Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween 2012

The girls had a little Halloween Party at their school today.  They just did a little costume parade and then had cupcakes, brownies, fruit and juice that the parents brought.



We had an early pizza dinner and then it was time for trick-or-treating.  Paul took them out while I stayed home to hand out candy.  They had so much fun.  They went to more houses than last year and met up with some of their friends along the way.

Mommy's trick-or treat :)


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloweens Past

A look back at past Halloweens.

2010 (same ladybug costume that Kayley wore the year before)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Halloween Party

Our Mom's group had their annual Halloween Party Friday afternoon.  It ended up being a pretty small group due to illness and what-not, but was fun none the less and a great opportunity for the girls to wear their costume more than once (although they will probably wear it around the house a lot, anyway).

Kayley is a Cheetah.  The skirt is cheetah print with a black tulle overlay, and I think it would have looked better with black tights or leggings but she insisted on wearing her cheetah print pajamas.  The white socks of course look dorky but she doesn't have any black socks or shoes so she just wore white sneakers.

Olivia is a Winx Club fairy.  I had never heard of Winx Club (some show on either Disney or Nick, I can't remember, but she found a DVD at the library like a year ago and had to check it out.  It's really for older kids so she hasn't watched it since but saw the costume at Target and really wanted it.



And by the way, Olivia managed to get her flu shot after all.  Paul took her back to Target the next day and she apparently went through with it with just a few tears.  I was so relieved.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Flu Shot Debacle

You know how sometimes you're at Target or the grocery store or wherever and there's a small child having a complete meltdown?  I'm proud and relieved to say that in 4 1/2 years that has never happened to us (a little fussyness once in awhile and the obnoxiousness that I've written about, but never a total scene-causing, embarassing meltdown).  Until yesterday.

Every fall since the girls were born, I've taken them to their pediatrician for their annual flu shot.  Last year and the year before, when they were 3 and 2 respectively, they didn't even cry.  This year I decided that all 3 of us could just get one at Target instead of making a special trip to the pedi, since I'd be getting mine there anyway.  So yesterday I was going to Target anyway, and they really wanted to come with me (I was of course hoping to go alone).  So I let them come, and I mentioned that we should all get our flu shot since we'll be there anyway.  But once we were there I decided I really didn't want to deal with it then (it was getting kind of late and I needed to get home to make dinner) but Kayley really wanted to.  Yes, that's right.  My 4-year-old was asking to please get a flu shot.  We had been making a big deal about how brave they were and didn't cry the last two times, etc.  Olivia on the other hand really DID NOT want to get one.

So I went ahead and went up to the pharmacy and requested flu shots for all 3 of us.  I figured once I went first, then Kayley, and Olivia saw how easy it was for us she'd be fine.  Oh boy, was I wrong.  When it came to be her turn, she started SHRIEKING at the top of her lungs.  I was mortified.  I kept trying to calm her down and reason with her, even bribe her with a treat, but nothing worked.  We ended up leaving without the shot and were supposed to go back today but I just know the same thing will happen.  Besides, we were going to go on the way home from church but I ended up not going to church because my eye is all red and irritated and looks yucky.

Now I'm not sure what we're going to do about her shot.  I'm thinking that our insurance will already have a claim for the one at target and not cover another one if we were to take her to the pedi.  I guess I'll have to take her back to Target, try again (maybe with Paul so we can both hold her down and/or just tell them to hurry and do it, instead of waiting for her to calm down like they were doing yesterday) and if that doesn't work hopefully they can not run it through our insurance or somehow take it back if they already have.  Sigh.  From now on, I will continue to just take her to the pedi for flu shots.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hello Fall

Fall has become my favorite season.  I love the colors, football, and everything pumpkin.  I love wearing cozy sweaters and boots and curling up on the couch under a blanket with a good book or movie (although there aren't many opportunities to do this since having children).  I especially love when it's cool enough for the boots and sweater but still sunny.  I love taking a walk and hearing the crunch of leaves underfoot.

