Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving morning, Aunt Ann and Grandpa Snook ran in the Berbee Derby in Fitchburg, along with a huge number of other people. Here we are waiting for the race to start.

With Uncle Mark.

Playing "jump the crack" when we got bored waiting for the race to start (we got there too early)

The runners, post-race

Wesley helped me stuff the turkey this year.

And loved putting the ingredients inside the bird himself.

Helping Uncle Mark with the mashed potatoes

On a completely unrelated note, Wesley was asking the other day about what it was like to eat coconuts, so we bought him one.

Daddy cut it open and they poured out the milk. Wesley was very apprehensive about trying it but watched curiously as Aunt Ann and Daddy drank it.

Mmmm, good. Ok, so maybe it's not bad.

I'll try it too.

OH! Yuck!!!!

First Thanksgiving at the new house. What a great visit with family!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Wesley in his skeleton costume. He didn't want to wear the mask last night but I put it next to him on the steps so everyone could see it. He'd worn it so many times to scare people in the days before Halloween, that I think he was tired of it.

Claire in her Little Red Riding Hood costume. She wouldn't stand still, and this was the best shot I could get.

Wesley with his friend Maddox leaving the first house while Claire goes up with Daddy to see what the boys had been doing.

Checking out the loot from the first house. She pulled out both pieces and tried to leave them there on the sidewalk.

Keeping up with the boys.

Giggling and screeching as she ran to catch up.

"Trick-or-treat!" (Wesley and Maddox had lots of fun together, when they weren't arguing about whose turn it was to ring the bell)

Claire picking out something good (and probably something she won't be allowed to eat)

Wesley trying out Maddox's costume after they were done trick-or-treating.

Pumpkin carving

A few days before Halloween, Grammy and I helped the kids carve some pumpkins. Wesley liked pulling out all the goop and Claire liked pulling goop and seeds out and trying to eat them. Messy, but fun.

Claire trying to see what's inside the pumpkin (and why we're all making a big fuss about it)

Getting ready to taste the scoop after it's been in the pumpkin.

Wesley making sure we got all the goop (and copying Claire).

Off to the next pumpkin (and a good shot of how much she managed to get on her shirt).

And on her face.

Carving with Grammy and making an "Ewwww" face

What's in here?

Taking another look in the pumpkin to see if there was any good stuff left.

October Cowles visit

Grammy and Papa Cowles came for a visit of the long Halloween weekend. They helped us accomplish many of the things we wanted to get done around the house (stripping wallpaper, installing smoke detectors, etc.) and enjoyed spending time with Wesley and Claire. (Thank you for all the help!) They also rented a full-sized van to bring up some things from Kansas to furnish the house. Wesley was fascinated by the van and wanted to go for a ride. We pacified him with some trips up and down the driveway. These are some pictures of his first trip with Papa.

Papa wearing his favorite hat and Wesley wearing the kid's version he received from Papa and Grammy as a gift.

Happy to be getting to ride in the van.

Putting on his worker gloves (not sure why, but it was funny)

Smile for the camera!

What a cutie! (And, yes, his shirt is on backwards. He wanted to see the ball and couldn't see it when it was on his back.)

Getting ready to go.

Helping Grammy strip wallpaper in the family room. Grammy and Papa did practically the whole room while they were here. What a huge help! We're hoping to have it cleaned, primed, and painted by Thanksgiving and will give an "after" picture then.