A Fun-filled Month

It had been a very busy month for our household. There were a lot of school activities: two field trips, Halloween Trick or Trunk and the annual walkathon fundraising. Add to that the usual Halloween preparation and the Trick or Treat tonight. Halloween for me means the start of the busy holiday season. I hope I can juggle everything including updating my blogs. I'm already behind with a couple. LOL Anyway, I hope you all have fun trick or treating!
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My Little Builders

The kids assembled the gingerbread Halloween house kit given by my mother-in-law. It's a kit by Wilton where the gingerbread is pre-baked and all you need to do is mix the icing. I helped them a little bit and my daughter designed it. They sure had fun doing this and ate one part of the roof after they finished decorating the house. We will be going to my BFF Mira's house tomorrow for Trick or Treat with her son Mickey. The kids are excited of course. I just hope it won't be too cold!
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Wordless Wednesday

Feeding the pigeons at St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy.
Check out our Gondola pics HERE.

Do You Have a Post with a Halloween Theme?

If you have a blog post about Halloween, I want to invite you to add your blog to my Mr.Linky list in my other blog Definitely Maybe. It could be a scary story, a photo of your Halloween decorations, Jack o'Lanterns, your kids or pet wearing a Halloween costume or even you in a Halloween costume. Anything goes as long as it is Halloween themed.

These are our Jack o'Lanterns. I carved the one on the left and my daughter did the one on the right. I helped her out with the trees. This is her second year carving pumpkins with an elaborate design. She gets frustrated easily but she is getting better. I still had to help my son finish his pumpkin. I spent a couple of hours carving the Grim Reaper design. I wish I have the right carving tools for this. I'll have to be on the lookout for these to go on SALE!

Yay, I Won a Contest!

I entered a caption contest at Dad the Dude and I won. Woohoo! Sorry, I'm just excited since it's the first contest I've joined. I'll blame it on beginner's luck. LOL

Thanks Dad the Dude!

My Daughter and Halloween Costumes

My daughter had a hard time deciding what to be for Halloween. I wish it was as easy as my son. When I asked him what he wants to be, he answered right away, without batting an eyelash. He is going to be a Transformer, the red and blue one. Optimus Prime. When I asked my daughter the same question, she changes her mind week after week. At first, I thought I'm all set with both my kids' costume. She's going to be a Vet (but she will not wear the surgical cap) and carry a stuffed animal. Then two weeks before Halloween, she told me that she does not want to be a Vet anymore. She said she wants to be a 'cat'. Oh boy. So yesterday, we went to IParty and looked around. I didn't see any cat costumes, the only one we saw was a cat mask just like the one Haley Berry wore in the CatWoman movie. Well, she doesn't want that. After looking around, she saw the 50's Pink Lady costume with the Poodle skirt. Hooray! oops, too early to celebrate. The costume we saw did not come with the pink jacket. What a rip-off! Her costume came out to $35.00 for both skirt and jacket. Can I say 'oh boy' again? Anyway, I'm going back to Target tomorrow and return the medical scrubs costume. Thank God for RETURNS!

What We'll Do for the Kids...

Picture this. It's cloudy, windy and chilly. Sounds like winter right? Well, it isnt. This was yesterday when we decided to go to the pumpkin patch. I knew I should've taken my warmest winter jacket but decided against it. What a big mistake! When we got to the farm, I saw people wearing their puff jackets and gloves. What was I thinking? The only good thing is that the kids were wearing their long shirts, sweatshirts AND their winter jackets.
I kept on asking myself why we decided to go on that day? It reminded me of our annual Christmas Tree run: very cold, windy and cloudy. This was the first time we went to a real farm with a hay ride to get a pumpkin so the kids were excited. Anything for the children. That's what parents' want and do. It is great to see our kids laugh and see the excitement on their face. Ok, it was just the little boy that was excited but you get the picture. My soon-to-be tween didn't even want to get out of the car because it was cold. Well, tough it. Afterward, they each got a candied apple. I think that's my daughter's favorite part while my son said it was the hay ride.
So, how much did it cost us to get two pumpkins? Let's see: $18 for the pumpkins, $9 for the hay ride tickets and $8 for two candied apples and two apple turnovers. That is a total of $35 for the pumpkins and the whole experience.
On the ride back to the house, I whispered to my dh "We should've gotten the pumpkins at BJ's instead."

Fun Filled Pumpkin Field Trip

Off to the Pumpkin Patch We Go!

Tyler's class will have a field trip to the Pumpkin Patch this morning. They will be joined by the Kindergarteners, 1st and 2nd grade class. For the first time, I will be a chaperone. I have not been able to go in any field trips with Amber since I had Tyler to take care of at home. Now that they're both in school, I can volunteer my time. Tyler is excited and cannot wait to ride the school bus. He's always been wanting to ride it ever since he saw it on the road. Too bad that there is no school bus service from our house to school since we live in another town. So wish me luck, I'll be in charge of four boys today. :)

My Day at the School Library

I spend half a day in the school library every Wednesday. By sheer luck, both my kids’ library time falls during this day so they get to see me in school. With the 4th grade, I do not have to do anything other than say ‘shhhh, quiet please’ and sometimes ask certain students to sit down and not move. J Working with kids reminded me why I did not choose to be a teacher. You need a lot of patience, of which I only have this much. I can just imagine myself turning into my Social Studies teacher, the one that is feared by everyone. LOL So far, I have not turned into Cruella DeVille…yet!

What About Him?

I grabbed this from a blog I dropped an EC on. My friends know a lot of things about me, here's a chance to know a little bit about my dh.

1. He's sitting in front of the TV: what is on the screen?
- Football or baseball if there is a game on, NFL Network, ESPN or FearNet

2. You are out to eat: What kind of dressing does he put on his salad?
- Ceasar Salad Dressing

3. What is the one food he doesn't like?
- Meatloaf

4. You go out to the bar: what does he order?
- Beer

5. Where did he go to high school?
- Ashland High School

6. What size shoe does he wear?
- 9 1/2

7. If he were to collect anything, what would it be?
- Probably something sports related.

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich?
- Chicken Parmesan

9. What would the husband eat every day if he could?
- Fiddler on the Roof Cake

10. What is his favorite cereal?
- Lucky Charms

11. What would he never wear?
- earring

12. What is his favorite sports team?
- New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics

13. Who will he vote for?
- Who knows? LOL

14. Who is his best friend?
- Moi

5. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn't do?
- Hmm, I don't know honestly. I'll have to ask him about that.

16. How many states has he lived in?
- Two: Massachusetts and California

17. What is his heritage?
- Irish, English, Italian and French

18. You bake him a cake for his birthday: what kind?
- Fiddler on the Roof

19. Did he play sports in high school?
- He's a jock. LOL . He played baseball, basketball and track

20. What could he spend hours doing?
- Watch sports, play golf and computer games

Queen of the Household? I Wish!

Yes, I am the queen. I think I might be the only queen who cleans the toilet among other things. I am a stay-at-home mom to two kids under 10 years old. So what is it like to be a full-time mom? Uh, crazy! Don't get me wrong, I love being able to stay home and take care of my family and the household. But it also meant giving up on a career I've built for 9 years. There are days where I miss the adult interaction I had when I was working full-time but I sure do not miss the pressure cooker I was in. Yes, the money was good but kids grow up fast and I will trade all the money in the world just to spend these precious childhood moments with them. We might not have the fancy luxury car or live in a Mc Mansion but I am happy and content. We have our own house, his and her cars and the kids go to a Catholic school. What more could I ask for? Just one thing, come to think of it. It would be nice to have a maid service, then I will feel like a queen of this household. :o)

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