Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pumpkin Carving

It's taken us a while this year to get on track of our yearly pumpkin carving. So much so that - dare I tell you? - I bought our pumpkins at the grocery store. Eek! Ok, there's really nothing wrong with that. The pumpkin picking in our house is a big production though. We go to the pumpkin patch and pick the pumpkins. There's fun activities for the boys to do and we make a day of it. So going to the grocery store (by myself, not even with the kids!) makes me feel a little guilty. 

Finally, Sunday was carving day. Even though the littlest Sun Kissed Boy was feeling under the weather, he was sure not to miss daddy carving his pumpkin.     

It's not just a jack-o-lantern face to be carved. Sun Kissed Boy #1 used my iPhone to pull up an image of exactly what he wanted in case daddy could not make out his drawing.

Getting the mush out is squishy fun!

I wanted to be in the pictures too but Sun Kissed Husband's hands were gooey & goopy. It's tricky to shoot a picture of yourself on manual mode with your arms stretched out. I could only get a little bit of me in. That's ok, at least I captured my good side. :)

The R, for Robin, was the invention of Sun Kissed Boy #3. Sun Kissed Boy #2 designed a nose-less jack-o-lantern face. Sun Kissed Boy #1 wanted a Batman logo. It's a little extra jagged at the bottom but he didn't seem to mind.

After looking through these pictures, I realized how silly it was of me to stress about the store-bought pumpkins. My boys would have enjoyed the pumpkin patch but the family time that we spent together carving is what stays in their heart. No matter where the pumpkins come from. 
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Candy & Mud, A Boy's Dream

My thoughts and prayers go out to the folks in the northeast where Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall. Stay safe.

Our Halloween decorations have been out for a little bit. This year the boys requested more ghoulish trinkets.

A skeleton and a spider here and there is all I'm willing to do for now. With the exception of a haunted house. A gingerbread haunted house, that is. 

Friday was teacher's work day at the boys' school. Teacher's work days mean student play days. The boys had friends over that came with a surprise project. It was a very soggy day Friday so it worked out perfect to decorate a gingerbread cookie haunted house.

After they were done, there was only one problem. They were sugared-up! The timing worked because the rains ceased so outside they went.

To make sure they had used up all their energy, we headed to a nearby baseball field for more running. Cooper the dog came along for the trip. He stayed outside the baseball diamond though because it was very muddy.

And soon, so were the boys!

It took a good hose-down to get them cleaned up enough to come in the house. Then they were given strict orders to go straight to the bathtub and to NOT touch the white couches! Oh, but what fun they had!! 
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Soaking Them All In

There are times that I can stare at the boys for really long periods of time. Since they wouldn't sit long enough for me to do that, I've been having the lens soak in all the little details about them at this point in their lives that I don't ever want to forget. Things like these gorgeous lashes or that intense look. 

The way the two littlest Sun Kissed Boys lovingly play with one another.

Even though it might be hard to believe, 10 years from this day, perhaps I won't remember the day that they both were loving on me.

The oldest Sun Kissed Boy is a daily reminder of how fast these times pass. He's only ten and almost looks like a teenager. However, having his lovey next to him is a clear indication that he's not.

I can't slow down the time. But I can freeze-frame their nooks and crannies or the precious moments with just a click or two or fifty.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Mancave in the Fall

We use our family-friendly Mancave year-round. During the summer, there's lots of splashing, music, and grilling. In the fall, however, it takes on a different flavor. There's still lots of grilling but football takes over the television. 

Even though the temps don't dip very low, the pool gets a lot less usage. We lounge around on the patio chairs and charge-up our electronics.      

Costumes replace bathing suits, hats substitute swimming caps, and jazzy shoes cover up little bare feet.

Play guns take the place of pool noodles and a flower replaces a play gun in a duel? 

Sure! Even cowboys have a soft side.

It's a different kind of time during the fall in the Mancave. One thing does stay the same - the fellowship. Close bonds still flourish no matter what the season.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Craft: Counting and Adding with Pepperoni Pizza

When I cut out the mouth for the Pac Man toy, the boys pointed out how it looked like a pizza slice.

That gave me an idea that will help Sun Kissed Boy #2 with math and Sun Kissed Boy #3 with counting. Pepperoni pizza!

I had some leftover red fabric from the Captain Underpants costume I made a couple of years ago. I cut small circles to use for the "pepperoni". 

Sun Kissed Boy #2 loves using the slices of pizza by adding and subtracting with the pepperoni.  

On the other hand, Sun Kissed Boy #3 does not like that the flip side of each pepperoni has numbers. He's not a fan of academics. 

After seeing his older brother adding with the pizza slices, Sun Kissed Boy #3 is warming up a little bit more to the counting idea. A little bit. 

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

No-Sew Pac Man Stuffed Toy

Last Saturday, after I posted on Facebook that Sun Kissed Boy #2 and I were at garage sales looking for a stuffed Pac Man toy, reader, Sheena, suggested that I make one for him. Why didn't I think of that?! Thank you, Sheena! 

Sun Kissed Boy #2 has been doing extra chores to earn money. He's been saving it up for the Pac Man. We used his stash to buy the fabric and stuffing.

Since this is a no-sew project, the kids can help through almost the entire process. Here's what you will need.

1/2 yards yellow fabric for body
1/4 yards black fabric for eyes
6 oz. bag of fiber fill
Fabric glue
Something circular for your pattern 

Fold the yellow fabric in half and draw the circle with chalk using the lamp shade as a guide.   

Cut the fabric along the chalk line. It doesn't have to be perfect. Then cut a triangle shape for the mouth. 

Pull the two circles apart and put glue on one side. Be sure to leave a space without glue for an opening to be able to put in the fill. 
Match the two pieces of yellow fabric together and let dry according to the bottle's instructions. Ours said to wait 24 hours but we don't have nearly that much patience. We let it dry maybe an hour then turned it right side out.

Cut small circles of the black fabric for eyes. Pac Man's eyes look like miniature Pac Man shapes. Put glue on eyes and place on the yellow body. Again, let dry for 24 hours... or 1. :) 

Fill the body with the fluff. I purchased a 12 ounce bag (not realizing how far it would go) and used maybe 1/4 of it but it is a fairly "skinny" Pac Man. If you buy a 6 oz. bag, feel free to use as much as you want.
Carefully fold in the opening and glue shut. Use something heavy to weigh it down until it dries. 

Here's the finished toy. It's far from perfect. If I had to do it over again, I'd make the mouth smaller. Anyway, he loves it so much.

He loves to play with it as Pac Man eats Puffle. 

Or just lounge around with him.

The downside is he now wants me to make ghosts. I see Pinky, Blinky, Inky and Clyde in our future.

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