christmas time

Nov
2014
20

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it comes early here, but you know, that’s how we like it.

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and this picture I feel pretty much sums up our phase of life right now.DSC_0115

oktoberfest

Oct
2014
21

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We went downtown to Oktoberfest last weekend. The weather was perfect, and the kids loved the falling “leaves”.DSC_0630 DSC_0623Alia eating an ice cube…DSC_0636DSC_0642DSC_0643DSC_0647DSC_0651Ready for another one.DSC_0660DSC_0675The German band was very good.DSC_0725DSC_0722DSC_0757DSC_0733DSC_0738DSC_0749DSC_0763DSC_0767And like all great fall evenings, we ended it with pumpkin pie & “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at Mimi’s house :-)DSC_0792

bathtime babies

Oct
2014
20

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Sometimes I like to blog about ordinary things because one day when they won’t be ordinary anymore and I think I’ll be happy to remember them.

Which brings us to bathtime. I’m actually a bit lazy when it comes to baths & usually just let the kids wash off quickly in the shower most of the time, but since Kaden’s begun playing sports baths have become a more regular part of our routine. We come home & fill up the tub with bubbles & let him & Alia soak and play. We listen to classical music (usually The Nutcracker) & I blow bubbles for them until my head feels dizzy and then move on to journaling or Pinteresting while they squirt their little water toys and pour water over their heads (& each others, and the floor) & it lasts maybe an hour (they’re never ready to get out) and we all really enjoy it.

DSC_0386-2 DSC_0479-2DSC_0387-2DSC_0429 DSC_0503 DSC_0507DSC_0521-2This last time we listened to “Classical Music for Children” or something on Spotify and afterwards Kaden asked me “Why did we not listen to the Nutcracker?” He’s very interested in that Mouse King after I mentioned something about him. I’m planning to take the kids to see the ballet this year & we’re excited already. I can never make it through October without getting into the Christmas mood… :-)

Green Meadows

Oct
2014
01

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We went to Green Meadows today! It was really fun. And soooo muddy, but you know, babies don’t really care.

They really enjoyed the train ride, K milked the cow again (Alia wanted to but made a quick last minute decision against it), holding the baby chicks and ducks (they were so cute! And soft!) Kaden was just beside himself with happiness. Alia was much more into everything than last year too.

DSC_0078 DSC_0091DSC_0122DSC_0111They both rode horses but Alia’s refused to walk anymore about half way round the circle so Alex had to carry her back. Her horse was especially cute just unfortunately not very cooperative. DSC_0145 DSC_0151 DSC_0158DSC_0159DSC_0360On the train.
DSC_0168DSC_0293He really enjoyed this (if his face didn’t tell you already.)
DSC_0271 DSC_0275DSC_0263We caught ducks and chickens. K had a little help with the ducks but managed to pick up a few chickens all by himself. Alia pet some ducks other people caught, their feathers were incredibly soft. DSC_0344 DSC_0317DSC_0371 DSC_0387 DSC_0418Hayride! The only part of the day I regretted wearing shorts.DSC_0437DSC_0445After the hayride they each got to pick a pumpkin and were so thrilled. Alia had been spotting the pile as we walked around throughout the tour and yelled “pumpkin! pumpkin!” each time so she was very happy to finally get to pick one out. She chose a cute little one. Kaden took his time making the perfect selection.DSC_0454 DSC_0465DSC_0480 DSC_0521DSC_0543DSC_0535DSC_0572This one’s for my Grandpa. Kaden picked the John Deere out of the many available tractors to sit on for a photo, and I know he’d be pleased :)DSC_0576DSC_0598

 

{Green Meadows 2013}

{Green Meadows 2012}

(2012do you see that baby in the sling?! And little Kaden?! Uh!!!)

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We celebrated Alia’s 2nd birthday Sunday and had so much fun. Here are some photos from her special day <3

We started with a breakfast tea party in the backyard. It’s the only time of day nice enough to eat outside, so we did :)

DSC_0136 DSC_0141DSC_0176 DSC_0166Faithy made flower crowns for the girls to wear for the party.DSC_0226 DSC_0231 DSC_0234DSC_0293Alia enjoyed opening all her “presents!”DSC_0325 DSC_0353DSC_0348We had a little lunch.DSC_0372 Fruity ice dressed up our water & was really easy to make & fun to drink.DSC_0373DSC_0397 DSC_0391DSC_0420 DSC_0427For the past several weeks whenever we ask Alia about her birthday she’d start yelling “cake!” We made vanilla & chocolate cupcakes, & blueberry muffins for Alia & K.

DSC_0444 DSC_0449DSC_0456DSC_0510After nap time Alia had a little birthday visit with her deer friends.DSC_0564 And some more presents. She got a collection of princess dresses & each one she opened she’d shout “wear it!” & wanted to put it on immediately.DSC_0581DSC_0594Then dinner, & more cake.DSC_0628 DSC_0659DSC_0656 Faithy got her a pretend cake, which she loves. She sings (actually shouts) “birthday to you” and blows out the pretend candle.DSC_0792And then she was two.DSC_0998DSC_1000