Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My Favorite Things

I was all set to do a series of My Favorite Things, but sick kids, in-laws visiting, Christmas, and some more sick kids has prevented me from doing a whole series, leaving us to just a top twelve list of My Favorite Things throughout life, the year, etc.  Would love to hear some of your favorite things!  And here is last years list!

1.  My Household Binder:  I started creating mine over the summer when paperwork from Jack and Molly's schools were scattered all over the house!  And then, my cell phone stopped working and I had to get a new one, but my calendar didn't transfer over and I lost my entire schedule!  You know, doctor and dentist appointments, birthdays, important dates, etc.  I started searching the Internet, found a few AMAZING websites:  http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/ and http://abowlfulloflemons.blogspot.com/ were both very inspiring, had some free printable resources (I mostly created my own), and set a great foundation to start my own!  Seriously might do a later post on mine, it is a lifesaver!

2.  Pinterest!  LOVE IT!  I came across Pinterest when creating the above and it was love at first sight!  I can honestly say it is a time sucker, but I have made wonderful meals, snacks, lunches, crafts, holiday decorations from that amazing site!

3.  Baby oil and powder:  I have used baby oil since college when my room mate introduced to me why she used it.  You know after you shave your legs and instantly your legs feel like they are on fire?  Well, baby oil takes away the burn instantly!  LOVE IT!  I keep a bottle in our shower and use it all over in place of lotion, I even used it while pregnant to prevent stretch marks and can honestly say I have not a one stretch mark from any pregnancy!
Baby powder's magic was discovered over the summer when we went to a park with friends and when we were all getting ready to leave, our kids were covered head to toe in sand.  Side note:  I HATE sand!  It's right up there with play-doo, Celine Dion, and loose teeth.  I usually avoid sand at all costs but it's not always possible!  So, I'm trying to wipe down my crew with baby wipes (on the list from last year) and ended up just spreading sand in more places then one can imagine.  My friend pulls out baby powder, pours it in her hands and just brushes the sand off of her kids!  Like magic, the sand comes off!  We took baby powder to the beach with us and once again worked it's magic!  Now, I have  a bottle (container?) of baby powder in our beach bag!

4.  Wii!  We became the proud owners of a Wii over the summer and we have been having so much fun ever since.  Now, I grew up without a Nintendo, Eric gave me a Sega Genesis when I was a freshman in college (to unwind during study breaks), and truly embarrass myself every time I play any sort of video game.  Not anymore because Wii games are normal and real!  I rock at bowling and I can so drive a car....so what if the settings are on the easiest ever setting!  Jack is such a trash talker, he kicks it in golf and tennis, and I love to watch him bounce up and down while he plays Mario Cart!  I so want the dance one, not sure of the name, but it looks awesome!  I can so rock at dancing!  Welcome to the 21st century Brew Crew! (And yes, I just had to google what century we are in)

5.  Mom to Mom Ministries:  I am a member of two mom's groups (a long story and yes I'm crazy) and both do the Mom to Mom ministry by Linda Anderson.  I LOVE these groups for several reasons:  I can seek guidance, advice, and support from our mentor mom's, understanding, loving friendship in mom's like myself, 2 hours of fun for my children to play, learn about Jesus, while I pray, learn about Jesus on how to be the best Me, wife, and mother!  If you need a mom's group, I would love to talk to you more!

6.  The Schools My Children Attend:  We are very fortunate to live in a community with wonderful schools!  Jack, as you know, began Kindergarten and has learned to read, number families, nouns and verbs, sight words, writing and journaling, and so much more that I can't begin to express my shock, amazement, and gratitude towards his teacher and school!  Amazing!
Molly, as you know, began preschool and we all ready knew it was a fabulous school because that is where Jack attended last year and our home church!  She also comes home after a wonderful day of school and is so knowledgeable in her numbers and letters, starting to write her name, and making her own friends!

