Thursday, October 28, 2010


Faye has been writing a lot lately. She wrote a poem this afternoon which was so sweet (I'll try to post it later - she has it in her room), and tonight she went up to her room and then came downstairs and gave me this..

She doesn't know how to spell all her words, but she sounds them out and writes what she hears. She just started writing about a week or two ago, so it is really exciting for us! I think she is doing great - and with all the practice they do at school she is really picking it up quickly! If you can't tell, this is what it says:

By Faye

My mom is best. She kisses me good night. I say I love you and she says I love you too. She hugs me good night. She crochets and she knits and makes me a costume. She is good why wouldn't(she) be good. I'm glad she let me to school.

Aww... isn't that so sweet. I think I need to find a place to keep these really special things from the kids. It's the first time she's really written anything for me - and it is just so sweet! I especially love how she tried to spell out crochet - cowshas.

Fall Party

Today was the Fall Party at school and an early out day! At the beginning of the school year I agreed to be head room parent (party planner), and I was extremely happy to have some other great moms also agree to be head room parents! I was stressing a bit after I first agreed, thinking, "What did I get myself into here?" Then Ms. Curtis told me there were some other moms interested. Whew!! I was so happy I was not all on my own! We met a few times to plan the party and we came up with some really cute stuff!!

These little pumpkins were my favorite and so much fun to make! We scooped out the middle, carved them into mini jack-o-lanterns, then filled them with fruit salad (apples, strawberries, grapes, and oranges), cut a slit in the lid and put in a green spoon for the stem. The only drawback is that you really can't fit that much fruit into an orange, but we had plates for the kids and brought the extra fruit salad, so anyone who wanted more could have seconds. Drew told me he had thirds!

We also decided to make these banana ghosts. Aren't they adorable?

Banana ghosts

They are frozen bananas with a popsicle stick, then dipped in white chocolate with raisin mouths and mini-chocolate chip eyes. They looked really cute, but then after sitting out for a bit they started to get really funky. We tried to get them back in the freezer in time, but it didn't work. I really felt bad because they were so cute, and I really should have thought about this one more. We freeze bananas all the time to use in smoothies, and sometimes in the summer I give the kids pieces of frozen banana for lunch, and if not eaten right away they do get runny and mushy. So even if we could have got them back in the freezer right away, there was no way to transport them to the school.

We also had two games, a craft, and fall coloring pages for the kids. One of the moms made a ghost out of cardboard and painted it white, cutting a hole in the mouth. I made some little bean bags for the kids to throw - and the kids loved it! I didn't get a photo of the ghost, so I'm really hoping one of the other moms did, because it was so cute!

The other game we did was pin the face on the pumpkin. Drew just finished pinning the face on here - he did really good, but later told me at home that he could see through the blindfold. Cheater!! I made the blindfold so I guess it was my fault.

Pin the face on the pumpkin

Faye coloring

Pumpkins ready to be painted

Thanks to everyone that helped with the party and supplies, and also Thanks to Kai's family for donating a pumpkin for each kid to paint. They really had a good time painting them - it was a little messy, but I think it was worth it. One kid told me, "This is the best fall party ever!", and another kid said, "Kindergarten is the best!"

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My boys

One is happy...

The other is sad...

But they are both really cute!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

What was I thinking??

I made a trip to the fabric store a few weeks ago during a sale, and found, for 90 cents, a Tinkerbell costume pattern. Faye has been telling me that for Halloween she wants to be Tinkerbell, so I figured, hey, why not make it?

So I bought the pattern and brought it home, already nervous about making a costume. Then I started reading the instructions, and I got even more nervous. It sounded really complicated. I finally decided to purchase the fabric, 2 1/2 yards of satin, 2 yards of organza, and 4 yards of tulle. She told me she did not want it to be green, so I found some purple fabric. Perfect! I've never sewn with any of these fabrics, but hey, how hard can it be? I read online how to sew satin, and every site I visited said something different - use a small needle, use a ball point needle, use a bigger needle, etc. What? What did I get myself into? I cut out all the fabric, but I waited nearly a week before I began to sew. Yep, I was that nervous!

It turned out pretty well for me I think - and Faye loves it, although she did tell me that even if she didn't like it, she wouldn't tell me. Ha! It was a lot of work - next year if I decide to make costumes, I'm starting in August.

The front view
The back and belt

Another back view

And here she is.... so cute!

I could have made the wings, but I was starting to run a little short on time, so we found these wings and wand at Wal-Mart for $5. They are not quite what I wanted, the color is a little off, but oh, it still looks cute.


We spent a few hours at the Orpheum Childrens Museum today. Karen (Grandma) went with us, as did the kids' friends Maddie and Savannah and their mom, Tiffany. The kids have so much fun playing together! Drew was walking around the house last week, saying over and over, "Savannah, Savannah." I knew it was time to have a playdate!

Can you tell what Drew is going to be for Halloween? We got his costume last night, and he's been wearing his Mario hat ever since - he told me this morning that where ever he goes, he's taking the hat with him. This kid cracks me up!

