Thursday, October 29, 2009


Yup, once again I have totally neglected my blog (for proof of this, just take a look at the last two posts!). So much has been going on, and I have just not taken the time to update you all with what has been happening out here. Sorry guys, I will try to keep up from now on.

With Halloween just around the corner, The Ladybug, Daddy and I decided to decorate a couple pumpkins to help illuminate our window on Halloween night. This year the Bug chose two characters from her favorite cartoon to be the subjects for our carving. Needless to say, daddy wasn't very happy about the prospect of bringing those characters to life on a couple of gourds. But after some great persuasion from the Bug, Daddy finally caved and started drawing the character's outlines on the pumpkins.

While Daddy was drawing, the Ladybug and I cleaned out the insides of the pumpkins. Her first comment (and lasting one apparently) was, "This is disgusting!" She's correct, it is pretty disgusting, but the end result is always really cool. We saved the seeds for roasting, then started carving (roasting of the seeds is another project for the Bug and I... maybe we will tackle that one tomorrow). Daddy did most of the work with the carving, and Mommy tidied up when he was finished, smoothing the lines around the faces and making sure lots of light was creeping through the carvings. The Bug, well she just walked around telling us how disgusting this whole project was... that was, until we turned off the lights and she got to see the end result. Her comment, "Wow, those are really cool!"

It sure is nice to know that pumpkins are not disgusting any more.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Our Little “Tin-ter-bell”

The Ladybug’s school hosted a Halloween party for all of the children. We originally thought the Bug would dress up as a beautiful purple butterfly (as mentioned in an earlier post). However, Nana F. surprised the Bug with an adorable Tinkerbell costume, shoes and all. So, we tried the outfit on, and all of us were absolutely in love. And to top it off, the butterfly wings from what would have been her original outfit were a perfect match for the Tinkerbell costume. So, here is the bug as the happiest, cutest, most adorable Tinkerbell ever.

A giggly Tinkerbell

The Ladybug pondering the life of a fairie.

Tinkerbell at the party.

A sweet Ladybug fairie.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

“A Budderflyyy”

Short post. The Ladybug received her wings…her butterfly wings that is. She is so excited at the possibility of flitting around on Halloween as a butterfly that she had to try on her costume the other day. Here she is seen gazing at her lepidopterous image.

Don’t worry, here in South Dakota we will not be allowing our daughter to prance around the neighborhood in October in a mini-skirt. No, she will be wearing 2-inch thick leggings with snow pants over top, 5 sweaters, thermal moon boots with wool socks, three pairs of mittens, a long hand-knitted wool scarf, and a fuzzy wool cap to keep her little ears nice and toasty. Then again with that outfit she should probably just dress as “Randy” from A Christmas Story rather than a petite, fragile little butterfly. We’ll let her decide. Come to think of it she has been prancing around the house lately in both outfits, so who knows what will happen on Halloween. Only time will tell.