Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Boo...Halloween is coming

 So of course I've been doing a bit of Halloween decorating. At the front door we have a "Witches Parking" area with an umbrella witchy hanging from the roof.

I made a very eclectic wreath for the front door.

 And an arachnophobes nightmare of a front door. I've also lost my Halloween doorbell from last year, it's disappeared into the abyss of the spare room I think.

Jack insisted on having the eyeballs back out the front in the birds nest.  It's funny how kids like to have things exactly how they were previously.  Jack takes a bit of convincing sometimes if I want to change something around.

How Vampire Diary is this, Candy Blood!!  Gross and cool at the same time.  I bet it is disgustingly sweet.  I know it's a bit gross especially for kids but I couldn't resist.

Inside the front entry, the treat laden entry table with bloody hands and spidery mirror.


 Jack painting the eggs for the Halloween party invites...


The finished invitation...




And swim season has started.  Some days it's still a bit chilly but Jack's been in a few times and I've even been in once.

Monday, October 03, 2011

The boys have been hard at work...

Our backyard has always been a bit of a dumping ground and it's also had a few make overs.  We were trying to decide what to do with it after the pool was put in.  We had few ideas: a mini golf course, a succulent garden, a zen retreat, a built up vege patch but in the end we decided just to pave against the house and turf it so it can be multi purpose.  We might put in one golf hole for some putting and it can be our croquet and bocce green.  It's nice to have a bit of green out there.  We've still need to decide what to plant against the fence and Owen is going to build a screen for around the air conditioners.

The clear out...

Jack showing off his muscles after moving a few dozen pavers...

 Ta-da...the paving done.

O laying the turf...

 ...nearly finished....

Jack having a little cuddle with Kitti on the nice cool grass...

Of course you have to water in the new lawn so Jack made the most of it and tromped down the turf at the same time...
 The boys did a great job.

On the last weekend of the holidays Jack had his mate Mitchell over for a sleep over.  We headed to the Crazy Joker for a few hours before heading home.  Jack had seen Mr Maker make these haunted castles so we had been saving our toilet paper rolls and Jack and Mitch each made one.  Great way to occupy some time.

On Sunday morning the boys played Band Hero on the Wii.  They were really getting into it too.

Jack rocking out...