One of the kids' favorite things is playing in the sand outside. I hate to think about winter and staying indoors all the time!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Music Informances

Faye and Drew had their 1st music concert this morning at school. At first I wasn't planning on going, but Monday they came home from school all excited, telling me I was invited to come to their concert and it would be in the gym. Last night they told me they were supposed to look nice, so they picked out nice clothes to wear. Faye had about 4 outfits laid out on her bed last night, trying to decide what she would wear for her concert and what she would wear for picture day. I'm not looking forward to the teenage years with this child! Even Drew picked out nice clothes - it might be the 1st day he hasn't worn a Mario shirt to school.

The concert was really cute - they sang us a formal song first, and then sang more informal songs with games they played. Faye was in the front row singing the formal song, and she was really singing!

Andy and Alex, and most of the other parents played the musical games with the kids, and then the kids played us some songs on the xylophone.

It was a lot of fun to see what they have been learning in music class, and they really have learned a lot!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Don's 60th Birthday

It turned out to be a beautiful fall day today!! We went to Congerville to celebrate Don's (Grandpa's) birthday. Happy 60th Birthday Don!! The kids ran around outside all afternoon and had so much fun. There was silly string and a pinata and cake and ice cream...not to mention lots of kids to play with and gorgeous could it not be a good time?! They were all so tired they barely woke when we brought them in the house and put their pj's on them.
Blowing out the candles...

Hitting the pinata...

The kids getting the pinata candy...

Opening gifts

Silly string time!!

A little worried about the silly string...

Trying to get Aunt Sarah...

Saturday, October 16, 2010


We visited Negangard Pumpkin patch today - it is the 3rd year in a row we've been here to buy pumpkins. It doesn't have all the fancy stuff that some other places have, but it does have lots and lots of pumpkins at great prices! We bought 3 large pumpkins, 3 pie pumpkins, 4 small pumpkins, and I don't remember how many butternut, acorn, and spaghetti squash we got, 20 maybe? All for $14!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tofu shopping

Alex and I went tofu shopping this morning (and in case you don't already know it, tofu is my favorite food). I usually only buy tofu about once a month, because it means a trip to the Asian grocery store. It's not that I don't like the Asian grocery stores, although every one I've been in does have a strange smell, its just that I'm a little uncomfortable there. I don't read any Japanese, Chinese, or Korean, so I have a hard time figuring out what I'm actually buying, other than the tofu, miso, and soy sauce. And sometimes even those items don't have any English on them so I'm not 100 % sure what I'm buying.

My favorite store in town is Am-Ko - they are usually really friendly and helpful and don't give me strange looks when I come in and buy a cart full of tofu (I think I bought 8 pkgs today). They sell a package of tofu (non-gmo of course) for $1.29, and organic tofu for $1.79, and sometimes they have awesome sales. The exact same brand sells at Schnucks for almost $4, so yeah, we're going to the Asian grocery store!

There are so many interesting things packed into this little store - I love finding new things to try! Alex found this today at Am-Ko, a Japanese Thomas candy. I usually don't look at the candy, but this one caught his eye...

I had no idea what it was, so I asked, and I was told it was a chewy grape candy, like gum but not gum, with no sugar or meat. Hopefully that was right! Anyone read Japanese? Each stick is wrapped with a Thomas picture and they are really cute. Alex was thrilled with this find today!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

When mom is busy...

the kids have a lot of fun! Most of the time they get themselves in a lot of trouble, but other times it's not too bad.

As I was making dinner tonight, the kids took all the pillows they could find, piled them on our bed, and were having the best time jumping on the bed! I could hear the giggles downstairs. They know they're not supposed to jump on the bed, as it usually leads to someone getting hurt, but Alex has been reading the book, Eight Silly Monkeys, before bed each night. It's hard to resist!

Once I discovered what was going on, I made them pose for some photos. Ha! That's what they get for jumping on the bed...


Southside holds an annual Walk-A-Thon, where the kids raise money for the school's PTA and then they walk or run a 1K. The kids didn't really get the 'raising money' part, but Alex and I went this afternoon and watched them walk/run their 1K.

I knew Drew would have no problem doing the 1K, and I figured he would run more than that if he could. He was walking around the track until I yelled his name and he saw me, then he took off running as fast as he could. It was really cute! He did 4 laps around the track, and would have kept going, but the teacher was starting to gather the kids so they could move on to the snack and drink station.

Faye saw me before the kids made it to the track, so when she came around the corner she looked for me, and she stopped and posed for a photo.  Notice the boy behind her running full speed - he ran into her and almost knocked her down.

But they were both OK and Faye went on running around the track.

They are still accepting donations through the end of the week for the PTA, so let me know if you'd like to donate!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Cabo the Cowboy

Jadon and Hallie recently adopted a dog from the rescue shelter. His name is Cabo and he is a French bulldog. I think he is around 7 years old. My kids started calling him Cabo the Cowboy. He was loving our bean bag chair!

He has to be the most laid-back dog I've ever met. If we ever get another dog after Velvet is gone (which we almost certainly will not), it would have to be like Cabo. He does make some strange noises, a weird snorting sound - Faye thought he sounded like a chicken, and Andy thought he sounded like a pig.

The craziest thing is this dog always has his tongue hanging out, almost as if he forgot to put it back in his mouth. Maybe he just likes it like that - but either way it looks really cute!