Archive for October, 2008

Caramel apples

My favorite part of Halloween…

My least favorite part? Cleaning the kitchen after making caramel apples.

Happy Halloween!

We started celebrating last weekend, when Bry’s friend Dave came over to carve pumpkins for their company contest.

They didn’t win, but I think they should have. Bry’s is on the left: The eyes and mouth represent…something scientific. You’ll have to ask him. Ava carved the tiny jack-o-lantern.

We joined Bryan and Dave their company party for trick-or-treating on Tuesday. The kids debuted their costumes, which my mom made.

The Little Mermaid:

And a littler lion:

Then, the girls received a box of treats from Grandma and Grandpa Smith on Wednesday.

Today, we’re heading downtown for mass trick-or-treating, and we’re entertaining a few friends (and grandparents!!) tonight.

More photos soon!

Ava Fix

I was watching Ava work with her stencils this weekend, and I noticed how she was holding her pencil. Instead of grasping it with her fist, she held it in place with each finger tip.

When I mentioned this new accomplishment, she looked up, ran over to the drawer, grabbed a red marker (why do I keep these so accessible?!), and put one tiny dot on each finger. Apparently, her preschool teacher imparted this little trick to help the kids learn proper pencil positioning. Pretty creative–and very effective!

11 months!

Olivia is 11 months old today.

New hobbies include walking, hanging out with Dad in the middle of the night, playing peekaboo and drinking whole milk.

First freeze

We had our first hard freeze last night–temperatures were still below 30 this morning.

I clustered the mums and covered them with a heavy blanket–they seemed to do just fine.


Olivia took her first (five!) steps tonight. Photos coming soon!

Outdoor life