Monday, October 27, 2008

Spooktacular Halloween Parties

We have a busy week with Halloween festivities and more to come on the actual day. The Petitt's had a Halloween party at their house this past weekend. Costumes were required for admission. So Ben and I had to find costumes as well as costumes for the boys. They are so easy. All they have to do is dive into their costume trunk and pull out a super hero. Caleb dressed as Darth Vader and Cody was a Power Ranger.

This is my Frankencheese Ball with Spooky Eye Veggies. Ben and the boys also made Peanut Butter Spiders. They were peanut butter balls with chow mein noodle legs and chocolate chip eyes. They were spooktacular.
Here are the gracious hosts. FrankenPaul, Witchy Christy, Darth Adam, and Andrew Skywalker.

I was absolutely stunning as a blonde, if I do say so myself. I was the goddess Athena and Ben was Gandolf or a wizard.

The Royal Gottman's also graced us with their presence.

The men stoked up a huge campfire, while the women sat around chatting. The kids ran around in and out of the house like a bunch of goblins. It was great fun!

Here is Cody loving on our very own Halloween kitty. Who was so happy to be home after spending 3 days at the vet being declawed and neutered. He is snuggling with his best buddy Cody after coming home.

We watched Quinn, Kiersa, and Mase one night while Kelly and Mark went to an adult only Halloween party. I am going to be a little nervous around you, Dr. Atnip, next time I'm at the office.

We had our annual Trunk-or-Treat last night at church. We always start the night off with a chili cook-off and a fun game of bingo.

After winning some spectacular prizes, we headed outside to check out the crazy and festive decorated trunks. The kids all trick-or-treated till everyone was out of candy and the kids had pumpkins and Halloween sacks too heavy to carry.

I was not about to wear the Athena costume and freeze my hoo-haas off, so I threw together this outfit.

Fun was had by all!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Way of the Foot and Fist

Tae Kwon Do means "The Way of the Foot and Fist". Caleb had a belt test for Tae Kwon Do this past weekend to move up to purple belt. The color purple represents the changing sky of dawn, as once again the student undergoes a new change and prepares for the transition to advanced student. He will begin to sharpen his technique, improve balance, and focus on perfecting forms at this belt level.

He was so excited to perform all that he has learned over the past few months. There were kicking and punching routines, skill and balance, sparring, and breaking boards. Then of course the graduation from blue belt to purple belt.

Here is Caleb sparring. At this level it is still no contact. After purple belt, you graduate to brown belt and contact sparring begins. With full head and chest protection of course. We are anxious to see how Caleb will deal with that, because he sure doesn't like it when little brother kicks or punches him. He turns on the tears.

Caleb breaking boards with Instructor Jason. He loves this part. I'd like to get out there and whack a couple myself.

Giving high-five and a handshake after his purple belt graduation.

Instructor Christy and Anita are the instructors for Caleb's age group. They do an excellent job.


On to other sports events......the Peterson boys have just began Flag Football this month. This is non-tackle football. It is so cute to see these little guys out there learning plays and catching the football. Both of them had their first game this past Saturday. They had little jerseys, shorts, play arm bands, and the flag belt around their waist. Cody of course is the smallest one on his team. His shorts go down past his knees (in the smallest size) and he was highly upset at this wardrobe malfunction. "But my shorts are too big!"

It was cold that morning, hence the sweat pants and long sleeve shirt under his uniform. Quinn is playing on Caleb's team. Kiersa doesn't want to watch her brother play though. She stays down on Cody's field to watch him every practice and every game.

Caleb with his mouth guard. He looks like he sucking on an orange peel. Caleb really is enjoying flag football. He practices and plays his games the same time as Cody, but on a different field. It makes it a little difficult for us to watch them both. We have to hike back and forth across the fields and usually end up at Cody's end the majority of the time. When he is sitting out, he wants to sneak off and play with his personal cheerleader, Kiersa. So we have to make sure we are there to get him back on the field when it is his turn to play. It is definitely more convenient to not have practices on separate nights though. We are already so busy with work and martial arts.

"I am big now, that's why I can play football!"

