Sunday, October 16, 2016

Act 7; Scene 5: Spooktacular Food, Pumpkin Field Trips, and Costume Hints!

Here's a brief look into another fun-packed, fall week at our house:

Pumpkin Patch party in Murray. I stood in line for at least 45 minutes for these balloon creations!

Pumpkin Patch preschool field trip to Jaker's! 

On the wagon ride
the preschoolers climbed the giant hay bale pyramid

Tommy picked this as his field trip souvenir 

Scarlet loved hanging out between these two pumpkins while waiting for the wagon ride

Our Spooktacular meal of the week for Grandma's birthday celebration! 

Pumpkins and witch brooms

Brains (spaghetti squash), witch fingers, pumpkins, and witch brooms!

We went on a colors tour of the path behind our house. Golly we live in a beautiful place!

And carrot cake for Grandma's birthday!

What a fun week. As we were driving the other day, Tommy looked out the window at all of the leaves and declared, "I love fall!" I couldn't have been more proud :-).

And now....another COSTUME REVEAL HINT!!!!

Hint #3: I asked my mom if I could use her purple jeweled spider web pin for my costume. It will be perfect. And we picked up some black sweat pants for Robert's on Saturday.

Any guesses?????? (Is anyone even reading these?)

Happy Haunting!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Act 7; Scene 4: More October Happenings and Costume Hints

Another week full of festivities!

This week we had the chance to visit the Witch Fest at Gardner Village. We tried the witch scavenger hunt, but we couldn't find two of the witches!! We had a good time looking at the rest of them, though.

Oh! And I remembered to take a picture of our whole front porch area:

Do you spot Frankenstein looking out of the window?

We all love Mr. Bones

And for our spooktacular meal this week....drumroll.....

Jack-o-Lantern stuffed peppers!

Fresh peppers, onions, and tomatoes from the garden included!

Robert took this picture, then told me it looked disgusting. It does sort of look like they're drowning in blood or something, huh? They are actually roasting in a delicious balsamic-marinara sauce. 

And the full meal--jack-o-lantern stuffed peppers, banana ghosts, and pumpkin-shaped carrots. Very orange. But very delicious!

Or for the adults, a bleeding jack-o-lantern. Haha....and ew! (But so yummy!)

And now, what you've all been waiting for....COSTUME REVEAL hint #2!

Hint #2: There are three colors involved in our entire ensemble. Black, gray, and red. Oh, and I guess a tiny bit of blue. :-)

That's it for now, folks! 

Happy Haunting!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Act 7; Scene 3: It's OCTOBER!!!

Only 5 days late in celebrating the beginning of my favorite month!

Only on the blog, of course. We've been celebrating big at our house. :-)

We rang in the new month by starting out with ghost french toast, per Tommy's request. I think this will be an October 1st tradition in our house!

Of course, we did more than ghosts. Cats, pumpkins, witches--but Tommy liked the ghosts the best.

After a yummy breakfast, we headed to the stake plot to harvest our pumpkin patch!

Our giant harvest!

The pumpkin-carrying waif

Loaded up!
And we decorated the porch. I need to take a picture of the whole porch--this is only a picture of my latest craft project: re-doing the vinyl on this cool window. But you get a small idea of what our porch looks like--a pumpkin patch of its own!

It's been a fun and chilly October so far. We're excited to keep celebrating!

And of course, what would October be without a clue to our COSTUME REVEAL?!?!

Here's the first hint!!

Hint #1: If you know Tommy at all, you can probably guess what he will be. That is your first clue to our family costumes.

Any guesses on the whole thing??

Happy Haunting!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Act 7; Scene 2: In Which Robert is Scolded by a Crazy German Lady

This past Saturday Robert and I finally had a chance to go to the temple together.

We were so excited! We decided to do sealings (in which family members who have passed away are sealed together for time and all eternally vicariously through us), since we still had some time restrictions in our afternoon.

Now, I knew that sealings are sometimes tricky for me when I am pregnant. There is a lot of kneeling involved, and that tends to cut off my circulation and make me pass out. But! I was not feel nauseous or sick in any way, and I am not too big yet, so I figured it would be ok. I even still (barely!) fit into my temple dress :-).

The temple was surprisingly empty for a Saturday afternoon in Utah Valley. We were sent right into a room and got to work. Things were going well--we were switching it up a lot which helps everyone's knees. Midway through, a woman came in on her own. She was one of those types of people who you could tell the moment she walked into the room was a little...well...crazy.

Perhaps crazy is too strong a word? She pointed to the sealer and said, "You know who I am!" He said he did indeed, then politely asked her to remind him of her name. She told him, then continued to tell us all how she was from Berlin. And that she was just like everyone in the room--God's children are all the same, German or not. 

Anyhow, the session was progressing on, and Robert and I were doing some couples. I was feeling just fine! Then all of a sudden as I was kneeling there, I realized I was starting to feel a little nauseous. Then very hot. We were right in the middle of a sealing. "I can make it to the end!" I thought. About 2 seconds after I thought that, my vision started clouding over, and I realized there was no way I was going to make it to the end of that ordinance. I stood up abruptly and said, "I'm not going to make it." 

All I really wanted was to get out of that stuffy room and get some fresh air. But the minute I stood up, Sister Damsch hurried over to take my pulse, while telling us she was a German RN. She quickly declared that I had no pulse! Told me to sit down, look up, and hurried away to get me a drink of water (the water part I was very grateful for!) and some tissues, with which I started to fan myself, because I was so hot. 

She told me if it got any worse, I would need to lay down and put my feet up on the chairs. And to never, NEVER keep my head above my feet as I lay down. 

I was cooling down and feeling better, so the sealer proceeded with another couple. Sister Damsch sat across from me, eyeing my every move. After the ordinance, she came to sit by me, "Because you are not looking up, you are looking down. You need to look up!" 

I dutifully looked up. Good thing there's a pretty chandelier and gold designs to look at. 

As she sat there she tried to find my pulse again. For some reason she was not great at finding it....

Then she discovered that I was pregnant. "That explains everything!" she whispered.
"Yes," I whispered back. She asked if it was my first. When I told her it was my 3rd, she told me she also had three children. 

This time as soon as the ordinance was over, she stated to everyone, "She is pregnant! When is the last time you ate?" Lunchtime, I replied. She looked at her watch. "That was three hours ago! You need to eat every two hours, even if it is an apple or banana. You are eating for two now, you need to eat every two hours!" 

Not sure what I was supposed to do with this, but nod and say ok. (And we all know that I am not really eating for 2. I am eating for one and maybe 1/8, if even that. But trust me, I definitely get the every two hour thing. And I'm pretty good about that one!)

We did a few more sealings, then the sealer announced that there were no more daughters to do. So Sister Damsch got up to leave. On her way out she stopped in front of Robert, who was acting as a witness. She basically towered over him because he was sitting (and she was no small cookie either). She put her finger right in his face and shook it at him. Their conversation went something like this:

Sister D: "She is pregnant!'
Robert: (completely taken aback and red in the face) "I know she's pregnant" (after which another brother whom I think was starting to feel uncomfortable said "well that's a good thing!, ha ha")
Sister D: "She needs to eat every two hours, even just a bite!"
Robert: "Tell her that!"
Sister D: "No, you are her husband! You need to take care of her! She is eating for two! She needs to eat every two hours, even if it's an apple, or a banana. You make sure she gets it! You take care of her!"
Robert: "I do, I will"

At this point Robert was sounding very consternated. I thought he might loose his cool right there in the temple, over this funny, sweet, crazy German lady. This is the point where I said to him,

"It's ok! it's ok!"
and we all laughed appreciatively, as Sister Damsch turned to me and told me to take care, and headed out the door.

I think we all laughed for a bit after she left, simply because we had to. And I must say, the sight of Robert's face turning bright red and him getting frustrated at this funny lady really made me laugh! Especially when we are so ultra-aware that I eat very often--in fact it's one of my main complaints to Robert. 

Who knew that we would would come to the temple, and Robert would be chastised (for no good reason!) by a crazy German lady!!

To be fair, she was very sweet and attentive. Just a bit overbearing. Like I said, perhaps crazy is too strong a word? 

But that vision of her looming over Robert wagging a finger in his tomato-red face will stay with me forever!

I love you, Robert!!!!

(At least YOU'RE not the one who nearly passed out!)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Act 7: Scene 1: A Review of Our 6th Year as a Family, and a Toast to Year 7!

Wow, what a year! Some of the highlights include:

A trip to the Grand Canyon

  Many fun family outings. This is one of our favorite family photos!

Tommy has requested "ghost French toast" a few times (even recently!) since this, so I guess it counts as a highlight as our family year!

We had a great time being the three little pigs and the big, bad wolf

We had some gorgeous fall family pictures taken!

We explored some petroglyphs in St. George

We celebrated Thanksgiving with a pie party! Our contribution: mince meat, apple, and butternut squash

We celebrated Christmas like the crazies we are

Scarlet turned one!

And then immediately had a seizure and spent a night at Primary Children's

We attempted a home photo shoot for Valentine's Day

We got to help deliver George to Grandma

And hiked to the highest point in Zion National Park

We cheered Tommy on in a strider bike race!

And turned our baby into a troll

3/4 of us turned into Pioneers one day each week

And I drug Robert to my 10 year high school reunion.

We saw an elephant swimming--completely immersed!

And spent a glorious 10 days on Lake Hamlin in Michigan for a big Center family reunion.

Last but not least, we got to visit Robert's new work (that happened this year, too!) at Rakuten Marketing for their family super hero party.

And that brings us to today. What a fun year of family activities and adventures! In year 7 we look forward to a Christmas baby, a trip to Dinosaur Land, breaking into our giant, home-grown watermelon, and many more adventures. 

Here's to a great year 6, and a happy start to year 7!