Thursday, October 29, 2009

signs that the yankees have made it to the world series...

1.) the cheerleader-style banner hanging in my home...



2.) the fact that there is a keg in my tv room...



3.) the 3 very excited kids decked out in yankees gear who stayed up a little too late last night only to go to bed very sad (yankees lost)...



(yes, i realize pete looks like he is wearing phillies colors... he had a softball game last night and that is their team shirt.)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"F" is for...

little Farmers...





having Fun painting...




Finn...

Fantastic color combinations...



Funny Faces...




Flowers in Freshly painted Flower pots...




and Frankenstein...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

arts and crafts

this was our table over the course of two days last week.  it still makes me happy.  i love getting everything out and making a big mess and playing arts and crafts all day.  and, lucky for me, so does lucy.  she was hard at work on a special project for a dear friend in a faraway land (dallas).  her little project turned out mighty fabulous, if i do say so myself.  many side projects were worked on as well, several peter pans drawn, an excessive number of pencils sharpened and some glitter dumped.  finn came and went from it all, drawing a little then back to playing on the floor.  it was wonderful.  i guess i can appreciate that we just need to find the calm in the midst of all that is madness during the fall.
















finn worked very hard on this picture (about 3 whole minutes).  it is "a shark and a guy swimming by the shark and the shark is going to bite him."  (hint: the guy is the one with arms and legs...)

Monday, October 26, 2009

apple pickin' in willcox

we drove down to willcox, az yesterday to go apple picking at apple annie's orchard.  the kids had a lot of fun and the pumpkin patch on the farm was the biggest pumpkin patch i have ever seen.  in addition to picking apples you can also go out into their vegetable fields and pick from their assortment of tomatoes, peppers, squash, green beans, melon...  whatever is in season at that time.  our kids ran around, rolled in the dirt (namely, finn) and got absolutely filthy.  it was great.
i just have to say, i love road trips.  growing up we would always take little day trips around arizona and i love being able to do that with my own kids now.  for me even the car ride is fun.  i love listening to all our little singing voices in the back seat.  i love car bingo, slug bug and 20 questions (especially with finn...).  i do have to say, however, that apple annie's is maybe not quite worth the drive.  i don't want people to read this and all head off to willcox.  it is a fairly long drive for what appears to still be the same old arizona desert, just with a nice little farm hiding in the middle of it all.  i am thinking that something in the northern direction might be a little nicer...  any suggestions for fabulous road trips?



























and we came home with a lot of corn kernels in our shoes...



oh, and i picked up this super rad driver on the set of the 1980's film the goonies, so i was pretty excited about that... as an added bonus, he drives a mini-van...


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

funny

i think any parent will say there is no sound better than that real hard belly laugh that their child gives up when they find something to be extremely funny.  jack and finn both have that laugh that comes from down deep.  with lucy it is a little different.  she is definitely the easiest to make laugh and seems to find the most humor in life, but with her it is always a laugh that should be qualified more as a giggle.  if she finds something to be truly and legitimately funny, it is definitely a high (and hysterical) giggle that comes exploding out of her.  i love it.  i hope it never goes away...









on another note, lucy is, herself, a very funny kid.  the other day in the car she told me, "mom, finn and i are the funniest in our family.  we always make people laugh."
"what about jack?  and dad?  dad always makes you guys laugh." i added.
"oh, yeah.  so, me and finn and jack and dad are all the funniest in our family.  you're the only one that's not funny, mom."
thanks a lot.
lucy recently made up a game where she asks "guess what?" and if you say "what" in response she comes back with this ridiculous noise she made up, something like "p-p-p-ch" (think you are in kindergarten and you are just learning to make those sounds...).  so, now she, jack, finn and pete all try to get each other.  the funny thing is, lucy is extremely hard to get.  i honestly thing there is something in how her brain works that she is always thinking about this game she made up.  pete can say to her out of nowhere, "hey lucy, guess what?"  and she will just respond, "i know what you're going to say..."  she certainly is a funny little thing...




she also hates shoes.  i can send her outside with shoes and within minutes they are nowhere to be found.  so most of the time her feet look like this...




you can only imagine the bathtub when she climbs in...


Monday, October 19, 2009

forts

have you seen this awesome contest for the best fort?  wish i had heard about it earlier because we definitely would have entered.  for now, here is finn's take on forts...







this was one of his favorite games this last summer (i just came back across these pictures... i am a bit behind on organizing photos...).  he would play with the laundry basket quite happily for hours sometimes...

Friday, October 16, 2009

there is just something about...

holiday decorations.



my kids get insanely excited over putting up old decorations or making new ones.  and, i must admit, i love it myself.  my mom loved holidays when we were kids.  she would always pull out holiday decorations and do different little things to make every single holiday so special.  i remember being so excited about our decorations or about donuts for breakfast or whatever little tradition we had for that holiday.  and, as an adult, it is amazing how much those memories stay with you.  so, we have busted out the old decorations and my kids are hard at work on new ones...











these spiders crack me up because jack and lili speier made them when they were about three from styrofoam balls and they are hands down the favorite decoration in our house.  they are falling apart (we've had to toss a few already over the years) and the sad old cobwebs are just as old and kind of lost their ability to stretch and look like cobwebs anymore.  my kids still love to hang them up though...





it is funny to me that since we do not have a fireplace and mantle, we naturally decorate our piano.  not sure why, but somehow it seems like the next best thing.  (it can be a little sad, however, when that is where we hang our christmas stockings...)  i was looking at it the other day and decided i want a mirror to hang over it.  then i decided i want a cool, old vintage mirror.  this led to the decision that a trip to the flea market is a must.  what do you think, pete?  anyone else up for it?  then, someday, when we have a fireplace, we can hang our cool mirror over that...



by the way, lucy and i made that halloween sign last year from this free download and some orange string, if anyone is interested.  they give you the whole alphabet, so you could make all sorts of signs...

have a lovely weekend.
go yankees.