Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A play and a day at the park

I had a couple of people ask questions about our spooky dinner, so I will just list the menu here. The white rats were deviled eggs turned upside down with cut black olives for tails and capers for noses. The creepy crawly bugs were various kinds of olives with dried rosemary legs. The eyeballs were mushrooms with a slice of black olive on top. (Sareny loves mushrooms and begs for them at the store, go figure.) The witches hats were sliced, buttered french bread toasted in the oven. The monster toes were lil smokies wrapped in half a biscuit. The monster smiles were sliced apples stuck together with peanut butter, with mini marshmallows for the teeth. I think the hit of any spooky dinner is the witches brew; here is the recipe we use:
2 cups sugar
2 quarts water
2 (0.13-ounce) envelopes lime drink mix
1 (46-ounce) can pineapple juice
1 quart ginger ale

Stir together sugar and 2 quarts water until sugar is dissolved. Stir in remaining ingredients. For a scary presentation, place punch bowl into a large plastic cauldron, and add dry ice to punch. The punch is a pretty awesome shade of green and bubbles really nicely. I should also note that we used and diet ginger ale and Splenda instead of sugar, and I thought it tasted great, although Keith claimed it had an aftertaste.

After our spooky dinner, the kids put on a rather silly play. It involved Sareny and Ema prancing around the family room singing.
Then they were locked up in a tall tower, where they sang some more.
Then Isaac, who was the prince, saved them.
Somewhere in there, Sareny's character fainted and had to be revived by Dr. Isaac. She tried to faint again, but I said she could only faint once per play. The actors taking a bow.
And the captive audience.
The next day I took the kids to the South Lake Park.
Can I just say I love this place! It is so beautiful and only two minutes from our house. Finley wore her Fancy Nancy sunglasses and looked so cute!
Sareny and Ema wanted to take pictures with my camera, but I forget which one of them took this one.
Isaac had fun on the slide, and I loved what it did to his hair.
There were people working on the grass and aerating the soil, and Finley freaked out. You can see the machine in the background, and Finley made sure she was plenty far away from it.
Isaac kept climbing on the slide and then he would stop and pose and tell me to take his picture.
Then we walked down to the edge of the lake to see the ducks.
This fluffy headed guy was my favorite.
The kids loved watching the ducks.
Then Ema took our family picture. Take one.
Take two. I decided to remove my sunglasses, which ruined this one.
Take three. I should have left my sunglasses on, because my eyes look really weird.
So looking at these pictures, I realized that while the rest of us are in various stages of awkwardness, Sareny looks perfect and cute in every one. Kind of funny.


lexi said...

i like fins comb over in the sunglasses picture haha. sareny and emma are cute singing and prancing around in the play. you are so fun to take the kids to the park. i like you family pictures! i laughed at isaac in the first take.

debra g said...

How fun! I love(hate)love little plays that the kids ad lib their way through.

The Frosts said...

cute!!! sidenote, please post some pics of your new house :)

cassidy said...

Yeah, what is Isaac doing in that first family pic? Ha ha. That park looks so fun! You guys are so lucky to live in such a great little community.

Jolynn said...

You do live in a great location. That lake is really beautiful. I would be tempted to go there every day! That looks like such a fun day at the park.