Sunday, October 28, 2007

Where's Waldo?

What do Dorothy, Glenda the good witch, the Cowardly Lion, Anaken, Casper the friendly ghost, Hillary Clinton, and Monica Lewinsky all have in common? They were all at our house this past week as we celebrated the Halloween season. We had three Halloween Parties this week. I may not have a year supply of food, but I have a year supply of candy and as you can see, there was no Waldo in sight.

I'm such a theme girl and had big plans for a Wizard of Oz family theme. Things began to unravel when Parker told me he really wanted to be someone from Star Wars. I just couldn't see myself forcing him to be the Tin Man and having his memories of Halloween be of me selecting his costumes for him. Carson jumped ship when he had the chance as well, so instead of a Scarecrow I got a friendly ghost. McCall really wanted to be Dorothy and well Gracie and Bayden aren't articulate enough yet to make their desires known, so I was able to salvage a bit of my theme with a Lion and Glenda the good witch.

Mark hates dressing up, but when he saw the Hillary Clinton mask at the store he just couldn't pass it up. We went to our friends annual Halloween Party as Hillary Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. We had a great time and got a few good laughs.

This post has taken a few days to write and now it is the morning after Halloween. The kids had a wonderful time last night. My parents surprised them by coming in yesterday afternoon. We ended up trick or treating with our good friends the Milletts. Because they have older kids, we ended up hitting a lot more than our usual 16 houses.

I knew Parker and McCall would be totally into it, but I wasn't prepared for the determination and speed which Carson and Gracie approached the task with. It was so hilarious to watch them run faster than I have ever seen them run from house to house with these heavy treat bags dragging behind them. Keep in mind, that Carson had a pillowcase over his head the whole night and I'm sure could have been classified as legally blind as he ran through the neighborhood.

After 2 hours we headed home for the long held tradition of candy sorting and swapping. It was a great day! We hope you all had a great Halloween too.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Saturday Fun (by McCall)

Here are some pictures of me playing soccer with my friends. My team name is the KICKS. I love playing soccer. My favorite position is mid-fielder. My coaches are Majer Araj, Mike Mitchell and Rob Vicario. They are nice. I got two goals in my last scrimmage. My mom had to buy me two Hershey Bars. I'm hoping for more goals this weekend.

Friday, October 12, 2007

It's fine to be NINE McCall!

Let the unwrapping begin!

Webkinz Mania

Ali's lovely cake recipe.

McCall's first solo baking project. She did great!

One of her favorite b-day presents, a Laura hug!

I can't believe it, but McCall turned 9 years old on Sunday. I seriously can't believe she is that old. It really seems like just a few months ago she was born and then starting Kindergarten. She is a sweetie pie and she had a fantastic birthday. We decided to opt out of a big party this year and she is going to go ice skating with one of her best friends instead.

It is always around my kids birthdays that I feel bad we don't live closer to family. They always want people present on their special day and well it never seems to work out. Well this year, McCall lucked out! Our sweet friend/Nana Laurie Reimschiissel called on Friday to say she was flying in on Sunday(McCall's B-day) for a visit.

McCall was ecstatic and could hardly wait for Laurie to come. She had a great day filled with lots of crepes and other yummy treats. We had dinner with a few close family friends and enjoyed our time with McCall.

We had a great week with Laura and we were so so sad to see her go home yesterday. She gave us a happy boost of energy. We considered calling in a bomb threat to the airport, so she couldn't leave, but since her daughter is due any day with a babe we abandoned our bomb plan.

Soccer Fun

Ready for a big game on the field.

He was so excited to do the out of bounds throw in.
Here is one of the few shots where he is actually running.
Of course his favorite part of the game is the victory tunnell.

We are fully emersed in our soccer season with McCall, Parker and Carson all playing. We have practices Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights and games on Saturday. The kids love it and so do we, although we are looking forward to a few more nights at home come November. I got a few pics of Carson at last Saturday's game. Of course, I was trying to juggle a screaming Gracie and Bayden as I took most of the shots, so you can see they aren't the greatest.

This is Carsons first year playing and he loves it. Sometimes we aren't quite sure if he knows exactly what he is suppose to be doing, but he smiles a lot out there, so he must be having fun.

Perhaps the funniest thing about this fall is that I've started playing soccer too! Yes, the girl who has never played a day of soccer in her life was recruited by a friend to join a local rec. team. It is pretty intimidating to say the least. These girls are really good and I have no clue what I'm doing. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, I pulled my hamstring pretty good and I was only able to play the first half last night. Oh well!

It was great to have the kids their to cheer me on. Carson told me this morning, "Mom, after school let's get the net out and I'll help you with your power kicks." Pretty sad when your 4 year old can see you need serious help. It has definitely made me more compassionate with my kids when cheering from the sidelines at their games. It is a lot harder than it looks to dribble that ball and actually make a goal! I'm just trying to make it all the way down the field without coughing up a lung. I guess it will help me get in shape, so that is a positive thing.

You'll notice there will never be any pictures of me playing soccer posted on this blog, just my sweet kids!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Old McDonald had a Band!

Today Gracie and Bayden had Music Therapy. Our therapist is the sweet and talented Tara McConnell and Gracie and Bayden love her. She plays the guitar, the bass, and the piano. She may play more, but that is what I've heard so far. Anyway, they love to sing and dance with her. Bayden is particularly obssessed with her guitar. I hope this means there is a guitar in his future :-) I would love to have a child who could play the guitar. He also really likes her drums. Gracie likes her fancy scarves and pretty ribbons. She is a true diva!

This afternoon she dressed herself in her pink tulle skirt, with her red and white polka dot dress over the top. It was quite a sight. Unfortunately I didn't get a pic of it. She insisted on wanting to wear it to the park and soccer practice. After some tough negotiations and several minutes of crying I was able to convince her that her jeans were a better choice.

Here are a few pictures of the kids with Tara. One of there favorite songs to sing with her is Old McDonald had a Band.