Month: October 2013 (page 1 of 3)

A pleasant walk

We loaded up the kids so we could walk at a brisk pace in the brisk air.

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Halloween Story Time

On Tuesday me and the boys met Jack’s friend Adam at story time for a special Halloween edition.  After an abbreviated group session, the kids made a parade and went trick-or-treating. 

Library Trick-or-Treat

That’s my dragon boy and his friend Harry Potter up front. 
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Here at the Help Desk a flock of dragons (3) help themselves to candy. 
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Down the administration hall were many more bowls of candy.  The employees told me that they look forward to this day all year. 
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Outside I had them show off their haul.  What cuties!  Thanks for letting Adam join us, April!
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Mason Grandparents Weekend

Betty and Richard came all the way to Colorado from Maine to meet their new grandson!  There was much baby-holding and coo-watching.  There was also much older brother spoiling 😉  Jack loves visiting with them and was “so very very very sad” that they had to leave.

Meeting the grandson
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Reading Jack a book while Sam snoozes
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Walking around Cherry Creek shopping district
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I snapped this Sweet Action photo right as Jack spilled his water.
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Mason family get-together
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Donning appropriate napkin placement for spaghetti slurping at Virgilio’s

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Sam and I opted for a warm visit to the library for “baby time” (story time for less than 1 year olds) instead of joining the group at the Denver Zoo.  He’s already been twice and it was quite drizzly and cold.  I hear that they had the zoo to themselves and Jack had a ton of fun. 
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Watching Toy Story Terror in our theater room with popcorn (yeah, I really need to get proper black-out curtains rather than blankets to block the light.  Oy, that looks bad).  Jack is showing how he uses one hand to hold Sam’s body, and one hand to hold his head.  Not *quite* the technique I demonstrated to him, but close enough.
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Sam cooing at Grandma
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What fun!  They boys can’t wait for the next visit. 

Halloween Preview

I can’t wait to show you our adorable costumes this year, so here they are!  As I said earlier, tonight was the Halloween party for our church.  It was carnival games and trick-or-treating.  Jack had a blast!  Sam was agog at all the lights and people and noise, in a good way.  Our costumes turned out perfect.

Ever since April Jack has been saying he wants to be a dragon for Halloween.  I couldn’t find the time to make his costume this year, but my mom rescued me!  Look at this amazing job she did.

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Ben is a wizard, using costume parts we already had, plus a Gandalf hat from Amazon.  We were surprised at how few adults dressed up, but we got a ton of compliments for doing so. 

Sam is a spider and I’m his web.  I only had to buy the black socks and red tape for him, and a $5 piece of fabric for me.  That’s the kind of DIY I can handle this year. 

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Jack loved the games, but got extra excited when the trick-or-treating was announced.  Even Sam got candy.
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Can’t wait for more celebrations!  I hope to take nice pictures on the actual holiday, so stay tuned.

Pumpkin everything!

What a weekend we have ahead of us!  Today is Jack’s Messy Art Class and my 6 week postpartum check-up.  Then we have a Halloween party at church tonight, and Ben told Jack they could have a camp-out together in his room.  Then, most exciting of all, Betty and Rick are coming to visit!  They get to meet Sam and play with Jack all weekend long.

What better way to kick off all the fun than with pumpkin pancakes?

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Jack read this book to Sam this morning while waiting to leave.  So cute!

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Fall is the best. 

Leaves galore

There’s no lack of fall foliage at our house.  Thanks to three mature trees in our yard we have an abundance of leaves to rake this Fall.   I should have taken a “before” photo so you could see the thick carpet of leaves on our patio.  This is one of four piles I made. Do you remember when you were this small?

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I’m leaving the bagging for Ben 😉 

Sam’s Smiles

We have good days and bad.
Yesterday = nursing every 45 minutes, 10 minute naps, constant fussing.
Today = nursing every 1.5-3 hours, naps for hours, smiles on demand.


I like good days.

Becoming a punk

Today Jack called me a stinker when I told him to eat a carrot.  It was the first time he has called me a name.  (I call him stinker all the time when we play, it’s our friendly insult.)

A couple days ago he trash-talked for the first time.  While playing Lego Star Wars with Ben, he called out “You want to fall?  Do you want to fall down, Darth Vader?”  So cruel 😉

Ladies night out

Birthday dinner for Amanda!

What??

Came back on suddenly. Bonkers.

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