Sunday, October 31, 2010

A tribute to Halloween and M&M's...

The final post of October about the final day of October, 2010: 

Carvin' pumpkins!


Huggin'!

Nathan says, "whoa Daddy, that is a big un!"

Scooping out the guts....

Crying because he didn't like the pumpkin guts on his hand....

Roasting seeds...did you know pumpkin seeds are the healthiest seed out there? 
 After naps, it was time for dress up before the big tricks or treats!

Poor Evan had to endure multiple outfits...

kickin'!
 If you ever wondered what the inside of an M&M looks like, this is it: 
 Of course, I love Peanut M&M's!



My friend Melanie reminded me the other night that I never eat the blue M&M's, although, Nathan is so cute, I just  might make an exception! 

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cuteness & convos...

Nathan had such a great day at daycare yesterday - trick or treating, face painting, decorating and eating cookies, pumpkin bowling -- he came home so happy and excited!


He was so funny when I picked him up, he said, "Mom!  I got face paint - come and look in the mirror to see!"  He made me go to the bathroom to see - not realizing I already could...so cute! 

Below is what happens when you give a preschooler a combo of sugar and excitment:  JAZZ hands!



Roary was not impressed in the slightest...

We read a lot of stories yesterday, and Nathan wanted to tell Evan some, so he sat down in front of him and told him about his day and his Halloween party....

Sharing stories...


Evan is just in awe whenever his brother talks to him!


Friday, October 29, 2010

Yes....I know it isn't even Halloween yet....

but I just can't help myself!

as soon as it starts to get chilly...I want to pull out the glitter and garland...the wrapping paper and bows...the red and green sugar for christmas cookies...

I hear people at the stores saying, "Argh, Christmas stuff already!  It isn't even Halloween!"

And when I hear that, I smile and say to myself..."Christmas stuff...finally!"  Sometimes I try to convince myself that I am normal, you know, that clearly I have to start early or I would never finish, or that soon I will have to go back to work so I better get it all done now, but in all honestly, I just love it, and the sooner it begins, the better. 

These aren't even all of them....
In fact, after we got married, and I mean, the month after we got married and were moving stuff into our house in October, I said, "why put the Christmas tree away since we will have to dig it out in a month?  Let's just put it out now and be done with it."  My reasoning seemed clearly practical, but deep down inside I was giggling that I was going to have my tree up so early.  And I know my husband knew that, but didn't say a word (gotta love him)....nor does he ever complain when perhaps a wreath or two pop up in September, or I start telling him in October to "ignore boxes" and "stay out of the closet"!

So, a few packages have arrived this week, and after a trip to Kohl's and Penney's today in search of a new purse (the lining on my current purse had ripped, along with an entire bottle of formula spilled in it, so I was definately due) where I saw Christmas displays, and lights, and ornaments, and candles, I came home, turned on Elvis and Bing and Burl Ives and wrapped gifts...
lovin' ribbons, bows, and shiny stuff...



 
 
paper and boxes and tape and scissors...


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Nothing comes from nothing...nothing ever could....

45 Year Anniversary of Sound of Music...title is quote from one of my favorite songs from the musical...
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Finished this last night! 

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I got my anniversary present today...I am so excited -- I just love it!


Tina Steinberg Designs - check her out:
http://www.tinasteinberg.com/

Nathan's fingerprint....
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Other than that, we have been dealing with some bad news, well, just by dealing with it and moving on....
Classic:  Muscle poses with Daddy!

Lightnight McQueen - Kachow socks!

Playing with all new toys at once...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Quiet thoughts on a quiet evening...

I spent some time in silence today just thinking...realizing how "plugged in" lately I have been...but I think the wind howling last night and keeping me awake reminded me of how peaceful and quiet it can be...and to enjoy those moments.

Oh, it was a busy day for sure...up at 5 AM to feed the baby, get bread out to rise for lunch, bundling up two kids to take them to the doctor for back to back 7 AM appointments, only to wait for the doctor because due to the snow she was a half hour late, drop Nathan off at school, come home and clean and make lunch for four lovely ladies (and one toddler!) who were visiting Evan and I...and then the day was practically done...

and then I thought.... 

thought about going back to work *soon*, how much it has changed, and what I really want to do with the career part of my life...

thought about how much I have changed...and yet, stayed the same...

thought about how the seasons have completely changed...how after Evan was born I went to the beach on a hot summer day, and today it was snowing...

