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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween 2009

Trick or Treating with Dylan, Grandma Fortner, Daddy, and Ryan; made Mikey a VERY happy boy.
Grandma heard through the grape vine, that a street is closed in Old Towne Florissant, and that she was taking Dylan there this year, and invited us to join them.
Taking pictures of a very excited 2 year old, was a challenge, but these are the best out of 115 pictures. Enjoy!
Dylan - Ryan - Mikey
Mikey
Dylan was Dracula ( I love the fangs!)
Dylan, was amazing with Mikey!
He held his hand, and reminded Mikey to say "Trick or Treat and Thank you!"
Jefferson Street, was completely blocked off to traffic, so it was perfect for Trick or Treating!
Each yard, was decorated, it was really fun.
The kids loved it!
Mikey & Dylan
Ryan the Lion

Mikey, couldn't wait to pour out his pumpkin bucket, to take inventory of his candy.
He told me, that I couldn't have any, as it was all his and he was sharing with Daddy.
Mike and Mikey

It was a great Halloween!

Thanks to everyone, who made it a fun night for the kids!

A Fireman and a Lion

When Mikey, chose to be a Fireman for Halloween, we knew we had visit Grandpa Lee at the Spanish Lake Fire House!

Ryan - Mikey - Grandma

Mikey


Ryan
Mikey and Daddy
Mikey and Ryan, sitting in Pa-pa's locker.

When we arrived, Grandpa had just left to go to the grocery store.
We waited in the garage, to watch the truck pull in.
Mikey loved the HUGE garage door.
Mikey and Pa-pa. Grandpa, was showing Mikey, the air tank trailer.

Ryan, sitting in Grandpa's fire helmet.

Ryan

Grandpa and the Junior fireman; Mikey!

Mikey


Pa-pa and Mikey, with their oxygen tanks!

Grandpa - Ryan - Mikey


Ryan




Pa-pa and Ryan

Ryan, chewing on a Tootsie Roll package

Mikey and Ryan
Grandma and Ryan

Thank you Grandpa, for the visit, and the treats! Thank you Grandma, for driving in to see the boys. Mikey and Ryan had a great time at the fire house. As, we were getting into the car, Mikey asked if it was time to get candy! "Trick or Treat, smell my feet, give me something to eat." (He forgets the "good" part, every time!

Bring on the Trick or Treating!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Prep...

Getting Ready for Halloween
Step 1: Ask 2 year old, what he wants to be for Halloween. (Ask him repeatedly, to confirm that is in fact what he really wants to be.)
Step 2: Run all over town, to find best possible "wearable," option, to make 2 year old happy.
Step 3: Buy costume to make 2 year old happy, and confirm that it fits.
Step: Show Daddy the costume, and let Daddy's creative mind get to work.
Step 4: Daddy then makes an additional trip to the local hardware store, to get supplies, for the prop for the costume. (See picture below)

(Soda bottle, hose, clamp, screws, nylon straps, spray paint and a red valve)
Step 5: Spray paint empty soda bottle, to look like a real oxygen tank, while not getting any on your hands.

(Finished paint job, on soda bottle)
Step 6: Once you are in fact covered in yellow paint, place screw through valve to give you a realistic spin action feature.
Step 7: Repeatedly stab soda bottle, and fight with the nylon straps, to create a way to hang prop from the 2 year old's back.

Step 8: Attach hose to soda bottle, with metal clamp.

Step 9: Attach hose to face mask.

Step 10: Place prop on 2 year old.

Step 11: Watch 2 year old flip out, because he hates the face mask.

Step 12: Give 2 year old fruit snacks, as he honestly believes we were trying to attack him with the really cool prop, that Daddy spent hours making.

Step 13: Mommy makes template, cuts felt, and attempts to line out 2 year old's name to back of costume, while on her lunch break at work. (Realizes that her work looks like the 2 year old had arts and crafts time.) Mommy then removes the felt, while swearing the whole time.

Step 14: Take jacket to Pam; the stitching Goddess, and beg her to sew 2 year old's name to back of costume, in a last moment of desperation!


Step 15: Smile, as your 2 year old, will be the happiest little "fireman,"and think Daddy and Mommy are the coolest parents ever, on Halloween night!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pump It Up & Katherine's B-Day Party

We were invited to cousin Katherine's 6 birthday party at Pump-It-Up.
It is a party center, with indoor bounce houses!

Mikey...waiting for everyone to arrive.
Ryan entertained himself, by crawling around.

Where as Mikey, was just a little excited, and couldn't sit still.
Mikey's version of crawling...on the benches.
Finally! Time to bounce, with cousin Dylan!
I love his hair in this one!
Dylan, dragging Mikey up the huge ladder on the slide.
Ryan, just soaking it all in.

Dylan and Mikey, going down the HUGE slide.

Mikey and Mommy...yes my eyes are closed!
I have an insane fear of heights, but how do you explain that to a 2 year old?

Grandma Fortner and Ryan

Mikey and Dylan

Ryan and Dylan
Ryan

Mikey and Dylan
Dylan was teaching him a few karate moves, and how to scream really loud!
Mikey playing basketball

Group photo

Who wants PIZZA?

Birthday girl, Ms. Katherine!
Mikey crashed as soon as we walked in the door!

Ryan did too!
The boys had a blast at Pump It Up.
Thanks for the invite, cousin Katherine!