Ready, Hike! Caleb is the third one crouched down, ready for action.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

I Love Your Blog Award

I was awarded this great honor from my friend, Amy Hadfield.

As a recipient of this award, there are rules to follow. I have to answer the following questions with one word answers and one word only! Then I must pass it on to ten others! The questions are as follows:

1. Where is your cell phone? Purse
2. Where is your significant other? Bed
3. Your hair color? Brown
4. Your mother? Marcia
5. Your father? Gary
6. Your favorite thing? Family
7. Your dream last night? Gone
8. Your dream/goal? Retirement
9. The room you're in? Office
10. Your hobby? Reading
11. Your fear? Spiders
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Promoted
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. What you're not? Negative
15. One of your wish-list items? House
16. Where you grew up? Henderson
17. The last thing you did? Bills
18. What are you wearing? PJ's
19. Your TV? Big
20. Your pet? Frijoles
21. Your computer? Dell
22. Your mood? Content
23. Missing someone? Family
24. Your car? Odessey
25. Something you're not wearing? Bra
26. Favorite store? Target
27. Your summer? Fun
28. Love someone? Family
29. Your favorite color? Pink
30. When is the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? Movie

If you are a recipient of this award on your blog, here's the deal:

* Display your award.
*Nominate other blogs.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Those Crazy Chatelains

Ben had a conference in Louisville this past week. After hearing that Aunt Kathy and cousin Kimber were coming in from North Carolina, I decided to go to Louisville too. I haven't seen them in a few years. They said they hadn't seen Cody since he was a baby! I decided that I couldn't miss out on another Chatelain get-together. Caleb stayed in Paducah, so he wouldn't miss school. He also didn't want to miss out on the field trip to the pumpkin patch and Tae Kwon Do. So thankfully my friend Kelly was able to keep him. Cody came with us for our mini vacation. We left Wednesday afternoon and stayed until Friday afternoon, arriving back in Paducah in time to pick up Caleb and Quinn from school. We stayed at the Hyatt downtown on 4th street. The first thing that Cody wanted to do was go swimming. The indoor pool was supposed to be heated, but I am a woosie unless the water is really warm. I just couldn't go in. The pool room wasn't that warm itself, so I knew I would be freezing. It didn't stop Cody from jumping on in, while Mama chickened out and sat with my feet dangling on the side. After about 15 min of jumping in and out, Cody's teeth were chattering. Then we spied the whirlpool and made a beeline for it. There were two men already in it, but it was a large hot tub. They were nice guys, in from a Pennsylvania for a conference. They couldn't believe the mid-80's weather that we have been having all week. They said back in Pennsylvania, they have already had weather cold enough to scrape ice from the windshield in the mornings. They were going back home to 20-40 degree weather. Woo! Glad we aren't having weather like that around here! Thankfully they didn't mind Cody swimming in the hot tub. They had kids of their own and said theirs would be doing the same thing. I tried to get him out at one point and they said, "No, let him swim. This is the most entertainment we have had all week. We have seen no one in the pool all week." Cody and I stayed up late watching Alladin, while Daddy was at a meet and greet welcoming shindig till late.

Thursday, Cody and I walked around a little bit. He wanted hard boiled eggs and bacon around 11am. Thankfully the hotel restaurant was serving breakfast or lunch, so he got his wish. We had a really good time by ourselves. No competition for attention or bad behavior for negative attention. He was so well behaved. Still full of his never ending energy, but I wasn't having to get after him constantly.

Aunt Sandy invited us to her kindergarten class Thursday afternoon, so Cody could make a bat during their craft time. He fit right in and was so excited to be a part of their activities. I read a book to the kids before they went home. It was really sweet of Sandy to do that for us. Afterwards, we went back to her house to start fixing dinner and wait for Kathy and Kimber to show up.

Eldest and youngest of the Chatelain cousins.

Cody doing the man thing with Uncle Jim. After this shot, they took off across the property together. Surveying things and pointing out cool stuff in the yard.

