Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!!

We had a great night of trick-or-treating. Olivia and McIver had a BLAST deciding which houses to go to, who would knock on the door and reminding each other to say "thank you" after getting candy. Both kids were done by the time their bags were too heavy to carry. So, we headed home, picked through the loot and decided what to keep and what to give to the Halloween Fairy, a cousin of the Tooth Fairy. Apparently, you can leave your candy at the front door, the Halloween Fairy will come and take it away and leave a surprise in its place. We'll keep you posted.

Posing for a quick picture with one of our pumpkins before hitting the streets.

Olivia picked out her favorites.

Kind of looks like Mac has already had more than enough!

Oh, to be 4!

McIver got a Bible song CD for his birthday. Our favorite song is This is My Commandment. The lyric actually says: This is my commandment, that you love one another and your joy may be full.

This is McIver's version: This is my commandment, that you love one another and your joy made me four! And he sings it with such gusto that you almost believe he's got the right words.

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2007

GranGran & GranDaddy Visit

Ginny and Jimmy came to Houston for a long, long weekend. They took care of Olivia and McIver while I was busy at church with the ECW Annual Meeting. Unfortunately, GranGran was under the weather so we didn't get as many pictures as we would have if she had been feeling 100%. At any rate, here are a few...

Will and Ginny took the kids to the Fire Fest. They climbed in firetrucks, enjoyed moonwalks and slides and watched old junk cars being set on fire and then put out. McIver said the fire made his "brain hurt."
There's nothing like a snow cone on a beautiful fall day!
Apparently, McIver is a future rodeo star. I think he'd have to come up with a stage name, though. "McIver" just doesn't sound tough enough, if you ask me.
Olivia all decked out in her ballerina/Sleeping Beauty ensemble
for Sam Stricklin's 3rd birthday party.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Covenant Sunday at Palmer

Yesterday was Covenant Sunday - and Olivia's debut singing with the St. Nicholas Choir and McIver's Cherub Choir debut in the big church. Despite saying that she didn't like choir b/c "all we do is sing," Olivia did a great job. McIver was fine until he overheard another Cherub say she was scared. He balked a putting on the white collar briefly, but then all was well.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Pumpkin Patch

Every year, our realtor's company holds a great Pumpkin Patch. It's quite a party with costumes, cookies and pumpkins galore!

Spiderman trying to scale the fence!

BounceU Birthday Party

McIver was SO excited to be able to invite his entire class, plus a few other friends, to his birthday party at BounceU. This was his first real bash and he enjoyed every minute of it.

In the BounceU Birthday Chair waiting for his Spiderman cake.

Going down the big slide with Dad.

In the tunnel with Michael.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Still celebrating

Olivia just couldn't stand McIver not being able to open more of his birthday presents. We've been trying to hold off because Will has been working late and it didn't seem right to be opening gifts without him here. But, Olivia's persistence wore me down...

She picked out a Black & Decker took kit for him. He loves that the battery pack moves from sander to flashlight, just like Daddy's.

Celebrating with cupcakes in the Ladybug Class.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Let the Celebration(s) Begin...

Today is McIver's 4th birthday. Of course, because he's my child, he was able to open some presents early! (Really, we had a good reason - my Open House is tonight at school from 6:30 until after 8 so he NEEDED to be able to start celebrating last night!) He loves the baseball bat, glove and balls from Nanoo, Pop & Cacoo. We will open more presents later and are having the party on Saturday at BounceU with his whole class from school.

He actually made contact quite a few times and was so excited. This was last Thursday, so I can't really remember anymore why the children are wearing pajamas to play in the backyard.

Olivia picked out a Spiderman costume for him - a HUGE hit! (Until yesterday, he thought he had to be a pirate every year for Halloween - he's jazzed at the thought of being Spiderman!)
That would be SHEER DELIGHT on his face!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Firetruck visit at school

Last month at school, we practiced our first fire drill and invited a firetruck to visit our 3 year old classes. It was really, REALLY cool. They let the kids climb all around, in and out of the truck, try on the helmet, boots and jacket and even let them turn on the hoses. (This was new to all of us, they didn't even unroll the hoses last year, much less turn them on!) Since McIver is also in a 3 year old class, I was able to watch his reactions to the whole scene. Needless to say, he JUMPED at the chance to be first in line to hold the hose!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Olivia's Sunday School drawing

Olivia comments on the picture she drew at Sunday School yesterday: This picture is in the dark and the sun is setting. And it's raining. And Mommy's having a meeting at Palmer Church. And there's food there and we're staying home with Daddy and maybe we can get some supper on the way home.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Blessing of the Animals

Olivia and McIver were excited to sing for the Blessing of the Animals this morning at Palmer. We chose to leave our animals at home since Dad couldn't go with us to keep up with Murphy. There were LOTS of animals - live and stuffed - dogs, cats (some in carriers and, amazingly, some not), rabbits, hermit crabs, fish, guinea pigs and a parrot. Mac took his blue bunny and O (surprisingly!) took the ballerina pig that she received as a birthday gift. (Froggie was blessed last year, she reminded me.)

McIver's first public performance with Cherub Choir. He loved it!

Olivia follows Mrs. Courtney's cues closely.

Fr. Sam was the officiant and we were even joined by St. Francis of Assisi himself!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Home Sick with McIver

McIver woke up with a 102 temp early Monday morning - and an upset tummy. The upset tummy really freaked him out - I don't think he remembers the last time he was sick like that. After taking Olivia to school, we just spent the morning hanging around the house.

McIver: Mommy, I need you. I just don't feel good.
Me: What do you feel like, bud?
McIver: I feel like surgery.

Poor guy! He fell asleep yesterday afternoon (which is usually the kiss of death as far as bedtime goes), but ended up going to sleep just fine (maybe a tad late) which goes to show how sick he was. Anyway, he began to perk up once we got Olivia home from school and seems to be his old self today.