Thursday, October 31, 2013


Lizards gizzards! Halloween is over. October is over. Where does the time go? Oh well. On to the good holidays.

This year for Halloween Loreli wanted with all of her heart to be Angelina Ballerina. We have read every Angelina Ballerina book the Riverton library has to offer and have watched a few episodes of Angelina and Loreli is smitten. So we made her come to life this Halloween and Loreli is in love!

Her favorite feature was her tail!

Although she was not really involved in the costume assembly, she did inform me that "Angelina doesn't have whiskers." So a simple dot on the nose and she was set! 

I have never been a real fan of Halloween. I always enjoyed dressing up and what kid doesn't love candy? But when it comes to all of the decoratingness I am not a fan of the ghoulish stuff. So we kept it simple. Pumpkins all over, 30 flying bats on the wall and a couple of q-tip skeletons. Done and done.

So proud of her dancing skeletons!

I found a recipe for these fun cookies! Loreli had a blast decorating them with eyeballs and Jack just enjoyed eating them. 

I love the blob of eyes. Loreli is awesome.

We went to the branch party last night and my kids were ecstatic! Loreli loves other kids and Jack just likes treats so it was fun for them to run around like insane kids for a while. And of course I didn't get any good pictures because of the chaos and lack of participation due to the excitement.

Waiting to play a game.
Getting her face painted and Jack in the background. He's a dinosaur? Still out on that one.
Eating a candy bar and oh so happy!
She loved her butterfly face.
Loreli looking at yummy treats and Jack eating a wrapped tootsie roll. 
 Riverton's Halloween festivities were a little later than I would like so today we went to Lander to do a little trick or treating on Main Street. Jack was a little reluctant at first but would run up to the person with a candy bowl and stand there waiting for a treat. Even when he got a treat he would just stand there as if to say "that's it?!"

A lady in one of the shops asked Loreli if she was Angelina Ballerina. Loreli lit up and got excited that someone knew who she was dressed as almost as if she looked just like her! Way to go lady! That made her day!

If we ever ask Jack "what does a dinosaur say?" he opens his mouth real big and does a throaty little roar. It's adorable.

We saw a dog towards the end of our journey and Jack had to stop to holler and point at it.

Cute and distracted siblings.

Hooray for Halloween treats!

I asked Loreli to give me her mousiest face and this is what she came up with. A look of terror and confusion. I'm pretty sure that's exactly what a mouse feels like all the time.

This is Shea. I like him. This is evidence that he was there.

And this is the end of the super long picture filled post.
Happy Halloween Y'all!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Let's move on

Mostly the events around here consist of trying to engage and entertain children while keeping the intake of Angelina Ballerina, Sponge Bob and Veggie Tales to a minimum.  That and then lots of work around the house. Oh, and then there is Loreli's horse to take care of.   
 Okay, let's be completely clear about this, WE DO NOT OWN A HORSE (or do we, hehehe).  This is the neighbor's horse that Loreli has claimed as her own.  For me this is win-win; we don't have to buy, feed, take care of, groom, shod, ride or in any way be responsible for this horse, but my little girl "has" a horse.  We just have to look at it occasionally. 
 She spent quite a while one day picking wild grass to feed.  How this really worked is while I was out cleaning up the property (can't say yard yet) she would run to me and say "I need more grass please", I would stop what I was doing and yank up a handful of grass and she would transfer it to the horse.

 For the most part they are pretty easily entertained.  Boxes, when do they loose their magic on a child? I don't get so excited about boxes anymore, but I wish I did.  Wouldn't life be so much easier?

 Then we had our first living room camp-out.   

 She was actually enjoying the smores, I wasn't cruelly cramming them down her throat whilst I chuckled maniacally. 

good times

Sunday, October 20, 2013


After significant confusion from the last post I can in no uncertain terms emphatically deny the positive nature of the fact that Kathryn is not free from the condition of pregnancy; unless of course it is opposite day in which case the conversely of the aforementioned would apply. 
We good?  

Saturday, October 19, 2013

"Because We Can" shoot guns

It was mostly planned on a whim, but early this summer while surfing the web I looked to see what cities Bon Jovi's tour was going to hit.  I was hoping that SLC or Denver would be visited, but alas it was not meant to be.  However he was going to stop in Las Vegas, on a Saturday night... and the  mental vacation gears started whirling.  Katy and I have never ditched the kids to go play by ourselves for more than a few hours.  Don't worry they have always been supervised during these interludes, or at least asleep.  But I thought, "Hey, we could go to a Friday-Saturday Front Sight course, and then the concert Saturday night".  And boy was it awesome.  
The kids were promptly ditched in star valley and we were on our way.  The first night we walked about the strip and decided that we don't ever need to do that again in our lives.I have done it numerous times but it was Katy's first time. If you have never been, it is something else. If you have been, eh.  
Next morning we got ta shootin. 
 Love a woman with a gun, mmm!
Katy was nervous at first but really learned a lot and enjoyed it all
That little person next to Katy is actually an 11 year old that came with his dad and absolutely loved it!

She picked it up real well and is a bonified shooter, so watch out.  She gets kinda' nuts when she's pregnant (which is not an announcement (or is it?)) 

and then the something-ta-something (you know the thing that is french and is like the fancy main course or main event or something I think but spell checker has no idea what you are trying to say and you have no idea how to spell it cause its french and you don't know french) 
One heck of a concert- 
No we did not have good enough seats to take this picture, I stole it, but he was wearing that jacket so....