Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick or Treat Time

After a busy week, and a fun morning it was finally time to get our costumes on and go trick or treating. Some of our friends came over with their kids to join in on the festivities. We had a great time going door to door. There are so many kids in our neighborhood which makes it so much fun. Most people sit out on their front porch to hand out candy and many house are decorated in some way which makes it fun as well. Let's go trick or treating......

Officer Ridings and his prisoner.
Riley making sure his whistle worked in case he had to stop traffic!
The whole gang!
"Trick or Treat."
Checking out the cool decorations.
Larry the Cable Guy stayed back at the house to hand out candy.....
....and kept an eye on our prisoner!

Mamaw's Halloween Surprise

After our visit to the pumpkin patch earlier today, Riley continued his day full of fun by opening his Halloween surprise that Shea's mom had left for him last time she was up. Riley was super excited to see what was inside.....

Uh that what I think it is.....
....YES, a new car!!!
It's truly amazing how something as simple as a little metal car can bring so much joy to a 3 year old. There were actually 2 cars in his pumpkin and he couldn't have been happier. He loved the lollipops too, those are his favorite candy I think, but if on Halloween you gave out little metal cars instead of candy, Riley would be the happiest little boy in the world! "Thanks Mamaw for the Halloween surprise, love you!"

Cox Farm 2008...Revisited

This morning, Riley and I met up with my friend Jeanette and her son Hudson for one last pumpkin patch visit. This was their first visit to Cox Farm, so Riley showed Hudson all the fun things to do there. We started with a few slides then jumped on the hay ride. After that we saw some farm animals and hit some more slides. We had a lot of fun and it was a great way to start off Halloween!

Hudson taking it all in on the hay ride.
Some of the many cute!
Hudson loving the slide....I think Jeanette did too!
Riley's turn.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pumpkin Fun

Tonight we finally decorated and carved our pumpkins. Every year we end up with several little pumpkins...the ones you get free from visits to the pumpkin patch...and we decided long ago that they were just too hard to carve. So we use those silly plastic face pieces to decorate them instead. This year we got a new set in our Halloween Box and were excited to make new faces. In the new set there were ones to make a Frankenstein face. This worked really well for the green pumpkin Riley and I picked out on his field trip to the pumpkin patch.

Using the plastic face pieces has always been Riley's favorite way to decorate his pumpkins. He has never been a big fan of cleaning out the insides of the bigger pumpkins that Shea and I love to carve. For whatever reason he never wants to touch the slimy insides or help get the seeds out. This year I thought he would be more into it. Clearly I was wrong....
Shea a little too excited, Riley not so much!
He wanted nothing to do with touching any part of those insides! So, when I cut his pumpkin to carve open, I had to clean it out while he took the pictures.
After I got it all nice and clean, Riley drew his face on and I helped him cut it out.Every year Shea and I try to pick new designs to carve. Riley picked my design out and thought Shea's was a little scary. They turned out better than we thought they would.
Mine, Riley's, Shea's


One of the fun things in Riley's Halloween Box was a Fizz-n-Find....basically a pressed soap pellet that fizzes and dissolves, revealing one of four creatures inside.Riley was really excited to try this out, so here goes....Riley really didn't understand that he couldn't pick what was going to be inside. I tried to explain that it would be one of the four and that we would just have to wait and see. He was hoping for a ghost...So he was a little diappointed when this is what appeared after all the fizzing stopped......but soon was excited again when I showed him that it glowed in the dark!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Halloween Box

The week or so before Halloween is always very busy....decorating, buying and carving pumpkins, getting costumes together and the arrival of the Halloween Box! Every year my Aunt Donna sends all her great nieces and nephews a goody box full of Halloween fun and every year I document it's arrival. Riley is always very excited to see whats inside.

Here it is!
"I Love M&M's!"Whoa Cool!"Perfect book, he still loves the Backyardigans.
"Thanks Auntie Donna for my Halloween Box! Love You!"

