Monday, November 28, 2005

Second Thanksgiving

Last night we celebrated Thanksgiving all over again at my parents house. Jay and I have renamed it, Moshergiving (Mosher is my maiden name). Anyway, it's when my side of the family gets together, on a day other than Thanksgiving Day, and pigs out. The whole gang around the table! The effects of eating too much Turkey! We also threw my sister Monica a surprise baby shower and played a really funny game, called "Guess what's in the diaper?" Here's how it goes; there are 6 diapers filled with various "food" items, you pass the diapers around, sniff and/or taste to figure out what's in the diaper. Some of the items were, mashed up Mr. Goodbar, pesto, mustard, squash cassrole, and sweet potatoes. Some were pretty realistic looking and smelling, yuck! Everyone had a good laugh! Monica opening her presents! Mom sniffing a diaper! Jay, Ian, Erin, and Monica cracking up while playing the diaper game!

Friday, November 25, 2005

First Thanksgiving!

Yesterday marked the First Thanksgiving in our new house. We usually celebrate on Thanksgiving Day with Jay's family at his parents house. This year none of his siblings were coming "home", so we offered to have it at our house and cook the big bird. Jay's parents came over and we invited a couple from church and their daughter Ava. They are from Wisconsin stationed here with the Navy. It was such a beautiful day, blue skies, 75 degrees and a nice breeze. (Hey that rhymes!) I cooked in the kitchen while listening to Christmas music and Jay took care of the boys, while he set up a target for shooting a bow and arrow. The day was going well until it was time to eat, we had everything ready and Jay was carving the turkey, and then I heard "it's not done!" We checked the temperature, looked at the juices and after 5 hours of cooking and 15 bastings, the bird was not done. Oh well, we popped it back in the oven and started eating everything else, which was actually plenty. So the turkey cooked another 1/2 hour and it was one good bird, gotta thank Chuck Williams for his recipe, Herb-Roasted Turkey The table set and ready for our guests! Here's Jay, Sean, Ian, Tim and Ava in the wagon going on a hayride after dinner. Ava and Ian with their Indian (oops! Native American) headresses on!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Never too little to help!

My little Seanie, as we call him around here, loves to help me out! He doesn't know he's helping, but everytime he turns on my little battery powered sweeper, called a Shark, he picks up some dirt! Yippee! I'll let him discover later, that it's work. For now I'll just happen to leave it out so he can have some "fun"!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Family Square Dance

Fun was had by all Saturday on Emerald Lane! We had a traditional square dance at our house for a few people, oh I'd say about 100 of our closest friends and family! Well, we didn't know everyone, but we tried to meet them all and have a good time. We started with a mixer or and ice breaker game, where everyone walked around talking to each other asking questions and signing each others papers. There was all kinds of mixing going on, then the judging began for the chili and baking contests. Three judges for each contest tasted and thought and then tasted again, until they came to a consensus. We blessed the food and the eating began, we had salads and grilled chicken, hotdogs and a variety of casseroles, lots of food to go around. While all that was going on, there was a tractor with a wagon full of little children roaring around the property, which is also known as a hayride. The children waited, some patiently, some not for a ride in that wagon in the dark. After dinner, the contestants waited eagerly for the results of the contests and the winners were announced and received their prizes. Now to the main event, square dancing! The caller started around 7pm and rounded up everyone for some dancing fun. The adults danced while the children played running around freely without a care in the world. After a while the campfire was started and thoughts of smores took over the minds of the children. They waited and waited for the fire to be just right for roasting that fluffy marshmallow. Thankfully an adult felt lead to stand guard and direct the children in proper marshmallow roasting etiquette so the situation didn't get out of control. After the square dance the older children participated in the "Sledge-o-Matic" game, which consisted of 3 relay teams, 3 sledge hammers, 3 trees stumps, 3 bags full of soda cans, various fruits, jello cups and 3 pumpkins. At the sound of the whistle the first up runs to the stump, picks out and item out of the bag, places it on the stump and smashes it with the sledge hammer. Some took 2 or 3 tries or even 5, and some nailed the item on the first try. The soda cans were the best, when smashed they spewed like a fountain. That was the finale to the evening and then the clean up began. Everyone pitched in and got the work done! Thanks to all that came and made it a fun night!

Monday, November 07, 2005

For Sale

The diaper bag and changing pad from my latest post are for sale, $35 for the bag and $10 for the changing pad. The bag is 12-1/2" wide at top by 11-1/2” tall, the bottom is 5” deep by 8” wide. I can mail it priority mail, or if you are local I can drop it off. Please email if you are interested.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

New Diaper Bag & Changing Pad

Here are pictures of my latest creations! A coordinating diaper bag and changing pad. The top of the bag is out of the popular black and white "Central Park Toile', which has little children playing and the bottom is a matching black and white plaid with a b/w ribbon between the two fabrics. It has a magnetic closure and 5 interior pockets for diapers wipes and cups and lined with a b/w gingham fabric. The changing pad coordinates with the bag and rolls up and is held together with an elastic band which is attached at the top.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Fun with Playdough

Here are my two cuties playing with Playdough. Pooh Bear knows just what to do since he has big brother to watch and learn from. He doesn't miss out on much!

Cute Cousins

Ian and his cousin Lucy Pearl pose for the camera! We went to Grace Church for their annual Fall Festival on 10/31. Ian was a terrific Tigger and Lucy Pearl was cute just as herself. Sean's not in this picture, but he was Pooh Bear. They had a great time playing games and eating lots of food. Ian ate a hotdog, a hamburger, chips, popcorn, 2 cups of ice cream and he would have eaten the table if I didn't stop him. Not sure what got into him that night, maybe a growth spurt!