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[Comments] (1) Halloween Goodies: We had two days of Halloween fun this week. On Friday we started a new tradition. John carved a pumpkin with Maggie's "help". Then we set it out for the Great Pumpkin to fill with presents! This year he brought us each a book. Friday was also the ward Trunk-or-Treat. The highlight of that event was all the kids dancing to Thriller on the stage. Seriously. Maggie really enjoyed trunk-or-treating. She started skipping from car to car and was generally adorable.

Last night Mom came over to watch Dalton and answer the door so we could both take Maggie around the neighborhood. She got tons of candy and had a good time. I don't think anyone really knew who she was, even in the light with no coat at the party. Even with John standing next to her in his Charlie Brown shirt. I'm sure no one knew that I was Peppermint Patty either, though I was obviously supposed to be someone - who wears flip flops trick-or-treating? Oh wait, I think I did last year (in the rain). We did get a lot of compliments on the candy corn trick-or-treat bag I made last year.

Maggie loved counting down to Halloween on the calendar John made last year, so we're going to have to come up with an idea for Thanksgiving.

[Comments] (1) I Survived: My first day home alone with both kids. John left for California last night. Dalton chose last night to decide he needed feeding every 3 hours, and then didn't go back to sleep when he got up at 7. But other than being zonked, today went ok. Tasha came over with her girls in the morning, then Dalton took a long nap, then Susan came over to play with Maggie in the afternoon. Unfortunately, she was too late for me to get a nap before Dalton woke up, but Maggie really enjoyed the attention and I did get to take a shower. Erin was going to take her, but Ember has the flu.

Everyone got fed and bathed and their diapers changed/bums wiped. Really, what more can a mom ask?

2 Nephi 9:51: My new favorite scripture.

Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy.

I don't have enough time right now for that which cannot satisfy.

A Good Day: I ignored Dalton a bit when he first woke up last night, and next thing I knew, I'd gotten 4 1/2 hours of sleep.

I fit into pants just 1 size bigger than normal. Very comfy, and made me feel better.

Leonard and Sumana are snuggling Dalton and singing Barbershop. I'm glad for some company and Dalton and Maggie are glad for the attention. Maggie just about swooned with all the peek-a-boo and book reading going on while I finished dinner.

: John went to work today - into the office for the first time in a month. I am ready to find the new normal.

We had a nice visit with Leonard and Sumana. We had Early Thanksgiving (recipes here, here and here), and I didn't cook a thing.

Maggie really loved playing with her Uncle "Wenard" and Aunt Sumana. She was quick to notice that Sumana was "brown" (Maggie is "pink", she says).

[Comments] (2) Halloween Lullaby: Rachel wrote this lullaby for Dalton. Supposedly it has "a lot" of verses, but this was all I heard.

Beep beep beep beep beep beep beep
Charlie Brown
Beep beep beep beep beep beep beep
Beep beep beep beep beep beep beep
Peppermint Patty
Beep beep beep beep beep beep beep

Little boy wondering what to be, what to be
Little boy Halloween
Little boy wondering what to be, Linus
Little boy trick-or-treat

Maggie also loved the song - beeping and Peanuts, what's not to love?

[Comments] (1) Chadwick Family Funnies: Maggie silliness upload.

Ghostie store = grocery store. She wasn't saying it wrong, she really thought I called it the ghostie store.

Just a minute, it's my turn!

Maggie: I'm bowling.
Me: Oh, are you winning?
Maggie: No, I'm bowling.

Dalton got a Winnie-the-Pooh book as a gift from the Relief Society. I made the mistake of reading it to Maggie word for word. On the Winter page, there is a picture of a sled. Piglet says "Pooh, I have a puzzle for you - a poozle." The next day Maggie was flipping through the book looking for the "poozle" - apparently that's what a sled is really called.

Maggie knows a lot of Primary songs and goes around singing them. It's awfully cute. John was a little confused one day on the way to church when she was singing "going to nursery to feel the Holy Spirit", a phrase she picked up from "I Love to See the Temple."

