Thursday, October 29, 2009

My Little Angel

Wow...today has been a crazy day. This morning Molly and her little school friends had a Halloween party at our house. It was so much fun. Molly was ecstatic that she could finally wear her costume...she's an angel. She has been waiting almost a month for this, so she's been on cloud nine pretty much the whole day. I must say she is the cutest angel I've ever seen!

Everyone started out with some pumpkin painting. Call me crazy for letting Molly paint while wearing a solid white dress...but she did amazingly well. I debated putting on an old shirt, but she didn't like that too much while pumpkin carving, so I decided to take my chances. I think all of the kids thought it was pretty fun.

Here is the group, with a couple additions, and one subtraction. From left we have Amy, then Adelynne, Makiah is the little skunk in the front, then Benjamin, and of course Molly. Evan is hiding behind Molly, but he is also part of the class. What a cute little bunch!

After group pictures, we did a little cake walk, and in place of the cake, we had some chocolate pumpkin candies. I don't have any pictures of it, because I was manning the music and also video taping it, but it looked like the kids had so much fun. We just put papers down with numbers on them, then called out a number once the music stopped. I made sure that each kid got one, and when each child's number was called, they got so excited!

Then it was on to decorating sugar cookies. This is the first time Molly has even been interested in decorating a cookie...just last Halloween, during her aversion to sugar faze, Molly had the chance to decorate a cookie and she would have nothing to do with it. She thought it was pretty fun this time.
Tonight we joined Amy and Adelynne and trick-or-treated down at the dorms on Purdue campus. All day Molly talked about going, and she was so excited. Here are the girls right before the fun began:
I couldn't believe how well Molly did...she walked up about 16 flights of stairs, and up and down 16 dorm floors. I tried to help her, even offered to hold her, and she would have none of it. The only thing she would let me do was near the end, when her bag started getting heavy, she let me carry it for her.
Molly was so polite. It was the cutest thing to hear her say "trick-or-treat," then "thank you!" I hardly ever had to prompt her. She was just so happy and patient...we had a couple of rough kids that liked to shove and get in front, but Molly would just wait her turn, then get in there when she could. She is such a sweetheart.

Can you imagine a happier kid?

Pumpkin Carving

Can you believe that since David and I have been married, we have never carved pumpkins for Halloween? I know, we are soooo out of touch. But we are finally back, and got out our carving tools for our pumpkins this year. I think Molly really gets us going sometimes.

First, we decorated them with some pretty cool stickers that Grammy Isaacson sent us. Molly had a blast making silly faces on them.

Molly called the one on the left Daddy, the one in the middle Molly, and I'm the one on the right. Thanks Molls! Then she had to get in with them...
A couple of days later we started carving. Molly poked one little finger into the guts of the pumpkin, got grossed out, then wouldn't really touch any more of it. Chalk it up to her aversion to ickiness. And here are our works of art. Pretty impressive for not having carved any for over 5 years, wouldn't you say?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Chicago and "Why?"

On Saturday we went to the Chicago temple with our good friends Tracy and Dustin. Tracy's mom is in town, and she was nice enough to watch our girls so we could have an adult outing. It was great! It was nice to have a day with much adult conversation, and it included the temple! It was a really pretty day, though taking pictures in front of the temple proved a bit of a challenge...the sun was very bright.

Yours truly...and David, of course.
Tracy and Dustin (I hope you don't mind I put you on here!)
Just us girls!

After the temple we went out to eat at Giordano's for some Chicago style pizza. I thought it was pretty good, I'm pretty sure Tracy and Dustin enjoyed it, but David was in pure heaven. He has found his new favorite pizza...too bad it's a good couple of hours away. Or maybe that's a good thing.

Chicago also happens to be the closest place to us, at least that we have visited, that has Dunkin Donuts. All donuts are good, but DD is just a little bit better. So we stopped by on the way home and grabbed a few for the next day. Which leads me into my next story...


Molly has learned the word "why". She gets great joy out of asking it all day long. And it seems to me that half the fun for her is just to see how long she can keep us going before we finally give up and say "because I said so!" Today we went on a walk, and on the way home, this was our conversation:
Molly: "Momma, I want a donut."
Me: "Molly, I'm sorry, but we don't have any donuts."
Molly: "Why?"
Me: "Because, when we had them yesterday, that was just a special treat. We don't eat them every day."
Molly: "Why?"
Me: "Because, even though they taste really good, they really aren't that good for you."
Molly: "Why?"
Me: "Because they have lots of sugar in them."
Molly: "Why?"
Me: "To make them taste yummy."
Molly: "Why?"
Me: (having no idea really what to say to that...) "Because I said so."

