Tag: Friends

Strawberry Fields Forever

The strawberry fields were calling us again.  We didn’t go last year, but definitely made the time this year.  The kids were well behaved most of the way there, and then when we turned them loose in the fields, it was Game On!  They seemed […]

Sci-Quest Visit

Sci-Quest Visit

We’ve been wanting to visit Sci-Quest for a while now here in Huntsville.  It is a science type hands-on center like the McWane Center in Birmingham.  This is what their website says: Sci-Quest is a hands-on science center with more than 100 permanent, interactive exhibits […]

Halloween Party

We had the most fabulous party ever!  Yes, it was a lot of trouble, trying to plan it with 3 different people’s input, but in the end it was well worth it!  Catherin, Julie and I joined forces to throw the first ever annual Halloween party.  We started at Catherine’s house for a Costume Parade and Contest.  The kids paraded around the cul-de-sac and then they all won awards for various categories.  Lael won for “Most Terrifying”, Caeden won for “Most Realistic”  They were both happy with those results.  After that, they were led to the backyard where there were goody bags hidden.  Catherine had hid extras, just to be on the safe side.  But, of course that meant that some kids came running up with 2, 3, or more goody bags.  We had to convince them that each guest only gets one bag, and they had to put the others back.

Next up was Julie’s house.  She had some awesome games planned.  The first was the most hilarious, I think.  “Turn Daddy into Mummy”  Each family was given toilet paper rolls and they had to wrap Dad up like a mummy, then all the Dads had to run a race.  Hysterical!  Next was the Pumpkin Carry Relay.  Simple enough right?  small pumpkins held on even smaller spoons, given to children who are supposed to relay race.  Lots of pumpkins hit the ground, but that’s ok, just made it more funny!  Finally was “Pass the Pumpkin”  Julie brought out her iPod stereo, got all the kids in a circle and they started passing pumpkins around.  I was in charge of the music, and I kept forgetting that I was supposed to be stopping the music!  Lael and Dylan were the two left at the end – Yay!

Our house was next.  The kids took off before I could even say Go – so by the time I got there most of them were already in the backyard standing in front of a doughnut on a string.  This game involved yummy treats!  The first child to eat their doughnut without using their hands won a prize.  It was much harder than I thought, but most of them prevailed, eating every last bit of their doughnut.  Next we played Toss the ring around the pumpkin stem.  I got embroidery hoops for them to use to toss, which weren’t really heavy enough to toss.  Oh well, they had fun anyway!  Finally, I had bought face paint to paint on their cheeks or hands.  When I first started painting the first child, I immediately had a circle of a dozen kids chanting, “Me next, I want a ghost, I want a pumpkin, It’s my turn…..”  Thankfully, Aimee stepped in to help.  By the time we finished with that it was time to eat.  We had more than enough food, which is usually the case with parties, but it’s better to have leftovers than not enough!!  After everyone ate, the kids drew with sidewalk chalk, pulled each other in the wagons, or rode bikes and skooters.


Impromptu Parties

Todd is the King of the Unplanned Party!  He has done this several times, and I finally asked him Saturday if he does it on purpose so that I won’t get myself worked up into a lather over planning.  He shot me a guilty look […]

Dinner with Friends

Some of our good friends and neighbors had a teeny problem with their freezer which resulted in lots of food that needed to be cooked and eaten or else it would ruin. We were glad to oblige them and help, wouldn’t want good food to […]

6th Birthday!


It’s official – the twins are now 6!! They have been waiting on this day for months now, they’ve been saying 5 1/2, 5 3/4, and now they can say, Yes! I am 6! We had a small family party on Sunday with my parents and Todd’s parents. Caeden was dead set on having the candles that re-light themselves, like Chace had. I tried to explain to him that the whole point of them was that the birthday child was tricked by the candles magically re-lighting, and that if he knew they were going to do it, it wasn’t a trick. We had them anyway! On their birthday we had a pool party for the neighborhood kids. It was of course great fun! Kids, + water, + cupcakes, + snow cones = Big Fun!

Blue Angels at the Airshow

Wow, this show was so cool. I know I have seen them before, when I was a kid. But, I was thoroughly impressed. I think us adults enjoyed it more than the kids did! Of course, they were running out of steam from being awake […]

Pizza Box S’mores

Pizza Box S’mores

This was a huge hit! We covered a pizza box, inside and out with aluminum foil, gathered the s’mores ingredients and headed out into the hot summer day to bake our s’mores. We had been outside for maybe 2 minutes when the chocolate bars started […]

Anderson’s Waterpark

The waterslide the twins got for their birthday last year has probably been the best present yet. They had tons of fun last year, but this year has been even better because of course there are more kids to enjoy it! I even took a few turns on it this time. It was awesome, I felt just like a kid as I zoomed down it. Only problem was I didn’t stop when I reached the bottom, I flew right off into the grass! fun stuff! Most of the neighborhood kids came over this day when we had it set up and it definitely got a workout, as did the grass underneath!

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