I've also heard her say "one two three four five six seven eight nine ten name of Jesus Christ Amen."

Also, Sumana was singing to Dalton "Go to sleep, go to sleep, or we'll sell you on eBay" when I complained, "eBay sucks. We could sell him on Etsy, he's handmade."

: An older lady behind me in line at Jo-Ann made my day today when she complimented the car seat cover I made for Dalton. She said, "you girls are so clever with the things you come up with for your babies."

[Comments] (3) 6 weeks: I took Dalton to the doctor today, basically for what ended up being cradle cap. Just as well, since I was able to get Maggie an H1N1 vaccine while we were there. Dalton charmed all the nurses while I took Maggie to the bathroom. Also, he's gained another 2 pounds since his two week appointment and is up to 10 1/2 lbs.

We are having the last nice days of fall, I think. Yesterday, I loaded the kids into our new stroller (a fabulous Christmas present from Leonard and Sumana, and took them for a walk around the neighborhood. We went down to the park so Maggie could swing for a bit. She noticed some construction workers had "colored" on the street and sidewalk, so when we got home, I got out some chalk for her to color on the driveway. She loved it.

ETA: John and I also got H1N1 vaccines today. We had an easier time getting these than the seasonal flu. Who knew.

[Comments] (1) Fall Wonderland: We spent Sunday night at the cabin, watching the lightest snow fall. It was so beautiful and picturesque with a dusting of snow on the trees and the cabins. It was like being in the woods!

It Must Be Nice: to wake up hungry in the night and get a snuggle from your mommy and some warm milk. Of course, you have to get out of your nice, warm bed. But, so do I.

Holiday Accomplishment: Well, despite Dalton refusing to nap (as usual) even in his carseat at the store (unusual), I managed to get something done today. I did a load of laundry, a load of dishes, made dinner (crepes), and did the dinner dishes. I also went grocery shopping and visit teaching this morning, and invited two neighbors to the ward Christmas program. And this evening, Dalton chilled out and let John watch a show while I made a Christmas gift for his parents.

You'd think we'd be simplifying Christmas this year, but not so. Maggie is really getting into it, and since we missed a lot of it last year, and will be in India next year, there are a lot of things I want to do with Maggie. We made a Christmas countdown chain with a fun holiday activity on each link. And we're kicking the month off with a bang tomorrow with a trip downtown to see the lights at Temple Square. I'm taking the kids to the Church History Museum, then we're meeting John after work to see the lights. I wanted to do this one early in the evening and on a nice warm day, so this is the plan I came up with.

I guess instead of being simple we are being organized. We've got most gifts and stocking stuffers taken care of, and the rest will be done in the next day or so. Except for Leonard and Sumana. I ordered our Christmas cards yesterday. We've got our Angel Tree/church gift basket shopping trip and our neighbor gifts planned. Busy, but not stressed - that's the plan.

[Comments] (2) Chadwick Family Funnies: And yet even more Maggie adorableness:

She wants to "fly on Dumbo" - after seeing a banner ad for Disneyland, and playing with a Dumbo token from Disney Sorry. We finally borrowed the movie from John's parents so she can know what she's talking about.

Everytime Santa is mentioned she says, "he brings me presents!" I asked what she wants in her present and she said, "a car with guys". That's the only real answer we've gotten from her. She usually says "yellow."

She called John "Daddy Sue" in response to his "Maggie Sue."

I'm hungry for treats!

Things are "bery bery" such as "Mommy's shoes are bery bery big" and "this potty is bery bery dirty", neither of which are true.

She announces "I don't like that!" I'm pretty sure she got that from me, as that's what I say when she kicks me or something.

She says "first" and "just" all the time, and not usually correctly. "Pooh wants honey first." Her sentences make more sense without the "first" tacked onto the end of all of them.

When she doesn't know an answer, or is making something up, she says "mommy". For example, "Up on the housetop reindeer mommy", just to be silly.

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