How totally appropriate that this photo of Tanner (#28) playing soccer is blurry. Jason coached two teams this Fall without much assistance and it left us all feeling more than a little bit blurry ourselves. Live and learn -right? I took this from the sidelines while carrying Nathan and staying near the van because both Margaret and Andrew fell asleep on the way to the field. I wouldn't have gone at all, sorry Tanner, except Jason had to go back into work after the game. Fun times, folks!
To say the least, we are happy the season is done.
With the big kids in school all day and Nathan FINALLY taking decent afternoon naps (we are still waiting on the whole night sleep thing but naps are a good start) I have been able to get some desperately needed projects done. While organizing in the kitchen I braved the mess that I call our craft cabinet. It holds our paper, markers and odds and ends. I keep extra school and office supplies there as well. So when I discovered an abundance of tab dividers (I guess I just keep buying and we don't keep using them) I took a closer look. Yep, I have an unopened package circa 1999. When I told Jason he laughed and said that at least we are thrifty enough to hold on to things. Isn't that the truth.
Mr. Nathan is seven months old today. He is sitting up fairly well on his own. When I know I can not stay right by him to watch for falls, I still leave him with a pillow around him. His new favorite toy is the beloved cat piano. All kinds of buttons to push and animal noises to hear. He is a fan.
I love this picture because of all that personality shining in his blue eyes. Also because that cute little outfit has made it through all three boys, and I get attached to silly sentimental things like that.
Margaret has been patiently waiting on her hair to grow since the day after her last big cut. Now that it is getting longer, we are having some fun trying out new braids. Her very favorite style is "crimpy" meaning I braid it while still damp after her bath and in the morning we remove the braids and she has fun tossing her curls for a day or two. And I love the ponytail/ braid combo below, because her fine hair will actually stay in place.
We always go to Bandy's Pumpkin Patch in the Fall. We have been so busy (too busy actually) with Jason coaching two soccer teams this year, that I took the kids on Columbus Day. They were wonderful and helpful. We had one of those perfect little outings that I always hope for when we venture out.
My boys really looked forward to shooting this corn canon. It launches corn cobs toward a target into the field beyond. Complete with sights and a high powered trigger, they love it!
Nathan was patient as we picked out pumpkins, shot corn cobs and went on a hay ride.
We completed the morning by introducing Nathan to the corn tubs.
Funny guy. I can just see him thinking "What is this stuff and how quickly can I shove it in my mouth?" Thank goodness he wasn't fast enough.
Poor Nathan caught a cold. I am blaming it on school and all the germs that make it past our door despite my endless Clorox wiping and squirts of Germ-Ex. So he has reverted to sleeping in his little rocking cradle.