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Peek-A-Boo

I see you.
Surprised to see a new post?
Me too.

It’s about $#@! time!
I’ve been soaking up my little ones…
… and all the CRAZY that comes with them.
Here is my vow to you…
By the end of the month,
I will update you on the craziness that I’ve endured
since November 21st,
(the last time I posted *guilty shrug*)
Until then…

Prima Ballerinas

I got to take a long lunch last week to see my baby girls’ dance class.
 
They sure do love to dance.
Addi, my baby, has become surprisingly independent.
She doesn’t want to stand by her sister.
She doesn’t want to be paired up with her sister.
She wants her space.
She wants FREEEEEDOM (say it like in Braveheart).
Kaia wants to baby her.
She wants to take care of her.
But Addi isn’t having it!
It wasn’t their best performance…
I think they were a little distracted with their mommy watching…
Kaia spent a lot of her time on the floor…
and the dance teacher had to ask her to stand up several times…
Their favorite part is TAP.
They love those clickity clackity noises…
I picked up some tap moves while I was there too,
and performed them for some of my co-workers that day.
Needless to say, they were in awe of my natural talent.

That’s some bad hat, Harry.

adorable.
but I can imagine it is more adorable kept safely on the store shelf,
and only worn/played once,
and then returned right back to the shelf.
BUT, if YOU’RE interested, you can find this bad boy at Lowe’s.
I’m sure it would be equally adorable kept at YOUR house.

Strep Show

We are in recovery mode in our house.
60% of our family had strep throat and we’re just finishing up antibiotics.
Stupid strep.
Stupid strep made me miss a girls’ night- which hasn’t happened since Salt n’ Peppa... in MARCH.
Stupid strep.
Stupid strep made me spend almost an entire weekend in bed,
missing the ONE Sunday Brunch at the in-laws that has included my hubby since AUGUST.
Stupid strep.
Stupid strep gave me a fever, chills, and aches that even made my BED feel uncomfortable.
BUT…
Stupid strep also MADE me stay home for a day with my kids-
Doctor’s orders.
And that gave me a chance to pick up Aidan from the bus stop…
with Kaia-boo…
… and play with sidewalk chalk…
(Aidan’s robot)
(our hearts)
(tree art)
…give some MAD underdogs on the swing…
… and play in our first leaf pile of fall…
 
It was just what the doctor ordered…
… especially now that my body doesn’t feel like it’s being taken over by the plague.
(too dramatic?)

Lowest Sound Game

There is a game that is guaranteed to make you laugh.
It is for 1 – infinity players,
Ages 3 – also infinity.
I have been playing it for YEARS with my sister, Erica.
Then I got the word out.
I played it with college friends on JMU’s Quad.
I showed my sister-in-law, Kimiki.
And I’ve forced my co-workers to join in the fun on several occassions.
It’s called the LOWEST SOUND GAME.
And we laugh. every. single. time.
It’s a pretty simple game- you just make your lowest sound.
Let all of your inhibitions go…
(and your facial muscles, at least that helps me)…
and reach way down in your bowels…
to pull out that guttural sound.
Creative Kimiki posted a video of herself playing the lowest sound game on my FB wall.
And challenged me to beat her lowest sound.
My kids LOVED watching her video SO much,
that they wanted to play along…
Here are their LOOOWEST SOUNDS!
(Say it like a cheesy game show host)
Heeeeeeeeere’s Kaia:
Heeeeeeeeeere’s Aidan:
And Heeeeeeere’s Addi:
Now go get your game on!

Trick-or-Treat!

We’ve been in a sugar-induced coma over the last few days…
After having dinner at the Hamakos on Friday,
my sister started what I like to call “the treat snowball effect.”
(or at least that’s what I’m calling it now.)
Even though it was pouring on Saturday,
I had already pre-paid for the kids’ wristbands for Aidan’s school’s Fall Festival.
David kept asking if we really needed to go out in the monsoon,
and I insisted that we were going to go
even if it was just to pick up the pumpkins-
there was no way I was going to waste the $24 I already paid!
So we did, and it was moved inside the school.
The kids still had a blast and since the attendance was lower due to the weather,
I’m just waiting to be notified that I was one of the winners for the prize drawings.
The bouncy house was in the gym,
along with all of the games…
It was great because there were NO lines!
(Well, great for us, but probably not great considering this was a school fundraiser.)
The crafts were in the art room,
and they made foam leaves, candy corns, and turkeys.
Then we wandered down the hall to the music room for the cake walk.
The make-shift pumpkin patch was by the library (which was hosting the book fair)
and each of the kids got to pick out a small pumpkin.
Then we used the rest of our tickets on the prize drawings-
and I’m definitely going to win a gift card to all/one of the following:
* Chik-fil-a
* Applebees
*Cold Stone Creamery
* 1 Hour of Horseback Riding Lessons
That night Grandma and the Hamakos came to our house for dinner.
Auntie Erica made SNAKE!
I’m pretty sure I ate “the knee.”
(Water Boy reference, anyone?)
Then we went to Spotsylvania High School’s free Halloween Event.
… a bit too late…
everyone was tearing down and packing up.
It didn’t stop us from roaming the halls of our old stomping grounds though!
This pretty much sums up how all of the kids felt about getting there too late…
So we took them home and gave them each 5 pieces of candy!
On Sunday morning,
Aidan woke up crying from a sore throat.
So we skipped church and had a pajama day.
We made Halloween-themed sugar cookies…
… and the “treat snowball effect” led to the crowning achievement…
… the kids made it ALL THE WAY around the neighborhood on the Halloween Hayride…
which means that we have WAY too much candy in our house right now.

