Friday, October 24, 2014

Five on Friday

  • Zoe texted me a picture of a burn on her arm on Monday and told me she’d gotten it from a flame thrower while at work. I had to laugh (she’s working for a catering company) because I figured her flame thrower was probably a small torch used to make stuff like crème brulee. She insisted it was a flame thrower though and then I began to doubt myself and started to wonder exactly what a flame thrower looked like. That evening I googled both flame thrower and cooking torch images and really had to laugh about the whole thing!
  • While we were out playing earlier this week, Dakota picked up a piece of mulch that was lying on the play equipment and asked me “where this come from?” She said it very clearly and I was thrilled that she came up with such a great question! Her speech has been slowly progressing but I’m seeing it come together more rapidly now.
  • I was telling my mother-in-law that I thought Dakota was going to be pretty sad next year when Harper was in school all day and I started to get a little choked up about it. It was then that I realized that I too was going to be pretty sad when he goes to kindergarten. I don’t know when I became such a baby about things but I feel like everything chokes me up when it comes to my kids these days! It’s little things like this that make me wonder if I really could homeschool…
  • I’m pretty sure that the neighbors are going to call the cops on me if I don’t stop slowing down in front of their house as I drive by. The two little kids insist that I slow down so they can look at the Halloween decorations but I’m thinking we’d better stop before people get suspicious of us!
  • A nearby shopping center had a trick or treat event tonight and we decided to go again this year. It’s pretty crowded but the kids sure enjoy going store to store asking for candy. Dakota was a little afraid of some of the costumes but she did pretty good…but, it was light out and most of the kids out were probably 10 and under. I’m pretty sure she’s going to be too afraid to trick or treat around our neighborhood. Harper absolutely loved walking around and seeing all the costumes and he wasn’t the least bit afraid. Landon came with us too and even though he wasn’t dressed up a few people still gave him some candy. He was good about the whole thing though and it was a nice night out. (I really need to figure out why all of my pictures are overexposed! It’s driving me crazy!)
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Chilly October Morning

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Our typical stay at home Thursday routine was disrupted by too much bickering. The two kids just weren’t in the mood to play nicely so at 10am I gathered up our stuff and we all headed for the park.

It was nice out, but chilly with a strong wind. I was glad I brought the kids’ heavy coats because they would have frozen without them.

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We didn’t play long before Dakota went and crawled in the stroller and declared it time to go home. She didn’t care for that cold wind and complained her hands were cold. Harper, on the other hand, didn’t mind the wind and was happy to ignore his frozen fingers. (Strangely, this is usually the other way around.)

As we were leaving, we took the wrong path (on purpose) and ended up in a field with some bleachers to climb. Dakota forgot she was cold and Harper loved jumping off the top bench.

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As we started home, Dakota asked if we could see “the skeleton”. “The skeleton” is just a plastic one that a neighbor has out in their yard right now for Halloween. Every time we drive by both kids beg me to go slowly so they can have a look…and, of course, I do. I hope that if they see it enough now, maybe they won’t be afraid next weekend when we have to walk by lots of scary things. We’ll see how this pans out.

We went through a few neighborhoods and saw lots of different decorations, and they were delighted by all of it. Pumpkins, ghosts, bats, scarecrows and skeletons are equally “scary” or “neat” right now. Dakota asks me “so nice” about every single thing she sees. She’s just gotta be sure they’re all nice even if they don’t look that way.

When we got home I grabbed our two little pumpkins off the front porch and gave them some paint to decorate them. I have to admit that they weren’t really all that into it. I don’t know if it was just the mood of the day or what, but they were done in like 5 minutes.

