Friday, October 28, 2011

Our 2 Weeks of Autumn

It has been cooler the last 2 weeks, and we're scheduled to head right into winter tomorrow.  I can NOT believe they are calling for SNOW on Saturday.  It's still October!!  Maybe this just means spring will be here early?!  I hope so!  Anyways, I hope I don't have to navigate nasty roads on my way to and from work tomorrow.  I'm not a good snow driver (and neither is anyone else around here).  
David-cutie loves to be outside.  I believe, however, that he is headed for ear tubes this winter.  He is on his THIRD antibiotic this month for his ears, and between his infected ears and his 2 upper cuspid teeth coming in, we're ready for a break.   

Michael is becoming quite the big helper.  He loves to help with the yard work, and he's pretty good at it.  He wants to mow, but I think he needs a few more years before he takes over mowing.  He can be the champion leaf-raker for now.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mug Shots

We have been enjoying some cool autumn evenings together, and we're trying to soak up that evening light before we lose that evening hour of daylight in 2 weeks. 

Michael is doing well in school.  We miss him during the day, but he's making friends and learning a lot.  His reading is improving, and he is getting better at writing.  His favorite subject is recess, and he also enjoys PE, music, and art.  

Kate is enjoying her role as top dog during the day time.  She keeps busy with art projects, coloring, playing with her doll house, reading books, and annoying her little brother with her overly-loving octopus arms. 

David is a feisty but sweet little guy. He recently learned how to climb over the baby gate at the bottom of the stairs, and now he can get full access to the big kids' rooms upstairs.  I have to keep a close eye on this one!  He's speaking SO many words and is doing well with his communication.  Teeth #13 and #14 are currently cutting through.  He still loves to snuggle in between playing with trucks and balls.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Happy 4th Birthday, Sweet Kate!

My little girl turned 4 today.  
Kate still has a fever, and she slept in this morning, but she was able to enjoy some of the day after I medicated her to bring down her temperature.  Kate wanted to wear her "fancy" dress, since we were having a "fancy" tea party. 

Instead of decorating her door (as I usually do), I decorated the sliding glass door with some auto markers.   


We brought out the fancy china for Kate's fancy tea party. 

Kate got her own special tea cup, which had flowers on it.  

Kate even asked Daddy to wear a tie.  He's such a good sport. 

Daddy got Kate some flowers, which she LOVED! 

Singing 'Happy Birthday" to our big girl. 

Blowing out candles and wishing for a wonderful year.
We love you, sweet Kate!  You are so precious to us!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Here We Go Again

This Pretty Princess...

...was up last night with fever and vomiting. 

This morning, she spend a good bit of time snuggled up with me in my bed. 

She just woke up around 10:30 (VERY unusual for her, as she is my 7:30 early bird), and is feeling better with some Tylenol in her system to bring her fever down. I hope she feels better and can at least enjoy some presents tomorrow (though I had to cancel her tea party.  Anyone want 30-40 finger sandwiches?).  
We will see how Kate's day goes- her LAST day as a 3-year-old.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

CSA Week 22

Here's what our October CSA box yielded:
1 pumpkin, bunch of collard greens, 2 acorn squash, 3 gourds, 6 sweet potatoes, 4 yellow zucchini, 5 tomatoes, 4 green zucchini, 2 peppers, 7 apples

I love autumn produce, and am especially excited about roasting the sweet potatoes and squash.  The pumpkin is on our front porch, and I plan to cook it up to freeze and then roast the seeds.  The gourds and acorn squash are currently being used as autumn decor on our table.  The rest will become side dishes and salad/sandwich accompaniments.  I'm going to try my hand at Paula Deen's collard greens and see how it turns out.  The apples will become dessert- fried apples over ice cream!  Yum!  


Preparations are taking place for a certain little girl to turn 4!  
She requested a tea party, but specified that it be an iced tea party. :-)  We're going with an autumn theme, and we can not WAIT for Saturday!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Michael Update

Michael is well enough today to head back to school.
He even had enough energy to play outside for a bit yesterday.

 And he got to help Daddy in the yard, which he LOVES. 
So far, the rest of us are healthy (except David's ears, but that's another story), so I am hoping it stays that way.  

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Not Well

Michael woke up this morning feeling unusually un-Michael-like: no energy, poor appetite, achy.
He did a lot of snuggling and lying around. 
Then he tossed some cookies.

 Then he did the most un-Michael-ish thing I know- he fell asleep at 2:30 in the afternoon.  
I hope this passes quickly (and doesn't pass along, either).

Friday, October 14, 2011

October Happenings

We've been staying busy here lately.  
This little girl will be FOUR YEARS OLD next week!  When did that happen? 

Michael is doing his homework here while the kids snack on popcorn.  (Yes, he has homework in Kindergarten.)  He's doing well in school and adjusting just fine to his class.

Speaking of class, here's Michael's 'E' paper:  1. Elbow is a part of my body.  2. Easter eggs r fun. 3. Exit is a sin (sign).  4. Eggs r good.

David, Little Stinker

David is a such a fun baby.
A sure-fire way to get him to eat anything is to pretend that it's MY food.  He honestly will eat anything I do.   Here he is eating my roasted broccoli.   

Here he is mid-groove.  Any music that comes on instantly turns into a full-out dance party.  Fun boy! 

What a silly face.   

David sure does love to climb.  I take my eyes off him for just a minute, and he's standing up (or crawling across the tabletop, like I found him today.)  Boys!!

He's growing fast, but I LOVE that he still loves his Mommy and often asks to come "up".  David is such a cuddle bug.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Birthday, Jon

It's my husband's birthday today, and we sure are thankful for him!  
In celebration, all the kids piled on top of him 
(okay, so we did presents and lots of food, too!)
Happy birthday to my most favorite person in the whole world!!

Family Fun Day

My work had a Family Fun Day for all associates on Saturday, so we took the kids after Jon finished work around noon.  
They had many, many inflatable jump houses and such.   

Balloon animals.  Michael's is a spider, and Kate's is a flower (though the top bloom part popped).  

David started out in the stroller, but quickly decided he wanted to get down and play. 

And play they did!  We also collected a bunch of pine cones for crafts and decoration. 

David eventually wore himself out and took a nap in the Ergo carrier.  

Mini golf 

Train rides 

Face painting 


Ice cream 

And tons of food- all free!  What a fun day!

Busy Boys

Michael had the day off today for Columbus Day.  The boys sure do add lots of energy to this house:

Rearranging furniture 

Martial Arts

 Kicking toys around and chasing them. 

D is for...

Michael's 'D' paper is cute, cute, cute:
Clockwise, from the top left:  "A dime is money," "Dollars r good," "Dillon is a good friend," A duck lives in the water."  

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Les Misérables at the Kennedy Center

Jon and I went on a date last night to see Les Misérables at the Kennedy Center.  
I have wanted to see this show since I was in high school, and Jon was kind enough to go with me, even though "the arts" are not his favorite thing.  

It was such a good show, and the company was fantastic.  Thanks for taking me, Jon!!