Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Sneak Peak

Any guesses?

Full reveal coming soon!

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Pumpkin Patch Kind of Day

Friday was Pumpkin Patch Day!

I went with Clare and her class on her first field trip to a pumpkin farm. 

She experienced her first bus ride, and I got to spend some time with all of the kindergarteners.

Meanwhile, Jane, Sydney, and Graham went with Emme and Deedee to a different pumpkin patch...complete with bounce houses, rides, and horses!

It looks like big fun was had by all!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Last night at dinner Clare says, "I forgot to tell you what John did at school today during circle time."
"What did John do?"
"He tooted."
Everyone starts laughing.
Casey asks, "What did everyone do?"
Clare answers, "Mike said, 'Who farted?"
Casey and I both mistakenly start laughing, which prompts Clare to say that about ten more times. So then we tell Clare that we don't use that word and we don't want to hear it anymore.  It takes a few reminders for her to understand that we are serious.  But, by the end of dinner, she understands that she isn't supposed to say that.

Fast forward to bed time.....I am putting Clare to bed, and she looks up at me with her sweet, innocent eyes and says, "I really want to say the 'f-word'."

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mixed Results

Today we did a little shaving cream painting!  

Sydney loved it!

She embraced the slimy activity, and took advantage of the opportunity to make a mess!

Jane started off curious. She gave it a try and faked a smile for the picture, but she didn't enjoy the activity.   Part of it may have been that she was pretty tired, but she claimed she didn't like the way it felt.

So, while Sydney continued to paint and create, Jane sulked on the floor wanting to do "a different craft."

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fair Play

Monday was Fair Day, and we took advantage!  The girls, Deedee, and I headed south to ride rides, eat corny dogs, and enjoy the State Fair of Texas.

Our first stop was the little farm where the girls got to milk cows, plant food, and earn money...a crowd favorite from last year.

Next up...RIDES!


Clare was in a tough spot this year.  She was too tall for some of the kiddie rides and too short for some of the big rides.
We found a few that were just right though!
She and I rode on a few of the bigger rides together. During the rides she was scared to death, but after she was done, she loved them!

And of course, we indulged in some fair food!

It was a fun day with great weather.  Thanks to Deedee for the fun outing and for all of the pictures!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

So Long To An Old Friend

Clare's lovie, a pink blanket/bunny, has been with her since birth.  I think we actually had it at the hosptial with us when she was born. 

It has seen her though good times and bad.  It comforted her when she gave up her pacifier and during almost every sad or scary moment of her short getting her picture made with Santa.  Until recently, Lovie was next to her in bed every night.  For awhile, I thought Lovie might go with her to college and walk her down the aisle.

Well, the day has come where Lovie is no longer needed.  Clare hasn't slept with it in quite a while, and today when she went to spend the night with her grandparents, she purposefully didn't pack it.  Another sign of my oldest girl growing up.

Now Lovie will remain in her drawer until it makes it's final move into a keepsake box.  Lovie, you have served your purpose quite well.  Thank you for providing my sweet girl an immeasurable amount of comfort!

Good thing there are three more proud lovie-toters under my roof!  No sign of the younger three getting rid of theirs anytime soon....and that is fine by me!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Music to My Ears

Graham thinks Sydney is hilarious, and so do I!

Monday, October 3, 2011

School Quotes from Clare

Clare:  A fireman came to school today.
Me:  Really? What did he say?
Clare:  911 is only for emergencies.  You shouldn't call just to see who answers.


Clare:  We had an assembly today.  Everyone was there...even the grades.  
(Referring to first through sixth grades)


Me:  Who sits at your table?
Clare:  Michelle.  She speaks China.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


The girls have had fun decorating their faces lately....

...with face paint

and with ice cream!