Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

I'm actually very excited about Halloween this year. This is a surprise because I thought it was going to be kind of a drag since Jason isn't here, but it's actually turning into a great day. I'm not even thrown off course by the fact that Hunter got up a MILLION times last night because he's so excited and then wanted breakfast at 6:30 am. I don't even care that it's raining. I want my kids to enjoy Halloween, so darn it! They will!!!
I started their day by making Pumpkin pancakes that even looked (somewhat) like little pumpkins. Then I got Hunter dressed in his costume and off to preschool for his first school Halloween party. I made some delicious pumpkin spice cupcakes for dessert tonight and will spend the rest of the day convincing the boys to nap so I can get ready for Jasons family to come over. After they get here we'll go out for some trick or treating (PLEASE RAIN....STOP!!!), have some chili dogs, carve pumpkins, toast pumpkin seeds, take a million pictures, watch a scary movie and hope that lots of little goblins and ghosts come to the door!
The only downer I see (besides the rain) is that Jason will not be here for all of this, but I'm trying not to think about it and will remember to take LOTS of pictures. (Like that's EVER been a problem for me?)


Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Last weekend when we were out on the farm we went to visit Great Grandma Gilbert. The kids loved playing in her yard and wandered around the garden picking (and devouring) the last of the raspberries and tomatoes. I captured these precious pictures of Hunter being chivalrous with his cousin Sam. I don't blame her...there's just nothing like home grown tomatoes. No salt needed.
Here is Jason and his sister Heather with the kids and "Grandma Great", as Hunter calls her.

Friday, October 24, 2008


What Should Hunter be for Halloween?
So many options...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

My sister Anjuli came to visit for the last few days. We took her to the pumpkin patch and subjected her to our fall weather and activities.

McKay loved the petting zoo, Hunter not so much.

He enjoyed other things...

We had a blast and ate way too much junk food and didn't sleep enough...

What are sisters for?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

We Love October

October fever has finally conquered me. I have succumbed to it. We are in full holiday swing around here!

Hunter LOVES his shirt. It lights up when he moves.

I don't know why, but McKay would NOT put down these tennis balls.

October also means fire prevention month. Time for a trip to the firestation! I practically had to drag Hunter out of this fire truck.

Hunter liked the fire fighters and didn't leave their sides, even during the presentation.
By the end of the day he figured they were buds.

McKay enjoyed himself too but he wouldn't wear his hat.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Gilmore Girls

I guess this is the latest kick I'm on. I know, I know, it's a little older but I kept hearing about how great it was so I started watching reruns on abc Family. (Remember I didn't have cable or satellite TV until this year.) I really liked it so my sis in law Angie lent me the first couple seasons so I could start watching it from the beginning. I love the hilarious dialogue and certain elements of it remind me of my own life! Since I'm a lonely weekday widow I've been watching a few episodes a night for the last few weeks. It's like a good book--I can't wait to see what happens next!

Anyone else a fan? (People are welcome to keep me company while I'm watching it. I've already made Angie watch some with me!)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Falling into Fall

The fall weather has arrived. I have mixed feelings about this time of year because yes, I love the holidays and cooler weather and pumpkins, school supplies, apples, baking, etc. BUT. Where has half the day gone? The darkness is coming earlier and earlier each day. I used to put the kids to bed and then go jogging or water the plants or get the mail. Now I put the kids to bed and walk out into the pitch black darkness and feel like it's not safe to leave my house. Not to mention the fact that the kids have already each caught a cold so I can't even consider having them outside. I've had to say goodbye to my morning walks, tuesday morning tennis, and afternoons at the park. Plus I can forget the babysitting at the gym if either one of them has the slightest hint of a runny nose. (They're nazis about runny noses!)

So, I'm trying to focus on the positive. On Sunday I pulled out my Halloween decorations and made a mental list of all the things that excite me about October.

*This is the one month we get to wear our Halloween T-shirts.
*I have a good excuse to buy candy.
*Multiple photo ops.
*Picking out pumpkins at the pumpkin patch.
*Cute sweater weather.
*Warm, yummy soup and hot cocoa.
Am I forgetting anything? (Lisa?)

I haven't blogged in a week because I figured nothing much happened, but that's not really true.
*My brother Raj came to visit. He was here for less than 24 hours so I failed to take pictures, but we had a good time. He works at the airport so he gets to fly standby free and just decided to pop in on Friday. Hopefull he'll come back soon!

*Tuesday was my beautiful sister Anjuli's 24th birthday. She may be coming to visit me soon too!
*I did some canning with Jasons Mom - soup and salsa.
*The missionaries came over for dinner on Saturday.
*We watched conference at home.
* It rained and we saw a rainbow! (Another plus for fall.)