Monday, October 31, 2011


Yesterday afternoon, First Christian Church held its annual Trunk-or-Treat carnival in the church parking lot.  During this event, several families hosted games out of the trunks of their vehicles and kids played to earn treats and prizes.  Even better than that, the carnival also helped to raise funds for UNICEF.  All week long, kids in the church have been collecting coins from family and friends and everyone turned in their loot at the carnival.   Kids helping that's nice.         

"Oh geez.  Mom has us dressed like this in public again."

Their first stop...Tricycle Race!

Jenna was slightly obsessed with the tricycles.  

We finally pried her off of that thing so we could go to the next event.  

Cake Walk!!!  One of them (I can't remember which) actually won.  We opted to forego our prize...baked goods are the last thing we need!

Way to go, Layla!  Show 'em how it's done!  

Jenna, do you want to try Ms. Christine's Ring Toss?  
Jenna: "I really want to go ride the tricycle."

And there she goes!

Layla is going on a duck hunt...she LOVES ducks!

Jenna is back on the tricycles.  

Layla is bowling with Ms. Pam.

Yep, you guessed it...Jenna is still riding the tricycle.  

Layla is playing yet another game with the clown!

And, Jenna is still riding the tricycle.  

Time out for a quick snack!

Layla: "Yummy, I love pretzels!"

Jenna: "I wonder if anyone would notice if I went back to the tricycles?"

Jenna: "Here I go!"

Layla had time for one more game.  Great roll, little piggy!


Before we left, Layla and Jenna turned in the coins they had collected throughout the week.  

I think the girls had a fabulous time at Trunk-or-Treat.  One of them, and I'm not naming names, was super upset about leaving the tricycles behind.  We had to bribe them with ice cream to get them back into the car!  Thankfully, we are not above bribery!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Monster Dash

The Junior League of Norman held its annual Monster Dash fundraiser on Saturday morning. Along with a 5K, there is a 1 Mile Fun Run where participants are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes for the race.  It was a brisk morning, so Layla and Jenna added leg warmers to their get-up and then they were ready to pound the pavement!

The girls were just a little bit excited to get started.  Along with the mummy, they were the first ones to line up.

I think they were a little disappointed to learn they would be racing in their stroller.  

And we're off!  Do you know of anyone else who eats pretzels during a race?

Yay!  We made it!  Here we are crossing the finish line with our friend, Gray, and her mommy, Megn!

The girls were so proud of themselves for earning blue ribbons!

Here's Daddy with his Pig...

...and Mommy with her Chicken!

After the race, we lined up for the costume contest so the judges could get a good look at everyone.

We won!  We won!  Layla and Jenna tied for first place!  Look at the other cute girls who won trophies too!  There were some fantastic costumes!

We're so proud of our farm animals!

Jenna: "Look what I got!"

Layla: "Wow, this thing is shiny!"

  As soon as we got home, the girls collapsed in the kitchen and started gulping down their water.  I guess the race wore them out...or maybe the pretzels just made them thirsty.   

Our family had a great time at Monster Dash...good fun for a great cause, who could ask for anything more?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pumpkin Patch Party

As I was purchasing Halloween costumes for Layla and Jenna, I was feeling a bit frivolous because I figured they may wear them once for a few pictures and then they'd be tossed aside. Little did I know, we would actually have a jam-packed Halloween weekend and the girls would get to dress up 4 times, not including the time we took pictures a couple of weeks ago.  Here's the first of the four for the weekend...

Our local Gymboree, which the girls have been members of since they were 2 months old, threw a Pumpkin Patch Party last night and it was a blast!  My little pig and chicken got to hang out with a lot of their friends and it was so much fun seeing all the little ones in their cute costumes!  

When we first got there, Layla and Jenna were a little confused...
"What are we doing here on a Friday night and why are we wearing these things again?"   

Fortunately, it only took a few minutes for them to warm up and get right down to business.

Jenna: "Here I come!"

I'm telling you...this girl LOVES to slide!

Jenna: "Follow me, sissy!"

Layla: "Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy!"
Watch out, Layla, or you will...

Layla: "HELP!  I've fallen and I can't get up!"

Jenna: "Watch this!  I can climb all by myself!"

She's so focused.

 Layla opted to get a hand from Daddy.

Jenna: "Look at that, sissy!"

Check out the chicken hiney!  Isn't it cute?

The pig hiney isn't too shabby either!

Jenna's webbed feet kept flipping around so she looked like she was walking backwards.  It was pretty funny.  

Time to roll the Air Log.  It looks like they were working against each other here.  

And then the real craziness began... 

Jenna: "Something doesn't seem right."

Layla: "Why is everyone looking at me funny?"

Here's Daddy with his silly girls!

We better take a snack break before things get too out of hand!  Thanks, Layla, for sharing your treats!

Jenna: "I can't believe you're just giving your food away like that!"

And for the highlight of the night...COOKIES!  I think this may be the first time they each have gotten their own whole cookie!  

After snacks, we loaded up in the car and headed home.  As Daddy likes to say, it's best to leave on a high note.  Getting their very own cookie is probably the highest note we have ever hit!  What a fun night!