I put up my fall decorations a few weeks ago. I can't do a whole lot, though, because I really only have my fireplace mantel and the front porch. We don't have a coffee table (we got rid of one that was too big and didn't go with anything else and haven't replaced it yet) or any end/side/occasional tables.



After having weeks and weeks of beautiful, sunny weather we finally got some rain today and it was finally cool enough to don said sweater and boots.  And after being out of town the last two weekends, I'm very much looking forward to a very relaxing fall Saturday tomorrow.  I plan to bake pumpkin cream cheese muffins and hang out in my pjs by the fire with a cup of pumpkin flavored coffee (if I don't get around to buying pumpkin spice coffee creamer by tomorrow I'm going to try just using half and half and pumpkin pie spice-we'll see), with my new Spiced Pumpkin Pie candle burning.  Yay for fall.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Pumpkin Patch 2012

So we still don't have hot water, and since Paul's parents stopped by here on Friday on their way home from Crescent Bar they offered to take the girls to their place and we could have a date night and then go to their place on Saturday and spend the night.  So they took the girls home, gave them a bath and we went to the gym for a short workout and a SHOWER, then went to the local wine bar for a little date.  Instead of wine, though, we each had different martinis and they were so good.
Saturday morning we went out for breakfast and then to the in-laws.  It was yet another gorgeous fall day and we had been planning on going to a local pumpkin patch with our church group, so we went to one down there instead and it was really fun.  It's a cider mill that has expanded to include a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, hay ride, etc.  They also make the best apple fritters in the world.  Delish.
Tomorrow during preschool, instead of something fun, I get to come straight home and try and track down the part for our water heater that was SUPPOSED to be here Friday.  Sigh.  Tomorrow will be day 11 with no hot water.  It really sucks.  I almost wish it wasn't under warranty, then we could have just bought a new one from Home Depot and been done with it.

They had the cutest animal train made out of feed barrels

Giant Pumpkin

Humgry goat


Thursday, October 4, 2012

No Hot Water

Last Friday afternoon (natch) our hot water heater stopped working.  We figured it was something the gas company could fix, but not until Monday.  Luckily, I had already planned on taking the girls to visit my mom for the weekend, so we were able to shower/bathe at her house and Paul showered at the gym.

The gas guy came on Monday but discovered it was beyond the scope of what he could do, so we had to call a plumber.  I would have liked to just buy a new one at this point, but ours is still under warranty so we are chosing to just have it fixed, assuming that's even possible.  So Paul spent several hours on the phone Monday evening trying to find a plumber that would come out to look at it without charging anything, and finally got one to come out Tuesday.  But Monday night as I was leaving the gym (where I enjoyed a nice, warm shower) I found a message on the phone that they were terribly sorry but they in fact don't come as far as our town and she thought they did and she was very sweet and apologetic and felt terrible.  So, Tuesday it was my turn to spend a bunch of time on the phone (very hard with a couple of 4-year-olds running around) trying to find someone to come out ASAP.  Adding to the frustration was that the manufacturer gave me the names/numbers of a few plumbers in our area, but when we called them they were actually too far and would not come out to us.  So then they said we could go ahead and use any local plumber but some of them said that if it was still under warranty we had to use specific ones (to which I told them that the manufacturer said no, I could use anyone).  Anyway, we finally got someone out yesterday, but of course they couldn't fix it right then, they had to get a specific part.  They thought they would be able to get it today and be back out, so we'll see.

Meanwhile, we had to take the girls to a neighbor's house Tuesday night for a bath, and we might have to again in the next day or two if we don't get this thing fixed or replaced.  I've been heating water on the stove or in the microwave to wash dishes, and sometimes hands, plus we've been using lots of hand sanitizer.  It's almost as bad as losing power, but not quite.


The plumbing company just called and said that the part has been ordered and will be in tomorrow, so they should be back out tomorrow to get it fixed.  They weren't sure what time it would be delivered, though so I suppose it's possible it will be too late in the day for them to come out.  Let's hope not.  And if so, hopefully they'll come on Saturday.  But early enough for us to still go to the pumpkin patch with our church group at 3:00.