Monday, November 6, 2017

Halloween 2017

After last year's Halloween extravaganza, we tried to take it down a few notches.

Our first event was Book or Boo at Better World Books.






Next, Spork had a Trunk or Treat for his school.



Next, the art museum!  Tater bumped into one of her besties, so she was all smiles all night!









 Finally, the real deal!  Trick or treat with our wonderful neighbor friends.  Yes, we are beyond lucky to have this collection of buddies within walking distance!






Wedding Weekend November 2017

We had fun at my cousin's wedding this weekend!  








Saturday, October 28, 2017

Thistleberry Farm 2017

As the children grow, so does our favorite pumpkin patch!  We took along a friend for the Nugget this year and were able to introduce Grandma and Papa to the farm briefly before they had to go catch their plane.








Tater's Tales of Terror


If you've been following, you already know that at the tender age of 2, Tater started spinning some scary tales like Neil Gaiman or Stephen King.  Here are some of her latest contributions that have me sleeping with one eye open.

Daddy was telling her a gentle story about a watermelon in a soap box derby when she had to interrupt with, "If you cut your eyeball with a knife, would it fall out of your head?  And what's inside an eyeball anyway?"

Tater:  Mommy, I had a bad dream.
Me:  Do you want to tell me about it?
T:  Yes!  I was coming downstairs in my dream, and there was a little secret door in the living room.  I'd never seen it before, so I opened it.  But there was a clown in there!  And a skeleton with a knife!  The skeleton zapped me all the way to school.  We didn't drive in a car, we just zapped.  Then at school, the skeleton was gone, and I thought it was good, but the clown was there too!  It followed me!


Monday, October 2, 2017

Fort Wayne August 2017

This post is very belated, but in August, we met Cabbage, Bean, Aunt K, Uncle J, Grammy, and Grandpa in Fort Wayne for some fun.

First up, Science Central.  I had bought a membership to save on the Nugget's birthday trip to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.  I figured that Science Central might be tiny and disappointing, but I was so wrong.  It was just the right size to entertain the children for hours and not big enough to be overwhelming.




We ate twice at The Hoppy Gnome that day.  It was so good!  Then a nice swim in the hotel pool - I always forget to take swimming photos of the cousins, but they had so much fun playing together in the water.

The next day, we did the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.  We had taken the Nugget once before when he was 2 or 3, but he didn't remember it, so it a fresh adventure for everyone.







Grandpa and the Nugget 2017Grandpa and the Nugget 2010 
Grandpa (he loves that hat) and the Nugget 2017 




Friday, September 22, 2017

Too slippery



Spork:  Who's driving dat truck?  What him name?
Me:  (This is nonsense chatter, because he knows I don't know the truck owner, so I answer therapeutically by giving him a nonsense answer) I bet it's a giant pickle.
Tater:  (giggling) No way!  Pickles can't drive trucks because they're too slippery!

Tater:  I'm going to have a baby.
Spork: It gonna be a girl baby or a boy baby?
T:  A girl baby!
S:  Eew!  I don't like girl babies, I only like boy babies.

S: (Practicing his new choir song) The Lord said to no one, gonna build me an arkie-arkie!

Nugget: When I close my eyes and think about water, my finger nails get sharper.

Hubby:  Happy Anniversary!
Spork:  Mommy!  It your Vanasteries?!  That just happened to Mrs. B (his teacher)!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

On okapis and e-collars

Fabulous Spork-isms:

"Why is it called an okapi if it doesn't cop?"

"Tater and I are gonna wear matching pajamas! Then I will be camouflaged, and you won't be able to even see me."

Upon seeing Boomer's post neuter Elizabethan collar,
"I don't want a cone dog, I just want a regular dog!"