Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

We hope everyone had a HAPPY Halloween and now has as much candy in your house as we do. I am trying to find a way to get rid of all of this candy and am very close to just throwing it away, so if you have any suggestions, let me know!! Halloween was a good time. During the day I went to Nathan's class to help with his Halloween party. It was a good time and there was a lot of really good/fun food. They had made witches brooms with cheese and pretzel sticks, a graveyard with gummy worms, graham cracker dog bones, and crushed oreo's, bats made from apples, chocolate, and bananas, ghost sandwiches, lollipops, eyeball soup (punch), and a chocolate fountain to dip marshmallows into. Instead of playing pin the tail on the donkey they played stick the spider to the spider web, and made spiders from moo pies and pretzel sticks.
Halloween night the kids put on their costumes and headed off to collect too much candy!! Emily was a cat, Kayla was a princess/fairy and Nathan was a cowboy. Our next door neighbor put up a table in the cul-da-sac and the men stayed behind to pass out candy while the ladies took the kiddies trick-or-treating. Everyone had a lot of fun and we came home with a lot more candy than necessary. After the kids baskets were full of candy we came back to the house and played in the cul-da-sac until about 9PM then put the kids to bed and Paul and I went back out to socialize with the Parker's until about 11:30. We had a fun and the kids really enjoyed dressing up and going trick or treating.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


About a month ago I saw a little thingy scurry across the back of the garage, it was too fast to be a toad and someone mentioned it could have been a lizard. I was hopeful that it was a lizard, but knew it was not. I was pretty sure it was a little mouse. A few days later Paul saw something on the ground in the garage not paying attention he assumed it was a toad. As he began to walk it scurried across the floor and disappeared. That afternoon he put down mouse poison and traps. A few days later the garage started to smell, I thought it was the trash so I moved it out of the garage to the front of the house, the smell remained. The next morning we assumed it was a dead mouse. I looked around the garage, but was never able to locate the mouse's body. Over the next week the smell would come and go. One morning after taking the kids to school I parked the van in the driveway instead of in the garage. While carrying the groceries into the house I saw it!! There where the van would normally be parked was a half decomposed mouse. It had melted into the floor and become one with the concrete. I know it had been there for a while due to the rust color stain on the ground around the mouse. I was so excited to have found the mouse I called Paul immediately. He was not as excited as I was since he spent most of the day at work and was in the house where the stink of dead mouse had wandered into the house. His advice on how to clan it up was to use a shovel, so I tried it, but the mouse just fell to pieces. So I improvised. After I covered my hand in 4, yes 4, plastic bags from the grocery store I scooped up that mushy little mouse and tossed it into the trash, fortunately it was trash day. I then poured half a gallon of bleach in the area where the mouse had been. I left the bleach there, thinking I would get to it when the girls took there nap. Well, by the time I got to it, the bleach had soaked into the concrete. Which was fine with me as the idea of scrubbing the area where the dead mouse's juices were was a little disgusting.
A few days ago I noticed that seeds that were on the mouse trap had been eaten by something, then yesterday half of the peanut butter was gone, well this morning I checked it one more time before going on a walk and what should my wandering eyes find, A DEAD MOUSE!!!!

and so it begins...

Today after school Kayla was given a goodie bag. It contained a tambourine, a kazoo, play dough, LOTS of candy and stickers. When the mail lady came today she delivered Halloween cards and a gift box from Gram and Pop. Guess what was inside.... whoopee pies, and rice krispie treats. The kids, mainly Nathan wanted a whoopee pie right then. f course I allowed it, if not, then I would be tempted to eat ALL of them before they got any (I have little to no self control when it comes to sweets). I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings....

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Great Pumpkin

Tonight at dinner time we put a blanket on the ground and set up a picnic for the kids so they could watch The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on TV. It was a fun treat a bit on the messy side, but they loved every second of it!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Oktoberfest/Pumpkin Carving

Last night we had the Parkers and the Fabians over for an Oktoberfest/Pumpkin Carving in the back yard. It was a night of brats (bratwursts), sauerkraut, and beer. There was cake, pumpkin bread, and smores as well. The kids and fathers had a good time throwing the football, and kicking the soccer ball. It was a good night and fun had by all.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Too much sugar

Yes I said it, too much sugar. I am about sick of cakes cookies and frosting. For the past 7 days my kitchen has looked like Betty Crocker exploded in it. On Monday the women's club for the neighborhood had a bake sale and I made a carrot cake, a pineapple upside down cake and 24 cookies. Tomorrow the church/school is having their fall festival and I made a Halloween cake a carrot cake a pineapple upside down cake and cookies fro that. Then tonight we are having people over for an Oktoberfest/pumpkin carving party. There will be 9 kids (including Madeline) and 11 adults. So, I made a Halloween cake for tonight and made some more cookies. Total I have made 2 carrot cakes, 2 pineapple upside down cakes, 2 Halloween cakes, and about 60 cookies. I used 6 cake mixes (thank heavens for cake mixes) half a bag of chocolate chips, and 4 pounds of confectioner sugar, 4 small cans of pineapple rings, and other miscellaneous bits. If I never have to bake a cake again it will be too soon. I made that comment at 11pm last night then realized Paul's birthday is in a week and Madeline's is next, then Nathan's. I am NEVER going to loose this weight.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

a flower and a cat

On our morning walks, there are two things that Emily is in the routine of having. As we walk down the main the street of our neighborhood there are sunflowers growing in the field, well, she habitually will ask me to pick one for her on the start of the walk and when we walk past again to go back to the house (by this point the first flower has been pulled apart or dropped on the ground).
The second thing is the cat, Gracie is her name. About 2/3 of the way through our walk there is a cat that roams in front of its house and always (unless in the house) will walk up to us and look fro attention. Emily is allowed out of the stroller where she will pet he cat and, rarely, but sometimes, lean down to give it a kiss. It is a very friendly cat and it gives her something to look forward to on the walk.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

Paul's parents were here this past weekend and we went to the pumpkin patch on Saturday. It is a Christmas tree farm, but they have a BUNCH of pumpkins brought in and they decorate bales of hay to look like a spider or a turkey. There are piles of pumpkins around and you pick out which pumpkin you want to take home with you. There is also a train ride, an hay ride, and two bouncy castles for the little ones to play on. It was a fun morning and Nathan enjoyed picking out the BIGGEST pumpkin he could find. I am not looking forward to carving that thing!!
the chosen ones

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Frog Hunters

Last night the boys (Nathan, Jake and JT) went hunting frogs (toads) to put into Jake's frog habitat. They were successful in finding 3 toads and keeping them, well Jake kept one and released it this morning. It kept them busy and it was harmless.

barretts and horses

Kayla has found a love of doing her own hair. She likes to put as many hair barretts/clips in her hair as possible. The other day she had 12 of them in there. I am surprised to say it, but she has gotten pretty good at it and her hair does not look too bad when she gets done. On Saturday Kayla had a birthday party to go to and they were going to ride horses. She was not happy about riding a horse and had no interest in doing so. She did not want to wear her jeans because she was NOT going to ride a horse!! When we got there she saw the others having fun riding the horses, so she decided to try it as long as I walked next to the her and the horse as well. As any good mother would do, I said yes and with my flip flops on I walked next to her, watching the dirt and hoping I would not step in anything that my foot was not meant to touch!! Once we finished she was excited and ready to do it again, well it was time for cake so off we went. After cake we went to ride the horses again, well she wanted me to walk with her and I said no, she could do it without me. So, I pushed her into the arena and off she went. She rode the horse and was so excited about it!!