Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Carving

For family home evening on Monday we talked all about pumpkins. We started with stuffed bell peppers made to look like pumpkins.  Then I found this great lesson relating carving pumpkins to the gospel.  After that we carved our pumpkins and watched "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown."
Because I was busy carving and forgot to take pictures some of these pictures are actually from when we made pumpkin pie.

The finished pumpkins.
We let the kids carve styrofoam pumpkins this year.  It was so much easier because everyone got their own and no one fought over a design.  And the kids did them all by themselves.  Scarletts is the one on the right that is all broken apart.  Tucker's is next to that and Penelope's in on the other end. She was doing Ariel but didn't want to risk cutting the head out.

It was such a fun family night.  At first the kids were not cooperating for FHE and I wanted to just give up but once we got into the story of the lesson they behaved and I'm glad we pressed on.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How to Host a Murder

Last weekend we hosted a dinner murder mystery party.  We went to one a few years ago and thought it was really fun and wanted to do it again.  The theme was An Affair to Dismember.  I loved it because all the characters were based off of monsters.
Bob and I were Balihi- The Rogersandhammerstein Monster and Lizzie Bordeaux- the Gothic business women suspected of murdering her parents.  Notice my giant engagement ring and Bob's neck bolts?
We also had Angela Deth, DDS and Hannibal Schecter.
Glumda, The Wicked Witch of DePressed and Asthmadeus, The Prince of Dimness
And lastly Aretha Garlique and The Mummy of King Aldrinktotat.
The party went really well and we figured most of the mystery out.  I would love to do it again next year and we still have the game if anyone would like to trade or just have it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


A couple weeks ago Tucker started basket ball.  Earlier this year he said he didn't want to do soccer because he wanted to do basketball.  I thought he might be too little for it but so far he loves it.  I never played basketball growing up but I think it is a good sport where he can get a good work out and learn to be around other kids.
He had a couple coaches his first week, but this girl seemed like the main one and she was really good.  They said we could leave and pick him up in an hour but Bob stayed the whole time anyway.  Everything went well so the next time I was going to leave him but that teacher I liked wasn't there.  I didn't really feel like the other teacher would notice if Tucker was missing so I stayed and luckily this teacher showed up 15 minutes late and I was able to go.  Part of me felt like I was being over protective because there was only one other parent there.  But they were all strangers and I'd rather be on the safe side.
Tucker was funny when they ran back and forth across the gym.  They did things like "high knees" and "grape vine."  Tucker didn't really know how to do them so he just went very slowly and kept trying.  I mean all the other kids were down and back before Tucker was even down.  It was funny to me because the other kids who didn't get it just tried and ended up running normally but tucker just went slow and smiled at everyone while they waited for him to finish.  He didn't seem embarrassed the slightest bit.

Tucker said his favorite part was at the beginning when they just got to play and shoot baskets while they waited for everyone arrive.  I hope he sticks with it and keeps enjoying it.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sleep Sack

Leon recently started waking up a couple times at night for no apparent reason.  The only thing I could think of was that it is getting colder outside and so he is getting cold.  He never keeps the blankets on so it made perfect sense.  So he got this adorable Merino Kids sleep sack.  And so far we love it!  He completely stopped waking up in the middle of the night and he loves it.
It's like his own little sleeping bag.  He really thinks he is so funny with it on.
I love all the baby swaddles but this is our first time trying on on a toddler.  I wasn't sure if he would get upset when he can't walk very well but he doesn't mind at all, he thinks it is funny.  I went with the 2t-4t size because I wanted him to wear it for a long time.  As you can see in the picture it is big on him but the extra material doesn't bother him at all.  I'm considering putting Penelope and Scarlett in one too because they never keep the blankets on.
I feel better at night knowing that Leon isn't in his crib cold and not able to tell me.  They make such cute and practical parenting things these days, I am lucky to be a mom.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Watch What I'm Wearing