Friday, October 16, 2009

Molly Naked Baby

Another naked baby story: Molly has suddenly gained an interest in Ariel, and watching The Little Mermaid. I've been pretty excited, because I've been working on our Disney movie collection the last few years, but Molly has never wanted to watch any. So when she finally asked to watch "the Ariel movie", I was pretty happy. Until now. David told me today on the way home from work that while Molly was watching that today, she proceeded to take off her shirt and say "Molly be naked baby like Ariel naked baby". Then, once we walked in the door, Molly again proceeded to take off her shirt and say "Molly be naked baby like Ariel". We're horrified. I knew that one day we might have to explain modesty and how to be modest, but I didn't think that conversation would come before Molly was even 2 and 1/2! And I'm a little sad about Ariel being a naked baby.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Oh, What a Beautiful Pumpkin!

On Saturday, we took advantage of the sunshine and headed to a cute little pumpkin farm. We went last year and thought it was a lot of fun, so we really wanted to go again this year. Molly was old enough this time that she had a blast. The very first thing we did when we got there was head to the barn to see the animals. Molly thought it was pretty interesting, but didn't want to get too close to anything.

After the animals in the barn, we had to go ride the pony. Molly was so excited to get on, but it didn't last very long. It seemed like a pretty bumpy ride, and Molly didn't like it too much.
Next, we took a hay ride to the pumpkin fields to pick our own pumpkins. The field was huge, and they let us go anywhere we wanted to find the perfect pumpkins. We each got to pick one. Molly had fun tramping through the pumpkin plants, but started getting pretty worried about how dirty she was getting. It took a couple of times telling her it was ok to be dirty before she was ok about it. I didn't get any pictures of the pumpkins we ended up choosing, but I'm sure we'll get some as we start decorating and carving them.

After the fun of picking pumpkins, Molly wanted to get into the bounce house, or as she likes to call it, the trampoline. She had it all to herself for a little while, but then other kids started coming and it got a little wild. We had to coax her off with the promise of other fun things to do...
...which included this fun "sand" box full of corn kernels. Isn't that cute? Molly got right in there with the trucks. She had fun with that for quite a while.

I love this picture, where you can see the corn fields and windmills in the background. This is the Midwest, and I think it's so pretty!

Before we left, we hit the hay maze. At first Molly thought it was pretty cool, being able to decide where she wanted to go. But after so many dead ends, I think she got a little frustrated. Daddy was nice enough to help her find her way, though. It was pretty cute seeing her little head bob up and down through the rows. Molly affectionately called it the big nest.

Gotta run. See YA!
It was such a fun, beautiful fall day. I love this time of year, as the weather starts to get cooler, and the holidays are fast approaching. Nothing better than spending a day with your family at the pumpkin farm!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Must be Fall

This is what it looks like right outside our front door:

It has been raining for about 34 hours straight at this point...no, wait, actually last night, it stopped for about 20 minutes, but then started right back up again. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I'm actually LOVING IT! David and I are more than happy to admit we hate the sun, and love the rain. I would take rain like this all the time. The only reason I'm starting to appreciate the sun at all is because of Molly. I fear she is getting a little stir crazy. But she's still happy staying inside and playing with toys.

We've gotten out lots of her little baby toys that we've had packed away, and she's enjoyed seeing those again. We also do lots of coloring and writing letters...Molly's favorite thing to write is her name. She'll write it over and over again, and it's actually starting to look legible.

The potty training has pretty much been a success. Molly can get to the potty when nature calls, climb up herself, and complete her business all on her own. The only thing we need to work on a little bit more is limiting the amount of toilet paper we use. She thinks unrolling the toilet paper over and over again is such fun. I can't really blame her, but it's getting a little old now. But anyway, Molly has only had one accident in the last 4 days, and she got pretty upset about it. She even stays dry at night for the most part, so pretty soon we probably won't even have to wear pull-ups at bedtime. For a couple days I didn't know if we'd make it through the whole potty training thing, but I know I've had it much easier than many out there. I'm very grateful.

On a totally different note, I've had a funny story of Molly from a few months ago that I've never gotten down. A couple of times a month, Lowe's has a little workshop where kids can go and build little projects with a parent. This has become one of David and Molly's favorite things to do together. Here are just a few of the things they've made:

Molly really does love playing with all of them, too. She calls them her projects. Along with writing letters, Molly loves to "read" words and spell out the letters whenever we're in the car. A few months ago, David said as they were pulling up to the Lowe's, Molly read: "S, E, W, O, L. Project!" Such a funny one, that Molly.