Amy is Sleepy Girl and Colin is a preppy Frat boy.
Ted is a newspaper printer and Martha and her tiny pooch are "Best in Show."
Here is a close up of J. Jonah Jameson. We colored in his eyebrows and drew on a mustache. Unfortunately, he slobbers a lot and has a runny nose, so the mustache was slowly fading away. They don't show that in the movies.
Whenever I get junk mail, I let Matthew open it. He likes to get mail. I got a credit card offer in the mail the other day, and it had one of those paper credit cards in it. Well, Matthew was so excited the mailman had left it for him. He knows just how to use it and what to use it for.
Matthew and Cooper loved the airplane rides. They went on it a few times. I think they really thought they were flying the plane.
Tim and Tyler raced in the road rally. Tim won!
Then the whole fam got to go on the carts. I kept forgetting to help Tim pedal. I was too busy making sure our kids wouldn't fall out or that Tim wouldn't get us too close to the low branches.
They also had pig races at the farm. It was so funny. This isn't a great picture, but you get the idea.
Matthew was handpicked as a Junior Pig Leader. He was paid in plastic cow (he thinks it's a pig, which would make more sense, if you think about it).
Matthew loves riding horses.
Here are the handsome boys in the petting zoo.
Matthew and Cooper had a lot of fun together. Look at all those dust particles in the air. We are sure feeling all the dust inhalation today.
Here's the cute Blood family. Look at all that dust. We were covered in it.
Here is the one casualty from the pumpkin patch. Matthew's checking it out like it was the first time he had seen it. It really disturbed him.
I might be a little biased, but I think those are the cutest boys ever.
And by the end of the night, the kids were done. They didn't want to walk anymore, so they all piled into the stroller and minutes later were sound asleep in their cars.
We had so much fun. When you live in Arizona, you have to do activities that remind you it's Fall, like going to the pumpkin patch. Even then it can be hard, especially when it's 95 out.
Pumpkin Patch 2006
Matthew loved his pumpkins. Note the small green pumpkin. We made him get the other one. And here I am pregnant with James.
Stay tuned for our 2007 Edition!
He got to decorate his pumpkin at the farm. How fun.
This is Betsy. Isn't she cute? I love the flowers in her pigtails. She's a sassy little thing.
Matthew's workin' it lounge singer-style. That's cute little Cannon on Betsy's lap.
Tonight we went "booing" for FHE. It was a ton of fun. We left yummy treats and a fun little poem on the doorstep of some friends. Then we rang the doorbell and ran as fast as anyone can carrying a 3 year old. Matthew loved it, but after our last house he said, "Daddy, will you do the next house by yourself?" And a few minutes later, he was out cold in the backseat. So if you're having trouble putting your kids to sleep, booing is a great plan. I would also like to add that if you are reading this post and got "Boo'ed" tonight, that it is purely coincidental.
1 3/4 cups sugar, 1 cup butter (I used 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup shortening), 1 teaspoon salt, and 3 eggs. Cream these ingredients together.
1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 Tablespoon vanilla, and 2 Tablespoons lukewarm water. Dissolve these ingredients together. Add to the creamed mixture.
4 cups flour and 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder. Mix these together and then add to other ingredients.
Roll dough out on floured surface and cut. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Cream together 1/2 package cream cheese and 1/2 stick butter. Add 1-2 Tablespoons milk, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Add as much powdered sugar is needed to make the frosting the right consistency and is good to taste.
Pumpkin BreadPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix 4 eggs, 1 cup oil, 2/3 cup water, and 2 cups pumpkin pie filling together. Then combine 3 cups flour, 3 cups, sugar, 2 tsp baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tsp nutmeg together. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Then stir in 2 cups chocolate chips. Pour into 2 greased bread pans. Bake for 1 hour or until center is set. This bread is the best! It is one reason I love the Fall!
On medium-low heat, melt caramels in water, stirring constantly. When caramel is completely melted, dip apples into caramel. Cover the apples completely and allow for excess caramel to drip off. Scrape caramel off of bottom of the apples (this is very important, if you do not scrape bottom, apples will stick to wax paper). Set on a buttered (I used cooking spray) piece of wax paper that is over a plate. Put in fridge for at least an hour. Take out of fridge 15 minutes before serving.
Here's James enjoying his first taste of pure sugar.
Oooh, she's cute. Why would I ever post a picture of myself like this, you might ask. Because this is how you should look with a marshmallow shoved in your mouth, not like the wimpy boys above. You can't be afraid to get dirty when it comes to things like fires and marshmallows. And things like worrying that you might not look cute just don't matter at times like these. It's a serious business and I can handle it.