thought about how good those Glade Gingerbread candles smelled last year and how sad I was they weren't bringing them back this year...

thought about my dad and his difficult day today....

thought about my fingernails, and why I don't have any...

thought about my mom's new washing machine and how I should ask hubby if we are running low on salt..the water feels weird...

thought about Roary's tail...why is it so fluffy?  seriously? 

thought about going to the Wild Game on Saturday, and how I should seriously try to connect with Mel again tonight...

thought about my trip to Chicago coming in a few weeks, and how if the weather is like this the commute will be bad...

thought about my friend from Chicago a lot, and how different she is from another person I don't even want to call a friend anymore...and wondered about life and how it seems to favor some and not others...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Me: 1 Leaf Blower: 0

When I got up yesterday morning, I knew it was the day where the landscaping work needed to be done. 

The forecast for the rest of the week was sounding crazy:  rain, rain, wind, wind, cold, snow, sleet, and then maybe back up to 60 for the weekend....no thanks.

I went and got my Guide to Minnesota Gardening book, which I have referenced about 20 times, and went out and did some fall cleanup...the lilies got chopped, same with Shasta Daisies, Echinea (can't think of how to spell that correctly at the moment), and Black-eyed Susans (except for three which still were full of blooms)...some other plants got trimmed and I pulled out the dead and the leaves etc...etc...

Then I went and got the leaf blower...and for the life of me, I couldn't figure out how to work that thing.  There are pictorial instructions on the dang thing, but do you think that would work for me?  Nope.  So, I called hubby and he didn't answer, so I called my brother, and he told me what to do...

I was supposed to "prime" or something to the engine by pushing this red button a couple times.  It filled with gas, but it didn't make the dang thing start.  I was frickin' annoyed because all of the leaves from across the way were piled up in my landscaping and I needed this thing to work. 

So, I called up hubby again and he answered.  He tells me he never pushes the red button thingy and it always starts for him alittle on the full choke, then go to half choke and it really goes....argh...I kept asking, how many times do I have to pull that stupid cord?  I had already pulled it like 30 times trying different things.  And he says I probably flooded the engine or something by pushing that dang red button thingy. 

Even more annoyed now.  I put the thing down and went and tended to the roses.  Then I went and got a rake, and I started raking. 

I went back to the leaf blower, determined not to let that stupid thing beat me.  I put the thing at half choke, left it on the ground, put my foot on it, and started pulling the cord.  I think I pulled it about 10 times and then I heard something!  I just kept pulling and pulling it and FINALLY the stupid thing started up.
Oh man, did it stink at first...clearly I had done something wrong...too much gas or priming or whatever...but once it burned that out, it was fine. 

I would go take pictures of my fine work...but it is Winnie the Pooh blustery out...so no thanks.  I am staying in today.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Nathan!

We decided we wouldn't have a big party or anything for Nathan..just do things together as a family for his birthday...so, on Saturday morning we packed up and headed to Choo Choo Bob's.  Then it was off to Party City for a balloon, and then he picked strawberry cake for his birthday cake at Cub Foods...


On our way with sucker on his face

Playing!

Evan just relaxed in his carseat...



When we got home, we played with chalk...as you can see!  Chalk Butt!

Huggin'!

Nathan got to pick out whatever ballon he wanted...


We grilled chicken and bread, had salad and carrots

Nathan put the candles on the cake himself, can you tell?

Three years has flown by!

Evan gave him this....

A happy day!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Leafy laughter!

On Thursday I felt like I needed to be a better parent.  So I was. 

First I took the kids to Fleet Farm to see their "Toyland"...it was always so much fun looking at toys when I was little...Nathan loved it too...

He was so funny - he kept asking why things were out of place and then he would put them back...

Trying out the sleds....
 After our visit there, we went to the park at the elementary school, but Nathan had to go potty right away, so we left and "broke" into Grandma's house which was close by...of course, while we were there, we had to go outside and play in the leaves. 

Nathan giving Evan kisses!


Windy and fun!


 Since Daddy was out for the evening, Nathan and I splurged and got Taco Bell.  He really wanted to eat at the Taco Bell though, and was disappointed we didn't.  He said, "But Mom, they have tables in there you can sit on..."
Our picnic party
 Then it was time for bed...but Nathan didn't have much for a bed since I washed all his sheets that day.  He helped me carry the basket upstairs to make his bed...


Then he sat in the basket afterwards...which reminded me of this picture below...man how three years have flown by!


Nathan - four months old