Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Stripes and Cuteness

In many ways, my husband is a great big kid. This is something that I appreciate and adore. One morning, he took our son to school, and read the book A Bad Case of Stripes before he left. As he was reading, quite a crowd drew around him. So he decided to take him to school again the next morning, this time though, something was a little different.

The kids loved it. I loved it.

It's this kind of thing that inspires me, that causes me to look for fun in the every day things. It takes so little to delight children, and really, adults too. Some days I have no energy for that effort, but those days benefit the most from things like this.

Now here's something that is too cute not to post. She invented this little game all on her own.

I'm feeling very blessed by my family this morning. The diapers in the dryer and the fire in the fireplace only add to the feeling.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall Things

Friday I took the kids to Zoo Boo. Aside from the animals, there was pumpkin bowling, a play, trick or treating, dancing, a bounce house, and a hay bale maze.

There was also a tent where kids could build a bird house.

Saturday my guy let me sleep in, and then we took the kids to get pumpkins.

Sunday, my dad came to visit. He brought my son an old tire, and you'd think he gave him the world. He has been rolling it around, lifting it, and wanting to be home so he can be near it.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cookie Diversion

I am not a mama who enjoys imaginative play. The whole "mama you be the thief and I'm the police and you steal this jewel and say, 'police go away!' and then you run and I'll follow..." Ugh. Oh, I do it, but only until I can coax them away with the offer to make cookies or read books or go to the park or go on a walk or build with blocks or paint.

On this particular day, I talked them into leaving a game of king and queen to bake cookies.

While she was cracking an egg, lots of shell pieces got in. They peered in at the shell bits.

Haha, oops!

I picked it all out.

"The shell was right there! In the bowl!"

The cookies were good, but this moment was better.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Lazy Day

Just look at this fall day:

This picture was taken 2 weeks ago, and trust me, the trees are even redder, the sky is even bluer, and the clouds are even whiter. It is gorgeous here.

It would be calling me outside, except the air is even colder too. So instead I'm throwing up the window shades and baking apple bread.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

One And A Half

I didn't have time on the actual date to post anything about my sweet girl reaching 18 months of age. A year and a half of sweet breastfeeding, sleeping side by side, and doing pretty much everything together. 18 months of beginning the process of figuring out who this tiny, powerful creature is.

She is full on into toddlerhood. There are not many hints of baby left in her, but I search for them whenever I can. I find baby in her delicious cheeks, in her puffy diaper bottom, in her tiny giggles, in her mouth searching for my breast the same way it did when she was 2 months old.

She runs now. She's only really been walking for 4 months, but now she runs places, her bouncy little steps causing her hair to bounce along too.

She says eyebrow and all done and cheese.

She loves to be tickled, she loves peek-a-boo, she loves standing on my legs and jumping off onto the floor, she loves to stand on the bed and fall forward with a plop.

She also loves books. When she wants me to read, she brings me a book and flings it in my general direction and proclaims, "Weeeed!"

She is absolutely divine.


Holiday World Rocked My World

A friend gave us 4 tickets to Holiday World, because she wasn't able to use them this weekend, and the park closes for the season today. I felt like I won the lottery!

Yesterday, in the perfect fall weather, we drove 2 hours south and had a blast.

Of course, first we had to visit with Santa himself.

He chose to ride the bumper cars as his first ride of the day. They are one of his favorites.

He also enjoyed a canoe ride.

Then we took him on a fish ride that goes up and down and around in a circle. She watched him a while, and decided she wanted to try it. It all started out happily enough.

But before one circle had been completed, she looked like this:

And this:

So sad! They were kind enough to stop the ride, and I scooped her out. After that, she didn't want to ride any other rides unless I could go with her. She really liked our train rides and the old fashioned cars.

We had lots of fun at the playground.

She loved this with all her heart!

Last time we went to Holiday World, he didn't like the Turkey Twirl. He liked it this time.

He also liked this ride, that went up and down in order to achieve that dropped stomach feeling. He rode it several times with me and his dad.

I love this fella.

We stayed at the park from the time they opened until they closed. She refused to nap that whole time, but passed out in the car immediately.

The whole day felt like magic. Sunshine and togetherness, rides and junk food. My son has been studying the Holiday World map, reminiscing about the trip already.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Combine Cake *updated*

The combine cake was a success! It was much easier than I thought it would be. I made the tractor cake too, in chocolate.

People have left, and the house is quiet. It was a nice party. Smallish and with hot lasagna. Lots of leftovers, which is always wonderful. My son was so incredibly pleased with everything. He took some time in his room alone if he got too overwhelmed, and he had so much fun playing with his new things that he forgot to eat his piece of cake. It's still sitting down there, and I might let him eat it for breakfast.

*Update* If you would like instructions for how to make the combine cake, I wrote a post. You can find it here: Cake directions

Thursday, October 1, 2009

There Is A Boy Who Is 6,

and I can't believe he's my child. 6! That's big kid territory.

This kid, oh this kid, I love him with all my heart. I love his big blue eyes. I love his huge, sweet heart. He's a sensitive person, a smart person, a wise person, an old soul.

He says things like, "Are there any other mamas as good as you?" and "I like the turkey sandwiches you make better than this one." and "I think horseflies are scarier than bees!"