gag-gle noun \ˈga-gəl\ : a group, aggregation, or cluster lacking organization, which is exactly how I feel about my family every day.

Thursday, October 31, 2013


Happy Halloween!  We trick-or-treated at Will's work this year, and then came home for our church's trunk-or-treat.  We gave out candy, stickers and glow sticks.  It was a hit.  I made some cute pigs-on-a-blanket mummies that I found on Pinterest, and even though they were eaten before I could take a picture, I wanted to post the link because they were so cute.

Reese, my Angel.  I made her dress, but I couldn't imagine that when she put it on she would make the most beautiful angel I've ever seen!

I didn't make my little Captain America's costume, because I can't beat the store in sewing those muscles.  I couldn't get him to pose because he was upset that we finally cut him off the candy and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" was on TV.

But this is a size 7-8 modified and improved to fit and be practical for his size 2t-3t body.
(For starters, I had to turn the bodysuit in to a shirt and pants, for those bathroom emergencies.  Why don't costume companies know about this?)

I made my own costume.  It turned out ok.  I got a few compliments on the makeup, though.

In case you can't tell, I'm a Day of the Dead-style skeleton.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


a couple weeks ago we went to Wheeler Farm to pick out pumpkins and do some fun things.  I forgot to bring the camera.  But yesterday we got around to painting the pumpkins.  Jason has been asking to paint them ever since we got them, and finally I found the window of time.
While Jason and Liam just colored their pumkins, Reese painted various Halloween baddies on hers.  A goblin, a witch, a ghost, a jack-o-lantern.  This girl's got talent.  Maybe I should have her do my pumpkin.

Trains, Preschool and Goofing off

We like trains at our house

I think we'll end up expanding our train set because it gets so much play.

We made cookies to "Boo" people for Halloween (leave them treat anonymously and a note to pass on treats to someone else).  I remember this as one of my favorite Halloween traditions as a kid, but no on in our neighborhood did it, so we started it this year.  We left it to six houses and only one put the sign in their window, supposedly passing it on.  We'll try different people next year.

The kids got to cut out the ghosts, moons, pumpkins and cats.  And they each got a heart because I couldn't keep them out of the cookie cutters even though I had only brought out the Halloween ones.

Will:  Reese, What are you doing?
Reese:  What do you mean?

Liam at his Preschool Halloween program.

I need to get a better camera

They sang some educational songs and some cute Halloween ones.

Also, the kids, taking a page from Aunt Shelly's book, built a fort in the family room.  Grampa Dan stopped by and helped them make it sturdier on his way home from visiting Jessica out in Georgia.  Thanks!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

School Pictures!

I love school pictures.  I love having a yearly picture so that I can go back and watch my kids get older.  Remember how Reese's hair had been cut off before school started last year?  Crazy.  She looks so much older just one year later.

Liam's picture reminds me of one Will has of an early elementary age.  His hair was messed up and is collar was askew.  
I hadn't checked Liam's backpack when he came home from school the previous school day (he rarely has anything because he doesn't have homework) so I didn't know until I was dropping him off at school that it was picture day.  So we got the orange Triceratops with headphones Tshirt and nothing special with the hair.  Oh well.  He's still a major cutie.  And this smile is a good one for him as far as formal pictures go.

Thursday, October 17, 2013


We had someone else's dog, OG, for about 4 months while she found a place to live that allowed pets.  About two weeks ago she took him back.  It didn't take long for Will to start lamenting our lack of dog.  Will.  Not me.  I was amazed.  It's time for us to get our own dog.

We were going to take our time about it, and had already visited multiple shelters, but unfortunately a break in at our house is what it took to spur us in to action more quickly.  The dog we got will not be a great guard dog, but will at least be a watch dog, which makes me feel safer at night.

The kids named her "Peach".  She is a cairn terrier, which was on the list of low to no shedding dogs, which was a deal breaker on my list.  OG didn't shed much, but I would rather no shedding at all.

We'll laugh at this some day, right?

Me: Liam, what do we color on?
Liam: Paper
Me: Are our shoe drawers paper?
Liam: No.
Me: Should we color on the shoe drawers?
Liam: No.
Me: Did you color on the shoe drawers?
Liam: Ha ha!