Friday, October 31, 2014


We put off getting pumpkins because the weather here has still been quite warm and I knew that once pumpkins were in our possession the boys would not rest until we carved the pumpkins. On Monday, we decided it was finally time to get our pumpkins and carve them. We started at Smith's. The bin was empty, save a few diseased looking, super ugly pumpkins. Nope. We decided to try our luck at Wal-Mart. All they had were tiny pumpkins that cost $4 each. Yeah, right. The kids were starting to melt down at this point (especially Asher, who was on antibiotics for an ear infection and was ridiculously grumpy) so we decided to try one last store: Glazier's. Glazier's just so happened to have a bounty of gorgeous pumpkins. The kids surprisingly quickly chose their pumpkins, Ryan sneakily grabbed a few pints of BlueBell ice cream to be enjoyed once they were in bed, and we made the trip home.

We'd originally planned on carving our pumpkins that night, but because of our journeys in trying to buy pumpkins, we knew it wasn't going to happen. Surprisingly, the boys took the news well and went right to bed. Then Ryan and I ate our ice cream.

On Tuesday night, we got to business. I was sure Ryan and I were going to be cleaning out three pumpkins--last year the boys wouldn't even try to touch the guts. But I was pleasantly surprised when Reed worked hard on cleaning out his pumpkin. He didn't love the sliminess, so his work was slow, but he did work nonetheless. Asher made a halfhearted attempt at one scoop of seeds, then asked me to finish. Lila yelled, "LILAAAAAAA!" until Ryan cut off her pumpkin lid, then gave her pumpkin hugs and drew all over it until I could clean hers. After I finished Asher's and Lila's, I gave Reed a break and finished his, too. Phew.

 Asher wanted a face gasping, which he demonstrated for us several times. He drew the face, then Ryan carved it. I free-handed a face on Lila's pumpkin on the side opposite her drawing.

Reed drew a cool face, but it was tiny--so I asked him to try again on the other side. Again, tiny. He started crying when  I told him it was still too small--it would be crazy hard to carve and not much light would come through. He and Ryan decided to work together, with Reed describing and Ryan drawing, then carving.

Lila almost got her finger cut off (not really, but it was too close for comfort) because she just couldn't leave her pumpkin alone! she kept touching it while I was trying to carve.

When the pumpkins were finally done, we put them on our porch and didn't light them, because we didn't have candles. Oops. But, we did pose by them, and Lila did take the lid off hers approximately 25,000 times. She was very, very impressed with herself. The boys were being goofy, posing and asking me to take pictures. And of course I did. Did they even need to ask? Nope.

At one point, I was trying to get them all to smile at me. I would have even settled for them looking in my direction. They wouldn't, of course, so I gave up and was about to go inside. Asher started crying, yelling, "BUT I WANT TO SMILE!" (He was still grumpy from the ear infection.) (I hope.) Anyway, this is what Asher looks like when he "wants to smile."

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Recently, a fellow ward member posted a picture on facebook of a kiddie pool she was giving away, asking if anyone was interested. I was very interested. And I was the first to comment. I told her I would have to work out a way to come get it--and the next thing I knew, she was knocking on my door, pool in hand. She also had a trike in hand, because she's nice like that.

We tried it out that very day. The kids had ridiculous amounts of fun. And I was even a fun mom and climbed in with them. The water was freezing but the blazing sun balanced it out, I think. Lila was napping when the boys and I started playing, so we got our craziest splashing out early. Reed has a water squirter that has a rattlesnake head on the top. Apparently the snake is super sneaky and creeps into your body when you aren't looking. The snake then resides in your big toe until you have surgery to remove it. Well, the snake crept into me when I wasn't paying attention, and Reed had to use his special operating machine (which happened to look just like the snake that was inside me!) to pull the snake way up to my back. He couldn't get the snake all the way out, but told me it would dissolve over time. 

Lila woke up and went from grumpy to pumped the second she saw her swim diaper. She knows what swim diapers signify. When she got into the pool, the boys showed her the slide straightaway. And the slide is where she spent the next hour. She'd climb the steps, perch precariously at the top, plop down, then turn over onto her tummy mid-slide. She's crazy cute. 

After a while, the sun started to go down and we started to get chilly. We've used the pool a few times since and have even played in it dry with race cars a few time. All in all, a good free find.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Good Things of Late

Lila decided to climb the ladder on the boys' bed.

Then she tried to dive into Asher's bed and got stuck until I helped her wiggle her way free.

Asher did airplane to Curious George.

Lila looked so crazy cute with her pigtails, but wouldn't look from me. I tried to get her to play "boo!" but her hands stayed by her face.

Tiny helpers at Albertson's

Reed said, "Let's send Daddy a crazy picture and see if it makes his day better."

Halloween costume preview. Lila is Reed's ninja-in-training.

After a friend's birthday party one afternoon, we decided to stop by WalMart for picnic supplies, then go to Redrock for dinner.

We hiked around first and found the most amazing thing we've ever seen at Redrock: a pool formed by rainwater that housed tiny (quarter-sized) frogs! It was so cool! By the time we got back to the car, it was too dark for a picnic--so we ate in the car while we drove.

Grandma Lexie and Grandpa Jack needed us to pick them up from the airport. We went to Sunset Park and fed the ducks, then when they landed Ryan picked them up. The airport is only a few minutes away, so they joined us for a little bit before driving home.

Asher wanted to try climbing this thing. This is as far as he got.

Paint is much more fun when it's all over your face.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Painting Party

The boys and I were trying to come up with a craft one day. I suggested what I thought were several cute ideas, but they struck down each one. Then Reed had an epiphany: we should paint Halloween pictures! Why didn't I think of that? Only a few supplies were necessary: paint, paper, brushes, plates, and water. One supply was unnecessary: shirts, because things getting ruined makes me sad. We were all occupied for a long, long time. The kids were fun to watch. Lila was super impressed by every mark she made on the page. Asher whipped through his first design quickly and did three more while Reed worked on just one. Reed was very methodical and contemplated each paint stroke he added. Knowing them, I'm not surprised by how they worked.

From left to right: Reed trick or treating on Halloween, (top) Asher's haunted house, (bottom) my pumpkin, Lila's creation, Asher's invention (he didn't elaborate on what it does), Reed's haunted house. In Reed's haunted house, the black circle with colors at the bottom is witches' brew. There is black stuff going into the sky that mixes with the yellow lightning. When they mix, at least two bricks fall off the house (gray arrow on the right).

I asked Reed to smile. He did smile, but kept looking at his painting--he didn't want to break his focus!

The boys saw a spot of paint Lila had accidentally painted on her face. They cracked up, then painted their faces, too.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pappa, Pappa, Papparazzi

The first Sunday below 90 degrees seemed as good a time as any to wear jackets to church. Unfortunately, Asher didn't agree. Because apparently, wearing a jacket to church is a problem. A BIG problem. After finally getting him into the jacket, we had the audacity to suggest he go outside to take a picture since he looked ridiculously cute. The sun responded with a light punch to the face--and, if you know Asher, you know he hates when it's bright in his eyes (he gets that from his Mama). He was in such a good mood.

Lila, on the other hand, was quite fond of her jacket. She sprinted to Ryan once I finished getting her shoes on. Then she proceeded to strike adorable poses and smile for her doting parents.

Then we took an amazing group shot.

Reed was busy posing on the couch, super sick, to be photographed. Next time.