Monday, October 24, 2011

One Week Until Halloween!

Last Halloween was the first year the boys actually understood trick-or-treating.  Knock on a door, say "trick-or-treat", get candy, and repeat.  They are so excited about their costumes (I'll post pictures next week) and getting candy.  They were also excited that our new neighborhood has a tradition that was celebrated in our old neighborhood.  Last week we were booed!

We came home from school to find this on our front porch:

Can you see that the Hot Tamale box is open?  I couldn't resist.  

I don't know who was more excited about being booed, me or the boys.  We went to Target the next day and picked up some treats to leave on two other porches in the neighborhood:

We also had our last soccer game of the season last week.  It's getting cold here and the boys will start indoor soccer in November.  Here are some pics from their last game:

The boys had a great season and each scored in every single game.  I couldn't be more proud of them!

Somebody else also played in a game over the weekend:

Steve is in the middle of the picture with the red shirt.  Can you see the ball in the air?  That just bounced off of his head.  Pretty impressive!  

Happy Halloween!  

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bench Makeover

I have casually looked around for a bench for our entryway for the last few months but never got serious about it.  I finally decided to do something about it and searched Craig's List for a couple of weeks.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, Lawrence Craig's List is quite different from Craig's List in metropolitan areas.  Lawrence is a small town and the selection on CL is small.  On top of that, I have to compete with college students that are trying to furnish their apartments.  After two weeks of searching, I came up with this guy for $15.  

I cleaned, then primed it.

Then I sprayed it white, bought fabric online, and sewed these pillows.  I know, more chevron.  I need an intervention.  

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Weekend

The boys were sick last week with sinus infections and the croup.  So sick that we had to cancel a trip to Austin to meet my new niece and play at my nephew's birthday party.  We were all bummed.  But they bounced back on Friday and we've been making up for lost time.  Here's what we've been up to:

School was out on Friday so we headed downtown to the somewhat new cupcake place called Cupcake Construction.  It's a concept similar to the self-serve yogurt places, but with cupcakes.  One red velvet, one mocha, and two s'mores cupcakes.  

We also went to Target for Halloween decorations.  We found this guy in the dollar aisle. 

These as well.

Sunday we went to the Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin, KS.  We had a picnic with our neighbors and then visited the petting zoo.  

We also got suckered into paying a dollar to let the boys go down the slide.  Seemed like kind of a rip off, but they were excited about it.  

Monday, October 3, 2011

Art Display and a Map

The boys bring home cute art projects from school.  With two kids in preschool and three new projects coming home a week, our refrigerator was getting cluttered.  I found a new way to display them on pinterest.  Another girl had a similar problem and came up with this solution:

Open frames spray painted the same color with a ribbon attached to display art.  So cheap and easy!  Plus it takes care of decorating a wall that was once empty.  I decided to take it a step farther and add something else to the wall.  The boys have been asking about where certain places are lately ... Colorado, Texas, China (not sure where that came from).  I decided it was time for a wall map.  I bought a poster of a world map at Michael's and a canvas that was the same size.  I painted the sides of the canvas gray and used Mod Podge to affix the posted to the canvas.  I then put five coats or so of MP over the poster so it wrapped around the canvas (and protected it from 4 year old fingers).

I hung it at the eye level of a 4 year old. 

It didn't come out quite as perfect as I imagined (there are a few bubbles under there), but it is serving its purpose.  The boys love trying to learn the names of countries and states.  

P.S. - Thanks for all the comments and emails about my friend's surgery.  Her tumor came back benign and she is back at home recovering with her baby.  All good things.