Thursday, October 30, 2008

Finished Product

Here is the finished product at night. This is Hannah's clown:
Alex's pirate:
Sorry for the blur, that is what I get with no flash and night photography....apparently I cannot hold very still.

60 YEARS!!!

Today is my Grandparent's anniversary, they have been married for sixty years. Can you believe that? Sixty years and they make it look so easy. This past weekend we had a surprise party for them. Unfortunately I forgot my camera so I did not get any pictures of the grand event. I will have to steal my Mom's memory card so I can put up some pictures of them....they are so cute! Anyway, we had a great meal, went on a hayride and had a bunch of crafts for the kids to do. One of the crafts was to color and decorate pumpkins.
Here's Zander, cheesily showing off his pumpkin creation:
And Missy with hers. She spent a long time just coloring her pumpkin, the other side is also colored.
We decided that we also wanted to carve the pumpkins with the kids. So Sunday evening before Bologna left we carved them. Alex jumped right into the goo.

Hannah on the other hand was a little more timid. Tony finally put some in her hand and let her feel it so she would be brave enough to stick her hand inside.

I caught her face mid-yuck. She actually got better after a few times of sticking her hands in.
I will have to post the finished product later because I do not have a good picture of them yet. Tony is so creative, he made Tater a clown face and Zander a pirate. I think that he actually enjoys carving the pumpkins more than the kids do and in a few years we will have to get an extra pumpkin so that he still gets to carve one;)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Disgusting doesn't even begin to cover it...

Last night the kids and I went over to my Mom's house for dinner. My brother's girlfriend B wanted to learn how to make my Mom's square noodles, so we all got together to eat them. After dinner we decided to play Phase 10. During which, I was drinking some water from a water bottle. My brother, who was sitting next to me was spitting into a water bottle. I'm sure you can see where this is going.

At one point in the game I had Zander on my lap and was trying to keep him from grabbing my cards and I decided to take a drink. As I unscrew the cap and lift the bottle up to my lips I hear B. yelling "no, no, no!" It takes a few seconds to realize that she is talking to me. By then I had the water bottle up to my lips, and started to tip it up. I look down and to my horror realize I grabbed my brother's spit bottle, not my water bottle. But, it was too late, the brown liquid spit had already made it's way past my lips. Thankfully (if you can even say that about this situation) I had realized it in time to only get a tiny bit past my lips and it did not even make it to my tongue. I spit it back into the bottle and ran to wash my mouth out....several times.

The bad thing about the situation was that at the dinner table I was laughing at my Mom for actually DRINKING some of the spit that was in a diet coke bottle. Yeah, not a good idea on my part. However, B let Matt know that from now on he has to throw his bottles away as soon as he is done with them.

Like I said, disgusting doesn't even begin to cover it!

Friday, October 24, 2008

I've been tagged!

I am so excited! This is the first time I have ever been tagged, hooray! Here it goes:

{10 Years Ago I ....}
1. Was a Senior in High School
2. Had been dating my hubs for four months
3. I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up
4. Could not wait to get out into the "real" world....haha, like that was the real world!
5. Drove a manual Pontiac Sunfire and loved it!

{5 Things On Today's to-do-List}
1. Make and decorate 48 cupcakes and 2 cakes for my Grandparents 60th anniversary party tomorrow
2. Lots of laundry (it never ends!)
3. Dishes (they never end either!)
4. Work on BIG A, little a
5. See my HUBBY :)
Really, this list could go on and on...

{5 Things I Would D0 if I Were a Millionaire}
1. Pay off my new mortgage and furnish my new house with all new stuff
2. Pay off my student loans (and all my debt for that matter)
3. Go on a shopping spree for ME!
4. Buy a fancy new SUV because hey, I could afford the gas!
5. Help out the ones I love

{5 Places I Have Lived}
1. Fostoria, OH
2. Luckey, OH
3. Rogers, AR
4. Havelock, NC (I heart NC and would LOVE to move back there!)
5. Columbus, OH (soon...very soon!)

