Happy Halloween!

A few more pics of Amelia’s preschool friends because little kids in costumes are the best! Happy Halloween!Amelia preschool4 Amelia preschool3 Amelia preschool2

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Pumpkin Partying

Wednesday was quite the pre-Halloween party day for Ben & Amelia. First, Ben got to decorate pumpkins at school (an annual school-wide event), then Amelia had her preschool Halloween class party, and finally both kids got to go have fun at an indoor Trick or Treat Halloween party at church. It was an excellent warm up for Friday.DSC_0004 DSC_0010 DSC_0011 DSC_0012 DSC_0014 DSC_0005 DSC_0008 DSC_0017 DSC_0018 DSC_0025 DSC_0027

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Preschool Party Bags

I volunteered to make the goodie bags for Amelia’s Halloween Class Party, and the request was that they be filled with things the kids could do rather than eat. Here’s what I came up with: Dry Erase Jack O’Lanterns (which are really just pieces of paper I printed out and laminated), necklace making supplies, a matching pumpkins & numbers card set (which I just printed and cut out of cardstock), a few coloring pages, and my favorite – a popsicle stick pumpkin puzzle. For that I just taped several popsicle sticks together , painted them, drew on a face, and then put the pieces in a little ziploc bag. Fortunately there are only 11 kids in Amelia’s class, so production didn’t take too long. I hope they like them!JackDryErase necklace matching coloring puzzle1 puzzle2 puzzle3 puzzle4 puzzle5

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Carving Time

Glad for a fun evening with friends on Saturday night, complete with an outdoor fire and pumpkin carving. Ben and Amelia are very happy with their jack o’ lanters this year, by the way. I carved Amelia’s traditional jack, but Ben’s awesome howling wolf jack o’ lantern was carved by our friend, Tony. He’s a pumpkin-carving expert. Hurry for Halloween!DSC_0011 DSC_0007 DSC_0003

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Gingerbread Haunted Houses

Ben and I made some Haunted Houses out of graham crackers, icing, and candy yesterday. In theory, Amelia made one too, but mostly Ben just did it for her as she snacked on candy. We built the houses over small milk cartons by the way; that made construction much easier. They’re cute, it was fun and easy, and I’m sure they’ll be eaten up soon.DSC_0014 DSC_0017 DSC_0019 DSC_0020 DSC_0022 DSC_0023 DSC_0025 DSC_0027

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Wicked 10K and Monster Mile 2014

Good job, Ben & Alek, a.k.a., Batman and Jaguar! I’ll have to join in the fun again next year. Hopefully the weather will be as perfect as it was last year and this year.10_25a 10_25b 10_25d 10_25e
I threw together a quick Katniss Everdeen costume the morning of the race, and Amelia chose to wear her Ariel costume, saving her white witch for Trick or Treating. Great race, even just as a spectator.10_25h

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Lego Club, Ahoy!

Ben’s Lego Club at school will be building a simple machine soon, so today they got to take an up-close look at many of the simple machines used on a sail boat. His group got a private tour of the American Rover, a three-masted topsail schooner docked on the Elizabeth River in downtown Norfolk. The captain did lots of demonstrations and let the boys have all kind of hands-on fun. Their favorite part was, of course, when he fired the canon.10_24a 10_24b 10_24c 10_24d 10_24i 10_24j 10_24k 10_24l 10_24n 10_24h 10_24g

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