7.  The Teachers!  Can't have fantastic schools without their fantastic teachers!  Jack has an amazing teacher and Molly has two excellent teachers!  They make me want to go back to teaching (well, most days, until I hear a story the kids tell about a student in their class...or the time I saw Jack's teacher leave the school at 5:40 p.m....or when I hear crazy parent stories)!

8.  Y.M.C.A.  Early in the summer I took the plunge and joined the Y.  Eric was SICK of hearing me complain about losing weight, being fat, and hating my legs and told me to join...so, I did and haven't regretted it one bit!  I hate paying so much (but it is pretty reasonable considering the great classes and childcare) but I have seen results, have fun, love to go, and the kids enjoy it too!  My favorite class is Body Attack, followed by Pilate's (can't take it now because of school schedules, darn), Body Pump, and Body Combat!  I like cardio!  I will say I'm a tad disappointed in the scale, which hasn't made an inch since I joined, but I'm convincing myself that is fat being replace by muscle and someday the scale will drop...right?!

9.  DVR:  Yes, a repeat from last year and shut up!  The kids can watch shows in the Purana hour, I was able to record every Christmas movie ever (I am so sick of Polar Express), and fast forwarding through annoying commercials is awesome!  Thanks DVR!

10.  The doctors that care for us:  No, we're not deathly ill, but we all have been to the doctor over the past year and are very grateful for each and every one of them!  Beginning in January, I had a health issue and my doctor was my saving grace!  In May, Eric was near death with a cold and found us a great family care doctor!  I visited the dermatologist for the first time EVER and he was awesome, didn't find any cancer moles, and told me to stop using anti-aging cream!  Eye doctor, dentist, both would highly recommend (just don't visit our dentist in the afternoon after 3, horrible wait)!  Finally, our pediatrician office!  They get us in right away, hardly a wait, and truly care about our kids and family!  Trusting your doctors is super important and yes, I had to learn this the hard way!  You will NOT hurt their feelings if you feel uncomfortable with them and discuss your concerns or leave to find a new doctor!

11.  Coffee:  Love my coffee maker, my grocery store knock-off fat-free creamer, and love my Starbucks coffee mug my family gave me for my birthday!  Yum!  I'm starting to get more adventurous with my coffee, but I know what I like and don't want to waste money on coffee I don't like (this goes with food too)!

12.  Pampers Overnight Diapers:  Will pees a lot.  Will's diapers were shocking wet every morning.  His sheets, pajamas, and himself were soaked to the bone every morning.  We bought Pampers Overnights.  Now, the only thing wet is his diaper.  Thank you pampers!

13.  New Orleans:  Awesome trip!  Enough said!

14.  Yummy Food:  Sushi, dumplings, cake balls, hummus, all the food in New Orleans, Heineken Light, wine, Chik-fil-a spicy chicken sandwich, Topsy's cheese popcorn, edamome,...as you can see, I don't get out much, but I love food and love trying new things!  I seriously begin to plan my next meal while still eating!

15.  Our friends and family!  Since moving, our friends here have become like family and our family has become so much more special to us!  We value and appreciate our time spent with them more then ever!  We miss our family and friends from all over, but we love our friends here in Texas!  Thank you ALL for loving us, supporting us, and showing us God's love working in all of you!

So, here is My Favorite Things for 2011!  Some day it might be a more exciting list, like cool lip gloss that I love (need to find me one of those), a product I can't live with out, or just something really cool. Excited to hear your favorite things!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Shopping

