterfly Jhoan off guard results in catching a relaxed beauty.

Football player, Elephant, Smiling Werewolf and Bartender Diane

Although Michael came as a Pirate, he looks a bit like an Angel.
Michael tired of being a Pirate and Niki obliged by painting him a Tiger face.

I love playing in Photoshop to see what interesting things will happen. Here, Princess Leia poses with her costume made by Mark, hair by Sue – and an ice cream bowl.

Noah looks great in his Indiana Jones hat – way cool!

With this Photoshop filter Cary looks like he came from Star Wars.

Mark and Sue posing with Noah and Alex in their 2008 costumes.

Grrrr – Mark looks a bit like a scary thug.

Princess Leia – Alex is always willing to pose – thank heaven, and she gives me lots of opportunity to work with the images afterward.

Carly and Krista (Elephant and Werewolf) – if anyone can be scary and cute at the same time it is Carly and Krista.

A bit of Vincent Van Gogh and his Butterfly (Tom & Jho)

I have a lot more photos, but this is enough for one day, don’t you think?
Sorry to say I didn’t do a formal costume but when Niki came and I asked what she dressed up as on October 31, she looked at me, and said “just like you – a fitness instructor”… so she called it. I was a fitness instructor at the Halloween party. Next year I plan to be better prepared.



HalloweĆ©n Party – Hostess with the Mostest

by lulujane on November 2, 2008

I am fortunate to be a mother-in-law to five good women, the wives of my sons. Each has a special place in my heart. There are different times when I sit back and observe the beauty in each and every of them.

This past weekend Tom and his wife Jhoan (pictured above in costume) hosted our family at a Saturday afternoon Hallowe’en party. Both of them embody strong connections with their families – Jhoan, the Baluyots and Tom, the Luciers (and me).

About six months ago Tom & Jho brought to our family’s attention that we don’t see enough of each other. They are people who don’t make statements idly. It is something they had been thinking about. It concerned them, and prompted them to action to bring about the change. This has benefitted us all. We needed it too. Just like other things in life that we might not be happy with, the only way to make them better is TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. One definition of insanity reads: Doing the same things over and over and over – exactly the same way, and expecting a different result. Duh! Tom & Jho know that if we want change, more often than not, we have the power to initiate the change. And they have done this once again. And in doing it for themselves, they have also done it for the rest of us.

With kindness, generosity, sincerity, acceptance and love, each month they open their doors and their hearts to us and host a family gathering.

What joy they bring.