Sunday, November 11, 2018

my favorite kind of fall

I love Fall.  I love the crispness in the air, anything pumpkin spice, and the vibrant colors of the leaves.  The down side is that Fall tends to be pretty short lived, at least here in the Midwest.

So we all went outside one day after school and soaked it up as much as we could!


My world 💗


October wrap up

I'm embarrassed that I've gotten so behind with my blogging.  But then I remind myself that I have 4 kids {who have all been sick at one time or another} and I choose to give myself a break :)

So, October.  Here is what we were up to:

Sweet London turned 10 months old.  The kids have enjoyed trying to teach her different words.  Ultimately, "dog" was her first word but Summer was hoping it would be "dilly dilly"... like from the Bud Light commercials, haha!

Fall is a photographer's busy season, which I have thoroughly enjoyed!


I may or may not have locked my keys in the car after that last one... but I sure looked cool. {Not}.  Josh was such a good sport to load up the kids in the van and come rescue me 30 minutes away.

A couple of hot air balloons floated over our backyard one night so I had to document that.

I also wanted to document my new 'do, but then the dog photobombed me.

There we go.

Side note: I was mistaken for a man at the grocery store.  To be fair, my back was turned and I was wearing a blue coat.  At least that's what I'm telling myself.

Our microwave broke in late September, I think.  You don't realize how often you use something until it's broken!  We're happy to have a new microwave that is in working order.  A couple weeks later our washing machine broke and we had to replace that too.  Home ownership is a good thing, right???

London's little face lights up every time she sees Summer.  Probably because Summer is the one who is always happy to spend quality time with her, even if that means a quick bath before bedtime.

Summer's school recently held an interesting water drive.  To raise awareness of how people in other countries have to walk miles to obtain water, the kids were encouraged to walk to school while carrying a jug of water.  Fortunately for us we live very close to the school but I was proud of Summer for carrying that jug of water the entire way.  She learned a lesson for sure!

The cold weather is here to stay.  Boo.

But I guess it's not all bad :)

We passed around some sickness in October.  Honestly, that's my least favorite thing about Fall/Winter.  I can handle cold days.  I can even handle snow.  It's the constant runny noses, coughs, and fevers that get to me.  Jackson had a fever of 100* or more for 6 days STRAIGHT, but he tested negative for strep and his lungs sounded fine.  I swear he had pneumonia because the cough and fever continued on and off for another week.  Poor guy.

Kylie also claimed she wasn't feeling very well.  Ibuprofen helped keep her fever at bay but then she started complaining about her ears.  I took her to the doctor the next morning and he said -- and I quote -- "Girl, you're a hot mess!"  Double ear infections and bronchitis!  

We've bought more antibiotics, OTC cold medicines, Vicks, Kleenex, and Tylenol than I ever hoped to in one month's time.  Bleh.

While I visited my brother and his family in New Mexico, Josh stayed home and took care of the kids.  I think we all had a good time during our respective vacations.


Halloween came and went.  In addition to the chili cook-off and Trunk-or-Treat, our church also hosted a fun cake walk.  This was my contribution.  I call it "Death by Chocolate."

 And that was October in a nutshell.  I suppose I should take down my Halloween decorations now...

10 months

London's 10th month was definitely one of growth.  Not only did she hit a growth spurt but she learned a few new tricks!  She began eating solid foods almost exclusively, learned to CRAWL, got some teeth {we're up to 6 now}, and said her first word: dog.

Halloween 2018

I'm typically not very on top of things when it comes to Halloween but this year the kids made it super easy for me.  Kylie wanted to be a Starbucks cup.  I have no idea where she came up with that idea but I think she rocked it.  {When did that girl grow up so fast?}

I gave Summer a deadline on her Halloween costume decision.  The morning of the deadline she kept going back and forth between being Hermione Granger from Harry Potter or... a guy in a suit with a top hat and cane.  I asked if she was thinking of P.T. Barnum from The Greatest Showman and she replied, "No.  Just a guy with a top hat and a cane."  OK..... Well, since her vision for the top hat guy wasn't really coming together, she opted to be Hermione Granger.  She cracks me up.

Summer's friend dressed up as a werewolf so the two of them had some fun with that.

Jackson picked out his costume early in September.  #Winning.  He made a cute little Captain America.

I got to attend his preschool Halloween party that morning.  In this picture the kids are being wrapped up in string to make a life size spider web.  They had fun throwing the ball of yarn back and forth to each other.

London was dressed up as Vanellope Von Schweetz from Wreck It Ralph.  Josh "dressed up" as Ralph and I was Fix It Felix Jr.  This is what we looked like for the Trunk-or-Treat at our church.

Speaking of which, I purchased beer for the first time in my life in order to make the chili for the Trunk-or-Treat.  Ironic?  Yes.  But it paid off.  Out of 26 kinds of chili, mine won!  I think it had more to do with the delicious smoked pork that was in the chili rather than the beer.  Thanks Josh!

On Halloween night we met up with some friends to go trick-or-treating in our neighborhood.  It had rained all day but fortunately it stopped about an hour before we were ready to head out.  Kylie opted to go with friends in a different neighborhood.  I think everyone had a great time.

Happy Halloween!


Each October the kids get a week long Fall Break from school.  Typically we stay close to home {if we do anything at all} but this year we tried something a little different.  I packed my bags and headed to Albuquerque to spend a few days with my brother while Josh stayed home with the kids!

Well, they mostly stayed home.  One day Josh took the kids to Ohio to visit the National Air Force Museum.  There are only a handful of things that could get such a big Michigan fan to willingly enter his rival state, but apparently the Air Force Museum is one of them :)

I had actually planned on taking London with me to ABQ but she developed a nasty cough that I wasn't too comfortable with.  So I traveled solo {which I wasn't too upset about}.  I got to spend 4 glorious days with these cutie pies, 2-year-old Bella and 5-week-old Raven.


 Can I just tell you how much I LOVE being an aunt?

We spent most of our time just hanging out together but there was one day where we ventured to Old Town Albuquerque.  The weather was unseasonably chilly -- I think the Indiana weather followed me -- but we had a great time exploring all of the quaint little shops.


Kyle and Bella have perfected this little "skit."  She's still learning her alphabet but she knows by heart how to do 2 claps and a Rick Flair.  GENIUS.


Bella is very much a 2-year-old, meaning that much of her happiness is based on whatever interesting distractions we can find her at any given time.  She was fascinated with my selfie stick on numerous occasions.  It was fun scrolling through my photos afterward.

Of course I brought my camera with me so I could snap some pictures of Kyle's family and their sweet new addition.

I flew home the same day that my parents flew in.  Our time together barely overlapped but it was still fun to see each other! 

It's been real, ABQ!  'Til next time...