Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Thunder Snow

Woo hoo! First snow storm of the year today...and it was a thunder snow storm. How cool is that?! The boys are outside playing in the snow with their Dad as I type this. I just wish I knew where the heck I stashed Tyler's size 2T snow pants. I found the coat (and it looks totally adorable on Max too) but the snow pants are no where to be found. The toddler sized snow boots are MIA too. *sigh*

It's a miracle we were able to find gloves and hats for everyone. That's a plus, I guess.

I also managed to take some photos of the boys right when Tyler got home from school today. I wanted to get a snap of them in their Halloween costumes and then, just for fun, a photo of them in their new PJs. This might become a backup Christmas card photo, if the other ones I have planned don't turn out well. Max is a Top Gun pilot and Tyler wanted to be a football player - well, really he wanted a helmet to go with his Jr. Patriots uniform (he is already a football player.)

Now to figure out what to make for dinner...

Monday, October 27, 2008

Followers, Pumpkins and Apples

I kept seeing this new-fangled thingy on some of the newer Blogger blogs the displaced AOL folks were creating - so I went into my template and sure enough, there it was. Followers. Mkay! I added it, just to go with the trend. I'm not totally sure what it does...but I assume it adds blogger blogs to your dashboard. I don't use my dashboard to follow the blogs I read. I use Bloglines (you can see all the blogs I follow on my list in the right side-bar. If you don't see yours there, please comment and leave me a link!) But I sure don't want to discourage others who use Blogger to keep track of their blogs. So there ya go.

We've had a few tragic events in the house recently. The unintentional squishing of Tyler's pet woolybear caterpillar (he dropped the fuzzy fella and couldn't see him on the oriental rug - he blended right in) and the accidental squishing of Tyler's hand-picked pumpkin from our jaunt to the farm the weekend before last (Max tried to carry the prized pumpkin from one room to another and dropped it in the hall with a sad splat.)

After the crowds we encountered in our first trip to the farm for the fall season (see the photo to the left), John was not eager to repeat the effort.

Tyler, however, can be very persuasive. So...lather, rinse, repeat.

THIS weekend's trip was much less traumatic! No 50-person deep lines just for tickets to take the hayride out to the pumpkin patches. Plus the boys had the added fun of apple picking!

This time the pumpkins have been safely placed on the back deck. Now I just need to figure out what I'm going to do with the 30 lbs of apples the boys lugged home. Too bad I can't make caramel apples for the hordes of trick-or-treaters we get each year. I used to love getting those and popcorn balls in my bag when I was small. Then the whole razorblade urban myth destroyed that tradition.
Now I have a 50% off photo calendars deal as incentive to get moving on that annual project. Time to play dress-up with the boys. I hope they cooperate! First step...Halloween costumes! Stay tuned...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pumpkin Pickers

We did manage to tear Tyler away from the giant haystack long enough to pick out two pumpkins. He announced that we would NOT carve them this year. He would rather just paint a face on his. (I think he's afraid the carving process would be painful to his adorable little pumpkin. It's just too cute!)
Both boys are currently fighting head colds. I think Tyler is mostly over his, but poor Max is a mega-snot-factory. It's scary what comes out of that little nose of his.
I am usually in full Halloween mania by now, but I find myself feeling just plain tired.
I also recently realized that Tyler's birthday is swiftly approaching and other than our annual family trip to celebrate both boys' birthdays at the Lodge...I have no other party venue booked. I'd better get on that!