Saturday, October 30, 2010

This and That

Koch Industries had a Fear Factor fund raiser. Employees would purchase a vote for the person they wanted to see eat a bunch of super nasty naturally Jake was voted to participate. Everyone new he would be a great competitor and hilarious- which he was. He didn't win, but I am just grateful for the photos. Take a look at what my poor husband had to eat! (And no Pam, pigs feet do not smell like bacon.)

He said by far...the fermented bean were the most difficult to eat. I googled them to read about what exactly they are - the photos look repulsive! They are basically rotten pinto beans in a sticky stringy sauce. Ick!
Here he is trying to get them down - poor Jake!

On a less disgusting note, we have had a fun month of Halloween activities. Brock has chosen to be Darth Vader, Allie is Ariel, and Jenna is Minnie Mouse. In this photo, Allie wanted to try out the ears that go with Jenna's costume.

The day I drag out my Halloween tubs is always a fun one at our house. The kids scurry around trying on the costumes from past Halloweens, and its a messy, noisy, fabulous time.
Bat girl Allie with bunny ears, Buzz Lightyear Jenna, too tight Iron Man Brock.

I like to have a treat baking while we decorate the house, this year was chocolate chip cookies. Simple, but a favorite. Jenna, as bat girl, was really wanting to grab a cookie hot off the tray!

Soccer season is officially over, but I did get this cute picture of my girls climbing in a tree at Brock's last practice.

Jenna is finally tall enough to pedal Allie's old big wheel. We have gone on a lot of bike rides now that the icky 100+ degree summer is over. Its been gorgeous here! You can see Allie up ahead on her bike in this picture.

Jenna has a new disdain to holding my hand in parking lots and stores, I guess its an "I am too big for that" thing, but she will hold Brock's hand. I am so glad he is always willing to hold her hand when I ask him too, he is a great helper for me!

In closing, here is a little diddy, by my favorite two year old.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Granny and Pop

Jake's parents came from Idaho to visit for a couple days. It was fabulous and we loved every minute of it, I hope they enjoyed it as well!

Early morning session of Wack-a-Mole with Pop.

Heading home after Brock's soccer game.

They brought us some Halloween goodies that Jake's sister Pam sent for us. These huge gooey eye balls were included. The green one burst while Jake and I were wrestling for it...hope that liquid isn't toxic - it got all over me! It was pretty funny.

We went to the Apple Jack Pumpkin patch, which is my favorite pumpkin patch of all the ones I have visited. I forgot my camera, so I made everyone pose after we got home. It was such great weather this year, last year we went in our winter coats!

I LOVE the look on Jake's face in this photo! It seems like every year I am surprised by how disgusting the inside of a pumpkin smells.

We got 6 pumpkins this year, but we only carved 4 so far. Here they are - which is your favorite? Can you tell who designed which pumpkin?

Happy monkeys with the jack-o-lanterns.

Larry brought us some of his Idaho potatoes. I put it next to one of my store bought spuds (grown in Texas). Hmmm...can you tell which is which?

And speaking of photographing produce....I bought a bunch of strawberries to make some jam (so my mother-in-law will think I am domestic). This was one of my berries. I thought it was cute. I pushed up the leaves to make it look like it had spiky hair. Then I chopped him up and tossed him in the jam. Que sera sera.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Birthdays and a BIG bug.

Well, some wife I am. Jake's birthday was last month and I never made a post. So here is a couple pictures from our celebration. Jake's birthday was on a Sunday this year, so the Saturday night before, we went out on a date. We headed out to a huge spook alley in Wichita, which is one of the top ten in the nation. (apparently, people travel all over and rank the spooky attractions. who knew?) Anyway, it was closed since it had rained a bunch earlier in the day, and it was a muddy disaster since most of it is outdoor. We were a little bummed, but went and saw "Money Never Sleeps" which was super good, so we were happy.

Sunday morning after opening presents. Yes, Allie has purple vampire teeth.

Jake's sister Kristi sent him this card. I thought it was HILARIOUS!!! (the inside says, "be careful what you wish for")

Home made chocolate cake...guess who decorated it?

Brock is really diggin this reading thing. On nights when he just doesn't feel tried enough to sleep by bed time (which is most nights-haha) and the girls are all giggly in their beds,I let Brock read them a few books, but he then has to tuck himself back in...that's the deal. He loves it, and so do the girls.

We went to Oklahoma last weekend to celebrate my niece Lily turning three. Her mother, (my genius sister) threw her a Wonder Pets party. It was a huge hit!

Here is adorable Lily rescuing an "animal in trouble!" My sister hid a bunch of stuffed animals around her yard, and all the kids has to try to "rescue" them. They all had a blast!
About 20 minutes into the drive home, this was the scene in our back seat. That was some party!

I help in Brock's classroom twice a month and I saw this huge horrible bug in the parking lot of the school one afternoon. Eeeeee!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Picnic Time

My mom came over a for a quick visit this weekend. It was fabulous! It just happened to be during "Andover Days"! So we went to the parade on Saturday morning, and after 2 soccer games, we went to the Andover Days carnival. That evening Jake went off to the Priesthood session of conference while the kids and I took Froo froo over to the fireworks. It was a busy, but fun day.

Sunday, after General Conference, we drove out to Lake Afton for a picnic. It was a gorgeous day, in the upper 60's, slight breeze, lots of sun. Not to mention football shaped Oreos!

No mountains, but I still think it is beautiful here...

Here is the whole gang, diving into the picnic basket! The girls went straight tot he Oreos. My mom is showing the tiny flower Jenna picked for her.
We did a bit exploring,

kicked the soccer ball around,

walked on the dock of death (very wobbley),

had silly string wars (Jake was drinking an IBC root beer, I promise),

and we played hide-and-seek...
...Jenna is so cute when she "hides"(notice the Oreo on her face). It was a great day! Thanks for coming Froo froo! On a side note, our little Allie has really become quite the little soccer player. Her first game, she just sort of followed the other kids. The second game, she cried and walked around the field. So we practiced with her everyday that week, and talked a lot about not quitting, trying hard even when you're tired, and having fun!
The third game she scored 2 goals, and stole the ball from the other team quite a bit. This past Saturday she also scored 2 goals and smiled and ran hard the whole time. Which is what I really wanted the most, her to be happy and have confidence in front of other people. I am so happy she was willing to keep trying and now she loves it!

Here she is pulling away from the other players and going for the goal! SCORE! And yes, she prefers to play in a hot pink skort. That's my Allers!