Madison's Lit Lab class at school has been working on a play and a skit the whole month. Scott, Momo Jan, Sarah, Morgan, and I went to see her perform Thursday. If you know her you know that she is a drama queen. She did an excellent job along with the rest of her classmates. Way to go Madison!
These are a few pictures from the soccer field last night. We've been playing soccer twice a week with Madison and Morgan. They usually have games at the same time each night. We're very grateful that the two fields they play on are right next to each other. Soccer is so much fun to watch! Some of the parents get a little too serious about it. It's great!
The Mission: Create a Halloween Party for Madison's 4th Grade Class.
1. Create a Super-Fun Halloween Night for 30 something 9 and 10 year-olds.
2. Scare them a little. . .okay, maybe a little more!
3. Weenie Roasts / Fun & Games / Costume Contest and all
4. Don't loose any of the kids. (very important)
After MUCH work from the group, I'd have to say: Mission Accomplished!
It all started with Tina's idea. She really wanted to throw Madison a 4th Grade Halloween Party. With the help from some friends I think we pulled it off! All the way down to a PUKING PUMPKIN Cake! Oh yeah, a puking pumpkin cake. That gal can do anything she puts her mind too. We had the sack races, egg races and costume contests. A big 'ole bond-fire & weenie roast. The hilarious part (or really, one of the hilarious parts of the entire night) was that it turned out that most of the parents that helped with the party are like us: they only have girls. We really didn't know what to do with all the boys. That became evident pretty quickly when right off the bat three boys got into a knock-down-drag-out fight. I headed over to break it up when one of them busted out laughing. The others joined in cracking up. Turns out, that's how 4th grade boys say hello. I'd forgotten!
Tina (of course) did a fabulous job decorating everything. She decorated the deck with Christmas lights and homemade ghosts made from milk jugs. It was almost as great as the puking pumpkin cake. We made several rounds with the hay-ride. The dad's that rode back there to watch out for them started making up a story about "Bloody Bones", a 14 year-old boy that hides in trees and scares kids. I don't know where they got that story, but it was the hit of the night.
The main thing is the kids had a wonderful time. They laughed and screamed and ate WAY too much sugar. We were very happy when we started seeing the parent's headlights rounding the corner. Many thanks need to go out to the Chris and LeAnn Cross, Jim and Suzanne Jones and Karla Goodwin. We couldn't have done it without you!
Morgan's already planning her party! Oh no!
Monday Scott's sister came out to our house. She, Laura, and I are talking a photo class at the art center and Scott kept my niece, Addison, and Sarah. Anyway when Sonya arrived Sarah ran out to greet Avery. Aunt Sonya asked Sarah where we got the pretty mums on our front porch. Sarah told her, "At the sperm field." I guess that's what she calls the barn sale!
We had our first block party (Pine Valley Drive Party) Saturday night. Our new neighbors from Utah came up with the idea. It was a really good idea though, and we had a lot of fun. It's really sad that people have lived on our street for years that we have never officially met. We knew what car they drove and what house they belonged to but had never met them face to face. We set everything up in the cul-de-sac in front of our house. Jen and I called everyone and assigned them something to bring, and to my surprise they showed up. Scott borrowed the big grill from work, and we grilled 40 burgers and I don't know how many hot dogs. Our other neighbor Louis set up a barricade to keep cars from driving down and disturbing us. It all turned out really well. I feel sure we'll do it again.
The girls and I have been working on these Halloween shirts to wear. They are so cute. I got the idea from the Family Fun Magazine. It's been lots of fun and I think they turned out just darling. I haven't gotten a picture of Madison and Morgan yet in their shirts, but I will post them when I do.
Today was the last day of the eventful homecoming week. As always it was spirit day or blue and white day. Sarah and I went to pick the girls up early from school and attended the pep rally. All the girls looked so pretty. Sarah loved looking at the girls in all the princess dresses. Morgan was in a mood after school and refused to smile for her picture. She's still cute though.
For sports day Madison went as a basketball player and Morgan went as a soccer player. They looked cute as usual. For decade day they went dressed from the 60's, I think. They made cute little hippies. I had to tell them to hold their peace signs up so that they didn't look like gang signs! I don't know where they got that from. By the way I did not pose them; that's all Madison and Morgan.
The girls always always have so much fun on homecoming week. They have a different theme for each day of that week to dress up. Monday was pajama day which was really easy. They both looked so cute in their pj's as they got on the bus. Tuesday was costume day and that is where the drama began. Madison is in a skit and a play in a few weeks at school. In both of them she has to be a cat. So the search for the perrrrrrrrfect kitty cat costume began weeks ago for me. I finally found one and had it shipped 2nd day air. On the other hand Morgan wanted to be Word Girl from the PBS cartoon. Of course there are no Word Girl costumes. She's too new. So I had to make that one. We started with light pink leggins and a long sleeve t-shirt and some red dye. That's what she wears, we thought. After we got the stuff dyed red, that afternoon I had the opportunity to watch Word Girl who in fact did not have a red costume but a hot pink costume!!! Back to the store to get the pink outfit again. This time we dyed it hot pink. Whew!! She also has a shield on her top that is yellow with a pink star in the middle. I worked on the Word Girls' hat, shield, and boots pretty much all day Monday. During supper Monday night the UPS truck came with Madison's infamous cat costume. Guess what? Yep, it didn't fit. We made a mad dash to Wal-Mart before soccer to find a new costume and get fabric paint for the pink star for Word Girl. There aren't any cat costumes at Wal-Mart. Back to the drawing board for Madison's. After soccer at 8:30 I paint the star in on the light yellow shield. Looks great! Worked out something for Madison. Got everyone to bed and just before I headed to the shower my darling husband says, "Oh no Tina someone smeared the hot pink paint on the star onto the yellow shield." Round two of the shield and star began and 9:15. Thanks, Scott for all your help and support with the costumes.
The girls looked really cute this morning in their homemade outfits. I sure hope sports day is easier.