Our family has been a tad under the weather the past week, a mixture of stomach yuckies ("Daddy's sgetti made me sick") to colds!  Fun! Of course I waited to the last minute to finish Christmas shopping and learned the hard way the hard way, plan ahead!!  So, I ran around town last night like a mad man, Kohl's, Target and the grocery store. Seriously people!  It is SO not right to treat checkers/clerks/baggers so rudely!  They are just doing their jobs!  It's not the check-out clerks fault the price came up wrong, or that they need your i.d. because you're buying alcohol (this lady was SCREAMING at the checker about how she was from a different country, had no American i.d., and needed to find her daughter...leaving a whole line of people to wait!  The checker was calmly saying any form of i.d. would work, and this lady kept on yelling about "No. American I.D.")!  These workers need a huge raise!  But I do enjoy the show!
So, I'm on my way to the grocery store, feeling annoyed about people, annoyed at myself for procrastinating, you get the gist of it...and THIS song comes on the radio (only one of the BEST songs EVER!)....
Suddenly, my outlook on things improve, I can grocery shop, finish my Christmas shopping, and dance in my car full on!  It was awesome!  And, I was able to listen to the entire song, while dancing the entire time!
Merry Christmas Everyone!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

My Favorite Things: Books!

I miss Oprah!  Every day I DVRed her show to watch during nap time while I folded laundry, eat lunch, and enjoy my peace and quiet!  I LOVE her, don't always agree with her but truly love that lady!  When her last show aired, I totally thought she was going to close with this line:  "And finally, premiering on OWN this fall, The Oprah Winfrey Show!"  Confetti, cheers, tears of happiness...no.  None of that, instead there is Rosie, who is not at all who I would have picked (I would have stuck with Oprah).  Maybe when I'm Queen of the World, I can bring her back, but until then, I can continue with the best Oprahism EVER!  MY FAVORITE THINGS!  Of course my dream of attending an Oprah show, dreaming it would be Favorite Things, is gone!  I had to cross it off my bucket list, sad, sad day.  So, I'm going to have a few blog post of my own!  Here is last years list to refresh your memory!

We're going to focus on books, I love to read to my kids and personally!  I have read some amazing books this year and my goal for 2012 (which seems weird to type and I wrote 2009 on a check the other day) is to blog more about books I've read...or will that be too boring!  I was going to include children's books too!

Now these are not ranked in order of  greatness, I'm not going to list the ones NOT to read (there were a few), and this is just my personal opinion but would LOVE book recommendations for myself or the kids!  I need some good ones!

For the Kids:

1.  Hooper Humperdink, Not Him by Dr. Seuss
~Love Hooper, love the book, and love Dr. Seuss!!

2.  Brown Bear by Eric Carle
~I think I have this one memorized!  Molly loves to read it to us and call the children at the end, the purple children.  Wow, she just giggles and giggles!

3.  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
~Another memorized one, but love how my kids find the letters of their names and we love the Youtube song!

4.  Trucks!
~Will got this one for his birthday and he loves it!

5.  This is the house that Jack haunts!
~Got this one when Jack was little and he went through a phase of loving this book!  Well, Will loves is in that phase now and loves it!

6.  All Bernstein Bears books
~They are loving this series right now!  Molly checked out a VERY long Christmas book over the summer and we rechecked it out about 5 times, sadly the book is still checked out by someone else right now (she checks every time!)...it was a long one!

7.  Jack's guided reading books!!
~Brings a smile to my face, he is reading to us and doing awesome!  I love to hear him read, sound out words, and comprehend what he is reading!  It's so cute when he reads something and then laughs because he just figured out what it all meant!  So cute!  So proud!

8.  Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar!
~Molly loves this book and song, they sing it at preschool!  Plus, a lot of friends names are in the book!

9.  Go Dogs Go!  by P.D. Eastman
~Jack has loved this book for years and now can read most of it to us, but prefers to be read to!

10.The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
~Another Eric Carle and we ALL love this book!  All three kids love to pretend to eat all the food!

Books for the Mama's out there (Dad's too!)

1.  The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
~AMAZING!!  OMGoodness!  SO awesome! Read it, read it now!  (And I truly think the trilogy should be the top 3, but I read a lot of great books and wanted to share those with everyone!)

2.  The Help by Kathryn Stockett
~Go, go now, and read this book!  Pick up The Hunger Games while you're at it!

3.  Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
~Such a sweet book!  Very good!

