After Thanksgiving is done and we are heading into Christmas there is always a debate about what to do with the pumpkins. We had nice pumpkins all the way from Minnesota from Grandma’s garden, we had one from the pumpkin patch in Riverton, and we had one from the library. A squirrel had been scratching at one so I decided to chop up the pumpkins and feed the wildlife instead of just throwing them away. I thought this would be great fun for the kids too. So armed with hammers and an ax we went outside to chop the pumpkins.
James got into it right away.
Faith decided to drive from the back yard to the front yard. She just watched the pumpkin pounding, her dolly safely tucked inside her coat.
Gideon on the other hand did not have fun. He never did pound any pumpkins either.
We didn’t have to wait long at all for the squirrel to figure out that we made his job a little bit easier. The very next morning we got to watch him run pieces of pumpkin up the tree.
It has been several weeks since we chopped up the pumpkins. We have watched countless times the squirrel working on hiding his pumpkin bits. James even found some pumpkin pieces way up in the tree branches where the squirrel hide them. We also haven’t had any bunnies lately because the squirrel chases them out of the yard. He doesn’t want to share. All that was left was a big pumpkin that really didn’t get chopped very well. I have been planning on throwing it away and writing this blog post with just the squirrel. But then a few days ago our snow was covered in deer tracks and a big bite was taken out of the pumpkin. Every morning less of the pumpkin was left. I was sad the deer was eating the pumpkin during the night when we couldn’t see it. And then today this happened!
I might have been just as excited as the children!
This buck ate every bit of the pumpkin pieces in the yard and even licked our bird feeder for a bit before walking calmly out the front gate and down the street. Broad daylight, and we live in the middle of town. Crazy!! I am so glad we didn’t throw the pumpkins away!
I can’t believe this little girl is two. She is full of fun and life! Our little family would not be complete without this little princess in our lives!
Faith really likes kitties right now. So she got a cute kitty cake.
For being two she really caught on to opening presents fast. Much faster than our boys did at two. She did have a big brother pushing her on though. Maybe that makes a difference.
For .60 I got this little bucket of necklaces and bracelets for her. She loved them!
When we lived in Hawaii Titus got a whole bunch of sunglasses free from somewhere on base. I put these cute pink ones in my gift box. I never thought 6 years later I would still have them and be giving them to our daughter!
And of course, eating cake! Faith also blew out her candles by herself, something I don’t think our boys could do at their 2nd bdays either.
Happy Birthday Faith! We love you so much!
I am ashamed to say we really haven’t been biking since moving. We have done a little bit around the house but that’s it! The children have been playing so well in our new house that we don’t seem to be spending much time outside. This last week was really really cold too. But this week we are supposed to be back up to the mid 70’s every day. So we went for a nice bike ride today after naps!
It was so windy when we started out James kept pushing his bike instead of riding. It is almost always windy here (thanks to the chinook winds from California), but we only had a few blocks to go before turning and then the wind wasn’t so bad.
James leading the way!
Once we get on the bike path this is our view to the left and right of the path. Beautiful!
The little ones enjoying their ride.
No make up! Don’t care! (actually I did have make up on at one point today…)
We didn’t see anyone else on the path today. Such a change from our bike rides in Denver. It was kind of stressful riding with James on our paths in Denver since there were quite a few people and many of the bikers were exercising and going fast. I was constantly telling James to get over and to stay on his side. This path is much much more relaxing (as long as I watch out and don’t get hit by James!!).
The bike path goes to what James calls Our Little Beach. It is really a sad substitute for a beach, but the kids love it.
I asked James where he was going and he said, “To that big rock in the middle that Levi and Lincoln went to.”.
So I helped him. He was very happy!
I don’t know what the appeal is to sticking one’s feet in very cold water, but it must be done. every. single. time.
Faith telling me the water is cold.
I love the colors of fall! And I love this girl’s smile!
Faith trying to do everything her big brothers do.
On the way home we had to stop and admire James’ skid mark he made on the way to Our Little Beach. James is really into making skid marks, which means he goes really fast and then hits his breaks (and then I almost hit him!). It kinda scares me and if he does it on gravel some time I think he is really going to wipe out. But so far he is just leaving cool marks behind.
While we keep moving every few years we at least get to keep trying out new parks. We have already been to the city park, which isn’t all that great other then the swings. This Saturday we tried out the school park. I was having an awful few days and figured we all needed to get out of the house. So I packed snacks and headed to the park with the kids.
This park is full of monkey bars. I realize it was made for school kids for recess but my goodness! It isn’t very kid friendly.
