Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween( Happy Anniversary)

Merliah sure had fun going trick or treating. Who is Merliah?.. Well, she’ s a mermaid/human who Lola wanted to be this year, she’s also a Barbie character. Daddy and Mommy could have gone to every house in the whole neighborhood, but Lola only had enough energy for about half. She still collected lots of candy.

Pumpkin Carving

A kitty, of course is what Lola wanted to carve on her pumpkin. She did a great job prepunching the design and then helped quite a lot on the actual carving. Daddy made a silly jack-o-lantern.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pyramid of Pumpkins

Pumpkins are so cool. We love going to pick our pumpkins to carve for Halloween. Delights fo the day-all the fall colors in the flowers and squashes, the smell of earth, crunchy corn husks, hot apple cider, going on a bumpy hay ride.

Halloween Cupcakes

We had dinner at one of our friends house as a kind of going away party for Virgil who has switched companies. Yeah!- an excuse to make a new dessert:)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Just a Swinging

Swing is still this girls favorite part of the park. She even likes standing up on it.

Golden Golden Sunflower

Golden Golden Sunflower

Growing up so tall

Giving joy to those

Who see you in the fall

Golden Golden Sunflower

Bees buzzing in the breeze

Sharing your tasty treat

To all those you please

Golden golden Sunflower

Tilting with the gentle sun

Stretching up to Heaven

Simple gift for everyone.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

First Modeling Gig

A while back Lola had her picture made after having her face painted. The park decided she was one of the cutest kitties, so they used her photo in the advertisement for face painting. How cool to see her face up there every time we go to the park.

Terrific Thursday-Scarecrow making

Like any other school we like to take our homeschool group on field trips now and then. So today we headed over to Happy Hallow where they were having a unique scarecrow building activity. The clothes you brought to make the scarecrow with would be donated to charity. (Assuming someone washed them later after having the straw in it:) My friend thought of making a pregnant Scarecrow. It was great fun! The kids had a great time riding all the rides and petting the farm animals at the petting zoo part.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Terrific Tuesday- Bones

The children were very curious of our discussion about bones. Our game was a review of what animals had skeletons, exoskeletons, and no skeletons. We sang the Head bone connected to the neck bone song. We made skeleton puppets. My friends husband had some bones we could play with too. Very interesting lesson for October.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I think we’re going to need a trampoline....

The thing Lola likes most at gym is the trampoline. She has learned so many different jumps and then talks about them all week until she goes back. She also tries really hard to do all the things the teachers ask of her.

Girls growing up

It’s amazing watching the girls grow up. They both have so much hair now and such a great time talking with each other. Oh how the time flies.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Trick or Treat with Charlie Brown

A short bike ride over the hill lead us to Great America where they were having Trick or Treating with the characters of Charlie Brown. Just as we were finishing collecting the candy, it started to sprinkle. Well, by the time we made it to our bikes, it was raining. And half way up the hill on the way home we had a flat tire on the bike. ... Very cold wet ride home. But Mermaid Lola didn't mind. :)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tinkerbelle Lola

Some of the Sweetest times of our day is watching Lola turn into different characters. She has such a wonderful imagination and memory too. She likes to act out movies and has such a great mind for the details of events. It surprises me sometimes of how her mind works.

Costume Parade at the disney store

The Disney store has about once a month or so a fun activity for the kids where they usually at least get a color sheet for coming in. Today they had a costume parade and dance party. Since it was kinda later in the day the girls both fell asleep on the way home:)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


At Peace is what they say about those who have left us

They are at rest, they have no pain,Believe this you must

The heart will heal itself, give time to your brokenness

Sewing the jagged edge of the hurt, sweeping up the mess

Peace for those who are still here, helping each to mend

Your joy from your memories will find their way back in

As we headed back to California following the ceremony at the cemetary, we saw the most beautiful sunset in the western Oklahoma sky. So thankful for the curtain to be closed with such a peaceful glimpse into heaven.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Good Bye Great Granny

Dearly wonderful, a special woman in our life

Daughter, Sister, Friend, and Wife,

Mother, Aunt, Neighbor, Grandmother

Daring cook and gracious teacher

Her love was something so unique

Patient, Gentle, Kind and Sweet

Thankful, ever thankful to have been shown how

To love with a whole heart, not tomorrow but now

She was our guide & example for life lessons:

To be satisfied, thankful,& with family life sweetens

Surely, a character of an Oklahoma lady

Generous, Truthful, and always Ready

Her spirit was friendly and as an oak strong

She was Accepting, helping everyone belong

Awfully Funny, Wise and rich with stories

With this warm memory everyone agrees

A laughter and smile that would fill your heart

Lingers now in our minds as we must be apart

Dearly wonderful, a special woman we knew

Monday, October 18, 2010

Come play Stumpy

Lola trying to convince Stumpy to come out of the tree and play with her.

Helping make some cookies

Grandpa Randall needed some help making some peanut butter cookies so Lola helped him mix up a batch. Cookies are always a great idea!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Halloween Cookies

When we took out the Halloween decoration last week, Lola has been eyeing the Halloween sprinkles. She’s been wondering when are we going to make some cookies Or When can I eat those colored sugar little ghosts and pumpkins.... So we made time today to make some sugar cookies. ... Would anyone like some advice on cutout sugar cookies... Once you have the dough mixed up, roll it out between two pieces of wax paper, then stick the wax paper with the cookie dough flattened into the freezer for a couple of minutes. Once it’s kinda solid but not frozen take back out and punch out the cookies. For years I used the flour method of cutting out. But it’s so messy and the dough is so sticky it would always stick to the cutters, especially the detailed ones like giraffes or airplanes. So now we do it this way and the cookies turn out great! (Need a good recipe, email me:)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Santa Cruz

Sometimes it’s just too nice of a day and we just have to go to the beach and put our feet in the sea. For those of you who need a nice place for fall break, let me know we have a spare room:) Standing next to the edge of the world, as it seems, reminds us of how well we are taken care of in this journey of life.