Monday, October 31

fall party

Last week we made some of these
and took them to our friends' Fall Party.  Where they made crafts, painted pumpkins, had lunch, ran around, and munched on carmel apples (which they also made).  Super fun.
They wore their costumes, too, but I didn't get any pics of that.

Sunday, October 30

seeing triple

Really.  I'm on my third Powershot.  The flash circuit died on the first.  The lens wouldn't protract/retract (just tract?!) and/or focus on the second (this just happened last week).

I do so love this little camera.  Guess I should already go ahead and start saving for another.

Thursday, October 27


It snowed here yesterday.
We went from this on Tuesday... this on Wednesday.
Hello, Winter.

Tuesday, October 25

messes schmesses

I think it's funny, how much it used to seem like I was in control of my life, before children.  Hah!  I wasn't, of course - and n e v e r will be - but it seemed like I was.  Then again, I also didn't have small people thwarting me at every turn.
Like this little guy.  Baby A is subscribing to S&P's 'Go Big or Go Home' attitude towards mess-making.

I've gotten precious little done the last few days, courtesy this under-the-weather sugar bean.  Oh well!  The greatest of these is not to-do listing.  The greatest of these is love.  Snuggle. Snuggle. Snuggle.

Monday, October 24

page break

As much as I love summer, autumn is my favorite season.  I appreciate that it's an actual season in the East - here in Colorado it's like a page break between summer and winter.  A glorious, short-lived page break.

We've been making pumpkin muffins, drinking tea and snuggling under lots of blankets on the hammock.  There are leaves to jump in, crafts to create, bread to bake, and costumes to wear.
We're expecting snow this week.  But for right now, it's still fall.

Thursday, October 20

the helpers

S&P are slowly taking over the breakfast duties for their little bro.  Is it possible to feed a baby without opening your own mouth??
We had to have some appropriate-bite-size demonstrations, but they're getting the hang of it.  And for the most part, as long as the cereal keeps coming, he's good with it.

Wednesday, October 19

summer was good to us

At least as far as produce is concerned.  If you could show a phase in life through pictures, it seems like food would be the ideal subject.  So that was our summer: vibrant, sweet, beautiful.

Tuesday, October 18

yo ho

We went to a birthday party this weekend (Happy 5th, Ry Guy!) at a nifty pool.  It was a pirate party and S thought the gold doubloons were awesome.  And then he figured out there was chocolate inside and he thought they were totally awesome.  Baby A was the only one impervious to the chillier water.
No surprise, P was enamored with the water slide!  Again, Daddy, again.

Thursday, October 13


I am determined to make an advent calendar this year.  I will.  I must.

Only trouble is, the one I see in my head needs a mantle.  And, oh yeah...we don't have a fireplace.  Hmph.

Fall projects have begun.  I made this one evening recently.  Quilling is so something that is better to do without little children.

Wednesday, October 12

cooler mornings

Who can resist baking in fleece booties and steamed milk with peeps?  Not me.

Monday, October 10

laundry with the LG

P has started helping me more and more.  Her clothespins always want to be friends.

Thursday, October 6

a few of my favorite things

Sleeping on couches and bleaching the walls
Changing the sheets and washing the dolls
Love cooler weather and the sickness it brings
These are a few of my favorite things

Pale tired husbands and lackluster children
Dizziness, night sweats and days feeling frozen
Heads that are aching and a stomach that wrings
These are a few of my favorite things

Dustin telling of germs we must duel
Teapots and cold toast and chicken with noodle
Tummies that rumble and a baby who sings
These are a few of my favorite things

When the flu comes
When the bugs camp
When we're feeling bad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad

Wednesday, October 5

trippin': portland

We finished up the week in Portland, seeing brothers, sisters and friends.  We stayed with Chris & Tanya (we love them, and they have room for us) and spent the days being silly.

Our Baby A and their Baby A are 1 month apart (she's older).  They got along rather famously...*cough* arranged marriage *cough*.
 I got to hit up Trader Joe's not once but twice.  Unfortunately, we ate a lot of the yummy goods already.  The mints!  If you haven't tried the dark chocolate mint creams, try them.
Uncle Matt & Aunt Jamie got to spend lots of time with us.
The game nights were intense.
We made donuts one morning and by the end of the week, the peeps were toast.  Look at them zoning on the couch.
And new nephew Baby M!

Brian and Roxie fed us and Aunt Roxie scored major points for letting P feed their fish in the backyard.  After dinner with the sibs, we stopped by Matt & Jamie's place and took off from there.  It was 8ish.  The ride home was uneventful, except for when Seth started wailing in his sleep that I needed to stop driving because his back was on fire.  I don't know if a dryer sheet had made it into a load or if it was just using different detergent, but he and I were both covered in hives by the time we hit Wyoming.  Thankfully I had an 'untouched' outfit for everyone (as I did wonder if this would happen), and we just stopped and swapped him out of his jammies.  

The Blazer was sporting a completely flat tire (nail) and our kitchen trash can was harboring an unknown liquid that was spilled all over the floor (*hurl*), but otherwise we were all good.  I had to wash everything once we got back, which was a disappointment since the entire thought behind doing laundry there was so. I. didn't. have. to. do. it. here. but whatever.  We made it home!  It was wonderful to see everyone.
This is really dark, and you might have to turn up the volume.  It was just before we got to Denver.  Hilarious.