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While they painted I got their lunch ready and as soon as Dakota saw it she asked if we could “eat eat” outside. I thought it’d be a little too cold for it, but she was adamant and I decided to give it a try. We ate out there on Tuesday and it was really nice, and it ended up being really nice today too. It’ll be our last day though because after lunch, as they played on the swing set, I cleared the deck and prepped the gazebo for winter. No more eating out there till spring. Sad smile

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Oh, Monday

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What a day. It started out normal enough but got interesting as soon as I made a turn onto the road out front and my entire drink spilled all over me. We were running a bit late out of here and I was in a hurry and didn’t push my drink down into the cup holder far enough…turned a corner and splash, all over my pants. It went underneath me and the entire backside of my right leg was soaked. Hooray.

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So, I made a quick turn back into my neighborhood, ran in the house and grabbed another pair of pants and then we were off again. I decided I’d just have to change after I got Harper to school since we were so late. Somehow we managed to pull up to his school just as the last person was pulling away so I didn’t have to get out in my wet pants to walk him into school. It was a little miracle of sorts.

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Dakota has Rolly Pollies on Mondays but there’s about an hour between dropping Harper off and her class so we went to Mema’s house to hang out for a bit. When we last had dinner over there Mema had raked up a big pile of leaves for the kids and it’s all Dakota wanted to do this morning. I tried to talk her out of it because it was chilly and the grass was damp, but she just wouldn’t take no for an answer…

After all the work raking up those leaves she only jumped in them maybe 4 times and then she was done with it. I guess it’s just not the same as jumping in it with her brothers.

It was such a gorgeous fall day here. It started out cold, but by this afternoon the weather was a beautiful 70 degrees. I thought I’d better get the two little ones out while it was nice so we took a walk to look at Halloween decorations and then ended up at the park.

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Dakota is such a momma’s girl these days. She doesn’t want anything to do with her daddy and is always telling me she’s “mad at dada” and “dada’s yucky”. I’m not sure what he did to piss her off, but it’s been going on for a few weeks now! (She says the same thing about Umpa and the guy who runs her class at Rolly Pollies. I think it’s just a general dislike for men thing, but I have no idea why.) So, while I pushed her in the swing at the park, Tony and Harper played follow the leader on the tennis court.

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Harper is all about making up his own games these days. He gets lots of ideas from the games he plays on the iPad or Wii and his imagination is huge. He thinks of all kinds of cool things for us to do and he just loves to direct the way we play…but, don’t try to give any input because it will likely be shot right down. Apparently he has enough ideas for all of us.

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Harper and Dakota were best buddies on the walk home and they even held hands most of the way. They’re just too cute for their own good sometimes.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Popping Corn

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Remember this picture from our trip to the farm last week? Well, see how that sign says “Popcorn Field”? Well, I never would have believed it myself, but that really is a field of popcorn!

The farmer told us we could each pick an ear of popcorn to take home with us. He said all we had to do was pull off the husk, put the cob in a paper sack and put it in the microwave for 3 minutes and we’d have popcorn. I thought that guy must have lost his mind, but lo and behold, it’s true! (Don’t try this with any old corn cob you find, it has to be a specific type to work!)

Watch our videos below to see!

I knew Landon would be amazed by this coolness, so I saved a cob to pop when he got home from school. I didn’t record it all again but I wish I had because the look of sheer amazement on his face was too funny!

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I decided to make a scrapbook page about myself this year. I seldom scrapbook about myself so I figured why not? I’m always too worried about making pages for the kids before they’re too grown and here I am turning into an old lady in the meantime!

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It’s nothing too fancy, but I did include a few notes to myself in those little envelopes. Notes that I know will be read one day when I need them.

Picking our Pumpkins

We made our annual trip to the pumpkin patch today. Nothing fancy this time around as it was cold and we’ve done the pumpkin patch thing a few times already. We just drove up to a nearby farm and let the kids pick a few pumpkins and then went to lunch.

It was around 50 degrees when we got out there but it was quite windy making the temperature feel much lower. Landon thought it wasn’t too bad out though and refused to wear a sweatshirt…but, you’ll see that he’s looking a little cold in the second photo below. :)

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There he is a little closer up…nope, he doesn’t look chilly at all…

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