Sunday, November 23, 2008

This was back in September, but I liked the pics of Owen- and I am still trying to get caught up from all the fall happenings. I went down to Corvallis sans Rory and we hit the traditional fall festival and started some early Christmas shopping. Owen had a great time meeting Benny Beaver and getting a tour of a CPD car. The weather was beautiful and another example of why I love fall in the NW.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

USC victory

I have to back track a little bit and try to get caught up on the past few months- this night is definitely worth mentioning! Not only was it the first football game that we have attended sans Rory (and thus the first I have been able to focus on the game) it was the best game of football I think I have ever seen. The actual football was great, and the atmosphere was so fun. I have been to some big Beaver wins, but this was next level. GO BEAVS!

Halloween Day

We started Halloween with a visit to Grandma Dawni's school to see all the kids. Rory was a little hesitant, but enjoyed seeing Grandma all dressed up. That night we had people over to our house for dinner and trick or treating. Rory loved being a bee all night, loved handing out candy to all the kids, and was very into going door to door. Our neighborhood is INSANE with kids, I think they bus them in from all over Portland. I can see why, several houses gave Rory full size candy bars (which we promptly rehanded out!) I gave out play-doh and am shocked we didn't get egged! Rory did great, said "trick or treat" with a little prompting, and was thrilled with the treasures she collected in her "pumpkin purse". She doesn't know what candy is, so she just thought it was cool to collect the different shapes and colors, she didn't know what was inside. She kept shaking the M&Ms like they were an instrument. I am sure next year will be a different experience. By the end of the night she was answering the door in her diaper and was basically asleep on her feet. Grandma stayed to babysit while Mandy and I made an appearance at a real live grown up halloween party- what a treat! Nothing says fun night out like two pregos out past 9pm. We could barely get a conversation in between all the yawning! I did steal rory's bee wings so technically I was in costume! A fun night for all and another first for miss rory.

Monster March

Our neighborhood has this tradition on the Sunday before halloween that there is a Monster March Parade. They said that over 1000 families participated and it was pretty impressivce. The parade was led by a fire truck, police escort, and the middle school marching band. The rest is just families all dressed up and walking around a few blocks. We went last year, but since Rory was little we just sat on the curb. This year we invited the sahnow clan up and all marched together. The kids were so cute. It was great because it gave them another excuse to wear their costumes. Owen was Sir Owen of midvale, a knight with cape and hand made shield by grandpa Stan. I didn't get any good pics of him so see Sahnow Boys blog for those. Quincy was a farmer and got lots of comments on his shoes which were crocs that Shahnaz had tied farm animals too- so creative! Rory was "alt bee" as pat was calling her. She had the regular bee accessories, but added her combat boots, striped baby legs, and down vest with yellow duck tape stripes. The new pixie haircut (a total accident and worthy of a different entry) just added to her alternative look. She reminded me of some of my students at gateway. Anyway, they all looked great and had fun. My favorite part was that my dad spent the entire time on the side of the parade route waving to the kids. As soon as we would get past him, he would run ahead and then yell and wave at them again. Rory loved it. Each time she would spy him, she got really excited that someone was there cheering her on. I think he got more of a work out then he had anticipated. He defintely gets the award for best parade audience member ever! I am hoping that this becomes part of our yearly halloween tradition! I forgot to mention that as many adults were dressed up as kids, including Brady and Pat as "blazers"? those two are as cute together as the cousins!