Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween Parade

John Curtis and his classmates got to wear their costumes to school today. After we dropped them off, the parents went into the gym and sat in a semi circle with candy. Then the kids paraded in and went trick or treating. They were so funny! All of the kids had a look of confusion on their faces. John Curtis didn't crack a smile the entire time. When he came to me to get candy, he just looked at me with no recognition on his face. All the kids were so cute! I wish I could post their class picture, but I try not to put other people's kids on my blog without their permission.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Girls' Weekend

Once a year the girls in my family make a pilgrimage to San Antonio where my grandfather is buried. While the Sandlins were keeping the kids last weekend, Taylor and I went to some meetings in Waco, and then the girls picked me up on the way to San Antonio. These trips are great. We shop, eat, laugh, and occasionally do beauty treatments. In the past we have candled each others' ears, done foot soaks, hand treatments, and this year we did the masks. The purpose of these masks were to make us more beautiful, but we were laughing so hard at each other, we couldn't keep them on.
We look pretty scary!
What we looked like at night

What we looked like during the day, and proof that we really do go visit the cemetery.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Procrastinating again. Have I finished my project? Nope. Is it due tomorrow? Yep. I think I'll blog a little. Every fall the monarch butterflies come through San Angelo as they migrate south. Last year there were so many of them and it was so beautiful. On Monday as we were coming out of school I noticed quite a few of them in the flower beds. So Tuesday we decided to go hunt for butterflies. Last year there were a ton on the trails by the Lily Ponds, so we decided to take a picnic lunch and see what we could see. There were some, but not the swarms we had last year. I don't know if they haven't made it yet, or if that is all we're going to get this year.

If you look real close you can see the butterflies behind her.
Stopping to rest
John Curtis playing Hide and go Seek
Counting and "not peeking"
The best picture I could get of the two of them
John Curtis chasing a butterfly. Can you find it?
I have no idea what he's doing.
Taylor joined us for lunch and "explored" with the kids. Sophie said she was Dora, John Curtis was Boots, and we were Dora's mommy and daddy.

Enjoying a picnic lunch

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sophie and Her Class at the Pumpkin Patch

I am sitting here in front of the computer contemplating this big project I have due on Friday. It seems like the perfect time to blog. On Monday, it was Sophie's class's turn to visit the pumpkin patch. They sat and listened to a few stories and then went outside and learned about different types. They got to hold the little ones and feel some of the bigger ones. It's so fun to see her interacting with her classmates. She really loves school.

Monday, October 20, 2008

G-Momma and Poppa Time

Life is crazy busy right now. I have a lot to blog about and will try to slowly catch up. Taylor's parents came to stay with the kids this weekend while we were out of town. Sophie and John Curtis got some much needed loving time with G-Momma and Poppa.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

We Love Rain!

On Monday afternoon we went outside to play. Right as we stepped out of the garage, the heavens opened up and the rain came pouring down. I thought it would be nice to sit in the garage and watch it fall. The kids couldn't resist it, though. It happens so seldom.

Monday, October 13, 2008

John Curtis and his Class at the Pumpkin Patch

The church where the kids go to school sets up a pumpkin patch every year. It is where we went on Saturday to take pictures. Today was John Curtis's class's turn to go play in the pumpkin patch. He brought a little one home and is so proud of it.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Pumpkin Day

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Pumpkin Day Recipes

I'm not a huge pumpkin fan, but I did come across some pretty good recipes that we made today. My friend Melanie told me about a quick and easy way to make cupcakes.

Pumpkin Day cupcakes
1 box of Devil's food cake
1 15 oz can pumpkin

Mix the pumpkin into the cake mix. Fill muffin tins. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

You can't even taste the pumpkin, but they are yummy!

I found this pasta recipe in my Rachel Ray magazine.

Penne with Pumpkin Sauce
1 pound penne pasta
2 T butter
1 onion chopped
salt and pepper
15 oz. can pumpkin
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese plus more for topping
1/4 c chopped parsley

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta cooking water. In the same pot, melt butter over med low heat. Add onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until onions are softened, about 6 minutes. Stir in pumpkin and cream and bring to a boil. Return pasta to the pot along with reserved water. Stir in cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Top with parsley and more cheese.

I served shrimp with it, but chicken would be good, too. My family really enjoyed it.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Fall Crafts

I am not a crafty person. It is not a trait I inherited from my mom. I mess up even the simplest projects. One of my good friends, Jill is very crafty. Several of our friends get the magazine Family Fun. I love this magazine as it has fun crafts and ideas you can do with your kids. I even got the idea for Sophie's sand castle birthday cake that I made this summer from that magazine. The cover of October’s Family Fun was of children wearing tie dyed pumpkin shirts. A person like me looks at the shirts and thinks, “Those are cute.” A person like Jill looks at them and says, “I want to make those!” Being a very social person, Jill wasn’t satisfied making the shirts by herself. She wanted to involve all of us. So several of us girls met at the church Sunday night armed with white t shirts and fattening snacks.We had fun tying up the shirts together. We let them sit in the orange dye for 30 minutes while we indulged in the snacks. We were supposed to wash the shirts out until the water ran clear. Well, it was almost clear and it was taking forever. Good enough. We cut off the rubber bands and threw all the shirts in the church’s dryer. So the magazine said this project would take about an hour. It has already taken over two and we figured we had some frustrated dads at home that needed rescuing. We would just take our wet shirts home to dry and draw the faces on individually. We went down to the dryer to get the shirts out and, you guessed it, the dryer was orange. We scrubbed and scrubbed with the SOS pads and Jill even went up the next morning and cleaned it some more. We think it is clean, but I guess we won’t know for sure until the linens from the Lord’s Supper are washed. Will the table be covered with an orange cloth next time or a white one?

I put my shirts in the laundry room to dry, but didn’t think much about them Monday. My kids were at school and I had a load of my own school work to focus on. Unfortunately, we had all decided our kids would wear their shirts to church Wednesday night. That left Tuesday to get them finished. The only problem was that my kids are home. I knew if I was doing a craft they would want to do a craft.So we spent the entire morning being crafty. I cut a pumpkin face out of milk jugs and Sophie painted them orange. We put candles inside and made them luminaries. She also painted leaves and did her own little art project as well as making a candy necklace. John Curtis stuck stickers on a bag, colored, and ate the candy from the necklace. However this kept them busy as I painted faces on little circles all over the shirts. I was saved by Jill and Kristie coming over to finish theirs with me. Jill fixed mine several times. I’m thankful my friends were here to visit with and pass the morning.

Sophie and John Curtis working on their crafts
The finished product
Modeling their shirts

John Curtis and Connor were checking out each others shirts at school

Sophie and Caleb in their classroom
This is the best I could do of Evan and John Curtis
Sophie and the twins at church