Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Saturday-

the end of fall soccer is upon us. both boys won their games, so the end was sweet. we had a great season, made some new friends, and are looking forward to playing with the same coaches and team in the spring.
Cannon was presented with his first trophy:

Ty will get his next weekend at his soccer party.

Later that night we had a Halloween party to attend at the Ye Old Toblers. They went all out. There was trick or treating in the back yard among a few other kiddy friendly activities. The food was festive, abundant, and delicious.

It was good to see old friends.

The kids came home well prepared for sweet dreams.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween weekend begins -

Our day started out at the Children's Theater at the Arkansas Arts Center. We joined Cannon's besties and their mom's for Giant and the Beanstalk. It was adorable. My favorite thing was the artwork, I would love to buy all of the play posters and hang them in our playroom. I must figure out who the artist is.
The older two had their AR day where they were allowed to dress up as their favorite storybook character. Their Halloween costumes seemed to fall in line with the school guidelines, Ryli as Jessie and Ty as Dr. Doom. Toy Story has books, right? And Dr. Doom is a Marvel comic book villan... 
 Then, there was this guy. Edible, I tell you.

 Later that night was the Fall Fest and Trunk or Treat at the church. 
This picture perfectly depicts their personalities. Ryli and Lucy, BFF's
There was a costume parade
 & a bouncy house.
 finally, the boss decided to call it a night.

Where was Ty? He was invited to a birthday party sleepover. We gave him the choice, he could trunk or treat at the church with the family, or stay up really late eating junk food with friends and playing video games. His decision was easy. I hestitated and held off as long as I possibly could. I finally had to give in. It was something I was never going to do, sleepovers. It's another step toward ultimate independence...ouch. We missed him, and felt incomplete without him. The next morning his brother and sister (and mother) waited anxiously for his return. It was a good thing, I think.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pumpkin Carving

Last night we had Sue-wee over for dinner to celebrate her last day of work....ever. She retired. We were all so excited for her and proud of her.
We also decided to start the carving. This year Cannon wanted the Hulk and Ryli chose the rose from Beauty and the Beast. Originally Ty wanted Iron Man. Then he was given a choice, have Dad do Iron Man or let him carve it himself in the more traditional way. He chose to do it himself. He ended up with a devil, of sorts.
Ryli was way more excited about the pulp than any of us would've liked. She likes to get dirty. Ty had to scrape the pulp out of his himself, which was one of the conditions. He wasn't happy about it, but ended up making the sacrifice.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Alpha & Omega

Harry Potter time with Dad

Monday, October 25, 2010

Passing on the Gift

Heifer International is one of the most clever organizations I know of. I remember touring this farm when I was in elementary school. When I heard that Ryli's class would be visiting I was happy to tag along, and teach the boss a thing or two about charity. He cooperated by napping in his sling the entire time.
Ry got to milk a goat
on the hayride
 The entrance to the ranch, flags for all of the countries they have donated to
(there are more flags around the corner)

 I would like to say that by the end of the field trip Ryli was willing to give up her Christmas in order to feed the hungry. She at least thought about it for a few minutes though. Instead, she asked if she could have the goat instead of giving it to another family. See why I started early with the boss? There is still hope for him:)

Seriously though, for $20 you can give a flock of chicks, or ducks, or geese!
Totally Do-able!!
Each of my chicks will be giving up one present for this cause...and they will LIKE it!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

cutting the ribbon

on wednesday i had the pleasure of attending one of my husbands events. a new veterans clinic was opening in conway, a ribbon cutting was the main attraction.

along with a group of motorcycle veterans called "Rolling Thunder", Senator Mark Pryor attended and spoke, the mustache-less Congressman Vic Snyder attended and spoke, Shane's boss (and VA Hospital Director) Michael Winn spoke, a moment of silence was had for MIA's and POW's, and Miss University of Central Arkansas sang the National Anthem.

my patriotism cup was re-filled, the spirit of the miltary was strong. again, heartstrings were tugged.

i am so proud of shane. even though he is no longer active duty, he is still making a difference.
(everyone that i met had high praises for my guy, as if there was any question about what a "great man" he is)
there is something really hot about watching him work
 Shane's Boss
 Congressman Snyder
 Mr. Cannon
Senator Pryor 
and finally, the ribbon was cut

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


last thursday cannon's class went on a field trip to the pumpkin patch. theo and i went along for the ride. the kids got to have a potato sack race, pumpkin rolling race, make a nature notebook, hop on a hayride, then find a pumpkin in the hay maze. afterwards we picniced at the pavilion. have i mentioned how much i love his school? teachers? friends? they are all fantastic!!
my little sling monkey 
 the three amigos
 my babes