Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Halloween was so much fun for the boys this year... I was a bit nervous how Zac would do, and he quickly squashed all my fears- he did excellently.  When Deacon was the age that Zac is now, he had a hard time with trick-or-treating... he was overly tired and overwhelmed.  It was just too much for him... and even as Deacon has gotten older he still doesn't hold out as long as other kids his age- in fact, Deacon was done trick-or-treating before Zachary was!  We're lucky enough to live in a very child friendly neighborhood and our neighbors across the street have kids Deacon's age... so we tagged along with them all night- which was really fun for Deacon.  Zachary and I went at our own pace, which tended to mean we went to every other house.  I had originally expected to be out for about 30 minutes, but we were gone over an hour and walked a very large portion of our development.  

Like I said, Zachary did great... he was SO excited to ring the door bell and to say "trick or treat!" He was very into all the decorations and nothing scared him... Everyone LOVED his costume and at nearly every house I heard the person say they were giving him extra candy because he was just way too cute :)  At the end of the night he proclaimed that he wanted to be a spider for next Halloween, lol.

Deacon also had a lot of fun... though like every other year, within 20 minutes of walking out the door he was shedding his costume bit by bit.  Deacon is really sensitive to fabrics and the weight of his clothing and accessories on his body.  By the time we got home I think he had shed about 3/4 of the costume- including his shoes.  

Good times for us all... Nana sat in our drive way as the witch and passed out candy... which was a definite hit with the neighbors- especially with the other little girls dressed up similarly.  







Zac's hair cracks me up... it's all flat and weird looking from being stuffed into his frog costume all night.  

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The crazy one.

Damien accidentally squirted water in his face... it was traumatic.  




Growing up

Yesterday at nap time Zac decided he wanted to sleep in his bed instead of his crib.  We've had this bed in his room for months now and he calls it "Allison's bed" since we got it from Dawn... when we've suggested he sleep in the bed he reminds us that he's not a big boy- he's a baby- and as a baby, he sleeps in his crib.  Well, guess he's changed his mind about his baby-status... We took his crib down this morning and it bothered me more than it bothered him... he didn't care one bit!  

Boiling towels and wash cloths

I'm sure everyone cares to see this... but I found it interesting when I read it on a friends' blog, so I'll post it here too!

Our towels and wash cloths were looking really not so great... and their smell was similar- even after having been washed.  I've tried quite a few tricks to get rid of the stink- vinegar and less detergent being the main ones.  I also always wash my towels on a super wash at the hottest settings and always do an extra rinse cycle.  It's not like they're filthy and disgusting- if they were that bad, I'd get rid of them all together... but I wasn't quite ready for that- so I tried boiling them.

I brought a huge pot to a boil and added to the water some vinegar and Borax... and then added the towels and wash cloths.  I let them boil for a few minutes, put a lid on the pot, turned off the heat and let it sit for 2 hours.  After 2 hours I put the pot on the floor to take some pictures:



I'm happy with the results- the house smelled like ass for the rest of the day... but I could tell the boiling process really worked.  I'm a bit disappointed that the white wash cloths still look dirty.  I'm wondering if I should do some oxy-clean next time or washing soda... since this time around I only used Borax and vinegar.  

Friday, October 28, 2011

Daddy & Zachary


I love that you can see the paci in mid-air... Zac is going through a throwing stage right now.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A budding artist... or not.

I'm not sure when it started, exactly... or even why.  But all of a sudden Deacon is REALLY into drawing and other artsy things.  This child is my anti-art child... it's never been a hobby/activity that he enjoys all that thoroughly and he doesn't really have that natural/raw talent that some kids possess.  In the past we've gotten him to do some fun art projects... but he loses interest quickly.  But for the past few weeks he's been drawing everywhere he goes... and he's especially been loving the bathtub crayons that I randomly found in the back of the cupboard!

Tonight Zachary was asking Deacon to draw all types of things... Peppa Pig, George Pig, Daddy Pig, Mommy Pig, a pumpkin, etc... He finally asked Deacon to draw a picture of me.
He finally asked Deacon to draw a picture of me.
Not sure what I should think of this... especially since I asked if I was wearing a costume or trying to pretend to be something- and he looked at me like I was weird, "No mommy... this is just you." 
I'm sure some would agree with his interpretation... but I'm hoping those people are in the minority.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A bit of a photoshoot

Nothing too fancy, but I thought these turned out pretty cute.
 I rarely ever get a good picture of Deacon so these make me SO happy






Feeding the ducks









Zac's 1st bus ride

We took the boys over to Davis today for Zac's first bus ride and so Deacon could earn a bead for cub scouts... It was a HUGE hit with both boys, though Zachary was nervous at first.

Waiting for the bus







Typical Grumpalump... he really was having a great time- Damien just snapped this picture at the perfect time. 

Next stop, please!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

My favorite boys

I asked Deacon to change Zac... it didn't end well- but it's the thought that counts, right? 





Zachary brought this book for Deacon to read him... it was very sweet.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Carden Harvest Faire

This year I was in charge of planning Carden's Harvest Faire- it's taken up a LOT of my time, but thankfully I had an amazing committee of other mom's helping me.  We changed up a lot of things this year and by the end of the day I had a LOT of people approach me- this was the best Carden Harvest Faire they had ever attended.  That made me feel great- it made all the time spent well worth it.

I didn't get a lot of pictures that day, unfortunately, since I was so busy running around... but these two were pretty cute of Deacon at the dunk tank (which was one of our biggest hits of the day).



Friday, October 14, 2011

Spending time with 1st grade

I was so happy to be able to take some time out of my schedule to spend the day with Deacon at school... 

Deacon and the rest of 1st grade were in charge of assembly this week and their performance was this morning... Deacon did SO well.  I was really excited to see that Deacon wasn't as shy this year as he was last year- he looked like he was having a good time!  The class did a great job- I'm so happy I was able to be there.

After assembly we were off to the pumpkin patch with kindergarten and 1st grade... it was HOT but a lot of fun.  I got to drive Deacon and a few friends and Deacon's teacher- which made it a lot more fun... We have been so lucky with Deacon's teachers and classes- they're the best :)