Sunday, October 30, 2005

Happy Halloween!

Well, the Halloween festivities have begun! This week so far we have been to two Halloween parties and have one more party tomorrow and trick or treating tomorrow night. Nathan's Halloween pumpkin is already almost filled to the top with candy so he really doesn't need to trick or treat tomorrow night, but I want him to get to experience it at least for a while anyway! He is less than impressed with his costume though.

Last night was our church trunk or treat. We all dressed up. Nathan as Elmo for about 5 minutes before he was taking the costume off, Jack as Jack in the box for probably even less time than Nathan but at least long enough to get a couple of cute pictures. Josh was dressed as Darth Maul complete with face painted by some extremely talented makeup artist (I'll let you guess who that is) and I was a headless woman holding her own head. We had a lot of fun.

This whole week and month have been fun. I was determined to make the most of the beautiful month of October and feel like we really have. We have been to pumpkin patches, made carmel apples, carved "smoooooky pumpkins," been to Halloween parties and the only thing left is to make my Halloween pumpkin shaped sugar cookies and that is on the agenda for tonight!

A funny thing (completely un-Halloween related) happened last night. We put Nathan to bed and I went in to check on him a few hours later before I went to bed only to find him naked from the waist down! Apparently his diaper was hurting him so he decided to remove it! Suprisingly he wasn't laying in a puddle-we got lucky there! I hope he doesn't make a habit of that!

Jack's newest thing is to roll from his back to his tummy and then to get mad because he really doesn't like tummy time but doesn't know how to roll from tummy to back yet. So, we roll him back over onto his back and within a few seconds he is back on his tummy again! I guess pretty soon he will learn to roll both ways and will be able to solve the problem himself!

Well, happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Enjoying October

October is one of my very favorite months and I have been determined this year to make the most of it. We have had a lot of fun enjoying fall and I am sad that October will soon be over!

I didn't write for several weeks so there are quite a few fun things we did that never got recorded. One of the best things we did this month was our trip to the Eugter's Farm Fall Festival last Saturday. It was kind of a brisk and windy day but it was sunny so we drove about 20 minutes into the country to a little farm that has a big pumpkin patch and other fun things to do this time of year. We rode on a tractor to a pumpkin patch (we didn't get any pumpkins though because we already have so many). Then we walked through a corn maze. A corn maze is the perfect activity for a two year old because we were able to give Nathan complete control of the decisions and let him guide us through the maze! He felt so powerful and in charge. We also went to a scary silo and a haunted house. Turns out the haunted house was a little too haunted and we had to turn around immediately and come out. Nathan still talks about the monster in the spoooooooooky house who we assure him is a nice monster. Anyway, it was a really fun day.

We also went to two other pumpkin patches. One is the patch we go to every year and take pictures in the same spot. This is a fun tradition because we can see how our family is changing year after year (I attached the picture of me with the two boys-we can't get a full family one because there is never anyone around to take a pic of all of us). The other pumpkin patch was with our playgroup. This week Nathan, Jack and I also went for a leaf collecting walk. We found leaves that were green, brown, yellow, orange, red and purple. Then we glued them all to a paper plate to make a wreath. That was fun!

Just to make sure this blog doesn't make my life sound to peachy, let's just say Nathan has definitely been two this week. Picking up a whole roll of unrolled toilet paper 80 times can really test a mother's patience. Especially when he dumps that whole roll of unrolled paper into the toilet! Today I reflected on how unglamorus a mother's job is when dealing with potty issues but I will skip those details.

Jack learned to roll from his back to his tummy this week. The funny thing is that he doesn't know how to gor from tummy to back and really doesn't like to be on his tummy, so once he rolls over he gets kind of mad!

This week we have two Halloween parties (one with playgroup and then the church Trunk or Treat). I am so excited for Halloween with Nathan this year. I think he is going to have so much fun. Nathan is dressing up as Elmo and Jack is going to be Jack in the box. It should be a fun week!

Thursday, October 6, 2005

Fall is here!

A funny thing has happened this year as fall has hit. I realized that for two of the past three falls I have been sick with morning sickness and haven't really enjoyed fall all that much. So, now as the leaves start changing and the weather starts to get that nip, I am having flashbacks to feeling sick all day everyday and I don't like it! I have to move past that because usually I love fall.

The other thing about fall that I always think about is the first year that me and Josh were married. On Saturday afternoons that fall my favorite thing to do was to sit and watch a BYU football game (that was their good year) while working on a project like painting a halloween decoration. I thought to myself as I was thinking about this "man that would be nice to have the time to do something like that and sit by myself in peace on a Saturday afternoon and not have a million other things to be doing or kids to take care of" but then I thought "man I sure am glad to be at the stage of life I am in now instead." Having my two little cuties, one big cutie and a successful at home business is crazy but pure heaven as well!

This has been a really fun week. Nathan got to go to a birthday party last week (accompanied by mom and Jack of course) and that was fun for him. This week we have been doing some halloween projects and having lots of fun! We made candy corn magnets for him to give to some of his friends and yesterday we made ghosts out of twinkies covered in white chocolate chips. On Monday we also went to a petting farm where Nathan was completely uninterested in the animals but loved the huge sandbox that was filled with dump trucks and digger trucks.

One other fun thing this week-last night at dinner Nathan had Jack in stitches. All he was doing was shaking his head back and forth but Jack thought it was the funniest thing he had ever seen. Jack has only laughed like that twice when he wasn't being tickled and both times it has been for Nathan. He just loves his big brother!

Well, off to do more of the little things that I drive myself crazy and keep myself happy with! Goodbye!