We went downtown to Oktoberfest last weekend. The weather was perfect, and the kids loved the falling “leaves”. Alia eating an ice cube…Ready for another one.The German band was very good.And like all great fall evenings, we ended it with pumpkin pie & “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at Mimi’s house :-)
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.
This 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… :-)
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.
They 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. On the train.
He really enjoyed this (if his face didn’t tell you already.)
We 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. Hayride! The only part of the day I regretted wearing shorts.After 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. This 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 :)
(2012: do you see that baby in the sling?! And little Kaden?! Uh!!!)
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 :)
Faithy made flower crowns for the girls to wear for the party. Alia enjoyed opening all her “presents!” We had a little lunch. Fruity ice dressed up our water & was really easy to make & fun to drink. For 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.
After nap time Alia had a little birthday visit with her deer friends. 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.Then dinner, & more cake. Faithy got her a pretend cake, which she loves. She sings (actually shouts) “birthday to you” and blows out the pretend candle.And then she was two.
Alia is two this week. She is the most wonderful, beautiful, spirited little person and we love her more than words can say.
These two years have been so good.