{5 Jobs I've Had}
1. School Aide at local County Hospital
2. Bakers Apprentice at Meijer
3. Teacher at Daycare
4. Assistant at Dr's office

I tag, Destini, Trisha, Cat, Lisa (who has not updated in two weeks!) and Sarah (because if we all tag her she might update!)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Public Service Announcement

Last weekend when my cute husband was home, he started coming down with a cold. Somehow when he gets a cold the children always manage to catch it. When the children catch a cold it is inevitable that I will then catch it because of the constant in your face communication they like to have. So, I would like to take a time-out to give my family a public service announcement.

Dear Cute Husband,
I am so sorry that you started to come down with a cold over the weekend. However, for future reference, when you start to feel like you have a cold please refrain from allowing our children to drink after you. Drinking after someone who is sick is one of the easiest ways to pass germs from person to person. Furthermore, please wash your hands every five minutes or so. Thank you very much. I love you, I just do not wish to share your sick germs with the entire family.

Your wife

Dear Missy,
When you are laying in bed with Mommy in the morning and you want Mommy to turn her head towards you because you "love me", please do not cough in my face. Furthermore when you continue to cough in my face over and over again, please do not get upset when I turn away from you. Also, please wash your hands every time you cough, sneeze, or wipe your nose (basically every five seconds). I love you very much but I wish you would not share your germs with me.


Monday, October 20, 2008

BIG A, little a

Today I decided that since Missy Tater is not in preschool, we really need to start working on her letters. I figured we would start with A and work our way through to Z (ingenious I know), doing one letter per week, capital and lowercase including the sounds that they make. We'll see how it goes. Today we worked on writing big and little a's and sang a song about the sounds they make. Then for lunch we had "Aa" sandwiches.
We also had tomAto soup. It was very yummy and the kids just loved eating their letters.
After lunch we ran to the $ store and bought some art supplies so that we could do some serious "Aa" art projects this week. When we were done there we went to my friend Steph's house for a little play date. It was great to catch up with my friend Molly who I haven't seen for a few months. Towards the end of the night we tried to get all of the kiddos on the couch for a photo, but it did not work out to well.

I chose this one because H, was sitting there all nice and proper while everyone else was in their own world. Yep, that basically sums up us trying to get five kids to sit still for five minutes.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

House Update

I am a little nervous to post this, but we *might* have a house! This is all so different from the last time we bought a house that I just do not know what to expect. When we bought our house in NC, we were in a military town and the market was great. It really did not take much to get everything in order, and it seems like from the time our offer was accepted until we closed was really not that long at all. This time around everything seems to be moving in slow motion. Our offer was accepted like two weeks ago and we still do not have an end in sight. We are hoping to close by November 24th, but we still do not have our financing through, our home inspection or the appraisal. So, hopefully that will all be settled by this week.

It is a really great house!! One of the most exciting things is that it is REALLY close to my SIL's house. I won't bore you with the details, but it was one of the first houses that we looked at and loved. It was a little out of our price range at the time so we decided to keep looking. Well a couple of months later and the bank had dropped the price $10,000. We offered $5,000 less and they accepted our offer! See it pays to be patient (and picky).

Thursday, October 16, 2008


No, I'm not talking about voting for the next president, I'm talking about voting over at 5 Minutes for Mom. I recently found a blog and instantly fell in love with the family. Well it turns out that they are a finalist in a contest to win new bedroom furniture. You can vote once per computer until October 29th. So head on over there and help Kaden win a new bedroom set! He's finalist number 18 and if you read the story behind the picture, it will probably melt you into a puddle of goo when you read it. Please take the time to vote:)

Happy Birthday Anna Michelle!!!

Today is my niece Anna's fifth birthday. I cannot believe that she is already five years old. Since I started asking her two weeks ago what she wanted for her birthday she kept saying "I need more time to think about it." So, since her party is this weekend I decided that I would just take her shopping and let her pick out whatever she wanted.

So, I picked her up yesterday afternoon and took her up to a big toy store to let her pick out whatever she wanted. After she picked out her stuff, I knew that I would be in for some serious paybacks! She picked out a bunch of art stuff...only the messy kind. The kind that most mothers either don't buy or hide on the top shelf where they can't be seen. Oh well, you are only five once!

We then came back to my house for some Wii. Let me just tell you that little miss Anna can kick some booty when playing bowling. The first game she bowled a 130! The second game she bowled a 156! After that I let her play by herself because I did not want to get beat by an almost five year old. I wish I would have thought to take a picture because she looked really cute striking her bowling pose.

Happy Birthday Anna Banana! I cannot wait to enjoy your princess party on Saturday and to see your parents expressions when you open your gifts.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Poor Little Boy

Remember the baseball tee that Zander got for his birthday? He really loved that tee, it was one of his favorite things to do when we went outside to play. He would put the ball on it and hit it, then chase it around the yard. It was actually pretty cute.

Well the other night I did not put it away. I left it in the yard thinking that we would be going back outside later and we would put it away after that. However, we never made it back outside and later that night I forgot about it and shut the garage door. Well some schmuck decided to steal a two year olds favorite toy! Mind you it was in my BACKYARD in a very small town. I would have thought that it would be ok to leave a toy outside overnight.

I was so angry when I went outside the next morning and found it missing. I called my hubby and he laughed and said "What are you going to do when you move to Columbus and somebody breaks into your car....or your house?" Which made me laugh! However at least my two year old would most likely not be missing his brand new favorite toy!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Very photo heavy post...however there are about a thousand pictures I could post so really you are getting off easy!
Tonya had a party on Saturday and I was soooo excited not only to see everybody, but because the Hedger's were going to be there. That meant that not only was there going to be somebody Hannah's age, but there was going to be a GIRL that was Hannah's age! However, what I did not expect was how much I would enjoy talking with Lisa. Not that I don't enjoy talking with Tonya, Sarah, Sue and Cat, but this was different. This was a mommy of a girl my girl's age. (Are you following me here?) That meant that we got to talk about things that applied to our girls. Things that the other parents are not facing either a. because they have male children, or b. because they are younger than Hannah. Anyway, what I am trying to convey here is just how nice it was to be able to talk to somebody at the same point that I am. Does that make any sense?
Anyway, moving on. The kids had such a great time. As always, Tonya was such a great hostess and had so much for the kids to do. They were buys most of the time which gave all of us mommas a chance to chit-chat. There was a cardboard box house, that had a bunch of shredded paper in the middle that hid the candy. Hannah and Liz actually sat in there forever picking out that candy. It was quite funny.
I think it is so cute how Alex is just peaking in!
There was bobbing for apples, and really what more can a bunch of almost two year olds want than a big bucket full of water and apples?

Hannah and Liz really enjoyed the bobbing.
They each got to make their own bag to collect the candy in. Tonya, so crafty had foam stickers, stamps and puffy paint for them to use.

There was even a bouncy house for them to jump in and boy did they love that.
When they weren't occupied with all of that, Will gave them a box of rocks to throw into the little fish pond. I think that was on of the highlights of the night. However, it was not until much later that Hannah discovered the fish.
Hannah and Liz were just so cute together! They played so well and at one point were upstairs playing by themselves. Every now and then somebody would go check on them to find that they were playing "Princess of the year!" Not sure what that is but okay. The one bummer is that they live so far away:( I did google it and if I have the right city then currently we are only roughly two hours away. Once I move though we will be almost four hours away!

Hannah and Liz saying goodbye:
I will leave you with some of the other cuties at the party. Unfortunately I am so bad about getting pictures of the older kids, mainly because they are so busy running around!

Dude, is this party over yet? 'Cause I am wicked tired!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Cars, cars, and more cars

We had Alex's birthday party last Saturday. Nothing too big, just family and a few close friends. It just so happened that Papa Randy was in town, so even he got to join in the festivities. Of course it was a Car's themed party, since Zander is all about trucks. Even though it was not a big affair the boy took home the loot! He got some fall/winter clothes which were much needed, a soccer net, a baseball tee, a variety of trucks and a big truck.

There were a couple of funny moments at the party that I want to remember. Let me start off by saying that I think his baseball tee was one of his favorite gifts and that Daddy could not get it out of the box fast enough. Now lets just think about this. We are inside and a two year old is going to hit a ball off a tee. Mind you everything was plastic but still. Daddy got it all set up and Zander stepped up to the plate and bam, hit the ball. Right into Grandpa's head! Of course we all start laughing, give him the ball back and he does it again. Ok, enough of the tee.

