Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween with the cousins

We decided to spend this Halloween with "the cousins" up in Lincoln.  They have a fabulous neighborhood with a ton of young families that really get into it.  The homes are all decked out for the holiday and it's a safe place to go trick-or-treating.  And of course the kids LOVE spending time with their cousins!  They had a fun pizza dinner before hitting the streets.

The kids all were ADORABLE in their outfits.  Logan was a freaky scarecrow, Brody was a mummy and Hayden was a super hero.  And our kids kept with their pirate theme.

This was an interesting year for trick-or-treating.  For the first time ever, Molly was more interested in hanging with the other kids and getting as much candy as she possibly could get.  Even after the twins wore out, she went back out to trick-or-treat with her older cousins.  Paige on the other hand, gets the bravery award and seemed fairly unfazed by the house with the scary decorations.

Garrett was all about being thorough.  I felt sorry for those people that let him CHOOSE from the treat bowl, because he would proceed to dig through the entire thing to make sure he got exactly the treat that was perfect for him.  Three separate people commented on it... two saying that he is going to be an engineer when he grows up and one saying that he's going to be an analyst.  He definitely gets that trait from his father.

All in all, it was a fabulous evening.  The next day I bought the candy from the kids (minus a few things they could keep) for $10 a head and Steve took it to work to be properly disposed of.  Then we went to the toy store so they could spend their earnings.  That way they got something for all their hard work... and I got the candy out of the house (more for MY sake than theirs).  Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween at Preschool

Today Garrett and Paige had their Dress-up Halloween Parade at preschool.  Although they had planned on being pirates for Halloween, they decided that they wanted to attend this function in last year's costumes as Nemo and Bruce the Shark.  Who was I to argue? 

And... being that I am now a preschool teacher, I had to play along with the other teachers.  I looked for something awesome in the thrift stores, but was left taking the easy route an dressing as a sheriff.  Here's me and the other teachers all dolled up!

We took the class treat-or-treating through the church offices and the staff always does such a wonderful job!  We also took them through a Bible Study group of golden-aged ladies, and the grandmas were so excited to see all the cute kiddos that they broke out in a rousing chorus of "This Little Light of Mine".  It was absolutely precious.

Here's the entire class.  It's a small miracle that they sat still long enough to take this photo.  

Afterwards it was back to class as usual.  Most kids took their costumes off... but not mine.  They spent the ENTIRE day dressed up.  Can you blame them?  Halloween ROCKS!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

SMOM Halloween Party

Today was the SMOM Halloween Trunk-or-Treat party.  This is always such a fun event and this year there were probably 40 families that came out and decorated their vehicles so the kids could go trunk to trunk for treats.  This year my kids decided they wanted to be pirates.  Actually, they originally wanted to be the Three Musketeers, but I talked them down to "pirates" because it was impossible to find musketeer costumes without sewing something.  And as always, my time is in limited supply lately.  But when they found out they could still have swords, they were appeased.

I had NO idea how to decorate our trunk this year, and I didn't have a ton of time that day to put it together.  So I thought about what was the one thing we had a LOT of.  And the answer was... Barbie.  So we put together a Barbie wonderland in the back of our van.

It's always fun to see all the cute twins and triplets in the matching/coordinating costumes.  And this year was no exception.

But the costume of the year in my book goes to my friend, Christy, who came as the crazy "cat lady".  It was an homage to her neighbor.

Friday, October 19, 2012

2012 Cowan Jog-a-thon

Today was the Jog-a-thon for Molly's school.  I was so happy that I was able to go and cheer her on.  It's always such an exciting event for the kids, and the school does a fabulous job getting everyone pumped up for the run, including a special appearance by the mascot.

Unfortunately, during her first lap Molly fell and it shook her up.  She wanted to give up.  Thankfully, I had my running shoes on so I left my camera with a friend and ran the rest of the time with her.  I was so proud of her because she really pushed herself and ran eleven laps... almost two full miles.  She did a great job, and I got my work out for the day.

And here's Molly and her friend enjoying their post-run popsicle.  This picture cracks me up because it shows you how TALL she is compared to some of the other girls in her class.

Thanks to all our family that supported Molly in her run.  She raised the most money in her class and as a result, won free tickets to a roller skating rink, a school bag and school water bottle.  She was one happy camper.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Preschool goes to the Pumpkin Patch


Today I went with the twins on their preschool pumpkin patch trip to the Pumpkin Farm.  They were SO excited to go and I was surprised that they were willing to sit still long enough for me to get a picture of them together!

It was fun to watch them interact with with all their little friends. Trying to get a class photo was a little like wrangling hamsters though...

Paige had a minor meltdown when she thought I wasn't coming on the hay ride, but got over it quickly when she realized that wasn't the case.

Their favorite activity was petting and feeding the farm animals.

And then of course the day ended by picking a pumpkin to bring home. One of these days I may even try and find the time to cook those pumpkins and make a pie out of them.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Extra-curricular activities...

With school going on in full swing, we decided to enroll the kids up in some more extracurricular activities.  They each got to choose what they wanted to do.  Molly has been asking for a year to do gymnastics... so she's now doing that.  Her teacher is fabulous and she's already getting so confident on the balance beam and bar!  She also started baton twirling this week... another thing she REALLY wanted to do.  I was hoping she sing with the choir, but she really wanted to do baton twirling.  So... let's pray our windows and TV's don't end up with batons flying through them!  No baton twirling photos.. yet.

Garrett also really wanted to do gymnastics (probably because Molly wanted to do it).  He's finally at the age where parents don't have to participate in the class (which is fabulous) and it gets all that jumping/climbing/swinging energy out which is awesome!

And Paige wanted to be a ballerina.  The first time we tried a ballet class, she absolutely melted down and refused to go in. She just had a complete anxiety/shyness attack.  So I told her she didn't have to do it and pulled her from the class.  The following week she begged and begged and begged me to put her back in and promised me "I be a big girl Mommy.  No fits.  I be a ballerina... plleeeaaasse!"  I told her I'd let her have one more chance and when we got there the following week she marched right into class as excited as could be and gave the teacher a big hug.  It's like she's a completely different kid in there now... so confident and joyful!  I love watching it and can't wait for their performance of the Nutcracker in December!  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Family Retreat to Dillon Beach

Life around here has been nothing less than hectic.  Between school stuff and extra-curricular activities and the onslaught of fall family photo sessions... we're busy.  So when we looked at the calendar and saw that we had absolutely nothing scheduled this Sunday (the last day until Thanksgiving that this is the case) we decided it was appropriate to play hookey from church and spend some focused time together as a family.  We kicked around several ideas, and decided that a quick trip to the Dillon Beach sounded like the least stressful option.  And what could be more relaxing than THIS view...

The first thing the kids wanted to do was to go exploring the sand dunes.  Let me tell you... it is quite the workout to climb those things!


Then they explored the beach and found some interesting things including sand dollars, a huge jellyfish and some massive bull kelp. I launched into an interesting discussion of why kelp was designed to float for photosynthesis, which they didn't find very engaging.  They preferred to just whip each other with it.

The waves were quite large and a little scary, so we kept the kids in their life jackets while they were playing near the water.  It's a good thing, because Garrett spent a LOT of his time letting the waves chase him and at one point the waves won and he totally got overtaken and tossed around by a big wave.  That scared him pretty bad!

They finished of the day with some serious sand castle building and were completely covered in sand by the time we left.  Exhausted.  Happy. Relaxed.  An absolutely perfect family day!