Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Fun

A busy day for us as we celebrated family birthdays for Peggy, Britt, and Jen with dinner, cake, and bobbing for apples at the Hillcrest Estate before heading to the Harvest Festival at church. We also trick or treated at a number of houses in our neighborhood before heading home.

Getting costumes figured out this year was a bit unnerving for me. Alyssa wanted to be Dorothy and Hannah wanted to be Glinda. Having nothing to go on, too little time as the vacation from Idaho took priority and no luck at the second hand stores I tried, I (Naomi)was at a loss. Thankfully a fellow preschool mom was hearing my story and quickly offered the Dorothy costume she had at home, and everything started to fall into place. Glinda's costume started as a fairy costume. Off came the little wings and on went the skirt. Ryan did a marvelous job making the crown. The girls were so darling, and they made sure that Glinda was not mistaken for just another princess!

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Jumpin' and Jammin' with Maddie Metz

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Gramma's Retirement Party!

These are many of the "roles" Peggy played in addition to teacher during her many years in the Monrovia School District.  Each role came with a story and the phrases, "We can, We will and We did!" 

And when it came to retiring, Peggy once again said, "I can, I will, and I did!"

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Idaho Road Trip Musings

Day One:
Weather report - the drive started with a little bit of rain, became beautiful, then we drove into lots more rain before we finally ended up in Hawthorne.

Things of interest - we saw people riding horses, cows, horses, sheep, "castles" and other interesting rock formations. We made lots of stops for Alyssa whose "belly hurt" (code words for "has to go the bathroom")

Day Two:
Weather report - a lovely day to drive! Lots of sunshine!

Things of interest - more "castles"

Hannah's quotes - "Where's the killer cows?" (when Gramma pointed out the different colored cows)and "Can we take a slap shot of that?"

Day Three:
Weather report - another lovely, sunny day.

Things of interest - In the morning we went to a real live pumpkin patch with Auntie Ann, Cousin Marcy and Cousin Andrew, just up the road from Cousin Marcy's house. Took a tractor ride to just the right spot and found several pumpkins that had to be cut off from the vine. We were the only ones there!

In the afternoon, Hannah and mommy went for a walk to the College of Idaho, collecting leaves and seeds from trees.

Alyssa's quote - "Chaco is a special dog... can Chaco go to Disneyland with me?" (Chaco is Auntie and and Uncle Glen's dog)

Day Four:

Weather report - once again was beautiful!

Things of interest - We visited Gramma Doris. The girls sang "Silent Night" for her. Hannah sang/performed in her best singing voice. The place where Gramma Doris stays has horses: Joe, Daisy, Tiffany and Bently. Tiffany wasn't happy when we tried closing her gate back up and kept pushing it open before Gramma could latch it. On the drive to see Gramma, we saw a flock of birds flying in an amazing formation... like a big school of fish under water, this mass of birds swam in the sky.

Alyssa's quote - "I love Gramma Doris." and "Are the girls that are in the wheelchairs really old?"

Day Five:

Weather report: Still beautiful and sunny...

Things of interest: Went to the Boise Zoo with Cousins Marcy and Andrew. Hannah's favorite animal was the stripped Hyena. We also saw a Sloth Bear. Alyssa had fun taking some pictures with Gramma's camera. Later that night we had Hamburger Connection for dinner at Cousins Paul, Marcy and Andrew's house. The second generation cousins had a blast playing together running around the house. They even got the cat, Mugsy get in on the fun. We won't mention the outcome of the college football game we watched that night.

Alyssa's quote - Alyssa was playing with an old cell phone "taking" pictures. When Paul commented that the picture Alyssa showed him was cute, she quickly replied, "No! That's him!" as she pointed to Uncle Glen!

Day Six:

Weather report - another grand day.

Things of interest - Went to the Discovery Center of Idaho for "Freddy Fridays" free days from a donation from Fred Meyer. This is a hands on science discovery center. Alyssa's favorite thing was being on TV. Hannah like shopping at the pretend grocery store. The shadow wall was pretty cool too. Chaco got out of the yard by accident when Hannah opened the gate. Hannah was quite upset that she was out and waa afraid she wouldn't come back home. Later that night, Gramma had a wine and cheese night to get together with some friends she hasn't seen in awhile. Gramma enjoyed showing off her grand-girls. And the girls enjoyed entertaining her friends.

