Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat

Another Halloween night has come and gone. This will be something I am going to miss the most when my boys grow older. Just typing it makes me sad. We got a flier last week saying that our neighborhood was going to do it on Sunday. Someone on our home owner's board thought Charlestown was doing it on Sunday and by the time they found it was tonight it was too late to change. We thought about going out but really wanted to do it on Halloween night. We ended up staying home, roasting marshmallows, and handing out candy. We did walk over to our neighbors house, Marsha and Randy, to get candy. That is why you see Cooper eating an air head. Tonight we went to Steve's parents for dinner and trick or treat. These boys ate us all under the table, it was pancakes and sausage after all.

How cute!!!!

I wish I could have gotten a better picture, they were swinging.

We got lots of good candy, I'll have to try and keep myself away.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Really Good Day

I'd like to start out this post by saying Steve headed out bright and early, there was no bright about it. He was up and at em before the boys woke up and they wake up early. He headed up to Bloomington for the IU game with his brother. I usually dread these Saturdays, weekends are family time. This time I was looking forward to it. Our weeks are so busy during the day that I was looking forward to a day with my boys. After he left he texted me to say Scott had left us some donuts on our garage step. Once the boys woke up we wasted no time digging on. Yummy yummy, Jeff's Bakery.

Cooper and Cameron can fight like no one's business, yet Cooper loves to share his food. Nothing like being double fisted with some donuts.

I put Cameron down for a nap after lunch so Cooper and I settled in for some Candyland. I had it handed to me the first game but came back with a vengeance on the second game. Find it funny Cooper seems more excited about me winning. You will also notice how both my boys have either Christmas pj's or t-shirts on. That's how we roll!

I was getting ready so Cooper decided to try on some shoes. First up boots, second heels.

Now you can't expect me to go the whole day without some sort of plans, right? Tracey's sister is the PTO president at New Washington Elementary and today was their fall festival. I picked up my mom and we headed up. It was a ton of fun. Cooper wanted to shoot basketball so bad. There were long times at the beginning but after we ate we were able to try it out. They let the little kids climb inside to shoot. The only problem with that is Cooper treated it like a bouncy house.

This is the best I could get of his pumpkin.

I had left my phone in the car and missed getting a picture the first time he rode the pony. There were more clouds the second time and I couldn't get a good picture. It's dark but you can see how happy he looks. I love it!

Most days Cooper still takes a nap, he clearly need them. He didn't take one today because it didn't fit into the schedule of going to the fall festival. I'd like to also note he never and I mean NEVER falls asleep in the car anymore. Not in like 2 years. Imagine my surprise when about 5 minutes after leaving my mom's house I see this. Craziness! The funny part is he had a cup of water with him and he kept drinking it while half asleep.

Steve got home just before 7:00 and the boys were wound up. I guess so, they took naps in the car at 6:00! Our night ended fun by playing and watching a good night show. A really good day!

School Work

Cooper doesn't bring home a lot of school work home, I think they keep it for the memory box. He did bring this sheet home this week, I was amazed. He hasn't always been the best at coloring. I thought his tracing was pretty good too. Of course what do I know, I'm going to be proud no matter what.
Speaking of school, he got to wear his costume on Thursday and take in treat bags. Of course I took pictures of us making the treat bags, and carving a pumpkin that night.....but I broke our camera! Yup, that is the second camera I broke this year. This picture and other pictures from here on out will be coming from my phone.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Peeps Halloween Party

This morning was our annual Peeps Halloween party at church. Each year it keeps getting better and better. Our early childhood director, Jennifer, does a great job! I had to run to Target before the party so I was the mom pushing around two pirates at 10:30 am on a Wednesday morning.
First up was a photo opportunity with the scarecrow. These are from my camera, Angie, one of Jennifer's helpers took better ones. They were for an activity later.

While we waited for everyone to arrive the kids got to do some pumpkin painting. Give my kid an hour and he would have had every single pumpkin painted from top to bottom.

She also had some face painting. Cooper got a pirate mustache and beard.

Once all the kids arrived we did trick or treating around the staff offices. I made sure to get a picture of the big man, our senior minister Dave Hasting. He rocks!

It didn't take long to break into the candy. I don't think I would ever given Cooper a chocolate bar at 13 months, obviously things have changed in the past 4 years.

We had a fun lunch of lightening bolt chicken nuggets and pumpkin shaped Jello jigglers before moving on to more fun int the gym. Isn't he the most adorable pirate ever?