You can never go to Jim and Sandy's without loving on some kitties. There actually wasn't a litter of kittens this time, just this poor calico, that Cody was stuck like a magnet to. She looks like she isn't enjoying herself in this photo, but she followed Cody around. Leaping out behind flowers at him, while he giggled and loved on her. She also took the stroll around the yard with Uncle Jim and Cody.

Grandaddy, where is your harmonica?

After all of the excitement, Cody remembered there was a pretty girl in the room and turned on his charm. Flirting with Kimber, hanging on her leg, hopping in and out of her lap, giggling and being silly. He was a bundle of energy, bouncing all over the place. I tried to get a picture of them together, but Cody would not hold still. It's a great picture of Kimber and a view of exactly how Cody looked.

Kimber is checking out several universities around the U.S. for her Master's degree. U of L is one of them and she was meeting with an advisor while she is here. Another is in Denver, which is her biggest desire. I admire her for having the courage to consider moving far away to get her Master's degree. Denver would be a cool place to live for a couple of years.

It was great visiting with the Chatelains. They are always so full of fun and festivities.

Friday, Cody and I went swimming again. He wanted french toast at the hotel restaurant. Remembering from the day before what was on the menu. We had a nice time just relaxing till time to head back home.

Caleb was so happy to see us when I picked him up from school. He had a great time spending the night with Quinn, Wednesday and Thursday nights. He also had fun at the pumpkin patch on Friday. He was upset when he heard that Cody went swimming and got to go to Jim and Sandy's house. I reminded him of the fun he had with Quinn and what he didn't miss out on by staying. Cody was so happy to play with Caleb when they got home. "I want you to come outside, because I haven't played with you for a long time." I missed him too!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Stop, Drop, Rock 'n Roll

Cody's preschool class went to the Fire Department today. I got to go as a parent chaperone.
This is how Ms. Michelle and Ms. Allison keep 19 four year olds in line and crossing roads safely. Everyone grabs a loop in a rope and follows the person in front of them. It works great.

Cody liked this little remote controlled firetruck.

The firefighters told the children what to do in case a fire is in your house and what phone number to call. They dressed up in the firefighter gear, so the children wouldn't be afraid of them if they saw them during a fire. Then they asked, "What do you do if a fire gets on you?" Cody piped up, "Stop, drop, rock 'n roll!"

This is Cody up inside the firetruck. I couldn't get him to smile for anything today. He had been woken up from a nap to go to preschool and was so tired. I think he was still worn out from all of the excitement of the weekend.
One of the little boys said, "I want to be a fireman when I grow up." Cody said, "I want to be Indiana Jones when I grow up!"
The firefighters took the kids upstairs to show them the living quarters and the fireman's pole. Cody's teacher kept the fireman's pole between herself and Cody watching how he and his little buddy eyed it and kept edging closer.
Then we all went downstairs and they did a test alarm and the firemen all slid down the pole into the firestation. The kids loved it.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Camping at Lake Malone

We just had a fun-filled weekend camping with Kevin. We went camping at Lake Malone, which is a state park half way between Bowling Green and Paducah. It was a pretty little lake and the camp site was nice with lots of tall cedar trees to shade the site. This is a picture looking up into the trees that Cody took. The camp site unfortunately wasn't on the lake, but we could hike to it. Kevin brought a friend of his, Shannon and her son Trenton. Our boys had fun entertaining Trenton who is two. I hope he didn't pick up too many bad things from them. It was a really nice weekend, but actually got a little hot for camping. We did have to put on long pants at night, but in the afternoon it was at least 85 both Saturday and Sunday. Which was a little hot for hiking and hanging by a campfire. We did both anyway. There was a "short hike" from our campsite to the lake, that looped back around to the campsite. At the end of the hike it said 1.5 miles, but we all said that it had to be at least 2.5 miles or more. Especially with the boys aged 2, 4, and 6 hiking along with us. They all did exceptionally well and hiked the whole way with no complaints until the last uphill section back to the campsite.

The hike started out with a mowed walkway through a tall field for about 1/2 a mile. Then we reached a pretty forest where we crunched through the leaves.
The fall foliage was a lot prettier there than it is at home.

