Every good and perfect gift is from above...James 1:17

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Time For Monkey Bizness…No Bones About It

Spider Man and Spider Woman by day…
gorilla and skeletons by night.
Halloween was a bit more special because Grandpa, Grandma and Koko came to celebrate with us.
Heading out with our friends The Williams and The Stevens.
Thanks,  Dad for holding down the candy fort while we went trick-or-treating.
You know it's a good Halloween when someone has a small candy vomit; Eli took care of that.  
Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Punkin Carvin'

Before we start carving we always draw a picture or two to decide how to cut our 'punk', as Eli calls it.
Before pic:
During pics:
The bonus of the kids getting older when we carve the punkin is that I did not have to touch the insides at all this year.  I guess instead of 'the kids' I should say Zeke getting older.  Daisy stuck her hand in and promptly said, "Eww.  I'm gonna go wash my hands."  She's such a girl.
Everybody got involved, but Zekers did most of the hard work.
After pics:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Eternal Perspective

Elijah had a fever today, so our day got put on hold since he couldn't go to the gym daycare or our learn-n-play group.  At one point he had a small toy and I couldn't find part of it but then did.  I love my daughter's optimistic eternal perspective.  "That's good that he didn't choke and die," Daisy matter-of-factly stated, "because he would make everybody in heaven sick."

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Teachable Moments

We were in the car and the topic of my backup camera came up and the fact that my car is cooler than Daddy's because he doesn't have a backup camera.  I explained that his car was older so it didn't have one; his new car would, but it will be awhile before he gets it because we need to save for it.  I saw a teachable moment to discuss living debt-free, as well as explaining how interest works.  Since we were in the car and they were strapped in,  I had a captive audience, or so I thought.  After my long explanation I was feeling pretty good about teaching life lessons.

"Whenever I ask a question why do we always have to have a talk?"   I couldn't see Zeke's face as I was driving, but if I could have it probably looked something like this:
So much for teachable moments.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Tooth Fairy!

"My tooth just fell out!"

That's how it went down.  We had no idea Zeke's tooth was even loose.  He was brushing his teeth and it just flew out.  I didn't think it actually came out at first, but upon examination there was definitely a hole in his head.
The tooth wasn't in his mouth, so I thought he swallowed it at first.  Thank goodness we found it on the floor.  Exciting stuff!
We spent the afternoon making a tooth fairy box that will (hopefully) be used by all 3 children for all lost teeth.
Even though the loss was unexpected, The Tooth Fairy made it to our house at some point during the night.  When morning came Daisy couldn't keep her hands back.
 Zeke got a bill that was shiny from fairy dust, as well as a receipt for his tooth.
I was Pinterest-inspired and made a 'The Day I Lost My Tooth' journal.
Knowing I wouldn't be as enthusiastic the 2nd or 3rd child around, I went ahead and made 3 books at the same time.  Let's just hope I can find them when the teeth come out.
Milestones are so exciting for the kids, and a little bitter-sweet for the mommas; the daddies couldn't care less.  My boy is growing up.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Aaaaaaaand Scene.

It was on like Donkey Kong today-- I finally got to be on set of a TV show!  Late last night I got an email to be an extra on the set of Dallas.

Super fun!  I was in the executive board scene.  So I went to wardrobe first.  We brought our own clothes and they tweaked them.  A different shirt, a broach, some earrings to match, a necklace for my 2nd outfit.
After changing a couple times in the extras trailer (they kept changing their minds about what outfit I needed first), I got hair and make up done.  How fun is that?!
They have the trailers in a parking lot, so next we got on a van to go to the set.  It was shot at the Keyhole Building on the 46th floor.  There was an outside scene getting ready when I arrived.
First thing as I get out of the van, who do I see but Lare-Bear himself.  Oh, I guess if you're not in the biz know him as Larry Hagman, aka JR Ewing.
We did several takes of 'the board' exiting and the stars dialoging afterwards, including Larry.  We sat around a lot, changed outfits, sat around, had some lunch in a church across the street with the lawn boy who was in Desparate Housewives and is on this show now, went back and shot another board room scene, saw Patrick Duffy, or Bobby Ewing, and that was a wrap.
It was especially fun to be on this particular set and see JR and Bobby because it reminded me of my Daddy and our Friday night dates watching the show as a kid.

Big props to my mother-in-love who got a call at 10:30 the night before and dropped everything she had planned to watch the kids for me.  You're the best, Vivi!

Oh, and I think this will be aired on season 2, episode 2 of Dallas on TNT sometime in January.