Day Seven:

Weather report - There was rain... but then it cleared up and was beautiful, then it clouded over again.... then it was sunny again... it was pattern! (Hannah is now seeing the world in patterns... they are everywhere!)

Things of interest - Went to visit Gramma Doris again. The girls sang, "A, You're Adorable to her." They sang for the other ladies too. Then for lunch we headed over to Joyce and Rob's... the girls got to see sugar beets up close (we passed mountains of them every time we went to see Gramma Doris and also went by the sugar beet plant.) We saw more horses (Hannah gave the nameless baby horse the name Aaron/Erin), and a rainbow. The girls entertained Arleen, Rob's mother with their charm.

Day Eight:

Weather report - yes, we have more rain... and lots of wind!

Things of interest - We had a good start to our day as we headed out of town. We stopped in to see Gramma Doris one more time. And the rain and wind continued... then Alyssa threw up. We made quite a few stops in hair raising winds (literally) and rain to attend to Alyssa before arriving at our hotel for the night. Poor girl was so sweet and docile... and all she wanted to do was have a sip of water which her stomach wanted no parts of! Hannah was a trooper and kept herself entertained. We stayed at the Flying J in Winnemucca longer than planned so that we could wash Alyssa's soiled clothes and blanket... We also saw some real cowboys rounding up a herd of cows.

Day Nine:

Weather report - turned out to be another sunny day... watched the sunrise as we left Hawthorne... what specatular skies! We saw temperatures as low as 35 degrees up on the Montgomery pass... and snow appeared on the mountains that were bare on our trip north.

Things of interest - Alyssa was able to keep down her water and saltine crackers and later toast when we stopped for breakfast in Bishop. She was certainly on the mend as her feisty personality returned. The girls had fun riding the horse and cars at Schat's Bakery. We got to see wild horses roaming the hills. And boy was it WINDY!

Needs no explanation....

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Road Trip to Idaho

The Jaffes girls went on a road trip with Gramma to Idaho.  We'll add more about the trip, but for now, here are a few pictures.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010


Ryan ran the Irvine Mud Fest twice... once with the grown ups and once with his girls.  Though the girls weren't sure they wanted to do the run, they did after watching daddy and they had a blast!  We'll try putting up some video of the girls run soon.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Found Pictures

We found an inch worm in August and these pictures never did make it onto the blog. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

As long as it works...

I have discovered how being totally absurd with my girls makes for good behavior.  At bath time I ask the girls to do the exact opposite of what I really want them to do and they giggle with delight as they "disobey" me.

"Don't get your hair wet, I want your hair to stay dirty and messy tonight."
"Make sure you leave the washcloth balled up in the corner of the bathtub... I love the smell of moldy, stinky washcloths!"
"Stay in the bath tub all night long... I want you to be cold and wet and sleep in the tub."

Now I'll need to try this throughout the day and see what happens!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Autumn Decorating

Decorating with Alyssa is quite an event.  She can be all over the place and then suddenly you have her complete attention... at least that is what happened today.  She had little interest in collecting leaves to do our rubbings with and didn't want to put out the fall decorations we already had,  wanting to save them in a "safe place" somewhere in her room.  But once we started doing the rubbing, she was completely present.  She remembered how to do it and had really good technique.  And she was so proud of her finished garland!

Saturday, October 09, 2010


This sign was found taped up to the bathroom wall across from the toilet... for your reading pleasure!  It was mostly done by Hannah, but Alyssa made some colorful lines and a sideways "A" along the top.  Hannah also drew Alyssa's surprised face when she saw the bug... apparently there was an actual bug that daddy needed to take care of.

Alyssa is getting pretty good at taking care of bugs herself... one night, more as a ploy to not go down at bedtime, she came into the kitchen with tissue in hand saying, "I want him to be with his family."  Daddy opened the front door for her to shake out the moth she had "caught" before we sent her back to bed.  She didn't realize that she didn't actually catch the moth, but she was satisfied with her efforts and finally went to bed.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

2010 09 LaQuinta Boys Golf Weekend

Sherm, Ryan, Eric, and Brett... We all promised each other in 2009 that we'd take a boys' golf weekend. Well, it didn't happen last year but we made sure it did in 2010.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Oceanside July 2010

We finally got around to uploading our pictures from our family trip to Oceanside, CA in July.  We took a ridiculous number of pictures... Ryan and I each had a camera, need I say more?   

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Here are the pictures Hannah took on the trip:
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And pictures from our day at the beach with Avery and Miles during Uncle Eric's party:

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October 2010

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