Keith LOVES Halloween. It's his thing. I take over at Christmas, itching to put out the decorations the day after Halloween (which I usually do, I wait until day after Turkey Day to do stuff outside though). I have boxes on boxes of decorations. Since poor Keith is gone all the time and I only have a minimal joy of Halloween right now (its mostly around my kids) I only have a small box we have gotten together over the past four years, with mostly paper decorations. So this weekend rolls around and he decides we need more decorations, so we go on a scavenger hunt to find cheap ones anywhere we can. We went to Big Lots, which I love. I found a huge store, but everything was overpriced for Big Lots. So I decided we should make stuff and headed out to Michaels. I LOVE Michaels. We didnt have one in Killeen and the one here is a hike down the interstate. They had a bunch of stuff on sale, so we got some foam shapes for Elijah to make pictures with, a few kits I can make that cost a buck each, and some cinnamon smelly pine cones and such. Keith was disappointed because he wanted the big fancy expensive stuff, but we just can't do any of that right now. So we headed to Walmart and looked there. No much there either, so I bought him some cookies to decorate. AND THEY HAD MY HOLIDAY CREAMERS, those creamers are love. MMMMmmmm Pumpkin Spice. But he did get to come home and decorate some stuff in the front yard, so he's happy. Not as happy as he would have been with a ton of toys, but he's all right I guess.
When we were at Michaels we got approached by this little old lady with two dogs in her cart. She brought them over to let Eli pet them and was chatting him up about Shiwa. She was so sweet, commenting on how cute my kids were and how well behaved. She then told me she was a social worker and couldn't believe how happy my kids were and that she could tell they were well loved and I must be a wonderful mother. I almost busted out crying in Michaels, I swear. :)
Yesterday I baked the boys cookies because Eli wouldnt get off my back for them, although I do have to say it was much nicer having him say "Cookies" than say "UTAH UTAH UTAH NEW HOUSE NEW HOUSE PAPA PAPA PAPA" all day long. I burned all the cookies butts for some reason though, which was frustrating. But most of them turned out all right. It was funny watching the boys try and ice them though. I think Eli ate more icing than he decorated with. It was pretty cute.
His birthday is end of next month. I can't believe hes going to be 4. I was looking at some old photos on Flickr yesterday and saw a photo of him when he had just turned 1. He was so pudgy and had some seriously red hair. Too bad that didnt hang around, it was so cute. Rhiannon does look just like he did though. My baby is getting seriously too big. He has such an incredibly sassy mouth too. He is in love with Handy Manny, letting in the occasional Charlie and Lola. He loves Sponge Bob, but those 2 take the cake now. I think its because even Daddy doesnt mind watching Handy Manny. Eli doesnt know what to do with himself since Keith has been home so much lately. Not that Eli knows ANYTHING about independant play. Thousands of dollars of toys and he doesnt want anything to do with them :) I can't believe hes going to start preschool next year. And regular school after that. My wee monkey, lol. I really need to write some of the funny stuff he does down, just to look back on it. :p
And to not leave Miss Rhiannon out, she's doing fine. Chattering away and crawling now. Oh how I hate the crawling stage. Everything goes in the mouth, ew. We dont have carpets either, so Im constantly cleaning. She's gotten much bigger now and loves to play with Elijah. She loves the cats too, especially grabbing their fuzzy butts. They don't appreciate it as much.
I love autumn. Especially the TV. Im addicted to so many shows, its pathetic. I usually do that when Keith is gone, so I have something to help me pass the time. So now Ive got all these shows Im DVRing and watching during the day. Im sure no one cares about my TV watching habits, although I will say for a bunch of you - thanks for all your ranting about Lost. Niki made me watch the review show and Im sucked in. I watched the first episode when it premired and thought what a stupid premise for a show, its not going to go anywhere. Holy poop on a stick was I wrong. So now I add that to the long list of shows now. This morning I watched last night's Heros and Im so completely sucked in, Im going to make Keith watch it. It was so gross too. Ew. Later Im going to watch Studio 60. Yay, I am SO exciting. haha.
It needs to drop in temps. 90s in October is just uncalled for. I shouldnt complain though, Im going to be turning into a Tina-sicle in a few months up in the mountains. Keith and I are both debating attending Weber State at the same time, as his school is going to be almost completely paid for. I am worried about it though... Ive never thought about doing something like that. Anyone got advice on going to school as a non-trad paying bills? Does financial aid cover housing and living expenses? Or just school? Im wondering if we can just get everything paid for and not hold down jobs... I guess we can try it for a semester or two and see how it works. Huzzah for milking the government more than we already do, lol.
Oh Noes, Handy Manny is coming on in 15 minutes. Better find something to do while Elijah is sucked in. Enjoy your day :)