4.  Decision Points by George W. Bush
~I know not everyone likes the guy, but it was a great book and I really enjoyed reading it!

5.  The Most Important Place on Earth:  What a Christian Home Looks Like and How to Build One by Robert Wolgemuth
~Awesome book and so many wonderful tips, stories, and Bible passages that include Jesus into our everyday life!

6.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
~A very sweet little book about the little lessons in life!

7.  Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
~LOVE this series, such an adorable book, and I laugh so hard reading the craziness!

8.  Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
~Another series I love and so happy to see again!  I read the first four books in college and while I was getting my teaching cert. So good, but always felt I needed more info and this books provides that and closure!  Wonderful book!

9.  Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
~I actually think I read this last year or early in January, but it makes the list for sure!  An amazing true story about a Navy Seal and his heroic act in Afghanistan.  Another tear-jerker but makes you love our country and men like him!

10.  Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young
~A daily devotional I read (most) mornings and it's a great way to kick-start my day!

Would love to hear your book recommendations!  I'm excited for some awesome reads in the New Year!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Card Pictures

Last Saturday, we went with our friends the Walls to take our annual holiday picture for our family Christmas card.  We originally wanted to do beach pictures, but weather, baseball games, and husbands traveling sort of got in the way, so we opted for finding an old building for a background instead.  Since their boys are older, they went to downtown Houston an hour earlier then us to scope out a perfect spot! In the meantime, I'm running around like a mad woman getting everyone ready, and myself!  Why do I have to do that while my husband takes 5 minutes and done!  Of course, I hate my hair, feel fat, and my shoes are on the verge of breaking (had them since college and yes, they broke later that night)!  So, we drive downtown, the whole way I hear how hungry everyone is and how everyone keeps touching each others car seats...really?  I promise snacks after pictures and tried to remain calm....until we arrived at the picture destination.  

Let me describe the surroundings
1.  The light rail train bridge was right next the the abandoned building, meaning HUGE distraction!
2.  Several homeless people were living there
3.  Walking down the hill to said abandoned house, my shoe broke, there was broken glass everywhere, syringes, and a very strong smell of urine.

The Walls were all ready taking pictures, so we finished theirs up first, and literally, picture perfect!  Seriously, so easy!  While Eric was taking their pictures, I was freaking out!  The kids wanted to touch EVERYTHING!  It was so gross!  My blood pressure was quickly rising!

Then, we move on to us...and lets just say the kids were highly distracted by their surroundings and frankly didn't want to take pictures (seriously, look at the camera means look at the camera....JACK!)

Here are some of the lovely pictures that turned out well, I just wish I wasn't in them (and my hair was a nightmare and my legs look like two elephant legs)!

The looks of distraction

Not bad

They were waving at us because we were waving at them to get their attention...and Jack was watching the train

Really Jack?!

I love this one of her..but really?  My legs and hair are horrible!!

No worries, we have an adorable card with adorable pictures coming soon to a mailbox near you!  And thanks to our friends the Walls for taking awesome pictures!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

So much to be thankful for!

Wow, Thanksgiving week was so wonderful, I forgot to post about being thankful!  Oops!  Eric was busy traveling for the first half of November, but he was home with us for 10 straight days!  VERY thankful for our time with him HOME, Jack and Molly being off of school, and spending time together as a family!

Last Saturday, we went up to College Station to see our beloved Jayhawks get DESTROYED by Texas A&M.  We're a basketball school, OK?  Despite the lost, we had fun, eating popcorn, watching the band, and seeing the cheerleaders and Jayhawk!  Side note:  Had NO idea A&M didn't have cheerleaders, just male yell leaders.  We also saw an old friend of ours at the game, he was my neighbor growing up, his daughter was our flower girl, and even though they live in California now, his brother-in-law is on the coaching staff at A&M.  It was so great seeing him!  After the game we went out to our friends the Jackson's house and played in their dried up lake and barn!  The kids were in heaven!  Such a great day!

