Wednesday, November 3, 2010


This year was the first time Owen and Mason picked out their own costumes for Halloween.  I couldn't imagine what they would choose and as they flipped through catalogs, kept changing their minds.  I wondered how we'd ever settle on one that they'd be happy with in 2 hours!  We were out one day and I saw a costume for a pit crew guy.  They are really into the movie "Cars" and when I explained the costume to them, they were sold.  I was worried that Owen would later wish his costume were red so I tried to convince him that the red "motorcycle/bmx rider" costume might be a good choice.  It looked very similar to the pit crew suit (all one piece and quite shiny).  My everything-red-all-the-time child immediately put down the red motorcycle suit and went for the blue one.  And THAT is how I knew they were for real about these costumes!
 (Owen, Mason)

Of course leading up to Halloween there were several fun activities going on!  The kids had a party at school and were allowed to wear their costumes, which they were VERY excited about!

Here's Mason who went straight for the cookie!

And here's Owen showing off his little craft project.  They are getting pretty good at placing objects in the correct places.

 We also went to the Halloween carnival at the school where I used to teach.  The kids had so much fun winning candy!

(Owen, Mason)

On Halloween we hung around the house and did some fun activities.  We made some rice krispie treats with Halloween sprinkles, carved jack-o-lanterns with specific instructions on how the faces should look from the kids, painted pumpkins, and trick or treated!
 (Scary faces: Mason, Owen)

Click below for the album of Halloween day pics.  There are too many cute ones to post them individually!  Enjoy!
Here are the kids telling us all about Halloween.

After trick or treating and bath, the kids gave us a pretty funny little puppet show (that they didn't realize we were watching).  I debated if I should post this video because it's about 3 minutes long.  But because it needs to be documented just exactly how they are at this age, this is a perfect example of how much fun they have playing together.  And besides, I know some grandparents and other friends who will enjoy hearing their little conversation.

In the previous video, you probably noticed the stuffed Halloween kitty that Mason named "Mister Majesty."  We have no idea where he got the name, so here he is trying to explain it to us...quite funny!

And if that wasn't enough activity for the day, after all of that the kids decided it was time to dress up like pirates. Here is a cute video of them (mostly Owen) trying to convince us why they should stay up.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Aggie Game Day

This past Saturday we decided to take the kids to College Station to experience game day at Kyle Field. We did not actually go to the game (not brave enough to take 2 toddlers just yet) but we had fun partaking in some pre-game traditions, the most fun being parking really far away and walking to the stadium. I kid. We barely missed the team walking into the stadium/practice facilities, but we enjoyed the kid zone for quite a while, saw uncle Kyle and Manda at their tailgate spot, and watched the Corps march in. The kids really thought the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band was pretty awesome. We even got to take the kids potty in a maroon port-o-potty. Maroon doesn't make it any more fun, let me tell you. Once it was game time, we headed to the car and hit up an old favorite lunch spot and did a little shopping. The day was quite fun and we look forward to taking the kids back for an actual game! Oh, and let me just say how HAPPY we are that we BTHO Texas Tech! WHOOP!

Click here for some pics of our Aggie fans:
Aggie Game Day

This is what we do

One of the most precious sights a mommy can see:

Two sweet little boys who hunted down their pretend tools so they could join their daddy in fixing the sink.  (Owen in green) 

And something else to make a mommy proud - recognizing all their numbers in order to line up all the peg boards in reverse order from 10, so they could count down and yell BLAST OFF!! 

The other night we got home from HEB and all three of the boys in this house were in a very silly mood, instigated by Daddy.  It started with a "magic trick" where the kids would count to 3 and snap their fingers and the light would turn on (or off).  They thought it was amazing that they could snap their fingers and control the light!  They eventually figured out that Daddy was flipping the switch, which then led to them wanting to flip the switch.  So during each "off" period, Aaron would pose in a different way for the next time the light turned on.  Of course the kids thought this was hilarious and the flickers got more rapid, which led to a very funny evening.  Here are just a few seconds of our fun that took precedence over unpacking the groceries: 

I also mentioned in a previous post how the kids love music, singing, and dancing, and I even posted a picture of the kids hanging out with Daddy in the playroom having a mini jam session.  Well, I found a video that was on a different camera that is just adorable.  Mason on guitar, Owen on vocals (although he isn't quite sure of the words yet), and Daddy on maracas!

The guitars you see them playing are fairly new to them and they each play some different songs.  Owen is still trying to learn the words to "What I Like About You."  In the mean time, I got some pretty cute video, including the "yowwwww!!"

They were recently introduced to a new song: Kiss' Rock and Roll All Night.  Evidently they had part of the chorus stuck in their heads.  Almost as funny as seeking out their guitars and spontaneously bursting into song, are their outfits - a t-shirt, undies, and some house shoes from Holland shaped like clogs.  Nothing screams rocker like red and blue elf shoes!  And be sure to listen to Owen towards the end.  I think he takes it up an octave!

And here's a video of another nightly show.  This time to "I Gotta Feeling."