Thursday, November 3, 2011


My parents came up to visit from Nevada for the weekend.  They arrived on Friday afternoon and left on Sunday after church.  We had so much fun with them and were so glad that they came.  On Saturday morning, we went down to the Nature Center.  I forgot my camera, but my parents took a couple of pictures from their cell phone. 

Here are the boys playing in the stream simulator inside.  They thought this was so much fun and didn't want to leave it. 
Bauer looking cute. 
My little owls.
Whenever we have anybody at our house, one of the first things that my boys do is ask them to read books to them.  Here is a picture I got of my Dad reading a book to Bauer.  Any guess on what the book is about?  Tractors! 
That night our ward had a harvest dinner and trunk or treat.  There was a dinner of chili, chips and cupcakes.  Afterward, there was a bounce house, scary tent and games for the kids to play, followed by the Trunk or Treat.  I was so excited to finally see the boys in their finished costumes.  They were the Three Musketeers.  I thought they were quite adorable and we got a lot of great comments on them throughout the weekend.
Keagan and Grandma (my Mom) Sword fighting. 
Keagan "getting" Andrew. 
Andrew using Bauer's sword to "get" Deker.
On Monday, Keagan's kindergarten class wore their costumes to school and then towards the end of their school day, there was a costume parade.  I dressed up Deker and Bauer and went to the parade.  Here is Keagan's class. 
That night, we went trick or treating around our neighborhood, then gladly came home when it got dark to watch some Halloween cartoons and pass out candy to the kids that came by. 

Carving Pumpkins

On the Monday before Halloween we carved pumpkins.  I helped Keagan and Deker carve an actual face, then they had fun putting more holes, lines, etc. into their pumpkins. 
 Bauer had fun playing around with Andrew's for a while.
Andrew, Deker and Keagan hard at work.
The finished products.

October Happenings

In October, one of the boys in Deker's preschool co-op group turned three.  Because his birthday is in October, they decided to do a Halloween party and all the kids were asked to dress up.  Unfortunately, I had not made the boy's Halloween costumes yet.  On the day of the party, Deker decided that he wanted me to stay with him at the party and since Andrew was working, that meant we would all need to stay.  As I was going through our Halloween costume box the morning of the party and trying to find costumes for the boys, I had a light bulb moment.  Why don't I put them in their Boise State shirts, make some Boise State tattoos with my Silhouette and then paint their faces.  Here is how they turned out.
They had fun and have been asking several times since to put the tattoos on again.  That afternoon when I was putting all the boys in their rooms for nap/quiet time Keagan said "Mom, I thought Heavenly Father didn't want us to have tattoo's on".  I then got to explain that these tattoos wash off and that is OK, he just doesn't like it when we permanently do things to our bodies. 

After we got home from the party, we had a first in our family.  Our boys have never fallen asleep in their chairs/at the table...That is until now.  When we got home from the party, I fed the boys lunch.  Bauer often takes a long time to eat a meal and I will leave in him in his high chair to finish eating while I clean up.  This particular time, Andrew had called while I was cleaning up from lunch and I had kind of forgotten that Bauer was in his high chair (I know, bad mom!).  After a couple of minutes, I looked around and noticed Bauer in his high chair, asleep.
Last Friday, Keagan received an award at a school assembly.  Once a quarter the school has an assembly to give awards to kids for academics and also Citizenship.  Keagan received a citizenship award from his teacher for consistently being respectful.  I am so proud of Keagan, he loves going to school each day to learn and to play and make friends. 

The Farmstead, Part 2

As I mentioned in a previous post, we purchased season tickets to the Farmstead when they were on Groupon.  We had so much fun going several times throughout the month of October.  Here are more pictures from our various trips.

The boys in the BIG rocking chair.
In the corn maze
The big jumping pillow.