Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sunrise and Songs

Remember when I planned to post one random picture a week?...
Yeah -- I think that happened once.

Anyways, my new plan is to add a song or two along with the picture!
I am a major music lover. There can never be enough singing and dancing in one day as far as I'm concerned. So I hoping this might motivate me to post more.

This picture is of the sunrise one morning a week ago maybe. I was walking home from boot camp and couldn't stop looking at the clouds. The colors were even better than what the picture shows but by the time I got my camera, the purples and pinks were gone.

Now for the songs.
There are so many.
I write new ones down almost every day.
I love hearing new songs but I also love hearing tunes from years ago that I had forgotten about.
So I may share a mix of both at times.

Angels and Airwaves -- "The Adventure"
The Temper Trap -- "Sweet Disposition"
Blind Pilot -- "We Are The Tide"


A Wizard's Undergarments

The boys have been into Harry Potter lately.
Griffin was given a "real" Harry Potter wand for his birthday and the other boys always want turns with it.
So I found a tutorial online showing how to make your "very own wizard wand at home!"
I still haven't completely finished Kai and Trey's wands (otherwise I would have pictures) but they are impatient and took what I had completed so far. A half finished Harry wand for Kai and a Dumbledore fashioned one for Trey.

On Veteran's Day, school was out, and the boys had their jammies on for most of the day.
Trey even had his pull-up on still at 10am.
I heard the boys playing around.... casting and blocking spells.
Calling out "Expeliarmus!" "Redunto!", as well as "Avada Kadavra!", even though I've told them MANY times that the killing curse is not allowed in the house. ;)

So all of a sudden, Trey stops mid-play, with his "wand at the ready" and says, "Oops....sorry. (big grin) Dumbledore doesn't wear diapers!"

He then ran off as quick as he could to change into underwear.

So cute.

I love my wizard boys!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Halloween 2011

I'm just noticing how much RED was in our costumes this year for Halloween.
Me (yes, I know my eyes are closed) a pirate.
Jeff as one of the best Nacho Libres I've seen,
Griffin as Harry Potter (who,by the way, just recently told me he might be changing his name to Harry in the future),
Trey as a ninja in a power ranger suit (he didn't know the difference, plus it was $6 at Goodwill)
Kai as Superman (in a saggy diaper).

This was the first of three nights dressing up which is why Griffin and Kai let me spray their hair black. They didn't know any better. This first night was our ward's Trunk or Treat. The boys ran around with their friends like crazy and were sweating 30 minutes after we got there.
Black droplets of perspiration streaming down their faces was not in the plans.
Neither was the itching.
Kai was fine, but Griffin was practically clawing his scalp off blaming all his discomfort on the hairspray-dye.
Drama, drama!

The next night was the Gardner Halloween Dinner.
Always a good time.
Julia as a zombie prom queen........Courtney as Medusa.

I caught Danica in a perfect position to "elevate" (get it?)
her cute ghost costume.

The next night was Halloween.
We set up a scary goal we had used for the Trunk or Treat.
This gave trick or treaters the chance of scoring a king size candy bar.

I took the boys around our block to get the actual Trick or Treat experience and discovered that Kai's kindergarten teacher lives on the same street as us! Does that make ME a bad neighbor or would it be HER fault because she's lived here longer?
Doesn't matter.
After that we picked up some of my crazy siblings and found a neighborhood haunted house.

This is Katie with her fiance', Brandon.

My always-willing-to-pose-sister, Shannon.
(I can make fun of her because we share that same trait. Although, one of us (**cough**Shannon) is a tad more willing.)

Allan, the cross-dressing-Geisha, who I'd bet was dressed by the sisters.
What a good sport.
And yes, he wore those shoes the whole time.
They actually forced him to walk more accurately for the character I think.
Smart move Allan. Smart move.

The haunted house was really well done, and made me scream once even though the people putting it on turned it down a few notches when children went through.
The boys loved it and were so proud of themselves for not being scared.
All-in-all... a great Halloween.