Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Witching Hour

A friend of mine invited me to a craft night, and check out the project she came up with for us to make! It is definitely my favorite Halloween decoration. (Not that there is much competition.)
It is actually made out of an old kitchen drawer, spray painted black. The clock is just a cheap one from Target, taken apart and "spruced" up. A lot of the other stuff came from the Dollar Store.
My boys love it too, although they won't leave the clock alone since it doesn't have a cover on it. Oh well, it is supposed to look a little "distressed" right? (Do you recognize the little witch?)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Spooky Party

Friday was Dallin's "Spooky" birthday party, with all of his friends. It was so much fun! Kind of a combination Halloween/birthday party.
Here are the very scary cupcakes (actually those ones with the sharp teeth did turn out a little frightening).

Grandma and Grandpa Widing came for the weekend and partied with us. Brooke even cried at the window when they left- so sad! (But I think they took it as a compliment and loved it.)


We had a spooky lunch- mummy dogs, goblin grins, jello jigglers shaped like skulls, pumpkins and ghosts, and punch with a frozen hand floating in it.

This is how Brooke spent half of the party, walking around with one of the guests sparkly shoes. She loves shoes! (Her middle name is Lauren... How many pairs of shoes do you have Auntie Lauren? hmmm... I think she is too embarrassed to answer :)

But check out these shoes that Grandma brought her.

This is how she spent the other half of the party- begging for candy.


We had a Roman soldier, ballerina, Yoda, Darth Vader (he took his costume off), storm trooper, power ranger, football payer, and pumpkin. They were so cute, and such a good group.

Playing wake the zombie. We finally had to call a tie because Tanner and Tyler (the storm trooper) were way too good and wouldn't wake up- the other kids were getting bored.


Digging for eyeballs (ping pong eye balls) in the brains (spaghetti noodles).

We wrapped mummies too (Tanner and Toby).


Make a wish!

Opening presents- always the highlight for everyone.
We also had a candy corn toss and pumpkin hunt- some how I didn't end up with any good pictures of those. It was a really cute party, and I think everyone had a good time. I know I had fun planning and making everything. Happy Birthday again Dallin!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Dallin!

Today is Dallin's 4th birthday. He is getting to be such a big boy. I think 4 is going to be a good year for him. He has really been maturing over the last few month- outgrowing some of his toddler frustrations, and becoming more confident in his abilities. He's been my little buddy this last month since Tanner has been at school, I've really enjoyed having a lot of quiet time with him. He's been my little sidekick. He's a funny little guy, he has definitely inherited his dad's sense of humor and silliness. He makes me laugh.
Dallin was my little preemie. He really scared us coming so early. My water broke almost 9 weeks early. Luckily I was able to stay at the hospital closely monitored and stay pregnant a little while longer- he was born 6 weeks early.
He did pretty well and only had to stay in the hospital 2 weeks after he was born. His only hang ups were eating and jaundice. So he spent quite a bit of time in a little light bed, and with a feeding tube down his nose (so sad).

We finally got to take him home! What a puny boy! Spending over a month total in the hospital was way too long.

Itty-bitty Dallin

It didn't take him very long to wake up and figure out that eating was fun, not a chore. Check out those cheeks and chin!

First Birthday (Don't you just want to squeeze him and nibble his cheeks? - I do!)

Second Birthday

3 years old!

Happy Birthday Dallin! We love you so much and are so glad you are part of our family.

New Obsession

On one of the many "crafty" blogs I check out, I saw a couple of tutorials for fabric flowers. You only need scraps, and since I have tons, plus a lot of time on my hands when the kids go to bed (Aaron is working on his master's thesis project, so he is no fun); I now have quite a few fabric flowers. (I make them while I watch t.v., so I don't feel like I am totally wasting my time.) I've pinned a couple to blouses and jackets, and made some hair bows out of them. I am thinking they would be cute on a hair band too... I should probably stop while I am ahead.
Here's Brooke modeling one style. Aaron says they look like Mickey Mouse ears- It would probably help if she grew a little more hair. She's such a little munchkin. I've been trying to fatten her up- no luck.
A close up- I think they turned out pretty cute, and I am a sucker for black, white, and red on little girls.