Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pumpkin Scooping, Carving, and Painting

the evolution of family costumes

I love dressing up with family themes.  Chad and I  have done so every year for the past 14 years except for one. (We dressed up together we were Sandy and Danny from Grease while we were dating).  Our family went through several costume changes this year.  We started talking about it last November.  We planned Star Wars costumes, then a a friend in Alaska offered last November to sew us all Mario Galaxy costumes, so thought about that theme.  This summer the kids saw Toy Story 3, and then that was our family theme for a couple of months.  I thought we were set, but  the closer we got to Halloween the more frequently the plan changed.  Until finally Andrew had decided to wear a Power Ranger costume, Ryan insisted we purchase him a Superman costume, and I gave up on any semblance of a family costume and bought Molly a Piggy costume I had fallen in love with.   I was sad, but wanted the kids to enjoy the holiday, more than I wanted to insist that they play by my rules. 

Well, the pig costume came and Molly hated it.  She was terrified of it!  Cried, ran away from it, screamed at it.  Could not even get a picture of her in it.    Wednesday, Ryan wore his Superman costume to Mommy and Me and decided the fake muscles didn't feel good and refused to put it on again when it was time to go Trunk or Treating.    Somehow Chad convinced Ryan to wear his Batman costume to the ward party by promising to wear his.  Then Andrew wore his Robin costume.  I ran to the store and bought Molly a Batgirl costume, which she loved! So I got my wish for a family costume after all.  I didn't dress up for the ward party, but I threw on some ears and a tail and was Catwoman when we went out trick or treating together.  No time to make a cool Bat-mo-stroller, but we still had a fun time together trick or treating at Nana and Papa's neighborhood Saturday night!

 We went trick or treating at Too-Too's house Saturday morning and for some reason Andrew decided to be Flash there.  I think it was because he couldn't find his Robin mask.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Pumpkin Patch 2010

I love fall!  I love fall pictures almost as much as I love fall.  The lighting, the colors, the fun!  I really wanted to get some fall shots of our kids outside in a pumpkin patch like we do every year.  But, EVERY TIME we have planned to go to the really neat patch we found last year, something has come up. Rain, illness, family crisis, Chad working late.   When we reached the middle of this week, I realized that the only way we were getting pumpkin pictures was to drive over to a nearby church and take pictures in their pumpkin patch they set up on their front lawn.  Not exactly the memory I was hoping to create and capture, but it was better than nothing, I thought.  Unfortunately when you wait until a couple of days before Halloween, there aren't many pumpkins left.  In fact, there were only about 40 pumpkins left over. (you can see almost all the ones that are left in the first picture).  And they were leftover for a reason.   So, we posed our children in front of their pumpkins and then drove to Aldi and purchased 4 beautiful, huge pumpkins for $2.49 a piece.    I feel a little guilty, especially because the volunteers at the patch were so nice.  But I wasn't about to pay $20 for a large deformed pumpkin that was oozing brown stuff out the side.  And I wasn't quite sure that the pallets, forklift, and neon lights inside Aldi would create the ambiance I wanted for our fall shots.   So I guess it was a good compromise.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Milk and Bookies

My friend Ashley hosted the first ever Milk and Bookies event held in NC! She had wanted to do something to serve our community, outside the work she does at church. I loved the idea and was grateful that she allowed me to be part of the event. I had such a fun time volunteering with my family and several friends from church. Community celebrities came and read stories, children selected books to be donated to Brenner's Children's Hospital, then they wrote a note to go inside. They received a sticker that said "I Donated" and then were given milk and a cookie. We had a soldier, pirate, firefighters, local newscaster, the Mayor, Belle, Snow White, and two ballerinas.

My little sister Rachel and 2 of her friends from college came down to volunteer at the event. It was so fun to have them. They ran the milk and cookies table. Snow White and Belle came and read Princess stories.
My dad came to read stories, as did this awesome pirate!
Ry-guy loves his Papa!
Andrew had fun choosing out a book to donate and writing the card to put inside.
Then he placed his book in the basket and got to ring the bell.
Molly carrying her favorite book around that she wanted to donate and a toy she wanted for herself.
Belle had the princesses help tell her story.

SFC Krueger reads his favorite children's book.

Here is Ashely with the ballerinas who came to read stories. Thanks Ashley, for being such a fabulous example and friend! You are awesome! You have inspired me to go and find a cause of my own to support in our community!

Nursery Already?

 Molly started nursery yesterday.  She was very excited about all of the toys, especially the dolls and books.  Her sweet nursery leaders are Sister Cindy Green and Brother Don Foster.  She got sad once and cried, but her leaders said she was easily appeased by the Cheetos Cheese Balls they served for snack. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pillow Talk with Ryan

The following is a conversation with Ryan from our snuggling time this afternoon before his nap.  I wanted to write it down before I forget. 

Me:  Ryan, I love you.  You are such a sweet guy.  I am so grateful Heavenly Father sent you to our family.  He loves you so much and sent you here to earth for a special reason.

Ryan: Yeah, I know dat Mommy.  He sent me here to kill da bad guys.

Me: Really, I did not know that.

Ryan: Yep.  How old do you think I have to be before I can kill the bad guys?

Me: (not sure how to answer this question) I think that Heavenly Father sent you here to love and help others.

Ryan: I think I need to be maybe six.  Yes, six.  Then I can be a firefighter because they kill all the bad guys.

Me: No, fire fighters save people and homes from fires.  They are helpers.  

Ryan: No they have guns and they keep us safe from all the bad guys.  (without taking a breath)  I think I would like a telescope.

Me: Why?

Ryan: (yawning) To look all the way to outer space to see my balloon I lost. (3 weeks ago)

Me: I think a telescope would be wonderful.  I love you.

Ryan: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fun at the Dixie Classic Fair 2010

Grandpa Bud

Grandpa Bud surprised us this week with a visit.  We had a fun time with him playing in his car, visiting the park, and going out to dinner.  It was so nice to see him!