Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween bonfire

Last night, our neighborhood had their annual Halloween bonfire in Everglade Park behind our house. Our neighborhood representative came over before dinner, gave us a welcome basket, and invited us to join in the fun. So, after dinner, Wesley put on his Halloween costume and all four of us went over the backyard fence to the park. The bonfire was fun for the kids to watch and there were hot chocolate and donut holes (which even Claire enjoyed). Wesley was fascinated by all of the other neighborhood kids in their costumes. He also had lots of questions about how the fire was burning the wood and why a man (also in costume) was spraying the surrounding grass with a hose. He also wanted to know about how the pile of wood kept getting smaller and how the fire would turn the wood to ash. It was a fun discussion.

At one point in the evening, a group of teenage boys were playing soccer at the goal that’s permanently set up at the park. Wesley was avidly watching them play (and I’m sure he wanted to join in but knew he would be too little). One boy saw Wesley watching, came over, and said “Hey little dude. Your costume is sweet.” Wesley didn’t say anything, but he had this look of utter joy on his face. A big kid had talked to him and had told him that his costume was ‘sweet’. (He didn’t know what that meant, but when I explained that the boy liked his costume and thought it was really cool, his smile only got bigger.)

He also managed to come across someone else’s wand (from a wizard costume) in the dark using his flashlight. We found the boy who was searching the grass for it and Wesley was extremely proud that he had helped this boy find part of his costume.

Claire wanted to play soccer too and kept trying to run into the group of boys as they were kicking the ball around.
And, she ‘chased’ (followed) a squealing group of girls in fairy and princess costumes for a while and was screeching away to join in the fun. All in all, a great first neighborhood event for the family.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Wesley introduces his family

When Wesley started school a few months ago, they were asked to bring in a family picture. They've been spending part of the art time making frames for the photos. Now that they're all done, the kids have been taking turns describing their families and answering any questions the other kids have. The teachers send out transcripts for each kid's discussion, which are hilarious. It was finally Wesley's turn to go today, and the transcript is below. Surprisingly, no one asked him if he had an iPad or how many couches he has (those have been common questions over the past few weeks).



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Joyce Erickson


Today Wesley introduced us to his family:

Wesley: This is Charles, and that’s me, and that’s Clare (sp?) and that’s mommy, Kim. Charles is my dad. Clare is the baby. I like to play hide and seek with my mommy. I like to play baseball with my mom and dad.

Megan: What do you like to do with your whole family?

Wesley: I like playing with my baby, Clare baby.

Bailey: Do you have computers?

Wesley: Yes, we have 2. Actually we have 3.

Addie: Do you have a dog or a cat?

Wesley: I have a dog, Morgan. I don’t have a cat because Morgan likes to chase cats.

Grant: Do you have a pumpkin at your house?

Wesley: I actually have 5 pumpkins, because I have my school one. Mike gave me a big one.

Cecily: How many calculators do you have at your house?

Wesley: I don’t have a calculator.

Dafna: Do you have the book, “Ducks Don’t Wear Socks?”

Wesley: No, I don’t.

Maya: How old are your mom and dad?

Wesley: I think my dad is 7. I think my mom is 8.

Marika: Do you have a computer?

Wesley: Yes, 3.

Alex: What color is your room?

Wesley: White. It’s my own room.

Paula: Have you always lived in Madison?

Wesley: No, I lived in Chicago and New Jersey. And then the moving truck came.

Thank you, Wesley.

Paula, Samantha (Joyce is out today) and Rosemary

Family Photo

We used the tripod yesterday and took a few family photos to have a record of our family around the time we moved into the new house. Here's one of the best shots.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fall photos

On the front porch, enjoying the beautiful fall day.


Showing off his pumpkin choices

Watching her brother ham it up.

Mommy, my pumpkin fell down! Help me, I can't pick it up.

Helping Mommy rake the leaves.

Running through the leaf pile.

Daddy showing the kids how to jump in the leaves

Claire's hair

Look how long her hair is getting!

She loves her pigtail, even though it goes straight up in the air. Super cute.