Wednesday, October 31, 2012

An Out of This World Halloween

Happy Halloween!


Our little family had an out of this world time!

We had Trenton the Astronaut,


Charlotte the Alien,


and Daddy Earth and Mommy Sun.


This was the first time that we all dressed up as a family, and I had so much fun with it.  I’m already thinking up ideas for next year!

We hope you had a wonderful Halloween too!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Frightfully Fun Weekend

It’s almost Halloween!

To get in the spirit, Jarrod and I went on a double date with some friends Friday night.

Now, just what kind of double date puts you in the Halloween mood, you ask?

A haunted trolley tour of Old Monterey!

Ghost Tour 

I should buy a book about the haunted history of Monterey because I definitely couldn’t absorb everything the guide was telling us – especially since most of the people in the stories had roughly eight names.

We didn’t see any ghosts on the tour.  But then Staci sent me this picture last night…

Ghost Tour - JJJ 

Yikes!  That’s not a ghost, that’s me.  I’m going to the MAC counter tomorrow to talk about my makeup color.  Obviously pale Virginia Jenny that got new foundation last winter needs a different color than somewhat tanned California Jenny.

Then I sent this picture to Staci.

Ghost Tour - SZ

I didn’t notice at first, but Staci caught it right away.  Check out the creepy face in the window next to the cardboard box.  Is it a ghost?  Maybe!  It doesn’t look like a reflection of anyone that was on our tour.

The tour was a lot of fun, and it makes me really want to learn more about Monterey’s history.  The local library has a section of books on the area’s history.  Looks like I should check it out!

Yesterday some of our friends had a Florida v. Georgia football watching party at their house.

This little girl knows how to watch some football!


When she wasn’t watching football, she was being silly for the camera or playing with all of the other kids.

Getting seven kids ages 3 and under to pose for a picture – HAHAHAHA!

Charlotte also conspired with the opponent.  She asked me if she could give this cute little Auburn Tigers fan hugs and kisses.  She’s starting early!


All those cute kids weren’t the only ones sporting their team colors.  The ladies were dressed for college football Saturday too!


We had a wonderful time at the Florida/Georgia party!  Thanks, Steven and Traci for hosting! 

And thanks to Kevin and Kate for letting us watch the Auburn v. Texas A&M game at your house.  It sure is fun to have friends to watch Aggie football with – even if they are fans of the opposing team!  

Today after church was pumpkin carving day at our house.

Charlotte decided against carving her pumpkin and instead decorated it with stickers.


Trenton and Daddy worked on a witch jack-o-lantern.


Charlotte got to help a little too.


The kids also had fun playing in the pumpkin guts.


I had big plans for a cute little A&M jack-o-lantern.  I started with carving the T.  It was HARD!  I asked Jarrod for help thinking that I was doing something wrong.  He had a lot of trouble too, but was able to finish up the T.  He told me that I wouldn’t be able to do the rest of it though.

That’s the wrong thing to tell this girl!

I went and got the cordless drill!  I drilled holes along my outline to make sawing the pumpkin easier.


Then this happened.



I still wasn’t going to give up.  I grabbed a hammer, and used it and the broken drill bit to make my holes.

I was just about done with my A.  Then this.


Crud!  No fixing that!  And that was the end of my jack-o-lantern carving.  Maybe next year I’ll pick a pumpkin that isn’t part concrete!

Trenton’s witch turned out great though!


Look out for more Halloween fun from us later this week!

Getting Lost in the Corn Maze

I love fall!  Even if we don’t get the picturesque color changing leaves here on the Central California Coast, we still have all of the traditional fall activities. 

This week, the kids and I tackled the corn maze at Earthbound Farm with some friends – 5,387 times.

Who knew that a maze of corn could keep kids so entertained?!?!

Trenton and his buddy, John, hanging out on the hay mountain.

Walking to the Maze
Charlotte, Marian, and Staci making their way to the maze.

Corn Maze
Five kids ages five and under leading two adults through the maze!

Leader of the Pack
Marian loved taking a turn as the leader of the pack!

Wiped Out
That maze wore Charlotte out!

Mimi and Pops - want to grow some corn behind your house?  Winking smile

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Backyard Makeover

DIY Music Fence
(Our made over backyard – October 2012.  That is Monterey Bay in the background.)

Okay, so let me start off by saying – my parents are pretty dang awesome.

When they came out to visit us last month, one of the first things they asked was if I had any projects around the house that they could help with.

“What are we having for dinner?”
”Where are you taking us tomorrow?”
”What can we help you with?”

*Note to any future visitors to our home: I do not expect everyone to help with projects.  Just having friends and family visit is wonderful!*

Anyway, I had just the project for them to help with – laying sod in my backyard.

Here is the before picture of our backyard.

(Easter 2012)

I thought that I could deal with the wood chips for the two years we will be in this house, but we couldn’t walk barefoot outside, Bailey was constantly bringing wood chips in the house, and it was just plain ugly.

After raking up all of the wood chips, leveling and breaking up the dirt underneath, and fertilizing, we were ready to lay the sod.


Once we got all of the sod laid and started watering it, my parents helped me get started on my next project – making a fun area for the kids to play in the backyard.

fence painting
(I had a couple of extra helpers with this project!)

I am in love with our finished backyard.

DIY Music Fence

And that white thing hanging on our fence?

 DIY Music Fence

That’s our music fence!

DIY Music FenceDIY Music Fence

To make our music fence, I bought a fence panel from Home Depot, stained it white, screwed the fence panel into our fence, and got started hanging all of my musical pieces.

The music fence cost me less than $50 with the majority of the cost going to the fence panel, stain, and hangers.  The pieces hanging on the fence cost me less than $4! 

I’d say that the money that I spent making the fence was well-spent.

The kids LOVE it!

DIY Music FenceDIY Music FenceDIY Music Fence

Want to hear the fence in action?

And I should probably give a disclaimer too.  Supervise your children.  There are accidents waiting to happen.  Especially with this accident prone child.

Monday, October 22, 2012

What To Do On a Cold, Rainy Day

Search for and find the umbrella that you haven’t had to use for seven months before leaving the house to pick kids up from preschool.

Umbrella on a Rainy Day

Warm up after lunch with hot cocoa.

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Make Halloween JELLO Jigglers (Thanks, Mimi & Pops!).

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While waiting for jigglers to solidify, send the kids upstairs to wreck play in the playroom.

Get Halloween cards ready to mail to family.


Get caught up on a never-ending battle.


Check on the jigglers.

They’re done!

JELLO Jigglers

Eat your jiggler.

JELLO Jigglers


Share it!  (And cause Mommy to have to mop for the second time in 24 hours!)

JELLO Jigglers

Get excited because the sun has come out!

Go outside to play!

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