Next up was the pumpkin shaped pinata. I was so proud of Cooper today. He was sitting behind most of the other kids so I knew he would be last to go. Jennifer let everyone take two swings. It came down to the the little girl before him, she takes a swing and bam.... candy and prizes go everywhere! He looks at me with the saddest face and says, "I wanna do it". I was prepared for a meltdown! Jennifer looked at me and mouthed I'm sorry. I felt so terrible for him. He handled it well which is why I was so proud. I know how it feels to be the shy kid who sits back and sometimes misses out on things. I'll have to man up and by a pinata for some random reason.

He wanted me to take our pictures with these glasses on, he remembered doing 2 years ago. Crazy memory this kid.

Jennifer hung the top half of the pinata back up for him and let him take a few swings.

Finally they all got a card with their picture from earlier inside and they got to decorate a ghost on the outside. Our best Halloween party yet. I am already sad that next year Cooper will be in the preschool on Wednesday's and we will most likely miss out. There are quite a few kids that are the same age/grade level as Cooper so she already said if too many have to drop out due to preschool she will change the day of the week. I sure hope so!

Breakfast of Champions

Trick or Treat at Kindred

You are going to have to bear with me this year, we have lots of Halloween activitys planned. I was going to try and condense my posts, but what fun is that?

First up was the annual trick or treat at Kindred Sellersburg Health & Rehab. It's always fun to go and see the residents handing out candy, especially the ones that Steve works with. I can't believe this is our 4th year going.

I introduce you to the two cutest pirates ever! I even joined in on the fun this year and doesn't Cameron looked thrilled to be wearing an eye patch?

I love this picture! Looks like he could be say Argggg, Matey!

Cooper insisted on finding somewhere to sit and eat a piece of candy. We had to do this last year to feed Cameron, I guess it's part of our tradition now.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Grammie's Fall Festival

Tracey's parents host a fall festival for their church every year around Halloween. Tracey has mentioned it to me several times but we always have a family party the same evening. This year I broke tradition and went to the fall festival instead. It sounded much more family friendly. Tracey's mom is known as Grammie and when I told Cooper that is where we were going he immediately asks if we are going swimming. I guess that is what we did last time we were there.
Wanna know something awesome? They have a chili and dessert judging contest. Guess who won the 2nd place dessert contest? ME!!!! Tracey beat me out for first. We are probably the two most non-cooking girls you will ever meet. She used her grandmother's recipe and I used none other than Betty Crocker.
When I say this was much more kid friendly I mean they had one of these and that is my kid up there. I thought for sure he would be scared since it's so big. I lost count how many times he went up and down.

They also had hayrides and another ride similar to the cow train from Montgomery Farms. Another picture from Instagram, isn't he the sweetest thing ever?

Thanks for having us Tracey! Cooper loved it!

Montgomery Farms

We headed out this morning to our 2nd annual trip to Montgomery Farms. We had a busy day so we arrived right at opening. Our first stop were the animals. Some workers were out doing the morning feed, Cooper got to throw an apple to the pigs. They had a super cute baby pig! Steve couldn't remember if they had the animals out last year. How could he forget the goat attacking the empty Big Red can? I remember having a 3 week old wishing I had that can of Big Red for my caffeine fix. You are going to have to bear with me. I had to throw some pictures in of last year for comparison. October 2010- 2 years and 11 months.

October 2011- 3 years and 11 months I wish I could have gotten them in the same spot. I know he has grown more than it looks.

This is funny, the first is from last year and the second from this year. I have almost the same exact expression.

This is how Cameron spent our entire trip last year.

Oh my sweet baby boy! Where has time gone? This year he was all about the corn bin.

I had no idea that Steve was taking this picture. It looks like I am doing some crazy Olen Mills pose.

Cooper was talking about this corn bin all week but wasn't as interested today. He was more excited about the mini corn maze. But guess what- they didn't have it. It looked like they maybe tried to make one but the weather didn't cooperate and the corn wasn't right. I don't know. They didn't have the adult one either, which we wouldn't have done anyway. I just felt they didn't have as much in the playground this year.

After some play time and snacks enough people have arrived that we could take the hayride to the pumpkin patch.

Cameron was so not into the hayride. At one point he just laid down in the hay. They have the cutest dog that followed the tractor all the way to the pumpkin patch and back. That's a true farm dog, never leaving the owner.

Before heading home we got to do the one thing Cooper was asking about all day; the cow train.

See this picture? Somehow he went from this..... to this. I have no idea how he slid down. We could hardley see him.

If you look close all you can see is this little toboggan in the distance.

We made a quick stop back past the animals before heading out. Cameron was fast asleep before we made it out of the parking lot. If was a fun start to a busy day! Have I mentioned how much I LOVE fall?