Thursday, October 31, 2013

31 for 21: Happy Halloween!!!!!!

Happy Halloween!!!! We had a GREAT day! The kids were both so much fun this year!  Their school didn't do parties but did fun activities throughout the day, and they wore their costumes to school.

Ella was "Oreo" (Ariel!)
Hunter was a very handsome military man. "Delta Force" to be exact.

Princess wave and a salute!

Yikes...Hunter what is that thing next to you????
Oh, it's your father.

When Hunter came in and took off his camo shirt I was shocked at just how much it reminded me of Chris. This is what Chris looked like for much of our marriage, when he would come home from work and take off his camo shirt, black t shirt and camo pants. Crazy.
The kids telling eachother about their day. So sweet.

Man I love these two.
Guitar practice! He has memorized Ode to Joy and can play it without the sheet music in front of him!

Nana came over and brought presents!!!!
These little flashlights were a huge hit with both!

We had Jack O Lantern pizzas and then got ready to go trick or treating.

Wait!!!  Where did Hunter go? I can't see him!!!!
Ella was NOT a fan of Chris' suit.
moving closer
I will stand beside Bubba!!!

She finally warmed up to Daddy!  I have to say that Ella did 500% better trick or treating than she ever has. She did not try to go into anyone's house and she never once complained that she was tired!  Every 30 seconds or so she would say " I love trick or treating!"

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

31 for 21: Opinions

Apparently Ella is developing strong opinions about her clothing these days. I think it's pretty awesome : )

Today was school picture day. Last night I was pulling out different shirts and holding them up to her. She decided right off the bat that she liked this one.
I kept trying to get her to forget about it because I really wanted her to wear a blue one that made her eyes sparkle. But it wasn't worth the battle : )

She also decided that she needed a scarf!
The other night I got Ella out of the bath and put on her jammies. Well...Hunter's old jammies, which she has always thought were cool. Ella started bawling. Her bottom lip was poked way out and she said "But I not a boy. I a girl."  I explained that it was okay to wear boy jammies, especially since they were so nice and warm. She got over it. Then last night I got out more boy jammies (because dang it they are expensive and Hunter's old ones are still in great shape,) and she poked out that lip and said "I not cry. But I still not a boy." Gotta love it : )

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

31 for 21: Math Monday

While we were shopping last Friday a guy at Macy's told us that they had bought their 7 year old grandson an Abacus, after he watched Ella add using her fingers. So, today I bought her one! It made her math homework go much faster and she was able to do it pretty independent...until the last few problems when she needed motivation to finish. But, she seemed to enjoy using the beads and it definitely went much faster! If you can't view the above video click HERE

Sunday, October 27, 2013

31 for 21: Apples and Pumpkins

Today was apple day!
Our peeling helper
Apple pie filling for my mom's birthday....hope it turns out : )
We made and canned 18 32oz jars of applesauce, and 5 little ones(the best applesauce ever!)

Then we had pumpkin time!  The kids and their pumpkins that they got on their field trips to the pumpkin patch
Ella drew her face herself!
Hunter did almost all of his carving by his self this year!

Ella's first handful of goop
She FREAKED out.  Poor kid, she was screaming "It's ooey gooey. GET IT OFF."
Of course I am mean and made her go back for more.
Because I KNOW my kid. Sometime her initial reaction is to freak out, but I knew she would like it.
Chris on the other hand did not like it at all : )
Hunter pretending to gag
By the end of it I had to pull Ella away from the pumpkin guts....she made "pizza" out of her goo
She was all into it.
Carving away
This is very serious work : )
Hunter did a GREAT job!!!!!
Ella drew a great face : )

My house has a strange smell, combo of 6+ hours of cooking apples, raw pumpkin and frozen pizza : )