The HIGHLIGHT of the game!  One little guy enjoyed him from a far, not so much up close!

The boys enjoying the game!  

Sunday and Monday were typical days, but on Tuesday, I helped out in Jack's classroom and Fall party.  Sadly, his school doesn't celebrate any holidays, so Halloween was just another day, no party and no party the last day before Christmas break.  Instead, they have a fall and spring party, which I get, but still, they are just kids!  Can't they have a little fun?!  Well, they had a blast at the fall party, pass the pumpkin relay races, Pumpkin Says, toss the bean bag, a pumpkin craft, and of course, tons of yummy food!  I was so happy to be there with him, watching him with his friends!  Molly had a Thanksgiving Feast, she brought the ham, but no parents!  She proudly brought home a turkey with her hands as feathers, a place mat (adorable!), and a pilgrim hat!

All day Wednesday, we heard, "When are we decorating for Christmas?"  The entire day.  At Sam's, the grocery store, every meal, ALL.  DAY!  We held strong..

Until Thanksgiving!  Maybe it was the yummy smells coming from our backyard (Eric smoked the turkey) or kitchen, the parade with Santa at the end and all the Christmas Carols, or watching our neighbors put up their decorations, but right before it was time to eat, we got out our decorations and began to decorate the inside of our house!  NEVER again will I decorate before we eat Thanksgiving, but the kids were in HEAVEN!!  Will kept hugging the tree and Molly tried to show the tree to Papa and Grandma on the phone!  A very fun day and we are so THANKFUL for the blessing God has given us!

Decorating the tree!  All the ornaments were on the bottom, but they were so excited!

Such the helper!

Showing us her ornament she made last year!

Getting ready to hang up his tractor ornament he picked out a few years ago!

Friday, oh yes, I went out to the madness!  And then worked out (how I've missed Pilate's, can't go now because of preschool and a mom's group).  And then we took our family Christmas pictures.  It was a long day!  I'll share the picture story and some pictures later, it was an adventure!  Oh, and Eric put lights outside the house with three very handy helpers!  Molly was a rock star helping him, Jack liked the end results, and Will like to walk on the lights.  Fun!

Saturday, was a rainy day, I passed out after working out and we received sad news that Eric's former boss, who was also an amazing friend, passed away after a yearlong cancer battle.  Another reminder to be thankful with the life God has blessed us with.  She was an amazing friend, person, and she will be truly missed, but we are thankful God gave her to us for a short time!  We love you Ginny!  We also watched the Jayhawks get destroyed by Mizzou, good riddance to them!  Yuck!  On a happy note, our parents Christmas presents are finished!  Yay!

Today, we're slowly getting back into our schedule!  What a fast week!  After church, we went to Steak and Shake (yuck, not a fan, but the kids love it!  Why?!!), and finished up our Christmas cards!  Getting ready to go to a friends birthday party, make chili and try to stay warm!  57 degrees is freezing cold!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, we are so thankful for our family, friends, and the little things in life God has blessed us with.  Today in church, part of the message was about what we are doing for God, not the things we are doing in our everyday life to show-off to people!  So, that is what we are going to focus on in the upcoming month and hopefully carry over to everyday life!  I made our Advent calendar today, and tried to incorporate how to give back to others with some activities and I'm so excited to try the Advent calendar with our kids!  I've never done an Advent calendar, except that paper chains!  Maybe another post on that!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Another Week of Thankfulness!

Another week, more things to be thankful for and this week it's all about our family!  Our sweet little family!

The official beginning of the Brew Crew, one of the best and happiest days of our lives!  June 2005, I love this picture!

A few minutes after we had Jack in March 2006!  Very blurry, but the very 1st family pictures of the three of us!  The best day because we officially began our family!  And, only 9 1/2 months after the above picture! (I'm a little embarrassed, I have NO pictures of the 3 of us from that time except this one picture!  What was I thinking?!!!  The rest of the pictures are a lot better, promise!!!!)