Friday, October 24, 2008

Boo At The Zoo 2008

Every year our area zoo has several nights of Boo At The Zoo. Basically it is trick or treating at the zoo and they have fun decorations and different displays set up as well. This year we went with my brother Eric and his family. Riley was really excited and had a great time. Being with his cousins made it all that much more fun. This year Riley decided he wanted to be a police officer for Halloween and stuck with that idea for weeks. I was sure he would change his mind a dozen times before he settled on something, but not this year. So, after searching for a half way decent police costume to buy, I realized that I could make one for about the same price as a store bought one and it would look so much more real. My friend Jeanette, who used to be a uniformed officer and is now a detective, gave me 2 police patches from a real uniform. Riley already had blue pants and I sewed the patches on a boys dark blue flannel shirt I bought at Walmart for $5! Costume done! I found his hat, badge, and accessory belt at the party store. He HAD to have a whistle too....apparently that is a very important part of a police officers uniform because "how will the cars know to stop if I don't have a whistle." His costume turned out better than I had expected and everyone at the zoo loved it. Here he is.....

Officer Ridings
Riley in action!
Trying to get a group shot...
Tanner as Spiderman and Tegan as Pablo from the Backyardigans.
Some of the fun displays.

Monday, October 20, 2008

My glasses have arrived.

Today I went with Shea to his eye doctor appointment so I could pick up my glasses that arrived last week. They are just plain cheap frames that I figured I would get at first until I really convince myself that I need to wear them all the time:). When I first put them on everything looked strange. I guess I thought that it would instantly make me see clearly once I put them on. The doctor said to just gradually wear them off and on so my eyes have time to adjust. When I'm on the computer I have been trying to wear them, but it still feels so weird. I hate the feeling of them on my face. I find that if I focus on what I am reading or typing I forget I have the glasses on and it helps a little. I guess I will get used to them the more I wear them. I haven't tried them for night driving yet....I keep forgetting to grab them and put them in the car. I think I will see a big difference at night. I will try and get a picture of me wearing them soon. Off to put my glasses on since I just realized this would be a good time to get used to them!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Buddy Walk 2008

Today Riley and I met up with the Balsis Family to participate in our area Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome. We have so much fun every year and really enjoy helping to raise money and awareness for Down Syndrome in honor of Miss Payton.It was a beautiful day with so many fun things to do for the kids. This year they had a petting zoo which the kids really enjoyed....ok, so I really enjoyed, they had a real live hedge hog! They also have moon bounces and slides and even live music. We can't wait for next year when not only will we be walking in Payton's honor, but also in honor of Miss Addison, who our friends are adopting from Russia and who also happens to have Down Syndrome. A few more pictures from our fun day....

Riley with Mason and Payton and their cousins.
Some of the group starting to walk.
Riley and our friends daughter Alexis leading the way.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Preschool Pictures

Riley's preschool pictures came in today. I was very pleased that they actually turned out so good. He has not been a big fan of getting real pictures taken, as in sitting still for a good picture, so I was afraid they wouldn't turn out so well. Other than looking like he needs a hair cut :), I think they are so cute!

Riley's First Preschool Field Trip

Today Riley and I went to a pumpkin patch with his preschool class. We had so much fun and it was nice to meet all his classmates and their mom's too. I had never been to this particular pumpkin farm before and was very pleased with all they had there. We started with the spooky barn, which Riley wanted nothing to do with, at first. I had to carry him in and he ended up wanting to go back out immediately. So we moved on to looking at some goats and then to the hayride. The hayride took us to the pumpkin patch where we were able to actually pick our own pumpkins right off the vine.

Looking for the perfect pumpkin.
Making sure it really is the one he wants.I thought the green one was cool!
After the hayride we headed over to the slides. This was by far the most fun for all the kids...and some parents too! At first the kids were going down without the mats and it wasn't all that fast. Once they got on the mats they realized they could go a lot faster. After the slides we headed over to the fire pit, where the kids got to roast marshmallows and drink hot apple cider. Next the kids all played on the playground while the parents got the lunches ready. They sat as a class and had lunch and then we were pretty much free to go. Well, on the way out Riley decided that the spooky barn was not so spooky any more and had to go back in.
Getting up the nerve to go in.Here he goes.......and here he comes!
He actually ended up going back in and out over and over and loved it. It was pretty dark inside with all kinds of lights and things to scare you. I was so proud of him for actually going in on his own. I really didn't think he would do it. We had a great time and I think he really enjoyed his first field trip. Of course we couldn't leave without climbing up on the tractor!