"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." Angela Schwindt

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Jadon Rocks Out!

Jadon loves this dog that plays the song "Witch Doctor". He really gets into it and is very serious too. I tried for a week to get video of him grooving to the music and every time I got the camera out he would not do it. Finally I got video of him. Almost perfect except for the short appearance made by Dakota.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

On Sunday we went to Ackerman Farms in Morton to pick out pumpkins to carve. This was Jadon's first trip to the pumpkin patch. Matt picked out a very interesting looking gourd to carve. Shelby and Jake wanted to pick a gourd out also but we all decided that we would choose one this year to try. We were not sure if it was going to work out. We were worried that the gourd might be solid inside. I am sure that next year there will be several gourds if this one works out. We also picked up a cooking pumpkin for Jadon to try. We will see how he likes it. All kinds of squash are his favorites. A pumpkin is closely related so I am thinking he will like it.

Daddy and Jadon.

Everyone helping Matt pick out his gourd.

My three kids!

Jadon has his pumpkins...he is ready to go!

Pumpkin Carving Time.

Jadon in the middle of all the pumpkins. Most are bigger than him!

Last night we finally carved the gourd and pumpkins that we picked out at Ackerman Farms on Sunday. Jadon was very interested in what we are doing. I let him roll his pumpkin around on the floor for a little while. His pumpkin was as big as him I think! Shelby and Jake help Jadon pick his out at the pumpkin patch. Matt decided he wanted to carve a gourd this year. He found a rather odd shaped and bumpy gourd. He carved it to look like a wild boar. Shelby did a cyclops for the second year in a row. Jake, Jadon, and I all did silly faces.

Matt tried to get Jadon to help clean out his pumpkin. Jadon was not so sure about the gunk coming out of the pumpkin at first. Then he got brave and started picking it up and mooshing it in his fingers. Inevitably it went straight to his mouth. He made a funny face and was probably thinking that this stuff tasted nothing like the pumpkin mom had been feeding him for lunch the last few days. I bought a cooking pumpkin while we were at the pumpkin patch on Sunday. Matt cooked it and pureed it. Jadon has been enjoying it for the last few days.

All pumpkin's looked great glowing on the porch in the dark. After we were done carving our pumpkins we watched The Legend of Sleepy Hollow while we ate baked pumpkins seeds. It was an evening full of fun family time.

Jadon playing with his pumpkin prior to carving.

Shelby and Jacob concentrating hard on their pumpkins.

Daddy trying to get Jadon to help get the guts out.

Jadon trying to decide what he thinks of this stuff.

Matt's gourd lit up.

All five pumpkins glowing!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Homecoming 2009

Shelby went to her first homecoming dance on Saturday. I still can't believe she is so grown up! We went shopping for a dress last week. We found a really cute dress and then went over to Grandma Jan's to see if we could borrow a pair of shoes. Shelby is lucky. She wears the same size shoes as Mom, Dani and me. Lots of choices! While we were there my mom convinced Shelby to try on one of my old prom dresses she had kept. She thought it would be cute on her. She was right! It fit her perfectly! Shelby thought it was really cool also. By the time we got home Shelby had decided to wear my dress instead of the one we just bought. Fine with me! I can take the other one back! Just for fun I got out my prom picture from 1993. What a hoot!

Shelby did not have a date for homecoming so she went with a group of friends. It was a little chilly and I felt bad for all the girls in their sleeveless dresses. I am sure once they got on the dance floor they were fine. The group she went with met at Applebees for dinner and then went to the dance. I told Shelby to request a song for me and call me when they played it. She was too chicken to request it but they ended up playing it anyway. I got a phone call but unfortunately could not hear the song. To much other noise. Oh well....

Theresa, Shelby and Kaylee at the dance.

Theresa and Shelby

L to R: Jacob P., Theresa, Shelby, and Jacob L.