Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Since Halloween is typically more my thing than Candace's, I guess it is my turn to post the blog. Our activities started on Friday night with pumpkin carving and a movie with the older kids. Everybody did a pretty good job with their pumpkins. I helped Alex, Darren, and Candace and Candace helped Amanda. My special pumpkin this year is Perry the Platypus from my current favorite cartoon, Phineas and Ferb. We are all pretty pleased with the results. After we got the younger kids down, we watched Gremlins. It wasn't nearly as scary as I remember and the puppets are a far cry from today's CG technology. Still fun though.


Saturday was a Tri-Ward trunk or treat so the kids and I all dressed up (Candace did throw on a pumpkin hat (which received many compliments)) and headed up to the Stake Center. The cars almost circled the church building, the weather held, and the kids just kept walking around until everybody was out of candy. We decorated the back of our van and Justin handed out the goodies. Afterwards, the kids traded and swapped with Amanda getting rid of all the milk chocolate in exchange for more allergy friendly goodies. Justin had a bunch of friends over and they played games and acted like teenagers into the evening. It was a fun day.

With the actual Day falling on a Sunday, we decided that we would stay indoors tonight and have a fun candlelight dinner with dry ice smoke. I made a sausage and squash dish while the kids answered the door for the trick-or-treaters. We had a fun weekend. This week at work really set the tone for me. We had a spirit week and each day we were encouraged to dress the theme. So we had GeoEngineers Brand Day, Hawaiian Day, Crazy Hat Day, Sports Team Day, and Costume Day. I jumped in with both feet and here are my entries:

We find out tomorrow if our office won. My fingers are crossed.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fun Stuff

This month has been flying by but wanted to get another post in before Halloween! Darren was invited to his nursery leaders' house to pick pumpkins and ride on Pepper.
He wasn't overly fond of Pepper but I thought Pepper was so cute! The kids got to feed the goats, eat a snack, pick apples and choose a pumpkin!

Ahh, the chosen one.
Thanks Kay for the invite! We had so much f un!

Things that come out at night...

The other night the kids hollered that there racoons outside the back door looking in. Out back door doesn't have blinds or drapes the close currently and they were checking Brittany out while she was sweeping the floor. The most we saw was 4. They were so cute behind the glass! Brit wanted to open the door but I voted NO for that one.

By the time I had figured out the settings on the camera to work so that the glass didn't reflect so much they had gone out to the compost pile. But, they were pretty content to watch us for a bit.

This is a quick video, and hopefully is appropriate for all ages

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Go Eaglettes!

Tonight Amanda was able to perform at the high school football game half time show. She has been practicing all week at an Eaglette cheer camp put on by the high school cheer leaders. It was so cute and fun to watch her. This video is for everyone, but especially for Devin. Why? Because I can't watch my daughter cheer without thinking of you!

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

"You're so awesome..."

We can hardly believe that Justin is now an official teenager! He has been acting like one for awhile though so I guess it is good that he can hold the title.

Justin really wanted Thai food for his birthday dinner. I figured it would be fun to take the kids to our favorite Thai restaurant for this special occasion (they have had thai but only take out).
Everyone was adventurous and pretty enjoyed their dinner. Some ate slowly with chopsticks and it was fun to watch them figure it out. Aaron is a good teacher!

And, a dinner wouldn't be complete without chicken nuggets from home stabbed with a chopstick utensil.
Darren is so funny lately...in alot of ways...but for some reason doesn't want me to take his picture!
OK, back to the b-day boy.
I was SO sad that I didn't get to make a Miami Beach cake but the request this year was a pineapple upside down cake. Not to shabby for my first one ever. What can I say, I aim to please.
Some presents...
homework, phone calls and bed. He was so tired and didn't get to try out his fun stuff. It was a busy day and he partied later in the week.

I had hollered at him to turn his lights out and when he didn't, this is what I found. My poor little boy, all tuckered out. To cute not to photo document.

For your viewing pleasure:
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OTHER BIG NEWS...
We had our ultrasound this week and...it's a boy! We are all excited for this new arrival!