Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Halloween!

In case you didn't know, I love Halloween. It is definitely one of my favorite holidays. 

It was so depressing when Halloween would come and go without donning a single Halloween costume...and then we moved to Seattle.

We made friends that loved Halloween even more than I did and they had an annual themed Halloween party (a few days earlier than Halloween). Those friends have since moved away but other friends have stepped up to the plate each year. Needless to say, Halloweens have been WAAAY more fun ever since.

This year's theme was "Good vs. Evil". 

I'd planned Dragon's Halloween costume months before so we tried to figure out a way to fit our costume idea in with the theme so we didn't have to do two costumes this year.

I think we pulled it off! 

[insert song "one of these things is not like the other"]

I was trying to make the Percy face in case you are wondering why I look like a crazy person. 

The party was so fun! I love catching up with our Seattle friends. 

Ben was such a good sport! If he could choose, he'd happily be costume free. 

I hate only wearing a costume once so I'm glad we had a few other opportunities to put them on. 

The ward had a fun Halloween carnival. Dragon loved it and Colt pretty much slept through the entire thing.

The picture below is definitely my favorite Sir Topham Hatt picture since you can actually see most of his costume. That vest is the first item of clothing I've ever made. I'm pretty happy about it. It was definitely flawed but I did it!

Finally, The last day for Thomas and Friends ... Halloween! I was ecstatic the costumes survived that long! They were definitely not the most durable costumes of all times.

After dinner we headed out the door and made it 5 whole houses! 

Dragon got a hold of my camera and captured the perfect picture to explain why we only made it out trick or treating for about fifteen minutes:

He wasn't the only one with an illness on Halloween. I was wiping noses all week. And Ben started feeling sick Thursday plus he had a sprained ankle so I was just happy we got to go out trick or treating at all!

Not to worry, despite a cold, Colt was all smiles for his first Halloween

Except for when he wasn't: 

And, finally, a couple more shots of Thomas, who was purposefully hiding his face from the camera. What a little pill ... but it did make for some good shots of my masterpiece!

So ... the Island of Sodor wishes you a late Happy Halloween. Until next year, ghosts, goblins and ghouls! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cutie Patootie

Sometimes your kid is just so cute you have to take and then post pictures of his adorableness online.

Yeah, that smile is going to get him out of lots of trouble in the future.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The magical world of books

Books are magical. Bookstores (and libraries) are even better because they are the storehouse for hundreds and hundreds of fantastical worlds. It's my happy place ... or at least it would be if all books were free. As it is, for now I just browse and pretend the bookstores are my own personal library.

There's a dedication in a book (I can't remember which book it came from!) that I absolutely love:

Bookshops are time machines, spaceships, story-makers, secret-keepers, dragon-tamers, dream-catchers, fact-finders, and safe places.

Dragon has, in one way or another, already learned how awesome books are. Some of my favorite moments include peeking in on him and seeing him with a stack of books on his bed, happily and quietly looking through them.

Occasionally, thanks to Dragon, I'll discover a new use for books. .... One I'd never even considered before.

Like a perfect tunnel for a traffic jam of cars, of course.

I'd definitely like to think that creative books do indeed beget more creativity.  ... Even if it's not of a literary nature.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Soccer Star

One beautiful Sunday afternoon we found ourselves at the park near us. As always, there was a ball.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Presenting ....

"Song Show"
by Dragon 

We hope you enjoyed this program. Stay tuned for other shows and shenanigans courtesy of Dragon.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fall City 10K

Our first race as a family of four was Saturday at the Fall City Half Marathon & 10K.

I've been having a lot of calf pain lately when I run so I was super nervous about how it would go. Luckily, thanks to a lot of stretching and some pre-race Ibuprofen, it was a blast. 


If the calf pain thing wasn't enough to make me nervous, the fact that we haven't done over a 3 mile run as a family because Dragon gets bored and wants out to go play made me extra nervous about how this run would go. 

One of the selling points of the race is that it is supposedly the flattest half marathon in Western Washington. When pushing a double stroller, flat is good. Hills are evil. 

Somehow Ben survived the run (while pushing the stroller) even though his training never got him running over 3.5 miles at one time. There was a pretty big hill towards the end and he thought he was done after that but he powered through and we finished! 

I ran a 1.02.24 (9.59m pace) race and Ben ran 1.02.29 (10m pace). 

I was 6th in my age group and Ben was 7th in his. (Of course that doesn't count the overall winners which were probably all from our age divisions but ... still! I took 6th!)


I probably could have run a bit faster pace, looking back, but I was so nervous my calf pain would start up at any minute that I wanted to take it too slow rather than too fast.

After we crossed the finish line and rested for a few minutes I told Ben I was ready to go again! He said he could tell I wasn't pushing myself hard enough when I wouldn't quit talking towards the end of the race. Oops!

I remember training for a race once a long time ago and Ben kept talking to me and I was so exhausted and annoyed at him in that moment so I can probably imagine how he felt.

Another great thing that happened: Dragon stayed in the stroller the entire time and Colt only made happy coos every now and then despite me forgetting to feed him before we started the run. It really couldn't have gone more smoothly.

Besides the almost completely flat race course, the scenery was gorgeous. We were running on some quiet country roads near some big open fields. I  really do kind of want to go do it all again right now and enjoy the scenery more while focusing on surviving the running a little less.

It was a fun, beautiful way to spend a Saturday morning.

Another after shot, in front of the finish line:

Just before we took this picture a WORLD record was broken for fastest half marathon run by an 8 year old girl. That was definitely a fun thing to witness. It's not every day you watch world records being broken and new ones being set. She was about 10 minutes faster than the previous world record. WOW!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pinterest Party

I invited a bunch of people over for a Pinterest Party/Girl's Night the other day. Everyone got their kids ready for bed then headed over. 

Each person was supposed to pick a food from their Pinterest boards they'd never made and try it out and bring whatever the result was for everyone else to try. The hardest part about this task is narrowing down the hundreds of food pins to just one.

Root Beer Float Cookies and Ghost Brownies!

 We had a bunch of other foods but I didn't get pictures. 

All of the food was super yummy. We ate, chatted and worked on a couple of projects from Pinterest. 

I picked a couple of fun projects for us that I thought would be relatively easy, inexpensive and fun:  a State canvas and some block pumpkins, since it's the Halloween season!

We had Washington, Illinois, Utah, Florida, Italy and a dolphin represented. It was so fun to see everyone's take on the projects. "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."

I'm not the most creative person. I see projects and use them to inspire my creativity but I have a pretty hard time just creating something on a whim. Being surrounded by people being creative is definitely my favorite way to work on crafts!  Plus, it makes waiting for paint to dry a lot more fun. 

And, our final products looked something like this:

And, the state project was easy enough that I decided to do Idaho the next night.