Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pumpkin Carving

On Tuesday night, we set to work carving our pumpkin. Jackson was excited to help, but we didn't know how he would respond given his reaction last year

He waited with anticipation as daddy cut the top off...

And was excited about doing the honors of pulling the top off...

Yes! He was not completely disgusted by it this year!

Andrew was happy to help too!

No surprise here. This little guy is not worried at all about getting messy.

Once the pumpkin guts were scooped out the real work began. I made the mistake of letting Jackson choose the carving design--either a funny face (easy) or a witch (difficult). He of course chose the witch. Now, I've only carved three or so pumpkins in my life but I gave it a go. Thank goodness Abby arrived when she did! About the time that I was realizing I was in over my head, the boys started making us quite aware that they were ready for bed.

We went and bathed the boys while the pumpkin carving pro did all the hard work!

After bath, the boys came to inspect her work...

Didn't she do a great job?! Way to go Aunt Abby! What would we do without you?

These annual activities such as pumpkin carving are such a vivid marker of how quickly our boys are growing! Last year, Jackson thought it was icky and wanted nothing to do with it and sweet newborn Andrew slept through the whole thing. This year they were both active participants. Good thing they just keep getting more fun! 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

(Another) Halloween Party

You know it's not a holiday around here until we have celebrated/attended at least 3 different parties! Our Halloween costumes got a little more mileage on Monday night as we attended a Halloween Party hosted by one of the student organizations at A&M. While we waited for the Acostas, we ran into one of my students who was nice enough to take a picture of our whole family.

While I have yet to get a good picture of Charlotte and Wilbur together, these two are pretty cute all on their own!

Jackson and Jilly literally ran into each others arms when they saw each other and then held hands until they got to the party. They are such sweet friends!

When they got to the party, they enjoyed each of the stations set up with bowling, fishing, pin the nose on the pumpkin and more. And the prizes, of course!

Jackson wanted to visit the fortune teller, I think mostly because she asked the children to tap on her "crystal ball" with her wand before she began telling their fortune. Jackson really likes sticks so he was sold on this activity. I love how intrigued he looks in this picture! She was telling him that she saw lots of candy in his future.

A couple of police officers were there talking to the kids and passing out badges. Jackson marched right up to the officers and started chatting them up. This was the exchange:
Officer: Hi what's your name?
Jackson: "Jackson. My friend at school, [name omitted to protect the accused], he has been calling me mean names!"
Officer: "Wow, that's not very nice. Would you like a sticker?"

I think Jackson was a bit peeved that they didn't go and arrest the "mean friend" right away, but he was appeased by the sticker.

After enjoying all of the booths and visiting with friends, we went to Chick-fil-A with the Acostas. Daddy carried the little spider back to the car because his "little feet were hurting". Too bad those extra legs are just for show!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pumpkin Crafts

I saw this idea on Pinterest to take craft foam sheets and cut out jack-o-lantern pieces for the kids to play with in the bathtub (craft foam sticks to the tub walls and to each other when wet). The idea in theory worked out beautifully...
Cute kids, cute pumpkin bathtub activity...
In practicality, this is what our project looks like...
My boys enjoy pulling the pieces off of the jack-o-lanterns, pretending they are boats and pirates, tearing the foam in half and chewing on them....anything but making creative pumpkin faces out of them. LOL. Maybe next year. (For what it's worth and for those of you with more compliant/older children, I did have visions of Thanksgiving turkeys for November and Christmas trees in December).
Andrew has figured out that he can nearly climb in/out of the tub by himself so wants to practice this skill all of the time.

He's lucky he's cute, otherwise saying "Andrew, sit on your bottom, sir" about eleventy billion times per bath would sure get old.
The boys also got a Halloween card from Grandma Ann with stickers! Jackson enjoyed choosing a logical spot for each and every sticker to decorate his spooky haunted house scene.
Since little brother still prefers eating stickers, he supervised from his high chair.
All done! Thanks for the fun card Grandma Ann!

Monday, October 28, 2013

4th Annual Halloween Party

On Saturday night, the Hayes hosted their 4th Annual Halloween Party. I almost didn't get to go this year, since the date coincided with New Family Welcome that my office hosts. It was a BUSY weekend with a program late Friday night followed by Midnight Yell and then on Saturday the Game Watching Party followed by a huge BBQ. We lucked out with an 11:00 game though which meant I could make it to the party, albeit a little late!

Here's the awesome crew I spent the weekend with...

Yes, it looks like we are having fun (and we did at times), but it was a long, stressful and physically demanding weekend and my body not-so-gently reminded (and is still reminding me) that I'm not as young as I once was. Honestly, I still haven't recovered even two days later. Sigh.

So after the BBQ I ran hobbled home, showered and threw on my costume. Without further ado, here is the Malnar Family in our 2013 Halloween costumes. We are Charlotte's Web, of course! Jackson is Charlotte, Andrew is Wilbur, I am Fern, and Justin is Mr. Zuckerman, the farmer. Poor Andrew was not feeling his costume.

Mickey and Minnie were there too!
The girls!
The spider and Minnie loved getting to play together, of course.
I wasn't quick enough to get a picture of sweet Cole in his Sebastian the crab costume.

Andrew's little corkscrew tail. =)
I would like spiders more if they were all this cute.
Mickey enjoying his mommy snuggles.
Since Andrew wanted nothing to do with his costume, Justin decided to try it out.
But of course as soon as dad was wearing it, Andrew was suddenly interested.
Truly "Some Pig"!
Sweet Jackson even won one of the costume awards. He was very proud of his "Most Creative" trophy!

We stayed, enjoying the fellowship and friends, for as long as I could keep my eyes open. Thanks for hosting such a fun party once again Hayes Family!

Monday, October 21, 2013

A-Maze-Ing Fun!

Yesterday, we made the easy drive over to Montgomery to visit the P-6 Farm and Corn Maze. It was only about 45 minutes from B/CS and great Fall fun! We lucked out big time because the weather was PERFECT. The air was a crisp 72 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.
And how precious are these brothers in the corn maze?
Jackson was our leader through the maze, and I must say that he has a pretty good sense of direction! Now, we opted for the easy maze designed for the kiddos, so you can't really get "lost". You can though find yourself on some circuitous paths, but Jackson picked the "right" way almost every time. He must get that from his dad, because I can't find my way out of a bucket!

The twists and turns of the maze were guided by signs that contained pages of a cute Halloween story about a square pumpkin named Spookley. So cute!
In addition to the corn maze, there were lots of other fun activities for the kiddos. Here Jackson is channeling his inner Charlotte.

Next he tried out the "Corn Popper", an in ground trampoline. He didn't like this nearly as much as I thought he would. He only jumped for about 3 minutes and was ready to move on. Oh well.

Next up we went on the hay ride! With so much to see and do, neither child had the time to stop and smile for a picture for mom....

I just love overalls on babies! And Andrew was rocking his on Sunday.

Our next stop was for a ride on the cow train!
This is what Andrew thinks about waiting his turn.
And we're off!
Jackson climbed the dirt hill...(Andrew played in the dirt)

And conquered the tire mountain!


It won't be long before these two are perfect see-saw buddies. Andrew needed a little push but they are almost the same weight!
We all enjoyed the culvert slides!
After trying out all of the attractions, we headed over to the pumpkin patch for a few photo ops. By this time, we were really pushing our luck by basically skipping nap time, so cooperation was in short supply. Oh well, they are cute anyway.

All in all a great day. We will definitely be back!