Seeing as we had our first snowfall of the season last night, it only seems appropriate that I finally get around to posting some fall photos. Or better yet, summer. I think it's safe to say that if I threw one thing out the window when I became a mother of three it was my ability to keep up with blogging. Ahh, whom am I kidding? My ability to keep up with anything, more like it. There is always something to be done, someone who needs me, and although I have all the intentions in the world of tackling things like blogging once the kids go to bed, well....I'm tired. So there you have it. Since it's November, the month of thankfulness, maybe I should just be thankful for the posts I have written, and not feel guilty over the growing stack of memories waiting to be documented. I'm going to work hard on blogging this month. I really am. Because when I sit down and look back through this little blog here, I am never sorry that I took the time for it. So forgive me in advance if you happen to see a post from, um, July, thrown in the mix. Mkay?
Focusing on the littlest one here for a minute, look at how big he is already!
He is such a happy and quiet little soul. I love him so much I could just eat him up. Although time is passing quickly, it doesn't make me sad. I know that each stage gets a little bit easier, lots of learning and discovering is happening, and I'm getting a little more sleep!
He's doing all kinds of crazy cute things, like slugging along everywhere. We've also seen lots of pulling up to his knees (sometimes even to his feet!), rocking on his hands and knees, and popping new teeth left and right (he has 4 to count!)
This little man is named after my grandfather. And although Otto never got to meet him, I catch little glimpses of my Grandpa Joe in him all the time. Grandpa was a quiet man, he didn't say much. But he was always there, dependable and a hard worker. He had blue eyes and dimples to die for. And sometimes I wonder how things like that work out. How we passed on this name for two other kids, like all along it was being saved just for him. But mostly, it makes me grateful to see reminders of loved ones through the eyes of our little ones.
Kids are waking up from naptime, so that's all I can say for today Hope to be back soon(er) than later!
I might lose a few friends by admitting this, but Halloween really isn't my thing. I'm not sure why exactly, it's just not. I do the necessary requirements like carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating, but that's about it. Nugget desperately wants me to decorate our yard all spooky like, but it's just not in me. Heck, we don't even hand out candy (gasp!). Maybe next year.
Anywho, despite my lack of love for the holiday, the kids had ample opportunity to party it up. Starting with the ECFE party...
Our teacher, Miss Britt
Then there was Nugget's classroom party at preschool. She got a last minute hand me down mermaid outfit from her cousin, so she decided to do a switcheroo. And I was on board cause it was WAY cute!
Although we painted pumpkins weeks ago, I totally dropped the ball on carving them. We seriously did it at 4pm ON Halloween. Whoopsie.
While we waited for Daddy to get home from work and go trick-or-treating, I tried to get a photo of the kids together. This normally stresses me out and makes me just about lose my mind, but this time they cooperated pretty well and were even a bit funny.
Our neighborhood is pretty lame as far as candy goes, so we hit up a more kid friendly neighborhood to fill up the loot bags. Nugget also got to complete her "homework" of trick-or-treating at her teacher's house, so she was pretty thrilled about that ;) We stayed out just long enough to get an ample supply of chocolate for Mom and Dad (Kidding. Sort of.) before heading to our friends, The Welcome's, for a short visit and special silver dollar coins for the kids.
So even though it's not my fav, it's still fun and I'm glad we do it all.
Before the first frost of the cold season came, we went out to the garden to do one last harvest. We took all that we could, ready or not. We were surprised to find how much was still left out there! We yielded cucumbers, green and red peppers, red and green tomatoes, raspberries, and the most exciting...giant sunflowers! These things were planted by the birds, grew 7 feet tall, and produced a flower that was 16 inches in diameter! The kids thought it was the coolest thing ever, which it kind of was!
Side note: This stud prefers his jammies. All day, every day.
It took us a few days, but we picked every last seed out of the biggest one, then soaked and roasted them.They'll be a tasty treat for Daddy's fish house this winter! We picked the seeds out of the second one as well, but we're saving those so we can plant them next year.
We had a good run with our garden this year. It provided the majority of Otto's baby food and many afternoon snacks for the kids. I will miss the days of going out and picking something fresh to add to our dinner and popping handfuls of fresh raspberries into our mouths. But the good thing is we get to do it all again next year!
Fall is here, yay! It's simply my favorite. But then again, I love the turn of all seasons. Even winter. Everything is so refreshing, exciting, new. Fall brings with it a few simple traditions that I like to carry out, and I have been talking about them with the kids. But I mustn't have been too clear, as they have been referring to the orchard as the patch, and the patch the orchard.
So on Sunday we went to the Apple Patch. Orchard. Whatever. We found a super adorable, quaint little orchard to try, and it just so happened to be run by a family that is in our ECFE class. And, they take a natural/organic approach to their apples, which is hard to come by in a pick your own orchard. We were pleased as punch, and will definitely be back. Maybe even this year yet, as I made applesauce last night and its just about gone already!
Don't worry. He didn't actually eat it. Just giving it a little lick ;)
And today it's OCTOBER! Can you believe it? We have three glorious forecasted days this week, then it looks like we're going to get hit with rain and cold. So I've been trying to get the kids outside as much as possible, soak up as much sunshine as we can. Today we made a quick stop to Barten's Pumpkins, so that we could do a little pumpkin painting fun. We'll go again with the Daddy closer to Halloween and get our big ones for carving.
So here I thought I was all sly going midday during the week, you know, to avoid a crowd. But then I pulled up to two busloads of kids on a field trip, so that theory was a bust. But nonetheless, we had fun, and the school kids were well controlled :)
She's so good with him. Wish she was as good to her other brother too, ha!
Cutest pumpkin in the patch!
Shucking corn, and Milo trying to eat it :)
"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
-Anne of Green Gables