Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pin the Thingy on the Wossname

We had a joint Halloween party at church with the other ward that meets in our building. It's been a few years since we've had a Halloween party at all, so this was pretty exciting. Our Primary was in charge of the "pin the [variable] on the [variable]" booth, and I got to put the games together. (Linda found the ideas online.) I was also finishing up the vest for Kate's Bulborb costume (and having minor problems with the sewing machine), so it ended up being a really busy day. I had so many things I was getting together that I completely forgot to put Andy's costume on him as we were heading out the door.  He didn't seem to notice.

We had Pin the Tail on the Cat, Pin the Spider on the Web, Pin the Mouth on the Bat, and Pin the Nose on the Jack-o-Lantern. We had a lot of kids come through (some more than once). I helped out so we could have a couple going at the same time. (Pin with efficiency! Now with more blindfolds!) The spider was probably the most popular. Everyone wanted to try that one.

Kate tries out the spider...

...and the bat.

Molly Beecher is a fan of spiders. (She has a pet tarantula!)

With two wards it was really busy and crowded (and took forever to stand in line for dinner. They had hotdogs and treats for everybody, and I found some yummy vegetable soup that I could eat). Andy was a bit overwhelmed so Doug ended up taking him home early, but Kate had a great time.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bulborb Kate

There's a Family Circus comic where Billy says to his Mom, "I forgot to tell you--I need an asparagus costume for the play tomorrow." This year for Halloween Kate decided she wanted to be a Bulborb. Fortunately she told me this in plenty of time for me to make her a costume.

I crocheted a hat to match her two Bulborb toys, and got some felt to make a vest.

When it was time to get pictures, of course we had to include Big Gulp and Little Gulp.

Can you tell she loves her costume? And now she has a cool hat for winter, too!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Preschool Pumpkins

Andy's preschool class took a field trip to Spooner Farms in Puyallup, and I got to go along. It was a chilly day! Drippy, and muddy.

There's a barn with some animals to look at and some activities for the little kids. Andy liked the chicks. We all liked getting in out of the cold for a while.

Andy was walking around these crayons and reading the labels, but the green one was facing the wrong way, so I had to help him fix it.

Andy got a kick out of riding the bus with Mom. On the way back we were having fun writing on the foggy windows. 

We had a pretty dry summer but now that autumn has hit we're getting pretty steady rain.  I'm not sure if I'll be able to do playing-in-the-leaves picture this year.  (Wet leaves are just not pleasant to play in!)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

My Two Front Teeth

Kate lost her other front tooth at school yesterday.  The new one is already poking through, so it was definitely ready to come out.  Now she's got a great gap-toothed grin. 

She's been wanting to lose a tooth at school so she could get one of these tooth keeper necklaces.    (Apparently she was working hard on getting it out before the weekend.  Success!)

I asked Kate what it's like trying to talk with no front teeth.  She said, "It's kind of weird."  

Friday, October 12, 2012

A Brace of Bulborbs

A Bulborb is a creature from the video game Pikmin. Kate recently got a stuffed Pikmin figure (ebay!) and wanted a Bulborb to go with it, but we couldn't find one online, so I said I would make her a crocheted one for my Conference weekend project. Before it was finished we were having fun using it as a puppet, so I asked Kate if she wanted me to stuff it or leave it as a puppet.  Her solution was that I should make two--stuffed Bulborb and puppet Bulborb. I decided puppet Bulborb should be a little smaller, to fit Kate's hand.  She is thrilled with the new additions to her menagerie and has named them Big Gulp and Little Gulp. 

Kate lost a front tooth the day before, so she's looking particularly gappy. Grin!

I've never made anything with a mouth that opens like this before. I made the mouth inside part first (a long oval that folds in half) and then built the rest around it. Doug thought the eyes were cool.

Little Gulp checks out a mushroom.

nom nom nom


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Art Time with Andy

Andy's preschool teacher sent home some of his artwork.  All he wants to do is make letters.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Octopus's Garden (and a Crab)

Stanley the Octopus at the Playground by the Sound is all done! This was Anne Marie's baby, and I got to help out a bit. We've been painting Stanley since mid-August.  It's great to finally be finished, and Stanley is looking pretty awesome!

The bit above Stanley is meant to be the Narrows Bridge, and Stanley is the giant octopus who lives under the bridge. Just this last week they got the "Galloping Gertie" sign attached, in honor of the original Narrows Bridge that collapsed in 1940. The wreckage is reportedly home to some of Stanley's relatives and other sea life.

The last couple of weeks have been devoted to painting suckers.  I got close-ups of some of Anne-Marie's detail that I thought turned out really well.

A Giant Pacific Octopus can have up to 1600 suckers. We didn't do that many!

I got to paint a hermit crab on the back side, coming out of one of Anne Marie's shells.

His name is Hermie.  (Anne Marie named him.)

And here's Stanley getting his urethane coat this morning. (We had some extra help for this part.) We've been pretty lucky with the weather holding up. But now we're all finished, so let the rains come!

We were out at the park last Saturday, so I got some pictures of Kate with Stanley. She thought he was pretty cool.

I painted these Orcas last year and never did get a picture.  Now I have!

Anne Marie in the sucker-painting zone. We enjoyed working together! Hopefully we can do it again.