Several years ago Dave’s mom (and I think with some help from sister Lecia) started a tradition of the Halloween feast.  It was a huge hit and something we all looked forward to each year.  Vicky and I decided that even though Mom wasn’t with us anymore we were going to carry on the tradition.  We had it at my house this year and had lots of fun food.  That’s one of the big things is to have scary or gross food on the table.  Like – mummy dogs, monster meat burgers, bat eyes (olives), frog eggs (grapes), swamp weeds (salad) with goblin goo (ranch dressing with green food coloring)… anyway you get the picture.  Some years Grandma did an activity or craft and some years we carved pumpkins.  This year the kids just played and enjoyed the nice weather outside.  Then they dressed up for pictures and we visited Great Grandma and Grandpa Stoddard.  This was another part of the tradition to visit some of the great grandparents before Halloween so we all didn’t have so many places to go on Halloween.



October 14, 2008

Hayley went in to the orthodontist on Monday morning on got braces on her top front 4 teeth.  She had to have them because there isn’t enough room for the rest of her permanent teeth to come in, so we gotta move ’em closer together.  I think she expected for it to be an awful experience, but decided it wasn’t as terrible as she imagined.  The orthodontist also said somewhere down the road if her teeth still don’t have enough room to come in he may have to make some more by pulling some teeth!  Who woulda thought the kid had a small mouth?  So we hope she’ll grow into the big mouth we all thought she was ’cause it doesn’t sound fun to pull those teeth!

Dillan loves Star Wars like crazy!  He is always wanting to watch the movies, play lightsabers, and is always humming all the theme music – so funny!  For his 5th Birthday we decided to make it a Star Wars theme.  He had a Star Wars “hot lava” cake (he called it) which he picked out from some ideas on the internet.  All his presents from Mom and Dad were Star Wars toys.  He got some figures and a really cool Galactic Heroes Millenium Falcon which he has played with non-stop since he got it.  He got a lot of fun stuff and it seemed more like Christmas he was so spoiled!  Mom and Dad just can’t believe he’s 5!

(And yeah… I cut Anakin’s head off in the picture and ObiWan is sinking into the chocolate cake… like Hayley said when I didn’t have the right food coloring, and frosting and was stressing about it… it doesn’t have to be perfect mom.  I wish I could remember that more often!)


October 4, 2008

Ok, Anna tagged me

Step 1: Go to your picture file.
Step 2: Open the 4th file.
Step 3: Now Open the 4th picture and post it!
Step 4: Tag 4 people to do the same 😉

Here’s my picture – funny that Anna’s daughter Kortnee would be in it since she tagged me!  This is from our 4th of July at Nate and Anna’s house.  My kids still talk about the fun day of slip n slide and water fights!

Now I tag Cozette (email it to me or post on Facebook), Amanda, Bridgett, and Katie!