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Pumpkin carving a time honored tradition….at least for this family..

Well, tonight we carved the pumpkin and it is always a debate about the type of face…Spencer usually gets the choice and again this year …scary wins… but the eyes and nose how do you make them ‘look’ scary?? All of mom and dads suggestions were shot out the window…so again with Spencer’s choice “slit eyes and big eyebrows and well the nose we finally got our pick..no pun intended!!! I will try to get a picture of our now, Jack-O-Lantern over the next few days…but I must say that he is great.

Spencer and Griffin both got to do a little carving with the help of their dad and both did a fabulous job. Spencer, however, had to wear plastic gloves to help clean out the pumpkin before the carving but he did it and that is more then I can say for last year or any of the years before. Griffin just dug right in and grabbed a handful..I know it is a matter of time before he balks and wants gloves like Spencer and daddy…yes daddy won’t do it either…that leaves mom to do the dirty work as usual…but still a lot of fun.

In our wonderful neighborhood, we have Hob Goblin festivities…the family picks the night they want to be the hob goblin and this is how it works…so we pick tonite..(not really) and we have prepared our treat bags..usually a little bit of candy and other trinkets…then you go to the homes and ring the door bell and drop the goodies and hide..the family then tries to find you if they do your caught and you go to the next home…if not kudos for you and bragging rights the next day…yea it is parent approved ding dong ditch.

So, this year we get our bags together and start out…we are through 8 of 10 homes and not caught yet…Spencer is really excited this year to do it…he can do it all by himself and it is sooooo cool to watch him grow. We leave the last two homes for the next night and guess what we get caught, both times…but he is OK with it. Next year he really wants Griffin to go with him..I can’t wait for him to show him the right way to ‘do it’. I love watching them grow and be brothers…


ahhhhh the Russian adoption process….

Why is it that some people blow through the wait and take little or no time to get home with their children and others wait and wait …I guess it will never be explained…

On the web site www.soulofadoption.com that I belong to, we have a few families waiting for their second trip to pick up their child(ren). I can not figure out why some have been waiting and waiting and other not so much…no one is more deserving then another so why??? I have three posts within the last few days of families going to Russia to complete their families with court dates. Another friend of mine here in Illinois and down the road from me is leaving on the 11th to get her son…we both worked with the Cradle…then there is my faithful reader Jen who is still waiting…she too is using the Cradle and is waiting for her second trip. So why should she have to wait longer then the others…why do the Russian Governing bodies make or take their time coming up with court dates. OK enough complaining but I would love to know the answer…

To Jen… cuz I know you read here…I am thinking about you and wishing that there was something I could do to make this wait time go faster. When we are all home with our kiddos I am having an Illinois party…though they are all boys so it should be blast…boys are my personal fav.

SO….can you actually break…


…your eyebrow?? I am pretty sure that mine is broken. At a restaurant the other day I moved a chair to pick up something dropped on the floor….unbeknown-st to me I did not move it far enough away and banged my noggin quite hard on the corner of that chair!! OUCH…two days later and headaches on both, I am convinced that I broke my damn eyebrow?? It swelled up and it painful to the touch but not too bad…but can you break your eyebrow??

So anyway we had just been to the Jelly Belly factory warehouse tour with some friends. We had a good time the kids enjoy riding on the tram around the warehouse seeing videos and all that candy. The place was decorated for Halloween so it was even more exciting from them. After your tour you get free samples…Ant Bully jelly bellies and their new sport beans. Then off to the store and more taste testing before you buy and buy and buy…..we did pretty good. Not too much. It is a fun way to spend an hour or so and if you don’t buy anything it is totally free!!

Over the weekend we decided to try out the Richardson’s corn maze http://www.richardsonfarm.com/r-maze.htm. The concept is cool and if you had children a little older and went with a few families it could be a total blast. You can get a fire pit and then you can come and go out of the mazes warm up make a hot dog or a s’more and go back in. But having a two year old wasn’t the best thing to do though The boys still had a ton of fun. The kiddie maze and the big mazes were fun…we let Spencer direct us and we had a fun adventure. We gobbled up some hot dogs and cider took a very wet hay less hay ride and went home. Note to self, next time go earlier in the day, bring own food, drinks and secure a fire pit well in advance.