Sunday, October 21, 2012

KF.. Nine Down-- Eleven to go!

My big girl lost her ninth tooth this weekend.  The only one lost in all of 2012.  The whole process slows down a lot around age 9.  It had been a long time since KF had written a note to the tooth fairy.  So, she pulled out all the stops.. asking the Tooth Fairy to tell Santa that she wanted McKenna (the American Girl) for Christmas and that she would accept donations towards animals (read: hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, etc).  In return the tooth fairy pulled out all the stops.  She left her 2 sparkly dollar bills and took a bath in her water glass, turning the water orange.  This is still such a magical time!

Monday, October 15, 2012

New Canaan Nature Center

For school, each of our kids has two field trips a year.  Because so many moms want to help out with these, it's unheard of that I got two of them.  I was completely psyched!  J's class trip was in October and was held at the New Canann Nature Center.  I'll start by saying that we had the most engaging guide ever.  The kids were in love with him!

In October, they teach the kids about the life cycle of an apple.  So, below you will see some of the things they teach the kids

Our Guide
Showing the kids the apples that the hens are eating
Trying to shake out the apples
teaching about polllination
making apple cider
Drinking the cider! 
class pic!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pumpkin Carnival 2012

Every Year, my kids look forward the Halloween carnival at their school. There is a tremendous amount of work poured into it, but the entire town comes to enjoy this super fun tradition.

The week of the Carnival, the trucks start arriving in the parking lot of school.  After reading, Water for Elephants, I have to equate this to the suspense that was felt when a Circus train pulled into town.  Parents, teachers and kids watch as the rides are unloaded and assembled.  Each one that gets setup makes everyone even more excited.  The night before the carnival, they light everything up and it is magical.

Each year, I take the earliest volunteer shift I can.  Number one, I get a close parking space and number two, we have the rest of the day to enjoy the carnival with the kids. For the first time this year, Ric and I divided and conquered.  While the boys went on rides, KF and I did some of the girlier face painting, hair feathers, and a little hair color.  Do I need to mention that her scalp will be discolored for weeks?

After hearing the good tunes from the DJ, we headed up only to find a free Zumba class.  KF easily spent an hour or so dancing with friends.

As a family, we went through the haunted house.  One of us decided that he NEVER wanted to go into a haunted house again...

The rides are great.  All the ones you probably remember-- swings, house of mirrors, roller coasters, Water gun fun,

The moms at school put so much work and creativity into this activity.  One of the things I love to peruse is the bake sale.  The ideas and packaging are all so enticing!
These boxes had cookies inside...yum!

How perfect are these?

What a good way to store a cupcake!
Halloween is such a big holiday in the northeast.  Far more than I remember it being in the south.  While the month is chock-o-block with activities, it is truly so much fun for the kids.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Each year at school, the kids are given a small sugar pumpkin to take home and decorate.  All the kids get ridiculously creative and come up with some pretty amazing ideas.  The pumpkins go home on a Monday and must be returned on a Thursday.  So, it's best to brainstorm in advance so that you can work quickly once you have the pumpkin.

This year we had great fun.  For Kf, we cut the top off the pumpkin and carved doors and windows in the side.  Then, we sunk a glass container down into the pumpkin and filled it with water and a live goldfish.  The kids at school went CRAZY for it.  In fact, they had to remove the pumpkin because too many of the little kids were trying to touch the fish.  Here is a pic of her creation.


Chomps loves going through his National Geographic magazine and learning about animals.  As we sat at dinner one night and googled different animals, we can up with this one.  We basically dissected the entire pumpkin and reconfigured it.  His eyes are made from black ball thumbtacks

Jackson's was simple and it was one we had seen at his preschool the year before.  He loved the idea and I loved the simplicity of it.

I am embarrassed to say that we never even carved our big pumpkins.  I guess we used all our creative juices on these little guys!