Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween 2010

First order of business today was jack-o-lantern carving!

The kids have decided for the past couple of years that they’d rather draw and carve their own faces than use those pattern books.
Thank God, because those things are exhausting. And the kids do a great job on their own anyway…
See what I’m sayin?
Not too shabby ;)

My husband worked hard all day on getting his strategically placed smoke machine to have the right effect.
The smoke was supposed to slowly roll down the front steps, and when the wind wasn’t blowing it looked awesome!
Plus, he did a great job as always of decorating our lawn with the “haunted graveyard”.

Then it was time…

Every year we trick or treat with Kristen (Sammi’s BFF) and her brother Alex, who is in the same grade as David.

It was really cold out, much colder than any Halloween in recent memory. I think it was in the mid-30s.
At about 7:30, when it started hailing, David said “what are the clouds THINKING?!” and announced he was going home.
We took the boys home and the girls stayed out a little longer…

I can’t believe how old they are getting!

Once we were all home, the kids watched Garfield’s Halloween special, had some candy, and went to bed at nine.
I hate when Halloween falls on a school night. Although, that did give Jeff & me a chance to watch some of Ghost Hunter’s Live, which was filmed right in my hometown this year! Considering how the TAPS members talked so much about how cold it was in Buffalo tonight (more great press for a city that already gets a skewed rap for its weather), I hope their trip here was worthwhile and that the ghosts gave them some good evidence…some really creepy EVPs or something. But the scariest part of Halloween this year was trying to determine what things in David’s very full treat bag were going to be safe for him to eat. Thankfully, a friend of mine pointed me to a great website/blog with a very handy and thorough list of allergen information on almost every candy known to man. And I was surprised that I didn’t have to swap out all that much candy. Only 23 pieces, which were mostly things that stated they are “manufactured in a facility that also processes tree nuts”. Turns out that Halloween with tree-nut allergies isn’t so bad after all!
Just kidding


Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Great Pumpkin Farm

Every October, we take the kids to the Great Pumpkin Farm to pick out their perfect jack-o-lantern pumpkins.
They love it there almost as much as I do. It makes for some amazing, Halloween-y, autumn-y photo ops :)

We kinda waited ‘til the last minute this year because there was so much else going on this month. It was freezing today, and soooo windy! But the kids had a great time. With David’s EpiPen on hand, we had cider and donuts and went on the hayride. It actually ended up being a hayless ride in a wagon pulled by two horses, but it was still great.
I’m happy to say that I’m finally getting better with my Mother’s Day present – my Nikon CoolPix S4000 :)
And my kids humor me so nicely, letting me be the mamarazzi they have come to know and love…



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A penny for your thoughts?

My son walked into the living room tonight, holding a penny in his hand and looking a tad upset.

"Um, Mama? I was showing Sammi how I can make a penny spin on its side, and I dropped it in the bathroom sink on accident and it went down the drain, and so I was wondering if maybe I can replace that penny with this penny…?”

My husband got up to inspect the bathroom sink and said he was going to have to get the penny out of there or the sink will clog. At this point, my son burst into tears and when we asked him what was wrong he wailed “I just feel like I’m in trouble!”. My husband reassured him that he wasn’t in trouble, but he needs to keep pennies away from the sinks from now on… I said “thank you for being honest and letting us know about it, buddy”, and he sobbed “you’re welcome” as he trudged to his bedroom, dropped the penny he’d been holding into his piggy bank, and then plopped on his bed and continued to cry. Then it clicked in my brain at the same time as it did in my husband’s – he said “Wait a minute David – did you mean that you want to give Mommy & Daddy a penny from your piggy bank to replace the one that went down the drain??” David nodded sadly and said “yes”…I melted as I realized – he felt guilty and wanted to pay us back for the penny that he dropped down the drain! You see, he’d found that penny on the kitchen table, and he knew it didn’t belong to him…

We told him to keep his little pennies in his piggy bank. It wasn’t a big deal.

What a sweet, and honest, little boy we have.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Flashback ~ Fall Festival

Sammi went to school today because her eyes were fine this morning. But after school when Jeff gave her her eye drops, she couldn’t resist rubbing her eyes and she scratched the inside of one of her lower lids and drew a little bit of blood :( She cried pink tears for a minute - which he said really freaked her out. He had her lay down for a while with an ice pack and let her watch iCarly (I love that show!) to help cheer her up. She was having the worst day ever. When I got home from work, she greeted me at the door and I couldn’t believe what I saw – her eye was SO swollen. She no longer looked like she had pink eye – it looked more like she had been punched in the eye. The swelling went down after a while, so we had them put on their costumes and we went to the Fall Festival for a little while. She did manage to have fun and enjoy some of the yummy treats with David and some friends.
Sammi is a werewolf (2nd year in a row) and David is the Grim Reaper

We love Halloween
To me, this is the best time of the year!

