Chickens and Halloween and Surprise Time Change!

 Well, there’s nothing like waking up to a time change that you didn’t know was happening!! I heard the boys up and peered at my phone clock through one slitted eye to see 6:20am staring back at me. We recently laid down the law and enforced some morning rules about times they are allowed up to read and then to play. (ex. on the weekends: stare at the wall or go back to sleep if it’s before 7am, read a book if you’re awake between 7-7:30 and after 7:30, they may get out of bed and play. Simple!)

So I threw on my robe, went to their room and said in my evil-mommy-perturbed-by-the-early-hour voice, “It is only 6:20 in the morning! What are you doing up?!” And of course, to pierce my heart, they turned from the books they were reading so nicely in their beds and replied in their innocent voices, “But mommy, it’s 7:20!”  What?! Oops:)

I roasted a whole chicken in my cast iron skillet a couple of weeks ago with potatoes and carrots nestled around it and it was SO yummy!! Juicy and tender and delicious! Cheaper than store bought, too:)

My mom and I have been going to story time together for the past month and a half or two with E and Little E (my niece) on Wednesdays. A couple weeks ago, we decided to kill time afterwards by going to the mall to let them play! They had a lot of fun!

Getting so big!

Here is Eliana watching Daddy cut the cake at her birthday party:)

And playing with her new favorite Elsa doll the next morning! She loves this doll!

Feeling very proud of herself that she is learning to write so well! The pictures always turn out badly on this blog so if you can’t read it, she wrote all of our family names, first and last!

Trick or Treat from Queen Elsa, Captain America and Samuel the Magician! Samuel didn’t want to go trick or treating this year but changed his mind at the last minute (seriously THE last minute) so he threw on last year’s costume. He was upset about it but ended up having fun. Next year, we’ll plan better!

We met up with Rapunzel (a.k.a. Cousin E!) and found a nice neighborhood to collect some loot:) Our little neighborhood is so filled with children that they are all out trick or treating and no one is home passing out candy! So everyone has to find a different neighborhood to go to. Isn’t that funny? Anyone happen to notice that the girls have bigger candy buckets than the boys? Hmmm, how did that happen?! People were more than willing to put multiple pieces in cute little princess buckets and the princesses were more than willing to accept them:)

Thankfully, we have places to donate our unwanted candy this year. Ben took the extra yummy stuff (a.k.a. chocolate!) to work the next day where it was inhaled in mere minutes by a bunch of hungry warehouse workers and we are taking all the non-chocolately/peanutty stuff to Awana. They have a big candy bucket and the kids get to pick out one piece every week if they say verses. So we were just left with the top 15 pieces in our kiddos buckets and a few extras for their dearest mummy and daddy and that’s it!

Happy Sunny Sunday!


Trick Or Treat!

 Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays. I think it’s fun to see the kids in the cute costumes and it is fun to let our kids get a little candy (a rare treat!) but I really really loathe the bloody, gory, sinister Halloween stuff. It seems to be a big thing in our neighborhood to decorate houses and lawns with dead people, bloody hands sticking out of the lawn, and pretty much anything evil or scary that you can think of! Not a fan.

However, even though it isn’t my favorite, I really love making my kiddos happy so once again I pricked my fingers raw and had hand cramps today after staying up waaaaay too late to finish the costumes last night! All in all, I’d say about $20 on materials for costumes for 3 kids isn’t bad!

The boys had their Halloween parade at school today. It was raining all day so it was inside and all the parents lined the gym and the kids marched around. Very cute! All the teachers/staff were dressed as Despicable Me’s:)

The trees in our neighborhood are just gorgeous right now! Full trees of vibrant reds, oranges and yellows!

Presenting Samuel the Magician!! He originally wanted to be a skateboarding Angry Bird (hmm) but after getting a magic card trick set this weekend, he quickly changed to a magician. His hat is made of felt and cardboard~not bad! I think his costume is my favorite of all three:)

Zakkai originally wanted to be a Ninja…until he realized he’d have to wear a mask. So he settled on the idea of a football player. He wanted to borrow football gear from our neighbor but he is about 3 times bigger than Z. So last night, from about 11:30-1am, I made him an Ohio State “jersey” from one of Ben’s old t-shirts. It says “Ohio State” on the front and has the “O” …

And I sewed a “Z” and a “06” on the back (for 6 years old). He was pretty happy!


And a little Piggy! We were on our way to JoAnn’s for supplies and E decided she wanted to be a pig and didn’t look back! I threw together her costume this morning. She thought it was pretty fun!

Samuel loves his sister! (and vice versa!)

Trick or Treat!

Serious Piggy!

With a curly tail!

Thankfully, there was a brief break in the rain around 5pm so we headed out to do a little trick or treating. This was Eliana’s first time participating and she LOVED it! She got a lot of compliments, which we didn’t mind hearing at all:)

Cheesy Grins and Pumpkins!

I am so far behind on pictures and stories due to my blog neglect. I will try to catch up!

Before E’s birthday, I did a quick little project and made her an apron from tea towels I bought at Ikea!

I really thought she would choose the pink ones but at the last minute, she went for blue:) It’s a cute little apron with a pocket ready for treasures! She was very busy talking on her calculator phone when I was snapping pics:) Which probably was a good thing, considering every picture of her now contains a cheesy grimace that she considers a helpful smile….sigh.

