Saturday, November 28, 2009

Indian Weenie Roast

In November, we were able to enjoy our first Indian Weenie Roast with Grandpa & Grandma Sims. They have built a fire pit along with log benches down in the woods and love to take the grandkids out there to roast weenies & marshmellows. The boys had so much fun. Katelyn sat with Grandma most of the night and eventually fell asleep all snuggled up. We went through lots of hotdogs and marshmellows as we listened to Grandpa tell stories about the Indians that built this campfire.

Jackson watching the fire

Grandma & Katelyn enjoying the campfire

Crazy cousins

Jack enjoying his first smores of the night (I believe there were about 3 more after this!!)

Smores Time

Jackson also enjoyed the hotdogs

Grandpa & Grandma with the grandkids

This is NOT an easy picture to get!

Trick or Treating

We took the kids trick or treating, but I think Jerry and I had more ambition than they did! After two houses Hayden asked if we could go home (he's not much into wearing a costume!) Jackson had a lot of fun, but got tired pretty quickly.

The boys insisted Katelyn wear the sunglasses because "they matched her costume!"

My three little goblins

Although they didn't last as long as Jerry and I expected- they still came home with plenty of candy!

Carving pumpkins

Jerry and the boys carved one of our pumpkins this year. Jerry let the boys pick the design (of course it was one of the more tedious ones!) Pretty sure Jerry had more fun than the boys.

The boys refused to touch the "icky stuff" and so they resorted to using spoons.

We all had a blast decorating our small pumpkins with Mr. Potato head pieces.

Jerry's finished product

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Jackson's Halloween Party

I attended Jackson's Fall party and enjoyed meeting all of his friends. They played several games and had a snack. His teachers were smart, they sent all the sugar home with the kids. He came home with a gallon size bag full of candy! They weren't allowed to wear their costumes. Instead they could dress for their future career. (Jerry had Jack convinced he wanted to be Spiderman when he grows up, so I had to step in a put an end to that!)

His class is all boys

Counting the bats and the pumpkins

Playing a game with fake spiders

Hayden Halloween Party

I attended the Ugly Bug Ball at Hayden's school and had a blast. It was a full 2 1/2 hrs of fun for the kids (and the parents!) They sang songs, played games and ate lots of sugar. And as the name of the event suggests, there was even some dancing with a disco ball and all. The kids were allowed to dance with each other or their parents. I was a proudy Mommy as Hayden chose to dance with me over any of his friends. The last song was "Beauty and the Beast" and I hate to admit it but I felt a tear in my eye as I danced with my little man in my arms, knowing he will not be my little man forever. Just another reason to treasure the moments we are given.

Hayden's class

Hayden and his buddy Micah. Hayden is the biggest kid in his class and Micah is the smallest!

Snack time- there was a table full of sweets and the teachers told them "fill your plates, take as much as you want!"

Then they played games

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Halloween Cookies

We enjoyed a Sunday afternoon of baking Halloween Cookies. The boys pulled out all 102 cookie cutters and so we ended up with a few cookies that weren't halloween ones, but they all tasted the great!

Dad even helped this time!

Jack really enjoys a good mess!

And our finished product- we ended up not frosting these. Mom was tired after all the baking and we realized they were just as good without frosting!

Three Blessings

It is incredibly hard to get a picture of all three kids together. Especially to get one of all three looking at the camera and smiling. Katelyn doesn't have her usual big smile, but do you blame her, she is on the bottom of a 90 lb pile!!!

Field Trip

Hayden's preschool class took their first field trip this year. We went to Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. This is Mrs. Cornick with both the morning and afternoon class. Hayden is 3rd from the right.

We started with a hike on a beautiful nature trail looking at the trees and stopped to look over the bridge in the water.

Hayden continued to fill his pockets of his sweatshirt with leaves.

After our walk, the kids all had their snacks.

Then we went inside the nature conservation center where the kids were able to play and learn

I had so much fun with your class buddy and I look forward to many more field trips to come!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Royals Game

Jerry and Hayden took in the final home game for the Royals in September. They had a beautiful day and were able to see the Royals finally win one!

Hayden got his first taste of cotton candy at the game
Of course 9 innings can get long so they were able to take a break and check out all the new editions at the stadium.


We introduced food to Katelyn around 4 months, however she has never liked it. Recently we have been able to force her to eat some of it but she gags on it. She refused to eat peaches and made the worst face. Tonight was the first time she enjoyed her food. Carrots have become her favorite- she ate the entire jar!

Mommy was so excited I had to capture your face covered in carrots!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

Last weekend we made our annual visit to the pumpkin patch. However, this year it was VERY cold- only 40 degrees! However, despite the chill the boys still had a lot of fun.

Daddy and Jackson

Jerry took Jackson to play the "Pumpkin Walk" game. Jerry then also participated in the parent game where he had to put a pumpkin between his legs and jump from one cone to another. He won and as his prize got this pumpkin- Jack was so proud of it you would have thought he had won it!

There was a lot to do including digging in corn in the back of a haywagon

Hayden's favorite was riding the pedal cars

Jackson's favorite was feeding the animals