Trick or Treat

We went Trick or Treating with friends again this year. The kids were a skeleton-pirate and a cheerleader, J. was an ape dressed in clothes, and I was a cowgirl. It wasn’t too crazy cold and the kids had a blast!

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By the end of the night, bits of the costume got discarded to make running around easier…
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My Son Is 9!

My son turned 9 today and we had family over to celebrate!

cake:
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gifts:
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He got lots of presents that he loves; a Lego boardgame, a craft book about American Indians with supplies, a few Skippyjon Jones books, the Star Wars “Trouble” game, new t-shirts and pants, and some money which went immediately to buy “Castle Crashers” for the PS3.

From us, he got the Lego Universe online game and an unstuffed stuffed animal I made form fleece, named “Nut”. (It is a polar bear named after Knut, the first polar bear born and successfully raised in captivity- we recently watched a movie about him.)

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All the pictures of family are in J’s phone. I will add them when I can.

Zoo Time

It has been awhile since we have made it to the zoo. My daughter was anxious to check in on Muffin, one of the bears, who is being treated for a tumor. Muffin was not on display, but with a little help from Google, I found out she was still alive.

Here are a few pics from the rest of the day. The zoo was getting ready for their “Boo at the Zoo” event, so there are decorations in some of these.

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Apple Picking

We all went down to my dad’s farm yesterday to see the cabin he and my step-mom are building, to visit with her family, and to go apple picking 🙂

The cabin is amazing! They have done so much work on it. The kids can’t wait for it to be done enough to spend thev night there!

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The kids LOVED picking apples…
From ladders:

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With apple pickers:
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And with the tractor (my dad thought up this genius plan!):

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After we finished with the apples, we checked out the barn. It is gigantic! It was interesting to see how it looked all fixed up and empty vs. full of animals, straw bales, and junk when I was a kid.

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Through a crack in the hayloft:

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We stayed into the evening to play games and have dinner. The kids enjoyed tinkering with the piano and got pretty good at making music that didn’t hurt my ears.

Applesauce is simmering while I write this. The 7 qt.s on the stove barely made a dent in the humongous rubbermade bin we have. It will be a very apple-y kind of week.

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Our house should smell good 🙂

Silly Bandz Math

My daughter is currently quite taken with Silly Bandz. For those not following kid fads, they are rubber bands shaped like animals, shapes, letters, etc. Kids wear ’em like bracelets and rings and trade them. My daughter had been getting her friends cast offs for awhile and enjoying sorting them into piles by color, by theme, by size, etc.

This morning she came to me and said “hey mom, 7+7 is 14, right?” When I said “yes” and asked her why, she showed me her Silly Bandz. She had 7 on each arm. Then she said that she had 10 rings, so she had 24 in all. This type of stuff continuned through the day as she lost one at the playground and traded one to her brother for a plastic snake.

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Not to be stuck near 24, she took the tooth fairy money that was burning a hole in her pocket to the toystore tonight and bought 2 packs of her very own Silly Bandz. Not sure how she did it, but somehow she scored 2 packs for the price of 1 as well, so she has money left over.