Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice

Well, it's time to whip out the pink and the purple because...
... We're having a baby girl! And we are very excited to be having another addition to our family on the way. She is due on April 28th, so we're steering clear of the summer pregnancy (thank goodness!!) I am totally ready to decorate her room and have some fun with colors besides blue. (Although it was a very nice color for O.) 

Here's our last ultrasound of her that we took a week ago. Her cute little profile shot.

Of course the ultrasound tech started at the head with all of the measurements. I was getting so anxious. I had felt that it was a boy so I was expecting to see some male anatomy. Surprise to us! I have no motherly instincts as to baby gender. Wrong for her and O. It took a while for it to sink in that our baby was a girl, but when it did, I was all smiles :) It will be a fun new journey for our family. Plus, it will be nice to have some girl on my side of the family. She'll be the first one with 4 boys ahead of her. She's going to have to be one tough cookie. We'll see what name we pick, going back and forth. And... that's all for now. Let the shopping begin!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Oh, what a delightful holiday! Only Christmas can top costumes, candy, decorating and parties. And boy did we do all of those this year. 
So, we had our 3rd annual Halloween party this year. We had all of our regulars come, plus a few newcomers. It's always wonderful to hear how much fun the families all had.
People brought lots of tasty treats. Plus we had soups and chili for dinner with tasty spinach artichoke dip. Mmmm!!!
By far my favorite Halloween decoration is the bubble fogger we got last year. Pop a bubble from the machine and fog floats out. It was a hit this year, especially when the trick-or-treaters came to get their candy. The zombie bride Abbi captures the sure bliss.
Here were our costume winners this year. Although it was a close race because of all of the cleverness people came with!!!
Zombies Abbi and Cooper got best couple. (Poor kids died on their wedding night...)
Elastigirl Brooke got best adult costume. And she totally pulled it off being 5 months pregnant!
Cleopatra Sara got best kid's costume. She was totally decked out.
The Man in the Yellow Hat Daniel and Curious George Benson won funniest costume overall. You couldn't help but smile to see Daniel's total yellow outfit.
  And here are just some other people in their smashing costumes.
You couldn't touch Jarom because his red dye, I mean blood would stain everything! But he was gross.
Indian Jones Dean and Marion Danette. Cute duo.
Here were some fun games that we played that night.
The kids started off with the Zombie Trot, a cupcake walk that they actually all had a lot of fun with.

We had a group game called Witch's Brew where each team had to find all 6 of the witch's ingredients that fell into a pumpkin. Boy, was it a messy, but fun one!
For our couples game, we had Sweet n' Sour, a candy corn toss. It was the first couple to 5 "sweet" candy corns. But the catch was, every time they missed they had to take a shot of the "sour" lemon and pickle juice creation we had. (Heard it was nasty. Yeah right like I was trying it!) But here were the guys.

And here were the ladies. Most people chickened out on drinking the stuff :)
 After the couple game we played Fright Factor. We didn't get a picture of the kid or men's group. But the kids were blindfolded and told to be the first one to eat everything on their plate. We played it up to be nasty. But all it was were gummy worms in honey. But they were fearless and stuffed everything into their mouths without knowing it!
The guys were hilarious! Wish I had a video. But we put before them a set mousetrap with a gummy worm on it and told them to be the first to get theirs off and eat it. Then we blindfolded them too. The guys were freaking out!!! They and their wives all thought they would lose a finger. But while they couldn't see, we switched out the set traps for just pieces of wood with the worm on it. So funny to see them so apprehensive in getting their worm.
The girls actually got the nasty stuff. The had to be first to eat Spam, spiced octopus, and a sardine. Denise and Janeen on the left were the only two women who would do it. But you gotta do a close up on the audience's faces. It was gross!!!

Our family were a bunch of cavemen. Gotta love thrift store cheap material and homemade costumes!

O was adorable. His feet only touched the ground twice at the party.

And Oh, how he loved trick-or-treating!!! Actually, Bryan was the one running from house to house with him. But O would knock on the door and grab his candy. Huge sugar tooth.

 Hooray for Halloween!!! Such a fun night and fun people to be around. Looking forward to next year!!