Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Hallowe'en Everyone!

We had a fun time this year trying to make the house even spookier than last year.

The boys loved the "MAAAD!" pumpkin, but I favored the friendly ones personally.

And last but not least, the crow who got left out last year due to overly windy weather:

I made the mistake a few years back of baking goodies the day before Hallowe'en night – needless to say they got sidelined pretty quickly by the candy – so this year I wised up and made cupcakes well in advance of the big day. Again, the "MAAAD!" faced ones were the most popular.

A quick picture last night before heading out:

I had to promise to take just one so we could get going right away! They made a great Harry Potter and Ron Weasley for another year running, but I'll have to think up something new for next year. Great costumes though if you know anyone in the market for a costume duo.

And of course, the candy:

All the candy! We ended up hauling in more than we handed out, but at least 90% of everything was what the boys collected. Yikes.

This week was also "Spirit Week" at school with some daily fun activities like "Wear Your Pajamas To School Day" (no picture, but the boys did go in their jammies with a stuffed animal and some slippers), "Crazy Hats and Socks Day" (I managed to sneak in a quick pic while they were watching morning cartoons), and a Hallowe'en dance the same night, which we attended (I revisited their engineer costumes with the hats, bandanas and gloves paired with some work-type clothes but didn't have time to grab a picture).

This is Nate after the dance with his glow sticks and sporting one of Daddy's wigs:

He looks a little aglow himself by this point. Hard to believe he was sleeping hard 20 minutes after I took that photo.

Happy Hallowe'en, everyone!

- L.

Friday, October 23, 2015

A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man

Just chillin' and doing a little drawing at home.

Today's artwork from school.

As Seth's teacher Mrs. D let me know, "His confidence in his ability to write is fantastic!" and you know, it's good to be confident when you're learning. I'm less confident about my ability to read Seth's sentences and I needed a little help decoding today's message. In case you do too, I've included a translation.

The crayon behind the ear was too cute. I used to tuck my pencil behind my ear another lifetime ago when I used to draw for a living – glad to see it's a family trait!

- L.

Translation: Nate, I'm "faingfo" (thankful) for you "brudr" (brother). I really miss you. "Gubi" (Goodbye).

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Picture Day

It's picture day at school and just in case everyone didn't keep their vest or bow tie on until the big moment, I took a quick photo for posterity.

- L.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving (and a little brotherly love) from everyone at the OP!

- L.