Exhibit A: Too much candy.

It also means that I heard “Trick-or-Treat, Smell My Feet…” about a bajillion times.
(this is the best picture of all four of our trick-or-treaters; my 3, plus their cousin, Kait)
Here is Aidan’s little friend from his school bus,
who he happened to have been caught holding hands with on numerous occasions.
After talking with her on the hayride,
MOMMY APPROVES! 
She’s precious.
Last,
but not least,
in the spirit of Halloween,
check out this ghostly picture that I snapped last night…
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THAT?!
There wasn’t a flame in sight…
so I’m pretty sure it’s Casper the Friendly Ghost!
Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself to make me feel better.
On the inside I know,
it’s really a scene from Paranormal Activity 4.

Birthday, Bagged Lunch, and Brawls- OH MY!

Last week was crazier than normal…
*MONDAY*
Daddy’s birthday was on Monday.
My hubby turned 32, which is nice because I like him being a year older than me-
it’s soup for the soul… my soul.
The kids made him a cake and decorated it all by themselves!
Don’t believe me?
Check it out.
I stopped by Buffalo Wild Wings (it’s like crack for him)
and picked up dinner- a special birthday treat because we NEVER get take out.
the words on their take-out boxes are so appropriate…
We also got Daddy a watch and a movie for his birthday.
The kids picked the watch (well, with my help…
otherwise Daddy would be wearing a Spiderman or Dora watch).
Kaia wanted to get Daddy a toilet for his birthday…
and while I thought it was a very considerate gift,
we went with the watch instead.
Grammy came over to have a piece of cake with us.
It was quite a birthday!
*WEDNESDAY*
On Wednesday, Aidan had his first field trip!
and he was excited to help pack his bagged lunch for the day…
I let him slip in some extra treats.
His class went to Belvedere Plantation,
where he got to bring home a pumpkin.
He told me all about the pumpkin patch,
and the animals at the petting zoo.
He had a blast!
He kept swinging his pumpkin around by the stem,
 and I told him that the stem would fall off…
and it did.
… and this is how he decided to fix it…
Yep, that’s sticky tape.
And I guess he wanted to decorate using one of the ever-popular “No carve” methods this year.
This pumpkin now has “Aidan” written all over it with sharpie.
*FRIDAY*
David’s football game was Friday.
We knew it was going to be a high-emotion game,
because it is where David and Hylton’s head coach used to coach two years ago.
When the weather was cold and rainy on Friday,
I decided not to go.
Instead, I took the kiddoes over to my sister’s house for a delicious taco dinner.
When I got home, I started the laundry and waited anxiously for David’s call after the game to get the score.
I normally hear from him right after the game or so,
but it was 11:30PM before I got his text.
Apparently, a brawl broke out after their game while the two teams were lining up to shake hands.
It was started by members of Potomac’s team and even involved their coaches.
The cops came and arrested a couple of parents who were threatening Hylton’s team.
Luckily, despite some bumps and bruises, no one was badly injured,
AND,
the entire thing was caught on film at the end of the game tape,
so you can see that Potomac started it.
That is one game I’m glad my kids didn’t see.
BUT David’s team remains UNDEFEATED.
They now have a 9-0 record.
Only one more regular season game before playoffs!
Go Hylton!
The weekend was crazy too,
(it’s kinda a common theme around here)
and I will be sure to fill you in soon!
Trick-or-treating tonight!
Happy Halloween!

…and we all FALL down!

As you know, we had lots of fall plans last weekend.
David’s team won again, the score 7-0.
Their game was actually featured on Fox News’ Game of the Week

Talk about a nailbiter…
but now we are 8-0 overall and scheduled to play the Potomac Panthers on Friday,
the team David used to coach for two years ago… should be interesting!
On Saturday, we had Fall Festival at Hazelwild with the Hamakos.
The kids had a BLAST and their favorite thing,
to my surprise,
was the haunted house!
Here are some shots from the day:
 
(Note: this is one of Kaia’s classmates.  Addi always says she wants to kiss him.  Addi is 3.  That is all.)
Family picture flop.
  
Family picture flop. again.
  
 
  
 
Then we were off to the best Halloween party of the year!
Check these decorations out!
 
I didn’t even take a picture of the dinner spread
OR
the candy apple martinis!
(which I had three of…)
 
Needless to say,
after such a fun-filled day,
the kids fell asleep in the car on the way home.
We have another busy weekend ahead of us
and I am LOVING the smell of fall in the air-
the holidays are just around the corner!

Google Keyword Search

I’m strangely proud to say that the following keywords
have directed people to
this week:
“Top Gun Volleyball Scene”
“Girl Eating Popcorn Crazy”
“Arrange Photo Frames on Wall”
“I love you, Daddy”
and perhaps my personal favorite…
“Monster Margarita”
Keep searching, America!