Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!  We've had a fairly busy Halloween season in our house.  I made costumes for the kids again this year, so I was happy that they got to wear them more than once.  Trenton was a frog prince and Charlotte was a princess.  They were both adorable!

Our Halloween fun started out last week when we went trunk-or-treating with MOMS Club.  I was really worried that Trenton wasn't going to wear his costume since he'd thrown a fit the few times I'd tried it on him at home.  Froggie, Trenton's pull toy, came along to the trunk-or-treat, and Trenton was excited to have someone who looked like him!




This past Friday, MOMS Club visited a local nursing home.  The kids handed out cards to the residents who loved seeing all the kiddos dressed up for Halloween!  Charlotte fell asleep by the time we finished making our rounds, and didn't make it into the group picture.  Getting a bunch of young kids to pose was no easy job, but most of them made it into the picture.


Daddy made it home from sea just in time for Halloween!  And everyone was in the spirit today - even Bailey!  We didn't do a lot of trick-or-treating - actually just four houses - because Charlotte has the beginnings of a cold, and Trenton was complaining about his costume itching him. 





Charlotte fell asleep as soon as we got home, but Trenton was ready to have some fun once he got out of his costume.  He loved helping me pass out candy, and found that he is a big fan of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - YUM!





What a fun and memorable Halloween!  We can't wait for next year.  I've already got ideas floating around in my head for next year's costumes!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Charlotte's 7th Month

Okay, I'm a little behind on posting this, but Charlotte is seven months old!  It's amazing how much new stuff a baby can do in a month's time.  Here's what Charlotte's done in the past month:

- New foods - green beans, peas, avacados, peaches, bananas, plums, apples, and pears.  Charlotte likes her veggies better than her fruits.  She definitely doesn't get that from my side of the family!  Charlotte has also had a couple of tastes of ice cream sandwiches, and is a BIG fan.  She can only have a little at a time though due to her milk allergy.
- Charlotte loves saying Maaaa.  Almost there!
- Still no teeth.  Hopefully for the sake of everyone's sleep schedules, a tooth pops out soon!
- Charlotte has started reaching out for people and toys.  As soon as she reaches for a toy, Trenton decides that he HAS to play with it!
- Any time I try to get Charlotte to scoot, she buries her head in the floor and rolls to her back.  At least I don't have to worry about two mobile children just yet!
- Charlotte likes to pull hair.  She has learned that she's not supposed to pull my hair, Bailey runs away when she tries to pull his, and Jarrod hasn't been home since she's started this.  Charlotte's brother on the other hand thinks it funny to put his head in Charlotte's lap and let her pull his hair!  Already teaching his sister bad habits!

I can't wait to see what the next month holds!


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Belmont Pumpkin Farm: The Sequel

The kids and I went out to the Belmont Pumpkin Farm today and met up with some other families from MOMS Club.  This was our second year to go out to the farm.  To read about last year's trip, click here

We started the morning visiting the animals.


Trenton enjoyed looking at the animals until he noticed.....


...Tractors!  Tractors were pulling hayrides out to the corn maze and the pumpkin patches.  Trenton didn't want to do anything else until we went to see the tractors.  The kids loved the hayride out to the pumpkin patch and helped me pick out a pumpkin to take home.  The farm can't keep up with all of the visitors that come out to pick pumpkins, so they bring in pumpkins from off-site and put them out in the field in addition to having the ones that are grown in their fields.  We picked out a little one that we had to pull off of the vine ourselves. 




After we ate lunch (and some super yummy pumpkin roll for dessert), we made a scarecrow.  This wasn't just any old scarecrow.  We made Daddy Scarecrow!  Daddy Scarecrow needs to work out a little more if he wants to pass the PRT!  He got so tired sitting next to Trenton that he had to catch a nap in the stroller with Charlotte!



Belmont has a great play area for the kids.  Trenton couldn't do anything by himself last year, but this year he was climbing on everything and having a ton of fun with his friends.





The kids were worn out after such a fun outing and slept most of the way home.  We can't wait to go back to Belmont Pumpkin Farm next year!


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my 27th birthday.  Happy Birthday to me!  The day had the making to be a pretty crummy birthday.  Jarrod is out to sea, and it's been rainy and overcast all day.  That wasn't going to ruin my day though!

The kids and I met two other mommies and their boys for a playdate at the Virginia Air & Space Center this morning.  We piloted jets, went for a flight on AirTran Airways, and landed on Mars.  We all had a blast, and Trenton loved spending time with his friends.








I don't remember the last time I had a cake for my birthday, and I didn't make myself one this year.  But who needs cake when you have this...



...Cinnamon Bun Pancakes!  And yes, that is icing on top!  I tried out this recipe tonight, and the pancakes were delicious!  You can find the recipe here

I have been blessed with wonderful family and friends.  I have received calls, emails, and facebook messages from so many people today.  You have made this day a special one for me.  Thank you to all of you!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The BIG Ship

The kids and I got our first tour of the carrier a few days ago.  Jarrod had duty, and the ship was going to be pulling out the next day, so we decided to meet him for dinner in the wardroom.  Jarrod got off watch just as dinner was ending, so we got the whole wardroom to ourselves to enjoy our dinner.  This is one of three wardrooms.  What a change from the submarine!


After we finished dinner, we headed upstairs to check out the hangar bay.  The air wing hadn't moved in yet, so there was just one jet on board.  It was a practice jet for the mechanics to work on and didn't have engines.  Trenton was still plenty excited about it though!  There were also some helicopters that had just come on board that morning.  The hangar bay is HUGE - the size of three football fields!




Trenton loved playing on the ship's seal in the next room on our visit.  Jarrod and I were just glad that he didn't try to play with the steering wheel!  Even though it's a replica, we wouldn't want our kid messing it up!





There is a mini George H. W. Bush museum on the ship.  It has info on his time in the Navy, his presidency, and the ship itself. 





Jarrod had to muster while we were on board, so the kids and I hung out in Jarrod's stateroom.  There are four bunks, four desks, lockers for all four guys, a sink, and a flat screen TV.  I got to keep up with the latest sports happenings while I changed the kids into their pajamas!






The kids were more than ready to have a slumber party on the ship, but we had to say TTFN to Daddy and head home.  We're so glad we got to visit Jarrod before the ship pulled out, and can't wait for him to be home again!