Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Pumpkin Carving

I seem to forget each year how hard it really is to carve a pumpkin. Holden was excited about getting the seeds out of the pumpkin but then he lost interest when it came to carving. That is why our pumpkin is pretty simple with the triangle eyes, nose and mouth. Maybe I will get a little more adventurous and creative next year.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Mount Pisgah's Annual Trunk-or-Treat was Saturday night. Trunk-or-Treat is when you decorate the trunks of your car, and kids go from trunk to trunk, trick-or-treating. Everyone goes all out! You will see Halloween lights, a jail, motorized bats, lighted pumpkins and so much more. It is fun to see what everyone does. We participated last year and had so much fun as the Presley's, (Yes, Kevin and Holden dressed up as Elvis and I was Priscilla), that we did not want to miss out this year. Holden wanted to be a pirate so we all decided to dress as pirates too, including Rylan. We were a big hit! The kids loved trick or treating from the treasure chest. And the pirate with the parrot was a great picture stop for all of the children. A special thanks to Aunt Becky Ann for all the Pirate decorations and goodies!

He is making his list...

He is making his list, he is checking it twice...The Toys 'R Us Christmas Wish book arrived today in the mail, and Holden has started making his list for Santa. Yes, Christmas is 2 months away, but at our house we think Santa or as we like to call him "HOHO" is coming in a couple of days! So far the letter looks like this:

Dear Santa,

I have been good this year, well, Mommy says most of the time. I would like you to bring me the following toys; a castle with an orange prince and a dragon, an orange Tim Tebow football helmet (the real helmet), an orange Tim Tebow football sweatshirt, and a motorized John Deere Tractor like Madalyn's. And for Rylan, bring him something for a baby.

Thank you Santa. You can play with my new toys too.

I love you,

You wonder who he gets his love of the Gators from?? Let just say it is not me!
I am sure this list will change before Christmas, but this is what he had me write on Friday. Sometimes I wish I was a child again, with so much excitement about making a Christmas list!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Disney On Ice

"It's Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy! Look it's Mater and Lightning McQueen! It's the Prince on the Pirate Ship and the Little Mermaid! And look it's Tinker Bell!" These were the little screams I heard at the Disney On Ice field trip today. Holden was so excited to see the characters that he talked the entire way down to Philips Arena about who all he was going to see.

Ever since our trip to the "Most Magical Place on Earth" last year he has fallen in love, well, let me rephrase that, become obsessed with the Princes in all the Disney movies. Not Princesses but Princes why you ask, because they have swords and shields. For the longest time, I tried to steer him away from the swords and such but finally I gave in! Now he wants to be known as the "Orange Prince". Not only because orange is his favorite color, but because in Sleeping Beauty the Prince has an orange cape (I really think it is red but over time the colors on the movies have faded and now it looks orange-ish) and he throws his sword at the dragon-which is just the coolest! So he was hoping Sleeping Beauty would be at the show but no such luck! However, he was mesmerized by all the other characters so it did not matter. It is so funny to watch him-he looks so intense and is memorizing EVERYTHING! You think I am exaggerating but I promise he can remember what someone says or what color pants a character is wearing. He just sat there and ate his popcorn and watched the show!

On the car ride home he did say "Momma the Orange Prince was not there" I told him "Maybe next time." He said "He must be fighting the dragon" "Yes, He must be!"

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Harvest Party

Preschool is full of fun activities and parties! Ones of these includes the Harvest Party! Since we go to a Christian school, we do not really celebrate Halloween, instead, we celebrate the fall harvest. Last year the kids were allowed to wear their costumes but they decided not to do that this year. For each party I always like for Holden to give his friends a "little treat bag" of something. For this party he decided to give his friends a pumpkin sippy cup and stickers.

The kids enjoyed pizza, fruit, and a cookie for lunch. Each one decorated a bucket for Halloween and played "Little Bunny FuFu" . For a special treat one of Holden's classmates, Matthew's brother Jonathan read them a story. I think they all had a fun time.

I did not sign up to help with this party, and Holden asked where I was but we have to rotate who gets to attend each party. These pictures were so funny to me because he is at a table of girls and then at story time he looks like he is just not interested. You never know what is going through their little minds.

Halloween Cookies and Lollipops

Holden and I both have had a cold for the past couple of days so I was trying to think of activities to do inside. We had gone through the typical activities: coloring, play dough, puzzles, playing with Batman/Superman/Flash, get the idea. As if we are not getting enough sugar to begin with, I decided to let him make cookies and chocolate lollipops for Halloween. This was a two day process (or at least I made it a two day process). Wednesday we made cookies with lots of Halloween sprinkles followed by Thursday chocolate lollipops with sprinkles. After all these yummy treats, I think we are now ready for the real sugar on Halloween night:)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Nap Time Interrupted

Nap time at our household has been hit or miss since Rylan arrived, but today Holden went down for his nap easily. Soon after, Rylan woke up ready to eat. I nursed him and was trying to get him to burp but nothing was happening. By this point, he was getting mad and just wanted to finish eating, so I continued to feed him. Once again, he stared to cry because he need to burp so I brought him downstairs to the office so that we would not wake up Holden. Then all of a sudden I heard on the monitor "Somebody is waking me up" "Who is waking me up" "Somebody is waking me up" Needless to say, what I thought was going to be a great nap turned into a short one. I went into his room and said we are sorry for waking you up-Holden looked at me and replied "That little rascal" and jumped out of bed! He is just like a little old man-grouchy after a nap! Well, at least I got a good laugh out of it.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fall Fun

