Monday, October 31, 2011

The first in a 15 part series...

Nah, it won't be that bad, but let the Halloween blogging begin.  We'll start with the stuff no one cares about (i.e. no pictures of kids in costumes).

This year the kids each picked out and designed their own jack o' lanterns.  Eric was the architect, but a brief mention here is the only credit he'll ever get.  Which brings us to my attempt at documenting the kids with their pumpkins.

They decided they wanted to make faces to match their pumpkins...Maggie is on board:

No one is on board:

Amos is on board, Maggie is mid-flight:

 Amos has finally got it, and Maggie is missing altogether:

And, finally, both making the face, but blocking their pumpkins:


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A party with friends

 Saturday we had the BEST birthday party ever.  It is the first party I've let the kids control.  It was hard for me, but those apples didn't fall far from the tree-they did a great job party planning.  The party was an actual kid party, and Amos and Maggie compiled the guest list.  They invited all of their "best friends."

I did choose the location, but I am sure if given the choice, they would choose Jumpin' Jacks too.  We picked the jungle room for their party, so we ran with the jungle theme.  Perfect for boys an girls!  All of the kids loved the animals.

First things first, the invitations:

We attached them to jungle chia pets we found at the Target dollar spot, and voila! Perfect.  All the kids loved their new pets, though I think the moms could have done without the non-washable paint. China.

As for the party room, it looked like this:

And, then there were the party people:

I can't believe how well all of the kids got along.  They had so much fun together and everyone was so well behaved (the only whining came from the Horne kids).  Some final miscellaneous pictures:

It was a great day, and I am so grateful we were able to share it with such good friends.  And Amos was glad his friends were there.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

How old are you?

Today we had our jungle party at Jumpin' Jacks for Amos and Maggie's birthdays.  Full blog is forthcoming.  Until then, I want to share this series. Courtesy of Nan.  The birthday kids telling us how many they are:

Yeah, Mags needs to work on that one a bit.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Down on the Farm

Saturday we took the kids to Hee Haw Farms.  While Eric and I were dating, I did a story on "Hee Haw Farms" and their 1200 lb pig that had just had babies (you know, back when I was a serious journalist).  So, I guess that's how we knew about Hee Haw.  Who knew all those years ago that doing that story with Eric pretending to be my cameraman would eventually lead us to being there with our three kids?  I distinctly remember trying to get the little kid animal train to run perfectly through the background of my stand up.  This time, it was trying to get a perfect shot of my own kids in the train.

Aside from the train, the kids had a ball.  Amos must have gone on the big slide about 600 times.  He could do it totally independently, so it was fantastic to watch him go up and down, around and around, again and again.  He'd barely hit the bottom and he'd be up, running to the top again.

Amos wasn't the only one who like the slide:

 The corn box was also a hit.  The kids played forever in the corn, burying themselves, making snow angels, and in Audrey's case, having a snack.  I have to say I loved it, because it is SO much cleaner than sand.  We need to get one of those.  In fact, they need to turn all beaches into one of those.

We went to Hee Haw to get pumpkins, but we couldn't pull the kids away from the other activities long enough to make it to the pumpkin patch.  I guess that's a success, and now we still get to go to the pumpkin patch another day.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Workin' with a girl on your lap

Today when Dave got home Amos said, "Dada-AVE!"  Since then, it's been shortened to "Dad-ave."

The other day, Dave was sitting at the counter working on his laptop.  Amos is constantly trying to talk Dave out of working and into playing with him, so Dave working at the counter is a "fair" compromise.  It's not actually fair to Dave, but he's a good sport.  I will go on record, if/when he decides to settle down he is going to make a great husband and dad.

Anyway, not only was Dave trying to work with Amos talking his ear off, but Mags decided she needed to be on his lap.  She climbed up on his lap with her laptop and they "worked" side by side.

Pretty adorable.  The kids are constantly telling people, "We have a Dave." Next thing I know Amos will be asking to take him in for show-n-tell. Eric is not the only one who is going to have a broken heart when Dave moves out...


Yesterday Amos, my toothache, and I went on Amos' first field trip.  Looking at the pictures, I realize it was a great time, but I don't remember it feeling that way =(  Amos had a blast though, and that's what matters.  We went to Pumpkinland in Orem.

Pumpkinland is a really neat place with tons to see and do.  There is a fun corn maze, lots of animals, a play area, and not to mention pumpkins, lots and lots of pumpkins!

The best part of the field trip for me was watching Amos interact with his friends.  It was really cute, and sorta've sad.  He's getting so big.  I am not his only friend anymore.

It was a great Amos/Mama date.