Friday, November 27, 2015

November Happenings

 Preschool was pretty laid back in November.  We have really started to emphasize the letters of the alphabet, and we practiced one-to-one counting and fine motor skills with the little turkey I made as shown above.  We added mini pie tins, feathers, and Indian corn to the discovery table.  We talked about the first Thanksgiving, made little hats to go along with the story, and made miniature pies the kids took home for their Thanksgiving feast.  The seeds from our pumpkin started to sprout like crazy this past month.  We had fun.  I also made little origami turkey napkin holders for the Thanksgiving feast Bradford had in his kindergarten class.  He was very excited about them.
 Bradford wanted me to take some pictures of his latest creations with the Magna-Tiles and Magformers.  I thought the sea turtle he made, shown below, was pretty cute.  
 In October, the library had a coloring contest for Halloween.  We found out in the first week of November that Stella won the contest for her age group.  When they handed back the coloring page to Stella with her little prize, they told her they particularly liked the green mustache she gave the ghost :)  Below, we went with Mattie to the red hill garden in St. George.  The kids were very excited to see fish this time.   
 My dad welded this grape arbor for us.  Thanks Dad!  He and Phillip cemented it into the ground in our backyard.  We planted a grape vine and a jasmine vine on the one side, and we hope to plant a few more vines around the arbor next spring.  I can't wait to see this thing covered in green.  For now, my kids think it's a great jungle gym.  Which is a little scary since the center of the arbor is 8' tall. 
 Above, the kids helped me make pumpkin pie from scratch.  They were pretty excited to tear into the pumpkin and make pie!  The pie tasted really great too.  It was good to see family at our Thanksgiving meal on Thursday.  Can I just say I was super thrilled we were able to eat outside?  Gotta love St. George from September to June! 

 Can you believe everyone is looking at the camera in our family photo? 
 This little boy is starting to get bigger. 
Sa'de is so great with kids.  We love her!  Happy Thanksgiving! 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Jubilee of Trees

 My mom, Mattie, Stella, Bryce, and I went to the Jubilee of trees on Saturday morning.  I haven't been since I was in high school; it was fun to be back.  I feel bad I didn't get a picture with Mattie.  
 It was fun to see all of the gingerbread houses.  Some of them were quite amazing. 
 I really liked this one because it was a little out of the ordinary but still well done.  I liked the polar bear peeking in the window. 

 Not sure what Stella is doing here...preparing to devour the gingerbread house? 
 Loved this little sweet shop. 
 They went all out with the decorations this year. 
It was fun to spend the day with my mom and Mattie.  Thanks for the good time! 

Friday, November 13, 2015

One way to get a Jacket out of the Coat Closet

Not sure what we're going to do with this girl. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Crazy Week

 We did a monster bash for Bradford's kindergarten Halloween party.  I made these monsters for the event.  They were time consuming to make, so I decided to use them all weekend; they followed us around everywhere we went.  At Bradford's party, we played pin the eyes on the monster, monster bean bag toss, and bingo.  We also did a science experiment with self-inflating balloon monsters, and the kids played with monster slime similar to what I made for Stella's preschool party. 
 This mom brewed up a potion for the kids.  She put eyeballs, gummy worms, and spiders in a cauldron in addition to root beer and dry ice.  It was quite dramatic, and the kids loved watching the cauldron bubble over after the dry ice was put into the pot. 

 Bradford in his school's Halloween parade.  

 Our ward had a trunk-or-treat on Friday night.  The kids enjoyed it.

 The monsters took up residence on our front porch on Halloween night. 
 This monster guarded the candy we left for trick-or-treaters. 
 Stella loved being scary in her costume. 
 We were so glad Anne was able to spend Halloween with us.

 This costume is meant for a 3+, but I thought Bronson should wear it this year.  It's a good thing he did because I don't think it would have fit him if we'd waited until next year. 

 Bryce went for cozy and comfy with his costume this year. 

 Sunday was Bronson's birthday.  He opened his presents from Anne on Sunday morning before church.  He was thrilled about everything he got. 
 Bryce was blessed on Sunday.  We snapped a picture of Anne and the baby before church since Anne had to catch her flight directly after Sacrament meeting.  We were sad she wasn't able to visit for a longer time. 

Bronson and my grandpa share the same birthday.  Bronson turned 2 on Sunday, and my grandpa turned 82.  They opened presents and had cake at the luncheon following Bryce's baby blessing. 

 The weather was gorgeous on Sunday, and it was so nice to be able to spend time with family.  Thanks to everyone who made the effort to come. 
Here's the birthday boy in some of his new clothes and on a new toy.  He (and all the other kids) sure love this ziggle bike.  Bronson is our sweet boy.  We sure love him.