Friday, November 11, 2011

more halloween

Alex's costume was easy. All you need for Calvin is a striped red shirt and some messy hair. We even found a stuffed tiger that looked Hobbes-ish. We tried to spray Alex's hair yellow but it turned out green. This was the day of his school carnival.

Ben wanted to be Superman. Also easy. I don't love store bought costumes but this one looked better and was probably just as cost effective as if I had made it.

Charlie wanted to be a pirate. We already had the costume from when Alex was his age. But, he didn't want any facial hair or accessories. Even easier. Here he is at his preschool Halloween party.

For Wesley I pulled out an owl costume I had made for Ben when he was a baby. It wasn't in great shape but I've learned that whatever the little ones wear will be pulled off and/or stained so I think it was our best option.

The whole gang at the church Trunk or Treat.

We also took another trip to the pumpkin patch with the whole family this time.

And here are the boys with their pumpkin designs. I attempted to carve an owl for Wesley's pumpkin. Ryan helped carve the other three and had the seeds in the oven before I was done carving.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Friday night Ryan and I went to see the local community college's production of The Drowsy Chaperone. We decided kind of at the last minute to dress in character. What made the decision for me was when I saw that Target had a whole rack of these cloche hats. I even attempted pin curls in my hair. Everyone who came in costume was entered to win prizes. We didn't win (which was fine because I don't know what we would have done with 30 pounds of espresso beans), but I have to say it was a fun era to be in for a night.

Saturday night we went to Ryan's sister's annual Halloween party. Ryan's siblings and their spouses all came as characters from Spaceballs. Here were our characters:

I didn't get a picture of the whole group of us but I hope I can have someone send me one. Because you just don't get the whole effect with just Yogurt and Lord Helmet.

pumpkin patch

Charlie's preschool class got to go to the pumpkin patch. He loved it, of course, and I got some of the usual photos. (Both Alex and Ben went on the same field trip when they were in preschool). It was on this day that I discovered that the lens cover on our camera doesn't always open completely.

a painting by Charlie

This depicts a knight (in blue) fighting a dragon (in green). The smoke from the dragon breathing fire is above, and the blood is from when the knight stabbed the dragon's wing so he couldn't fly.

stuff I made

Since we just surpassed one year of living in our current house, we recently made more of an effort to get some things up on the walls. So I made these profiles of the boys. Maybe profiles are a trend that is fading away, but I liked the look of this plywood version.

I also wanted to try my hand at paper cutting, hence these:

Then I made these cards to donate to a ward auction:

So I guess I can be productive when I really want to be. It doesn't happen very often.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ryan is doing the news again.

(Sorry, you'll have to click on the link. I couldn't figure out how to embed it from the site.)

It's a little five minute newscast for a local TV station. He does it Monday through Thursday.
It just started a couple of weeks ago, and it's probably a little premature to post anything about it until they get things running smoothly, but the bat story was just too good.

Wesley is two.

Wesley turned two on September 24th. He had a pretty low key birthday. We did a Yo Gabba Gabba cake and got together with some family to celebrate his and his cousin's birthdays. He also got a little hockey set, some books, and a little motorcycle. All things that he enjoys.

Some of his favorite phrases lately:
hockey puck
There he is! or, There it is!
Yeah! (it's really the tone of it, hard to convey here.)

Other things he's doing lately:
barking, meowing, hissing like a snake
singing the theme song to Superman.
singing "Allelujah, Allelujah" from All Creatures of our God and King in the style of Mr. Bean
rubbing his belly button
rubbing the top of his ear

the wedding

The bride and groom. They are very good looking, but you probably can't tell from my blurry pictures.

My sister and one of her boys. That is chocolate milk, by the way.

In this shot: all three brothers, one brother in law, one niece, three nephews, one sister, hugs.

Joel and his pals engrossed in conversation with my nephew.

Joel and his pals laughing at . . .? Josh's backside? One of my kids tripping on the muddy grass? It's a mystery.

My mom.

I don't know what was so amusing about this fountain.

More family standing around.

When I saw a thumbnail of this picture I didn't realize that wasn't Ryan's arm.

The only picture I took at the reception.

As usual I wasn't too stellar at taking pictures, partly because I figured we'd have some of the professional ones with all our family in them. But the photographer's cameras were stolen later that day. Sorry I don't have any of Dad or Shannon or half of Jeremy's family.
Despite the theft (my sister's wallet was also stolen a few days earlier) and the rain (it is Portland, so I think that was kind of expected), it was a lovely wedding.
Now I just need to post the video of my nephew dancing at the reception.