Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lombardi Ranch

The kids have been so excited to finally go to a pumpkin patch.

Evan wanted to carry this little pumpkin everywhere.

And jump off the hay bales.

A huge pyramid of hay bales made for plenty of jumping.

Evan was fascinated by the animals. He loved the pigs the best, but the horses were a close contender.

Loved playing on the big tractor.

A visit to the petting zoo.

Last year Evan was terrified by the goats.

This year he did pretty well, but was still a little wary.

The place was packed with a lot going on all over the place.

The kids both wanted some fresh corn on the cob before we left.

Asking him for a bite.

Steve had to steal a bite from Evan.

Evan was pretty protective of his corn.  He packed up and moved to a new bale of hay.... only after telling Steve to get his own corn.

Made it back just in time for the ward Halloween Party.

Evan wanted to be a pirate. Unfortunately none of the pirate costumes we saw were able to meet Steve's high costume expectations.... so Evan was a train conductor instead.

The kids played some games, like Donut Bite.

Evan won a prize for his costume.  He didn't really know what was going on but was super excited to pick out a toy for his prize.

Checking out the loot from trunk or treating.

Made it home with everyone on a sugar high.

Train conductor, Gryffindor student, and Princess Anna.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hailey Reading

Dick and Jane are great readers to start with.

For months now, Hailey has been right on the cusp of being able to sound out words and read.  This week she made huge progress and it finally clicked.  We pulled this book out just this morning and here she is reading all by herself!  Great job Hailey!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Craftiness

While Mommy and Evan were napping, Hailey and Daddy made a flower crown.

Evan was teething and in a bad mood... so we pulled out the Halloween crafts from Nana McClellan.  Problem solved!

Thanks Nana!

Just what we needed to get into the spirit of Halloween.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Screening at the Fox Lot

Recently the fascination with Star Wars has started for Evan.  Like this giant Star Wars mural at the 20th Century Fox Studios.

We were there for a screening of The Book of Life.  Good Halloween movie!  Then we walked around the Fox lot before heading home.

This is their New York Street lot.

They even have NYC taxi cabs.

It all looks so real until you look at the fa├žade close-up.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Healthy Fudge

A fudge recipe without buckets of sugars that actually taste really good! Hard to believe such a thing exist.

We have been making this recipe for the last few years and it never fails to disappear quickly.

Evan and Daddy playing trains together in the morning.

Okay, last lap around the track; time for Daddy to go to work.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Building Towers

Evan likes to tell me all the time that he needs more trains. I was a little surprised when he told me to go to the store and buy some right away.

Hailey wanted one train and someone didn't feel like sharing. Hailey finally just took one and Evan got mad and threw a wood train at her head and left a nice bump.

I went to hear Sheri Dew speak on women and the Priesthood tonight (and No, I have absolutely no issues with how the Church is running things.) Steve stayed home with the kids.  I hear they built lots of towers. 

The kids were good until bath-time. Then Steve got a heavy dose of what tired grumpy children who can't be consoled are like. It gets old after a few hours. Such is life... I was glad to come home and find all the little ones asleep.