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15 posts from October 2008

October 31, 2008

Halloween To-Do List

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October 27, 2008

Little Mommy?

Gwen has no interest in dolls at all but she wanted to hold little baby Nolan today.  She won't even hold the cat she's known most of her life -- but she wanted to hold the baby! 

She sat on the bench so patiently while he was placed in her arms and was very careful not to squeeze him too tightly or dump him on the floor (as I feared she might because I've seen how she treats her stuffed animals - or her own sister!).  She was tender and sweet and .... thrilled to be holding him!   Just look at that beautiful smile!  She's beaming!   Could it be that my little Tomboy Gwen is really a Little Mommy?

Gosh, I sure hope this doesn't mean she's going to ask Santa for a baby brother!

Analeise_nolanBaby Nolan is the three month old son of our friend Analeise.  We met her at our local Mall way back in early 2006 when all four of the girls in the picture above were under age two and Dominic (far right) was just a tiny baby.   We didn't even have Maddy yet.

Right before she placed Nolan in Gwen's arms, he spit up a bit of formula and Gwen saw it and gagged and almost puked!  We laughed because it totally reminded us of the infamous vomit ordeal at the mall where we met several years ago.  Funny how you can look back on these things and actually laugh!

So, is Gwenny getting maternal?  Right before nap today, I rubbed her cute round belly and jokingly asked if she had a baby in there and she just shrugged and said "Not yet".  Ten years from now, those words might make every last drop of my blood feel like ice water in my veins but today they're innocent and absolutely adorable!   Just like her!

October 26, 2008

Halloween Preview


While shopping Babies-R-Us last August for a present for our new niece, I was surprised to see a ridiculously early display of Halloween Costumes.  The cutest - by far - was the monkey one but there were only two and what were the odds that they'd be 36 and 48 month size?  Not holding out much hope, I checked and they were perfect!  So it was decided right then and there that our girls were destined to be monkeys for Halloween this year.    Even more perfect because both were born in the year of the monkey (2004)! 

We've played in the costumes around the house a few times and this weekend we found some trees that seemed just perfect for climbing so we grabbed the costumes and the camera and got down to some serious monkey business!  Gwen was making monkey noises, Maddy was swinging from the branches, Gwen was climbing as high as she could and both were working up a good appetite for a hearty banana snack on the way home.   They had so much fun, they didn't even notice there was no trick-or-treating involved! 

Afterward, they collapsed into bed and slept for a solid two hour nap!   I don't think we've ever found an activity that wore them out as much!

This was my favorite picture but it sure didn't look this good straight out of the camera!  We had some major back-lighting issues but, thanks to my awesome photo editing program, I was able to salvage the photo.  Wanna see the original? 


October 25, 2008


Where has this year gone?  It's the end of October and I still have unfinished tasks from February hanging around on my to-do list.


The leaves are changing so it's inevitable;  Summer is gone and Winter will soon be upon us.
Even though it took me by surprise this year, Fall is still my favorite season.    Gwen found this leaf today while we were visiting our favorite local theme park.  She held it up to her face as if it was a Halloween mask and peeked through at me.  If you zoom way in, you can see the smile in her eyes.   I think this is probably one of my very favorite photos.  Even though it was over 80 degrees, there were beautiful amber colored leaves all over the ground and a huge pyramid of pumpkins right behind her.  I guess it doesn't get more "Autumn" than that!
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October 22, 2008

The Pooping Kitty Candy Dispenser (no kidding)

I was shopping at Michael's while the girls were at preschool this morning and I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this "Tricky Kitty" pooping candy dispenser. I knew my son would love it and couldn't wait to show it to my daughters (who I believed would be rightfully skeptical). Here's their reaction when they first saw where the candies were coming from.
Maddy must have reasoned that the candy was still candy (since the kitty was just a toy) but Gwen was having absolutely nothing to do with it.

I'm proud of Maddy for her courage and Gwen for erring on the side of caution when it comes to eating poop!

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