Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!


I started the kids costumes months ago, I even did a blog post about being done, and yet was sewing the clasp for Abby's cape on at 6:05pm when David came home.

Even with my last minute frenzy Peter and Abby had loads of fun trick or treating!

I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!

It could be LOVE!

We went to Virginia last week in search of a new place to call home (in 20 months and 1 day.)
Peter was super upset about the idea of moving. He likes our "house" and Connecticut. Several days with his cousins and a trip to the beach changed his mind pretty quickly. He was ready to stay in Virginia with Davis, he suggested that we find another Peter to take home with us. Then he kept pointing out houses for us to live in on the way home.

Here we are in front of the Governor's house in historic Williamsburg.
This is at the birthplace of George Washington.

I convinced Mike that this pictures would look really great on his myspace page.

Can you tell the door picture was coerced?

Here is Peter at Virginia beach. He had so much much fun! He got a little too close and fell in, he even thought that was fun. He got a new shirt he loved so much it took me 3 days to get it off of him.

David has researched where every oral surgeon in the state of Virginia lives, practices, went to school, and what year they graduated. He is also working on the population to oral surgeon ratio. It is all very intense.

I have to say we like it in Virginia a lot. The weather there in October was way better than the weather in Seattle in June. I have also been told the possibility of staying in CT another 3 years may also exist...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Phone is re-connected

Our phone works again! After only 10 long phone calls to Vonage, Clyde managed to solve the phone mystery and we are again able to communicate with the world at our old number.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Halloweeen Preview

I finished Peter's and Abby's costumes today! Hurray!!! This is a new record for me, I usually finish minutes before the first time they wear them. There is still a cape in progress, but I am feeling pretty good about the situation.

Abby's pattern came without the instructions. David said, "It isn't a hard dress, you don't need those." He got a very stern look for that one before he conceded he had no idea what he was talking about. The truth is my Mom taught me the sew by picture method of sewing, so it all worked out. I had to put the zipper in 4 times, and the darts are a total mess, but it is dark on Halloween, so were good. Can anyone explain why a dress for 3-5 year-olds has darts anyway?!

My Mom convinced me I didn't need a pattern for a spider costume. Thanks Mom for the tips on this one. I had to use pink snaps on the bottom, please don't tell Peter. I really want to buy him some shiny black tap shoes to complete the costume, but I don't think he or David would go for that. What do you think?

Watch for a Virginia post, I started one that got deleted.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Pumpkin Picking

We went to "pick" pumpkins, which technicality is more gathering than picking, but it was super fun! We got our friends the Shamo's to take a break from their house renovations to come with us. David got a new camera for work, and decided to bring it along. On the way I changed the camera instructions to French, I wanted to be funny but not to mean. The joke ended up being on me, and unfortunately the pictures suffered.


Riding the ferry to "pick" pumpkins has become our little tradition. It is hard to say who likes Ferries most Peter or me.

Phone issues

We have recently changed our phone provider, then switched back. Apparently, this is more difficult than expected because our phone has been "disconnected" for 2 weeks. I apologize if anyone has been unable to get a hold of us, but I am assured (for the 3rd time) that our phone service should be restored to the old number in the next 24 hours. In the mean time if you need to get us you can 1- send an email, 2-stop on over, or 3- send a pigeon. Sorry again for the inconvenience.

Friday, October 3, 2008

My inner child is making me look nuts!

Have you seen the Madame Alexander, Wizard of Oz dolls at McDonald's? Well, I love them, and I am determined to collect all 12! They are awesome, the eyes really close! I get that this makes me completely insane, and yet I still want them, for Abby of course. I really hit me today as I went to the drive through today, and had the following conversation.
"Hi, can I get a happy meal with the winged monkey?"
"Uhm... do you want nuggets or a hamburger?"
"Oh yeah, nuggets... and a winged monkey"
Then when I got my food I asked if I could exchange some of my duplicate dolls for different ones. The lady tried to give me a batman toy instead. I am really not the kind of person that gets super picky with restaurant employees, but this is important people!

So far we, I mean, Abby has the Winged Monkey, the Wizard (already MIA) , Lullaby Munchkin (pink hat), and the green Munchkin. In my defense Abby does really like "dollies," and David even commented that we don't have any "girl toys." I think we are going to have to rent the "Wizard of Oz."

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Picking for reccession

I can't help but love New England in the Fall! And I believe picking apples is the quintessential New England Fall activity. I have noticed how my relationship with pick-your-own has morphed over the years. It started out as an fun with friends, back to nature, photo-op, tractor ride kind of event, but is now a food preservation activity. We missed the playgroup apple outing this year because of preschool, but rest assured we got apples. David came for the picking and helped facilitate the transition of a fun outing into a years supply of applesauce. Here we are dressed to work, I know now I should have left the camera or brushed my hair, but I can't post without pictures, even scary ones.

I didn't take any pictures of our applesauce, but it is lovely, and if anyone ever needs any we have lots to share. I don't know exactly what it is, but I love canning. It makes me feel in touch with my roots. I know it sounds crazy, but it is seriously magic to eat food you picked yourself nine months earlier.