Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Halloween that Never Ends

For being not one of my favorite holidays, Halloween certainly seems to last forever around here.  I'm grateful Molly loves it so much, it makes it that much more fun for me.  After some more Halloween fun tonight, we can start looking forward to Thanksgiving and the new baby, depending on which comes first. (Fingers crossed it will be baby.)

A few days ago we found a cute little Haunted House making kit.  Something my family does around Christmas is get the gingerbread house kits, and we've had lots of fun with those, so we thought this would be a fun activity for us to do as a family.  Molly thought it was great.  She was really creative, and did a great job in selecting where to put the candy...I really just helped with the frosting.
Having fun...with a silly little smile.  Can't get this girl to look at the camera with a natural smile.

Waiting patiently to place the candy.

The finished project.  What a masterpiece!

 Last night we hit our neighborhood for the most important thing...candy!  Iowa is interesting in the fact that we do our trick-or-treating on "Beggar's night", or the night before Halloween.  Since we live pretty close to Iowa State, and they have a football game tonight, Ames changed the trick-or-treating to Friday.  This actually works out really great for us, because now we're going down to my parents house tonight to hit their neighborhood for some more trick-or-treating.  Can we just say sugar high?  Anyway, last night we met up with friends and let the kids go wild.
Pretty little princess, all ready to go.
What an adorable group.  Molly, Sidney and Isaac.

Molly is so excited to be able to go trick-or-treating again tonight, along with carving some pumpkins.  Then we'll have the candy to remind us of the fun.  I think after tonight my body will be ready to be done with Halloween for another year. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Big Sister Class

Tonight Molly had a big sister class at the hospital where we'll be having the baby.  Last week, when I asked Molly if that was something that she wanted to do, she immediately became excited, and insisted that we go right then.  Every day since we've heard non-stop when her class was going to be.  Needless to say, she's been pretty excited about it.  It was so fun!  What a great way to make the sibling feel special and helpful for the new baby.
The first thing the kids did was color a paper bib with crayons.  Once they finished, the teachers ironed the coloring onto a cloth bib for the baby.  So cute!  Molly thought it was great.
The teacher demonstrating the correct way to hold a new baby.
Molly taking her turn.
Learning how to do one of the most important jobs...changing the diaper!
Getting the diaper set up.
Fastening the diaper in place.  What a great helper!  So looking forward to that.
Getting a certificate at the end of the class.  (Side note:  What does it tell you about Molly that once she had the certificate in hand, she rushed over to us and asked "Can I cut that when we get home?"  This girl has an unusual obsession with her scissors.) 
Another fun thing they did that we didn't get pictures of was they took all the kids on a tour of Birthways, which is what they call the labor and delivery floor of the hospital.  They got to see the rooms that the Moms stay in and the nursery for the babies.  David and I stayed behind for that...we'll get our own tour next week.  I just think it's so neat that they do that for the kids.  On the way home Molly was telling us about the rooms and the gowns that the Moms get to wear.  I think we're all getting pretty excited for the arrival of this baby.  5 more weeks!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Halloween is starting Early!

Today Molly's friends Sidney and Isaac had a little Halloween party at their house.  Molly has been so excited to wear her costume that Grandma got her.  She has been telling everyone that she gets to be Cinderella this year, and she made an adorable Cinderella if I do say so myself.  As we were getting ready for the party, Molly made it clear how important it was that I do her hair EXACTLY like Cinderella has it in all of her pictures.  I tried my best, but Molly doesn't have a whole lot of hair.  I think it ended up adorable anyway, and Molly was pleased, so I guess that's the important part.
All ready for the party! 

We arrived a little early so we could help set up.  Molly seems to be saying in this picture "Come on!  Let's get this party started!"
Molly and her adorable friend Sidney.
Gearing up for the Ghost toss.  Molly needs to work on her aim a little bit.
Trying to figure out the donut eating contest.  It was pretty tricky, but once that donut came off the string, it was gone pretty quick.
The fun cupcake walk.  All the kids were digging the Little People Halloween music.
Devouring the prize of the cupcake walk.
Getting this many kids to stand still after eating who know how much sugar is no small feat.  What a cute little group, though.
It took Molly some time to get in the mood for the silly glasses, but once she saw others getting their pictures taken in them, she wanted too.  

What a fun way to start off the Halloween season!  Thanks, Liz, for throwing such a fun party.  Now Molly keeps asking when she can wear her Cinderella costume next.  She is ready for more partying, and it's a good thing, because we have about 4 or 5 more Halloween related activities lined up.  I'm tired just thinking about it....

Quiet times

Lately Molly has been implementing her three-year-old toddler-ness full force. Either that, or I'm more hormonal and tired because of the pregnancy, so my patience runs a little thin. Either way, we seem to have a battle of wills going on a lot, and try as I might, I feel like I'm on the losing team. It makes me a little worried for when this baby gets here. But for now, we just take it day by day, and hope that we're all alive at the end.

