Saturday, November 15, 2008

Meeting Clifford The Big Red Dog

So at our local Barnes and Noble bookstore, they had a pajama storybook party where the kids could meet Clifford. I took Xander and Tracy met us there (he flew in from Mexico and got there just as Clifford was making his appearance)to meet Clifford. He loves watching the Clifford cartoons so I thought this would be so fun for him. He really loved seeing Clifford....from far away. When Tracy took him up to meet him and get his picture with him, Xander wanted to get the heck out of there. I think he was seriously wondering why his Superman cape wasn't working to fly him outta there. Oh well. He got his very first Oreo cookie to eat while they were reading Clifford books so I guess it wasn't a TOTAL loss. LOL Here are some pictures of the event.

Here comes Clifford! (He was excited at his point)

CLIFFORD! (Still excited)

"For the love of all that's holy! Save me! I beg of you! No closer!"

"I'm Superman! Why can't I fly, DANGIT!"

Some recent photos of X

We are always taking pictures of the boy so I thought I would post some of them for your viewing enjoyment. LOL

This is what happens when you give a toddler a chocolate granola bar and let him go at it:

Xander likes to get onto Callie's bed and "share" it with her. She, on the other hand, isn't so excited about the whole "sharing" process.

Xander's first time trying pomegranate seeds......survey says???? YUM!

And just in case anyone out there isn't sure if Xander is a "mini-me" of Tracy, here is yet another photo that proves they are the same person, in two different bodies.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Halloween at our house....

I need to start this post out by saying Tracy is the brains of this operation....I am the one who executes it all. So, Tracy was the one who thought up the idea for Xander's costume and I put it together....except for the lettering...Tracy did that.
Those are just always the first questions we get when people see Xander in his costume...."Who thought that up?" and "Where did you get that?"

We had a fall festival at our church building on Saturday (the 25th) where there was supposed to be a costume contest. Apparently, someone complained to the bishop that their kids never win so there was no costume contest this year. How about people just grow up? If your kids don't win, it's because you aren't creative enough! Sheesh! So what if Joy's kids and our kid win every year? It's because we come from the same gene pool...we are smart and creative and our kids are adorable! Deal with it people! If you want your kids to win, put them in something other than the standard Wal-Mart "princess" or "superhero" costume off the rack! OK, I am off my soap box now. Sorry for the small tangent.
Here we go...

We drove straight from the airport to the church. We had Xander's costume in the car and we went into the mother's room at the church and put it on him. Here he is....Michael Phelps! (the early years...before all the training started)

Here he is from behind:

John McCain and Sarah Palin made an appearance at the festival:

Our friend Leo(organ grinder)with his son Cameron (monkey):

Xander loves pushing Logan around in his stroller (Logan was a puppy):

Xander with his friend, Luke, who was a 70's disco dude:

We had a play date with all our friends on Halloween. These kids have been together in Little Gym class all year. We have play dates every week and they all get along great. It was fun to get them all together with their costumes on.

Alaina (angel)and Madison (bee):

Gavin (BamBam) and Reese (Pebbles):

Brady as a crab:

Madison with her mom, Michelle:

Noah as a giraffe:

Noah with his mom, Nicole:

Gavin with his mom, Amanda (Betty):

Reese with her mom, Kristina (Wilma):

Group shot:

On our way home from the play date (one of the goody bags had these google eye glasses in them and Xander put them on...and kept them on!):

We didn't get any shots of Xander actually trick or treating that night but it was the funniest thing to watch. I had the stroller with us thinking that he wouldn't really get the whole idea and wouldn't want to walk but I couldn't have been more wrong. By the second house, he totally understood all of it. He would walk up to the home, show the person his medals, take some candy, put it in his pail and wave to the person. Then he would walk down the driveway and off he would go to the next house. We were laughing so hard! It was awesome! It was so much fun to go trick or treating with him and I am so glad we were both there (Tracy and I) to see it. But because we both went, we have TONS of left over candy since we weren't home to pass the candy out. Bummer. Guess we will just have to eat it all. LOL