For the past 3 years, we have gone as a family to pick pumpkins at the pumpkin farm. This year was no different. We packed a cooler full of snacks and lunch for our day in the North Georgia Mountains. First stop was Burt's Pumpkin Farm (yes, we went with the preschool but it was raining so bad that we really did not get to do everything) so we rode the hayride, picked pumpkins, ate boiled peanuts, and had a picnic lunch. We had so much fun! After lunch we drove a couple of miles to our next destination, BJ Reese's Apple Orchards to pick apples. We did this last year and Holden had so much fun that we wanted to make it part of our fall tradition. I think he enjoyed it more this year because he could climb the trees and not get in trouble!

After a fun but long day, we made our way back home with both boys sleeping in the car! Baby Rylan was such a good sport-he slept practically the entire time. Next year will be a different story with two boys in the trees!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

First 5 Weeks

On September 9, 2008 at 6:14am we welcomed Rylan Turner to our family. Seeing that I am deathly afraid of needles. I was praying for a quick and easy delivery. It was quick but not so easy. We did not know at the time that he had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. When I was told to push, his heart rate dropped dramatically, and my doctor pulled him out. Once he was out, there were no cries except for my own. A couple of minutes passed and we were not sure he was OK. But the wonderful nurses took him and did what they needed to do, and we then heard the sweetest cry.

In celebration of his 5 weeks, here are some of my favorite pictures.

I Saw God Today

The blog today was prompted by hearing George Strait's song "I Saw God Today" on the way to pick up Holden from preschool. The chorus is as follows:

"I’ve been to church, I’ve read the book,
I know he’s here but I don’t look
Near as often as I should .. yeah I know I should,
His fingerprints are everywhere I just slowed down to stop and stare
Opened my eyes and man I swear I saw God today."

Hearing this makes me think of Holden and Rylan. I can remember the emotions when they were born of aw and amazement that I actually had a part of creating them.

I feel like I am always racing to get from place to place or trying to get things done that I sometimes miss what is really important-my kids!

My Mommy Lesson: Is to slow down and truly look and listen to them because they really are a precious gift.

Little Picasso

Holden wanted to "decorate" our pumpkins from Burt's Pumpkin Farm, but I was not sure about carving them without another set of hands (Dad). So I opted to paint them. I pulled out all the paint, but somehow it seems to look like brown instead of the colors we used: red, green, orange, blue, and yellow. I guess we have brown painted pumpkins. Holden said they were "beautiful"! And of course they are:)

Monday, October 13, 2008

My Sweet Baby Rylan

Rylan is almost 5 weeks and is smiling all the time. He has the sweetest smile. As you can see my little man is losing his hair-just like Dad:)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Go Shooters!!!

This is Holden's first year of soccer, and Kevin and I were so excited! We just knew he would love it. He loves to run and kick-this was his calling, we just knew it. Well, I think we were wrong! Each week on the way to practice or to a game, he will say "Momma, I am going to slide in to base today" then I reply, "No, Holden this is not baseball. In soccer you run and kick the ball." Or "Momma, I am going to tackle just like Tim Tebow" then I reply, "No, Holden this is not football, we do not tackle. You run and kick the ball." Once we get to the field, he will play a little and then decide he does not want to play any more or he will not play at all. But this week, the grandparents wanted to come and watch. We tried to warn them that he may not play. They still wanted to come. However, to our surprise, he did play and even kicked the ball! I have the pictures to prove it! We may have a little soccer player on our hands after all. Well, maybe I should not go that far but at least he had a blast. We are so proud of you Holden! And thanks to Dad-Daddy and Grammy for coming to watch.

Friday, October 10, 2008

It's Raining, It's Pouring

On Wednesday, Holden's Preschool class traveled to the North Georgia Mountains to the famous Burt's Pumpkin Farm. Little did we know it was going to rain. It has not rained in weeks, even months, but today of course it rained buckets! This is also the first time I was leaving Rylan so I was already a nervous but then the rain just made me even more nervous. After making the hour drive to the pumpkin farm, the kids were so excited and acted like they had never seen rain before-they LOVED IT!!! Everyone was jumping in puddles, riding on a wet hayride and running around the pumpkins. It was a sight to see the kids so happy! After picking out pumpkins, we opted not to do the picnic lunch, as if we were not wet enough, but to meet at McDonald's in Dawsonville. I think this was the highlight, especially for all the boys since the toy in the Happy Meal was Superman (Holden has slept with him ever since). Even though we were soaked and my hair looked like something out of an 80's band, it was a great time had by all! And Rylan had a great time too.

My first blog

My first blog, what to say... I decided to jump on the blogging bandwagon to accomplish two things; one is to share with our family and friends pictures of our family's activities and two to help me appreciate and treasure everything that my boys are experiencing. Hopefully, this will make me laugh a little and not blink too fast because in a moment they will be grown. I hope that you enjoy this as much as I will!