Friday, October 28, 2011

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!

Janie's favorite game right now is "find da punkins!" We will be driving down the road and out of nowhere, I'll here exclaimed in a squeaky, little voice "PUNKIN, PUNKIN!!" It's no wonder since our last few weeks have been taken over by pumpkins and the patches they grow in.

At the first farm we visited, we enjoyed a corn maze, hay ride and some time feeding the animals. It was windy but fun. The girls also really enjoyed the hay slide, towers and piles of hay to play in. We ended the day with dinner at a restaurant with a play land. The girls were in heaven.
Later in the week, we painted some little pumpkins. Janie has asked to repeat the activity almost every day since. Lucky for her, I forgot to spray the pumpkins before putting them out on the front porch and the rain returned them to their original orange color so I foresee more pumpkin painting in the near future!

Last weekend, we headed out to another local pumpkin patch to finally pick our carving pumpkins. The girls loved the wagon ride out and back, pulled by daddy. Janie thought he was having so much fun, that she needed to join him on the way back. We were all thrilled to end our pumpkin hunting trip with another hayride. The girls loved it and I just love our girls!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Apple Picking

One of our favorite family Fall activities is to go apple picking. I love looking back at photos from over the years and seeing how much my girls have grown. This is not a promise to blog regularly again, but at least a hope that I'll share their growth from time to time. Here are a few of my favorite pics from our trip this year.

We rounded out our trip to the orchard with pony rides, fresh apple cider and apple doughnuts. It was a sweet trip all around! As much as the girls loved picking the apples, the true delight seems to be the gallons of applesauce we made over the next few weeks. Have I mentioned how much I love fall? We are looking forward to enjoying the fruits of our labors well into the winter and beyond.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Vacation

Kurt was generously given all 4 days around Thanksgiving off this year. Other than rounding in the morning a couple times, he was all ours!! It was heavenly and I can't believe how much we were able to get done! Our mini-vacation included:

  • Raking leaves and re-raking leaves!

Where's Kiersten?

  • Happy girls who have missed their hard working daddy terribly

  • an EARLY morning breakfast with giggly sisters
  • A 22lb turkey for our little family of 4 (we love a full freezer!)
  • A pumpkin pie that no one ate but HAD to be baked according to one sweet 3-year-old
  • Black Friday shopping
  • Date night, which included more Black Friday shopping
  • Our first 5K as a family

    We met up with a few friends before the race started.

    Kurt and I were excited to get out together as a family (thanks Leisy for being a part of the fam!)
    The older girls were excited by pink glow sticks and warm blankets. They sweetly sang "Jingle Bells" to Kurt over and over again as we ran. My stroller-mate, on the other hand, cried most of the time. Jane made the mistake of waking up moments before the race started and decided to offer her own form of motivation!
    Kurt and I were grateful we finished the race in just under 38 minutes and ran (okay, slowly jogged) the whole time. Not bad for our first attempt - we were merely aiming to beat the parade!

  • Watching the Christmas Lights Parade

Dancing with the band

  • Putting up Christmas lights and decorating the house for the holidays

Checking out our handy-work in our PJ's

  • Spending a peaceful Sunday together

I loved every minute and was even smiling when Kiersten assumed Kurt was home again today - that means he's been around a bit. Needless to say, we're counting down the days until Kurt's next vacation!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Baby Girl x 3

Kiersten Diane 2 months
Audrey Elizabeth 2 1/2 months

Jane Evelyn 2 months
At two months old Janie:
  • is still a dream baby
  • sleeps for 6-8 hour stretches at night
  • naps almost all day
  • nurses quickly and peacefully
  • loves to snuggle
  • enjoys being rocked
  • tolerates her sisters
  • loves to talk to people
  • lights up when she sees her daddy and sisters
  • has been poked, prodded, kissed, snuggled, rocked, shushed and startled yet still lights up when she sees her sisters
  • loves her baths
  • weighs 11lbs 14oz (75% - my smallest 2 month old - Kiersten 12lbs 1oz, Audrey 13lbs)
  • is 23 inches long (75% - same length as Kiersten, Audrey 22")
  • loves being "worn" in the wrap
  • has some red in her new hair
  • sucks her thumb, when she can find it.
  • makes it hard to remember life before three!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

What we're doing

In my newborn haze, I somehow misspelled my sister-in-law's name when originally posting about her visit - sorry Kristin!

In other news, we've been doing a lot of this lately...
Audrey jumps into the chair as soon as she sees Janie is awake and asks to hold her. For a few days, she would then quickly request the camera for a photo-op. She is in love with her new sister and hates to leave her (and my) side. Hopefully she'll be back to her happy, independent self soon.
Kiersten is loving school and even seems more well-behaved on school days. She is happy to reunite with her sisters and tell us all about her day (all two hours of it). It's been fun to see how quickly her skills, like writing her letters, have improved since school started.

Jane is still a very mellow baby. I am shocked at what good girl she is. When she has a rough day or night I am quickly reminded what life could be like and grateful when she returns to her happy, sleeping self the next day. She is becoming more alert every day and I'm pretty sure we saw the begins of a smile today. She's a doll who, at one month old, loves to be swaddled, nurses like a champ, sleeps well day and night, gets the hiccups before falling asleep- every time, and loves her mom and daddy. She is very tolerant of the girls and really only cries when she's hungry. We'll keep her.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Apple Picking

We were lucky enough to have Kurt's sister, Kristin, in town for our annual apple picking trip. The weather was perfect and we had the orchard almost totally to ourselves. Kiersten is an apple picking pro but it didn't take Audrey long to catch on to what we were doing. Janie was an angel, sleeping the entire time. What a wonderful way to welcome fall!

Apple Sauce, Apple Butter, Apple we come!