Sunday, October 30, 2011

Trunk or Treat

Happy Halloween! Well, it is almost Halloween.
Last week we had our ward's annual 'Trunk or Treat'. It was freezing cold and raining, so the kids did not get to trick or treat out of trunks, but around the church. They still had a great time! And I am really excited about tomorrow night- Halloween is the best. 

Daniel chose his Halloween costume this year. At first he wanted all of us to be the 3 bears. I would have been goldilocks. That would have been SO cute. But he saw a vampire somewhere and made his mind up that he HAD to be a vampire. Despite the fact that he looks a little too scary for a 4 year old, I think the costume looks great!

my chubby little dinosaur baby

this is the best picture I got of James' costume from that night! He may have been a donut coma since he parked himself right by the treat table most the night and ate at least 15 donut holes (and there may have been more eaten when we were not looking). Someone in our ward told us that he started taking one bite out of donuts and putting them back on the table! yuk!! 


Bryson came strait from work- so he was a doctor (how original) I was a witch, James a spider, Daniel a vampire, and Andrew the dinosaur. 


A few weeks ago I had the chance to meet one of Bryson's Brazilian mission companions, Andre Sampaio. He came to upstate NY  for a business trip from Brazil, and we made a trip to Palmyra with him as he had never been to any of the church sites. 
The leaves had just started to turn, but it was still warm- which made for a perfect fall day to enjoy the sites.

view from top of Hill Cumorah

outside Joseph Smith's home

i am not sure why i am looking up in this photo? 

Andre and Bryson. They were companions in the Porto Alegre, Brazil mission 10 years ago and are still friends today. 

Sacred Grove

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Last week Bryson and I went to Florida...without the boys! (well- the 2 older ones. One little boy is nursing and cannot be away from his mom :)
Bryson's plastic surgery research paper was accepted by the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons and he was asked to present his paper at their annual conference, which just happen to take place on Amelia Island, Florida. And the best part was that they paid for all his travel expenses. I was able to watch him present and he did a fantastic job. I was so proud of him for all the hard work he had done.
And this trip could not have happened without my AMAZING sister-in-law Shannon who watched our two boys as well as her two little boys for almost 5 days. They had such a wonderful time with her, and I cannot begin to tell her how grateful I am for what she did!

view from our room

the hotel

the town on the island was very quaint. we really enjoyed the afternoon we spent walking around and looking at the antique shops.

but i think what we enjoyed most was just hanging out and doing nothing

and this little man was loving all the alone time he had with his mom and dad (not to mention how peaceful and quite it was without his two older brothers). we took him swimming and on walks on the beach- it was wonderful :)

By the last day Bryson and I both really missed the boys and were so excited to see them. They loved the time they had with their cousins Jordan and Nathan and aunt Shannon.

It was a wonderful and VERY relaxing trip!
Again- Shannon- THANK YOU so very much. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


We have had some unique guests in our home the past couple of weeks- 5 butterflies.
 Daniel received a butterfly kit for his birthday and last month the caterpillars arrived and have now finally turned into beautiful Painted Lady butterflies! It has been very fascinating for both me and the boys to watch their metamorphosis take place in our kitchen.  
I often find him just gazing at them and he asks to hold them everyday. Since they have always lived in a mesh cage, I don't think they realize they can fly and are happy to perch on his hand while he holds them. 

the par-tay for mr. J

Last week we had a family bash to celebrate Jamesie's big day! We planned on going to a pumpkin patch that morning, but it was a VERY rainy day, so we opted to go to Kango. 
That afternoon while James took a nap, Daniel and I decorated the house for his b-day. Of course we had a 'Cars' themed party since he pretty much obsessed. 
It was a great day- I think James loved it!

the highlight of kango was the prizes- a toy spider and turtle.

james ate 2 or 3 cupcakes- but why not? it was his birthday!

the happiest attendee at the party

cars!!! he was in heaven :)