31 October 2009

photo 20

I took Reagan and Levi to a pumpkin patch a few weeks ago with some MOPS friends. It was a bright, sunny day in the midst of all our recent gray, rainy days. But, nothing was dry. The floor mats in the van clearly tell of our adventure. After an almost catastrophy involving the tunnel-like hay maze and a missing child, I just didn't have it in me to let the kids run around in the mud pit pumpkin field, so we found a box of itty-bitty pumpkins on our way out. You know, the kind you can buy at any grocery store this time of year. In fact, as we walked up, a man was pouring about 50 of these little orange fruits into a bucket from a store-bought bag. So much for authentic! The kids didn't care and neither did I, at that point. Levi picked his special pumpkin and I let Libs pick hers and Addi's. She grabbed a nicely shaped, blemish-free one, making sure it was the biggest since it was for her big sister. Levi had also picked a "pretty" pumpkin with a cute stem. Her last pick was for herself. Of course, she needed one that was sized in between Addi's and Levi's. And, she only had about 150 from which to choose. However, she picked one covered in mold. The more I pointed out what was wrong with her pumpkin, the more adamant she was in keeping that ugly, little thing. She loved it because "it's my favorite!"* So, we brought them home and I cleverly arranged the pumpkins with her decaying fruit behind its gleaming siblings. Now it's even more hidden because it's withered away to almost nothing because we placed the pumpkin she brought home from preschool (also notably "damaged"...do you see the missing stem?) where it would hide the rotten one even more! My plan was to take the kids to a pumpkin patch near our house to get bigger, carving pumpkins. We did make it to that patch, but had so much fun (and spent so much time) with all the activities, we didn't get a chance to pick out big pumpkins. They had all sizes, shapes, and colors. I had my pumpkin topiary all designed in my head and since the place is about a quarter-mile down the road from our house I quickly relented when Bryan suggested we leave before we picked out our pumpkins. After all, I still had a few weeks to run by there and pick out the beauties I would need for the front porch. Well, today is Halloween and I never got my pumpkins. We still have a sad collection of mini squashes sitting next to my crispy basil which made it through a Texas summer only to be left under the porch during the 28 days of October we've had rain. My pots hold the only plants that haven't flourished to jungle-like proportions with all this water. And that would be why Southern Living will never be calling me to do an article about my beautiful gardens. Nevertheless, it is October 31. The costumes are ready. The kids are pumped. The weather is great. And our orange friends can be turned into pumpkin pie tomorrow. (Not really, I've tried that before and buying canned pumpkin is so worth it! But, Libby wants to make pumpkin pie from her pumpkins...yeah, even the rotten one...gross! She's not winning that argument.) See you back tomorrow with pictures from tonight!

The largest of our collection is Reagan's from her preschool party. She was carefully decorating it when I asked her why her pumpkin was stem-less. "Reagan, all your friends' pumpkins have stems. Did you pick one without or did you break the stem off?" She matter-of-factly replied, "That's what happens to your pumpkin when you drop it one too many times." Well, there you go!
*I know there's so much I could do with that...As tarnished and ugly as sin makes us, God still adamantly loves us...I would love to tell anyone about His love, but Mr. Man is waking up and I can't type it all out now. I'll link you to this though. You're welcome to email me if you've got questions.


29 October 2009

Costumes of Halloweens Past/Photo 18

These pictures are horrible quality. They look like I took a picture of a picture in really bad lighting and then scanned the picture in finishing off the effect by editing it in Picassa making it as grainy as possible. These also prove I'm so bad about taking pictures. If I remember my camera, I forget to take pictures. Or I remember to take pictures at the end of an event when the children are DONE! I couldn't even find any pics from Halloween of 2004 or 2008, which was Levi's first Halloween. So, I can't promise better quality (yes, I can because I have a much better camera now), but I will get pictures of Halloween 2009.

*I know the spacing is all off, but I can't get it corrected and I'm tired of trying! Hope it doesn't bug you too much. :)

October 31, 2006
Snow White and Cowgirl Lu

October 31, 2005

Sweet baby Libby was a newborn for Halloween. I didn't even put a costume on her and she slept the whole time.

Addison was a princess/ballerina/fairy for 4 years in a row. Here she is at (almost) age 3 in the midst of her Tulle and Sequin phase.

