Sunday, October 27, 2013

Costume Party

October 26, 2013
Ready to leave for our party.
(Photo taken by Kaden)
Our first Halloween Costume Party ever! 
Believe it or not, Josh and I have never attended a costume party in the past seven and a half years of our marriage.
 The Hosts!
Our friends the Johnson's as "Wayne and Garth"
The Brallier's as "A Boy and his Teddy"
The Waldrop's as a "Greek God and Goddess"
Thank you all for putting together such a fun night!
A sampling of the food...
...Perhaps the most disgusting looking appetizers were the earwax covered q-tips and the kitty litter cake.
Endlessly haunted by a Creepy Clown!
Awesome night out with friends! 

Harvest Party

 This year Josh and I had a Halloween Party to attend, so I decided that we should dress up as a flower and a bee.  I've always thought that would be fun.
Here's my inspiration:
Our costumes in progress...
I used some silk organza I had in my fabric stash and cut small yellow strips from a yellow t-shirt to make my flower.  Then I attached it to a headband.  Then I found a green sweater and cut a strip from a green t-shirt for the stem and stitched on some leaves.  For Josh's costume, I sewed yellow t-shirt strips to a black shirt and made his wings from some netting and electrical wire.  (Just after we took the pictures of Josh, I added a fourth stripe to the back.)  I love how they turned out!  Simple, comfortable, yet easily identifiable.
 October 26, 2013
The boys all dressed up for our ward Harvest Party.
A Black Ninja, Yoshi, and A Pirate
 I picked myself a cute little strawberry.
This is my friend Liv's little girl, Frances.
I just love her!  She is adorable!
 Kaden wanted to look like he'd been in a fight, with cuts, dirt and bruises on his face.  So I used some lip liner and Halloween makeup to help him achieve his goal.  Apparently, when one of his friends asked how he got the black eye, he replied, "My Mom did that!"

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

School Pictures

 October 23, 2013
The boys brought home their school pictures today.
Kaden always likes to look good on picture day, but this year he took it to another level, insisting that he wear a button-up and a tie.  He says the whole class thinks his picture looks the best.
Kaden: Grade 5, Age 10
Versii: Grade 1, Age 6

 I can't believe how much older both Kaden and Versii look since last year!  They are growing up so quickly. 
...And next year we'll be looking at Paxton's first school picture, as he'll start Kindergarten!

Birthday Weekend Campout

 October 18, 2013 
For Josh's birthday, he wanted to go on a family camping trip over the weekend.  So we picked up the boys from school and left for Astoria on Friday afternoon.  
 Checking out the sea lions on the docks.
 Visiting the Astoria Column.
We all climbed the column.
Although, Versii was scared to go inside because of the small space and noise, we got him to climb all 164 steps. 
The view from the top.

 After visiting the Astoria Column, we grabbed dinner and then settled into our "deluxe" cabin at Fort Stevens.  The ultimate in camping: Beds, lights, a heater, a TV with DVD player, microwave, fridge and our own bathroom.
 We decided to forgo going out in the cold to build a fire, so the boys just made s'more sandwiches with plain marshmallows.
 The boys snuggled on the top bunk playing video games.
Kaden bought this faux coon-skin cap with his own money.
 October 19, 2013
Exploring the area.
 Battery Russell at Fort Stevens.
It was one of nine concrete gun batteries used by the US Army Coast Artillery Corp.
 Although it was closed as an active sight back in 1944, it is now the ultimate play ground for boys.  They could have stayed all day exploring and playing.

Fort Stevens Shipwreck
 The boys had so much fun just playing in the water and running handfuls of wet sand up and down the beach.
In the end, they were all a big sandy mess!
After we stripped them down and got them all into dry clothes, we drove into Astoria and checked into a hotel so we could stay in town another night.
Waiting for the Trolley.
Riding the Astoria Trolley.  
After our trolley ride we walked around downtown for awhile before heading back to the hotel for swimming, pizza and movies.
Sunday morning, Josh's birthday, we packed up and drove home.  I made Josh a pumpkin roll instead of cake and we all took turns saying why we were grateful he was born.  Kaden was glad because Daddy's birth made his birth possible.  Versii was glad because Daddy took them camping for his birthday.  And Paxton just said, "I'm happy you were born cause it's your birthday!"
All the boys made him birthday cards!