Saturday, November 8, 2014

"I Just Want To Make A Goal"

The last few weeks Owen has made it very clear that he doesn't enjoy his soccer games anymore. He still loves practice and has a blast doing drills and things where he gets a lot of contact with the ball, but since he's not aggressive in the slightest and there are lots of kids on his team that are he hardly ever gets to do anything during the games except run back and forth. So today after about 5 minutes of playing he just stopped and stood on the field looking down and all sad. I called him over to me and asked what was going on and in the saddest voice ever he said "I just want to make a goal". It was so sad and cute! I tried to tell him that he has to keep trying and even encouraged him to use his elbows to get into the crowd and get to the ball...but he didn't like those ideas. Luckily we have a very sweet coach (a friend from our ward and a coworker of Russ) who could tell what was going on. He got Owen to go back on the field and had already talked to the other coach who had agreed to set it up so Owen could make a goal and get a little more confidence. The smile on Owen's face afterward so ridiculously awesome! And afterward he got a lot more into the game and ran harder and was visibly having fun. After the game was technically over they pretended like it was still going and let him and another boy make goals again without other kids interfering. Owen was pretty darn proud of his two goals and I was extremely grateful for both coaches for seeing that my timid boy needed just a little something to get his confidence up and have a good time. I went up to the other coach to thank him afterward and he said "that's what it's all about!"...I couldn't agree more.

Oh, and in the last 5 minutes of the game...this is what Owen was doing with his buddy Lucas on the field. And he wonders why he never makes any goals. :)
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Bloody Toe

This isn't a very exciting post, but Elsie just looks so cute in these crying pictures! Two or three weeks ago I walked into the kitchen to make dinner and Elsie was standing by the cupboard, holding a heavy #10 can full of sugar. I literally said "put that back, you're going to hurt your toe!" when she did just that. It fell right in front of me and when I picked her up there was blood dripping all over the floor. She proceeded to cry for a whole 30 minutes, even after I got her all bandaged up and was snuggling with her on the couch. I could tell it really hurt...poor thing. Then in the next 3 days she busted it open 2 more times in freak accidents. It was ridiculous and is still and nasty-looking toe. But she milked that ouchie for all it was worth and I had to kiss it better probably 100 times over that first week!
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cowboy and Bumblebee

Halloween was great this year...until Halloween night. The kids had so much fun at our ward Halloween party the week before, especially Owen. He was just so darn excited to be in his costume that he chose this year (he saw Little Critter dressed like a cowboy in one of his books..."I want to be that. And with those guns too!").

I was in charge of our ward party this year, which serves me right for nagging the bishop for two months beforehand and then texting him three weeks before Halloween and telling him he is lame for not letting our ward have a Halloween party. I was promptly given the assignment to throw one and it was made very clear that he didn't want any complaints about how much work it was or how stressed I was about it! I think I did a pretty good job with the help of another couple from the ward who organized all the kids activities and games and another couple who I asked to do a hayride. With those two things and me organizing trunk-or-treating and a chili cook-off, we were in business. (And I'm SOOOO bummed that I couldn't find my camera that I brought to the ward party, so I only have crappy phone pics.)
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Elsie when she realized you had to actually play the games to get candy. She was ticked!
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Elsie with our faovite ward member, Shauna (aka Mary Poppins).
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With Owen's best buddy, Riley, who we invited to join us. Owen was so excited when she showed up!
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Candy!!!
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Russ ready to get some chili. He apparently thought he needed 20 different bowls. :)
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Then there was Halloween night. Owen is in a phase where he only naps half the time. When he does he's super happy all night but then never wants to go to bed...even when he's laying in bed he'll stay up until like 10. But if he doesn't nap he turns into a monster around 6:30 pm. I told him he REALLY needed to take a nap that day so we could go trick or treating and 20 minutes later he was calling out saying "Mom, I closed my eyes for a really long time. Is it time to go trick or treating now???" This happened like 3 times and he never did take a nap. So by the time we got to my brother's house to trick or treat he was already a bit out of control. Then we went down one small street and he said "I have enough candy...can we go home now?" So we loaded up, went back to our neighborhood and set out to just visit just a few neighbors that we promised we'd see. By that time Owen was a huge whiny exhausted mess. Long story short...both kids went to bed at 7:30 and were sobbing as they did so (Elsie was mostly because she wanted more candy...she's obsessed!). I was really bummed because I'd looked forward to it all week, but oh well.
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Local Eagar cousins.
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Ready to go.
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Elsie's first house. They gave her a piece of candy and she just stood there waiting for more. It was hilarious!
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Checking out his loot.
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Toward the end. Zombie baby. Owen was such a mess that I stopped taking pictures of him.

So let's just say that next year naps will be mandatory and once they are done we are not forcing them to go any further!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It's Fall!

So the temperatures have still been in the 90's here, but the mornings and evenings have been beautiful and next week the highs are in the 70's...so I'm not complaining! The kids have been loving this Halloween season and all the fun things there are to do. I've been loving it too!

For family night last week we walked to a church about half a mile away and picked out our pumpkins. Elsie chose a small one that was rotting on one side. It was $1, so whatever. Owen picked out a small deformed one. Russ and I chose a normal one that might actually work for carving if we ever get around to it this week!
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On our way. These two sure look more and more alike these days!
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Then two Saturdays ago we all went to Tolmachoff Farm, which is my favorite farm/pumpkin patch in the valley. For the last 3 years I've taken the kids on a weekday but wanted Russ to go this year. I won't be going a Saturday again...we got there at opening time and it was packed! Blah! The kids didn't notice, though, and had a great time.

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The kids were both happy that daddy could come. :)

Last night we pulled out the small pumpkins and decorated them. I got some kits from Target (Thanks, Tara!) which made it easy peasy. We were going to paint them first, but the kids just wanted to get into the stickers. Fine by me!
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We ended the night by all piling in Elsie's room with the lights off and watching someone get arrested right outside our house. It was kinda fun!

Part two with kids in their costumes will be coming shortly. Yay for fun holidays!