"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick or Treat

Happy Halloween!!
Happy first Halloween to Elliot. He was ready for bed at this point, so I just put a costume on him really quick to get some pictures of him, and then off to bed he went. He wore Clayton's first Halloween costume, Mickey Mouse.

Then, off to trick or treat. Our other cousins, Emily and Macey, joined us at our house after the festival.

Our little plant was loved on by his ladybug cousin.
(by the way, the brown part on his body is supposed to be a pot.)
Oliver really got the hang of it this year. This boy LOVES chocolate, so he was pumped about all of the chocolate being poured into his bag. I am not sure how much he ate that night, but I do know it was A LOT.

Our last stop was our sweet neighbor, Jacob's house. Oliver was so excited to see him on the front porch passing out candy. A plant and a bee go perfectly together.
Now, we have TONS of candy, and I can't stop eating it. I think I have eaten my weight in candy. YIKES!!

Fall Festival

The boys have wanted to be Jawas (some little star wars guys) for months. The "real" costume was $50, so I decided I was going to make the costume. A couple of weeks ago, I finally went and bought the 4 yards of brown fabric needed to make these costumes. Lo and behold, a week before Halloween, Clayton decided he wanted to be a pirate (to go with his book report). So, I decided to make Oliver a pirate costume also. I spent an evening cutting all the fabric for two pirate costumes. The next morning, I showed Oliver the fabric I had cut and tried to get him excited about the whole pirate thing. Well....didn't go as planned. He said no to the pirate idea and when I asked him what he wanted to be, my sweet, hilarious, mind of his own Oliver said, "I want to be a plant". After trying not to drop to the floor roll around laughing, I was supportive of his decision and we went to hobby lobby and he picked out exactly the plant he wanted to be "a blue plant". So, here they are...
The Pirate
And the Plant

We went to the Fall Festival at Firewheel Mall. CROWDED would be an understatement. We didn't last too long.

Some of the cousins came too. Here is Sleeping Beauty Olivia.

Here is Football Player Noah

And Football Player Owen.
Last, but not least (just the tiniest) Elliot as himself. He was asleep when we got there, so no costume.

We had fun, the weather was awesome, but we were ready to get home to do some Trick or Treating.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Book Report

Clayton had a big project due today. We spent all week working on this project. He had to read a book of his choice, then make a poster that had different elements of the book. He chose "Pirates Don't Change Diapers". He chose this mainly because they could dress up like a character in their book and he really wanted to dress like a pirate. He read the book all by himself. We then had to get creative with the poster. We tea stained paper to make it look old and Joel was in charge of burning the paper. Then Clayton got to work on the rest of the project. All together, he did a great job.

I spent the week making the pirate costume to go with the poster.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Lifting You Up

Precious Annie,
Your Aunt Rachel (who already loves you as much as I and faithfully prays for you) reminded me yesterday that you are probably already a teeny tiny baby tucked safely away inside of your birth mom. It is so hard to believe. You are a little life that I don't even know yet, but yet love so much already. The hardest part is that I can't protect you right now. I can't eat the right foods, can't take vitamins, can't make sure I stay away from harmful things. It is hard. I must lift your life up to the Lord. He will take care of you. He will show you that you are loved. He will sustain you. He will make sure you have proper nutrition. I have to believe this. He has chosen me to be your mommy from the beginning of time. When you grow up, I want you to know how much I loved you even before I held you for the very first time. Even before I saw a picture of your sweet face the first time. I want you to know you were loved from the very beginning of your teeny tiny life and you were prayed for even before that.

I love you and cannot wait to hold you one day!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pumpkin Project

Clayton had his first ever school project. He had to decorate a pumpkin without carving it. He decided to make a scarecrow. We spent some time designing on paper to figure out what supplies we needed and then spent Sunday putting him together.
Oliver joined in and did his own project.

He even used the sewing machine. His wife one day will thank me for domesticating him.
Here is Oliver's finished product. So cute!
Clayton's finished product complete with handmade jeans.

I asked Joel to take him to school because I didn't want the pumpkin falling apart on the bus. The sad part is that his arms fell of during the day at school. Mrs. Owens taped them back on. Clayton said he won't win the contest now that his arms aren't waving "hi" anymore.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

State Fair of Halpin

Well, we missed the real fair, so why not have the fair in the comfort of our own home. That way I can control the fat content of everything I fry (ha!)!! We got home about 6 pm from our super fun day at the zoo, and were ready for some more fun!!
To start off our fair evening, I fried up some corny dogs. I have never fried anything, so the flying grease terrified me a bit. I dumped an entire bottle of vegetable oil into the pot (YUCK!)
I also fried up some curly fries. I am sure you are getting the picture that we ate a lot of yummy fried food. Much better than baked.
Here is my first costumer. He is holding a sleeping boy.
Another happy customer.
No fair is complete without yummy funnel cake. I actually made this using a funnel. Never knew I could make such a thing. They may ask me to fry up some stuff at the fair next year.
It actually tasted yummy, just like a funnel cake.

Clayton made tickets that we traded in for food and carnival games.

Welcome to the Midway. Clayton playing toss the coin. (please ignore the flour all over the floor. The kitchen was covered in grease and flour).
Here is Oliver playing race car.
...and Clayton playing toss the ball.
We also had a little dance-off. It was the best State Fair I have ever been to. Such sweet, precious memories were made. I am actually glad we missed the State Fair of Texas....otherwise, we wouldn't of had the State Fair of Halpin.