Monday, October 31, 2011
Here are some photos from the day:
Here are the finished pumpkins from the afternoon. They look great, but the kiddos weren't quite up for a photo shoot with the pumpkins. lol
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
However, I do have a soft spot for the Patriots for two reasons.
1. I remember listening to the Patriots/Bears super ball game back in the 80s. We lived in Boston at the time and we were at my cousin's house painting like every room with them. There was a TV or radio on in just about each room and I remember the excitement level just draining from the house that day. I think every child in New England was a Patriot's fan that year and all felt the devastation together as they lost.
2. The Patriots are what brought Tim and I together. It was the Patriots heading to the Super Bowl in 2003 that led me to e-mail Tim an I'll be thinking of you message that gave him the courage to ask me out. :)
Well, now that we have 3 kids going out and staying at a restaurant to watch a whole football game is next to impossible. So instead we pay careful attention to when they are shown on TV, which for being far out of New England here, they are actually on quite a bit. We have also been keeping up on the Lions this season too and cheering for them which has been fun. Well, all of us cheer for them except Michael. Michael, who will tell you he "grew up in Pittsburgh" is a die hard Steelers fan. Next in line he chooses to root for whoever is playing the Patriots or the Lions. Boy does he like to ruffle his daddy's feathers!
This past weekend, though, the Patriots had a buy so we found ourselves with a bit of extra time on our hands. Tim took the kids outside to play a bit and they ended up having a blast of a football game themselves:
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
I was totally inspired by the October Shutterbug challenge over at 9th and Bloom - a digital scrapbooking site. You can check the challenge out here.
The challenge was to be selective in what you focused on in a picture, choosing something that may not be the most obvious or normal for the shot but really helps to tell the story. Here are a couple from the challenge:
I love the focus on the kid taking the picture and having the camera in the foreground out of focus.
Then there was this cool one focusing on the raindrops on the window. You can still make out the thermometer but I wouldn't have really paid any attention to the rain drops if they weren't the focus.
Here is the one I took to show the flower blossoms still out in the fall.
All of this inspired me to put together this mini layout too:
Friday, October 21, 2011
So how do we pass our time? How about a kitchen table tent!
Or maybe some barnyard singing and dancing.
When I got this barn out, the kids played with it for a few minutes before figuring out that it made animal noises and played music. After pushing buttons for a while, Jon all of a sudden jerked his head towards me and grinned. "That's Old McDonald!" The first couple of times he sang along he waited and just sang on the "EIEIO"s. We have been working on the other words too.
Becca, as many of you know, loves music too, only she is the dancer in the family. I find her dancing along almost every time we turn music on. In fact, she dances a lot even when music is not playing, sometimes humming to herself. I think she has music playing in her head most of the day like her dad.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
And here is the layout I created with it.
Credits: Everything - including template from Hocus Pocus bundle by geniaBeana scraps and Cluster Queen Creations, font is Courier New
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
This week we found my old Eeyore doll. Jon exclaimed that it was Pooh. I tried to tell him about Eeyore, but he now loves to walk around with his "Little Pooh" as he has now named him. I need to find some Hundrend Acre Wood books to educate my kiddos in the world of Winnie the Pooh.
Oh, well, at least he knew it was related to Pooh, right?
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
It was a bit strange to watch the kids jumping in leaves in summer weather - the boys even wore shorts, but they had a blast. Jon has been begging to jump in leaves since the first one fell off our tree. I guess last year's fall made a big impression on him. Becca got right into it too and kept giggling.
All was going well until Becca got stuck buried under the leaves and Jon lost a sandal in the pile.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Visiting a cat on a stroll through the neighborhood
Monday, October 10, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Jon is all about fountains right now and pointed them out to me everyone, so this was really cool for him. There were bear statues posted around and in the fountain.
And then we came to a bunch of hands sticking out of the ground - representing the number of new children's beds opened in the hospital I believe. We got Becca an Luke to hold up their hands to for a fun shot.
We saw the cool big dog. I asked Jon if he could touch the dogs head. He went up an tried jumping for a bit but wasn't even close.
And the monkeys on the bridge. Jon said we needed to get a picture to show Michael.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Now, however, she loves dolls and stuffed animals. She will take them for rides in the doll stroller or large dump truck and she will feed them bites of her snack. And in the last few days I'm constantly seeing her walking around with one tucked under her arm.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Oh, and the educator in me couldn't resist a little play-doh mini lesson. You see the three balls we made. We practiced counting to three and talking about little, medium, and big!
And speaking of education, we got letter stamps for Jon and look what he did on his own: