Thursday, October 30, 2008


Maggie, Ian and I spent much of the afternoon baking and decorating sugar cookies for a Halloween party we have tomorrow. We let Ian pick out about half of the shapes and even help push the cutters down. By that time he was ready for a nap, so I went and put him down.

The first batch was stacked much too closely. They ran into one another and lost much of their shapes. We spread the rest out better and they turned out better. However, because of the loss of shape, we were able to make some we would not have been able to do otherwise (see Barney cookie).
If you look closely there are some fun ones, mostly made by Maggie, such as an elephant, a vampire, two sets of vampire teeth, as well as one Barney. Here are some close-ups.
Barney doesn't feel so well.
Happy Halloween

I got a call from Maggie as I was on my way to work (which is where I am writing this from) and got an update. Ian had wanted another cookie, but she was not giving him one. He had made a big enough mess with the first one.

She went to the bathroom and Ian immediately made a dash for the kitchen. With nothing she could do, she could hear him begin to laugh. When she got in there, Ian had one of the cookies (the large pumpkin between the two sheets). Very proud of himself, he was busy licking the icing off, which got all over his face, as well as on his leg somehow. This isn't a picture after the fact, but after eating his first cookie.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween is Coming

Well Halloween is almost here. It is the perfect opportunity for all us "adults" to break out our shell and pretend we're something else. Maggie likes to put a lot of work into it, which is also fun for me. Last year she made pirate costumes for us, which were prompted by some pajamas Ian had: a monkey. With a little work, we had some great costumes. I'll see about posting a pic here later, because I don't have one on this computer.

Well, this year, we decided we would again do a shared theme, only we took it back a few centuries. I will be a knight, Maggie a princess and Ian is our little dragon. The costume for Ian was made by Maggie, as was my mail (chainmail is an incorrect term). I was originally going to make a helmet, breastplate and shield, but we'll see if it happens. Maggie also fabricated her beautiful princess gown out of an old dress (from a couple of Halloweens ago when we were Napolean and Deb). Hopefully it will all turn out well, so we look good for the party Friday night.

Sadly, Halloween will be a little hard. Somebody in the higher echelons decided that we should have National Guard weekend the day after Halloween. That means I get to drive to Salt Lake early Saturday morning. On a positive note, I get to spend some time with Chris Flavel, so it should be fun.