Saturday, October 31, 2009


Kathy, John and Karly came over late this afternoon to see Mickey and Audrey and give little man some Halloween candy. After that, we finished dressing the kids in their costumes and I had a little mini photo shoot with them. Much better results than the pumpkin patch. LOL! Mickey was a farmer and Audrey was his cow. We lit our jack-o-lantern, set out our Halloween goodies (Play-doh) for any trick or treaters we may get and hit the road.

First stop, Brian and his family. No dice as they weren't home. Probably a good thing as I found out Ellie has the flu. So, off to my dad's. Mickey rang the bell but didn't quite get the whole say "Trick or Treat" thing. We hung out a while and then went to Andrew's folks. Mickey loves their cats. He was more interested in them than the candy which is saying something as Mickey ate both of the pieces of candy that Dad gave him at Dad's house. Nothing like leaving a TOT stop with no candy. Heh!

Next we drove to Mom and Larry's. They had cards and goodies for both kids. I had the brilliant idea to leave Andrew with Larry so they could watch the games (U of O football and the World Series) and Mom could go with me and the kids to Granny's. Granny was really glad to see us and she had goodies and cards for the kids, too. She also had a laundry basket for me that belonged to Grandpa Jack's mom and a cool old chair for me to put in my scrap room. :)

We headed back to Mom's and they gave Andrew and I the rest of their candy. (They only had four trick or treaters.) We left and when we got home we found out that nine of the Play-doh containers were gone. So, either we had nine kids stop by or maybe three came and took three each. Either way, I'm thrilled that kids stopped! :D

Hope your Halloween was as fun as ours!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hardcore Potty Training

is happening here today. Mickey is in unders (except for nap and bedtime) and I will be doing a lot more laundry. Sigh. He's so mellow about some things and not really easily influenced about others, that it's hard to bribe him or use peer pressure on him. This will be great when he's a teen but right now I just want to be done with diapers! LOL!

Our training right now consists of me asking him if he needs to go and sitting him down every 15-30 minutes to try. He hasn't "gone" yet so I'm going to up the ante after his nap and give him as much apple juice as he wants and I'm going to have him help clean up his accidents. No big scolding just learning that peeing in the undies leads to him having to take off his clothes, wipe himself down and put the dirty clothes in a laundry basket in the garage. We're also going to work on teaching him to take his clothes off by himself and dress himself. Not just for potty training but also because it's one of the things that I was asked about at his 3-year check up. (You know, we'd be a lot more up on these things if they let us know about them ahead of time. LOL!)

Oh, speaking of his 3-year check up, I realized that I haven't let my son use scissors yet. I know, I know, I'm a scrapper you'd think it would be a given that he would be all over it. But, he's just not that into paper crafting/drawing/etc and I haven't given him the chance with scissors yet. I have three pair of safety scissors so I'm not sure what my issue is. I'd like to use the baby and the move as an excuse but I can't. I'm going to have get my little guy some crafty time!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Party Decorations

We had a John Deere themed birthday party for Mickey yesterday. It went fabulously! It started at three and we still had a few stragglers at 7:00!

Here are some pics of the decor. This will most likely be the only time you'll see my house decked out in green and yellow! LOL!

Granny thought I couldn't see her behind the window. LOL!
My niece Brianna wrote on the windows for me. My handwriting is not so hot.
The John Deere logo on a sign saying Mickey is Three!!!
Yellow and green chips and dips and some John Deere fruit snacks in a John Deere tractor.
The green and yellow sweets on our new buffet. We had green and yellow candies...
farm animals on "grassy" cupcakes and ...

green and yellow gummy worms crawling out of dirt cupcakes! They were my favorite.

Next up: The Party!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

One Fine Day

Breakfast at the Country Club to celebrate October birthdays.

Uncle Doug having an unused wood file cabinet, just what I needed.

Andrew & Mickey picking up some straw bales for Cleatus (now Clovis).

Finding a buyer for our Honda.

SIL Cindy asking me to take nephew Jared's senior pics.

Pizza for dinner followed by root beer floats to celebrate selling the Honda.

One fine day indeed! :D

Monday, October 5, 2009

I'm Old Today! And, the Weekend Update!

Yep, today is my 33rd birthday. :D I pretty much love birthdays. No hang ups about getting older. Well, there was this one time that I got a crown on my tooth but we won't go there! LOL!

This weekend we did a bunch of stuff around the house. Andrew cleaned up outside, built an arbor for and planted the grape plants my dad bought us and mowed for the goat. I cleaned up inside, painted the scrap room one last time and cared for some slightly sick kiddos.

The plan for Saturday night was to have my mom watch the kids while Andrew and I went to my 15 year high school reunion. Well, with the kids being sick, I didn't feel right leaving them. So I decided that we wouldn't go, Andrew was not too terribly dissapointed about this. LOL! At the last minute I decided to go and that way Andrew would be home with the kids. I'm so glad I did! The reunion was a blast! I got to see old friends and just have a great time catching up with everyone. And, I just gotta say....Damn, the class of '94 is good looking! You know how everyone loves going to reunions to see who got heavy or ugly or just old looking? Not us! We are still smokin' hot!

Sunday, I made us French Toast and bacon for breakfast and then my friend Alicia stopped by at 10:00 to hang out until we went to lunch at Burgerville in Canby with three other friends from high school. Alicia couldn't make the reunion but she drove down Sunday morning from TACOMA to come hang out with me and then have lunch. She is a fantastic friend! I miss her terribly and was so glad to be able to spend time with her. :)