Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins

We did a few Halloween activities this past week which are putting us in the mood for Halloween this coming week!  Well, most of us.  One of the people in our house is a fuddy duddy.

I started last week out bright and early at the hospital.  I did another meeting talking to the NICU nurses – at 7am!  I must be crazy.  After the meeting I went over to school and waited for Drew to get there with the kids.  He had gotten them up and ready for school – but he refuses to do Lindy’s hair.  And she needs her hair pulled up every school day.  She has enough trouble seeing as it is.  It’s only worse when her hair is falling in her eyes.  So I met up with them and pulled her hair up real fast and took them to school.  I ended the night at the hospital as well.  I had a family advisory council meeting at 6pm and then I snuck out at 7pm to do my last meeting with the last set of NICU nurses.  I came back to the first meeting until it was over a little around 8:30pm.  Long day!

The rest of the week was much quieter.  Friday night we ate dinner at IHOP – a family favorite.  Ever since I introduced Will to French toast – he gets it whenever someone has it.  I have to say – it’s my favorite breakfast food, too. 

Saturday was another bright and early morning as we had our last March for Babies walk of the year in High Point.  It just happened to be the coldest temperatures we’ve seen this fall, too.  I was in the car at 5:30am and it was COLD!  Luckily I ended up with an inside job of creating a balloon arch – my first ever.  I was outside for the registration and start of the walk and then went back inside to count money.  Chilly, chilly, chilly.  We got back to the office and got everything unloaded and I got back home around 3:30pm. 

The kids had a fun day while I was away.  Drew took them up to the church bazaar for a little while in the early morning.  They came home and Aunt Jamie and Molly came over to get them to take them to a play.  The second and last for Lindy but the first for Will.  They saw the Very Hungry Caterpillar.  From what I hear they liked it and Lindy did much better.  Jamie said it wasn’t as loud and the characters were all big and easier for her to see. 

They got back home and had some lunch before heading out to the first birthday party of the school year.  It was for a boy in Lindy’s class and it was at a local YMCA.  Drew took Will with him and he ended up getting to play as well.  Drew said most all of the kids from her class were there.  They got home and we rested for just a little bit before heading over to Ed and Jamie’s house. 

Drew and I were invited to a murder mystery dinner party and Ed and Jamie were going to watch the kids for us.  The party was set in 1939 and Drew was assigned the role of a guitarist in a band and I was his adoring, stripper girlfriend. ha ha ha.  I thought the party was great fun.  I got a long dress from my boss at work and Jamie did my hair up.  We didn’t know most of the people at the party so I thought it was easy to stay in character!  We got a clue when we first walked in the door and my main role was to gush about my boyfriend and pick fights with girls who tried flirting with him.  The funny part was the lady whose main job was to flirt with him was about 55 years old.  ha ha!  The couple that did the party decorated their house like you wouldn’t believe.  It was amazing.  After hearing the finale (neither Drew nor I were the murderer or a victim) we headed to pick up the kids.  They were sleeping when we got there and had to load them in the car and get them home. 

This morning we had church and then it was about getting things done this afternoon.  We did take time to carve our pumpkins.  The kids enjoyed it a lot.  I have an app on my phone that lets you ‘carve’ pumpkins.  It has tons of choices for eyes, mouths, and noses.  Before we carved I looked through it with the kids and we planned their pumpkins.  It made it pretty easy to actually have a plan!  Lindy named hers Bob and she loves Bob.  She told Bob she loved him many times this afternoon! 

Looking forward to Halloween this week and the debut of Will’s costume – which is amazingly almost done. 

Heading to Devonshire Manor for the murder mystery party!IMG_2883Here is one of their basement rooms they totally transformedIMG_2887Last time we were at their house all those cases had football memorabilia in them!  IMG_2888They had a stable in another room downstairs!  It was crazy!IMG_2890And today – the carving of the pumpkins!DSC_4918She dug right in this year.DSC_4919Her serious pumpkin guts digging face.DSC_4921DSC_4922He didn’t want to touch at first.DSC_4923but he finally dug in, too!DSC_4927DSC_4931The actual carving of the face!DSC_4933DSC_4934”Bob, I love you, Bob!”DSC_4935DSC_4937Trying to do it together.DSC_4941The finished product.  Lindy wanted to go scary this year!DSC_4944Will wanted his to be happy again!DSC_4945DSC_4946DSC_4948DSC_4951DSC_4952My pumpkins with their pumpkins!DSC_4960

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Fun Fall Family Times

The week started off perfect – with me and Drew off work and the kids in school.  ha ha!  A day at home by myself.  Those don’t come along too often anymore.  We got the kids off to school and then the cleaning commenced.  It’s been too long since the house was really cleaned and it felt good to get it done in a timely manner, without getting distracted a million times by “MOM!”  being called all day long! 

The rest of the week was pretty normal and went fast.  Well I guess it is not normal that we had my parents over for dinner on Wednesday night because it was my mom’s 29th birthday!  It’s still a pretty crazy thought that they live in NC and we can see them on birthdays now!  We made them dinner and enjoyed a little celebration.  Mom helped me bathe the kids and get them in bed and then she helped me with Lindy’s Halloween costume.  I pretty much finished it that night which was awesome! 

Friday night was the big night for the kids; what they had been waiting for since school started.  Family Fun Night at school.  They got to dress in their costumes and each classroom had a game.  There was food and bounce houses and slides and hula hoops.  The kids had a blast!  Drew and I just followed them around and ended up holding all the stuff they got.  I’m glad it’s come and gone!  They had fun seeing their friends and playing games.  We were all exhausted at the end!

Friday evening Drew also had two friends from college come into town for Wake’s homecoming game.  We dropped Drew off with them and the kids and I went home and crashed. 

Saturday morning we got up and the kids and I got to see Steve and Tim.  The kids loved showing them their toys.  It was definitely a lazy morning which was nice.  We got out the door around lunchtime and we headed to campus.  We caught the tail end of a big festival they were having on campus.  The kids had fun running around and playing the few games they still had set up.  We grabbed some lunch and headed to the game.  The game ended up great for the Deacs – they won!  After the game the kids and I headed home again to crash and Drew and his friends went out for dinner. 

Steve and Tim headed out this morning – Tim lives in Atlanta and Steve in Sarasota FL!  We headed to church and came home for a quick but yummy chicken stew lunch.  We packed back up and we met GrandBob and Suzette at a corn maze in Statesville.  The kids had fun playing all the games and activities and then we headed into the maze.  We got lost on turns number 1 and 9 but otherwise we did okay!  It was only about 65F outside but in the middle of a corn maze in the direct sun it felt about 85F.  We were all hot when we got out!  Especially if you had to carry Lindy – which Drew and I did.  Will loved the hill of hay and Lindy liked the cow train.  They got to play in the corn pit and slingshot apples.  We got home in time to make some pumpkin spice pancakes before bedtime that sure were yummy!

It was the perfect fall weekend!  Ample opportunity for lots of pictures too!

Happy Birthday, Nana!DSC_4582Singing with Hayley and Rylee on Facetime!DSC_4586DSC_4587Scary faces!  ha ha!DSC_4600DSC_4601Family Fun Night Dressing Up!  Lindy is going to be the sun this year and Will’s costume is not ready so he went as a baseball player.DSC_4607DSC_4609The kids were so excited to see the Monkey Hooper!  They used to take Hula Hooping classes with Monica and her twin daughters were in their classes last year.  We miss them!DSC_4610Lindy with her vision teacher, Ms. Donna.DSC_4612Lindy got to break a board in the tae kwan do demonstration!DSC_4619DSC_4620They had one of the steepest inflatable slides I’ve ever seen!  They loved it!DSC_4621DSC_4624Saturday on the Wake Forest campus!IMG_2799Of course she had to be the boy football player too!IMG_2800They had this flying fish game they played forever.  I thought this picture was funny because I caught the fishes head.  See it?!IMG_2803IMG_2805IMG_2807IMG_2810Lindy asked me to take her picture.  Music to my ears!IMG_2811So guess who had to have his taken, too?!IMG_2812IMG_2814Finally cool enough to break out the Halloween pj’s!DSC_4633Had to check out the glow in the dark aspect!DSC_4635Welcome to the Regal Corn Maze!DSC_4638Riding the cow train.DSC_4641The hill of hay Will played on forever.DSC_4645DSC_4647DSC_4649Corn pit!DSC_4657DSC_4659DSC_4667DSC_4668Warming up in the mini maze.DSC_4670Hay tunnels!DSC_4676DSC_4677A tradition -- seeing how tall they are!DSC_4686DSC_4688DSC_4689We are going to start seeing how much he shrinks each year.DSC_4690DSC_4691DSC_4693DSC_4695DSC_4696DSC_4699DSC_4700Our fearless leaderDSC_4703And the caboosesDSC_4704Suzette found her a dork in the maze!DSC_4708Discussing the answers to the question to see if we turned left or right.DSC_4709The elusive number nine!  We found you –eventually!DSC_4711Slingshot with apples!DSC_4718DSC_4722“Weekend at Bernie’s.”  Too much fun in one weekend for this girl!IMG_2825