Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween 2010

We started our halloween weekend by visiting Borders bookstore yesterday for a story, craft and parade.It was ok - not very well organized - but it was free.
I think the boys enjoyed themselves.
We made mummy dogs for dinner (and yes, they had spinach nuggets and green peas for their veggies)
and Boo-tiful jello cups for dessert. I know. The one on the Kraft web site looks far more like a ghost than mine did, but the boys still loved it.
And then we were ready for the big night! Notice Owen's costume is not the Mario one. Well, the thing is, he misplaced it right as we were getting ready tonight.
So he decided to be Lightning McQueen's pit crew, complete with super hero cape.
And then he had to run back up to the play room to grab something and found Mario. Go figure. So we changed. And while we were changing, daddy and baby decided they would go with us.
To say it was stressful getting out of the house tonight is an understatement. What I really need is just a couple more kids.
But we were finally off.
When the boys would run up to knock on doors Eliza would yell "OWAAAAAA!"
When they were going up to this house Chris was telling them that this ghost would bend down at them as they got closer. I told them to stand next to it and I would take their picture. Owen was very suspicious and wouldn't take his eyes off of it.
Checking out the loot.
We have all had a great month of Halloween and now look forward to November and our Thankful Tom Turkey. We will start putting our feathers on tomorrow.
Happy Halloween All!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Pumpkins and Bats and Spiders - Oh My!

This week at preschool Owen's class was talking about all things fall and halloween'ish.They made foam like pumpkins.
See my messy hands!
Thank you Ms. Debbie for providing a t shirt to go over his clothes!
Science Experiment: Do pumpkins float or sink?
They visited the school pumpkin patch.
And painted their pumpkins. Owen was so proud of his when I picked him up. He excitedly said "Mommy, I painted it some purple because purple is your favorite!"
This looks like some kind of building center.
This looks like some type of bead stringing
and more.........
This one hasn't come home with him yet, but it appears to be a bat craft.
On Thursday they talked a lot about spiders and insects. Owen learned that spiders are arachnids not insects and that they have 8 legs whereas insects have 6. And yes, he really did learn this, as in if you ask him he can tell you all about arachnids. Impressive - I know.
And the best part - making his own snack.
A chocolate donut spider with pretzel legs.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Almost Halloweened Out

This post is going to be more of a catch all since we have done a few things this week that I haven't had a chance to post about. First up, Sunday evening we went to the church where Owen attends preschool for their trunk or treat.Check out Owen's costume - can you see that it is about 6 inches too short for him? Yes? So, this was his costume when he was 2! Yes, 2 years old. Apparently it is his FAV. OR. ITE. Ever. Somehow wish he would have mentioned that when I was paying for the Mario costume this year. The reasoning behind not wearing their new costumes and wearing these was that they had just worn the Mario and Luigi costumes for the Halloween train ride that we did on Saturday night. What? Did I not post about the train ride?

Oh yeah.

Because it was AWFUL! As in, NOT child appropriate at all. Thank goodness our ride was at 5.15 and not dark yet because there was someone dressed as a devil with a stick that had a bloody baby head on it charging the train. I kid you not! I was mortified. And then of course there was the lady sticking her head through a table with a man revving a chain saw and misc bloody body parts laying around on the ground. Oh. My. Goodness.

It is true - I have completely been disqualified for Mother of the Year this year. But don't count me out for next year.

I digress - back to more trunk or treat.
Eliza was a satin pirate. There is a story about this costume too. I found this one and another one a size bigger on ebay when Ethan was 4 and Owen was 2. I thought they were adorable. We went to our neighborhood harvest chili cook off and most all the little boys were wearing super hero and star wars costumes and Chris said something to the effect of "great - Ethan and Owen are satin pirates." I remember Ethan oogling over the star wars kids and wanting to be like them, Owen being too little to think anything about it (or so I thought) and me feeling like maybe it was time to ask them what they wanted to dress up like. That weekend we took them to Party City and bought this one for Ethan (below) and turns out Owen wanted to be batman.
His first star wars costume. And he was ecstatic! So now, baby gets to be a satin pirate - more appropriate, don't you think?
It is hard being a kid at Halloween. I will be the first to admit it.
It is particularly hard when you are surrounded by children whose parents don't make them follow the rule of one piece of candy at a time. The first car we walked up to both boys grabbed a huge handful of candy and I told them to put it back and get just one. They both looked at me like "seriously? did you see the kid in front of us?"
Whatever the case, they each still got several pieces and that was multiplied at our church trunk or treat event which will be multiplied again on Halloween. Trust me. There will be PLENTY of candy to go around. Which is good because when baby sees anyone eating candy she yells (yes, yells) "MMMMMMMYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Until you give her a piece. True story.

The other thing we did on Sunday was head over to Phillips Corn Maze for a full afternoon of outside fun.
Starting with the corn maze.
The boys got excited a few times and ran ahead of us until they realized if they took a turn different from us, we were seriously lost from each other. That happened a couple of times until they decided it was better to stick close. That and Chris usually knows how to get us out of these things. Do not count on me.
This picture is funny to me because it looks like she is marching with her little arms up.
And this one like she is kicking her heels up.
You coming?
I think she had so much fun running this way and that.
Until her little legs gave out and daddy carried her.

And because it is late and I am very tired, here are just a few of my favorites.
in the corn box
jumping off hay
tube swinging
and tractor riding

Trunk or Treat Cuties

Last night was trunk or treat at our church and the boys (and Eliza) had so much fun! There were over 450 people that registered and over 600 hot dogs (it was a hot dog dinner) eaten! That's a turn out!And here are my cuties - well two of the three.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Back in Time

Ethan's class has been talking about past and present and so last week they dressed up like pilgrims to drive it home. Such cuties!