Monday, October 31, 2011


This year I brought to life the idea that Billy has had for our family for years. To be a Pinocchio clan. Just a trip to the thrift store & a few trips to the craft store and I pieced together our costumes for this year again. Billy is Geppetto, William starred as Pinocchio, Zachary the tiny Jiminy Cricket and I got to be the Blue Fairy. It was fun to be matching again and everyone enjoyed our costumes. They were no where near professional, very homemade looking, but they worked.
Saturday was full of festivities for us and dress up opportunities. A fall carnival, a halloween birthday party, trunk or treat & a party at our neighbors house. (LONG DAY)
Today was perfect, we just walked the loop in costume and trick or treated to the neighbors. They in turn came and trick or treated to our house. We were done in less than 20 minutes. Love my neighborhood.
Happy Halloween.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

We finally made it to the pumpkin patch on Monday. We were waiting for Billy to have a day off so he could come with us and he came back from a fire that morning, so we went! Zachary went immediately to the animals on display and tried to feed the pig. He is so drawn to animals.
Then, William pulled Zachary in a wagon over to the BIG pumpkins and we took some pictures. Zachary thought it was so cool to sit on top of a big pumpkin. It was cute.
Next we ventured into the corn maze. William led the way and was really excited to be in a maze. He has been figuring out mazes in his kindergarten book so he was all smiles to be in a real maze. We managed to find our way through, not sure how long it took, but not to long.
Once we conquered the maze it was on to the hay ride. We sat on the back waiting for a long time, the ride was pretty short, but the boys enjoyed every minute. Ran into a few friends, watched the animals eat their dinner and went home. Hooray for lane farms pumpkin patch, we love it every year.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bike riders

Yesterday I found a great deal on a little two wheeler bike for William so we drove to town and bought it. $25! I love craigslist! Ever since we got home yesterday afternoon all he wants to do is ride his bike. He does so great on it, he just charges. We don't have any flat ground around so he is already learning to be comfortable on the ups and downs. I am so impressed with how quickly he transferred from trike to two wheeler (with training wheels of course). Go William! WOW :)
Zachary won't be left behind either. He has found that the neighborhood plastic trike is just his size and he motors around on it flinstone style. He can't reach the pedals. He also charges on his little trike and can keep up with the rest of the kids where ever they are going. Up hill or down, doesn't matter. He has some strong legs!! I saw him a few days ago pushing William on his trike from behind with his trike, up hill! What a brother, go Zachary!

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Date

When Dad was here earlier in the week, Billy came home from a fire and we took advantage and went out on a date! I really can't remember the last date we had been on, mostly because it's fire season and we just don't get the opportunity. Our neighbor was planning a surprise birthday dinner for her husband and we got invited, so we left the boys with Grandpa and went down town. We ate at a new Mexican place in town called Casa Blanca, it was good food and great company. It was such a treat to go hang out together with friends and not have to give the boys a second thought because they were in such great hands. Thanks Dad, I love you.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Zachary's 1st hair cut

Yesterday I got out the sissors and prepared a little ziplock bag for Zachary's first hair cut! I think i waited until William was a little over 2 before I finally chopped his baby locks. Zachary has been sporting quite the mullet and einstein hair in the mornings... I was ready. I put it into a ponytail and cut! It was hard to cut off the baby hair. Not only because, despite the lolly pop distaction, he was really wiggley but it was hard to cut that cute fine hair. Now, he looks a little more grown up and a little more like William :) Here he is:

William's birthday party

I was a little preoccupied with other things in the month of September to do a lot of planning for William's birthday. Billy left for Texas the 1st of the month, I was dealing with my property management, our tenant in our condo decided to stop paying rent, planning the RS homemaking night.... let alone two small children by myself day and night. William would occasionally mention that he wanted a train birthday party and a thomas cake. I kept putting it off dealing with everything else on my plate. About a week before I got down to it and decided I better have a train party for him, with or without Billy here. So I got on oriental trading and bought some supplies and favors, sent out invitations and started jotting notes on what i needed. I decided to make a big taco salad with chicken, beef and black beans on the side, chips & salsa and fruit and a big pot of macaroni and cheese, hot dogs on the side for the kids. I thought about having puzzles out, the train table, thomas tents, baseball, monkey bingo and a tattoo station for things to do... not to mention the swing set and all the trikes, bikes, and wagons. Everything seemed to be falling into place quite nicely. As people would RSVP i would sew up and fill the treat bags to be handed out at the end of the party. Then the party got closer and I realized i hadn't ordered enough treats for how many people were RSVPing.... I was starting to stress about putting on this party solo and how i was going to make a thomas cake.... we got a little sick at the start of the week... the temperatures back here were hitting near 100*..... ahhhhh.
Then on Wednesday, the day before our birthday, Mom showed up! I was saved! She helped me run all the errands for the party, bake and frost the cake, prep and cook all the food and clean, clean, clean. I would not have been able to pull it off without her. The party was a success and even more people came than had RSVPed. The final count was 22 kids and 21 adults! Yikes. But somehow there was plenty of food and drinks, enough cake to go around and everyone enjoyed themselves. Even though it was 84 degrees, the people that came up from SB were pretty happy to be out of the fog and didn't mind so much. All the kids ran around and played and all the adults mingled away. I don't think I really talked to anyone.... just tried to stay on top of everything, but it was a train party for William and now it's over!

This was actually the night of our birthday- William opened presents from Truckee Grandma.That is a big thomas tent! He is on the phone telling Billy all about it!

Retro Homemaking

A few weeks ago our Relief Society put on a retro homemaking night. It was so fun to be a part of (I'm on the committee). We had a pressure cooking class, made little apple pies in a jar and sewed half aprons. We also had a board game drive which we collected and gave to a local children's program. All in all a very fun night. Most of us on the committee dresses up for the occasion, wearing pearls, curling hair and of course sporting our aprons!
I slept in sponge curlers up to my head the night before and even painted my finger nails. I wore a full apron that one of the other ladies brought but couldn't wear because of her hair due. Billy was gone on a fire, So I brought the boys and one of the young women watched them in the nursery... hooray for a small break and a fun evening with the RS sisters!
Doesn't Jill's hair look amazing!