Sunday, October 25

a cat with stripes

We saw a neat tractor parade a while back.  Lots of old men, driving their beasts about with such nonchalance - surely they've been doing it all their lives.  Some of the machines sounded and smelled just like all my tractor riding childhood memories with my Grandpa.

Seth and I pulled out the WWII aircraft puzzle that we got a few years ago.  I tried putting it together then - Paige wasn't quite 1 - but it didn't work out well (big surprise!).  Adam and I stayed home from a camping trip a few weeks ago (he was unwell) and had such a stretch of quiet that I sat and worked through most of it that evening.  It was a big surprise that we weren't missing any pieces - and the only mangled one was a piece I remember prying from Paige's 10mo old teething gums.  Are we really old enough to have a puzzle table going?!  They do puzzles often while I read to them, but those are easily completed and reboxed afterwards.  I told Seth that Sarah and I used to work on puzzles all day long with movies on, eating potato chips with french onion dip...I think he now has plans for his Thanksgiving break; he has started asking if there is a puzzle of submarines...

We hit the Mayfield corn maze with friends and had a great time.  Adam had some sort of allergic reaction afterwards (I still think hay), but he was a happy boy while he was there.  Paige convinced him that there was a harvester (Cars is his reference point for this) on the other side of the corn maze, coming for them...needless to say he freaked out.  Someday she may regret starting this you-scare-me-I-scare-you situation.

Noah is in on the card games these days.  Reverses in Uno really frustrate him - all that waiting for his turn! - but he happily pulls out the maniacal laughter whenever he unloads a draw two or draw four.  He still finds it super exciting to give someone his cards during Go Fish - I think he considers himself an accessory to their success.  Makes me laugh.

Monday, September 28

the 4th 3rd

We had a 3rd birthday at the end of August, it flew right by.  Look how much he's changed on each birthday!  And can you believe Paige can still wear her "birthday [and every other special moment] dress"?!

How sweet is this boy.  He loves puppies and slides and friends and fast shoes and juice boxes and race cars and brothers and Paige and many, many things.  We are blessed beyond measure.

Friday, September 25

Mudstache Run

Seth's Trail Life troop had their Mudstache Run a few weeks ago and Dustin took the Big Three. There was a lot of mud.  Adam was sadly not a big fan (what an understatement!), but they all finished and sleep in their hard-earned race shirts.  If you remember, ask Adam what he thought of his mud run - I've heard replies like "worst day OF MY LIFE", "was not fun AT ALL", "I'm not doing that again, no way".

We also went to Paige's AHG Family Fun Camp, and it was fun for all.  Canoes, fishing, playing, friends, s'mores - what's not to love?  Seth took right to fishing and enjoyed himself immensely.  Noah did drop his paddle and fell out of the canoe reaching for it, but thankfully I was tying my shoe and missed Dustin's speedy rescue!  It is better for a mother to miss some things.

Friday, September 4

northeast trip, take 2

My Uncle Don and Aunt Katie live on a beautiful "pond" and we had days of tractors, boats, naps, and games.  Dustin and Paige were all about the water games.  The weather was lovely, the company entertaining, and it was sweet to see my grandparents a bit more.  My cousins Lauren and Molly were home for a bit and it was so fun to see them as adults (we saw them last at our wedding!).
On the way home, we each chose our second favorite part of the trip (first being family, of course)...
Noah: Lindsay and Samantha's trampoline!
Adam: fireworks at Uncle Brandon's!
Paige: the boat!
Seth: the boat!
Allison: really great food that I didn't cook!
Dustin: being on the water!

It was lots of miles and hours in the car, but what a sweet adventure.