Friday, October 11, 2013

Photo Dump Friday

I've got big, bad plans for this weekend.

Tonight? I'm slumbering at Sarah's house. WHAT?

After having been college roommates for 3 of our 4 years, it has been a very long time since we've slept under the same roof. But duty calls early tomorrow morning in the form of Holly's 50-miler. We simply saw no other way.

I'm excited.

Who knows? Maybe it'll become a regular thing.

In the spirit of the weekend, I thought I'd unload a mass quantity of photos on you. The bad news? You'll have to keep scrolling down. The good news? I'll try to keep my yammering to a minimum. Wish me luck, because you know that's like asking a baby to stop being so chunky and cute or asking a cat to stop being such a weirdo.

These are the hooligans who run our block. Some of them are sweet and some are spicy. I've never seen the lurker behind the tree until this exact moment. In summary: My kids have found a quirky and wonderful community here. So thankful for that. (Silas was inside during this photo opp due to an offense which shall remain unnamed.)

Am I a fan of this facial hair situation? I am not.

But here's the thing: I realized a very long time ago that however my man chooses to present himself (i.e. all gray outfit, all corduroy outfit, Nikes with Dockers, etc...) is not a reflection on me. I'm not into making people change their appearance to suit my whims. So, Ruby dresses like a circus clown, Calvin currently looks like he's wearing a gopher on his head, Silas went to school today with a mohawk, and Cory has a disastrous but well-deserved goatee, entirely gray thanks largely to our shortest child.

While we're on the topic of Cory, he did a couple photo sessions recently.
This is Leo.

These are the Sloats.
Otherwise known as Our Vacation Buddies.
Or, as I like to refer to them, The Most Attractive Family on the Planet.

Apple Festival 2013.
I ate: apple fritters, mini doughnuts, apple dumplings, popcorn.
I wore: my perfecte-coral fashionABLE scarf and the army green vest I impulse-bought at TJ Maxx about 6 years ago. It's one of my favorite things I own.
They wore: Backpacks. I have no idea why.

Photo Bomb.
This makes Calvin laugh hysterically whenever he sees it.

We had Haven's birthday dinner last night.
This is how my living room often looks.
It's wonderful and tragic, all at the same time.

Girl Avery!
Also, I got a haircut.

Robert got to meet my parents this weekend. (He and my mom were pen-pals while he was locked up.) He refused to stop being dorky for the photos. (He's not talking in this picture...this was his intentional "pose".)

So I tickled him.

Sidenote: Don't ever, ever tickle me. I hate it. It makes me cry.
But I will totally tickle you, if the occasion warrants it.

There are 5 or 6 of these pictures and my dad has the exact same expression in every single one of them. Like he's cast in stone or something.

I should have tickled him.

This is from the summer but I found it and had to share it because 1) It's taken at a Mexican restaurant and 2) CALVIN LOOKS LIKE HE'S 17!

While I'm back in summer, I miss my herb garden.

And finally, I present to you a brief, carefully edited collection entitled The Littlest in Wigs.

(These wigs live in the toybox at my Grandparents' house. I used to wear them around. They are approximately 852 years old. If only smells could transmit through computers, you would have a much more authentic experience with them.)

Happy Weekending, Pals!


  1. Oh my gosh - the WIGS? I love it. Also, I feel like I have a good idea of what those smell like from my forays into my grandparents' closets. And Ruby's arms are more defined than mine.

  2. Love these pictures!!The wig is to funny and well Cory's beard?? Is he going for the Duck dynasty look????

  3. Shannon, I have got to tell you that I think you need to do one of these posts a week! It is just SO SO SO good! Seriously...SO GOOD! I love every single picture that Ruby girl is in. She just adds sparkle to wherever she is! And it is so funny how your dad has the same exact expression in all those pics! Thanks for the fun and wonderful post, Girlfriend!

  4. Your hubby is so talented! The hair on his face and on Calvin's head worries me though. Robert!

  5. Oh Shannon Banannon. You made my day. The wigs. I die. I have one of Ellie I will have to dig up. She was less than a year old and looks like ET. No joke. And I know that smell perfectly. Musty with a hint of old lady with a hint of mothballs with a hint of some strange tang.

  6. Those wigs on the kids kill me. Hee-sterical.

    Awesome photos.

  7. Love the wigs. Your husband took some beautiful pictures.
    P.S. I think the goatee rocks!

  8. wigs + Robert sleeping with baby + living room = day MADE. thanks! ♥

  9. There is so much to love in this post - Robert + baby = too much! Robert + your parents = loves! And the street posse looking all thuggish (is that a word?) in that first pic? Priceless!

  10. How do you still have zinnias? Have you not had a frost in your parts? Mine are black and crispy, but I haven't ripped them out yet. It's a great look.
    Apple Festival? Hillbilly Hotdog that wasn't Apple Festival?
    Miss you, Farmgirl.