Our sweet family was blessed when our Molly arrived in February 2008, this was taken our first Christmas in Texas!  We were so excited for Jack to have a little sister and we were enjoying our perfect little family in Texas and thought we were complete, until....
Exactly a year later, when we welcomed Will our Texas born baby!  My how things change in 1 year!

I am so thankful for these four special, amazing, loving, and blessings in my life!  This is last years picture and one of my favorites (I think all family pictures are my favorite, except when I'm in them (sort of kidding!))!  

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mortified Barely Descripes This Adventure....

So, last Friday night, we were running low on milk and I told Eric I would run to the store once the kids went to sleep...but he really wanted to go with me and so did the kids!  Awesome, what a fun family night adventure!  We got the milk, and of course a few other necessities, and as we were walking towards the check-out, we passed the clearance rack with all the Halloween costumes!  Everything was marked at 90% off, how could you NOT look!  Well, I was searching for costumes as possible dress-up clothes for Molly, but mostly found adult costumes.  So, I come across a Lady Gaga costume and totally joking, said to Eric, "Want me to get this for you know, later?!"  and I turn around to face two women instead of my husband...who was standing off to the side laughing at me.  I was joking!  I would NOT wear or buy a Lady Gaga costume for "later," next Halloween or EVER (but I do love the Gaga's songs, Bad Romance is a family favorite!)!  These women just looked at me in shock, then at the costume in shock (because I'm holding it up for all to see), and then at our lovely family in the car cart (except for Jack, he was holding my other hand).  I put down the costume and walked quickly to Eric and practically ran to the exit!  I am still so embarrassed and can't believe Eric didn't say one word except laughing harder and harder all weekend when he thought of our outing!  

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Week of Thankfulness!

I love seeing every one's posts on Facebook about what they're thankful daily, but I don't think I can keep up with that daily....so, I'm doing a weekly series of what our family is thankful for in the month of November!

1.  I'm so thankful for a clean bill at the dermotologist last week!  I was so stressed out about the visit, I was convinced I was going to have skin cancer, but it went great and he even told me to STOP using aging cream and anti-aging cleanser, my skin was too young and was doing more harm then good! Ha!  Beat that 32 years of age, I have young looking skin!

2.  As a family, we're so thankful our Puggy Bear is feeling better and that no one else received his gift of the stomach flu last week!  Poor buddy was so sick Wednesday through Saturday with the bug, but is thankfully 100% now!  And as a whole, we are thankful for being a healthy family in general and to remember those who are not as blessed as us!

3.  We are also thankful for family coming to visit us!  My aunt and uncle from Kansas City visited us last Wednesday through Saturday (thankfully, they did NOT get the stomach bug) and we had fun showing them our house, eating out with them (well, Eric and I did) and hanging out at their hotel's happy hour!  We love visitors!

4.  Jack is thankful for his NEW, GREEN cowboy boots he bought with his own money!  Such a big boy!  We'll get pictures soon, he wears them all the time, even with shorts!

5.  Thankful for "cooler" weather, meaning only in the low 80's but we did enjoy a day or 2 in the 60's, crazy!

6.  Molly is thankful for her wonderful preschool, awesome teachers Ms. Heather and Ms. Dayna, and her sweet friend Bella!  She thanks God nightly for all three!

7.  Will is thankful for his truck and horse trailer he received for his birthday, and he also thanks God for those every night!

8.  We are also thankful for friends and family birthdays...Happy Birthday today to Mema and Aunt Kim (the aunt who came to visit last week), Great Grandma Mogo (Eric's Grandma) on Wednesday, and all of our friends from our schools and play group.

A million more things to be thankful for and I even considered doing a non-thankful post (seriously, what is the point in fire ants, annoying people that talk on their cell phones in the middle of story time that I'm leading, and having only 1 pair of decent fitting jeans...the horrors of my life).

