Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween from the ooooooOOOOlsens!

The girls in their Halloween outfits.
. (I took advantage of Halloween being on a Sunday this year)


Carving Punkin's


Our Spooky dinner and our Hunchback waiter.

Happy Halloween!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fall festivities

Its Fall (and snowing) so we have been busy with fun Autumn/Halloween activities. We've tried to cram them all in before Winter sneaks up on us.

We, ...well I should say "I", had grandiose plans for Halloween costumes this year and I failed miserably. Extra time to do projects seems a distant memory to me.

So our "go to" costumes it is! We had a family of pirates to take down to Scarecrow Row this year. It was a little chilly with the wind but we stayed warm with hot cocoa.
We walked in the parade and got to be right in front of these guys:

Connor was a little scared of that group for the whole parade....but finally got brave enough to give knuckles to a Trooper. The Chewbacka was very impressive I might add.

As soon as October 1st hits the calendar I go Halloween crazy. It is my second favorite Holiday.We put up our decorations and the kids helped make a delish' carrot cake and got to slather it with 2 different kinds of frosting and spooky sprinkles.

Then on Monday, my amazing friend Sara invited several families over to her backyard for a mini harvest carnival.

Her and her hubby set up different stations in their huge yard for kids to rotate through and play fun games.

They had a big bon fire, hot cocoa, treats and hey rides for kids. So much fun.

We had to tear Ellie away from the cricket races and Connor from the doughnuts when it was time to go.

We still have 2 class parties this week and a school carnival next week. Lots of fun and LOTS of candy= lots of teeth brushing!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I like to eat,eat,eat....

Sawyer's favorite foods list:

#1- First and always his favorite is MILK, this boy is a guzzler.
#2-Rice cereal. He finally figured out how to keep some in his mouth.
#3-Sweet potatoes. He smiles after every bite.
#4-Apparently paper gum wrappers. Found one in his diaper last week and for the life of me can not figure out when or how that happened.

And nothing is better than being fed by a big sister.

(wow, slight nudity alert)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

pumpkin patch

I got to go with Connor on a Field Trip to a local Pumpkin Patch. It was so fun!! It was my first time going with one of my kids on this field trip because I was preggo and puking last year when Ellie got to go.
I wasn't sure how Connor would act with me there. I thought he might want to be with his friends instead, but the minute we got on the bus he put his hands out on the seat so that nobody could sit next to him but me. And he held my hand the whole way there. Yep....teared up a bit.

What a fun farm they had. You would have thought they had never seen a pumpkin in their lives. The bus doors opened and the kids flew out.

Connor was careful in his choosing and picked a white one, my favorite kind.

After they picked their pumpkin they played in the corn field and then sat on a hey bail maze to listen to Mrs. C tell all about her farm and how the pumpkins were planted and grown.

They were all given a treat and then it was time to head back. I'll tell ya, after spending 2 hours with 30 five year old's I felt like I had wrangled chickens ALL day. But we had fun and I am one proud mama!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

missing kid feeling and new milestones

I have talked to many women about the feeling you sometimes get when you know there is still a baby or babies waiting to join your family. I have had that feeling in the past. After I had Connor I would find myself looking around for that "other person" or think for just a second that we had to be quiet because that "other baby" was sleeping and even feeling like I was missing someone after putting all the kids in the car.
So after Scott and I decided that Sawyer was the one who was completing our family I was TERRIFIED that I would get that feeling and always wonder. But in the last 4 months I have learned the power of trusting the answers I receive and having faith. I will admit I have had some of these "missing child feelings" but they are very different than before, in that I feel like I am just looking for the kids I already have. I feel like I am just keeping track. Still counting kids in the car, but only up to 4.
I feel so comfortable with my little family and I really think that I am loving every stage of each of their lives right now.

*Ellie is really trying to be a more friendly person at school and branching out to make new friends. She has really liked taking on the Big Sister at School role for Connor and they seem to play so much better with each other lately.
*Connor is opening up and this new little personality is emerging. A little less shy and a lot more energy. He is so sweet to his little brother and Loves to do his chores and help me cook.
*Macie, although a little more prone to mini fits over silly little things since school started, is really growing up. She has a new love for playing house with me (she is my mother-not mom, mother- and I am her daughter Kira) and is such a funny little girl. She cracks me up all day long.
*Sawyer is rolley polley, smiley and Slobbery!! Some new milestones for him are: He has recently discovered his toes and apparently they must taste like bacon or chocolate chips because they are always being pulled into his mouth.

He learned how to roll from his tummy to his back and vice versa.

And gives the best lick/kisses you have ever gotten.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

lunch lady land

I forgot how boring the lunch packing routine for school gets. I am SO NOT CREATIVE when it comes to food and my kids have the same old same old pretty much every lunch I make. They practically beg me if they can have school lunch...sad.
But a while back I came across
and it is my new addiction. Look how fun these lunches are.

I love the muffin tin lunches for Macie, it seems she Never wants to eat lately but put her food in little metal holes and she's all over it!