She also has been "developing" this knock knock joke all morning :-)
Much of the rest of our excitement of course revolves around Halloween at the moment. The excitement started a few weeks ago when we got out the Halloween boxes and the kids wanted to help decorate. It turned out we don't have as many decorations as we thought so we ended up making some. We started with some marble painting:
that we turned into spider webs for some handprint spiders:
James took the kids out for Dad's night and they carved pumpkins and/or drank beer and jumped on the furniture depending on who you are talking to :-) Either way it looked like a ton of fun!
Oh yeah, and speaking of pumpkins, we made two trips out to the pumpkin patch this year. Fall isn't nearly as 'romantic' in Montana as it is on say, the East Coast, but when we get a nice bluebird day it's nearly impossible to stay inside and do chores (or maybe that's just me!). This is from the park the kids and I walk to a lot:
Which was good because the second time we went (on a weekday) the goats weren't nearly as fat and sated and were pretty aggressive over the feed cups! They had also nearly run out of pumpkins and/or they only had the little school group pumpkins around!
Let's see, what else have we been up to, oh yes, Halloween costumes. So, for about two months Matthew wanted to be a praying mantis and Catherine was going to be a ladybug. Admittedly, Matthew's praying mantis obsession stems from his Ghostbuster costume of last year:
When I got the idea for this costume, we decided Matthew was old enough we'd need him to buy into the idea if he were to really sell the costume. After attempting to show him the Ghostbusters movie (which was too scary about 5 minutes in) we found some of the old Ghostbuster cartoons. The one that features the Marshmallow man also features a character, Murray the Mantis, and thus the obsession began.
HOWEVER, when we were on our last road trip Matthew's happy meal came with Batman glasses and thus, a new obsession has begun. Sadly (or preferably) all Matthew knows about Batman is what I've told him, so if you ask him about it he'll probably answer: "He gets angry people" "He climbs buildings" and "He has a hook" so we've been educating him about Batman with the old Adam West TV series. I'm guessing now he's even more confused :-) We convinced Catherine to be Robin and their costumes ended up turning out pretty cute and versatile! Here are some gratuitous shots of the kiddos showing off: