Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet!

It's that time of year again.  Time for the kids to don their costumes, grab their candy buckets and traipse around the neighborhood trick-or-treating.  We went over to Jamei's house so that Grace and Zachary could trick-or-treat with Madisyn and Ian.  It is just more fun when you go with friends.  And off they went!  Dave, Jamei and I just trailed behind them while they went door to door filling their buckets.  When we got towards the end of St. Mary Drive, we heard that a General was giving out HUGE Hershey candy bars, so of course they wanted to go down there.  This was our 4th year trick-or-treating on Lejeune and if you can believe it, the first time that we've ever made it down to the Generals housing.  Zachary was getting very tired by this point but he wanted that HUGE Hershey candy bar too so he hung in there.  Once we got back to our house, Zachary and Ian were done but Madisyn and Grace wanted to keep going so I took them to a few more houses.  By this time the trick-or-treat hours were winding down and people gave them gobs of candy.  Their pumpkins were overflowing!  It was definitely a fun and successful night!
Our first stop was at Grace's piano teacher's house.  Marissa was dressed up as a pirate so of course I had to get a picture!
And finally, here are the pictures of our pumpkins that we carved last night.  Didn't they turn out good?
Happy Halloween!

Soccer Season is Officially Over

The playoffs started this weekend and because Grace's team was number one in their division, they didn't have to play in the first round yesterday.  Today they played the Riverhounds, the only team that they lost to the entire season.  I don't know if it was mental or the time of day or what, but the All-Stars just weren't themselves and didn't play like they  normally do.  It was a tough game and they were not able to pull out a win.  Good news?  Soccer season is over for us!  No more practices every night of the week.  Can you tell I'm a little happy about that?  No, seriously, I felt bad for the kids but none of them seem too disappointed.  We told them that they had an awesome season and went into the playoffs as the number one team and they were still number one to us!  Here are some action shots of Grace in her last game of the season.
This girl that Grace is up against was GOOD!  If she got the ball, it was all over.  She was everywhere!
Way to go Grace and the rest of the All-Stars!  You had a great season and we are very proud of you!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pumpkin Carving Time!

Jamei and her kids came over tonight for dinner and the kids played and then we finally got around to what we were supposed to be doing in the first place - carving our pumpkins.  We waited too long and it got dark so we had to do it in the garage.  Carving pumpkins is hard work but they turned out great!  We made a howling wolf and a scared ghost.  But can you believe that I was so tired by the time we were finished that I didn't even take a picture of the end result? 

The Islanders

Great Season Islanders!

Today was Zach's last soccer game of the season and they won once again!  They only lost one game the entire season!  Way to go Islanders!  Here are some action shots of Zach.
After they game, they were presented with their trophies and they gave their coach a soccer ball signed by each of them.

Friday, October 29, 2010


Tonight was the annual JPS/Bitz Trunk-or-Treat.  Zachary is going to be a marine this year and Grace is going to be Dorothy from Wizard of Oz, complete with Toto of course!  We all loaded up and headed over to the school parking lot which was packed with kids in costume!  We weren't able to stay the entire time because Grace had soccer practice but the kids had fun the short time we were there even if they did only get about 10 pieces of candy each.
Our little marine and Dorothy - aren't they cute?
Madisyn and Grace
Zach and Ian
Jill, Jamei and Stacy
Grace and Jason
The best decorated trunk was the Wizard of Oz.  Grace had to get her picture made with the Good Witch and little Dorothy...
and then of course, on the yellow brick road!