Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Halloween

Last night the whole family went to Nathan & Rosanna's for a pumpkin-carving party. It was a lot of fun! I was lucky to find a few pumpkins left at Superstore yesterday afternoon, but no orange ones, only some white ones labelled "ghost pumpkins". I think that's just a nice way of saying "reject pumpkins"! But they did the trick and with them all lit up you can't even tell they're not orange. Here is the Blue's Clues pumpkin that Erik and I did together ->


Micah had an excuse to wear his elephant costume and his Aunties shared lots of treats with him while the men worked on their whittling skills...

































Tonight our care group had a "Pumpkin Party" at the church - decorating treat bags and sugar cookies and playing a few games. Micah had a blast with all the other dressed-up kids.



And, as if Halloween isn't scary enough, Erik got a little scare of his own this morning. He went outside to throw a dirty diaper in the garbage bin and when he opened the lid a rat jumped up at him! Erik closed the lid quickly and trapped him inside before coming in to tell me. I was thoroughly disgusted but figured we could just let it go and be rid of it. Erik wasn't satisfied with that approach and preferred the much more brutal solution of killing it with a hockey stick. Yuck. I think I will be a little more cautious next time I throw any garbage away...

In other news, I saw the doctor today for my 38-week check-up. Good news is that I don't have Group B Strep this time around (I did last time and had to be on IV antibiotics throughout the whole labour) and the plan is to strip my membranes next Wednesday, Nov 8th IF conditions are favourable... It would be nice if I didn't even need that appointment, but if I do, hopefully everything is, indeed, favourable!

10 comments:

Nathan & Rosanna said...

A rat. Sick! I am officially not walking anywhere outside the house EVER AGAIN.

Bonnie said...

Very impressive pumpkins!
I had a blast with our nephew tonight, trick or treating up and down Naomi & Erich's street! Candy IS a wonderful thing :)
Micah's costume is very cute by the way!
Hope the "membrane-stripping" goes well!

Ej said...

Death by hockey stick - ewwwwwwww! Erik - I didn't know you had it in you! Anyway - Micah looked happy as a clam in his elephant costume and those pumpkins loooked great.

Isabel said...

What great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Vanessa said...

those pumpkins look absolutely amazing!! some true talent there! and micah is super cute in his elephant costume! gross with the rat, but at least it was outside! (okay now that i just put thoughts into your head.. didn't mean to.. and i guess i could delete this all).. but it's dead! but gross!

thekeowns said...

ewww!!! i thought mice were bad but a rat???? yucky!! Your pumpkins look great

kelly said...

I HATE RATS!!! remind me to tell you my rat story today at mom's group! YECH!!!!
amazing pumpkins, by the way!

Trev & Rebekah said...

Very exciting that the day is drawing closer. Is it hard to sleep as you wait?
You guys did a great job on those pumpkins.
When we were in the Congo we were shopping in the big store and two of the girls thought they saw a big cat jump into one of the boxes on the highest shelf...but no it was a big rat!

Cheri said...

Hey James: Cool pumpkins!! You guys really go all out in the creativity and work department!! Micah looks pretty cute in his costume too! I hopw all is well at your next appt. I know it's hard but hang in there, soon life will be crazy busy and you'll almost wish you were still pregnant! I say almost, the joy of a new baby makes it all worth it, and who could stand being pregnant longer than 10 months anyway!!!! Anyway, take care and my hope is that you won't need that next appt. either!!!

Heather said...

Ooh - I hope you either have your baby this week, or that things look good for stripping the membranes next week. We have an appointment for the 9th - and I'm hoping my Dr. will do the same for me!