Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Last year I found this dragon costume for Grant in an after Halloween sale.  I thought it would be fun if the girls were princesses to match.  This was a perfect idea for Sierra but Reanne took some convincing.  She wanted to be a Power Ranger.  I let her be a storm trooper last year and I really wanted her to be something girly.  She finally consented to being the princess she thinks is a tomboy: Rapunzel.  Sierra said she would be princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog.  

Here is Rapunzel (in a not so Rapunzel dress) but complete with frying pan and chameleon.  Of course Reanne realized that the colors and pattern of her dress were wrong, but I'm just not that talented to make up a dress without a pattern.

Here is Sierra (in her not so Tiana costume.)  She also realized the dress wasn't exact, but unlike Reanne, didn't complain about it too much.  Reanne's costume was so hard to sew because the fabric was really thick.  By the time I was done I bought all new material for Sierra's costume, not wanting to repeat the torture of the first costume.  I didn't realize that her material would snag on my dry hands and fray by just looking at it.  Oh well.  I was still really happy with how they turned out in the end.
I actually caught a picture of Reanne twirling her dress -and liking it. I know there is girl in her deep inside.    Sometimes I just have to force it out of her.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Dinner

We shared our Halloween dinner this year with Grandma, Grandpa and Aunt Tracy and made it a combined effort.  My kids really do love this tradition, so even though I threatened that this might be our last Halloween dinner, I'm already thinking about new things we could do for next year.  Here was our extensive menu tonight:  For an appetizer, pumpkin puke and decaying salad.

For our main course, goblin toes, mummies, spider eggs and roasted roaches.

For our drink, we had witches brew.
For desert, we had Frankenstein jello, and tombstone cupcakes.

And I have to say, the presentation was fabulous.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Walmart gave me a coupon for their photo studio so we went ahead and tried them out.  I actually have a couple great photographers in the family, but this was convenient and pretty cheap.  I really wasn't expecting much but ended up liking a couple of the photos they took.  (The originals are a lot less fuzzy.)

 This is my favorite.  I have a big one on the wall and every time I pass it I smile.
 Reanne's 3rd grade school picture
 Sierra's 1st grade school picture.
There is something about seeing my children's cute smiles immortalized in a picture that brings me a little bit of happiness.  In my house, there is so much drama and so many sad and angry faces shown throughout the day that mounting some smiles on the wall evens the score a little bit.   

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Pumpkin Patch

Our pumpkin patch has gotten cooler.We went to pick out some pumpkins, but we ended up staying and playing for about an hour and a half. 

 They added some animals for the kids to pet and feed.  I can tell that they borrowed animals from the farm near our house because they had a kangaroo.  How many people own a kangaroo?

One of my kid's favorite things they added to the patch was the corn box.  It's like a sand box except for filled with corn kernels instead of sand.  They must have played in that for a good 30 minutes!

And of course the hay mazes.  It was short but sweet...perfect to walk through or climb on.  All of this for the price of 3 pumpkins.  Pretty good.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


I have been working like mad on the girls' Halloween costumes for the last two weeks so they will be done by a Halloween party on Saturday.  I have been pretty much ignoring everything else important that I usually do.  Yesterday Grant told me, "Mom, we need food.  You need to go to Walmart."  You know it's bad when your 3 year old tells you to go grocery shopping!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Paper Dolls

Every day Reanne has come home from school and quickly occupied herself in her room until we make her come out and do homework or come to dinner.  Yesterday I asked her what she has been doing and she told me she was making paper dolls.  When she showed them to me I was amazed a little stunned at not only how cute they were but how many she had made.  Here are some of them.
 Phineas and Ferb Dolls
 Car (the movie) Dolls

 Thomas the Train Dolls
Tangled Dolls
 Backyardagan Dolls
 Power Ranger Dolls (the people before and after they morph.)
 Beverly Hills Chihuahua Dolls
Wild Kratts Dolls
 Star Wars Dolls
 Narnia Dolls
 Nanny McPhee Dolls
The Wonder Pets Dolls

Monday, October 3, 2011

A little discovery

The kids came in the house really excited the other day.  They said they made a discovery.  A praying mantis had spent some time on our porch railing.  The kids said it crawled under our railing and started making something. 
It was an egg sack.  Have you ever seen the egg sack of a praying mantis?  Now you have!  I thought it was a cool discovery.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Sierra got her first school award on Friday.  It was a citizenship award, something that Reanne has never received.  It's amazing how different each kid is. 

Sierra told me "I don't know why mom, but my eyes were all watery when the principal handed me my paper."  She is definitely going to be my emotional child.  She is such a sweetie.