Monday, October 31, 2011

Ellsworth Family Halloween Party

Neil and Jen had the whole Ellsworth family over for bread bowls of soup and dessert on Halloween Eve. It was yummy and fun to spend time together as family.

We thought a lot about our Halloween costumes this year. We all enjoy dressing up and its more fun as a family. :)
We had thought about being "Back to the Future" characters (Jason as Marty, Me as Jennifer and Deacon as Doc.) But we didnt want people asking us all night what we were, so we thought it would be kinda funny if we played off the "Doc" idea and Deacon was Albert Einstein. We thought it might work cause D's hair can be a little crazy.
I was talking over ideas with Trevor and he said he saw a funny idea of the dad and son being the characters from the Disney movie "UP".

.....we stole his idea.

Deacon really likes that movie and we all could be characters. Perfect.
So our costumes this year are thanks to Uncle Trevor.
Thank you Trevor!


Paisley, Deacon, Tate and Lila.

I wish I would have taken more pictures but I had to leave early for our wards Evening in Excellence for Young Womens.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pumpkins..Caramel Apples..Ahh, Fall

A few years ago we started a tradition with some great friends...carving pumpkins and making caramel apples. I love this new tradition!
Unfortunately, we couldn't enjoy that tradition with the same friends,but we invited some other great friends, The Bakers, over to enjoy the night with us.

"Whats that?"

He tried to help clean it out, but after putting his hand in there about three times, he was over it.

Deacon and Preston Boy.

Caramel apples.
They don't look super good, we have yet to learn the tricks of the trade...but they were delicious!

The finished products...
Jason's Owl and my spider.
Deacons pumpkin remained un-carved and we had to throw it away a couple of days later cause of mold. Sorry D. I guess we really should of just let him 'play' with one of ours.

While we were all carving Kevin was being sneaky with his design. A little bit later he found a candle, turned the lights off and showed us his completed work...

AHHH! What a fun way to announce they were pregnant!! 9 weeks and due in May 2012! 
Congratulations Bakers!!

I take after my dad with a few things, one major thing is decorating for holidays.
Jason thinks I'm crazy.
But it makes me feel happy and its a nice little change in our house.
Little Monsters.
Made from toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, toothpaste boxes and soap boxes, add a little paint, toothpicks and pom-poms and wall-la!
(Deacons really 'into' "Yo Gabba Gabba", so I did a few characters, Brobee & Muno, just for him.)

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Our Little Baker

Deacon loves to help me cook. Every time he hears me getting into things in the kitchen, he comes running over to see what's going on.
"What you doing Mommy?"
He then works VERY hard to push a chair over from the table to get up and see what I'm doing and offer his help.

We go through phases in our family, some weeks we go through bananas so fast, other weeks they sit and sit for days until they turn too soft for my liking. And then they get turned into banana bread. Yum.
This particular day I decided to let Deacon help me. I pulled out a few extra bowls that he could mix a few ingredients together, just like Mommy. He had some flour, sugar, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon and then he wanted to add some water, after mixing it a bit he even tried it. Yuk... But after chewing for a bit he very assuredly nodded his head and announced, "Good".
After I finished my batch, I let him lick the beaters...I think he preferred the full recipe.
I love my little baker.

I love his serious, very focused faces.

"Deacon, let me see you......
.....Say cheese, show me your teeth."
Ahhh, I love him!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Children's Museum of Phoenix

The library's around town have recently started doing "Culture Passes". They are passes to all types of museums, the zoo, the botanical garden, art centers, etc. that you can check out and get into these places for free. It's been great to be able to check them out and visit and add a little variety to our weeks. Especially the ones inside for hot days. The passes also are great to explore new places and see if its worth going back again.

We decided to check out the Childrens Museum of Phoenix. Deacon and I went last year with Natalie and Victor, but they had both just turned 1, so I thought it might be a little more fun with Deacon being older.

We invited Tressa and Luke to come along as well. They had lots of playing with mail, playing peek-a-boo, riding bikes through a car wash, exploring the noodle forest, reading books, 'driving' cars, making music, playing in the maze, climbing up a 'tree-house', and fascinated by the vacuum and scarves.

We definitely be visiting again!


"Where are you Deacon?"

He was a good climber, those steps were steep!

The Flying Bathtub.

"The Dream Boat"

"I do it!"

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


The weather gave us a little tease last week-it was actually cool enough to go outside for longer than 10 minutes. We decided to enjoy it by going to the park and feeding the ducks with Aunt Tressa and Luke.

Some for them.

And some for him. ha ha.

Followed by a few minutes playing on the swings.