October 31, 2007
Fairy Addi and Elmo only 4 days before we moved to Texas...the packers showed up the next morning...they did a pretty good job of packing and moving - we still have those wings!

Halloween 2003 - Addi's first Halloween
Levi wore that pumpkin costume last year...wish I had a picture of him in it :(


28 October 2009

photo 17

Not too big of a mess for a 19 month old feeding himself soup!


27 October 2009

photo 16

I'm going waaaay back in time with these pictures. These are from October of 2004 and Addison was almost 2. They're a bit fuzzy and grainy and dark, but they make me smile anyway. How different life was 5 years ago! We had been in Raleigh for 10 months, Bryan was out of the Army (or, at least, Active Duty), I was just about to get pregnant with Libby, we were living in this rent house that we really disliked, and I had just 1 child! There are days I cannot believe I'm about to have a 7 year old and would like nothing more than to transport her back 5 years, but most of the time I'm so thankful for the life I have now, even if that means my children are growing up way too quickly.


26 October 2009

photo 15

A Sister's Revenge
Libby volunteered to have a pie thrown in her face.

Addi volunteered to throw a pie in Libby's face.

Levi wondered what was going on and how he could get into one of those pies.


25 October 2009

photo 14

When will I learn?! It never fails, I'll decide to try a new baking recipe when I'm making something for an event. In this case, I was lazy and didn't want to run to the store for ingredients, so I found a recipe that worked with what we already had. Thankfully, Bryan grabbed some never-fail cookies yesterday.

I don't think he was planning on me making them for other people though!


24 October 2009

photo 13

Tonight I have a very special photo for you. It's Patrick! What's that...you don't know Patrick? Well, Ladies, if you ever need some magic done to your hair, he's your man. Funny thing about a blog that's posted on The WORLD WIDE WEB...anyone can find anything you write! Someone found this that I wrote over 2 years ago and let Patrick know about it. Then he emailed me and now you get to put a face with the name. What a nice guy he is to send me a picture! He's also great with hair, but I've mentioned that a few times already, so if you're ever in the vicinity of Lawton/Ft.Sill, OK, remember Patrick! (Seriously, if you're not a crazy person and really want a fabulous cut/color, let me know and I can get you his salon info. He's worth a drive. I'm trying to convince Bryan of that!)


23 October 2009

photo 12

All 5 of us spent a little time at Addison's school this morning. Bryan had some time off he had to use, so we thought we'd go to Sea World today. But, Addi hopped out of school on Monday telling me she had a surprise to tell me when we got home. About 50 steps later, she said, "Okay, I'll tell you now! I got a Sparkle Award! And I got a sticker and a pencil and I got to go to Mrs. S's office and I get to go on stage at the assembly on Friday!" The Sparkle awards are given to students who are caught doing something kind. We are not surprised that our loving, considerate Addi received such an award, but we are proud that she shows kindness to those around her even when we are not there to remind her. Congratulations and good job, Addi!


22 October 2009

photo 11

If you can't go outside to play, the garage is the next best thing! Libby spent most of Wednesday in the garage riding her bike in tiny circles. Sometimes she was in full pads (helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, and an extra couple stuck where she felt they would be necessary) and sometimes she risked it as she did in the pictures. :) Levi was out there with her a lot. He sat on the tricycle, threw balls, walked around with Bryan's golf clubs, and got stuck in the wagon...over and over again! His little legs aren't quite long enough to pedal that tricycle, but he thinks he's way too big to scoot on his little push toys. How sad will they be when I finally finish that chest I've been working on for the past 87 months and our van takes up all their play room?


21 October 2009

photo 10

It's raining, it's pouring...

Gentle, loving, sweet, and kind

(not) Gentle, loving?, (not really) sweet, and (not so) kind

(you didn't see moments before when she had him in a headlock and you can't hear his cries of protest!)





Again, not-so-gentle...she has no idea of the monster she's creating!

We initially went outside to get fun pictures playing in the rain. I took some cute ones of Addi when she was around Levi's age and thought that would be fun to do today with my other 2 kids. Not so much. Libby just can't keep her hands off Levi and Levi's not really a frolick-in-the-rain kind of guy! He's more of a dig-in-the-mud-and-pull-found-worms-apart kind of guy, so maybe one day I'll gross you out with those pics. I'll end with a few of Addi's rain pictures. They were taken a few months after we moved to Raleigh and she was about 18 months old.