Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Wizard of Oz Halloween Trail

This was such a fun outing... We went to Castle McCulloch where we got to walk with Dorothy through the Wizard of Oz trail. Of course, we met up with or Glenda the Good Witch, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion along the way. But, we also met up with the Wicked Witch before we got to meet the Wizard of Oz!!

Aidan loved watching the witch melt in the fog! Regan loved the singing... But, probably liked holding Dorothy's hand the most! (The Community Theatre of Greensboro did a great job with this production!)

My girlfriend Jenny and I had a blast taking the kids... We even coordinated the girls' clothes and hair!

See the pics below!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fall Fun at the Pumpkin Patch

We had fun choosing the two best pumpkins at the pumpkin patch today... The kids even got to sit on a horse! See the pics below! =)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I'm A Good Artist

-- Written by Regan & Aidan's Mom

I'm a good artist. But, my older brother doesn't think so. When I ask him which picture he likes the best, he doesn't answer. Why doesn't he just answer me?

When Aidan doesn't answer me I have to get really loud and ask again and again. And, when that doesn't work, I have to get out of my chair and put the paper in front of his eyes for him to see.

He doesn't like that so much because he can't see the game he is playing. Then, he gets mad. And, yells "REGAN…. Don't DOOO that!"

When Aidan yells, Mommy comes into the kitchen and asks why we are fighting. And, then, I try to explain. But, Aidan gets even madder.

Mommy doesn't like that so much because she doesn't want us to fight. Mommy then yells "REGAN… AIDAN… Be nice to each other!"

But, I tell Mom that Aidan isn't being nice to me. And, I show Mom my drawings.

Mom says she likes them both but I ask her which one is her favorite. She picks the picture with a princess in a pink dress and a purple crown and pretty flowers.

I tell her that is my favorite picture, too.

Then, I take the papers and draw a beautiful butterfly on the picture that isn't the best to make it prettier. I ask Mom which picture is her favorite now. Mom says she loves the butterfly.

Daddy comes home and he gives me a big hug and a kiss. He says he likes both pictures. But, he likes the princess in the pink dress and purple crown the most because it looks just like me!

I smile.

I'm a good artist.

Aidan's 8th Birthday, Neighborhood "Booing", & Jedi Training Party!

On Aidan's birthday (Oct 9th), Doug and I went to Aidan's school and surprised the birthday boy for lunch. We also treated his class mates to ice cream to celebrate. For dinner, Aidan's restaurant of choice was Moe's for Pilot Elementary's family night... It was a dining experience complete with the craziness of school friends, magic tricks and balloon animals. But, I think the most fun for Aidan (after getting his birthday presents) was going "booing" in our neighborhood when we got home.

Let me explain as you may not be aware of what "booing" means. (We are new to this as well.) A couple nights before, there was a loud knock on our front door. When Doug answered, no one was in sight. But, a white ghost bag with candy was left on our porch. Inside the bag were instructions explaining that we had been "booed" and that we now had to keep the Highstream neighborhood tradition of booing alive by making two more bags and delivering them to two other homes within two days. We were also instructed to put the ghost sign that says "We've been booed" in our front window.

As luck would have it, the night of Aidan's birthday, we set out with two orange pumpkin bags filled with candy and instructions. Regan was VERY concerned about giving away our candy. But, Aidan was super excited to be the one to knock loudly and race to join Regan and I in our hiding place. We really got a kick out of watching our neighbors open the door to find that they had been "booed"!

We had Aidan's birthday party the following Sunday. The theme was Star Wars' Clone Wars. It was fun putting together a Jedi training birthday party. I made everyone a Jedi ID and light saber... The Jedis made their own star ships (paper airplanes)!

The kids were some of the best Jedis I have ever seen. They could do it all. In between star ship flight practice, light saber training, and using the force in disc target shots, they played air hockey, foosball, and Aidan's new Wii game, Boom Blox, which he got for his birthday from Aunt Greta, Kadia, Aunt Liza and Uncle Franck!

It was pretty cool that before the traditional "Happy Birthday" song was sung, the boys immediately started to hum the star wars' "Imperial March" song during the lighting of the birthday candles. Too funny!

Here are the pics!

Save this space...

It's been a long time since I have updated my blog. So this is a space saver for all the things we've done since August.... My 20 year reunion in Dayton, OH. The first day of school for Aidan (2nd grade) and Regan (kindergarten). Doug's 20 year reunion and Monday Night Steeler's game in Pittsburgh were the highlights...