Musings of a mother/scuba instructor/graphic designer/musical entrepreneur. Totally in love with my husband (Two Fish) of ten years. We have two beautiful daughters (Red Fish and New Fish) and a nutty dog (Blue Fish) who help make our family complete and completely happy. W have learned to expect the unexpected and are always up for an adventure.
I am enthusiastic about living and learning. I love people who make me laugh. I have an ironic appreciation for the unique and absurd. I am an enthusiastic and untalented tap dancer with a love for new Christmas ornaments,art, the outdoors,the water, music, good books, skiing, and travel. My greatest calling in life is to be a Mom. I LOVE it!
We ran to the pumpkin patch today. We usually try to make a bigger deal about the pumpkin selection and make more an event out of the activity. This year, I have been too busy helping with the neighborhood Halloween party and the Primary Program and work and kids and everything else. The kids only care about getting a pumpkin. We went to the patch they requested and they both picked out their pumpkins. They didn't want them so big that it would take them all night to scrape out the guts.
We decided to do our annual spooky dinner BOO-fet for family home evening tonight. The girls took over and made the food. I just put the mummy dogs in the oven. Two Fish declared it the most edible spooky dinner we have had because it was more cute than gross. We had mummy dogs, witches brooms (cheese and pretzels), monster mouths and monster mash (the potatoes with the eyes.)
We carved the pumpkins after dinner. I helped scrape the last bit of the insides but the girls insisted on doing all of their own carving.
We finished the evening off with pumpkin cookie decorating. The final countdown to Halloween is on!
We are trying to keep the art flowing around these parts. These are some little still life paintings the girls were working on today.
The girls have been doing some monster drawing with drawing prompts from the Picklebums blog. We are trying to do a lot more drawing.
The girls tried some tape resist skeletons inspired by The Artful Parent blog. They used tape to block out a skeleton shape and then covered the whole paper in black finger paint. When it dried, they peeled off the tape and had an awesome skeleton. I was surprised by how much I liked the final product.
The girls started off the day by attending a princess themed birthday party for a little friend. They wore the cloaks their MeMine recently made. While they attended the party, I went to help set up the ward Fall Festival (Halloween party.)
I only had a few minutes to get myself ready and a tiny hand mirror to do my makeup- otherwise I think I could have done a much better job but it was still fun to dress up. I wore another costume my grandma made.
The girls made a quick costume change and attended the party as the rainbow unicorn and Jem the rockstar.
There were carnival games and a pie eating contest with no utensils or hands allowed.
These pictures are terribly blurry because the lighting at the dinosaur museum isn't terribly camera friendly and I only had my cell phone. We went to the musuem to do some drawing in our sketch books and one of the paleontologist suggested the girls submit some drawings for a new exhibit they have. The girls were thrilled. It made our drawing day even better.
I haven't been as great about creating opportunities for art for the last year. I'm working on getting back into more art projects with the girls. Hopefully this will be a more regular scene around our house. We still do art but I'd like to see more.
We had such a lovely Sunday. We went to church in the morning. After lunch we went on a drive to see the leaves. We were much too late in the season for our favorite route but we saw a few yellows. We read books for hours and the girls made haunted tree houses with foam kits and hot glue guns while I made dinner with Two Fish. We made cookies and spent the whole day together. Lovely weather, good food and beautiful scenery make for a good end of the week. (I count Sunday as the end rather than the beginning.)
We started the day by attending a friend's baptism. It was fun to take the girls with me and see their reactions. I can't believe Red Fish will be old enough to get baptized next year. (In the LDS church we baptize by immersion at age eight or older.)
The girls have new cameras and they have been obsessed with taking picture everyplace we go. They requested that we walk around the temple so they could take some pictures. I snapped one of my own. New Fish really does hug Red Fish as frequently as she appears in these huggy photos. They are snuggly children. After the temple we went to a Halloween Fair as a family. We've gone every year for a long time. There are bounce houses, rides, a corn beach, spooky houses (they are only haunted at night), a corn maze, puppet shows, hay rides etc. The girls had a blast. It was a little crowded and over commercialized for me but it's only once a year.
We spent the day off from school at the aviary. We have been taking our sketch books on all of our adventures and we spent the bulk of our time drawing birds. Drawing live, moving animals presented a challenge. The girls would freak out every time their subject moved. The aviary is amazing because it is never crowded and there birds from all over the world. This outing was the last thing on my list of stuff I wanted to do over the summer but it was a better Fall activity. The weather has been gorgeous and we have been making the most of the warm days.
After Two Fish finished work, we met him for a picnic and hike up to a lake near our house. It was nice and steep, just the way the girls like things. We caught the last bit of Fall color in the mountains.