Wednesday, October 31, 2012


We were going to dress up and go to Story Time at the library this morning, but instead we'll dress up and I'll take the kids to visit Sam at work. Then when he gets off work, we'll be going to Molly's dance place because they are having a haunted house/kid carnival. How fun! Then I'm thinking for bath time, I'll put a whole bunch of glow sticks in the water and turn off the lights for a spooky good time. HA!

Have a fantastic Halloween!

With love,
Mama Hauck

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Undefeated Speedsters!!!

That's right! Anthony had his last of 8 soccer games this past Saturday and despite it being cold and rainy, they kicked booty and won.....for the 8th time....making them undefeated this season!


Here's Anthony's soccer photos....bad quality because I had to take a photo of the photos 'cause my scanner/printer is being dumb right now....sorry. I love them! What a cutie!!

I'm a little sad soccer is over. We were really enjoying the Saturday soccer games. However, the past couple games the weather was really cold, windy, and rainy....so I wont miss standing out in all that! Anthony already told me he was looking forward to soccer next fall, and Mols will be old enough to play next fall as well! How great that will be! 

We have his soccer banquet this Thursday to celebrate all the kids' soccer accomplishments. We'll eat lots of yummy snacks and Anth will be able to hang with all his soccer buds one more time.

I feel as if it's really important to give Anthony as many opportunities as possible to be around his friends. Living out where we do, it's hard to get in some friend time. The random play date is pretty much out of the question.....the only way the kids see any play time is if it's scheduled, like our Halloween party. We told Anthony that wrestling was coming up and he could participate if he wanted to. It's free, so that's great for us! He seems excited to try it. It's already started, but we wont be starting till next week. I wanted to wait till soccer was completely over. Hopefully the wrestling will be something he and Sam can do together. It'll be nice for them to have some "man time" as Anthony calls it. Everyone needs some man time.

With love,
Mama Hauck

Friday, October 26, 2012

School, Dance, and Halloween This and That

Anthony's teacher called me Wednesday night. I was nervous. I thought she was going to tell me Anthony had told her, "We have no heat, no water, and we live out in the woods!" HAHAHA

She did not.

She called to explain a little bit more about a paper she had sent home. She then told me Anthony, "Is sweet and polite, very kind to his classmates, and listens very well."

Way to go Anth!! You might act completely different here at home, lol, but at least you're being the awesomely sweet kiddo I know you really are at the places and times where it's the most important!

Yesterday morning Molly went with her Preschool on a pumpkin patch field trip! I loaded Timothy up in the carry pack and Anthony got to come too since he didn't have school. All the kids had a good time picking out a little pumpkin.  When Mols and her class were done picking out their pumpkins, the kiddos lined up and sang a few songs. CUTE! I was glad to see Molly actually singing and enjoying it because Anthony was never a fan and only sang with his class a handful of times. 

Molly started ballet at dance class yesterday, as well as continued work with gymnastics. She wasn't a fan of the ballet shoes, but she seemed excited to try the ballet moves. I had the little camera on me, so I was able to take a few photos of her and even a couple videos. I especially love her attempt at a split and the look on her face!

Now that our pumpkin carving party is over, we can relax and enjoy the rest of the Halloween season with some upcoming fun Halloween activities! Tonight Anthony's school is showing the movie Madagascar 3. The kiddos are allowed to dress up in their costumes and there will be popcorn, candy, and drinks too! Doesn't that sound like fun? I think it's great the Primary school is doing this and I can't wait to take the kids!

Tomorrow is Trunk or Treat! Every year our town does a Trunk or Treat.....this is where a whole bunch of local businesses and cars park on main street and give out candy. This is especially nice for little kids as it's all up and down one road and it's blocked off to traffic. We always have a good time. After Trunk or Treating, we will be going to our friends Kurt and Tracie's house. They were going to have a Halloween party, but it's been canceled. However, we were still invited to come over and help eat up all the food purchased for the party and hang out for the night. The kids will be excited to go over in their costumes after Trunk or Treating and it will be nice for Sam and I to get out of the house for the night.

On Wednesday, actual Halloween, Molly's dance place is holding a party/haunted house. There will be tons of games and snacks for the little kiddos. It'll be great to go out and do this on Halloween seeing as we wont be going trick or treating. Afterwards, I'd like to come home and watch a scary movie with Sammy in bed while eating popcorn. FUN!

Ohhhhh how fun October is! Even Timothy is getting in the Halloween spirit! 

With love,
Mama Hauck 

P.S! 4 days of no water and lots of $$$$ later, our well is all fixed and our water is back on! Yay!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pumpkin Carving Shindig

Our party this past Sunday was tons of fun. The weather was gorgeous, we had a great turn out, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves!

There was only one hitch....we had no water. Saturday night our well crapped out on us. I was pretty upset and stressed, but no one at the party seemed to care we had no water, they were just happy to be there. We put big jugs of water in the bathroom just in case someone had to use the potty, and our neighbor brought over a jug of water so people could wash their hands after carving their pumpkins. 

