Friday, November 13, 2009

Pajama Water Party

Every night the kids take one of these filled with water to bed. Do you want to know what else these babies are great for?

Target practice!!!

She shoots...She SCORES!!! (If you can't tell, a stream of water is going into Lana's mouth.)

Or they are a lot of fun just to squirt your kids with and get them all soaked after they are all bathed and ready for bed. I always cause problems.:)

The kids all posing with their soaking wet hair and pajamas. They were so cold, but laughed so hard. They changed immediately after this was taken. I love nights like this when we laugh and goof off and do something fun and spontaneous like that just to catch the kids off-guard before bed.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Her Life of Privilege

Rylee was chosen last week to go to lunch with the mayor. In the school, a few kids are chosen to ride to the city building with the principal and have lunch with the mayor. She was so excited. She definitely lives a life of privilege eating yummy pizza...

...and drinking soda...

...for lunch. It's better than the crummy lunches she always gets from home.:)

See, she is so important that everyone wanted a picture taken with her.;) She thought it was pretty cool to get a picture with her principal, the police chief, the mayor and 'another guy who works there.'

Rylee is rubbing shoulders with the important people. And I am grateful they took the time to make her feel important.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Another Halloween Come and Gone

The kids didn't have school on Friday this past week, so we decided to make some sugar cookies. It's always a hit with the kids, but to be quite honest, it isn't a favorite of mine.

We even had a couple of extra friends join us in our cookie decorating fun. Hey, it's less for me to deal with.:)

Hayden was the only one who didn't want to decorate cookies. I guess it just didn't appeal to him to get frosting all over and eat bunches of straight sugar the way they all do.

Halloween day we carved pumpkins with the kids. This year, we had Rylee and Lana design and carve their own pumpkins.

Rylee was very serious about the whole thing. She's a perfectionist like me, unfortunately.

The girls both wanted to wear plastic gloves to get the "guts" out of their pumpkins. They say it makes their hands itchy to touch it.

Lana with her finished pumpkin. She even drew hair on it with a black crayon. She did a pretty good job for her age and considering the fact that it was her first time carving a pumpkin!

Bill and I had to take care of cleaning out and carving Hayden and Kate's pumpkins. They wouldn't even help us get the "guts" out. Common phrases heard from their little mouths while we were cleaning them out were, "Ew, that's disgusting," and "Ew gross!" Wimps.

Hayden thought it was funny to say, "You didn't tell me you were gonna kill it," from Charlie Brown. He kept saying it from the time we first cut into his pumpkin until Bill was done carving it.

Then, of course, it was time for trick-or-treating. They couldn't wait to leave. (What kid can?) But I was the mean mom that made them stop to get a few pictures taken before they left on their quest for candy.

Lana was a High School Musical cheerleader.

Kate was a princess. But if you ask Hayden what she was, he will tell you she was Baby Peach from Mario Kart. He's a little obsessed with that right now.

Hayden was Luigi. Did I mention that the kid loves Mario Kart?

Rylee was a witch. She was the only one who let me make her costume. She's a good sport to let me experiment with my lack of sewing skills on her.:)

We hope you all had a fantastic Halloween. Now we just need to figure out what to do with the tons of candy the kids brought home.;)