James is almost 5, Gideon is 3 1/2 and Faith is 1 1/2
Even though most of the park is monkey bars they love this little bridge. We play “The three billy goats gruff”. Guess who gets to be the ugly troll? 😉
This park also has three slides all in a row. This is also a lot of fun. Because we were the only people at the park I let them take off their shoes and climb up them.
Going to the park really helped our moods. However we had some major falls that were really scary. I am so glad the kids are alright. Here is my facebook post when we got home.
“Today I decided to blow off everything I needed to do this morning and take the children to the park. They had not been out of the house since Monday and I had only left once all week for a brief appointment. We had fun except Faith had a major fall, from pretty high up, and landed straddling the handrail which flipped her over and landed on her face. I honestly don’t know why we didn’t have to run to the ER and have her put in a body cast. Other then some bruises and scrapes she seems fine (I have been closely watching her walk all day). She cried not even 5 min. Less then 10 minutes after Faith fell James had a pretty bad fall out of a swing. His mommy might have pushed him too hard. He seriously flew through the air head first and landed on his face. Amazingly the skin was not broken. He also cried less then five minutes. Gideon was the only one that didn’t get hurt at the park, however this evening James knocked Gideon over and I think he bit through his top lip. Blood on both top and bottom of his top lip. the cut its self seems to be pretty small, so I think he will be fine. I am over this day and injuries! I can not believe how fast kids recover from falls! If any one of the top things happens to me I would be at the doctor or at the very least the chiro whining about all my pain. Giving thanks today that every one seems to be alright.”
Sadly by 11 it was so hot we had to leave to get out of the sun. There is no shade at this park. But the kids and I had fun, and when we got home Daddy had cleaned the whole house for me! 😀
Yesterday (Friday) while I was cleaning outside I discover two baby bunnies. The boys insisted on holding them, and they were surprisingly easy to catch.
James fell in love right away. He kept telling me how much the bunny loved him. All of the children were terribly excited
We put the one we caught a box while we decided what to do with it.
The children worked on me all day trying to keep it. The Mommy bunny was hanging around and there was no reason not to give the poor baby back.
Plus from what I read on Google bunnies have a 90% death rate when captured. And they need a calm and quiet place to live if they have a chance at survival. Our house is anything but calm and quiet.
I was getting pretty worn down, and getting nothing done around the house, half way thinking of letting the kids keep the bunny. Then the kids found the second one, which we also caught. Finally I told the boys we had to give them back at the end of the day. One bunny was kinda grumpy and James said the mommy could keep that one and we would keep the happy (most likely in shock) one. But at the end of the day these boys made the right decision and gave the bunnies back.
And then all the children watched from the window to see if the mommy bunny would go back to the babies.
She did finally but it was a rather hard decision on the kids, especially James. I think he secretly hoped the mommy wouldn’t go back. So we had a big game night to make up for it.
I have been bombarded with requests to go to a pet store and buy a bunny, or a dog or any pet for that matter. I am not sure now much longer we can hold the children back. 😉
While in Minnesota I got the chance to take these adorable pictures of Maverick and Faith. Maverick and Faith are first cousins and a few days short of exactly one year apart. And boy are they cute together!
It took me a little bit to get them to sit together. But they did!
And then Faith tried to take Maverick’s hat. He would have none of that!
Too bad they are first cousins because these would be so cute at a wedding! 😉
Ok, technically Faith is a toddler, but she is my baby until the next one comes along. 🙂 Faith is almost 15 months, and was a very willing participant in this first try of applying Jamberries to her little nails. So here goes: my step by step instructions on applying Jamberries to little nails.
First you want to let their nails to grow. This will save you time later, trust me.
Then take clear tape and trace each little nail. This will be helpful when you are choosing which wrap to use. When you are done all you have to do is hold the clear tape up to the wrap and pick the closest one to each nail.
After you pick the wrap cut it off and hold it to a heat source (I used a space heater). I think it’s easier to use tweezers and not an orange stick. These are very little wraps!
I cleaned her nail with alcohol just like I do with mine. After I put it on and pressed down on all sides I clipped it off. Remember I told you to do this with long nails? Just trim your baby’s nails after putting on the wrap. This way you do not have to file her nail.
After all of them were done I did use a hair dryer on each little nail and pressed down once more. Just trying to ensure a good bond.
Faith’s Jamberry mani!
