I love this time of the year. Although our Fall was very short and had many days of 80 degree weather, we were able to enjoy a few of them.
The children are growing up so much. We come to this pumpkin patch every year to play with the cats. This year they had two mazes for the kids. They loved jumping on the top of the hay maze versus going through it. As you can see by the Dude's body language, he is irritated with someone. He is a total "fister" when he is angry
As I said, it's really all about the kittens. The children fall in love immediately. Because it is so cold, the kittens love to be held and warmed up. They almost always instantly fall asleep.
One of these days I am going to pull all the above photos for the past years and put them side by side to see how the children change. The sign has not. It is weathering along with them.
I love this time with the kids. Everything is so peaceful.
The next three photos tell a story about Miss Boo.
She is falling in love...
She is determined to have one and is preparing to call her Dad.
She is heartbroken that the answer was no.
She was so sad. She had found this sweet kitten that was so cuddly. Unfortunately our Cat isn't so cuddly and Miss Boo really needs that kind of attention. Oh well, maybe one day we will go and come home with a new kitten.
Shannon challenged me to get back to blogging. I have wanted to, but haven't been able to find my inner blogger voice. I have been reading a lot of them but haven't had much to say, so here goes. Thanks Shannon! Top Ten Thoughts While Transitioning 1. Favorite memory from June Can I say I don't remember that month, because I don't. Not so much! 2. Favorite memory from July Nyoka and the kids came to visit for a week and then the Jacksons came for a day and then Cherra for a couple hours. This happened back to back. 3. Favorite memory from August Painting the rocking chairs turquoise blue. (Mr. Finn was not as excited. He says they go with nothing. My point exactly.) And I decided to cut my hair off and dye it Chocolate Cherry. Figured if I couldn't lose the weight, I could fix the hair.
4. Best thing you ate over Summer vacation Red velvet cheesecake 5. Something you wish you did, but never got around to Swim more with the kids. 6. Favorite song right now Spirit in the Sky. Hasn't changed much since the 80's for me. Could listen to it at any given moment and it would make me move. 7. Favorite fall fashion item Grey mid thigh sweater. Goes with everything. 8. Favorite thing to do with your family in the fall Pick out pumpkins at the patch and play with the new kittens that roam free there. 9. What you can't wait to cook/ eat this fall Hot Cocoa with baguette bread every morning. Makes me happy. 10. A goal you have for this school year Have the kids be more self reliant. i.e.: make own lunches, etc.
This amazing little boy got baptized on April 12th. It was short and sweet, covering all the points and in the end he was baptized and confirmed by his Dad. His biggest fear is that he would have to do it twice and it happened, just like his Dad 42 years ago.
His Grandpa gave the opening prayer and his Uncle Homer gave the talk. I love how he used examples from his mission in Korea and he talked solely to the Dude.
This little boy brings so much laughter and life to our home. He made the choice to be baptized and am grateful for his obedient heart.
We love him so much and are happy to be his parents.
Because this April was a very special one. Not just because or Miss Boo's birthday on the 16th, but because her brother was baptized April 5th. Because of this fact, she got to spend her birthday with her grandparents from Arizona.
We went to Adam-ondi-ahman and Jamesport for the day. It was really cold and we couldn't spend long but it is always nice to visit. We went to Jamesport which is an Amish town. The kids were disappointed we couldn't ride a buggy. Funny kids.
My Dad is funny and has the funniest shirts. The irony is, they totally say what he is thinking. Or doing! Love my Dad.
She is growing up so fast. So smart, quite funny, sweet to others (outside her family) kind, generous, enthusiastic about her hobbies (painting, piano) and has the most beautiful face. She is a joy in our home. She also was put on this earth to teach us patience. We are very grateful for her.
This is the meal she wanted for her birthday. A pretty predictable child when it comes to food.
Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Who doesn't love that.
My sweet little baby boy turned eight today. How in heavens name did that happen? This boy has brought so much joy to our home. He is deeply happy. We are so grateful for him and his generosity and kindness.
We celebrated his birthday yesterday because he wanted to have friends at his party and we don't do that on Sunday. He was very specific about his party and all the things we did. From a scavenger hunt to these cube Rabbids. He is infatuated with these Rabbids and the video games.
I am so glad he had fun. His best friend is the little red head. We adore her. Such a fun group for his birthday.
As I said… totally adore this girl! Those Rabbids were the Dude's idea. I had to laminate them and make it so they could decorate their own. I love that kid!
Ain't he GREAT!
I love this boy so much. So happy to be his Mom. My only wish for him is that he keeps his optimism and good sense of humor as he grows into manhood. He is such a wonderful boy!