Sunday, November 27, 2011


As I was fixing Ella's hair the other day the following conversation took place...

Ella: Did you know that horse poop makes a great fertilizer?

Me: Really?

Ella: It does. If I had a horse and it pooped, I could just dig a hole in the yard and put the poop in the hole. Then we would have a really fertilized yard!

Me: Would you really want to do that a couple of times a day?

Ella: Hmm, maybe I will just teach my horse not to poop! or to poop in our neighbors yard!

She really wants a horse.


It doesn't help that I had a horse when I was her age.

She will not be getting a horse!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

We had Thanksgiving lunch at our house today... minus the turkey.

We had ham instead.

It's hard to get a decent picture of the 4 of us!

Now I am ready to go shopping!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Do You Remember?

I use to love watching She-Ra and He-Man!

Ella has recently discovered these old shows and can't get enough of them. They come on TV on Saturday mornings and she gets so upset if she misses them. Last weeks episode said "To Be Continued" and Ella thought that was so cool! She said "Mom She-Ra is to be continued, I've always heard of that. I have to watch it next week or I'll never know what happens"!

I found a She-Ra DVD last night and knew that she would love it.

She is watching it right now.

I also found some Ernest P. World movies.

We will be watching those together soon.

Do you have any shows that you enjoyed as a child that your kiddos like to watch?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Taylor Swift And Halloween

Sunday was a day that Ella had been anticipating for a long time. It was the night of the Taylor Swift concert!

I was pretty much as excited as she was (okay maybe I was a little more excited). Our seats were kinda to the side of the stage, but they were pretty good. Our friends Melissa and Andrea also went to the concert so we rode together and went to eat before the concert. Ella had a great time! I am so glad we were able to go.

While we were at the concert Ken and Olivia went to the trunk or treat at our church. I am so proud of Ken because not only did he take Olivia by himself he also attempted to decorate his trunk and remembered to take a picture or two!

Monday morning I woke up early to finish my Halloween costume for work. Everyone was dressed and ready to leave for school and work and then it happened...

out of the blue...

the great stomach virus of 2011 hit me. Seriously I was totally fine one second and then hugging the toilet for the next 3 days!

Needless to say I was not able to go trick or treating that night.

Luckily Ella and Olivia have a wonderful dad that got them all dressed up in their costumes and took them around to friends and families houses to get lots of candy.

And he even took a picture, because he knows that is important to me!

Then he packed up and went out of town on a business trip for 48 of those 72 hours that I was hugging the toilet.

Good Times.

My mom was able to help me with the kiddos some and Jessica came over (responded to a desperate text one morning) and got them ready for school (because I couldn't move).

Now he is back home and I am praying that no one else gets sick. Hopefully my Lysol can and bunches of Clorox wipes took care of all the germs.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Trunk Or Treat And Pumpkin Carving

On Saturday we went to Trunk Or Treat at Ashton and Alec's school. Ella really wanted to be a witch this year so I made her a tutu skirt and we used one of her old dance costumes that happened to match perfectly. Olivia was a peacock (I thought she looked like she came out of the 80's).

After Trunk Or Treat we had the Tennyson and Mercer families over to eat some snacks and carve pumpkins. Shea made some really cute fingers and bones. I made the witch cupcakes and attempted to make a cake that looked like our plates and napkins. It wasn't perfect, but it tasted good.

I bought some face stickers for Olivia and Emerson, since they were too little to carve a pumpkin.

The kids were much better at carving than they were a few years ago. I think it helped that Ken did a lot of the prep work earlier in the day (cut the tops and scraped the inside). All the kids had to do was pick a design and start carving. Luckily everyone still had all their fingers when we finished...that's how I measure pumpkin carving success!

All the finished pumpkins!

Did you let your kids carve pumpkins this year? What tips do you have to make it easier and to prevent cuts!