Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Because he's so photogenic!






Orchard Trip

Two Saturdays ago, we went to an apple orchard nearby.  It's our favorite one because it's very homey and they don't charge admission to pick apples.  (I could hardly believe that many places charge per person...before you've even picked apples).  We also fed the turkeys, chickens, and saw their goats.  We sampled apple cider and spread out our picnic on the grass under one of the big trees.  I love this time of year!  However, it was surprisingly warm, and we would have been more comfortable in t-shirts and shorts.  Unfortunately, 80% of the apples in this particular orchard were ruined by a recent hailstorm.  So, we didn't pick our apples.  The owners let us go out in the orchard and see if we could find anything.  We managed to pick a few small ones, and they were delicious.  I bought a bag of Haralsons seconds for a price comparable to the grocery store.  Sadly, the apple trees nearby our home are not producing this year.  I've heard that apple harvest goes in cycles.  I so enjoyed homemade applesauce the past two years!  My camera was out of battery so I only managed to get a few pictures.  This trip was so unlike last year's which I posted about.  It was cold, a bit snowy, and the little boys were miserable. :)  Kade even toppled out of the wagon.  Ahh...I love memories!

Children's Museum Outing

We went to the free day at the Children's Museum last Sunday.

We painted our faces.


 

We ate apples we found in our stroller from our trip to the orchard!


Cody hung out in mom's sling or in the stroller.




I liked this thought!



There was a room devoted to space exploration.  This was very timely for us, as we studied space last year quite in depth because DJ found it so interesting!








Exercising in space

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

After-bath Smiles








 


I'm almost 11 weeks.  I weigh 13 lb. 13 oz.

I smile often

I'm starting to sleep and wake more consistently

I'm cooing and responding

I'm in the 90th percentile (mom's not sure how to handle a big baby like me!)

Kade turned 2, so his brothers volunteered to help in any way possible.



We went with a zebra cake idea, so I found a picture online of a zebra cake with a neck and head.  Kade's only comment when I showed him the picture was, "Broken," with his head shaking back and forth sadly.  :)  I went ahead and made the "broken" zebra because that's as far as my talent could go!  He kept calling it an airplane. 


I made a carrot cake that my grandmother used to make for every special occasion.  We loved it as kids and it makes me think of her.  Along with the carrots, it has whole wheat flour, honey, applesauce, and walnuts, making it a very moist cake.


Getting ready to blow out the candles!

He really liked the licorice "mane."



Skyping with Grandpa Wayne and Grandma Betty


Opening presents was fun!




Grandpa Stacy and Grandma Carol came to celebrate!  This is one of his new books.


Our happy boy.  We are blessed!


At 2...Kade weighs 26 lbs.or so. 
Loves rubber frogs and lizards enough to sleep with them
Makes trumpets nearly every day out of "marble run" pieces
Says, "hold you," whenever he wants mommy to hold him
Calls Cody, "Toady" (that's how I spell it!)
Likes big trucks
Steals daddy's bouncy balls from his collection
Loves fleece tied blankets
Says big words like "basketball," "airplane," "elevator,"
Prayed for his sisters by name the other night

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Trumpets

Malia's daily trumpet practice has inspired these boys.  Our Marble Run pieces have become trumpets.  Kalai and Malia's old music books have found someone to use them again.  Here...Levi and Kade prepare to "play" their "trumpets."

video

Cody's Smile


Cody is 9 weeks old here.  We've been savoring his smiles and little coos.  The fun is just beginning!