Tuesday, November 29, 2011

No Two Snowflakes Are Alike

Jake came home from school today all prepared to teach us how to make snowflakes.  I have been wanting to incorporate some fun winter/Christmas crafts into our holiday celebrations, so I was more than happy to let him lead the way.  

 teaching brother

 determined Petunia
 she held her mouth like this every time she was concentrating on cutting - somewhere in my mothers photo archives there is a picture of me in a pink leotard on the uneven bars doing just the same thing with my mouth.

 ignore my ghetto burned out light bulb
 Jake hung them all around the house for us, kicking off our holiday decorating night
I love these reflected in the window


Saturday, November 26, 2011


This weekend was one of the nicest we've had in a while - clear, sunny, and dry.  What better time to finally get the yard in shape after weeks and weeks of rain?
Jake is so like me - he loves yard work, especially when we are all out there doing it together.  He actually said, "Lets get this party started!"

 This was all I could get of Brian when I told him I needed to take his picture.  He said I should take a picture of his boots I had stolen, and was wearing...
 So I did!  I love them, even if they are 4 sizes too big.  I think that's what I love about them.  I had to get rid of my cute lime green ones because they made my feet claustrophobic.  True story.
This is Austin's idea of yard work.  A nice rousing game of mini Frisbee.
and this is Leah's - teaching herself how to scale the chain link fence.  Which she did.  Successfully.  About 3 times before we sent her inside.

Finished product.  Nothing makes me feel better than a clean yard.  Just in time to put up Christmas lights!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Family Pumpkin Patch Trip and Pumpkin Painting (and my 100th post!!)

Being on crutches through the middle of October put us a little behind on our Halloween activities.  We didn't actually get out to the pumpkin patch as a family until the 29th!  Regardless, the kids had a blast.  

 she doesn't look it, but Petunia was quite excited - all week she kept saying, "first the pumpkin patch then trick or treat!"

 Angry bull faces

 this picture is funny because at the time I took it, Austin was declaring his ability to talk to pigs and was snorting at them
 dancing on top of hay bales to fiddle music
 corn maze wanderer

 this one is for my dad

 just sure she needed her own wheelbarrow

 the Mendoza's came along for the activities

 Because of our late outing, we didn't get pumpkins until they were well picked over.  The ones we chose were small, but perfect for the kids to tote their own.  I had been thinking about painting instead of carving this year, one because my kids love to paint, and two, because I loathe carving.  I also was a little leery of what we might find carving into pumpkins not picked until the end of the month, so painting it was.

 Austin did this bat free hand!
 finished product
my "art deco" pumpkins.  they actually looked really cool and I am going to do several next year in varying fall colors.  Austin didn't understand "art deco" and wanted to know what they were supposed to be.  I told him the gray one was a ghost pumpkin, and he was satisfied.