Friday, November 04, 2005

Here's Geoff...

You Have A Type A Personality


You are hyper, energetic, and always on the mood
You tend to succeed at everything you attempt
And if you don't succeed at first, you quickly climb your way to the top!

You could be called a workaholic, but you also make time for fun
As long as it's high energy and competitive, you're interested
You have the perfect personality for business and atheltic success

Thursday, November 03, 2005


How many trivial things can one person find on the internet? Many.
I wonder whether I would have published the results of this *personality* test, if they didn't sound so flattering?

You Have A Type A- Personality


You are one of the most balanced people around
Motivated and focused, you are good at getting what you want
You rule at success, but success doesn't rule you.

When it's playtime, you really know how to kick back
Whether it's hanging out with friends or doing something you love!
You live life to the fullest - encorporating the best of both worlds

I am experiencing another calendar wake-up call: It is November! Panic? Maybe. The sun is setting so early, even Geoff and the boys are caught off guard by the sudden darkness. It's already time to countdown the days until Thanksgiving, Christmas, Maria's first birthday, my 29th birthday... just kidding.... Seriously, time is moving. Shakin' and groovin'. Alex wants to be enrolled in a robotics class. My Mom is inviting us to Oregon for Thanksgiving. Max wants to know what kind of party we will be throwing for Maria. Other things are in the works, and so we are in our usual state of limbo. Wait and see. Wait and see. But it helps to know I am "balanced, motivated and focused." It gives me assurance to realize I know how to "kick back and live life to the fullest." Who knew?

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Pumpkin Highlights

Out of order. We really have been busy this week. Before Halloween, and costume contests, we had friends over for some pumpkin carving fun. Lots of fun. So even though the order is mixed, I think I should share some highlights and the awesome skills these children possess.

Tamsyn and Gene up to their elbows in pumpkin guts.... eewww!

Max's Specialty: 1 pumpkin, many faces.

Adam and his new friend.

I am loving William's happy pumpkin series.

Okay, Jacob borrowed a pumpkin.

Alex recreated his award winning scorpion design.

Tamsyn with her *white is the new orange* creation.

Holly and Nicholas together, carving a ginormous pumpkin. Gee, is it just me, or is Holly glowing like an expectant mother? Looks like a little Pumpkin's coming soon.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Cute, Scary, Talented :: Halloween


Tonight I am the Mom's Night Out hostess, which means I have time only for cooking and cleaning. I don't have enough time for cooking and cleaning... but there are also a lot of great pictures to post and interesting things to share.

Okay... we really like Halloween around here, and this year I wanted the boys to put creative effort in to their costumes. We were experimenting with paper mache and Alex made himself armor. He then painted scorpions on each shoulder plate. He drew and cutout a scorpion stencil for his shirt, which he painted red. The costume was LEGO themed in honor of the Shadow Knight. Max gathered all the black and skeletal details he could find to be a fearsome skeleton. He was quite scary. Maria made a fetching flower...

Alex wanted to be at Legoland for their annual Halloween Contest and after the effort he put in to his costume we thought we should oblige him... so yesterday two scary boys and one little flower got up on a stage with about 100 other enthusiastic children and posed before a panel of judges. There were a lot of good and creative costumes, but there could only be 5 winners. "Funniest" was a little girl with an old lady wig and cowgirl boots, a witch's hat and huge glasses. She was cute and original. Most "Imaginative" went to the Lord of the Rings Elf; he was complete with arrows and ears. There was a prize for the boy that came as a LEGO brick, and the overall best costume was for a girl dressed as a candy vending machine. Her costume was quite original. Alex and Max made a very scary duo, and Alex was voted most scary of all! Alex is still beaming with pride. We all feel like winners; Lego gave very generous prizes.

Funny and charming.

Alex was surprised to hear his name called.

Pride. He earned his prize.

3 winners.

... there's more to share, but I better get back in the kitchen.