As we got closer to the lake, the terrain became more rocky. Kind of like hikes in Gatlinburg. The boys stumbled over rocks, tree roots, and valleys. But had a blast being outdoors exploring.

Cody said this was his most favorite hike.

Caleb enjoyed finding things along the way, like this blue jay feather. "You have to get a picture of this feather, Mama".

Check out the cool rocky mountain side along the path.

The adults were worn out after the hike, but the boys were still racing around like little Indians. So they ended up playing at the playground. Trenton tried to follow the boys up the tall slide, but quickly changed his mind when he saw how high it was, I think Shannon was glad he changed his mind.

Trenton is so cute and full of never-ending energy. Ben and I remember Cody being that way a couple of years ago. Saturday night we had the most awesome porkchops, which we started out over the campfire. Then grilled on our campstove. Yummy! Along with our fantastic porkchops, we had some tasty campfire apples. That could only have been better, if we'd had some cinnamon to sprinkle over them. Then of course, we had to roast a few marshmallows and make smores to be festive. Even if we did feel a little sick from eating so much by that point.

Ben woke up and started cooking eggs and bacon for everyone. He is my breakfast cook. I am not a morning person and he knows I don't like cooking that early in the morning.

The boys were happy with powdered doughnuts. After playing on the playground again, it was time to pack up for another day.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Great weekend with the Peterson's

Caleb had his appointment at Vanderbilt in Nashville with the Pediatric Neurologist for the nervous tics that came from nowhere last month and scared us to death. The tics have thankfully stopped and we haven't seen him doing them for 2 or 3 weeks. He has developed severe migrane-like headaches over the past month too though. So we thought it best to keep the appointment, even though the tics had stopped. Especially since it took a month for us to get in to see them. The neurologist checked him out and asked questions for a long time before consulting with her more experienced collegue. That physician also came in and asked more questions. They reassured us that they believe the tics were not anything to worry about, unless they come back more severely and begin to interfere with activities. They thought the blinking that he did last summer (2007) was probably another spell of the tics because they also lasted about 2 weeks. He said we may see another manifestation in the future that should also go away quickly or we may never see them again. The headaches they do not believe are related and are probably migranes. Especially since both Ben and my mom had severe migranes as children, that were bad enough to make them sick or have to lie down. They suggested giving Benedryl when he is having a bad one and he is in a place that he can just lie down and sleep it off. We were relieved to get a good report and I know many of you have been thinking of him as well in the past month or so. I didn't want to say too much before the appointment because I didn't want to jinx anything. But thought I'd give a brief update for you guys who have sent e-mails, prayers, and kind words towards Caleb.

After the appointment, we headed to Bowling Green for a visit with Ben's parents. We had a really fun weekend. Saturday morning Uncle Kevin took the boys to the park and had some quality Uncle-time, while Donna and I went shopping. We had fun buying shoes, blue jeans, socks, and Halloween shirts for the boys. We got back home in time for Jim, Lori, and the girls to arrive. The boys were so excited to play with their cousins.

Legos-everyone's favorite at Memaw and Pepaw's.

We took them to Jackson's Orchard for some festive fall fun. They sat on piles of pumpkins, climbed on hay bales, and ran through a hay fort.

They also rode ponies and went on a hay ride before we were all exhausted and hot! Poor Uncle Kevin was close to an asthma attack from all of the hay. He was snotting and sneezing the rest of the day.

Cody thought he was so big!

Caleb was so excited to ride the pony.

That evening Donna had planned a weinie roast with her new fire pit. Great fun was had by all around the campfire. We roasted some dogs and marshmallows, sitting around enjoying the night. Donna had made some absolutely scrumptious apple dumplings that were heaven!!! Yummy!

The men roasting some serious dogs.

Caleb's favorite...marshmallows- roasted, plain, smores, anyway you make them.

Memaw making sure Abbi's marshmallow is roasting well.
It was a great relaxing weekend. Well needed after the sick fest we had going on last week. On our way home, Mom and Bill met us in Eddyville. They were riding back on the bike from a bed and breakfast in Missouri for Bill's birthday. We visited for awhile at Willow Pond and had some catfish, beans, coleslaw, and hushpuppies. Mmm good!