Well December sure is clipping right along, isn’t it?
We’ve been busily and happily moving through it, trying to take it all in, despite the packed schedule and some sickness.
Here’s how it’s played out so far.
I did a pretty good job of getting our decorations out the day after Thanksgiving – but couldn’t seem to find time to get the tree up. The kids finally gave up on me, got the tree from daddy, set it up, fluffed it out and trimmed it nicely. I love that they were all into it this year. And they did a pretty good job if I do say so.
We’ve gone to a few little choir performances for Ammon’s school show choir. They’ve seriously got the cutest little voices.
Speaking of cute, we got to welcome our newest cousin into the world on his birthday. We are in love already.
I’ve been practicing taking pics of the kids with the twinkling bokeh in the background. Ammon was not thrilled about posing.
The kids were hit pretty hard with a cold and flu bug over the weekend. This means lots of juice and snuggling – and kids who are trying to be happy – but are not quite.
A few things that have no rhyme or reason that we’ve experienced this past while:
Whilst at one of the Viewmont soccer games – we saw this paraglider hovering back and forth high above the field.
He apparently didn’t care / realize that there was a state playoff game going on and landed in the field.
This. This right here is true love my friends. He is smitten with her and she in return, lets him squeeze her tail.
There was construction going on around our school and Elsie misunderstood the pickup instructions. We send a panicked hour trying to figure out where she was. These cute kiddos were my search crew.
Elsie finally figured to walk back to the school and find her teacher and he called me to let me know she was there.
Thanks for being smart Elsie + thanks to all you great kids for helping me search!!
We moved my office upstairs. The kids’ job was to bring all of our books upstairs. I’d see them bring a stack and then disappear for awhile…bring a stack, disappear.
Turns out that between stacks, they were reading each other their favorites. (You will note absolutely no complaining on my part).
Isaac has been watching me very carefully as I get ready in the morning. So much so, that he was confident that he could do as fine a job as I can.
And this. This you may want to avert if you are at all squeemish with dead things.
Or dead mice.
Or really really big dead mice that your kids found while playing barefoot.
There may or may not have been some germexing of the feet involved in this one just to be safe.
Ok – go wash your eyeballs out now.
The end. Amen.
Do you throw out your kids’ Halloween candy or do you let them keep it until every last piece is gone?
- I was folding laundry this morning and noticed that it had gotten unusually quiet in the toddler department. I went downstairs to find Isaac hiding in a closet with all of these empty babies.
I am seriously considering throwing out the rest of the Halloween candy. Two days is enough fun, isn’t it?
When do you start listening to Christmas music?
- When Elsie’s alarm clock went off this morning, it was playing Christmas music. She’s had it on all morning dancing around to her faves.
I love Christmas. I love music. I LOVE Christmas music.
But too much too soon just equals Christmas burn out for me. Plus, I’m kind of in love with Thanksgiving and don’t want it to get overlooked.
Wreck It Ralph? Yeah or Nay?
- Thinking about taking the kids tonight, but none of us are huge video game enthusiasts.
Have a lovely weekend!
Well. Halloween was pretty much awesome around these parts. The kids say it was their best yet.
Let’s talk about it.
First things first. Halloween morning, I went to our porch to grab our big orange pumpkin to carve with Elsie while the boys were at school – when I picked it up, it literally fell apart.
I may have dry heaved a little. Just sayin’.
I wasn’t sure where I could get a pumpkin that late in the game, so I took the question to Facebook. Within minutes, I had offers from friends and neighbors with extra pumpkins who were willing to share. I dropped by one neighbors to pick one up that they had graciously offered. As I was carving it, another neighbor showed up with four more huge pumpkins – and get this – they were already gutted and ready to carve.
What? Awesome, right?
I just need to go on record as saying I have THE BEST NEIGHBORS EVER.
I should just end this post right there.
Oh? What? I should record the kids evening for posterity or something?
Well, alrighty then.
Isaac really would have been happy with just our Jacks. He woke up from his nap to find some new friends out front and was really just smitten with them. He could have ended the day right there and been happy.
But…I made him dress up anyway…because blue and furry is in. And because he’s been watching this video from time to time.
