Archive for November, 2015

Serenity in October =) Halloween, Pumpkin Patches, and Daisies!

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

 

 

 

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October was a fun and super busy month!  I think I’ll take it in reverse, as Halloween is still on my mind =)  Serenity decided to go as Nora the Arctic Fox Fairy.  I love that she chose a fairy from her favorite series of books =)  We had plenty of wings, and she had a dress that worked, so all we needed was a little furry vest and some fun hair =)  This was our first year for colored hair spray, and we also got some hot pink extensions.  Oh, and to make sure people could tell what her costume was, we made a little bag with a clear pocket to hold the book.  And zip tied our stuffed arctic fox to the side so the fairy didn’t lose her friend =)  And this year, I actually managed a costume for myself!  I was Kitty the Tiger Fairy, friend to Nora =)  Have I mentioned we have a ton of fairy wings? =)  This is the first year the kids were really into trick-or-treating.  They actually asked to go out again after the first pass!  Still not really that into eating the candy.  They ask for a piece or two and then forget about it.  The candy sorting at the end of the day was epic though =)  Carson and Raegan came to trick-or-treat with us!  Carson and Serenity raced ahead, and Raegan stayed with Donovan =)  So sweet!

Nora the Arctic Fox and Kitty the Tiger Fairy

Nora the Arctic Fox and Kitty the Tiger Fairy

Hugging her friend Cyclops =)

Hugging her friend Cyclops =)

Halloween!

Halloween!

Beginning the candy sort =)

Beginning the candy sort =)

The Halloween Carnival at school was fun as always.  It was interesting being in two different commons, but we all had a great time!  I think Serenity enjoyed the worry dolls the most =)

With her friends Avalon and Liz =)

With her friends Avalon and Liz =)

Making worry dolls at the Halloween Carnival =)

Making worry dolls at the Halloween Carnival =)

With her teacher Mrs. Ritchie at the carnival =)

With her teacher Mrs. Ritchie at the carnival =)

We went to the pumpkin patch two times!  First we went with Ann.  The kids love the pumpkin patch, especially riding the horses.  It was crazy busy this year!

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We went back a second time since Carson was sick during the first visit.  This time we tried the corn maze, which we had never done.  It was so fun!  Except for losing Carson for awhile.  There are big piles of logs and dirt to climb on.  So the kids never wanted to leave.  =)  We rode the horses again as well, and Maia was especially thrilled, and also especially devastated to leave them =)

 

 

They are ALL looking at the same time

They are ALL looking at the same time

Cousins at the Pumpkin Patch! 7 years now =)

Cousins at the Pumpkin Patch! 7 years now =)

Serenity needed to give Raegan big hugs =)

Serenity needed to give Raegan big hugs =)

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Another really special thing happened during Ann’s visit, Serenity learned to ride a bike!  Ann bought her a new big girl bike, which instantly made her look so grown up!  I kind of miss the tiny Tinkerbell bike she got when she was three =)  They took the wheels off that to use as a balance bike, and she did seem to learn pretty quickly!  She is wearing DZ’s helmet that fits her better than it fits him, and Donovan has an adult helmet =)  So we are all set.  Even Eric!  Yes, he finally has a bike to go with the helmet he bought 18 years ago!!!!  So exciting! =)  Thank you so much Ann!!!!!

Learning to ride a bike!

Learning to ride a bike!

Balancing!

Balancing!

Serenity won her class spelling bee!  She and Sophia will be going to the all school spelling bee this week.  We had a lot of fun quizzing her on the challenging words.  She likes that she can spell some words even Daddy can’t spell without practice.  She learned all the words on the first and second grade list, and most of the third grade list.  However we haven’t gone anywhere near the 8th grade words so the all-school spelling bee will be interesting.  She was very sad when she misspelled exam one day when I was quizzing her.  I tried to explain that it was the first time she had ever tried to spell it but she just hates getting stuff wrong.  So it’s excellent practice =)

Working on the class art project. Serenity did New Zealand =)

Working on the class art project. Serenity did New Zealand =)

Serenity’s Daisy Scout troop got to visit the farm!  Jen let them gather eggs and feed the chickens. Then they introduced them to the new baby chicks, and the sheep!  Everyone was relieved to hear that they don’t plan to eat #17. =)   They loved petting the puppies, and  Casey let them drive the tractor!  In typical Casey fashion, he first asked them to move a big bale of hay, and they all tried pushing this giant 800 pound bale of hay, before he let them try it with the tractor.  They were thrilled!  Jen helped us make suet cakes to help feed the chickens over the winter for our fall service project =)  Most of the girls were not thrilled to touch the oooey gooey suet to mix it and roll it out, but it got done =)  Everyone had a blast!  We’ve also had a Daisy meeting where we did seed art, and an experiment with carnations.  And lots of petal playdates for the new Daisies to come over and play at our house and earn a few petals =)  These always seem to end with messy sidewalk chalk art, so a ton of fun!

Driving the tractor with Uncle Casey

Driving the tractor with Uncle Casey

Baby Chicks

Baby Chicks

Feeding Time

Feeding Time

Suet Cakes

Suet Cakes

Daisy Friendship Circle. Serenity got to start the song.

Daisy Friendship Circle. Serenity got to start the song.

Seed Art. They collected maple seeds, discussed how they help the tree make new trees, and used them for art!

Seed Art. They collected maple seeds, discussed how they help the tree make new trees, and used them for art!

Super Daisies!

Super Daisies!

Oh, we finally opened Dash and Dot!  I bought these last December, but they had so much fun stuff from Christmas I saved them…  Didn’t mean to wait this long though.  The kids love them!  Serenity especially is making long programs for them.  She taught Dash and Dot to sing, “No one sees me IIIII’m a ninja!” and sent them around the house to surprise us =)

Dash =)

Dash =)

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Serenity asked to sew doll clothes for McKenna! She started with this nightgown =)

Serenity asked to sew doll clothes for McKenna! She started with this nightgown =)

Crazy Hat Day for Book Fair Week =)

Crazy Hat Day for Book Fair Week =)

Forward Flips in the bouncy house =) She asked me to video and take pics =)

Forward Flips in the bouncy house =) She asked me to video and take pics =)

Making fancy chalk. They rub it until it makes dust and then combine different colors and give it fancy names to market it =) Like Shimmering Daisy Dust.

Making fancy chalk. They rub it until it makes dust and then combine different colors and give it fancy names to market it =) Like Shimmering Daisy Dust.

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Goooey fun =) She didn't want to carve until she saw DZ do it =)

Goooey fun =) She didn’t want to carve until she saw DZ do it =)

Daisy science project =) We talked about Xylem and Phloem and how the color gets sucked up through the tubes =)

Daisy science project =) We talked about Xylem and Phloem and how the color gets sucked up through the tubes =)

She loves her new dance class, especially the classical music and beautiful scarves. =) I really need to play some classical music for her sometime...

She loves her new dance class, especially the classical music and beautiful scarves. =) I really need to play some classical music for her sometime…

She is still really flexible...

She is still really flexible…

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Going down the slide together =) I love them!

Going down the slide together =) I love them!

I made her a little dress out of this year's Uschool shirt =)

I made her a little dress out of this year’s Uschool shirt =)

eyeball day =)

eyeball day =)