Friday, October 31, 2008

My Goblins

What a great night for trick-or-treating. The little ones insisted on walking by themselves the whole way, so it took a little longer. The weather was perfect. Our dear friends the Warbingtons joined us for our 2nd annual candy gathering in our neighborhood. The big boys had a blast running from house to house!

(Sorry it took a while to post (cause I know all my followers had to have been wondering)... our other computer crashed. We are now hooked up to the old one that we were letting the kids use for computer learning games. Needless to say it is still at their little table and I am sitting in a chair made for a 3 year old as I type I guess this is why my rear end is falling asleep. My knees are up to my ears!)

Oh yeah, thanks for all who voted on the pumpkins. As you can tell it was a landslide vote in favor of #2. I don't want to brag, but that would be the handy work of Noah, Jonah, and Myself!!! I guess the game is really on for next year!

**Just a side note...As you know tonight was Friday, and we were so lucky to have Jeff with us instead of out on the football field. We have enjoyed having him home so much during this football season. We have had many little celebrations as we venture into this new terrain of not coaching!!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Your vote is needed!

In the spirit of election day coming up, we need your vote. Not that Jeff and I are competitive or anything, and it really doesn't matter who wins (as long as it's me). We thought it would be fun to get others to judge our original jack-o-lantern designs. So come on cast your vote and give one of us gets bragging rights around here for the next year. You have until midnight Friday 31st to weigh in, so do it. The more votes the better! They are labeled below as #1 and #2

Pumpkin #1 ------------------------------------------------------Pumpkin #2

Monday, October 27, 2008

Halloween party

We had some of our friends over today for our annual Halloween party. As you can tell it is impossible to get everyone to cooperate! We had a great time making gargoyle bags, salt dough ghosts, and eating yummy treats. Thanks friends for playing along with us!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

My No-Bo

This afternoon I wanted to take the kids to a fall festival. After church and brunch at a friends house the little ones were wiped out, so they took a nap. L.C. decided that he did not want to go (he is such a homebody). We tried to talk him into it, but he insisted on staying home. No-Bo finally said "Let's just go without him mom. That way just you and I can hang out!" I am so glad that we did to. I seldom get to take the kids places individually. We usually split them up and take either the older two or the younger two. It was so nice to be with my little boy and see him enjoy himself. He was the one who got to make all the decisions as to what game or activity we did. Notice the level of concentration on his face doing the fishing game (for the 10th time). A lot of times he is overshadowed by his big brother, or limited by the younger two. What a great afternoon - thanks my dear No-Bo!!!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Leaping Lizzards

Check out this series of photos!

Notice the lizard running across L.C.'s shirt. We were outside talking and he was hanging on the swing set. Then he said hey look there's a lizard. Then it jumped down and sat for a minute then walked across his shirt. It is funny that he happened to have this particular shirt on when it happened. Watch how the expression on his face changes from cool to a little worry to relief!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Flower art

I had to get a picture of these amazing flowers that have taken over a part of our flower bed. I think that I planted a couple of plants last year and this is what came up this year. I was so excited because what I like best about spring is...all your perennials start coming up. I didn't even remember these were there, so this is a nice surprise for fall.

Look how tightly these are bunched together. Of course with not a whole lot new blooming right now, every flying critter was on these flowers.

These two pictures above come from my budding artist L.C. He wanted his turn with the camera, so I handed it to him and walked inside. I think he did a great job. I love the angle of the butterfly on the first one. Usually we focus on the colorful wings, but here you can see how fuzzy it is. This last picture is my favorite though, but maybe it is because he told me how he took it. He said that he laid down on the ground to make it look different. I love the blue sky, and the sun shining through the flowers. Maybe I should leave all the photography to him!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sleeping baby

You think that I would learn...Don't ever wake a sleeping baby...

...or you might end up with this...

...or this crazy girl...

...but you can always put them to work and make them do this!!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

My little pumpkins

You gotta love the wink from No-Bo!

I don't know which one I would eat up first! They are all so precious! We tried to go through the corn maze, but they are only opened on weekends, so I got these cute pictures instead!

The big fish

Sunday we went to Pickens and stayed the night at the cabin. The kids had a great time as usual playing in the creek out front. L.C. caught this fish. It was his biggest one ever caught with just a net. Did I tell you that he caught shrimp with his bare hands this summer at the beach?!

Friday, October 10, 2008

We need a new home!

Wanted: A loving family for 1 or possibly 4 kittens!!! Please take us home with you.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Rain, rain go away...

The rain didn't stop my crew. It was a great rain for another day of puddle jumping. Our backyard seems to hold a lot of water, and around the swing set it is perfect for puddle jumping. The boys had a great time, but the little ones went out long enough to get their clothes wet (all I can think of is how much laundry I will have to do).

It is hard to tell from this picture, but look at Noah's feet. You can't see them because the water comes up to mid-shin. They were a mess and freezing when finished, so they went and took a long hot shower.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

This gives me peace!

It is so nice to walk into a clean room! In case you couldn't recognize them, those would be my sofas that were once completely covered in clothes. I know they won't stay this way long as they barely did for the picture. There are also 3 loads of laundry waiting to be folded and the kids are itching to get into the playroom! Of course like I said when I work on one project everything else goes downhill, so you should see the rest of the house! At least I feel some peace when I walk into these rooms.

Saturday, October 4, 2008 laundry and mess!

This is what I have been dealing with since the consignment sale was over. Whenever I decided to take on any other project other than daily household chores everything falls apart. I have been doing laundry like a mad women and still can not catch up. Notice the 3 baskets that had yet to be folded, and I dare not mention the loads in the washer and dryer, or the 5 more that need to be done! It doesn't help that we are experiencing all different types of weather, so I am trying to get all the fall clothes washed as well.

The playroom is another story. I do have to admit that part of the mess is my fault because I dumped out all the baskets to use them at the sale. I did try to contain the mess in plastic bags and make the room off limits until I could return the baskets. That obviously didn't work long. Needless to say everything spirals from there. I have to spend a whole day cleaning this and then you know the rest...I fall behind on everything else. You don't know how many times I say "If I could only catch up, I could maintain." We'll see if that ever happens. I will have to keep you posted!!!

Oh yeah, and did I mention that Luke started playing soccer this season...and I am the coach!!! We put off playing organized sports as long as possible to keep from having to run around every night of the week. He is a natural player and really loves it. He plays with such determination and energy. It is fun to get back into coaching again, and will be good practice for me since I will be helping out girls soccer team out at the high school this year!