Saturday, November 1, 2008

Catching My Breath Today

What a fun and full fall we've had. I still plan on not blogging as much, but I can't miss this time to post some wonderful pictures of some fun times we've had the last week!

Last Friday, we headed over to my sister's. We visited that night with her family and my brother's. As always, it was a wonderful time. Here are some pictures from our visit with my sister (I kicked myself that I didn't take any pictures the evening before while my brother was there!)

My niece, looking more and more like my sister every year!

My son O in the middle with his cousins, his best friends.

Quick picture of our princess #1 before heading up to Pake's house
After my sister's, we headed up to my father-in-law's house for a nice visit with him, and one last ride on the boat, before he tucks it away for the long winter. It was C-O-L-D. The boat ride was the quickest we ever did. But its the funnest way, and the only way as far as my kids are concerned, to get to our favorite place to eat while visiting Pake (Dutch for grandpa, in case you were wondering). Also, this restaurant is where I met my handsome man :)

In the yard of one of Pake's neighbors. Can you imagine the arguments here? McCain's sign was the closest to the road - I wonder if they argued whose sign could be the closest!

This week, we saw our first snow! Of course, with the first flakes, you must don your winter gear and run out to play! Nothing accumulated really, but there was enough slush on the deck to keep one 6 year old boy busy shovelling for a while (his, and my, favorite activity after a snow storm!) That evening we watched the Halloween Charlie Brown special (can't remember the name for the life of me now), while cuddled in front of our first fire of the year. I could have a fire every night :)

Then, of course, the big event this week was Halloween! I finished C's robe just in time (yes, I sewed the boys' robes, belts, and only O's shirt). O was Anikan Skywalker, and C was Obi Wan Kanobi. Yes, Star Wars is a big thing in our house these days!

The following pictures are from C's Halloween parade at his preschool on Thursday:
Thursday night, we headed up to Grammie and Grampie's for some early trick or treating. I didn't take enough pictures that night, but did capture this cute one of some boys with very luscious lips :)
Friday after lunch, we headed over for O's school Halloween parade. I was not prepared for how fast they make these kids move! So this very large (as you will see in a minute) pregnant Mama ran, found another spot in the crowd, and yelled his name to get a shot - the only shot.
Once O got off the bus, I drove him quick to get his weekly allergy shots. We came home, had a moment to breathe, before dressing the kids up for the town parade, which happens to be walking distance, even for me right now. My husband and I took mental notes, that 2 year olds just do not like Halloween! I have pictures of O crying as a cowboy, C (last year) crying as a Horse, and now this year, M was only happy in a backpack on Daddy's shoulders, with her "bobo and bankie" (pacifier and blanket). Thankfully, eventually she changed her mind :) It was silly in my mind to force her to put on her princess dress, so I put on a cow sweatshirt with her clothes she was already wearing. That way, if, and when, she changed her mind, I just put the hood up. Worked marvelously :)

30 weeks and counting!

Notice his handsome goatee! I guess someone reads my blog ;)
Hope you had a happy Halloween! My kids sure did, they are already talking about what to be next year!

Until next time :) So long!


Nathan said...

Sorry we weren't together! We missed you guys!

Love you,

Nate, Bek and Zadie

Liz said...

Loved the pictures Jen....I read your blog about everyday...well, when you write a post....don't forget about us! You look GREAT!

Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest,
For those that wander they know not where
Are full of trouble and full of care;
To stay at home is best.

Weary and homesick and distressed,
They wander east, they wander west,
And are baffled and beaten and blown about
By the winds of the wilderness of doubt;
To stay at home is best.

Then stay at home, my heart, and rest;
The bird is safest in its nest;
O'er all that flutter their wings and fly
A hawk is hovering in the sky;
To stay at home is best.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow