Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cousins Out the Wazoo!

Cousins out the Wazoo. That's how our hilarious Ava describes the ever-expanding brood of Kleinman cousins.

We all got together (minus baby Andrew) at the park for fun and pictures. The big kids ran and wrestled, played with balls and devoured Aunt Courtney's snacks. While the two babies (Eden and Rex) spent most of the time bundled up with their Mamas.

 Jax, Nathan and Konrad

 Little cheeseballs!

 Am I surprised that Jax and Konrad found giant sticks for sword-fighting? Absolutely not.

 Look how big our baby girls is getting!

 Cousins out the wazoo (minus baby Rex and baby Andy)

For those keeping count, there are currently NINE cousins (seven boys and our two girls) with another adorable boy on the way.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Very Harry Halloween

I realize I am a little late with this post. But, I've just finally gotten around to downloading our Halloween pictures.

Well, it finally happened, I can no longer control my children. In the past, I've gotten away with doing a family theme for Halloween. Usually, Ava told me what she wanted to be and I chose Jax's costume accordingly (Mickey & Minnie, Dorothy & Tin Man, Teeny Bopper & Elvis). But this year, I wasn't allowed to choose. nor, were my attempts to "convince" my children to be certain things effective. So, four out of the five members of our family took part in the theme. One, however, chose to be a little different. I'll let you see if you can figure it out ;)

One of these things is not like the other....

Ava and Daddy love to read "Harry Potter" together, so they dressed as Hermione and Harry. I made Eden's Hedwig costume (Harry's white owl) and I went as Professor McGonagall (kinda). And Jax, well, Jax was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

Our Halloween week was pretty busy and candy-fueled. The Thursday before the big day, Ava got to wear her costume to school where they had a Halloween party. Saturday, we attended the ward Trunk-or-Treat and Monday I took the kids around a nearby neighborhood for some good-ol'-fashioned trick-or-treating. Despite my kids' general aversion to strangers, they had no issues asking random people for candy.

They got quite the haul and have been good about only having a piece or two a day. Yes, I'm one of those moms. For three days after Halloween, Jax took his candy bucket with him everywhere. I mean EVERYWHERE. Car, bed, bathroom, outside. He wasn't letting that treasure out of his sight. But, he has also been very sweet to share with Mommy, Daddy and cousins. Ava, on the other hand, is much more stingy with her candy, only giving out the ones she doesn't like. But hey, can you blame the kid? She's so candy-deprived she's got to take advantage when she can. She did tell me one day, though, that mommies deserve candy sometimes. I agree.