Thursday, November 20, 2014

Clean House

My house is still (mostly) clean from the 2 showings we had yesterday, so I am finally going through pictures from the past week.  Really - it's not the "blogging" part that takes time; it's the pictures.  The pictures I take in a typical week will take me about 1-2 hours to upload, sort, and name.  I know that's ridiculous.  Maybe I should think about not taking so many pictures?  Probably not.

Anyway - this past Saturday was busy busy and very fun.  We left around 9:00am and got home about 7:00pm.  We started by going to our friends' house for the (somewhat-) annual Turk-Out, which is a cook-out with turkey.  It takes about 90 minutes to get there, and the kids were surprisingly good.  Paxton played with his blankie and thought he was so cute with this string in his face.

And he was right.

Anyway - we finally got to our friends' house.  They have twin girls that are 3 days older than Xander, and a 1-year-old girl too.  We got there a little earlier than everyone else so the kids could run and play.

Xander with his "girlfriends" (as he's always called them) - Samantha and Elizabeth

How great is this yard and that playhouse?

After lunch, we drove straight to my nephew's 4th birthday party; another 90-minute trip.  This time was a tad quieter.

Then we got to Riley's party.  I can't believe he's 4.  I remember waiting in the hospital all night for him to be born.  And waiting another day to find out his name.  For four years now he's been a tornado of energy and I just LOVE him. 

After his party, we went to Grandy's (Lucas's mom) house to celebrate her birthday with lasagna!  There was cake too, but I'll take lasagna over cake any day. 

So that was Saturday.  Now I have run out of time because I need to go get Xander from school.  Like now.

See ya!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Leaves with cousins

Monday my mom was off work, as was my sister.  So mom decided to rake up leaves and let the kids come over and play in them.  And it was pretty fun.  My brother and his wife came over too.

Yes - an entire family event simply to jump in leaves.  It's how we roll.

We started like we start most things - with Paxton clinging to my leg.  (I can't remember why Piper wanted to be held but that's out of the ordinary.)

It didn't take them long to join the party though.  (See cousin Kate gently guiding Pax to the pile?  So sweet.)

Kate is a self-proclaimed "girly girl" and didn't want to get leaves in her hair at first, but then she got right in there.  I was proud of her.

Then Xander wanted to use the leaf blower and started blowing right in Piper's face

She was not a fan of that, so my brother saved her

Uncle Daniel the hero

Then my dad walks around the corner with 2 huge jars of pickles.  No explanation needed, right?

Rolling down the hill.  Sort of.

Then Uncle Daniel explained a game called "King of the Hill" and they were all about it.

While the big kids pushed and rolled around with each other, the twins wrestled with Mimi

Then Kate had to go to a birthday party, so the rest of us went on a nature walk

We've totally enjoyed the warm weather this Fall so far.  The future forecast is showing temperatures in the 30s and 40s though, and Christmas is exactly 6 weeks from today (!), so I think I may start decorating.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November thus far

I haven't posted my pictures for Project 365 since last month thanks to my last-minute hiatus while Lucas was out of town.  So - here we go.

Day 149 - The previously explained double nap

Day 150 - I love this picture.  Batman and Robin succeeded in capturing the black ninja, but clearly did not plan on what to do with him after that.

Day 151 - This day we traveled to our friend's 3rd birthday party.  The twins coveted that cake from the second we stepped into the building.  When it was finally time, they ate their entire cups of ice cream then were too full for cake.

Day 152 - A note that Xander made out of the blue.  In case you can't read it, the translation is:  "I love you  I love you very much  You are my mommy  To mom and dad and my brother and sister"  My favorite part is "brudr"

Day 153 - We went to my sister's house to play and Piper climbed into the baby doll bed.  Oddly, this wasn't the first time this has happened.

Day 154 - Eating cereal and watching "Up."

Day 155 - So Piper's hair is (finally) growing out.  The problem is it's getting in her eyes, but I don't want her to have bangs.  So this day I tried pulling it up a la Pebbles.  I excitedly said, "Piper!  Do you like your hair!?!"  She replied simply, "No."
This is just a bonus from day 155, so you can see that the hair actually looked pretty cute when she wasn't scowling.
Day 156 - The twins love their great-grandparents.  And the feeling is mutual.

Day 157 - After we dropped Xander off at school we went straight to snowy Boone to visit our friends Sawyer and "Baby Scout."  Piper was quite smitten.

Day 158 - Cute little bedhead showing her baby (which used to be my baby) breakfast in the oven

Day 159 - A beautiful day for playing outside
This is another extra from day 159 just because she was so cute at church.  And Paxton is levitating.

Day 160 - Mimi with all her grandkids, playing in the leaves.

I have more pictures from the cousin leaf session tomorrow.  Happy rest of November!

Sunday, November 9, 2014


I'm back!  My husband is home.  My laptop is charged.  I guess it's time to blog.

Before I catch up on the week, I thought I'd go out of order and show you what we did today:  jump in leaves.  There's a lot of pictures here (I took over 350 pictures just this morning/early afternoon), so let's just get to it.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Naps, Halloween, and a Hiatus

I think we've established that my twins aren't the best nappers.  One day they'll both want to stay up, the next just Piper is wide awake, the next day it's Paxton.  Or no one.  Or both.  You never know.  The day before Halloween they both stayed up and played for about an hour, then I noticed it got calmer, so I looked at the camera and watched this play out:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

End of October

It's the end of October!  Tomorrow is Halloween and the next day we're going to visit friends in SC for their son's birthday party, so I figured I'd better catch up on my pictures while I can.  And then I realized it's been over a week since I've done it.  So it took me over an hour to go through the pictures I've taken in the past 9 days. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

More Pretty Days

I do realize that a lot of what I post about revolves around the weather.  That's sort of weird, huh?  But a lot of what we do revolves around the weather, honestly.  If it's pretty out, we're almost always going to go play outside.  We just like outside.  Outside's our favorite.  (We also may have watched Elf this weekend.)