  11. Photo Dump Friday. That was fun!!!

    Yes, I agree with Teresa tell us about the Zinnias? No frost here, but mine too are black, crispy & standing proud.

    Cute hair btw.

  12. CRACK ME UP. Your family is a hoot to read about! And a joy and encouragement too (on the lets-get-real side).

  13. I cry when I'm tickled too! Thanks for sharing! Now I know I'm not the only one!!

  14. It kills me you can cross your legs and still keep both feet on the floor!! Love your live!!

  15. Oh my gosh! you must enlarge or make a canvas out of the Ruby saluting picture. I think it is my favorite among many of her. Maybe for her bedroom.

  16. Made me smile sooo big! Please feel free to do more of these kind of posts. My favorite photos (hard to choose): Robert with child on his chest, the kids with wigs on, and #1 is your living room for reals. Awesome :)

  17. Your dad and the wigs...I am laughing out loud over here!!!!

  18. i am dying over here.

    your dad.
    i NEVER, did you get that? NEVER post pictures of my dad bc he looks like a terrorist in pictures.
    the man never smiles and when he wish he wasn't.

    "cast in stone"......THAT is the perfect way to describe it.
    You've inspired me. I shall post a picture of my dad before the year is out.

    hilarious. and you tell him i said so.
    he should make a point to always pose as if he's talking. i totally thought he was talking.

  19. "Am I a fan of his facial hair situation? I am not."

    Man you make me laugh, Shannan. I have to admit, just seeing your husband from smaller pictures, I thought you married an older, more distinguished gentleman (which, in my mind, suited you.) - but I can see that he does not have the wrinkles to match the gray hair, so you must be similar ages?

    Not wanting to "dress" everybody in the house is one of my challenges.

    1. OMW! I just read this out loud to Cory and Roberto.
      Cory is actually......... 2 YEARS YOUNGER than me!
      It's crazy! I love it secretly, because it makes me seem even younger. ;)

  20. Oh my gosh, i adore you. Also, I am also not a fan of my husband's facial hair situation. And the boys ALWAYS ask me why I "let" him do that. I've learned a long time ago that I will not fight my battles on the front lines of Adam's facial hair. Amen. I prefer to fight my battles over him helping with the laundry and such. . .

  21. Friend,

    I near wet my pants at these last three photos.

    My comments are lacking, but not a post of yours goes unread.

    And I pray -- randomly do I pray for many things for your family.

    You are loved!

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  23. I enjoyed this glimpse into your world, and Cory's photos are wonderful. As for that facial situation, I can relate. The Man used to grow one every single time we took a vacation. Not sure why, but now that we've been retired since 2008, well, you get my drift. I admit, I've learned to (kinda sorta) like it, as long as he keeps it trimmed up nicely. Occasionally, he walks into the kitchen and asks if I notice anything new. Lo and behold, he's shaved ... until the next season of growth, that is.

  24. My grandparents' toy box had the same wig! Oh, thank you for the memory. I totally remember that smell, the fear of putting it on due to the weird smell, but doing it anyways because I was a kid and fearless!

  25. there are few times that i laugh out loud by myself. i just laughed SO HARD by myself.

  26. i don't cry when tickled... i have accidents. you know.... those kind of accidents.
    so can we both just agree we will never tickle each other?

  27. oh my funny. is it a prerec. for grandparents to have these? I can smell it.

  28. hahaha i very rarely LOL when reading, but the pics of your dad -- perfect description and the best observation ever... incredible.

  29. I love Robert, especially when tickled. Why didn't he participate in wig photos?! Girl Avery is gorgeous too. And for the Internets record: YOU have the most beautiful family.

  30. INDESTRUCTIBLE.... From the time you were a small fry, thru Si Pie's photo shoot, there has been a total of 43 grand children and great grand children, that have played with those CRAZY wigs. Makes me wonder what kind of value Antiques Road Show might put on those puppies? And the aroma therapy should be... priceless. Pappa

  31. I consider tickling an actual form of torture. I'm pretty sure you can die from it.

    Great pics. I am uncomfortable with Cory's beard thing and the wigs.

  32. i've been away and sheesh.
    i'm just catching up.
    i'm with you on the tickling thing. and the need to pick at things be it scab or sunburn.
    we might be related.

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  34. These pictures made my morning! And I CANNOT STAND to be tickled (it makes me act like a crazy person)... I always warn my husband, "If you tickle me, you will get hurt." (: p.s. who is Girl Avery?? just curious (thought Robert had twin boys?)

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  36. In summary: My kids have found a quirky and wonderful community here. So thankful ...

  37. My grandparents' toy box had the same wig! Oh, thank you ...