Friday, October 24, 2008

The Enchanted Forest

Last night, we took the kids to the City of Lenexa's Enchanted Forest. This is a kid-friendly event sponsored by the City of Lenexa that literally turns a city park into a Halloween village. We bundled up the kids (it was cold and spitting rain off and on) and walked the park trail which meanders through the woods. Along the way are various stops (puppet shows, magicians, carved pumpkin display, etc.) and "Halloween 101" facts. The kids enjoyed themselves. Upon returning home, we celebrated the approach of Halloween by having our first fire of the season and sipping hot chocolate.

Michigan Memories

Last week, we traveled with Mimi and Papa from St. Louis to Detroit, Michigan to celebrate Great-Grandma's 88th birthday. We had such a good time and did so many fun things! Here are just a few highlights from out trip:

  • We shopped and played at the new Partridge Creek mall. We especially enjoyed climbing on the giant fruits and vegetables at the playland sponsored by the Ford/Macomb Hospital system.

  • We traveled to Frankenmuth, MI where we shopped, ate, and visitied the world-famous Bronner's Christmas store. We purchased several unique ornaments for this year's x-mas tree.

  • We had a birthday party for Great-Grandma where we visited with lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

  • We also took a side trip to visit Aunt Pat in China Township, MI where we explored the outdoors.
All in all we a had a wonderful time (exlcuding all of the carsickness both kids experienced on the trip to and from Detroit)!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Who Wants Ice Cream...Me!

Over the weekend, the City of DeSoto celebrated the opening of the DeSoto Riverfest Park with the "Cookin' on the Kaw" blues and BBQ contest. (The Kaw is the Kansas River for those of you that are not locals!) The inaugural event featured several local blues and folk singers along with 49 BBQ contestants, food vendors, and a beer garden.

On Friday night, we loaded up the kids in their Radio Flyer wagon and toured the grounds before sundown. Once the sun set, we parked ourselves on our giant Winnie the Pooh blanket (thank you Aunt Julie and Uncle John) along the riverfront and listened to great blues music while munching on yummy BBQ sandwiches.

Of course the first food vendor that the kids noticed was the frozen custartd stand. After trying in vain to ge them to eat just a few bites of dinner, Daddy asked who wanted ice cream. Benjamin yelled the loudest with an emphatic, "Meeeee" including hand raised up in the air! (I snapped this cute photo of Mary next to the giant ice cream cone while waiting in line for a hot fudge sundae.)

Camping Fun

The first weekend in October we took the kids camping. This turned out to be quite the adventure! First, memory failed to serve us in reminding us of just how small our two-man tent was when sleeping four. It wasn't until we got the tent set up, and we couldn't fit in the pack-n-play for Benjamin, that we remembered that we had borrowed a friend's family-size tent the last time we went camping. Needless to say, the four of us were packed in like sardines for the night! The kids didn't really mind though-they love sleeping with Mommy and Daddy!

The other thing that happened is that in our rush to get out the door before sundown, we left a bag of cold item groceries in the refrgerator. So...we had no eggs, cheese, bacon or hash browns for the next day's breakfast. In addition, the hot dog buns had gotten thrown into that bag as well so we had to roast hot dogs and eat them w/o buns-yuck!

Foturnately, the bag containing most of the dry item goods such as the all-important smore-making ingredients did get packed. While we didn't have the most nutritious meal at dinner, dessert was delicious!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Halloween Surprise

I am soooo loving this blogging thing! It has become like an addiction; one that is interfering with house cleaning and preparing meals for my kids (LOL). I just wanted to do one more post and thought it would be cute to show the kids in their Halloween costumes from last year.

Halloween 2007 was Benjamin's first. Since he was not quite a year old, Mommy required that he be dressed in a complementary outfit to big sister. As you can see we had Winnie the Pooh and Tigger.

While I won't be giving away our costume choices for Halloween 2008, I will give you a clue. The kids will again be dressing in coordinating outfits and you might be able to figure it out if you study the song choices on our playlist. Hint, Mary Catherine will NOT be dressing up like Madonna!

Embracing Technology!

After doing a bit of research on blogging, and polling family and friends about the use of such blogs, I have decided to embrace technology and create a family webpage! For those of you that know me well, you know what an undertaking this will be for me since I tend to avoid the use of technology (even that which would make my life easier) like the plague. I decided, though, that if the almost-two-year old can operate a DVD player than the almost-40-year old mommy can figure out how to set-up a family blog. Chris and I look forward to reconnecting with family and friends that we have been remiss about keeping in touch with, and sharing with all of our loved ones both the exciting and mundane activities that keep our little family of four so busy! We have lots of fun things on the calender for the month of October so be on the lookout for lots of posts. Hopefully, my learning curve will be neither too long nor too difficult!