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Saturday, October 30, 2010

My oops....

Even though I'm not a fan of Halloween I am ok with the kids dressing up for school events and stuff. Last week the school sent home a notice saying that the kids were to dress up like book characters for the following week. We were to send the book with the kids and they were going to have a little book parade and class party. I thought the note said Friday. It didn't. It said Thursday. I of course didn't realize this until Friday afternoon after Sam got home from school.

Sam got home and I asked him how the party was to which he responded 'mommy the party was yesterday but I had fun being a fireman today'. Well stink...I failed. I'm glad he had fun being a fireman (Todd went to the store after work on Thursday to find the jacket for us) but I was bummed that my little guy missed out on dressing up with his classmates the day before.

Oh well...guess we all make mistakes from time to time. Oh and Todd said Sophia was dressed as an 80's pop star since she was decked out with all her accessories. :)


It's no secret that I want a dog. I've wanted one for a long time. Thing is though when you are trying to plan a cross country move the last thing you need to add to the mix is a dog.

Well today while Sophia and I were out running errands we stopped by Hobby Lobby where Sophia immediately fell in love with this little puppy. She started kissing and hugging him and cried when I told her we weren't going to get him. Of course she pulled out all the stops and we wound up buying this little guy.

He is in fact adorable and the best part is we don't have to feed, walk, or house train him. Sophia is happy and hasn't let him go but for just a few seconds for me to snap this picture.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thoughts on Halloween.

I feel like the Grinch of Halloween. I just really really really don't like this holiday. It's kind of a complicated thing really.

As a kid my mom went all out for this and would get dressed up and spend time trying to figure out our costumes. However, the day always ended with my parent's fighting (I'm talking about my biological mom and step dad) and the police around. He would be drunk. We would be tired, cold, and frustrated. Not my idea of good time.

As I got older I saw that more and more women's costumes are now labeled as sexy. What's wrong with just being a normal firefighter? Why does it have to be sexy? Sorry not interested. That's just not me.

Also the idea of marching my kids around in the dark and cold just isn't something they or I want to do. I told you I'm the Grinch of the holiday.

I'm not saying that dressing up shouldn't happen. In fact Sam is dressed up for school today. They asked that the kids dress like a character from one of their books. I'm totally fine with that. The idea of pretending and wholesome fun is ok with me. It's the darker side of the holiday that I don't like.

Will I take my kids trick or treating? Nope. Did we attend a fall festival this year? Nope, but that's because we just didn't hear about them in time to plan to attend. Are we going to do some Halloween type things? Sure.

Tonight I'll carve the pumpkin with the kids. Put on Charlie Brown and Scooby doo. Light some candles and enjoy some non scary and totally comfy fun with my kiddos at home. I'm not handing out candy as my street doesn't get any trick-or-treaters anyways (last year I bought candy had my light on and everything and didn't get a single kid so this year I didn't even buy candy).

Will my mind change about the holiday as my kids get older and they understand more about what is going on? Maybe. For now though I'll just continue to be the Grinch of Halloween.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Beautiful Chaos

Plant mom bought me after I finished the Komen Race

Sam in his new bed

Sophia loves her new bed. Look at all that space.

new bed

Sam cheering me on at the 5K

Heading out the door for my first 5k

Todd trying to teach Sophia how to play

Muse concert

At the Muse Concert

So it seems I have a touch of ADD lately. I have so many projects and things going on that I have been getting overwhelmed and just plain deciding to let some things go to the way this blog. Anyways I'm going to try and get back to blogging regularly for all 2 of you that read this. lol. Actually I don't even know if anyone reads this or if I'm just doing it for myself.
Whatever the case may be. Here is what we have been up too.
*Nikki and Todd went to a Muse concert and the kids spent the night with Todd's parents

*Kids got bunk beds and we took away the baby gates for good

*We found out my bro in law and his wife are expecting a little boy on March 15th

*Todd loves to jam with the kiddos and has even tried on several occasions to start to teach them how to play guitar

*I ran my first 5k. I ran the Susan G. Komen 5K and completed it. 38 mins 20 seconds and I didn't pass out

*I spent the day uploading all my cds to Itunes and then figured out how to export it to my external hard drive (no joke it took me all day I had tons of music that was not even on my IPod yet)

*One of the cars decided to have issues so it's in the shop which worked out ok for us anyways since we decided at some point we did want to be a one car family. It just happened sooner rather than later. lol

*We have been working as a family to purge the house of stuff that we don't need or want in preparation for our move to Portland next year.

*Todd has been working as usual at Saul Good and also spending his time off researching about Portland and spending time with the kiddos.
*I'm still working part time

*The kids and I had a 24hour stomach bug. Yeah that was fun.

*We have re-arranged every room in the house I think

*Todd has made no less than 30 trips to Goodwill to get rid of stuff for me

*Kids and I played in the leaves in the back yard today

*We have been to the Farmer's market every Saturday for the last month

*We have made a weekly trip out to 1/2 price books to sell our books, records, cds we still need to go back out for another round of books, cds, board games, and possibly the gamecube and it's games.

*Learning we can live with less and be happy. More stuff does not equal happiness.
*We volunteered to host Thanksgiving or Turkey Day 2010 at our place this year. It's one of the tings I wanted to do before I was 30 and we figured this would be a good time to do it since it'll be harder to do after we move.
*I read the book The Shack (it was eh for me but if anyone really wants to talk about it let me know and I'll do a post about that)
*Sam's class went to the pumpkin patch and he had a great time
*Sophia and I have been watching Scooby Doo together on days when we haven't felt very good. She loves it and I love that she wants me to watch it with her. It's a nice change of pace from Dora and Spongebob all the time.
*We canceled the cable. Don't miss it at all. In fact we've been enjoying our stuff on dvds when we want to watch something. We haven't really watched much though. The kids play more with their toys and I've gotten to listen to more music. Not only are we saving money but everyone seems happier without the tv on all the time.
*The kids are really big into pretend play lately which is a lot of fun. Today they had a road rally in the back yard while I raked leaves.
Ok so that might be everything. I can't say for sure, but that does at least catch everyone up.