Monday, October 26, 2015

October Little Things

Fall is in the air and I couldn't be more thrilled.  As much as I hate to say goodbye to the heat of summer, there's something so lovely about fallish things: cozy blankets, warm apple cider, football games.  And those colors!  I can't get enough.

I'm greeted by this gorgeous sight every time I walk into my bedroom.  Love it.

 

Fall, of course, means Halloween {which is far from my favorite holiday but I'll go all in for the kids}.  Kylie apparently has big plans to go trick-or-treating with a classmate.
 

I started working on Summer's costume today and I have to say, it looks pretty awesome.  I'm not very artistic, especially when clothing is involved, but considering that I've only spent $30 total to make 3 kids' costumes, you have to know there's at least a little magic happening here.

Summer had a pumpkin carving activity at her preschool this evening.  Jackson was happy to help prepare the pumpkin.
 


I think it's safe to say that my sweet middle child adores some good one-on-one time.
 

Her pumpkin may not look like much in the light...
...but at night she's got a pretty good looking one-eyed minion.  She decided to call him Bob.
 

Jackson continues to line up those cars of his day after day on various window sills.  Don't be fooled-- he's not that particular or tidy about anything else.


We recently attended a football game at our local high school.  We came on a good night because some of the players from the Pacers were there handing out free stuff.
 

Last week I spent several evenings listening to an online Mom Conference.  There were tons of great topics but one that really interested me was how to get kids interested in healthy foods.  I've come a long way over the last 9 years in preparing meals for my family, but I would like to aim even higher.  I really enjoy cooking and that is a passion I would love to share with my kids.

So we've started having a Chef of the Day.  It's not a chore, but rather an opportunity for one of the girls to be my helper in the kitchen for the day.  They LOVE it!  They think it's the coolest thing to be able to touch the dials on the stove, use real knives, and mix ingredients together.
This was Kylie's first time using a sharp knife to chop cucumber.  Just ignore Josh.  She did awesome.
 

I will say that these pictures capture just how interesting it can be to have little helpers.  Notice, for instance, Jackson's leg behind Kylie.  He's sitting on the island doing who knows what.

Annnnnd this one shows how fantastic my house looks at 5:00pm each day.  That is a topic for another day!

We've been visiting our library on a regular basis now but it just doesn't compare to our old one.  We miss that great big library BUT I will say that this one has something the Carmel library doesn't: Babysitter's Club books.  I read the entire series when I was Kylie's age and now I've been able to introduce it to her.  She really enjoys these books and we've started reading a chapter or two together each night before bed.  We've been getting a lot of reading time in lately since she's been dealing with bronchitis.  Poor thing.  During the dinner prayer this evening, Summer asked that Kylie would be healed from her "brown-eye-chitis."

Here's to hoping that everyone is healthy {and costumes are made} in time for Halloween!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Catching Up

Has it seriously been a month since I last blogged?  That's embarrassing.  But in my defense, I've been trying to be more "present" with my kids.  I can't let moments like these slip through my fingers:

Here is a small taste of what we've been up to lately!

Kylie keeps the family smiling.  When she's not telling jokes, she's usually spitting out facts from her latest read.  I admire her enthusiasm for learning and her desire to try new things.  She may be small in stature but she's very big in heart.  I can always count on her to be helpful.  Now if only she could stop growing up so fast...

Summer recently enjoyed getting dolled up for Picture Day at her school.  She's loving Pre-K and told me last week that she's friends with everyone.  I believe it.  She always has a smile and a hug ready.

Jackson is...well, let me put it this way: I often tell people that God made him extra cute to make up for how naughty he can be.  He keeps me on my toes but I love his curiosity.  He's still my little shadow and I wouldn't have it any other way.  I was going to submit his picture for the Gerber Cute Baby contest but time totally got away from me so I missed the deadline.  Oh well.  He's a winner in my book :)

My brother came down for a visit and, as usual, the kids couldn't contain their excitement.  


 

I met up with my friend at the Children's Museum one day.  The Babyscape never fails to impress.
 

Josh and I put dating on hold for awhile as we saved for our house, but we've recently put date night back at the tippy top of our priority list.  Don't get me wrong -- dates in the park {with kids} are better than nothing, but spontaneous lunch dates and scheduled outings are the best!  I like him :)
                   


Remember this awesome wall calendar?  It is the bane of my existence.  Someday I will have to devote an entire blog post to this darn calendar but for now just know that dry erase paint doesn't work well...

 In other news, I'm getting old and I have to wear my glasses almost all the time now. 
 

Josh is loving the fact that he has a yard to mow and a driveway to wash the cars in.  Someday the novelty will wear off, I'm sure, but for now he couldn't be happier.

And then there's the "upkeep" -- nail painting for the girls and haircuts in the highchair for the boy.
p.s. I love that Summer wears my old wedding necklace with T-shirts.  If anyone is going to start that trend, it might as well be her.
                     
And last but not least, we spent a weekend in Michigan so Josh and I could attend a friend's wedding.  The girls always do really well in the car {even without DVD players} but Jackson is always our wild card.  Thankfully he has a really sweet big sister to help him out.

My parents were kind enough to watch the kiddos for the evening so Josh and I could have a night out.  We knew they would be in excellent hands.

 
The fella all the way to the left is the one who got married and I couldn't be happier for him.  He has been one of my very best friends since my senior year of high school {was that really 10 years ago!?}.  The other two have also been very good friends of mine ever since we met in middle school.  Yup, they're lifers.  I certainly wasn't voted "most popular" in school, but the friends I do have are the best.

So that's what we've been up to for the last month.  Pretty much :)