Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fall Festival

Our school held a fabulous Fall Festival yesterday.  There were games, music, and wonderful food from several local food trucks.  I have wanted to get tacos from a real taco truck for a while, not sure why, I think maybe I saw it on a show.  The tacos we ordered were amazing!  And the caramel cake from another vendor was the best I have ever eaten!  I didn't get any pics of the food, though.

The third grade parent reps hosted a football throw.  Since I am Andrew's class parent rep, Chad and I ran the game for an hour.  It was fun to be there with all of the students.  The kids at our school are so wonderful.  Everyone waited their turn, no one was unkind, everyone cheered for the other children when they threw, and they even said "thank you."  

Andrew and Ryan played street soccer with their friends.

 Molly and Ryan had their arms painted.

We spent a great deal of time at the Cupcake Walk.  We just could not win a cupcake.  Other children would walk over,step on a number, and win immediately, their first time.  One friend played 3 times and won twice!  But not the Scribners.  Chad joined the game to try and increase our chances. Andrew finally won one 20 minutes later.   Molly  became very discouraged and stopped. We asked if she could have a little cupcake for her perseverance. Andrew joined back in an effort to try and win Ryan a cupcake.  It got to be hilarious as time after time numbers were drawn and no one from our family would win.   It seemed statistically impossible.  After 30 minutes at the cakewalk with only one cupcake won, I hopped on a square and Molly reentered the game.  On the second drawing after I entered, I won.  It took all 5 of us over 30 minutes to win 2 cupcakes.  And there were only 18 spots on the board.  It was pretty funny.  I think we kept playing just to see how long it would actually take to win.

As the party was winding down, I looked across the courtyard and saw RYAN on stage!  He did not tell me he was going to get on stage.  He and his little singing partners weren't sure what they wanted to sing.  They debated back and forth and finally sang "Jingle Bells.  I was so surprised that he got up on stage willingly an sang.  He has such a sweet voice.  I love to hear him sing.

There aren't lots of pictures of Andrew.  He was off with his friends most of the time.

Sciworks Field Trip

Ryan's class visited Sciworks this week, and since it is so close to our house, Molly and I dropped by to say hello.  Ryan was excited to see us.  He ran up, gave me a hug, and promptly ran off again with his group.  It was wonderful to see him so happy with his friends.

Snow in November

We had a surprise snow shower this week.  The kids had a fun time dancing and playing in the snow for the 30 minutes it lasted!

Veteran's Day Trick or Treating

We traditionally go Trick-or -Treating at Nanie Too-Too's house each week of Halloween.  However this year we had sick kiddos the day we were supposed to go.  Instead we went on Veteran's Day since the boys were out of school.  We spent most of the day there and also took her out to lunch.  Molly spent a long time trying to choose a costume.  She changed no less than 10 times that morning and then ended up insisting that she wear a "Harry Potter Girl" robe with a tiger shirt and yellow pants.  She immediately took the robe off upon entering the house.  Silly girl.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

1st Annual SMA NC Walk and Roll

My amazing cousin Carrie Ann helped host the Carolinas first ever Walk and Roll to benefit Families of SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy).  Our cousin Nicholas has SMA, and our family walked together to show support for him.  He is a wonderful young man with incredibly strong faith.

Being the first in our state, it was a small event, but it raised over $10,000 for Families of SMA!  Several families participated, but I believe that Team Nicholas was the largest group there. We drove two hours away to Raleigh to walk, and there was actually another family from our little school there, too! Ryan was pretty excited to see her.

However those of us from Winston-Salem were no where close to the ones that came the furthest to show support. Grandpa Bud came from Florida just for the weekend!  We were so happy to get to come and be there with him. (Don't you love the orange and purple in his beard)?

After the one mile walk and roll, there were tons of games, lots of food, and a magician.  I can't remember the last time I heard Molly laugh so much.  She thought the magician was hilarious!

The prizes for the games were pretty amazing!  Andrew made sure he hit every single game, so that he would not miss out on any of the packages of cookies, candy, crackers, bubbles, and toys!

 Ryan's favorite was the fishing game.  I finally had to drag him away so that other children could have a turn.

When we finally got them away from the candy prizes, we had fun playing soccer together in a big open field.

We had a special Family Home Evening on the Monday night before and talked about the Walk and Roll. We talked about what SMA was, why we were walking, and why it was important to raise money for research.  It also led to a wonderful discussion about different challenges that each of us face in this life, why we have challenges, and how physical limitations did not change who we are on the inside.  We sang one of my favorite primary songs together called "I'll Walk With You."  Everyone participated in the lesson, but I think Ryan "got it."  I think he felt it in his heart and was glad in some small way, to be able to "help."   When we got home, Ryan asked me if he could wear his Team Nicholas pin to school.

