Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hocus Pocus

We've had a suuuuuper busy week with all of the fall festivities. We had Ella's pumpkin patch field trip, Whittier Elementary's Fall Festival and today is Halloween! Luca has a bad bad cough and is a little under the weather again so he will miss his Halloween costume party at school today :-( But tonight, it's trick-or-treat or bust!

This past week we also celebrated the end of fall soccer season. Ella is not sure she wants to play in the spring! She thinks she might like to try gymnastics instead. After the last game, we went to Razzi's on Greenwood Ave to have a party! This was also the Greenwood/Phinney trick or treat day where your little ones can hit up all of the businesses for treats. It was so fun to watch all the families walk by all dressed up through the window of our party room. I've got this on the calendar to do for next year!
Anxiously awaiting her trophy...
I didn't get the whole video of her award, but I love hearing her little friends chant "Ella" in the background :-)
This is Ella at dance class. They all got to wear their costumes to class this week and they danced to Thriller, Monster Mash and Ghostbusters! Ya'll it was the cutest.
We've also had more birthday parties and friends to celebrate! Last Sunday we went to one at the Seattle Children's Museum...super fun place and great times with friends. 

This guy has spent a lot of time inside and home from school this week trying to shake this terrible cough! He came down with this less than 3 days after finishing an antibiotic so I'm trying to ride it out to avoid spending $35 dollars at the doctor to be told that it's a virus and to ride it out! I'm loving the quality time with him though :) On this particular morning, Daddy was on a morning walk. We were walking to moms group after dropping Ella off at school and we ran into him!
Isn't he so creative?!?! hehe. Someone told me not too long ago that the reason behind all of Luca's devious "adventures" is because he's so intelligent and curious. I think they were on to something ;) I'm going to save this one for his portfolio for the gifted program...
Love finding kiddie pics on my phone :)
And last but not least, we've made it through week one without Lola. We made a really hard decision to "rehome" her. Lola was the best dog ever. She was so smart, so good and we absolutely loved her. It simply wasn't good timing and with Milo's due date quickly approaching, we were realizing the weight of puppyhood and babyhood happening together. We could have made it happen, but sometimes the best decisions aren't always the easiest and we decided to take one thing off our plate. It will be better for everyone...especially her! I wish we could have her just a few years down the road :-( Luca was her buddy, but Ella has been the most upset. She has calmed down about it, but Luca still goes to get her out of her crate in the morning every now and then. Pippa, well...lets face it. She was born to be an "only dog child". 
We were diligent in making sure she found an even better home! She has gone to live on an apple orchard with a big fenced in backyard and TWIN BOYS!!! They are a very active family and have many many outdoor activities. This dog is loved. So every time I get sad or feel guilty, I just look at this picture and know how happy she is. 
We are topping off the end of this week with play dates with besties! I love it when brother sister duos work out so everyone has a buddy :) But it doesn't stop these boys from pestering the girls of course. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch Field Trip!

This year, Ella's kindergarten field trip was to the Pumpkin Farm in Snohomish. It. Was. Awesome!!! I've been to many pumpkin patches in my day and this one was up there. Living in the city means you have to drive a bit to these types of things, but it was worth the drive (in the car). Mike might tell you otherwise because he was on the bus hehe. Anyway, it was beautiful country. Never seen anything like it! Ella was most excited about the bus ride. She's been wanting to ride a school bus for years now!
I drove up with a mommy friend in the car with our boys. Luca got to come too! First thing was first...I warmed up with the best apple cider I've ever had and got mike a large coffee to recover from the bus ride :-) An hour long bus ride with a bazillion kindergarteners is no place for an 8 1/2 month pregnant mama and Mike was happy to oblige. I've gone on many of field trips in my day with little ones and I knew better! Mike on the other hand? It was definitely a learning experience! My favorite part was watching him pack a book and his ipad mini for reading material on the bus ;) I don't think he got much reading done!  He was however flustered and car sick. 
just waiting on the kinder kids!
The first thing we did when we got there was take a hay ride to the pumpkin patch to pick our pumpkins!
aww :)

it was about this time that Mike and I had realized what we had gotten ourselves into! Mike was bus sick and was realizing that a field trip as a chaperone isn't quite how he remembered field trips as a child. Me being just so very pregnant. And the kids, well, they were super excited! This is, after all, their first field trip EVER!!! 

On our hay ride, we arrived at the pumpkin patch! All the kids got to pick their very own pumpkin to take home.

A funny side story: later in the evening at dinner, we were talking about our favorite parts of the field trip. Luca's was the hay ride and Ella's was the pig show. I told them my favorite part was the pumpkin patch. Ella said that part stressed her out and made her nervous because her group was running in 4 different directions and she couldn't keep up with them all and she wanted to make sure no one got lost :-) I told her that she didn't have to worry and that that was why mommy and daddy were there. All she had to do was have fun! She's going to be a great mommy some day and I wouldn't even be surprised if she decided to be a teacher...that is if the singer thing doesn't work out ;)
After the pumpkin patch, we got to play in a big barn with a hay maze and super slick slide that basically sent all the kids flying through the air.
going through the maze!
After the playing in the barn we got to visit the animals. I had to take a picture of this pig because I felt about how it looked!

We watched a LIVE show of the three little pigs with real pigs!
My cute lil pumpkin. 
We watched the duck races too! Ella was rooting for this little white duck and he won!
On your mark, get set, GO!
And they're off!
Miss Harrington's kindergarten class 2013!
 silly pumpkins!
I just love her...

Later that evening, we took our pumpkins from the patch and used the kits that Nana B mailed us in our halloween goodie box to decorate our pumpkins!
Halloween goodies!
Decorating pumpkins!
I got so cracked up at these two decorating their pumpkins. Ella had to look at the picture to make sure she did it exactly right and followed every single step. Luca's is actually a pirate, but he just had fun sticking the parts on anywhere and everywhere! Ella takes after her mama and Luca takes after his daddy :-) Can't wait to find out what kind of pumpkin Milo will make!

Whittier Fall Festival

Ella's school had their annual fall festival last Friday. It was a blast! I love the festive spirit around here :-) All of the kids got to wear their halloween costumes and it was fun to see a bunch of little ones running around all dressed up. 
This year Ella decided she wanted to be a flying rainbow unicorn!
so sweet :)
The festival was full of fun games...

lots and lots of treats...
and a few tricks too! 
The school had a haunted house put on by the middle schoolers. We didn't get the memo to not go in until AFTER the fact. I thought, "how bad could it be?" It's at an elementary school after all. Lesson learned! It was SCARY!!!! These are happy before faces...
and our after faces :-( Both kids came out in tears. 

We ran around with lots of friends...
Ella flying rainbow unicorn and Miss Harrington Hermione Granger! 
We recovered from the haunted house at the face painting booth! Luca wanted a football...

and can you guess what lil Miss Ella Bella wanted???
a rainbow of course!