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Friday, October 24, 2008

Trick or Treat Night at Preschool

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween...oh, the debate about whether to participate in it. We've come to the conclusion that Halloween is an awesome opportunity to meet and bless people in the community. If you live in a neighborhood with kids, you will have a great opportunity to meet your neighbors on Halloween night. Isn't that something our churches are suggesting we do more of? So...this is how we celebrate Halloween as a family, by befriending and blessing our community. This year, like last, our home group is doing a Halloween party with a Chilli cook-off, games, and this great little photography company is taking free photos of kids in the costumes.
Anyway, we let the kids dress up, but, remember, I'm frugal and not willing to pay loads of money for costumes. I suggested to D'arcy that she be an angel. I have great angel wings as a prop for my business that I thought she could wear, but she insisted that she be a princess. "Mom, maybe next year I'll be an angel, but this year I plan on being a princess. Oh, and Julian can be my prince." I had other plans for Julian, though. Stephen spent the first three years of his life in Germany, and had some awesome pairs of leiderhosen. So throw in a $3 shirt from a second hand store, and we have a perfect little German boy. He much enjoyed his costume and pointing out his flowers. Mommy much enjoyed having one child who she could still dress however she wanted. I did, though, require D'arcy to let me do her hair. That's one of the joys of having a little girl!
Tonight, D'arcy's preschool had a little Trick or Treat party so they'll get to wear their costumes twice. Enjoy some pictures. The last picture is of one of D'arcy's closest friends from school, Daniel.



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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Finished Product

On Sunday night, we all sat down around our kitchen table to transform our pumpkin into this.

Stephen was dreading it, but ended up doing all of the carving. Just goes to show you how I start everything and he finishes it. D'arcy was grossed out by the insides. After we scraped them all out, we picked out all the seeds to bake them. She was unwilling, at first, but then I found some rubber gloves for her to use. Once she had those on, it became more of a squish fest than a seed extraction. We'll take it to her preschool on Thursday for them to display at their Friday night fall festival.
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Sprocket's Progress

Some of you have asked whether I'm showing or not so I thought I would let you be the judge. I've never done the "pregnancy progress" pictures in the past. I think maybe I was too busy with work or in D'arcy's case, didn't have the convenience of a digitial camera. However, I have been so preoccupied this pregnancy with how long it's taking me to show because I feel like I was enormous so quickly with Julian. I thought I would document my progress so I won't be so worried with the next one. Anyway, I'm 18 weeks and 2 days in this picture. I'm still able to fit into most of my regular clothes, although, I did get down all my maternity clothes so I can be prepared for the inevitable growth spurt that should happen over the next month.
I have another prenatal appointment on Thursday, and I'll probably be scheduling a sonogram for mid-November. I'm not in the biggest hurry since we are not going to find out the sex. We still want to make sure that Baby Sprocket is doing alright, though. Yes, I said Baby Sprockett. It's a nickname till this baby has a permanent one. Julian loves it and will randomly mention "Baby Sprockett!" D'arcy hates it, and gets very angry when it is used. She insists that it is not a sprockett, but a baby with arms and legs and we shouldn't call it anything until we know what sex it is.
You can also see in the picture one of two new paint colors that we used in our house, Spicy Cayenne.
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

First Day of Preschool

Here's a photo, long overdue, of D'arcy's first day of preschool. She's looking a little uncertain!
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Pumpkin Time

D'arcy needed a pumpkin for a preschool family project so we went to pick one out at a local church with a great little pumpkin patch. D'arcy brought her camera along too, and was really cute posing Daddy, Julian, and I. I'll try to get my act together and post her pictures too.




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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Julian is 2!

At four o'clock in the morning on October 7, 2006, our little Julian was born. Two years late, he's not so little. Out little guy loves all of the following; his big sister, his dog Begbie, Elmo, Speed (otherwise known as lighting mcqueen), trains, his daddy, the Beatles (specifically the songs Yellow Submarine, Hey Jude, All You Need is Love, and You Say You Want a Revolution), Milk (liquids in general, really), bathtime (the part when he isn't getting his hair washed), books, dancing, puzzles (he is so persistent with them), spaghetti (like his daddy), monkeys, his mommy, climbing up slides, his Mickey Mouse CD, sounds of all kinds (from the wind to birds calling), and babies. We are especially grateful for the last one as he will soon be both a little brother and a BIG brother.
He is such a sweet kid and a joy to parent. I keep saying I want #3 to be a girl, but when I think of Julian, I realize how I would be so thankful for another little boy.
Here are some pictures taken this morning to commemorate his 2nd birthday.