Sunday, October 31, 2010

the halloween witch

most of you are probably aware that while candy is tasty and sweet, it is not the best of ideas for children (or any of us, for that matter) to consume large quantities of it all at once. so in thinking about our family traditions around halloween, we decided it would be fun to merge "brownie" folklore from bryan's youth with an idea from our friend kathryn known as "the halloween witch."

its basic concept is that the children select a given number of their favorite confections from trick or treating (summer got seven this year; afton chose three) and then put the rest out on the doorstep for the (good) halloween witch, who comes in the night to exchange their candy for an awesome, inedible surprise.

really, this turned out to be a thinly veiled way for mom and dad to steal all the kiddies' candies (in the future, when there is more candy to be had, we have fully honorable intentions of dropping it off at a local dentist's office to send to the troops overseas). but hey, summer and afton thought it was great fun and still got 10 pieces of yummy candy between them -- PLUS a new set of pink mega blocks.

everybody wins!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

off with her head

sometimes i've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
through the looking glass

you couldn't deny that, even if you tried with both hands.
through the looking glass

but it's no use going back to yesterday because i was a different person then.
alice's adventures in wonderland

it's a poor sort of memory that only works backward.
through the looking glass

we're all mad here.
alice's adventures in wonderland

everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
alice's adventures in wonderland

trick or treat

here's some emily trivia for you:

favorite dessert? ice cream (duh!)
second favorite dessert? cheesecake (shout out to eve good for baking up a sensational pumpkin cheesecake for book club last night. mad props.)
third favorite dessert? oreos (whenever i open a bag, an hour later i'm like, "who ate all my oreos?" yup, it was me.)

anyway, remember these babies?

well, if you're looking for an awesome chunk of festive deliciousness, look no further:

Monday, October 25, 2010

pumpkin faces playdate

so in case you haven't noticed, halloween is my favorite holiday. it used to be valentine's day, but recently, halloween has staged a coup and taken over the coveted number one spot.

anyway, to kick off this week's festivities, we hosted a pumpkin faces playdate where the kiddos did some cookie "decorating."  of course, her mother wasn't watching her very closely, so summer consumed by far the largest amount of sugar.  she placed about six m&ms in her mouth for every one on the cookie. hooray for halloween!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

another match up

the fifteen months and one week shot:

this is a fun genetics game for me to play.  and while it's difficult to create exact matches in photos (esp. with regards to facial expressions), i like to give it a whirl every once in awhile to get a fair look-alike comparison of the girls.

i'm gonna say that without the smile (and besides the cheeks), the most noticeable discrepancy here is their hair type:  stick straight on afton and a slight curl in summer's.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

love at home

pumpkin patching plus

our playgroup planned a fun excursion to 
fall city farms for more autumnal adventures.

Monday, October 18, 2010

candy corn bark

so i'm one of those people: a candy corn hater. hate, hate, HATE it.

and's just so darn festive that i can't keep myself from buying a bag every time halloween rolls around.  but what to do with the stuff?  this year, i finally found the answer.

invite oreos and pretzels over to play, drown everybody in melted white chocolate, decorate with sprinkles, break apart and FINALLY enjoy yourself some candy corn.

breakfast is served

i'm pretty sure the girls get more vitamins 
and minerals when they eat off the floor.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

nursery is for gangstas

today, summer sustained a block to the head injury.
the perp was punished with a wicked tongue lashing from officer emily wheeler.

hell hath no fury like an injured child's mother.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

pumpkin patching

okay, peeps, it's that time of the year again: time for everyone to break out their annual pumpkin patch photos.  this year, we ended our three year engagement with craven farms and went to jubilee in carnation -- we loved it!  

of course, being fall in the pacific northwest, it started to rain (see photo three) as we were searching out our perfect pumpkin, so we ended up not taking as many pics as we usually do (i know, the horror!)

however, being true washingtonians now (with our daughters born and bred), we stayed out in the patch, found our pumpkin, and enjoyed our morning despite the rain.  

Thursday, October 07, 2010

bohemian rhapsody

two fun facts about summer:

1) she recently learned that bryan goes to work to make money.  now, when he comes home, she asks for "the monies," and bryan gives her a dollar.  it starts young, daddies dearest.  it starts young.

2) she has very specific taste in music.  her favorite songs must meet the following criteria: have a female vocalist, be fast and loud, and allow her to express her inner bootyliciousness.  if a song is lacking in any of these areas, she will ask you to turn it off and put on single ladies.


two fun facts about afton:

1) when she sneezes, she purposely coughs afterwards trying to replicate the sneeze.

2) when she is finished eating, and i go to take her tray off her highchair, she compulsively grabs another handful of food and stuffs it in her mouth.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

conference crepes

thanks to a suggestion from our erstwhile home teacher, rock, 
bryan loves to celebrate general conference weekend by 
treating us girls to his homemade crepes for breakfast.

but that's not the only thing we look forward to.  

favorite talks from this october conference included:
president thomas monson, elders larry lawrence, jeffrey holland, 
henry eyring, and d. todd christofferson.

indeed, we have been greatly fed.

Friday, October 01, 2010

curiouser and curiouser

halloween costumes -- done.

any guesses on what our two lovelies 
will be dressing as this year?

boo for you

october 1st.  

it's official:  
halloween is almost here.