Saturday, October 31, 2009


We had a good Halloween here this year. No rain and no coats necessary. We started with lunch at Sweet Tomatoes, kids in costume eat free! We met our friends the McBride's there. Then it was off to another friend's house for a party. Followed by Trick-or-Treating. Mark cut that part short by about 6 houses, due to the fact that the kids kept fighting (on people's door step) about who's turn it was to ring the door bell, if the other was doing it fast enough, and "he keeps running ahead and he is going to get all the candy!". Oh the memories.
Darth Vader


Hannah Montana

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Party

The youth held a Halloween Party for the Primary kids at church. Lots of games and candy. We had a lot of fun!

I thought this was the cutest costume!

John and Alison (aka Darth Vader and Hannah Montana)

Luke vs. Darth (Brandon vs. John)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday Afternoon

Sunday afternoons are perfect for putting together a 300 piece puzzle.

Spooktacular Dinner

I had a lot of fun making this dinner. The whole family enjoyed it and ate everything.

Monster Mash (Italian Cream Cheese and Chicken)

Ghost Brains

Puffed Rats

Vampire Teeth and Mummy Fingers

Ogre Ear Wax

Graveyard Surprise

Carving Pumpkins

The kids had a lot of fun carving their pumpkins and decorating them.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Do I Want To Grow Up?

I was working on the computer and heard someone getting into the closet in my bathroom. A few minutes later Alison appeared with her newest "creation". Every now and then someone in dance class or at school will comment to her about sucking her thumb. We have discussed with her what her options are, if she wants to stop, but are leaving it up to her.

"This is so I won't suck my thumb!"
"See, when I want to suck my thumb, I will think it tastes gross and I won't."

She then asked to pick a movie. Right when the movie started she went to suck her thumb. "Mom, I can't suck my thumb. I think I will try this another time. I want to suck my thumb while I watch the movie." We don't mind her staying "little" awhile longer.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Lego Master Builder

We received an invitation to go and help a Lego Master Builder build an 8 foot tall Yoda. He is traveling the country so look for him at a Lego store near you. It is free and the kids had fun. They both received a certificate when they were done building.

John and Alison hard at work.

This is what the finished Yoda will look like, only a lot bigger! If you look behind Alison, those are the bricks we were working on. I think we were the first stop on the tour. And yes, it is made out of solid Legos! Lots of fun!

Friday, October 9, 2009


Alison got the assignment to fill a bag with 10 things that were important to her.
This is what was in her bag:
1. A craft she made because she likes to do art.

2. Playing outside.

3. Cuddling with mom.

4. Playing with her toys.

5. Music; singing, dancing and listening to it.

6. Sharing with her dad.

7. Playing dress-up.

8. Colby Jack cheese.
9. A pink heart. Her favorite color is pink.
10. A beetle she found outside because she likes to collect things from nature.

Top Reasons to Always Carry a Camera

You should always have your camera with you because you might be at a stop light and look at the car in front of you and see this...
(click on the photo to see it bigger if you are having trouble viewing it)

and this...

If you didn't have your camera with you, you would not be able to take a picture and post it for all your family and friends to laugh at, I mean look at.

(no clowns were actually harmed or had their feelings hurt in the publishing of this post)

Sweet, Sweet Alison

Heidi took Alison out for a photoshoot this summer. Alison became quite the diva. When it was time to leave and I told her to get in the car she looked at me and said, "who's going to open the door for me?".

Family Pictures

It was time to update the family pictures. Heidi did a great job as usual!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

When I grow up...

Alison: "Mom I know what I want to be when I grow up."
Me: "You do. What do you want to be?"
Alison: "I want to be a plain ol' mommy like you."