Monday, October 31, 2011

Dressed Up for Halloween...And Winter?

We spent Saturday afternoon digging through basement bins for boots and snowpants so that everyone could go out and play in the ~11 inches of snow that was dumping down.

 These poor trees are still fully covered in green leaves.

Sunday morning wonderland.

Beza loves snow.

Taking a break after a long walk exploring the woods before all of the snow fell off of the trees.

Besides dressing up in snow gear--we've also been digging through the basement dress-up bin for Halloween costumes. :)

(A quick rundown for the grandparents. :)
Preschool Trunk-or-Treat.  Dude totally sang all of the Halloween songs loud, off-key and out-of-sync--but with great passion. :)

Neighborhood party--the "builder" and 2 princess fairies.  (Look at that snow.)

Halloween night--our 2 astronauts.

And the Nittany Lion (simply thrilled to be eating some chocolate.).

The hand-made "Nittany Lion" costume through the years...
Now it's time to tuck away all of the costumes for another year.  The snowsuits, on the other hand, well, it looks like they're here to stay for a few months...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Funnies: Skiing with Walkie Talkies

J has the walkie talkies stashed in the front door of the van.

So this week T was asking about them and I said:
Me: I'm not sure why they're in the van, but Daddy uses them when he goes skiing.
T: Oh!  When I'm big like Daddy can I put them on my feet and go skiing down big hills?
Ohmyword--this kid!  :)
Dressed up for "Trunk-or-Treat" at preschool.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Favorites: Wipes--How many ways do I love thee?

This is my ode to baby wipes.  I have them stashed everywhere.  (Literally.)

 Inside this bin--stored under the kitchen sink--are my very favorite wipes: 
Target Brand Unscented Baby Wipes. 

These are just a few of the many uses for them.

1. The obvious.  

2. Cleaning sticky hands after little fingers have smashed their way through a fruit bar.

3.  Washing the hair of a little friend after said sticky-fingered baby pulled the friend's hair with said fruit-barred fingers.
Not mentioning any names... ;)

4.  Removing pancake syrup off of seatbelts  (I know this is a no-brainer--but don't give your children pancake syrup in the car. :).  

5.  Dusting the van while in the drop-off line at school.

6.  Distracting a sleepy baby from falling asleep in the car so that they take a nice nap in the afternoon at home.

7.  Wiping up spilled paint from tile--and carpeting.

8.  Erasing crayon from floors and futons and desks and chairs and dressers and toy bins.

9.  Blotting off the remains of a large spider from the back of a board game box.  *shiver*

10.  Sweeping up a baked potato that exploded all over the floor after it fell out of the microwave above the stove.

Ahhhh---baby wipes--what would I do without them? :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall Photo Journal (And Out-takes)

A little photo record of how we've been filling our days...
(Some of the photos were taken with an iphone and are just a bit fuzzy. :)

We've been going on a hike almost every weekend.  
Two weeks ago we walked 3 miles on the Appalachian trail with friends.

Last weekend we walked another 3 miles to a lake at the top of a mountain.

Beza had quite a view for the last part of the hike. ;)

On the way home we followed some parachuters to watch them land.
We celebrated the bears' birthdays.  Happy Birthday Beary and Ben.

We visited the local fire station.

We flew kites on a rare windy day.

And we have been very busy working on a huge leaf maze complete with secret doors and passwords. 
Trying to get Daddy lost in the long dead-end "tunnels." :)

And as I was going through these photos there were a few that just cracked me up.  They are
The Out-Takes. 

Beza is totally glaring at the cameraman and me, well, I'm clearly listening to T's head (I was actually using his head to swish a piece of hair back behind my ear).

Her first taste of a lollipop.  She didn't love it, but J's head and shirt were kind-of stuck on it (ha-ha). :)

Oh, yeah, and there was a small snake on that walk.

How Beza really felt about that "view." :)

An unfortunate landing.

T stuck in a tree on Columbus day.

What these two were really like in the truck-cart yesterday.  Beza was a bit of an aggressive driver. :)

And the ham from last night's birthday celebration. :)

Phew--and now, I think I am up-to-date. :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Birthday Day--Simple Style (And Inside the Cake)

Our day ended with a very happy 6-year-old.  

