Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Fall!

It is definitely fall here in Nebraska. I would even venture to say it is Winter some days. I have been ambitious making our Christmas cards this year, so to go with that I always put in a picture of the kids. I apparently I waited too long since it was cold and windy both days that I took the kids out. I promise I only made them suffer for a brief amount of time.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

While you're up...

While sitting here at the computer, doing my relaxing in the afternoon thing, Megan says to me..."While you're upstairs, will you get me a snack and a drink?" Justin says she is taking control. I say she is just letting me know that when I do go upstairs, she'd like a little refreshment. It brings a smile to my face every time she does this. Especially when I have no immediate plans of going upstairs.

Another funny thing Megan as been doing now for quite some time is asking where we are going. It usually happens when she is in bed. "Mom, where I go afer nigh nigh?" I'll tell her preschool and she responds with..."with Miss Cheri and Miss Rose?" I say, "Yes". She then says, "Mom where I going afer preschool?" And on and on. Justin thinks I must go go go all the time and she is becoming accustomed to being 'on the go' all the time. It really isn't so.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Rod Works!!

Justin and I have been working on fixing up our home. I guess you could say we are updating it. We recently painted the dining room a nice "red". The room isn't done yet because we need to knock down one of the walls, so two of the four walls are done. I have wanted to get something on the wall but really struggled with what I wanted exactly. I was in Utah in the summer and discovered a fun store, Rod Works. Thanks to a loving mother, she sent me the rod and believe it or not I got it done. I can't take all the credit since the idea came from Rod Works and my brilliant cousin, Julie...here is What I did!! I am feeling ashamed now because had it not been for my husband and his skills with a level, it wouldn't have been so perfect.

The pictures were taken by Justin this Summer while back packing the Wind Rivers in Wyoming.

Monday, November 3, 2008

A Dance with Aurora

I know you need to turn your head (I couldn't figure out how to change it), but I hope you enjoy this clip of Megan dancing. She had just finished watching Sleeping Beauty and was dancing to the song at the end of the credits. At first she didn't know I was filming her, but you see that as she notices me she starts to show off a bit and get a little more dramatic. I love the head movements.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween in Nebraska

Happy Halloween From Nebraska!!
This year we went to hang out with some friends of ours (Strohbehn's, Norlem's, Decker's, and Vaterlaus's). We had a great time. Lots of chili, chips, hot dogs (for the kids, right?) and the usual condiments.
It was really hard to wait to go trick or treating this year. With Day Light Savings, it didn't get dark until 7:00. Is that how it was at your house? Tyler's bag was full before we knew it and Justin ended up pocketing it so he would have room for more. I guess he did the same for Jenna too. I bought several bags of candy to give out here before I realized that we weren't going to be home. Now I have candy coming out of every crevice and cavity.
The kids were so excited this year. It sure is more fun the older they get and that they can use their imagination in deciding what they want to dress up as.
Tyler for example decided on being a slice of Pepperoni and Ham pizza.
His original idea was a puppy dog. After "little" search I told him that I couldn't find any costumes for puppies for big kids, so he needed to think of something else. Plus, I thought he was a little too big for that idea anyway.
This costume is very fitting for him because he'd eat pizza everyday and twice on Thursday. It was an interesting and fun costume to make. It was definitely one of a kind.

Jenna wanted to be Hannah Montana from the very beginning. She got a CD player with Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus CD's for her birthday in August, so she has grown to love her. The hair was quite an ordeal because Jenna has a lot of hair on her own, so getting it to stay on was quite a trick. She was very excited to have make up put on (mascara/eye shadow/blush). She looked adorable. I made a microphone for her (out of a wooden spoon covered in foil and black tape), but when it came down to taking it that night she wasn't interested.

Megan was "Ariel Princess". Her original idea was to be Miley Cyrus. I was game for that, but had no idea where to find a brown wig. I tried to convince the girls to switch. Jenna be Miley and Meg be Hannah, but Jenna wouldn't go for it. After several weeks of thinking I was going to have 2 Hannah Montana's, Megan decided to be Ariel. We went shopping that very night (not for the costume) and guess what she found... an Ariel costume and it was on sale!!
Isn't she adorable??

This is a picture of the girls eating BOO BUDDIE treats that I made and took to Jenna's party. They were a hit! Chocolate pudding/oreos and whipped topping with two mini choc. chips for eyes in the cool whip. You should try it!!