I’ve figured out the name for this baby. Girl? Tabitha. Boy? Napoleon.
You know those names, right? If not then you need to watch more So You Think You Can Dance! They are choreographers on the show, a husband and wife team actually. OK, so I’m kidding about the names. I don’t think I could get Kris on board with either of those even if I wanted to. But, if you’ve got name suggestions, fire ‘em at us! Annika wants Sarah for a girl and James wants James for a boy. Heh. Or Jason. He like Jason too. I don’t think it’s going to be any of those names either. Help! (I have a girl and boy name picked out but Kris has vetoed my girl name and I’m not sure he’s on board with my boy name. This name stuff is hard!)
Back to SYTYCD. Have a favorite dancer? Kris’s early favorite is Billy the contemporary dancer. (I started writing this on Monday and then Tuesday night it was announced that Billy was dropping out of the competition due to illness – Bummer!) I’m personally smitten with the Krumper, Russell. I also like Nathan (but why do I keep wanting to call him Danny?).
Anyway, enough reality television talk. Let’s talk pumpkins instead! Saturday we went to the local pumpkin patch with our neighbors Andrew and Katie and our other neighbors, Krystle and Pierce! We kind of thought ahead and put us all in boots that could get muddy. And muddy we did get! We tromped around the fields and picked out three pumpkins. Well, Annika picked out three pumpkins. If it wasn’t rotting and was semi good-looking we put it in the wagon and hauled it away. Between the mud and the pumpkin vines, it looked like we were all trailing toilet paper from our shoes. Pretty hilarious. Also hilarious was James. He fell down a couple times and landed with his knees and hands in the mud. Oh. My. God. You should have seen his face. He had this look of pure disgust on this face when he looked at his dirty hands. He wasn’t as concerned about his dirty pants, only the mud on his hands. We wiped them off as best we could but he walked around with his hands up in the air for a little while, still obviously disgusted. My boy. So much like his daddy. Kris also hates getting dirty. Me? I made mud pie after mud pie when I was a little girl. That’s OK, Annika and I will go play in the mud while the silly boys stay inside with their clean hands. Heh.
After the pumpkin patch we all came back to our house where we ordered pizza and watched the Gopher game together. What a bummer that we didn’t do better and make it a closer game. Ah well. We still have a fun day together.
Sunday after church I was over picking out names for the Christmas giving program. As I was choosing my last name Annika came over and asked if we were going to go to the mall. I hadn’t planned a trip anywhere but back home so I looked up at Kris and saw a big grin spread across his face. Apparently we’re going to the mall then, the Mall of America that is! After a yummy lunch at Famous Dave’s we went to the Rotunda to see the cake decorating competition. There are some talented bakers in the area! Then we went to the Lego store and picked out a present for one of the kids gifts chosen at church that morning. Of course we had to stop and play for a bit at the Lego store too. Then it was a quick swing through Children’s Place to buy more pants for James (all his 2T’s are too short but the 3T’s are still a bit too long – we bought 4 new pairs of 3T’s anyway). And then we went home and watched the Vikings game. Another disappointing loss.
Last night the kids and I went over to Amanda’s house to visit with her and Dean and Erek and pick up some maternity clothes. Erek is just such a little cutie! I swear he gets cuter and cuter every time I see him! I held him for a while as we were chatting. The kids played with a big exercise ball and Dean – they had fun. At one point I told them we were leaving in a little bit and Annika just said “No.” and kept playing. OK then. Not long after that though we did pack up and head out. I was exhausted last night and needed to get the kids home and in bed so I could veg out and go to sleep myself. But I have to thank Amanda and Pam for lending me their clothing! I’ll be carving out some time in the next few days to overhaul my closet. Remove all the summer and non-maternity clothes I can’t wear right now and bring in all the winter and maternity clothing I can wear. Then I’ll have to take an inventory and do a bit of shopping to fill in the gaps. I already know I need more long sleeve tops for this winter. I’m probably set with pants, fortunately unless as I try things on their too short or something. I have a $25 gift card from Macy’s (from MyPoints, have you heard of MyPoints) that I can use plus $15 in Amazon gift certificates (from Swagbucks, have you heard of SwagBucks?) so I should be able to get a couple pieces without spending a lot of money. Score!
And here we are at the back end of the week. We’re going to be social butterflies in the next few days with a Halloween party Friday night, Trick or Treating with neighbors on Saturday night and a Vikings/Packer party on Sunday with other neighbors Jeff and Kari! I’m sure by Sunday evening I’ll be falling asleep early on the couch and making Kris put the kids to bed by himself. We’ll have fun until then though!
(And pictures – I know I’m obscenely behind on uploading pictures. I will make that a priority in the next few days.)