What are some things you and your family is thankful for?!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Last night a Pirate, Kansas Cheerleader, and Candy Beggar went Trick-or-Treating and it was the first year all three kids had fun a collected a TON of candy!  Molly woke up at 1 yesterday morning ready to go out and get her candy...luckily she went back to sleep!  All three kids wore Halloween shirts and socks yesterday, and a Halloween bow for our little girl, and looked adorable!  With a very-excited-to-do-his-homework-Kindergartner, homework was a breeze because he knew Trick-or-Treating would start when homework was over (almost wish everyday was Halloween for an easy homework night, oh well!).  Will isn't a huge fan of changing his clothes, wearing long sleeved shirts, hats, you get the picture.  Finding a costume for him was tricky!  Originally he was going to be garbage truck driver, but he didn't want to sit in the cardboard box for me to measure him and start the construction.  Then a construction worker, but he didn't want to wear the plastic hard hat we have and kept throwing the tools.  After hours of scouring the Internet, I found the perfect costume...a candy beggar!  He was perfect too and everyone loved his beard!
We went around most of our little neighborhood, Will walked most of the time and I ended up carrying him and his bucket towards the end and got a nice little arm workout!  The kids had so much fun and loved going to everyone houses, ringing the doorbells and exclaiming, "I got 3 Skittles now!"  One house gave out Capri Suns and Goldfish...they were in heaven!  Another neighbor dressed up as Chewbacha, not a hit with the kids, but he took off his mask and things were all good!  Here are a few pictures of our fun night!

All ready to go Trick-or-Treat!

As much as he didn't like hats or changing his shirt, Will surprisingly didn't mind getting his beard put on!  

After a long night of getting treats, ready for bed in our Halloween pajamas and glow sticks!  

Helping pass out candy!

Our pumpkin family!  The 2 small ones from our trip to Dewberry, Molly's Mummy pumpkin from a preschool party, Jack's painted one and Molly's glitter pumpkin (don't tell Will he didn't decorate one!)

We ran out of candy around 8 and turned off all the lights, watched a little Chiefs football and enjoyed our night...until about 9 when a car parade and swarms of children, teens and adults invaded our neighborhood!  It was crazy how many people were still out looking for candy!  And the number of cars, seriously a ton!  It was fun watching them all, a great end to a fun night!  Hope everyone had a great Halloween!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

A day at the farm!

 A few weeks ago, Molly, Will and I all went to Dewberry Farm, a local pumpkin patch and farm, near our house!  Jack and Eric were busy with school and work, so they were missed and I even thought about pulling Jack out of school (good thing I didn't, he's going with his class in a few weeks!), but they went last year when the 3 of us were sick with the stomach flu...not fun!  We had such a great day with our friends from a moms group I belong to and all of our friends!  Here are some pictures of our fun day!!

Getting ready to ride the tractor!

Picking out the perfect pumpkin!

Feeding the goats!  She loved it!

She loved testing out the perfect spots for pictures!

And she jumped, and jumped, and jumped her little heart out!

Someone who wasn't too fond of jumping, but he's adorable! 

Going down the "rolling slide" with her sweet friend
Ciana!  These girls love each other and had so much fun! 

Such sweet friends!

He was so proud of himself, going up the stairs, getting on the slide and going down all by himself!

Can you tell we were here for awhile?!

"Riding" the calf...he loved it!

"Riding the horsey!"  She loved it too!

She loved going down the slides!  And Farmer Jack helped push her down!  She thought he was the coolest!

Watching Sissy!  He only wanted to go a few times!

We closed the place down after a good 4 hours there!  I wish I got a picture of them together, or riding on the tractor, or even the 3 of us, maybe next time!  Will loved, loved, LOVED the tractor and the farmer who drove it!  Molly loved everything, especially the jumping bags (another great picture to see how big these things were, the girl was in HEAVEN)!  Thanks Dewberry Farm for a wonderful day!