Month: October 2018
We love Halloween at our house! We were so excited this year to have Judy and Jerry join us for the holiday. Teague is in 2nd grade and still got to have a parade at school. A perk of having a costume that won’t fit on the bus is I got to be in his classroom and take a class picture. Ben and I cheered on the entire 2nd grade and loved seeing all the costumes. I purposely left Ben in his pjs all morning because skeleton pjs are his second costume and don’t get enough wear. The boys had a half day and were so excited to start trick or treating. We hd an early dinner and then visited the houses on our street. It was quite chilly but everyone had a great time. We left Ben at home with Granny before venturing to South street for the real craziness. It was too dark for pictures but we had a great night!
Now if only I could get them to play this game outside…
Ben’s happy place – my cookie decorating drawer. (cookie cutters and sprinkles)
Morning walk to the bus stop.
It’s cute that he still wants to snuggle but he’s definitely getting too big for it.
Kaitlyn has been wanting to sew for weeks so Granny brought her sewing machine. They made a blanket for her doll bed.
I just love a little boy in overalls.
This was a packed day! Wade and Alex had to get to church early because Alex was performing with his handbell group during the service. Even bigger news – Ben was baptized during today’s service. He was a model baby and great about being held and sitting in church. He let Pastor John walk him through the congregation and didn’t complain about the water. I did take him down to the nursery before the sermon. Sitting still in my lap at 11 months is just not possible these days.
The second part of the day was filled with “Trunk or Treat” in the church parking lot. It had originally been scheduled for yesterday but was postponed due to rain. The kids loved decorating the car and accumulating candy. Even better that Granny and Pop were there to join in the fun!
Alex has been playing handbells at church this year and performs every few months. It worked out perfectly that he was playing today when Granny and Pop are in town and Ben is being baptized.
These two in their own world.
Ben was baptized today!
For the most part, I have avoided character clothing for my kids. Then my kids got harder to fit. I finally had to take Alex shopping with me. This was the price for getting him to try on clothes in a store.
Finishing up the paint on the costume. We need it for the first activities tomorrow!
Kaitlyn has figured out you get more undivided attention if you ask to play with Granny in your room.
He won’t eat pear slices but he devours an entire pear.
These pants still crack me up – three kids later. I remember seeing an ad for them when Alex was a tiny baby and he was SUCH an unhappy baby that anything called Cranky Pants was appropriate. They were very hard to get and I was so excited the day they were in stock and I was able to order a pair. They were never worn as much as I anticipated by any of my children but I still have no regrets. Alex – age 11 months. Kaitlyn – age 9 months. Ben – age 11 months.
Deep discussions over Legos.
Books with Granny.
Playing trucks with Pop.
Kaitlyn and I happened to be at the Ecotarium a few weeks ago and saw the decorations being put in place for the Great Pumpkin Festival. We both decided it was a must for this Halloween season. I knew Granny and Pop would be in town tonight and thought it might be a fun activity for us all. The kids wore costumes (not their “real” costumes due to the cold and the paint drying) and were prepared for some candy and fun. The carved pumpkins were amazing (until someone told me they weren’t all real!?!?!) and the kids had a blast. Kaitlyn was fascinated with the face painting and has now added a huge suitcase of face paint to her Christmas list. We ended the night with apple cider donuts from a food truck on our way to the car – what a perfect fall night!
The current situation in our driveway after a grocery run. Thank goodness we all carry books everywhere.
These guys are already working on their Christmas lists.
There’s a ballerina cooking in my kitchen.
Costume day at playgroup. Ben makes the cutest hedgehog!
We have Chili at least a couple times a month. I don’t actually eat it (no ground beef for me) but it’s super fast and easy and the rest of my family loves it. It’s also a meal that I can keep all the ingredients for on hand. Thankfully Ben seems to love it just as much as the rest of the family. If only I can remember when it becomes less messy and the spoon skills start to develop.
The big boys are all huddled around a smuggled-in electronics device. Shhh!
Kaitlyn is super excited for school today. She gets to stay for lunch!
Sometimes everything works perfectly and I get a few quite hours to myself in the afternoon.
Alex was definitely here recently.
Teague loves to spend time with Ben. It’s adorable.
Have you seen Kaitlyn? We can’t find her anywhere.
Did you ever just have one of those days?
Pokemon all day. Every day.
(After the-card-collecting-craze came the drawing the-characters-craze)
We love our slip on shoes so nobody learns to tie shoes early at our house. Today Teague learned to tie his soccer cleats – the only tie shoes he owns!
Quiet time today.
The high chair with no straps is getting to be a real problem.
Pepper and her puppy teeth strike again.
Some days you just need Monkey a little closer.
Kaitlyn asked if she could put on her butterfly wings and dance. I didn’t realize till later that she meant put those on and nothing else….
Dress up fun.
After my last post, I thought it might be fun to look back at all the pumpkin carving parties through the years. It turns out that the locations, people, photography, and camera quality have changed drastically over the years.
I’m not going to list the people, but here are the locations and years. 2008 was a slim “party” (no offense Judy and Jerry) but we are still going to call it one!). 2009 I have tons of pictures from during the party but didn’t manage to get everyone outside for a picture before many people went home. I have learned a lot and now try to take a picture early in the evening. Now I’m really regretting not having one in 2017!
2004 – Atlanta, GA
2005 – Atlanta, GA
2006 – Anderson, SC
2007 – Anderson, SC
2008 – Milwaukee, WI
2009 – Milwaukee, WI
2010 – Milwaukee, WI
2011 – Milwaukee, WI
2012 – Milwaukee, WI
2013 – Milwaukee, WI
2014 – Platte City, MO
2015 – Barrington, IL
2016 – Barrington, IL
2017 – No party
2018 – Grafton, MA