The other one had to do with him blowing out the candles. It is not so much funny as cute. Remember how I said he did so good blowing out his candle on the cupcake? Well not so much at the party. We got done singing and he just sat there and smiled at us. Like what, am I supposed to do something here? It finally took Papa Dave picking him up and moving him much closer to the cake before he would blow them out. I guess he thought he was too far away.

Lastly, Owen one of the youngest party goes gave us some good entertainment. Here he is:
Zander getting ready to open all of his gifts.

A close up of the cakes: Zander's expression while we were singing to him:

I mentioned before the "big truck" that Zander got for his birthday. Well hubs and I went together with Grandpa and Grandma to get Alex a big jeep. He really loved it! Here are some pictures from the first time he drove it.

Hey how do I make this thing go?

You are such a crazy driver! Here let me help you steer:

Finally we decided that Zander was just a little too young to be able to both push the pedal and steer at the same time, so we let Sissy do most of the driving after that.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Two Years Old!!

Dear Zander-boo,
Today you are two years old! I cannot believe that two years have already flown by. At two years old you are quite the little man. In fact I am having a hard time with how "big" you actually are because I am still clinging to my baby. Right now I love how much you love your sister. I am not naive enough to think that it will last long, but I can enjoy it while it lasts. The first thing you ask in the morning is 'ere's Sissy? Then when we get downstairs and you see her, you break into a hugs smile ans say "SISSY!!" You love following her around all day and trying to do what she does.
You also love to read books. In fact I think that the most that you sit still is while you are on my lap reading books. Besides reading you also like to draw and color. Unfortunately you have discovered that markers, pens and even crayons will work on other surfaces besides the paper.
Another one of your favorite things are trucks. You love your trucks (which can actually be cars, tractors, motorcycles, basically anything with wheels). You push them around and love to line them up in straight rows. I love listening to you make the vroom noise. I don't even know how to describe it. It is kind of like a youm sound.
You are a smart little cookie for only being two years old. Your vocabulary astounds me, as does your ability to say sentences. You have also recently started asking the dreaded why. You have such a cute little voice though, that I don't mind. I really need to get you talking on the video camera because I know that the sound of your voice is one of those things that will be forgotten over time.
I am sorry to say that you inherited my gracefulness. Your Grandpa Allison used to call me Grace and when I would fall he would say "There's Grace in action!" I did not understand it at the time, but now when I see you constantly tripping or falling I understand. It is a rare week around here when you do not have some sort of bump or bruise.
I have enjoyed watching your personality bloom over this past year. You have turned into quite the little character. I really cannot wait to see you continue to grow and learn.


We had a special day for you today as your party is on Saturday. When you woke up I asked you what you wanted for breakfast and you gladly yelled "EGGS!!!" You even got to help Mommy make them.
You are such a little ham these days, you will do things just to make us laugh. Which is why in almost all of these pictures you are doing your "pirate face."
Since Mommy was taking you shopping to get the rest of the stuff for your party I decided to spike your hair for the day. You actually like it when I spike your hair because you like to look at yourself in the mirror and laugh at your hair.

Grandma Cath, Anna and Abbie went shopping with us. Then when we got home we had special cupcakes just for you.
Since it is only your second birthday, I figured you would need a little help with the whole blowing out the candle thing. However, I was very wrong! You blew out the candle before I was ready, so I re-lit it in order to get a picture of you blowing it out.

Your cousins and sissy were glad to be here for your little party. Even if they all only ate the frosting off the cupcake!!
I took your shirt off because I thought you would make a big mess with your cupcake. However I was pleasantly surprised that you barely made a mess at all.
I love you little boodle!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008


Tater-Tots-n-Fries has went Pink for October. It took me a good part of the day, because I found the background that I loved and I was looking for a color to put over it. Unfortunately I could only find pink. I admit it is a little over the top, but I wanted to show my support for Breast Cancer Awareness.

I admit that I am not very educated about Breast Cancer, but isn't that what this is all about? Educating people about Breast Cancer while raising awareness? I would like to encourage everyone to go PINK!

Two years ago today....

I was suffering through contractions! I cannot believe that my baby boy turns two tomorrow. I will have a full blown tribute up by 12:43 a.m. so stay tuned.