Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Last Bit of October

 Figure I should upload my October pictures before November is over! These last few weeks have flown by being back to work. I was very thankful I got to extend my maternity leave an additional 1.5 weeks from what I had originally planned and went back the first week of November. Without further ado, here are the end of October pics...

Lauren enjoys wearing unique outfit choices to school. Kyle was not pleased with her outfit this day. I said it was not a battle I was going to fight. She also wore a gold fedora this day :)
It got chilly real quick! One night on our walk I felt so bad for Isaac in my wrap that I bundled him up in the blanket and stuck him in the stroller by Miles with the rain/wind shield down to keep him out of the wind. 
 Lauren rode on the front, it was a sight!
 I got this little shirt for Isaac when I was pregnant and traveled to Boston for work. 
 Last bath on the counter. He now gets his bath in this same little tub in the bathtub so he can splash some more. 
 The kids each invited a friend to the pumpkin patch. Miles picked Aunt Erin and Lauren picked Nana.
 I always pick out pumpkins each year that remind me of each family member. I saw this one and thought it was a good "Kyle" one. Lauren went to this same pumpkin patch for her field trip and told us that they call these pumpkins, "knuckleheads"...perfect!

 Clay Co. Winner!

 We attempted!
 We watched some little friends one afternoon while Kyle was in the field. 5 kids under 5...
 Oddly enough, I got more housework done during this time because they stay entertained!
 Carving pumpkins
 Roasting the Pumpkin Seeds
 Miles wanted to access something on the top of the fridge. He pushed the first chair over and realized he was too short and then proceeded to push the next two over. Lauren and I just watched/photographed from a distance to see how his scientific experiment worked out for him.
 In case you didn't know, it didn't work.
 I got to be the guest reader and helper for Lauren's school Fall party. We picked "Pin the Tail on the Cat" as our game.
 The classmates were enamored with Isaac.
 He enjoyed their company as well.
 Halloween with Cinderella and her 2 mice (Jaq and Gus)

 We head to the nursing home in town to visit Grandma first on Halloween each year. I had to take this picture with Pat. She graduated from Loyola and Erikson (same 2 master's degrees as me) in Chicago in the 70's and also now lives in Emmetsburg at the same independent living facility as my great grandma. 
 Poor Lauren! On our nightly walk, we always went by this house with 2 statues on the porch. Each night, the kids would scream, "Hi Friends!" at the statues as we walked by as the house was inset from the sidewalk quite a bit. Lauren was CONVINCED they were real children that always sat out there. We talked about how they always sat in the same position and wore the same clothes but she didn't seem to make the connection. Starting around June, she requested we go up to the house and see them. I said it wasn't ok to go up to someone's front door and touch their things unless you are invited or know them but on Halloween it is acceptable to go to someone's front door when you don't know them. Long story short, every night from June on, she asked how many more days until Halloween. So on Halloween, she raced up to meet her friends not only to discover they were statues...but also rather chipped ones to boot. I told the homeowner the story and she giggled. As we walked away, I could see a tear in her eye and felt sorry for her. All the anticipation of getting close to the boy and girl and it was a let-down.
 The boys finished up Harvest
 Farmer Grandpa and Miles
 This was another beauty of an outfit!
 And the day she managed to match my outfit and hair.
 Issac turned 3 months on Nov. 5th!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Miles Reading

Miles reading "Harry and the Terrible Whatzit" (an oldie in our house). Check out his hair!!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Lauren Lately

I have been patiently waiting for the day my children 
can actually assist in the cleaning operations of the house. 
Unfortunately, after Lauren's latest sweep job, I will still be waiting patiently. 
 On the other hand, her fashion design business is taking off.