Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween....Part 2

What a fun day! Kainoa has been so good.
You may remember last year's catastrophe of a costume. But, this year....he was all bat! He loved wearing his costume and when it was time for bed and time to take off the costume, he proudly informed us that he wasn't done wearing it yet!

We live in a wonderful neighborhood on a tucked-away street, so there was little traffic and only a few children (much quieter this year....maybe due to the rain?). So, it was a perfect first trick-or-treating experience for him. There was one house that was "too scary" but they were wonderful and came out to him.

After visiting our neighbors, Kainoa, Officer Punkinhead and I sat on the front porch handing out candy to the couple dozen children that came by....K was very generous....even giving treats to the adults that accompanied the kiddos.

Halloween....Part 1

Happy Halloween!

I've decided I have a very funny son....or silly parents (probably both)! This morning, when Kainoa woke up, I reminded him it was Halloween. The first words out of his mouth....seriously...were "Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet." Thanks Grandma & Paka :-)

Here's my Hawaiian. Bare feet and all.....
At K's school, they get to wear traditional dress-up instead of scary or commercial costumes. Unfortunatly I don't have any traditional Taiwanese clothing (bad mama), but we do have LOTS of Aloha wear. So, Kainoa is honoring his Hawaiian roots today.

Stay tuned for tonight's costume.........

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Happy Family Day

Two years ago today we were holding Kainoa for the first time.
Time has flown by....enjoy the show.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fall Fun

A Northern California tradition to usher in fall.....A Trip to Apple Hill
While I was only in the midwest for a few years, some of my favorite memories include trips to the cider mills.....oh, and those doughnuts! And, I remember going up to Paradise to Johnny Appleseed days. So, I was pretty excited to hear about Apple Hill near Placerville. Last year, we took little Kainoa, but it was damp and cold and waaaaay too busy (we went late on a Sunday afternoon). So, this year, we marked it on the calendar, took advantage of Kainoa's "early to rise" attitude and headed out early this morning. Brisk air, beautiful sunshine, no crowds, fresh doughnuts and LOTS of acorns. Absolutely perfect!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

This post is in memory of all the angels
that have graced our lives.

Matthew, 10/17/05

For more information about pregnancy and infant loss, please visit:
March of Dimes
Sharing Parents - Sacramento
Stirrup Queens
Empty Cradle, Broken Hearts

Sunday, October 12, 2008

We've been busy ushering in Fall.
Sorry I haven't written much these last few weeks.
But here's why you come by, right......
Watch me climb, Mom!
Our sweeties....sleeping.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Have you boo'd your neighbor?'s that time of year again!

What is "Boo'ing"?
Boo'ing is a fun neighborhood activity usually done throughout the month of October. You leave a surprise on a neighbor's door step, ring the bell and sneak away....they open the door and find your special treat. They, in turn, make a treat for two more neighbors and hopefully it goes on and on with everyone getting and giving a Halloween surprise.

With your treat (home made or store bought...I even saw complete "kits" at Target) you leave a poem explaining the tradition and the "rules" as well as a sign for the receiver to put in their window letting other neighbors know that they've already been boo'd.

Here's last years "Boo" I'll wait until later this month to post pics of this year's package.

Kainoa is beginning to understand the "ding & dash" concept....but has more fun seeing the neighbor smile when they find their surprise.

To find variations of the poem and "I've Been Boo'd" signs, check out the resources below:

Have fun!

Higby's Grand Opening

Today was a special day for Uncle Scott and Aunt Nicole.
Higby's Country Feed had a Grand Opening Celebration for their new HUGE store. I really wish I had photos of the old shop so you can see the change. The new store is beautiful and full of so many things I never knew I needed.......if I had a horse....or a cow....or sheep....
Kainoa had fun at the kid's table with cousin Todd.

Sheba got a few new treats.

In addition to all the fun and games, we were treated to a very yummy lunch of tri tip sandwiches, roasted goat (oh. my. goodness.....soooo delicious), homemade macn'cheese, a tasty dilly mac salad and enough cake to feed all of Dixon. What a great day!

Corn plastic? Who knew?? Did we win the big prize?Playing in the hay.