These rough times just make me appreciate those quiet, calm moments that we get every now and then. Molly has been getting into painting lately, so I let her paint her little pumpkin the other day. It's fun to see her get focused and concentrate on something so intently. This girl takes her art work very seriously.

Another time Molly was playing in her room, and I realized that it had been quiet for some time. Molly's not one to be mischievous or get herself into trouble, so I never worry too much about that, but I'm always curious what gets her attention. I found her on her bed with a pile of books. Her position on the bed reminded me of being little and how I would always read. She looked so grown up and cute!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

32 1/2 weeks

This is for a very persistent friend (you know who you are!)  Since she came through and posted a pregnancy pic on her blog (you look so cute, btw) I figured I should keep up my end of the bargain. 

At this point I feel like I'm as big as I was when I delivered Molly, though I've only gained 1/3 of the weight.  I feel achy and tired, but who doesn't at this point in pregnancy?  We had our second ultrasound on Tuesday, and the spot they found on the baby's heart in the first one has completely disappeared, so there are no current indicators of down syndrome.  Baby is still active and healthy, so we are very grateful.

Molly of course had to get in on the picture taking action.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Apple Orchard

Today Molly and I joined our friends on a trip to a local apple orchard and pumpkin patch.  Since David's on crutches, we figured we should check it out first before having him attempt the trip.  It was so fun, once David is off the crutches we will definitely be making a trip back.  They had so many fun things to do, we didn't even get to all of it today.  I took pictures of course, but again, they aren't the greatest.  Oh, the dreams for a nicer camera!  Also, I've noticed lately that Molly will very rarely look at the camera...her head will be turned toward me, but she's always looking off in another direction.  It's driving me crazy!  Oh, well, I guess for a three year old, I'm lucky she'll at least stand still for me...for the most part.

I know the glare on this is pretty horrible, but it's the best picture I got that showed how awesome this "corn pool" was.  I've never seen so much corn like this before!  This kids had a blast playing in it, I think it was one of the favorite activities.

Molly showing off the corn.

I'm so glad we actually got a picture of all the kids together.  There's Molly, then Isaac and Sidney, who are twins and turned 4 in May, then little Addi in the back.  She's about a year and 1/2.  These are some of our most favorite people here in Iowa!  Molly loves doing everything with them.

Riding the pedal-pushers.

There was a little section of the place that had a nursery rhyme theme.  They had a ton of these little rhymes with the look-through windows.  (I got a picture of the pumpkin one since it was a pumpkin patch!)

This was the wood house from "The Three Little Pigs."  They also had the straw and brick houses.  Too cute!  The kids had a blast going in and out of all three of them.  

We can't wait to go back with David and do some of the other things we didn't get to today.  We would love to pick some Golden Delicious apples and some pumpkins, go on the hay ride, go through the corn maze, go down the gigantic slide again (didn't get any pics of that one), and jump on the giant pillow.  We're keeping our fingers crossed that at David's orthopedic appointment on Thursday we'll hear some good news about the progress of his hip, and hopefully he'll either be off his crutches, or able to at least put some more weight on his leg, if not all.  We'll keep you updated.

General Conference

I always look forward so much to General Conference, and I especially was excited for this one.  I thought the whole thing was amazing, as usual, but also a much needed spiritual boost.  I used the opportunity to also make some great food...I seem to always get in the mood to cook during conference weekend, and I was definitely feeling like making some yummy food.  On Saturday I made some home-made apple pancakes with cooked apple slices for breakfast, then that evening we had some friends over to eat some pumpkin crisp I had made.  On Sunday we headed to my parent's house and I made some bread-bowls and soup.  I think I'm in love with fall.

 Molly did really well for all the sessions.  We tried to keep her occupied as much as possible so that we could listen.  I was pleasantly surprised with how quiet she was.  One of her favorite activities was getting out her art easel and doing some painting.  I haven't had the guts to do the painting part of it yet, so it was a great first-time activity for her.  I think it lasted almost the entire afternoon session on Saturday.

New Bike

Shortly after getting back from Texas, and friend and I hit some garage sales.  I've been looking for a bigger bike for Molly for a while, since she's been using a trike, but it's starting to get a little small for her.  I actually found a little princess bike with training wheels for ten bucks.  Jack-pot!  I couldn't resist getting it for her, even though she'll probably out-grow it pretty quick.  We've been taking every chance we get to enjoy this amazing fall weather and do some bike-riding. 


The day of David's accident, I took Molly and her little neighbor friend to our local, not very exciting, zoo.  I unfortunately have bad things associated with this zoo now, because it was on my way out of the parking lot that I heard the bad news, but hopefully I can get the gumption to go again soon to create some new memories.  But while we were there, Molly had a blast with Jonah.  I got a few pictures, though none of them turned out very well.  Oh, well.

Waiting for the train to get going.

Peeking out the gopher hole.