Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Jaina's Class Field Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

On Monday, I had the privledge of chaperoning Jaina's 4K class field trip to a local produce farm. Unfortunately, there aren't many actual "Pumpkin Patches" in South Carolina. I have yet to go to one where there are still pumpkins on the vine from which they grew. Typically, each farm just gets pie pumpkins (the smaller size so the kids can pick them up) and throw them out on a field and then let the kids "pick" one out.

Despite the parents being dissapointed, the kids had a blast! The only bad thing was the weather... SUPER COLD! It was in the 30's and the wind was downright frigid! Because we all expected it to warm up to the 50's or 60's, no one had thought to bring hats, mittens, or coats. After getting riding the windy wagon pulled by a tractor, all of us had throbbing ears and ice cold hands. We grabbed our pumpkins, took pictures, then headed back to the farm house. The only place for the kids to eat snack was a picnic area in the shade. Ms. BJ decided to just have everyone load up and head back to the preschool instead.

Brian was a super sport about it, having driven all the way from work to spend just 45 minutes at the pumpkin patch before we left! Jaina was so proud to be the only student there with BOTH her parents present. Since siblings aren't allowed to come, we had to leave Jayce behind with Grandma, but it would have been to cold for him anyway, so he didn't miss much.

Tonight we'll go to a local church and pick out some big pumpkins for us to carve this weekend! We love halloween at our house!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Halloween Photo Shoot

Since starting a part time job at the Picture People portrait studio, I've probably only taken my kids in a handfull of times to get pictures done. One of the whole reasons I wanted the job was for the discount! But, you know how it goes. If I'm there all the time working, why do I want to be there when I'm not? Also, it doesn't help that Jayce *hates* getting his picture taken. I mean, HATES it. Screams bloody murder. Okay, so he's not screaming in this picture. That's only because he was trapped in the pumpkin and my manager was trying to make him smile. It was easier to take his picture then because he couldn't just walk off in the middle of our shoot. Jaina, on the other hand, did wonderfully as usual. She loves getting her picture taken. And she's really at the age where she can listen and follow more complex instructions like, "Tilt your chin down a bit" and "angle your body towards that light". But its hard getting a non-cheesy smile from her! As you can see, Jaina had decided to be Princess Jasmine, from the Disney movie "Aladdin" this year for Halloween. She seems to be keeping with the trend of years past.... Cinderella, Belle (Beauty and the Beast), and Tinkerbell. I realize, however, that I should not wish her to be done with Disney Princesses yet. I've seen what girls that are only a year or two older than Jaina want to dress up as. Believe me, I am fine with princesses. Since Jayce isn't old enough to have an opinion, Jaina got to pick Jayce's costume this year. He is dressed as a tiger... Rajah, Jasmine's tiger to be exact. My crafty mother was on the ball this year and made his costume in plenty of time for all of our halloween festivities. Jayce was just too cute dressed up as a tiger. I briefly thought about painting his face with a nose and whiskers, but nah.... too much work. Maybe for the night we actually go trick-or-treating.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Fly Lady- Day 1

A year or two ago, my good friend and neighbor Cindy introduced me to a website that helps organize your house: I didn't think I'd like it, especially knowing that you get up to 15 emails a day. But two years later, I remember my friend Cindy and her always clean house, and I'm thinking I'll just give it a try.

So, I signed up today. I am going to get my house clean and prove to my husband I can keep it clean. I will not let clutter overrun my house. I will show that I can keep this house clean so we can then talk about getting a bigger, better, newer house.

My first task was to clean the sink. Not just clean it, but scrubbed it.

How's it look?