Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Can I just start by saying, I am so glad Halloween is now over with. Don't get me wrong, I loved making the girls costumes and I love the excitement they have had over this holiday, but I am over it. Sunday we had two trunk or treats we attended. If you don't know what a trunk or treat is (I had never heard of it until about 6 years ago), it is when people decorate the trunks of their vehicles and pass candy out to children. Sounds creepy if it were any time other than Halloween, but it's wonderful. Our church held a trunk or treat after service on Sunday, so we did that one in the morning. Then, in the evening, the girls came with me to the trunk or treat at the church where I work and they go to school. It was so cold, low to mid-40's and we were standing around outside for about two hours. The girls were such troopers. They loved helping pass out candy and seeing every ones costumes. Of course, they loved receiving candy as well. 

 Today at school, we had our Halloween parties. The kids all wore their costumes, had a special snack and games and then we had a parade for parents and grandparents. Again, they received a ton of candy and loved every minute of the day, I am sure.
This evening, after Josh headed out for work, the girls and I started to walk up and down our block for trick or treating. We have a bunch of scrooges on our street and less  than half of the houses always have their porch lights off. Lillian and Claire would get so excited every time they noticed a light on and raced to push the doorbell first. Their sweet little voices saying "trick or treat" melts my heart each time. They had a ball. Luckily, tonight the weather was much warmer, low 60's, so we didn't have to worry about hat and mittens like over the weekend.

Now we have more candy in the house than I have any idea what to do with. After I took the girls trick or treated, we went to Grandma and Grandpa's house and by the time I made it back home all the little monsters and princesses were back home and no body came to our door. So not only do we have all of the girls candy they have collected, but also the candy we bought to hand out to those who came to our house. I guess it is time to start bulking up for the winter. ;-)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

Two weeks ago we went on a field trip with school to Faulkner's Pumpkin Patch. This is the same pumpkin patch we visited last year with the girls. I took the girls in the morning, sadly, Josh had to work, and it was so cold. It was windy and maybe 50 degrees. One of the first of the colder days this fall. When we arrived, I had to stand at the entrance with one of the other teachers to make sure everyone knew what was going on for the day. While waiting, I took the opportunity to take a few pictures of the girls, but of course they didn't want to cooperate and give me nice smiles. Oh well, at least they were both looking in my general direction.
 One of the employees of the farm saw me taking pictures and offered to take one of the three of us. I took her up on her offer, since it is very rare I get to be in photos with them. It's a shame my eyes are closed.
 After most of the families arrived, I was able to be mom instead of teacher and I loved it. Most events with school, I have to put my focus on my class and my students families, I rarely get the chance to be mom at school functions. Thankfully, most events so far, Josh has had off work so he could be there for the girls. We had about an hour of time to walk around and explore the farm and play. There were tons of kids there. Shortly after we arrived, so did two large school buses full of kids. The girls did well taking turns and being patient waiting for their turns on the two horse swings, the diggers and go carts.

 After our play time, everyone grouped together for lunch. Once lunch was over we had our tour. The tour consisted of a "corn" maze, feeding the animals, story time, a turn through the giant caterpillar slide, a hayride and, of course, picking out a pumpkin.

It was chilly and busy, but we had a blast. I love that Lillian, Claire and myself were able to spend the morning together doing something special.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Going Down

I don't think I have shared this photo yet. It is from about a month ago, but I love it. It's not the best photo, but in almost 4 years now and many attempts, I think this is the first successful photo of both of the girls going down a slide together. Up until recently, Lillian and Claire have been very cautious when going to the park and climbing on climbers or going down slides. They take it very slow and some trips never even attempt going down the slide. They might linger for a few seconds at the top, but often would back away. When they finally do brave it and go down the slide, they, of course, end up loving it and then that's all the want to do. Once school started for them in August, they have over come this fear of slides, most of the time anyways. This photo was taken at a Church picnic we went to. As soon as we arrived at the park, they both climbed up to the very top of the climber and went down the slide.
I love that being in preschool they are getting to spend more time with kids their own age. I love that they are showing more interest in learning their letters and numbers. I have tried for over a year now getting them excited about counting and their ABC's, but they had no interest. And I also love that they are overcoming some of their fears, like slides.