I liked having short hair but I am glad that it is now long enough to put up in a bun.  A top knot used to be my go to didn't have time for a shower hair style.  Hooray for fast growing hair!
Shirt: Down East  Scarf: Kohls  Shoes/Skirt: Ross

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ballet Class

Last week Penelope and Scarlett had their first ballet class.  We were all so excited.  I had their outfits all planned, Penelope got ballet clothes for her birthday so she had a complete outfit but I had to kind of find stuff for Scarlett.  It was tough to convince her that she couldn't wear pink (something I felt bad about when we got to class and saw that all the other girls were in pink), but I did it and found some dance clothes for her too.  We were getting ready early because I wanted to have time to do their hair in perfect ballerina buns; a difficult task when Scarlett's hair is only one inch long in places.  I also planned on being there early to take pictures when I decided to check the time one more again.  Good thing I did because I had the times wrong and it started in 5 minutes.  I was so upset!  The class was only 30 minutes long so to miss 10 minutes (would have been 5 but the entrance lady was being a pain) felt like a lot.  At least we were getting ready early and were still able to make it.
Here they are in there adorable costumes.  They absolutely loved it!  It was the cutest thing ever.  And I'm so proud of them for doing their best.  There were two little girls in the class who were too scared and ended up crying for half of it and then leaving.  I've been there and it isn't fun, so I was so happy that that wasn't my girls this time.
The only thing I didn't like about the class, aside from it being short, is that there is another Scarlett in her class.  What are the chances of that?  I know the name is getting popular but it really bugs me.
You can see Scarlett got some air.
I love how Penelope and Scarlett both have their hands on their hips and are pointing their toes.

Here is a video of the class. 
This next one they are supposed to freestyle dance.  When she paused the music they were supposed to freeze.  It was funny because these little girls love Frozen so much when someone tells them to freeze they stick the hand out and make noises like they are freezing them.  I turned off the video because the dancing kind of turned into running around in circles.
I'm glad we put our girls in dance maybe when Leon is old enough he can join them.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Swimming Lessons

We signed up for the YMCA.  I've wanted to for a long time but have been holding out because it is so expensive and for me to ever work out I'd need to put the kids in child care which is a couple more dollars per child per hour.  Not worth it to me.  But we really wanted to sign our children up for swimming lessons.  The lessons that we did before and loved are $50 per child.  Now that we wanted to put three in it is cheaper to get a Y membership.  So we signed up, and we are going to get the most out of it we can, even though I won't be going to work out all the time.

Their first swimming lesson was last week.  We went ahead and put them in the lowest level class for their ages.  That put Scarlett and Penelope in the same class called Pike.  Tucker is in the 6-12 Pollywog class.

This was Scarlett's first ever swimming lessons and she loved it!  She got right in and did whatever the teacher said with a big smile on her face.  It was really good that She was in the same class with Penelope because even though Penelope did lessons before she was scared and hesitant.  A few times she told the teacher no and wouldn't do something, then the teacher would move on to the other children and after Scarlett did it then Penelope would do it too.  Penelope is probably a bit better then Scarlett at doing the stuff but she is much more hesitant.  This is different from her other lessons because they have to hang on to the wall and they can't touch the bottom.  Plus there is only one teacher and six kids.  Not at all the best ratio for beginners who are scared and clinging to the teacher, but it is cheaper then the other lessons, so I guess you get what you pay for.
Above is a picture of Scarlett and Penelope just after they were told to slide in at the very beginning. Penelope needed a little encouragement (scolding and mouthing that she better get in the water) from me.

Next is Tucker's class.  He did great and loved it, just like we thought he would.  Most of his class hasn't been showing up so there has only been 3 kids each time which is great.   He does whatever the teacher says and tries his best to get it down.
Meanwhile during swimming lessons Bob and Leon played in the shallow part of the pool the whole time.  I was a bit surprised that Leon went near the water, but he did and he even went down the small slide.  I think for our next lesson we are going to try to get there early and let the kids play in the water a few minutes before the lessons start.

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