Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat!

This first pic is actually from last weekend...
we went to a party, but Drew opted not to wear his costume.

Getting ready to head out tonight...

Give me your gangster faces...

We went with a huge party of trick-or-treaters, and
Mallory was really lagging.  She didn't seem to mind, though.
She was just so happy to get candy :)

How many can we eat? How many? Mom? Mom?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

A great weekend

Couldn't have asked for a better weekend - soccer game Saturday morning, baseball game Sunday evening, great weather, pumpkin carving, a night out, and a chance to sleep in without the kiddos :)

Brady stayed at my mom and dad's house Friday and Saturday night so he could go to the A&M game with them.  This has become an annual tradition, and it is one that he really looks forward to.

In hindsight, one thing that would have been better this weekend is if the Aggies could have pulled off the win :(  Nevertheless, Brady still had lots of fun.

Mallory had her first sleepover at Grandma's house on Saturday.  I decided to ask Bryan's mom if she would be willing to keep Drew and Mallory on Saturday night since Brady was getting to stay at Grandma Farris' house.  This way, everyone was happy!  Bryan picked up all the kids early this afternoon, and we carved all of our pumpkins.  Well... all but the one we had to throw away because it was already half rotten.

Drew carving his pumpkin - his request was square eyes,
a triangle nose, and a mouth with sharp teeth.

He was very pleased with the result!

Mallory helping out with the big pumpkin...
her interest in carving didn't last too long, though.

Everyone got some time carving the big one, plus their own pumpkin.  
However, Brady felt a little cheated because his was the one 
that was rotten. He did carve the smallest one with 
the frown entirely on his own, though.

Make a face like your pumpkin, I told them.
Mallory wasn't cooperative so I cropped her out. lol

Looking forward to everyone dressed up tomorrow and getting some fun pics!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Visting the Patch

Autumn in Hooville - Jady Day Studio
Cindy's half pack 22 template
Scrabble alpha - Traci Reed

Not what I had planned on working on next, but my soccer template isn't cooperating :(

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Brady is 8!


A Wizarding World - Jady Day Studio
Little Green Frog Designs - Doubled Over template pack

I actually started and finished this in the same day, which makes me happy!  I have been working on some other projects and that has taken time away from me working on layouts for our family album.  I decided it was time to devote some extra time for it this week :)  Next up, a soccer layout with Drew and Mallory.  I'd like to say I will get it done tomorrow, but don't hold your breath!

Monday, October 24, 2011

13 years

Happy Anniversary to me!  On one hand, it's hard to believe it's been thirteen years, but on the other, I can't even remember what life was like before kids. lol  Bryan is an awesome husband and a great dad, and I know I don't tell him enough.  I think it often... but rarely verbalize it.  So, Bryan - thanks for putting up with all the things you don't love about me and for going out of your way to make me happy.  I love you and our little family :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Celebrating Brady's birthday

Thursday was Brady's actual birthday.  I went to eat lunch with him at school and brought cupcakes for the class.  He opened presents after Bryan got home from work, and he chose pizza for dinner.

Notice the excitement on BOTH their faces!

A fancy new beyblade

The next day, we went out to celebrate.  He picked one of his friends from school to go with us - blizzards from Dairy Queen after school, then Putt Putt Fun House and finally, dinner at Fuddruckers.

Unfortunately, we didn't actually play putt putt because we were scared of getting eaten alive by mosquitoes :(  But, the kids still had lots of fun!

Today, both sets of grandparents came to Brady's baseball game and then back to the house for cake and presents.  I had fun decorating the table for a Harry Potter theme.  I couldn't find a cake I liked enough, so I ended up buying a small lego set that Brady wanted and used it to decorate the cake.  He thought that was pretty cool, so I did well :)

Next on his list - a trip to Toys R Us to spend the birthday money that is now burning a hole in his pocket!

My Stingrays in action!

Warming up before the game

Hard to tell in the pic, but Mallory kicked the ball to start the game :)

Drew was in the middle of the action most of the game.

Playing defense

The ball came Mallory's way a few times, but
she wasn't able to run fast enough to get it!
Paying more attention would help, too. LOL

She did throw the ball in a few times.

Love Drew's face here - "Go Stingrays!!"

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Happy Birthday Brady!

At eight years old, Brady...
  *loves to read and often has 2-3 books going at the same time
  *doesn't have a modest bone in his body 
  *hates to lose and can be brought to tears losing a wii game
  *is a model student
  *cannot live in the moment - always has to know what's coming next!
  *enjoys having the last word
  *is protective of his siblings... but bossy, too!
  *has developed an attitude at home :(
  *has lost five of his baby teeth

In his words...
  Favorites:  Book - Harry Potter
                    Movie - Harry Potter
                    T.V. show - Power Rangers
                    Place - Minute Maid Park
  Biggest Pet Peeve - Drew yelling at Mallory (hmm... wonder where Drew learned that??)
  Biggest Fear - tornadoes
  What are you good at?  baseball and video games
  What are you NOT good at?  having patience (I did suggest this, but he readily agreed!)


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Our trip

Brady and I made it back into town last night.  Needless to say, Brady was sad to leave Zack behind.  Having said that, he has quickly gotten back into the swing of things and is anxiously awaiting his birthday in a couple of days :)  Mallory was very happy to see me.  Drew was, too, but he might have been more excited to see Brady. lol  Bryan took them to do a lot of fun things while we were away, so I don't think they missed us too much!
At the Vests' house

On our way to visit the arch -
I definitely should have taken more pics
of the fall foliage!

This is the size of the "pod" we rode to get
to the top of the arch...

630 feet!

Not a great picture, but gives you an idea
of our vantage point.

Looking down on St. Louis

After visiting the arch and eating some famous frozen
custard, we made our way to the carnival at Zack's school

This was hilarious! The boys were tethered together
and each trying to score baskets on their end.

Lunch the next day at Cheeburger Cheeburger - Brady decided 
to bring his Chevrolet home as a souvenir.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered Drew had gotten
this one while we were away! What are the odds?

This next place had to have been the highlight of the
trip for the boys, a place called City Museum.  I couldn't
even begin to describe it - the website says it "is an eclectic mixture 
of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and 
architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects."  

The next three pics are all on the roof.  If you refer
back to the above pic, you can see the ferris wheel 
and ramp/slide pictured below.

We stayed until the place closed at 5:00 p.m. 
I'm certain they could have stayed several
more hours if given the opportunity!