It has now been two weeks since our trip to the pumpkin patch. I have a ton of pictures and things to say, I just need to take the time to write them out. I will make that a goal for this weekend.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Dentist Visit

This past Thursday morning I dropped the girls off at Grandma Pattie's house, so I could head into work to start our two days of parent teacher conferences. After my morning at work was over, I headed back to pick the girls up and take them to their dentist appointment. Poor Claire wasn't feeling well. She had a slightly elevated temp, but nothing terrible, 99.5. Grandma came with to the dentist appointment and sat with Lillian during her check up and I was with Claire. Lillian, I was told, was a champ. She sat like a brave little girl through her entire cleaning. The dentist came and checked her teeth and wanted to take an x-ray of her discolored front tooth. I am not sure if I have ever mentioned that here.
One evening this summer I was in the kitchen cooking dinner and the girls were playing in the living room. They started jumping on the couch and I had asked them to stop. Next thing you know, Lillian bounces off the couch face first into the coffee table. She bit her lip and it bleed, but it wasn't too deep. After getting cleaned up, she was fine and ready to play again. Fast forward a few weeks later, her front left tooth starts to darken a little bit. We call the dentist and they told us if she wasn't having pain or have any other symptoms, no need to bring her in, but just keep an eye on it.
Back to Thursday, Lillian was again a champ with having an x-ray and they got what they needed in just one try. She was in and out quickly. They said her tooth will continue to darken, but since it otherwise looks fine, no need to do anything but continue to keep an eye on her and make sure there is no pain and her gums are fine.
Claire since she wasn't feeling well, was not as excited. She did wake up that morning cheering about going to the dentist and getting a new princess toothbrush. Oh how moods change in just a few hours. She wasn't thrilled, but she let our hygienist, Jessica, count, clean and floss her teeth, then she declared she was done and ready for her toothbrush and toy and wanted to go home. Since the dentist still have to check her teeth, we still had a few  more minutes in the chair. It took some convincing to get her to sit back down and even more convincing to have her open her mouth. She was hiding her face and there were tears, but because she has a small spot on one of her teeth, she needed to be checked again. Finally, she opened up. The spot at this point isn't anything to be concerned about, but she does have a cross bite. I was told at this point, there isn't anything we can do to correct it, but after her permanent molars come in around age 6, they can anchor (??) them to help correct the problem and everything should be fine. They both are super excited about their new princess toothbrushes and glad to be finished with the dentist.
I had to take them back to Grandma's house and head back to school for more conferences that evening. They were going to have a sleep over, but both girls ended up with slight fevers, so after Josh was off work and my conferences ended, we picked them up and they slept in their own beds. Thankfully, Friday morning, after a great nights sleep, they both woke up happy as can be and feeling perfectly fine.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Raising them Right

On Monday in preschool, the girls teacher was reading them a book called, "Fall Mix Up." This is a silly book that discusses things that happen in the season of fall, but obviously mixes them up. One line in the book states, "hit a touchdown." Their teacher asked the class, "do you hit a touchdown?" Claire got really excited, threw her fist in the air and yelled, "Go Pack go!"
On Sunday after church, we were sitting at the table eating lunch, Claire said, "mommy, I want to watch go Pack go today." I told her that the Packers were playing a night game and wouldn't be on until much later. I also told her that they would have to go to bed shortly after the game started, so they wouldn't be able to watch the entire game. Claire was disappointed and asked if she could still watch some of the game. I told her yes and she was so excited.
I am certain that we are raising our girls right if they ask at only 3 years old to watch the Packers and they get so excited to hear anything about football.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Library Time

We love going to the library every few weeks to pick out new books to bring home. We take a large bag with us and let the girls fill it up with books of their choice. We always end up with a little bit of everything in there, Christmas, books in Spanish, Easter, 100th day of kindergarten. You name it, I am sure we have brought a book home about it after just a single visit. We'll sit and read these books over and over again until the girls are sitting there paging through the books telling themselves the story. I love when they snuggle up next to me on the couch with a book and turn the pages "reading" the pages we have read to them so many times. 