It's now Wednesday and we STILL don't have water. It's really annoying. The dishes from the party are stinking in the dishwasher and there's tons of laundry piling up. I had to poop at the preschool when I dropped Molly off and I've been making Anthony and Sam pee outside. Grrrr. At least our friends down the way have been gracious enough to let us come over and use their shower and give the kids a bath. HOPEFULLY our well will be fixed here in a few hours. It was suppose to be done Monday, but we found out the problem with our well was larger than we thought. Parts had to be ordered from Portland and last we heard, they were getting in today and the well guy was coming out this afternoon. I sure hope so. Molly has a pumpkin patch field trip with preschool tomorrow and I'd really like to shower in my own shower and look decent for that trip!!

And here's another funny for you. We also don't have heat. Over the summer, mice chewed through our insulation and got into our air ducts. You all know how much I LOATHE mice. We can't turn on our heat until we get the air ducts all cleaned out and everything patched up. A friend ordered all the stuff we need for that this past Monday, so HOPEFULLY that will be taken care of within a week or so. It's getting cold out. Sam had to bring home a few space heaters for us to use. Gosh. I'm just waiting for Anthony to go to school and be all, "We have no water, no heat, and we live out in the woods!" lol  

Anyway, back to the party. Here are the decorations....

Our bloody shower curtain was a big hit in the bathroom. I also placed a handful of rubber rats by the toilet and the sink and it spooked one of the little gals out. I have to admit, I laughed! Last week Molly and I had made our own poison bottle out of a cough medicine bottle. We also made some bloody candles with a paper towel roll, hot glue, red paint, and LED tea lights.

Everyone enjoyed the spider webs in the living room and thought the spider pumpkins were clever. Also on display were the paper plate ghosts we had made as well as the mummy jars and our monster door. I had the kiddo's party favors on the bench and they couldn't wait to pick out a monster rock! It was cute to watch them agonize over which rock they were going to pick, lol. Along with a monster rock, everyone got a Halloween pencil, eraser, activity book, tattoo, and piece of candy.

The kids really loved the juice boxes. They were gone within a half hour! I think the pee, blood, and pond water made them a bit uneasy, haha. Me made a punch with 7Up and pink lemonade and put our frozen hand ice in it. Those were simple to do, just fill up a medical glove, twist tie it closed, and stick it in the freezer! 

Food wise we made: 

Pumpkin dip - canned pumpkin, whip cream, vanilla pudding,cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. We used vanilla wafers as our dippers. YUM!! Go HERE for the complete recipe and directions. I'm not a fan of anything pumpkin, but this was mighty tasty.

Dirt n' worms - Oreo cookies,  cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, milk, whip cream, chocolate pudding, and vanilla. Go HERE for the complete recipe and directions. It is DELICIOUS. Seriously.

Monster mash - popcorn, pretzel sticks, buguals, fruit snacks, and candy corn.

Mummy dogs - hot dogs wrapped in stretched out crescent roll dough. These were the first to go. Good thing we made so many.

Used q-tips - pretzel sticks, mini marshmallows, and melted butterscotch chips. These looked disgusting but were sooooo tasty! The kids devoured them.

Used band-aids - gram crackers, vanilla frosting, and strawberry jam. Bloody scabs, anyone??

We (ok...Sam) made a whole big crock pot full of spaghetti.

Our friend Tracie also made deviled eggs with olives on top that looked like spiders, as well as nutter butter ghost cookies! She's so awesome. 

I think the kids and parents alike got a kick out of all our snacks and decorations. We heard compliments all afternoon on how great everything was. Definitely made my day and made me less grumpy about having no water!

On to the pumpkin carving! It was quite funny to watch....it wasn't the kids carving the pumpkins, it was the parents! Haha! All the kiddos were much too busy running around having a grand 'ol time to be bothered sitting still, getting their hands all yucky with a pumpkin! All the parents had to keep calling their kiddos over and make them participate with the carving. I managed to get a photo of the majority of the kids doing their pumpkin thing though. Everyone had such a good time. The kids were playing and running around, the adults were chatting and having a few drinks, the weather was nice, and no one had to poop! Haha

I don't have many photos to share of the actual party. Boo. It was hard to mingle, keep the snacks and drinks stocked, take care of Timothy AND take photos. So I went around two times and took a few photos, then put the camera down so I could just enjoy the moment. I don't even have a photo of Timothy dressed in his chili-pepper costume! Sam took one of me in my 80's workout gal get up, but I'm all tired and haggard looking 'cause it's at the end of the night, lol. Ahhh well. We still get to dress up again for trunk or treating! I'll take some good photos then. 

Another fun, successful party! It always warms my heart to see Anthony and Molly having such a good time with their friends. They waited (not so) patiently the whole day and were so excited when people started to show up. It's fun to be able to open up our home to all of our friends, old and new, and just have everyone take a load off and enjoy themselves! 

With love,
Mama Hauck

P.S. As grumpy as our no water and no heat situation is making me, I do have to smile because yesterday morning my wonderful friend finally (she was 3 days over her due date!) welcomed her son in to the World! She and her husband named him Landon and he is ohhhhhh so handsome and simply perfect. I'm bursting at the seems with happiness for their now family of four! See, even when a day seems crappy, there is always a ray of sunshine somewhere!! Welcome to the World, Landon!