Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It's Halloween!

I really love Halloween!  Nothing says it's Halloween more than carving pumpkins. 

 The kids had fun picking out their pumpkins at the store and helping to design their pumpkin, however, the actual work fell to the parents and grandparents.  Thanks Papa for carving Crew's pumpkin.  Crew refused to clean the guts out of his pumpkin.  He couldn't handle the slimy goo at all.  He really loves his pumpkin though.  Last night as I was tucking him in bed he told me he has the best pumpkin ever!  Gracie at least helped clean hers out.  Thanks for doing all the rest Gigi.  I got to carve out mine and Layla's.  For Layla's, we had to make her pumpkin just  say "No" since that is her favorite phrase right now and her pumpkin needed a grumpy face too. 
Fall is also the perfect time to enjoy some carmel apples.  For our family home evening treat we had to make some.  No one enjoys treats more than Layla.  (p.s.  I used a double boiler for the first time and can I say I am totally in love.  It made making carmel apples the easiest.)

Hauted Harvest

The Springs Preserve hosted a Haunted Harvest event that we were really excited to attend.  We got to dress up in our costumes and head down to the Preserve to hear Halloween stories, walk on spooky trails, color some Halloween pictures, dance to a live band, and of course go trick or treating.  It was a perfect evening.  We all had a great time!  I am already looking forward to next year.  

Baby Betsy

Betsy's long awaited arrival happened on Wed. Oct. 22.  Jamie is the best sister -in- law ever, and not just because she always does a fabulous job on my hair.  She let me come to her delivery.  It was the most amazing experience of my life.  I still can't stop thinking about how incredible it was.  Jamie did  a fabulous job with her baby too,  Betsy is adorable.  I totally love babies and so do my kids.  They could hardly wait to go to the hospital and see their new cousin.  
Layla was much more into the baby than I anticipated which meant we had to keep her away from Betsy.  She loved feeding the baby.  All the way home she kept saying she wanted her Betsy.
Gracie is pretty motherly.  She was the most attentive and had to hold the baby as soon as we got there.  She did a really good job with Betsy.  I was afraid we weren't ever going to get her out of the hospital.  Gracie loves babies and already talks about when she gets bigger and has babies.  
Crew was pretty amazed at how small Betsy was.  He couldn't believe that at one point he was that small.  He was also pretty interested in all the buttons on the bed and how everything in the hospital room worked.  
We didn't get to stay as long as Gracie and I would have liked but we did get to play with the Purel dispensers a lot.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Crew finally got his Lizard (over a month ago).  He is totally in love.  I am proud of what a good pet owner he has been too.  

It cracks me up how they are looking at each other and then they both look at the camera at the same time.  They are soul mates.