We will keep the books for a few weeks and then make a trip back to return them and find a new batch to bring home. The girls never get tired of picking out books and paging through them.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


The past few years I have been making a calendar to hang on our fridge that has pictures from the past year. The girls love going through and seeing the pictures as we turn to a new month, I love seeing how much they have changed and grown in exactly 12 months. I make the calendar so that photos from last October show on October of this year and the same for every other month.
Of course, they girls like to look ahead and see all of the photos. They are also really excited for December because last year showed Santa and birthday fun. I also have the picture below of Lillian and Claire snuggled up together in their Tinker Bell jammies.

 Last night when getting the girls ready for bed, I asked them to pick out their jammies while I was getting their beds ready. Lillian was really excited when she saw Tinker Bell jammies in their drawer. She put them on right away and insisted Claire wear hers. Once they both were dressed, she pulled Claire and myself to the living room and asked me to take their picture. She wanted it to be just like the picture in the calendar. She was even trying to make the smirk Claire is making in the above photo when asking me to take their picture.
Now, they photo is not exactly the same since they are reversed, but they sure did enjoy the snuggles. Lillian needed to approve the photos to make sure they were what she had wanted. Goofy girl.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Little Cheerleaders

When Grandpa Mark came to visit us, he came bearing gifts for Lillian and Claire. They were very excited about their new Packer cheerleader outfits. They wore them last week Monday when the Packers had the tough loss to Seattle, but let's just focus on these cute girls and not the terrible game. 

Thanks Dad for the outfits, I know they are going to get a lot of wear this season. You know these ladies like to cheer for "Go Pack Go."

Thursday, October 4, 2012

St. Louis

Two weekends ago, we spent the weekend in St. Louis visiting two of Josh's sisters and their families. We haven't seen everyone since March, so it was great spending time there and catching up. During this trip, we also had the chance to finally meet our newest niece, Hadley who just turned 4 months old.
We left Friday afternoon as soon as school was over for the girls and myself. My tired little ladies both passed out in the car and slept the last half of the trip. It was wonderful!

 Friday night when we arrived we spent the evening chatting and the girls loved playing with their cousin Kaiden. I really wish I took pictures of them. The girls had a sleep over in Kaiden's room and they were up chatting way too late and ended up waking up the following morning way too early. Isn't that how it always works out?
Saturday morning we loaded up and headed to the St. Louis Zoo for the day. It was our first time visiting this zoo and some how we left feeling like we didn't get to see that many animals. I guess three preschool aged girls slow down the five adults and one infant. We took many breaks for tired little legs, food and a melt down or two. All that being said, we had a great day and it was perfect weather for walking around.

Claire asked to snuggle baby Hadley and was so excited for her turn. She was a natural.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Grandpa Mark Came to Visit

Sadly, it has already been two weeks since my dad has come down to spend the week with us. I hate how quickly that time goes. We all loved having him come for the week, I know the girls really enjoyed their special time with they had with him as well.
Since I work Monday through Friday in the mornings and the girls only go to school three of those days, Grandpa Mark was able to have a few mornings to hang out just him and Lillian and Claire. They enjoyed a lot of outside play time and walks. They would easily spend the entire day outside if we let them.
One of the afternoons, while the girls were napping (I was home), he ran to the store to pick up some flowers. Our front planters only have a few flowers that survived our summer heat. Dad thought it would be fun to have Lillian and Claire help plant flowers. I think it is safe to say that things did not go as he had expected. He ended up doing most of the work while they played in the dirt. Many of the flowers were being stepped on seconds after going into the soil. As a teacher, I always say, it is the process not the product we are after. I guess the same applies for this situation. The girls had a blast planting and that was the point of it, so I guess we can't be too sad the majority of the flowers are now dead, right?

At some point while planting, Dad said something about the girls needing a sandbox to play in, since they love playing in the dirt. Claire heard this and was so excited to show him the toys she played in the sand with at the beach earlier this summer. Who needs a sandbox?