  1. (You can click on the title to hear the song).
    If you don't walk as most people do,
    Some people walk away from you,
    But I won't! I won't!
    If you don't talk as most people do,
    Some people talk and laugh at you,
    But I won't! I won't!
    I'll walk with you. I'll talk with you.
    That's how I'll show my love for you.
    Jesus walked away from none.
    He gave his love to ev'ryone.
    So I will! I will!
    Jesus blessed all he could see,
    Then turned and said, "Come, follow me."
    And I will! I will!
    I will! I will!
    I'll walk with you. I'll talk with you.
    That's how I'll show my love for you.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Halloween Costumes 2013

We actually got a pic of them all looking at the camera and smiling at the same time!  It is a Halloween Miracle! :)

Molly the Leopard went trick-or-treating and to the ward party.  She dressed up as Rapunzel at one friend's party and as Belle for another.   At her friend's party they served Witches' Brew aka sherbet punch.  Molly told them she was not allowed to drink that.  (She told me later she thought it might be tea or alcohol and knew that it wasn't "hel-fee" for her body).  

Ryan went as Indiana Jones.   Ryan always wants to be something he perceives as "cool."  This year he decided Lego Indiana Jones was cool.  I tried to convince him to let us make him of a Lego Indiana Jones like those awesome Lego men costumes floating around pinterest.  I didn't want him to feel left out because we were putting a lot of time into Andrew's costume.  But he did not think that sounded cool at all. He did not want an elaborate costume, and insisted he wanted to be the regular Indiana Jones.    I think he looks 100% cool in his costume that he planned out himself.  His Daddy made him a whip.   It was a wonderful reminder for me that fair does not always mean equal.  And that each of my children have their own needs and wants.  I love my not so little anymore Ry-guy.

 Andrew went as Laval from the Legend of Chima. He is a Lego character that only boys ages 8-12 have ever heard of before.  There are zero Laval costumes available for purchase.  So his wonderful Daddy created one from scratch. He. Is. Amazing.  The breastplate even lights up. I don't think our kids realize how lucky they are to have Chad as a Daddy.  It is just their normal.  Andrew did ask us one night "Why am I the only one that always picks costumes that we can't buy anywhere and are hard to find?"  Good question, Andrew.  LOL  But I hope you never stop being the creative and unique individual you are, my son.  It is part of what makes you My Andrew.  And I adore you.

Here is a pic of the character he is dressed up as so you can see how awesome Chad did!

Molly and Mommy Date

Since Molly had been sick when we went to the fair, I promised her we would have a special day just us to go and do whatever she wanted.  She knew EXACTLY what she wanted to do.  She wanted to go to the mall to ride the carousel, go to Build-A-Bear, go to lunch, and go shopping.  With each of the kids taking turns being sick, she and I had not had a chance to go yet and she was very sad about that.  So her wonderful Nana took her to do the special things.  They had a fabulous time!  

Once everyone was better, Molly and I went together and did it all again.  I was afraid she would not think it was fun anymore, but she loved it!  She acted like the "EXPERT" all day long.  She told me how to pay for the ride, walked me through how to build her kitty, and led me to the food court. It was so cute to see her "teach" me what to do at the mall. She is a very sweet and patient teacher. We had such a fun time and all day long she kept saying how much she loved me and was glad we were spending time together and that she could bring me to the mall with her.  Love my Molly-pop! 

This is Molly's new kitten, Lucy.

Pumpkin House

Carving Pumpkins

We had a great time carving pumpkins on Monday night.  Daddy had to work late, so it was just Mommy and the kiddos.  So I asked them to each choose their own simple design, so I could help all three of them alone.  I did not have to help the boys very much at all.   They are growing up so fast! 

Ryan chose to do Pac Man.  He said it was for him and Dad to share, since Daddy wasn't there to make his own.  Ryan worked so hard and so long.  He scooped out the pumpkin.  

And then he spent an hour using the screwdriver to punch out the entire design.  He was so meticulous.  His hand hurt, but he kept going.  He was so proud of himself when he finished.  I was proud of his perseverance.

Andrew wanted to do a wolf.  He found a design he liked and scooped his pumpkin out and punched it out carefully.

Then he decided something was missing, so he added a moon on his own.

Molly was very excited about the IDEA of a pumpkin.  She chose her design.  Then she "Supervised" the scooping out of the pumpkin. I tried to get her to help, but she said it was too messy.  She did help punch out the design from the stencil, though, for as long as her little hand could stand it.