Friday, October 30, 2009

Pumpkins, Party and Project

We carved pumpkins for FHE on Monday. Unfortunately Bret has been incredibly busy and has hardly had any time with us at all. So, due to his demanding school, he only got his holes punched out of the pattern he chose. It happened to be one of the hardest patterns too. The kids also ditched me....for bed. It was a lot of work carving those pumpkins! It took me all evening and my wrists were so tired at the end!

They had fun while it lasted though.

Our ward party was on Wednesday and I couldn't think of anything that was cheap that we could be. We thought we wouldn't dress up, but then I found this idea-Popeye and Olive Oyl! It was pretty easy to put together (I did it in the few hours before the party). Just cut out some felt designs and temporarily sewed them onto Bret's church shirt and belt. I put nylons on Bret's arms and stuffed them and drew a tatoo on one of them. Mine was super easy and I had the perfect, huge boots too! We even won an award! I didn't get any pics of just the kids, but I will post those after halloween.

We have hardly any halloween decorations so I made this a while back out of felt and those spongy little decor things. The kids always fight over who gets to put it on for the day. I didn't expect Maggie to be that interested in it, but man does she have a fit when she can't do it. I found the idea off of the pottery barn site and kind of changed it a little to what I wanted. I still have a little bit to do on it because I ran out of some string, but I figured I might as well post a pic now before halloween is over.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

It was my mom's birthday yesterday and this is what we have for her:

Saturday, October 10, 2009

3 Years Old

Kade turned 3 yesterday. He had his friend Beckham and Nora over for a little party. They made trains out of beans and noodles and played pin the wheel on the train, ate cake and opened presents. Kade loved it. He has been talking about his birthday for about a week straight now. We gave him a tricycle that he rode through our small living room and dining room about a million times. He wanted to go outside so bad, but it has been raining, POURING, for a few days straight. I have been loving it. I figure if we were in MT we would have to be inside anyway because it would be snowing and/or cold, so I don't mind the really hard rain at all. There have been a few flash flood warnings in IN, not here though. But I guess downtown Bloomington was car-deep in water last year...
Anyway, we had to tell Kade we would wake up this morning and go ride his bike when the sun was shining. So he went to bed SO late last night and didn't get a nap, therefore I was expecting him to sleep in. NOPE. He woke up way early and marched into our bedroom and announced he was ready to ride his bike. Bret told him to get his blanket and lay on our floor because it was still dark outside. He did get the chance at riding it later though, and loved it. He is really good at it too!

Excited about presents

Mag-watching the festivities

Finally-he gets to ride outside!

I love Kade. He is so special and ads so much to our home. Kade is a very unique person. He has always been very aware of things around him, so aware that it takes him a while to get comfortable with new situations. Bret and I have always planned on having kids that were reserved because we ourselves were very reserved little kids, but still it was a little tough to handle at times. Over these 3 short years though, I have actually realized that I love the way he is and I am thankful for his personality. Maybe it was having another kid who is pretty close to the exact opposite of him that made me think about how nice it is to have such a personality as Kade. I hope that doesn't sound bad, but It really has made me thankful for Kade. I am SO thankful for Maggie at the same time, and would not change her personality one bit. Kade suprises me at how aware he is. When we go somewhere and come back home he will talk about things that people were wearing or things they had that I did not even pay any attention to. He can sit for a LONG time playing with something or drawing a picture. At nursery the leaders tell me he always sits so good during the lesson and singing time and pays really good attention. Even at his party, he outlasted the other 2 kids with putting his train together, wanted to play pin the wheel the longest, and stayed eating his cake when everyone else was done or ran off to play. It made me laugh. What a weirdo, but I like it. He just has a slower pace of life I suppose! (of course he is not always like this, but it does amaze me when he is :)
He is a good boy, but like most his age, the AGE has much to do with the hardships that we have throughout the day! Man it is tough! Does anybody else think that 3 is a hard age?
Anyway, I forgot to get a photo of the cake I made! It was the first cake I really tried to decorate. Well, it was cool, it was a choo choo train and Kade loved it.

Here are some funny instances with Kade.

Me: Kade, let Maggie see her book, you are blocking it with your book.
Me: Kade, you need to listen to mom.
Kade: I'm your mom
Me:I'm pretty sure I'm mom
Kade: No I'm mom
Me: Well then where is Kade?
KAde: he went up in the stars
ME: And who am I
Kade: Joseph Smith
I was getting okra in the kitchen and called out, "Who wants okra?" Kade answered back and said, "I want some oh-crap." I tried to tell him the correct way to say it, but he thought he was saying it right that way.
Kade was staring at Bret's nose and said "Is that not an owie dad?" Bret said, "I don't have and owie" Kade, "Oh, it's just a boogie then."

Oh! I forgot-Kade has been potty training for about 3 weeks and has been awesome at it! It suprised me so much and I am so happy with the way things are going! I'm so happy about it, I can't say it enough. I'm glad we waited until he was completely ready and settled here.

Maggie ALWAYS has to go in and sit with him.

Oh, and if you notice we have 2 potty chairs-the one maggie is sitting on is from walmart(safety 1st brand)-I would NOT reccomend buying it. It is horrible, Kade leaked through everytime, it was as if he peed on the floor. He still didn't like getting on the big potty then, so we went and got the $10 (ish) frog one which works a ton better and is an easy clean up job. So now we use the other one as just a stool.