Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Sneak Peak

Today's Halloween pre-funk was held at Ho-Ho Papa's and Umma's.
Gotta practice for the real deal, ya know.

Someone willingly stood for this year's picture in front of the door.

Someone had to practice his trick or treating skills.

Yes, his hat is on sideways...the boys insisted it was better to wear it that way.

Someone LOVES his cousin....Dotsy the Clown!

Someone may have been overheard telling his Papa, "I don't really like the candy. I just like getting it and giving it to my mommy. She REALLY likes it."

He sells me out every time. Every. Time.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Carving pumpkins


Maybe next year!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Merry Christmas...kinda...

What happens when Big Papa and Umma leave our hometown for warmer fields during the PNW winters? October!

Alexander hasn't even received his Halloween costume and he's already received Christmas presents. Oh, you want a sneak peek to the Halloween costume? Auntie Kimmie has it at her house but here ya go...

Super cute, right?
At least he isn't a conductor...again.

"Christmas" started with Alexander putting together a puzzle, Daddy surfing for Christmas music, and Mommy pushing photos.

Alexander is the master of all things part-ay so he kept insisting that we open presents before dinner. We compromised and told him "before dinner" could be Christmas Eve and he could open one present. Naturally, we chose one from us.

Man, this kid looks like his dad.

Hmmm...what could it be?

Under the Sea Dinosaur Train!

Dinner came and went, more cocktails were drunk and soon we found ourselves opening even more presents. Even Auntie Liz, Uncle Jeff, Mary and David got in on our Christmas fun. We were quite surprised and very pleased to see gifts from them.

Like this uber-cool Butterfly Habitat.

And Mommy's favorite gift of a giant picture frame that holds wallet sized school pictures from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Love. It.

Daddy opened a gift Umma and Big Papa found months ago at a garage sale.
A marshmellow shooter!

After being hit in the cheek, I can attest the thing hurts.
Kinda like that time Eric was riding the lawn mower and it shot a rock into my face.

You'd think the guy would have learned his lesson, right?

Umma liked her gifts, too.
A new scarf.

And a LED lantern.

Clearly, she's SUPER excited about the lantern.

Alexander helped Papa open his presents - a couple of long sleeved shirts for Arizona...which makes perfect sense for 80 degree weather, right?

I just got shot with a marshmellow as I sit here, updating the blog.
According to the boys, Christmas before Halloween is awesome.

After being shot at a dozen times tonight, I'm not entirely sure I agree.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Field Trip to the Pumpkin Patch!

On Friday, Alexander's preschool took a field trip to the pumpkin patch. Daddy was a super star and chaperoned the trip, along with Addie and her daddy.

Alexander at the pumpkin patch last year.

Here he is, a year later.

It was a rainy day but the kids were determined to have a good time.

So was Daddy!

After exploring the farm with the preschool class, the kids were let loose to pick out their pumpkins.

"I want THIS one, Daddy!"

His sweet little girlfriend picked out her pumpkin, too.

Two happy preschoolers at the pumpkin patch!

This may be the last year of preschool for these two but not the end of their adventures!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


One of my co-workers came in to my office today and complained of being sleep deprived. She has five month TWIN boys. She should be tired, right?! Me, being the comforting soul I am, said all the right things and then I told her to suck it up. She had to use IVF to have the babies and she's lucky to have them. I was probably a tad bit nicer than I'm letting on but hey, kids are a gift. It isn't easy being a working mom and sometimes, working moms just need to talk it out.

It made me start thinking about Alexander at 5 months old.

So, naturally, I decided today's post would celebrate 5 month old Alexander.

The best gift we've ever received.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Happy Birthday to Everyone!

Big Papa and Umma leave our wonderful hometown every winter. They park themselves in Arizona from November to April, which makes for a long six months for everyone.

In order to celebrate winter birthdays (Alexander, Daddy, and Umma), we gathered a few weekends ago.

Someone ordered a big cookie cake!

And lots of presents!

Alexander was the most excited to celebrate his 4 3/4 birthday!

He often tells us he isn't very good at planning a party but is REALLY good at celebrating!

Daddy got in on the excitment, too.

And Umma loved her bestest bookmark, made by The Alexander.

Happy Birthday to Alexander, Daddy, and Umma!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Monkey Business

Someone wanted to try on Mommy's new hat.

I love this kid.