Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Above- The kids were Monsters from monster's Inc
Bellow- our two happy pumpkins for Halloween 2013
Last year I put too much thought and stress in to the kids costumes but this year was simple to choose with few complication besides a fabric cutting accident that I completely recovered from. At the beginning of October of last year a co-worker of Tyler’s gave us a Monsters Inc costume but it was too large for Issac. I tucked it away & in September I pulled it out to discover it fit Issac pretty well. In my head, I instantly wanted Josie to be the character “Boo” to match Issac’s “Mike”. Online the costs of Boo costumes were close to a hundred dollars so I turned to Pinterest and cut and pasted different parts of different ideas and created my own costume! I started with a grey hoodies from the goodwill ($3) and sewed a section of extra fleece I had around to add a skirt to the hoodies. Then I sewed some purple fabric I scored on clearance for $6 over top the hoodie. After that I used white string to sew circles around the body of the costume four times, bunching the excess fabric as I sewed. For the top of the Boo costume I bought some sparkly pipe cleaners, foam balls and a yarn mop at the Dollar tree. I had Tyler use a screwdriver to take apart the mop and I used my hot glue gun to glue the mop, eye balls & felt teeth onto the costume. Anybody that has seen the movie knew who Josie was dressed as and I got a ton of kind compliments from other parents. So I’m marking this project as a complete success!
We cut our pumpkins on the 20th. At home in a very low key matter. The kids helped clean out the guts & then we did the rest because they’re still only 2 &4!!!
We celebrated Halloween in some new ways this year. Everything we did was very fun and the kids had a great time.First, we celebrated the Saturday before Halloween at a kids Halloween party. All the children were under seven and the games and activities were appropriate. The kids enjoyed discussing their costumes with one another providing each other with compliments on what party of the costume they liked best. The children each decorated a cupcake with frosting, sprinkles, crushed Oreos and gummy worms.
On Halloween, Josie & I joined Issac in his Pre-K class for a day of fun. Earlier in the week, Teacher Colleen had invited Josie & I to come and stay. We brought Issac’s favorite, Applesauce to share. All of the children in Issac’s class but one choose to wear their costume. The kids did a Halloween, craft, enjoyed a wide variety of “party treats”, were read a few books and played a dozen or so rounds of musical chairs.
After class we were invited to “Trick or treat the Waterfront” in Des Moines by some of Issac’s classmates. We started at the north end of Memorial Drive at the old QFC and walked south along the business collecting our goodies. This activity ran from 3-5pm. It was our first time doing this and the children had a great time. There were cops out directing traffic at busy intersections and all of the businesses were super friendly and I felt safe about the items we collected. A little after 4pm we walked back to our car to meet Dad at home to enjoy the homemade chili I had cooking in the Crockpot.
After dinner Tyler & I took the kids out to trick or treat around our apartments for an hour.
At seven we were inside watching Homeward Bound and happily greeting trick or treaters. October 31st itself was exhausting! I needed all of Friday to recover but I would do it all again in a heartbeat because the kids enjoyed themselves and minus a twenty minute battle of getting both kids to walk up a hill to the car and getting home to eat dinner I enjoyed myself too. Another holiday filled with memories in the record books for us. I hope you had a great Halloween as well!
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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Tuesday October 8th was your typical Washington morning; cold, foggy and a forecast of nothing but rain. However, a tremendous amount of our Darcy Read Memorial Preschool parents and students bared the weather, bundled up and strapped on their rain boots for the annual trip to the Thomasson Family Farm. We gathered up at the entrance to the farm just before ten am and were greeted by one of the farm’s owner’s- Mrs. Thomasson. She welcomed us and explained the variety of activities we would enjoy; first up was the Hay Ride.
The farm attendants occupied the children with a fun song; “This is a hammer, this is a nail. When this tractor’s moving keep you pants nailed to a bail.” The farm’s fields were very muddy from the rain so they drove the kids in a figure eight around the parking lot. The children loved the ride but were ready to attack the main event: The great pumpkin search. The farm was expecting many field trip groups that day and they had prepared by lining up a bunch of preschooler sized pumpkin in front of a row of flags for the children to select from. It was run to see how each child made their selection. Some children picked up the first pumpkin that made them crack a smile and were ready to move on to the next activity while others hustled away from the group as far as they could before making their pumpkin selections.
While the children refueled with some chocolate milks, the farm assistants talked about how they grow the pumpkins from seeds, discussed the different colors and types of pumpkin seeds their farm uses and also how they recycle their unsold pumpkins.
The next sets of activities were also a big hit. First; the kids waited in line and took their turn on the Tractor Train. When they were done enjoying the Tractor Train ride, they were free to play on the farm’s one of a kind play ground. The playground included such a variety of activities that every child found something they enjoyed. The playground area included a two story playhouse, a bubble wand station, a tractor, a cow milking station, slides and wooden animals. The playground was a fabulous place for the children to use their imaginations and explore safely.
Up next was the Corn Kernal Pit. Think of a ball pit made of hay barrels filled with corn kernals. There were a few kids who went in and came right back out because the texture wasn’t appealing to them. However, the fast majority of the children jumped and wiggled around with grins upon their faces. After the Corn Kernal Pit we enjoyed a Hay Maze. The hey maze was defiantly age appropriate for our preschoolers. Being inside a barn in a large open space allowed the children to yell and run around.
The final activity at the Thomasson farm for the day was an all around crowd pleaser; a petting zoo. The farm had a few kittens, sweep, baby pigs, bunnies and a sleeping donkey.
Our group left the farm around noon. We made it through all of the activities before the Washington skies opened up dropping rain, sleet and hail on our way home. The field trip was a complete success because of the fabulous staff at the Thomasson Family Farm and because of our wonderful co-op families. The children and adults alike had a memorable experience. I was happy that Tyler was able to take a personal day from work and enjoy Issac's first field trip with us. More fun memories ahead!
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