And for my Friday Flashback, here is a picture of Sammi & her BFF at the Fall Festival when they were in Kindergarten.
Five years ago!
Today they’re twice this size and still the best of friends!
(she’s up in that first picture in the post with Sammi tooPointing up)
Friday Flashback ~ October 2005

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Still healing

imageSamantha woke up this morning with a nasty eye again
I’m starting to wonder if these drops might not be doing the trick. So she stayed home from school one more day. She actually cried because she wanted to go to school. What a great kid! Tonight when she went to bed she seemed good, except her main pink eye eye is pretty raw around the outside from her constant rubbing and wiping with the tissues. She just can’t seem to stop wiping it, it’s driving her nuts. She’s like that about things – she has an issue with comfortableness (is that a word?). If something on her body is not fitting right, feeling right, laying right, too small, too big, etc… it drives her CRAZY and she cannot stop messing with it. David’s like that too.
They get that from their Daddy.
Rolling on the floor laughing
Love you, babe!

So, once again – as long as she’s alright in the morning, she’s going to school. Because like I said yesterday, she’s not contagious anymore. She’s gonna be buried in homework and I’m afraid she’s going to miss the fall festival tomorrow night! This is her last year at the Elementary School so we really hope she can go and enjoy this last one (even though we’ll still be going to them for the next four years with David) But this is HER last year as a student there, so it’s the principle of the thing…so here’s hoping. I just want everyone to be healthy again!!

Oh, and before I forget I want to wish a very Happy 7th Birthday to my adorable niece, Olivia!
Not that she will ever see this. Oh well, Happy Birthday sweetie!
img via weheartit

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Going back to the scene…

David’s class went on a walking field trip to get ice cream at Anderson’s today.
They got to tour the inside of the store, learn a little about how the workers make and serve the ice cream for their customers, and then the kids got to have a small cone with some festive, autumn-colored sprinkles. I of course was paranoid and watched him like a hawk because Anderson’s is where we unexpectedly discovered he has a severe allergy to tree nuts. Yeah, that’s a blog post that has yet to be written. He is severely allergic to certain kinds of tree nuts, some of which are included in the “mixed nuts” Anderson’s uses for their hot fudge sundaes. Last May we found out about the allergy the hard way when he took one bite of a sundae, said it was “spicy”, and then over the next half hour proceeded to go into anaphylaxis. It could have been much worse, but it was very scary, and it was a night I will never forget. So today I stayed right behind him as he toured the store and I practically sat nose to nose with him as he ate his ice cream cone, making sure he didn’t have any problems. We took his school EpiPen with us just in case, and before he ate anything we made sure with the workers that the sprinkles never get mixed with or even get close to the mixed nuts. I am very happy to say that despite my Mommy paranoia, everything went well and he had a great time on his field trip with his little first grade friends and his faaaavorite teacher. He LOVES his teacher this year!

Meanwhile, Samantha stayed home again today to recover from her pink eye. She had a fever and sore throat earlier too, which thankfully have now gone away. I really thought she was coming down with something more, but we’re hoping to send her to school tomorrow as long as her eyes look ok in the morning. She shouldn’t be contagious anymore. Sadly, she missed musical rehearsal today. I’m hoping her awesome music teacher won’t hold it against her!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Birthday Month

There are SO many birthdays that our family celebrates in October! First there’s my Mother, then my husband’s Grandmother and my brother-in-law’s girlfriend, and then our niece Olivia’s big day is right after theirs! Plus the kids were invited to a total of four friend birthday parties this month too. I honestly think October might be the most expensive month of the year…well, besides December of course. Anyway last night we celebrated Grandma Terry’s and Maria’s birthdays at my in-laws house with some delicious homemade lasagna! I really should get that recipe from my mother-in-law!
The night started out with my son telling everyone all about his new imaginary friend. I’ll save that story for another time. It’s really bugging me, although I’m told it shouldn’t because apparently it runs in the family. lol

The kids helped Grandma Terry & Maria blow out their candles. My poor little guy couldn’t have any cake, once again, because of the possibility of cross-contamination with tree nuts. It’s really such a shame that he has to miss out on so many treats now. But he’s kind of gotten used to it and he doesn’t even complain anymore. And he could have some of the ice cream, so that made him happy :)

We hope you both have a great actual Birthday on Monday!

And we’ll all be back here in one week to celebrate Olivia’s Birthday.
Yes Grandma & Grandpa are hosting that party as well, because David can’t go to Uncle Joe’s house since he has a cat…allergies really bite the big one!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ladies Man

Today my little boy went to a birthday party for one of his little school friends…

A very girly bday party.

He is very well-liked by the girls.

He really was being chased around by them the whole night… 
He tried to get a break from them for a few minutes.  
He “hid” on one of the benches, hoping to go unnoticed for a little while…
…it didn’t last long.
He got frustrated with me at this point because I really wanted a picture of him and his one “girlfriend” back there. lol, I know I’m bad. But he did have a good time.
And I can’t blame the girls, I can’t stay away from him either ;)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

It’s a Mommy Date!

Every now and then, the kids and I go on a “Mommy Date”. We got the idea from the wonderful book “Let’s go on a Mommy Date”, by Karen Kingsbury. The idea is to spend quality time doing something fun together, regardless of how much or how little money we may have to spend, just enjoying each other’s company and making memories. Most of the time the kids get to decide what we will do for the day. Today they decided they wanted to take a walk to the playground and have a picnic…we brought Layla along for the fun too. I am of course ALWAYS armed with my camera on Mommy Dates, so here are some photos from our day…