Saturday, October 31, 2009

Snow and Halloween

Although uneventful, Halloween was fun. But first let me tell you about the SNOW!

It started snowing at the house on Tuesday. First it was regular rain. Then angry rain, then freezing rain. The kind that makes you want to curl up in a fuzzy blanket and look out at it. Then it was snow. Big, fat flakes of snow. Lovely. I am happy to have it be winter again. I'll tell you, it's all I can do not to start decorating for Christmas. As soon as Costco has those wreaths in the stores, a couple are going in the cart. Anyway...

Here's the little house as the snow was starting to stick.


It wasn't until the next day that there was enough to actually do anything with.

Here we are on our way to the preschool for the BIG Halloween party.
It was all I could do to get them to stop eating it and get in the car.



Then at the party...

When we first started the Halloween season, all Grace wanted to be was a mummy, thanks to Aunt Sarah supplying us with Scooby Doo, Where is my Mummy? But then she met Sadie (her best friend at preschool) and decided she NEEDED to be a fairy... Ahhh, girls.

At the ring toss



Frankie in the ring toss.


By the time nap time was over, there was enough snow to go play in. So, please let me apologize now because pretty much for the next five or six months, most pictures will be of them in their snow suits.

We built a little snowman. She's a girl. Her name is Snowman.

Grace loves her; Frankie just wanted to eat her.

The kids were having such a great time messing around in the snow. It made me so grateful we live where we do. I love it here.

On to Halloween. In case you don't know, we live on a very busy street that doesn't have any sidewalks, so trick-or-treating door to door is out. Fortunately, the zoo is just down the street and every year they offer an event called Zoo Boo. They open up the zoo at night, string white lights everywhere and post lovely volunteers with bowls of candy throughout the zoo. It's cold, but it's a lot of fun. We went last year too. There were a couple of places that were very scary for Grace last year. She remembered that and wanted to be brave. We went through the "Hallway of Horror" and she said it was silly. She did great.

Frankie LOVED all the pumpkins. Every one was more exciting than the last.








So that wraps up the first snow and our Halloween. I am really looking forward to the coming holiday season. I think it's partly because we aren't traveling anywhere and the kids are really getting into things. Frankie is talking and communicating and Grace is, well, Grace; she has an opinion about EVERYTHING. Bring on the turkey. I can almost taste it...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pumpkins!


Unfortunately, this is the best picture we have of the kids with their pumpkins. They were SO excited to be posing with them. Frankie kept yelling, "Happy Halloween" while throwing his hands in the air and jumping. Not conducive to taking a picture in low light...

I helped Grace carve her's and Frank helped Frankie carve his.
I used a normal pairing knife.
Frank used a rotary tool.
No joke.

Windy City



Much to Frank's chagrin, I happily let Grace watch musicals with me and then to make matters worse, I teach her some of the songs. Being a huge Doris Day fan, we recently watched Calamity Jane. She LOVED it. Ever since then, we have been learning the song, "I Just Blew in From the Windy City". Here she is singing it.

And here are the words... Just in case.

I just blew in from the windy city.
The windy city is mighty pretty,
but they ain't got what we got,
I'm telling you boys,
We got more life in Deadwood City
than in all of Illinois.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

We Are Vaccinated!

I am relieved. Yesterday, we ran the kids over to the pediatrician's for their shot clinic and got them both vaccinated for the H1N1 virus. In Alaska, there's only enough vaccines for 2-4 year olds. I am so thankful they both fall in that tiny window. While we were there, Frank and I went downstairs to our doctor and got our own flu shots. Grace came in with both us to "keep us company and help us be brave". So cute. She asked if it hurt and inspected our "boo boo stickers". Frankie stayed in the waiting room, busy with his trucks and various medical pamphlets. Fortuntely the other people waiting for their appointments found him amusing. So even though Grace and Frank have had a cough for over a month, I have already had two colds and Frankie has had one, we are READY!


Here's a random picture of a bull moose I saw in front of our house. There have been a couple different bulls around "courting" Mimi, our local moose...

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