Happy Halloween!

We had such a fun time trick-or-treating with Connor this year! He was so excited about his costume as a monkey and loved to say, "Oooh, Oooh" like a monkey when he was wearing it. We got to go out with some friends, and Connor caught on to saying "Treat!Treat!" at the door. He was a little hesitant at first, but when he saw what was going on, he muscled his way through to get his candy! He enjoyed a few pieces along the way and loved seeing all the Halloween decor. I don't think I've had this much fun since I was a kid! Happy Halloween!


Making Cookie Memories

Last year my friend Ruth invited a few friends over to decorate Halloween sugar cookies and it was so much fun I wanted to continue the tradition. We got together with our friends the Peterson's and had a cookie extravaganza! The boys weren't too interested in decorating, so Jami and I had a great time talking and icing. Here's our delicious work below.
Connor was pretty interested in eating the cookies....
Here's the aftermath. Poor cookie, it never had a fighting chance.


Mommy's Little Helper

Lately Connor has been super interested in all aspects of doing laundry. He wants to help me put clothes in the washer and then help move them to the dryer. He likes to unload the clothes form the dryer to the "to be folded" basket, and his favorite is actually folding where he mimics me shaking out shirts before folding and patting them down on the floor after folding. (It's amazing what I've learned about my own habits by watching what he mimics. I had no idea I patted the folded clothes after I put them on their respective piles until I saw him doing it and then caught myself in action!). We had a minor mishap recently when I left the dryer door down and left Connor pulling clothes out into the basket. I ran upstairs to get something and heard Connor calling my name. When I made my way back downstairs and turned the corner into the kitchen, I stopped dead in my tracks to find Connor on top of the counter over our washer and dryer. He was standing holding out a Starburst candy he had found wanting me to open it for him. So, yes, we now have a major climber on our hands!


Meet Me At the Fair

We had a great time at the North Carolina State Fair today! Connor discovered the joy of cheese fries today at the fair. Here's a list of the fair foods we indulged in today: 1 corn on the cob, 1 steak gyro, 1 cheese fry, 1 Italian sausage dog, 1 cotton candy, 1 ice cream, and one North Carolina Barbecue sandwich. Delicious.
Rain, Rain Go Away...

The heaven's opened for the first time in 5 mths and poured baby, poured. We found shelter under a tent next to a Baptist Church Recruiting Center and had a nice talk with an elderly man named R.C. Looking back, it's funny that we were the only 3 people under there while hundreds of others were trying to cram under the eaves of buildings. Guess we were the only brave ones. We had plenty of room to spread out, that's for sure!
When we left Chapel Hill in the morning is was nice and sunny, who knew we needed ponchos? Connor loved playing in the rain and mud though and the sun came out and dried us all off as the morning went by. It brought me back to trips to Kings Island with my family growing up and getting drenched and moving forward with fun. Nothing was going to get in our way of a good time and good food!

Here's Connor chowing down on his corn on the cob. Yum.
We had a such a great time and already can't wait to make another trip next year. I feel a new family tradition coming on!


One Down...

I am THRILLED to report that on this day October 16, 2007, I Kristi Kubik, have completed my son's baby scrapbook! Yes! I have to admit, I am a little nervous about being able to duplicate a baby scrapbook for hopefully more children to come, but at least this is one down, hopefully a few more to go.:) Enjoy my last pages about Connor's first words, and the closed, completed book. Ahhh, victory.


When at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Again

I am thrilled that we have had two very successful Family Home Evenings over the past 3 weeks. The first was on Noah and we used a toy Noah's Ark and children's book with the story to talk about it. The next week we talked about reverence using a book we have titled I'm Reverent When and Connor now folds him arms when we ask him to be "reverent". Yes! Success! Each successful FHE has finished with a treat which is happy for all three of us! This past Monday night was a complete bust however. Connor was not in the mood and demonstrated this to us by sliding himself from Byron's arms, from the couch and rolling around the floor saying "Nooooooooooo" as we were singing our opening song, "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam". Apparently, Connor wasn't feeling it. So...we ended with a treat. We need to give our child consistency right?:) We'll try, try again next week!


It's Pumpkin Time!

Connor's been so thrilled with pumpkins this year. He calls them "balls" and points them out whenever he sees them. (We have three on our calendar for this month so it's a daily thing we do to point them out while we're eating dinner now).:) I couldn't help but buy two when we were shopping this past week. I bought a small pumpkin just for Connor. When he saw it he hugged it and said, "ball" in the most loving way and carried it with him the rest of the trip. It was totally worth the $2 to see his love and care towards his very first pumpkin. I love this time of year!


And the Winner Is...

Even though our apartment complex is old and showing it, I really appreciate the staff. They work really hard to make Booker Creek Townhouses a nice and happy place to live. Thank you staff!:) One of their recent efforts was a fall decorating contest. I received a flier on my door stating the parameters of the contest and decided since I already had my fall wreath up, might as well "register". (This consisted of going to the office and finding I was the first one to sign up. It was the last day to do so). After I registered, the competitive side of me reared its ugly head (I've been successful at beating it down for many, many years in order to live a more happy, conflict free life, but sometimes it gets the better of me). So the competitive Kristi started looking around at the other apartments. Shock! There was no fall beauty to be found anywhere! I've been sitting patiently waiting for my grand prize ever since. Three weeks later I found a note on my door saying I had received second place and to pick up my prize the next day. Since I had successfully recaged competitive Kristi, I was very pleased with my second place and happily received my prize at the office today. I am the proud recipient of an hour massage (gratuity not included). I've never had a massage before. Are they nice? Do they hurt? I was more hoping for some sort of restaurant gift certificate or maybe a month's free rent, but beggars can't be choosers right? I'll have to put my game face on next contest.


Cart Sneaking

It appears my days of children sneaking things into my cart at the store has officially begun. We were doing our routine "walk through" of the toys before racing through grocery shopping when Connor found a DVD that had all sorts of super heroes on it. He's been fascinated by pictures of super heroes lately so this DVD caught his eye. He looked it over and studied it and then came to the cart reached up on his tippy-toes and threw the DVD into the cart! I just wanted to burst out laughing. Seriously, is that hysterical to anyone else? I was pretty proud of him too that he had figured out what goes in the cart, comes home with us. I think I'm going to have to keep a closer eye on what goes through the check-out from now on though. I could become like that lady who sold the "snuck into the cart Pokeman cards" on Ebay for what, like $50? Maybe this isn't such a bad thing after all....