Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween 2009 - Part 2

The girls planned their costumes around the time they went back to school. Jacey wanted to be a vampire with her 2 best friends on our street. Bryn and Tori decided to be twin pirates. I tried to persuade Devin to simply wear one of the many Disney Princess dresses or dance recital costumes we have in the dress up box, but at 4 and a half years old, she was no longer falling for that con. She chose to be a cow girl. I stayed home to give out candy and Todd went out with the girls and their friends. Since their friend's dad was dressing up, my girls thought that Todd should also wear a costume. They emptied the dress up boxes in the playroom and dressed their father. Tori said, "We can call you Sir Fartsalot."
The girls were out for an hour and a half. When they got home I was video chatting with my sister in Costa Rica, so the girls were ecstatic that they got to see her and show her their costumes.

They ate a few pieces, then Jacey and Bryn got down to the business of one of the most important Halloween traditions - bartering.

When they went to bed, Todd and I engaged in a tradition of our own - raiding the candy bags.

Halloween 2009 - Part 1

I love when Halloween (or any holiday) falls on a weekend. There was endless Halloween chatter all day today, from "I hope I get (insert your favorite type of candy)" to "I wonder what (insert neighborhood girl) will be". At Bryn's soccer game this morning, the coach and I ended several sideline costume discussions and reminded the girls to watch their teammates on the field. The weather was warm, which added to the Halloween fervor. The girls and I spent some time this afternoon making caramel apples and even more time eating them. Jacey had to be extra careful with hers because she's got some metal in her mouth to get her teeth ready for braces. She contorted the lower half of her face like a performer from Cirque du Soleil and managed to get it down successfully. After a few bites, Devin asked me to get her a flosser for her teeth. They ate way more than any reasonable people should, so I immediately ushered them outside to run off the impending sugar high. Along with warm temperatures, the day was extraordinarily windy. Bryn and Tori broke out their kites, Jacey proved that one is never too old to swing, and Devin raked the leaves with a twig that she pulled off a tree in the yard.

When I felt it was safe, I allowed them to come back into the house and put on their costumes.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


When I'm working on the computer, you know, updating my Facebook status or reading my favorite blogs, Devin also works. She gets an old keyboard, mouse, and phone from the playroom and sets up at the counter next to me. She calls herself an office worker.

Monday, October 19, 2009

"Hey Bryn..."

...said Tori to Bryn one night last week as she walked into the bathroom to find her sister. She may have only said, "Hey Bryn," but the tone of her voice, coupled with a sly giggle, said to me, "Hey Bryn, I just did something really funny, but I don't think Mom would agree, so don't tell her OK?" The next sentence out of her mouth is one I've never heard before in all my years of parenting (and teaching before my kids came along). "I'm zipping my belly button in my pajama zipper." More giggling. Bryn laughed, shook her head, and rolled her eyes. "On purpose?" I asked. "Yeah," she replied. I asked her why and she responded with, "because I want to". Of course she did. She didn't just do it once or twice. She did it over and over again. Each time she did it she laughed just as hard as she did the first time.

The next morning, she put on a pair of Halloween eyes, pretended to be a fly, and flitted around the house.

Yesterday she decided she'd dress up. First she was a superhero named Pink Ice.
Then she was a cowgirl named Becky Kentucky and galloped about on a dust mop.

When Tori is not home, I find pieces of her all over. She's always on the move to her next game, so I find scenes like this in nearly every room of the house. Poor Barbie didn't stand a chance against this guy.

Then there's her artwork. This is my favorite drawing she's ever made. She refers to herself as "Rokstar".
Tori is my loudest, messiest, most exasperating daughter, but makes me laugh more then any other girl.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Days with Devin

For the first time ever, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I am home with just one child for 6 hours. This has never happened before. In the past, I have always had either a younger sibling to tend to, or I've had to stay close to home in order to be back for the kindergarten drop off bus. Admittedly, many of my days with Devin are spent doing household chores. She doesn't seem to mind, though. In fact, seeing the lobsters and riding the shopping cart at Shaw's are 2 of her favorite activities. She also enjoys stacking underwear and matching socks as they come out of the dryer. We take lots of walks - and she talks. And talks. And talks. As we were walking last week we passed a purple house. She said, "I have an idea. Let's talk about all the different color houses we see. OK, Mommy? I like that purple house. Do you like that purple house?"

One of our favorite things to do is cook. Devin is the egg cracker. I am the shell pick-outer. She gets better and better with each egg she breaks.

Of course, we eat our creations, too. This is not what we made in the above pictures.

If I'm doing something she can't help with, she still likes to be nearby. Today she played with a ball of pizza dough while I loaded the dishwasher and cleaned the kitchen.
We had spectacular weather last week, and the outdoors beckoned. Devin and I went to one of her favorite places for a picnic. We looked at lots of animals, picked out 2 pumpkins, and played on the playground.

The very best part of being home with Devin is catching moments like the video below. The sun went behind a cloud and she thought that if she sang "You Are My Sunshine", it would reappear. It worked!