And what is a post without a picture of Baby Anna! Since it has gotten so cold outside in the mornings, Baby C now wears shoes and Eliana pilfers them in the day for her own baby:) Such a funny girl!

Here are the pumpkins we carved last weekend with my mom and stepdad!

Here’s Mugga’s charming pumpkin. He actually looked scarier not lit up!

Guess who’s?! Samuel and Daddy carved this masterpiece!

This was Papa’s pumpkin, which we voted the creepiest!

And Zakkai’s pumpkin, which since the picture has lost some teeth due to squirrel stealing! Apparently, squirrels like pumpkins! (which makes the boys so mad!)

For her birthday, Eliana got some cute Dora wall decal stickers! We headed upstairs immediately so she could stick them on and boy, did she have fun!!

The first couple of days I had to stop her from ripping them off and crumpling them up and rearranging them. I think she’s settled down a bit and just loves to look at them!

And here is Eliana’s very first self-portrait!! In the middle of this week, she just started drawing people out of nowhere! We didn’t even know she could! First she told me she could only draw boys and didn’t know how to draw girls. Ha! I thought Daddy would get a kick out of that;)

But then yesterday, she sat down at the table and drew herself! She says she doesn’t know how to draw legs but even legless, we thought this was adorable!! Definitely a keeper.

So there’s Eliana overload:) Stay tuned tomorrow for something fun the boys got to make tonight!!

Halloween 2012

 TaDa! The great reveal:

Angry Birds!!! I mean, really, could it have been anything else? The boys vetoed every single costume I suggested but when Samuel asked if they could be angry birds, I did a little research and voila! 5 days and a few sore fingers later….:)

They got lots of compliments and loved every second in them!

Little Pumpkin:)

Samuel in his school parade!

Zakkai’s parade

Zakkai’s kindergarten class! I got to help with their Halloween party today, which was really fun. He has a sweet class.

It was pulling teeth and nails to get this girl in her ladybug costume! Once we got it one and shed a few tears, she was good to go!

We trick or treated with some good buddies…Harry Potter and Hermoine! (her robe was falling off)

After an arduous night of trick or treating:)

And presenting the most horrendously decorated Halloween house I’ve ever seen! I couldn’t even fit it all in the picture. Please click on it for a bigger view. Ridiculous!

And we live right down the street…..aren’t we lucky?

It doesn’t take much…

 My day started dark and early this morning with a very intense workout at the Y! I have really been wanting to add some more workouts in, other than my 1 day a week Zumba class, and have been having such a hard time finding a good time in our schedule.

Hence, my 5:45am workout. It took a lot of willpower to roll out of bed and put my feet on the icy floor and workout. I went to a Body Pump class, which was totally more intense than I realized. The other women in there were hard-core and had obviously been doing it for awhile! After 45 min, my arms were shaking and I was starting to feel slightly nauseous. It is a 1 hour workout using a weight bar and weights!

Squats, lunges, shoulder raises, biceps, triceps, push-ups, ab work, you name it, we did it. It may take even more willpower to go back next Monday…..I’m already really sore!

I’m checking out Yoga Thursday morning. Hopefully that will be a little lower key!

I have been sewing my fingers to the bone for my sweet guys. Seriously, my fingers are really sore. But my heart is so happy because my boys are so happy! It took them a really long time to come up with a costume idea. We don’t buy $40 costumes over here, we create with what we have! Just like the good old days, right?

The boys have practically been breathing down my neck, waiting impatiently for me to finish. But I can’t tell you about it yet because according to them, it’s a secret:)

Samuel slid this sweet note over to me after dinner tonight. It says, “Dear Mommy, I love you so much. You are the best mommy in the world. Thank you for the ———
costume. Love, Samuel.”

If that’s all it takes to show my kiddos I love them, I’d make a million of these!! I’m always amazed at how forgiving and loving kids are. And it doesn’t take much to fill their hearts up with love.


It was an exciting day around here for our munckins with parties, costumes and most importantly…..candy!

We had some new characters around town today:

A sweet little kitten….soft and cuddly!

A brave and handsome fireman, ready to save the day!

 And a good-lookin’, athletic professional baseball player!

 Zakkai watched the clock like a hawk all day, waiting for the little hand to get close to the 2, because that was when his party started!

 He got to do an eye-ball relay race…

 Wrap a friend in toilet paper, decorate a candy apple, have treats and he even won the game of Musical Chairs:) He had a great time!

 The boys were dying to go trick-or-treating tonight. Quite literally, driving me up the wall! We ate an early dinner and then headed out with our crew…

 And Kitten sacrificed an early bedtime to ride along and make sure her big brothers got only the best candy:) We wound our way through the neighborhood, spending most of our time close to the school where most houses were inviting little treaters. The highlight of the night for the boys was probably when we found S’s teacher’s house!

She promised her class that if they found her, they would get the most candy:) Over an hour later, we trudged home with brimming buckets and 3 weary trick-or-treaters…not to mention a tired mommy and daddy!

But there was still enough energy to look over the night’s loot and choose a piece or two for a treat:)
Samuel’s school had a parade around the building after lunch today so all the parents could come and take pictures. Zakkai, Eliana and I went to wave to our baseball player and got a little video. Enjoy!

I’m sure the boys won’t miss a piece of chocolate or two, right? 🙂