I know. Big surprise – Logan wanted to be a superhero. You never would have guessed that now, huh? He was pretty rad though – he’s got all the moves.
Elsie vacillated between a good witch or a bad witch for about a month – until Grandma told her that good witch = sparkly red lipstick.
She chose good witch.
Linc reprised his roll as Dracula. He WANTED to be a zombie with body parts falling off, but I didn’t want to pass out at the site of my own child – so we compromised. (I know that makes me a terrible mom – but look how cute he is – come on).
And this? This right here. It breaks my heart just a little bit. When did my baby decide that he was allowed to get big? And fit into his dad’s football gear? And go trick-or-treating with his friends. With a huge pillowcase instead of a little basket?
AND DECIDE HE WAS ALLOWED TO GET BIG.
A crying shame I tell you.
And what Halloween post would be complete without the obligatory “none of my kids will look at the camera at the same time” pic?
Andrew usually takes the kids while I pass out the candy – but we switched this year and I had a BLAST. I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch that little blue bum waddle from house to house elated that folks were voluntarily giving him treats.
By the end, Isaac was yelling “trick or treat” and “thank you” at every. single. door.
It was so very cute.
Heading home as happy campers.
Oh – and just in case you were wondering -
Mr. Watson dressed up too. He was obviously thrilled about it.
Happy Halloween & Welcome November!
To commemorate this glorious day of spooks and sweets, let’s look back at some of our adventures in scaring the daylights out of each other shall we?
Do you remember this time when we spooked Logan at a truck stop?
Or how about this time when I decided that this might be a good way to wake our sleeping child?
(I spook easily).
Boo! (See I just scared myself again).
And just to prove that I CAN be a good sport about the whole thing – here is my family’s fave Halloween video.
Note: it is NOT my favorite. I think that this has been well established at this point.
Happy Halloween all!!
If we chose to start our own family circus, we could charge big bucks for people to come and watch our sleep behaviors – because they are something else.
Andrew speaks German in his sleep – luckily I know just enough to be able to translate.
A few nights ago, Andrew arrived home late – just as I was nodding off. I remember asking him if he was trying to skin an armadillo. At the time – it made absolutely perfect sense in my head.
How one skins an armadillo is beyond my grasp.
Ammon speaks some semblance of pig Latin in his sleep, usually in a panicked mode that implies he’s being chased by a zombie.
Lincoln, Elsie and Logan will, indeed, sleep through Armageddon.
And Isaac – well – Isaac is starting a new trend. I call it “Sleep Here” – meaning “I am so tired I couldn’t possibly make it the next two steps to a bed so I’ll sleep here”.
Exhibit A – while I was ironing laundry and the older boys were wresting 3 feet away.
(Yes – I do, on occasion, iron).
Exhibit B – while I was drying my hair right next to him. Isn’t a hairdryer like one of the loudest things on the planet?
And Exhibit C – I woke up in the middle of the night in a panic that I should check on Isaac. He wasn’t in his bed. Found him curled up on the hard plastic in my office. Nice.
None of my kids have been this crazy in the sleep department.
Well….except for that one time when Ammon woke up in our hotel room one night when he was two and sleep-walked (is that a word?) the halls until a desk clerk found him and kindly brought him back to his bewildered parents.
Yeah – so not sure what to do about this new trend he’s got going on. But one things is for sure – at least in this house:
“Sleep Here” is the new Planking.
We’ve enjoyed fresh orchard apples with delish caramel. (Someday I really need to learn how to make this from scratch – but today is not that day).
We spent a chilly day at the park. Else collected leaves for paper sketching and found a walnut tree that was shedding its nuts – she seriously gathered a bushelful of fallen walnuts and spend the next day shelling them. I love it when the kids can find joy in simplicity.
(Is it a faux-pas to let your kids take things that have fallen and are just there? Are some parks and rec police gonna come a knockin’ at my door)?
We spend time with our cute cousins Wade + Sam at the pumpkin patch and at our city’s Pumpkin Festival – which was actually pretty darn rad despite how it is presented by my lousy iPhone pic.
And of course, my absolute favorite – walks and drives with the kids looking for gorgeous fall color. (I love the gold the best).
Dear October – you have been awesome! Come again soon – er, or in 12ish months.