It all started with her breakfast of choice--Cocoa Pebbles--a cereal reserved for special occasions. :)  

And then off to school to deliver some rice krispie treats on a stick.

While M was in school, these two helped me pick up a few more of M's food choices for the day--raspberries, strawberries and rotisserie chicken.

After that they had a little Halloween party with their Toddler & Tots class.

Later in the day there were fun birthday calls.

And after dinner--finally time for cake and presents.  
I had grand plans for the icing--the cake was going to be covered in pink roses.  That so did not work out. :)  So it's just a nice simple pink. :)

The inside of the "rainbow cake."

Meg got a lot of small princesses, a My Little Pony, colored pens and fun paper, a book, hair clips and her absolute favorite--Soul Surfer

So, because I love re-usable gift bags I have no wrapping paper.  But I think that little people love ripping open packages way more than peering into bags.  I did however have old newspapers.  Dear child had her gifts wrapped in that newspaper. :)  Sad or creative, I don't know--but it worked. :)

We spent the rest of the night laughing as two worlds collided with princesses and rough and tough hero figures trying to fly into space.  

Fun day.  Can't believe that she's 6!  So thankful she's a part of our family. :)

Happy Birthday, M!

Happy Birthday (Celebrating 6 Years of M) :)

Heavy Heart

Over the past few months we've been praying for a college friend's sweet little baby.  This past week they said goodbye to him as he went into the arms of Jesus.  They are walking through a journey I can not imagine with such grace and hope.  Praying for you still M, B and C...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday Made-It: Making the Mail Pile Disappear (And THE cake)

Our office is often covered in piles of papers--and a good chunk of it is unopened mail or mail that I'm not sure if J has seen yet or not.  Really just a big stressful mess.  

Sometimes those same piles start collecting in the kitchen and dining room where they get moved from counter to counter and back again--growing as they go.  A mess.

Solution: A mail filing system right inside the front door.  I used a basket that I already had and decorated old file folders with scrapbooking paper--making it a free project.  LOVE free projects.  :)  

Just at the same time that I finished the folders I found this little stand at a yard sale--perfect fit for inside the front door.  It doubles as the shoe holder.  It seems that Beza likes to decorate our house with shoes.  The cupboard door prevents shoe "decorating" making it much easier to find shoes for school in the morning (in theory at least).  :)

In other news, I just finished crumb coating this...

(Vanilla rainbow cake.)

With the most insane amount of knock-your-socks-off sweet icing that is most definitely more of a look but don't eat treat.   

 But it will pretty. :)

Can't wait for our rainbow-loving birthday girl to see it on Wednesday. :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Funnies: Dirty Socks

Mommy, those helicopters (maple tree seeds) look like big dirty socks.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Apple Picking: The Real Story

Making Sweet Memories Despite The Good, The Bad and The Ugly:

It all started one beautiful fall day six years ago.  Let's go apple picking!  One cute little girl absolutely delighted in the whole experience.  It was a warm and fuzzy feelings kind-of day.  We couldn't wait to do it again the next year.

One year later--another beautiful Fall day--Let's go apple picking!  Same place, same gorgeous kind of day, totally different experience.  Mother of all tantrums--twice.  In public, with people staring, stuck in a field for 30 minutes, stuck in the car for 45.  Memorable.

Slightly traumatized from the year before, we kept the Third Year simple.  Local place, just me and now two little people.  Short and sweet.

Feeling brave, for the Fourth Year we headed back to the original apple-picking orchard--with memories from that first year starting to fade away memories of the second.  Two walkers eager to pick some apples.  Two walkers who weren't so happy to walk, who weren't so happy to hold hands in a parking lot, who weren't so excited about the actual apples.  Who cried in the car on the way home.  Nostalgic. 

Fall Number 5 with children was fading fast.  Just me and my two adventuresome buddies at the local orchard.  The local orchard with long lines, high prices and no apples on the trees.  Trying to make it into some sort of memory despite a stomach-ached child, we picked our fruit off the ground.  We made applesauce and apple pie.  Together.  Sweet pie from sour apples.

Year Number 6 with now three growing little people.  Back to the first orchard full of hope.  Warm, picturesque day.  Donuts, hayrides, wooly-worms and apples.  Perfect...

 Here's looking forward to Year 7! :)