As a side note, this works wonderfully if your baby/toddler is terribly sick and only wants you to hold her. And all you do is hold her while your house is torn apart by the perfectly fine older brothers. If nothing else it will give you something to do while sitting there trying desperately not to look at the house.
Except if those older brothers decide they want Jamberries too. Then it’s time to put all Jamberries away. James asking me to put a big one on his thumb nail (I didn’t).
I told Faith to say cheese. She tried, bless her heart! She sat perfectly still for all 10 fingers. And it really didn’t take long at all. AND NO DRY TIME! For little fingers of little people, Jamberries are awesome!
Mommy’s and Faith’s Jamberry nails!
Those you that know me well know that I don’t like playing in snow very much. Even as a child I hated getting cold, and playing in snow means getting cold. However we have gotten two free sleds through Titus’ job and when a friend called and said she was taking her kids sledding I knew I had to go. “Alright, we will meet you there!” I told her. “But I really don’t know how long we will be there. Probably only 10 min. Faith will get cold pretty fast.” Boy was I wrong. When we got to the park I put Faith on a sled to watch everyone. I figured the longer she sat there the less snow would get on her and the less snow = less coldness. And yes, that is Faith not some random boy baby. I don’t really want to talk about her boyish snow gear.
The green sled is much bigger and heavier so I thought it would be the better one of the two.
The snow was pretty fluffy and was much better for making snow forts and snowman. But I walked up and down the hill to pack down the snow and then the kids could go down really fast.
And then all of sudden Faith figured out what was going on. That girl loves sledding!
Apparently the green sled is slow and the fast one is the blue one. The green sled just creeped along and was perfect for Faith. I actually put her on and shoved her down the hill by herself. 🙂
James and his friend Addy
James just loved sledding! He would zip down the hill on the fast blue sled barely sitting down before moving! Here he is on his tummy:
James and Faith
Faith wanted to go on the fast one so James held onto her and they went down together. James is such a good big brother!
Have you noticed the lack of pictures of Gideon? That’s because he got cold very early on and played in the truck the rest of the time.
So much for Faith being cold and saying we would only sled for 10 min! We were there for about an hour, and James and Faith made it the whole time! Apparently Gideon has Mommy’s genes. 😉 This is my favorite picture. The cold finally caught up with James, but Gideon who has been playing in the truck with the sun beating down on the windows is happy as pie!
When we got home the kids all drank hot chocolate together! What a great morning! I am so so so glad that Lisa unknowingly forced us to go sledding!
After weeks of warm weather (like really warm! I had to put sunscreen on the kids a few times!) we woke up to this last Monday morning:
“Mommy?” James said to me
“Winter came back.”
Yes dear son it sure did! I knew in my heart it was too early for spring (and the weather man kept tell us that as well). Even my daylilies thought it was spring! I’m not sure they will make it until spring or not now. 😦
The snow was so pretty though and so fluffy I wanted to take pictures of the kids in it. James didn’t want to but Gideon and Faith were willing participants.
I got this coat from Grandma Sharon. We are hoping it will bring back spring! 😀
Gideon. He is just a month and a half away from 3 years!
Mommy and Faith (14 1/2 months)
James finally decided he was missing out. But he forgot his coat.
What do we do in the house after spending the last several weeks outside? We actually went shopping that morning. It was president’s day and my favorite second hand stores were 50% off. And there I bought this kid’s board game. If you don’t want to spend the rest of your life playing this with your kids then DON’T BUY IT!! This is now their favorite game. I am constantly playing it with them.
Also we got a big box in the mail from Grandma. The kids really like these big boxes they get in the mail! 🙂 James and Gideon sitting on the box before we opened it:
Grandma didn’t even know that Gideon’s favorite story is the 3 little pigs. This shirt was a big hit!!
James and Gideon playing with the new toys from Grandma. Thanks Grandma!
We have had wonderful weather the last few weeks. We have been hitting 60’s and even 70’s! The weather man was using words like, “Soaring highs this week”!
I just love it! I love that we can get a bit of a break from winter and get outside. We have gone to a lot of parks and played in the back yard. It was James’ idea to go feed the ducks. I needed some exercise so I rode my bike (with all three kids). This is a serious work out…..not for the faint of heart!
Gideon feeding the ducks popcorn:
In the winter they come right up to us because they are so hungry. In the summer they stay mostly in the water.
Faith didn’t understand that she was supposed to feed the popcorn to the ducks. 🙂 Popcorn is one of her favorite foods!
Faith 13 1/2 months
James and Gideon climbing on the rocks:
Faith loved the bike ride! And I am horribly out of shape!