September 30, 2018

September Roundup

Yikes! I didn't realize that September was so busy, but we did a lot! I guess busy is just our normal, which is good, because the next few months are full of holidays, birthdays, travel, and more, so hopefully we'll be up for it all.

My favorite part about September was getting our hammock swings, and the nights cooling off enough for us to start enjoying them again. The kids also all reached their half birthday this month (we didn't celebrate), but they are now 6 months, 2.5, and 5.5 years old. Sophie has settled in well at kindergarten and is becoming a better reader every day. Davey grew three inches over the summer and, while he can be a grumpy gremlin at times, he keeps us laughing at all the funny things he says and does. And Charlie is always drooling, smiling, and trying to extend his reach to explore all the things around him. Love those kids!!

Some fun at home. They go through different toy phases, where something will become popular and played with non-stop for a few days. This month it was PEZ dispensers (Davey calls them "up highs") and these little magnet sticks I got from my grandma's house.

Sophie had a "late-over" with her friend Ethan. They ate a lot of junk and watched the Emperor's New Groove in their pajamas. 

There was a balloon launch at the park by our house one morning. Davey and I walked over in pjs to check it out. It was a bit windy (like always) so they only flew a few hundred yards before coming back down, but it was fun to watch them inflate and ascend. There were 13 balloons total, and Davey's favorite was Spider-Pig.

Story time with daddy

Charlie helped me clean out Davey's closet - all of that will be his someday! This was two summer's, and one winter's worth of clothes that Davey had outgrown and I had just been throwing in a tub. 

Mr. Sour Patch Kid. Some days he is just in a mood, and nothing can bring him out of it. One night it was his turn for the dinner prayer. He was grumpy, so I prayed that we could all be happy, which instead of repeating, he said "but I'm sad."

He always looks sweet while sleeping :)

On one Saturday we went to the Tri-State Fair parade. It was long (2.5 hours), but much better than the Fourth of July parade, and the kids had a blast! The were fire trucks, motorcycles, animals, bands, candy and more!

Charlie spent most of the parade in a state of shock, and then fell asleep for the end

Hammock session with my boys

Naked little Davey making faces at himself in the mirror :)

Sophie has been taking a gymnastics class at Amarillo College. It's what we are doing this fall instead of soccer. She has LOVED it, especially since her friend Emery is also in the class. 

Davey also wanted to show me how he does gymnastics

And here's Charlie's trick - escaping the bouncy seat! Buckles are no longer optional...

A new exhibit opened this month at the Discovery Center. The theme is "Rescue!" and it has some really fun, interactive exhibits. The boys and I met up with some friends a couple days after it opened and had a great morning checking everything out. 

Davey with his two best friends, Graham and Mclane, doing a tug-of-war

There were lots of new stations, but Davey's favorite was the instructional CPR video. I kept trying to pull him away to the ball pit or helicopter, but he kept coming back to this monitor. When we went back the next day, he went straight for it again, but it was out of order. I can only imagine that we were the ones to break it, because I don't know who else would have been interested in it - oops!

Charlie had an epic blowout, but we have the most amazing sink in our laundry room that can literally blast the poop right off. I love it!!

Luckily the poop washed off this guy pretty easily too

Coloring Halloween pictures out on the trampoline since it was such a nice day

September 28, 2018

Fall Fun Friday

We had two fun events this Friday! First up was a trip to Maxwell's Pumpkin Farm. A group of moms from our stake all met together to go as a "preschool field trip." Our family will all go together later in October, but for today it was just me and the boys.

It was a beautiful day (maybe a little too warm at times) and Davey had a fabulous time. His favorite part was repeatedly climbing up the big hill to go down the slides. He also liked riding on the cow train, and playing in the corn pit, which was nice to see because last year he was too afraid to go in. He was covered head to toe in dirt and corn dust by the end of the day, which is the sign of a good outing for a little boy.

With my friend Candice. She has a little boy Davey's same age, a baby girl just a few months younger than Charlie, and a daughter that is Sophie's age as well. 

Picking the pumpkin was actually the worst part of our day. We took a hay ride out to the patch where Davey spent 2 minutes choosing a pumpkin, and then they left us there for AN HOUR. It was hot and dusty, with no shade and I didn't bring any snacks. I debated several times whether or not to walk back, but knew Davey would never make it, and I couldn't carry him and Charlie both. 

There was this big tractor to look at while we waited to return to the farm

Charlie was so hungry he started eating hay :)

After the patch we went to the corn pit, where Davey jumped right in, but Charlie was not so sure

He was a daredevil on these slides!

I also met up with my friend Jessica there. She has two boys that Davey loves to play with, and a baby Charlie's age as well. We spent a lot of time chasing the big boys all over, so we parked the babies next to each other so they wouldn't look abandoned whenever we had to run off. 

Friday evening was the Horseman Harvest, a fall carnival at Sophie's school. Davey loved the pumpkin bowling, fishing game and all the candy. Sophie's favorites were the animals, face painting and bouncy houses. It was hard to keep track of everyone and help them with the games since Dave was out of town and I was on my own. We lasted 90 minutes before everyone got cold and I ran out of patience. The kids had fun though, and I'm sure we'll look forward to this event each year!

Charlie was asleep when we arrived so I put him in the wagon. He took a good nap, and then when he woke up, I sat him up so he could watch the action. 

Matchbox car races

Lonestar Scales & Tails, the company where Sophie had her birthday, was at the festival. I love the look Davey is giving her as she showed him the igauana. 

Sophie insisted on hold the snake by herself

Pumpkin bowling

The classic fishing game is always a favorite

The face painting booth was run by middle school kids (12 year olds), so the art wasn't that amazing, but the kids didn't care. Davey was going to get a spider, but then when he sat in the chair he changed his mind to a football. 

Match the ducks & bean bag toss