Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pumpkin fun

Yesterday after Autumn's birthday dinner, cake and presents we had a carving good time. While Rodney cut the top off all the big kid's pumpkins (our nieces too) I carved a little pumpkin with Madi before I endeavoured on Colby's and then mine. She had fun, but didn't want to touch the guts on the inside to get them out. After she was done, I joined the gang of kids and Rodney on the kitchen floor in the "gutting zone". Before I had got a chance to go sit with them, I over heard Colby getting teased about how he wouldn't touch the insides as well. Seriously? The kid will kill and pick up a spider for his mom but he won't touch the insides of a pumpkin?! On with the story..... I sat down picked up a hand full and wiped it on his cheek and arm (he had on his under tank). Yeah, score for mom, she got Colby all gross and gooey. Then I turn to Rodney as all the kids are laughing and proceed to tell him how I felt safe because he wont pick up the stuff to get me back. Just as I finish that sentence.... WHACK upside my head with pumpkin guts. As he giggles with his little ornery boy laugh I looked a t him and it was on. Colby and I proceeded to have a pumpkin gut fight in the kitchen ignoring the fact that there were a few innocent bi standards around. Once we stop, Colby whispers to me how he is going to get dad. Oh little man, not a good idea. He did it anyway and round two begun. Once we were done, he volunteered a shower (apparently he didn't like being dirty or the way he felt since he doesn't like taking showers). As he tip toes over the mess, Rodney grabs him, takes him down and stuffs pumpkin guts into his clothes (round three) and I proceed to get gobs of the gooey innards and plop them on Rodney's head and stuff them down his shirt. While Colby was showering and everyone else went off to carve their pumpkin, I got to take that look in the kitchen where it dawns on me.... "Um look what you started and who do you think is going to clean it up?" So, I mopped everything up and went to my "carving station". No matter how big the mess, it was so much fun and the mess truly didn't even bother me. It was a memory I will definitely cherish forever. It's kind of funny to see your kid's skin turn orange from having so much pumpkin on him. I hope your carving is as fun as our. Happy Harvest, Halloween and Fall Fun from our family to yours!

No more Fohawk!

Ok, so after months of growing out the hair and having to do something with it everyday if we didn't want a puff head (which mom did send him to school with poof some days from lack of time), the hair that took so long to get there is now gone in a matter of 5 minutes. After a couple weeks of poor attitudes and countless attempts at changing and redirecting this (by mom, not Dakotah) mom got tired and met Dakotah in the bathroom with the clippers. Yes, he cried for about a minute, then it was like it didn't even matter. WOW! Seriously I was hoping this was the answer. Well, I guess now he can try again just as I will be trying again to find that thing that will turn on that lightbulb above his head.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Family Patch Trip

No rain! I was so excited when I saw there was no rain in the forecast for our trip to the pumpkin patch. We had a very good time. It was a gathering with Rodney's company, so we all hung around the fire pit they have out there and roasted hot dogs for lunch. After the hot dogs were cooked, we headed in so we could sit and enjoy our lunch. After lunch, we went through a corn maze and what a blast that was. Colby, Autumn and I went one way and Rodney, Madi & Dakotah went another. We actually ended up finding each other in the middle. When we got out of the maze, we saw an airial shot of what the maze is this year and they actually spelled out all of the names of the surrounding schools.
The 3 bigger kids went into the hay maze while Madi and I went into the craft barn to check out all the homemade goodies. I love doing that! After the that the 3 bigger kids went into the ballon pumpkin. Madi was on her was on her way in when she decided if I wasn't going in with her then she wasn't going. The hay ride was our last little adventure and we were ready to go home. It actually got up to 84 degrees and we were hot and tired.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Flag Football Tough

So here are the toughest players on the Chiefs...... yeah, they sure don't look too tough! The boys have been playing now for about 4 weeks. They have had 3 games and have 2 more to go. This is Dakotah's first year and Colby's second.Dakotah is having fun playing. It took some time for him to really start paying attention and still from time to time you can look out in practice and see him dancing around playing with his flags. At least now he knows not to go after his own team mates flags! Big steps! This past game on Sunday he did real good focusing on blocking the guy in front of him. It's so funny to see him walk up to the line and start talking trash to the guy he is blocking. Wow, they start so young, just hope he backs it all up. :) It's so great to see Colby come along in the game. Last year he didn't quite get the game especially at the beginning of the season. He progressed with each game. This year, he is soaking up everything he can and still is looking at the coaches like he wants more. I had to tell him after the first 2 practices that this is football, he can stop being the sweet boy he is and be tough and aggressive. I told him just to pretend he was going after his brother like he does when they are wrestling. It worked! He has gotten more aggressive in his game. Oh and his running..... you know from last year to this year what an improvement. I am so happy we got his foot fixed! He runs with his foot straight and he actually keeps up with the middle of the pack most times and the front every now and then. Last year he was last. I think he could be even faster once he develops those muscles since they are a few years behind from his foot not being right and it won't wear him out so fast once he is stronger too. He doesn't have pain, praise God and is having a blast.

We play the Lions on the 12th and the Packers on the 19th. GO CHIEFS! (The only time I will say that!)

Friday, October 3, 2008

First Pumpkin Patch Trip

Yesterday Madi and I joined Autumn and her class on a field trip to the pumpkin patch. It was so cold!!!! Despite the chill and the lack of a heavier jacket, we enjoyed our time at the patch and together. We went on a tractor hay ride, did a bean bag toss into some old school pumpkin buckets, jumped around with some balloons in a blow up pumpkin, ate a pumpkin bar and drank orange soda, bowled with a bouncy ball knocking over plastic milk bottles,
ran through a hay maze, visited some ducks and little goats, had lunch and lastly picked our selves out a little pumpkin to come home with us. It truly was a n enjoyable time for us girls and the class. We will be returning as a family next Saturday, weather permitting (I saw rain in the forecast).