Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

While Savannah didn’t understand when we told her it was Halloween she got super excited when we told her Lexy and Marisa were coming. We got her in her Minnie costume and Tyler in his Future Zombie Hunter costume just in time for them to arrive.



Marisa brought some glow sticks for the girls which were a big hit! Then we set out for some candy.



It only took a couple houses for Savannah to get the hang of it. She would go up to the house with Lexy but many times she wouldn’t go to the door until Lexy convinced her. There were also some people in their driveways handing out candy. Her favorite was the few people who were on their driveways with their dogs. I was so proud that she didn’t run up to the dogs like she does ours. She’d go near but wouldn’t try and pet them unless the people told her it was ok.

Unfortunately I just had my phone and the pictures did not come out well. Next year I need to remember to bring the good camera!


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tyler at the Park

While at the park today, Tyler took his first ride down the slide with Daddy. I can’t say he was thrilled – he actually seemed indifferent to it!



Savannah joined the second time and he was more interested in watching her than realizing they were on the slide.



After going down the slide a bunch it was time to play in the sand. Tyler’s feet were buried in it and used to rake and Savannah’s hand was buried. We didn’t think to bring any sand toys but they had fun nonetheless.



VWFW Midwives Appreciation Picnic

Saturday afternoon our midwives’ office had a picnic for all their patients. We arrived very late due to a delayed nap from Savannah but luckily a couple of her friends were still there to play with. Ella, who Savannah asks for a lot, as well as Ariston were playing in the big sandbox. Savannah was quick to join in the fun while Ella’s mom and grandma babynapped played with Tyler.



After a while in the sandbox we noticed there were a bunch of bunnies running around and pointed them out to the kids. They were off and running lickity split trying to get them! Ariston pulled some good maneuvers trying to sneak up on them but no luck.



After a little bunny chasing we ended up down by the lake watching the ducks. And throwing leaves in the water. I think they were trying to convince the ducks to come closer but the ducks knew their ploy..



I can’t pinpoint exactly why since all of the pictures are so cute but my favorite picture from the day is this one with Savannah and Ariston.. They look so grown up!



I am in love with the blog Fun at Home with Kids that I recently ran across. I think I found it from the “Reasons Why My Son is Crying” Facebook page but not sure.

Regardless, the first post I saw I just had to try with Savannah – it was for Magic Foaming Spiders. Sav LOVES spiders. Well, she hasn’t seen a real one yet but any others she loves – like the massive one our neighbors have in their yard for Halloween. We pass it every day to and from school and she always says “Hi Spider!” and “Bye Bye Spider” with a wave. I thank my lucky stars that the spider as big as a VW car (or even if it was just a few inches) is not real or I’d be dead from fear and shock on the sidewalk. I don’t even want to hear how afraid of us they are..


Back to our Magic Foaming Spiders.. There was some prep work that I did after the kidlets were asleep. Ok, so I could’ve let Sav help but then she would’ve wanted to play with them and we would’ve just had messy spiders instead of Magic Foaming Spiders. It was real easy – Just mix baking soda, cornstarch and liquid watercolor together, mold into “spider” shape, add pipe cleaner legs (and yes, mine only have 6 legs each instead of 8.. I may have ripped a couple out to give myself a running chance) then put in freezer overnight. Ours actually stayed in a couple nights so we could do it with Daddy.


Last night before bed Daddy brought in the spiders and put a bunch of vinegar in a pan. After the first one dropped in the pan the foam began! I’m guessing my proportion of coloring to baking soda/cornstarch was low because on the site where I found it their foam was super pretty and ours was white. Not that Savannah cared (or knew the difference) but I was really hoping for colored foam.



She loved watching the foam and kept saying “Spiders!” over and over.



Once the three spiders were in the pan, she started playing with the foam and pulling the spiders out to check on them.



Soon enough (after adding vinegar multiple times) they had fizzled out and she was left with a pan of liquid and pipe cleaners. She kept shaking it trying to get more foam (what I had done to get more foam before adding vinegar) but alas, they were gone.



The only downside – she was not happy when we told her it was all done. We promised we’d do the foam again another day even offered other shapes like stars and hearts and she seemed satisfied..