Try not to faint, but today is actually October 19, and I'm posting the same day as the actual week. It's pretty amazing. I'm no where near caught up in my physical album, but this week is scrapped, so it gives the feeling that I'm caught up...
It was easy to pull together this week as I took a ton of pictures this weekend with my family in town. Annaliese helped out a bit in the picture taking department, too. I had the camera on the tripod from late last week when I was taking pictures of the moon rising at night. Darrin showed her how to work the time delay and she would set the camera and frame the shot, the press the shutter release and run to get in front of the camera. Unfortunately, I had it on manual focus from my moon shots, so some of hers were completely out of focus, but her composition of the pictures was awesome, and her adorableness showed through in every photo.
Family in towns means lots of..... drum roll...... family time. Game playing. Book reading. Wrestling. Playing cars. And secret agents. And crying because the boys won't let you play with them.
We tried a new pumpkin patch while they were all here this weekend, Camp Fontanelle. The kids had a blast, and the fact that it was half the price as the other patches around here made me pretty darn happy. Both my kiddos said the jumping pillow was their favorite thing. They spent most of their time jumping, between the pillow and the bounce castle. It was a big enough place we needed maps, and since I did such a wonderful job when we were in the corn maze, someone else needed to take over. I enjoyed watching the kids in the petting zoo; seeing Ian's reaction to feeding the alpacas and goats was awesome. Annaliese loved to pet the bunnies, but was too scared to hold her hand out and feed the animals.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
As I was going back and working on pictures for September, I had a harsh realization when I only had three pictures for an entire week. So it's getting combined with another one.
|First Sunday of Sunday School there were big balloons in the courtyard after church.|
|The kids loved popping and chasing the big balloons. You could even blow back at them, creating smaller bubbles inside the bigger ones.|
|We bought some new furniture for the new house and this has quickly been established as the best seat. It's called a 1.5 chair, but it seems to hold two very well.|
|One of the reasons I couldn't wait for a new house was to have the space to finally buy a piano. So this picture makes me one very happy momma. She's played on it every day since getting it, and Ian has practically, too. Now to figure out lessons.|
|Fun in the bounce houses at the orchard apple festival.|
|She was in heaven at the apple orchard meeting Anna and Elsa. She's wearing shorts, imagine how hot the princess are!|
|Yep, even got me in a shot at the orchard. |
|It's the last half of September, and it was warm enough for the kids to get in the pool . It probably should have been winterized already, but it's hard when we have warm weekends to cover it up.|
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Most of the pictures from this week are at my cousin's wedding on Friday night. As I've been going back through September's pictures and realizing how few I've taken, I think I need to start taking pictures of the things I take for granted, like our dinners together as a family, the kids working on homework when we get home from school, and the other seemingly mundane, but oh-so-important stuff of the week.
|Cousins impatiently waiting for dinner. Thankfully there were rolls on the table they got to dig in to.|
|My dancing queen. Couldn't keep her off the dance floor. She even managed to drag me out and get me to dance with her. That video will end up in the scrapbook with these pictures (thanks to a QR code), but not here for all to see.|
|The day after, the boys playing a game of football in Great Billie's basement. Ian is the youngest of the group in second, the oldest is in 6th, and the other two in the middle. Poor Annaliese had to just be an onlooker.|
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Trying to play catch-up...
|He's been reading this book, one of my favorites from my childhood, every free moment he gets. Heck with Legos, the pool, or any other toys. If he's not playing his video game, he's reading The Trolley Car Family.|
|Annaliese learned to ride without training wheels this week. She couldn't make it in a full circle in our driveway, and couldn't start or stop, but she was maintaining her balance on the straight stretches. Amazing to me for a 4-year-old.|
|There were very few moments this week when the sun actually shined...|
|Grabbed some lunch after church at Firehouse Subs. First time for the kids. They both loved the hats they got, and, well, Ian loved his sandwich.|
|Brought home the game Bananagrams from work. Everyone pulls a tiles from a center pile and works to make their own crossword, using all their tiles. Darrin ended up dominating, and neither of them ended up loving it as much as I do.|
Thursday, September 4, 2014
The second week of school. Work was really overwhelming that week, and it was nice to take time on the weekend to just enjoy ourselves. Most of the pictures are of the weekend, because the weeks consisted of going to work, getting home and making dinner, doing bedtime, then doing more work to get ready for work.
|It's not exactly clear which house is ours from the road, so I put my cameo to work and cut our house number out of vinyl and finally one of the projects I wanted to do for the house was done.|
|Annaliese has been practicing swimming without her life jacket lately, and has really gotten quite good at it. She loves to swim from the ladder to one of us, and then back again. She can make it in one breath, too.|
|Choosing paint colors for a project. Ended up letting Annaliese pick. She went with one of the purples, of course.|
|Love moments like these.|
|I didn't think this dish would go over well with the family, with the zucchini and tomato chunks, but surprisingly, everyone loved it.|
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
In my last post, I talked about the start of school, and with that, routine. Around here, though, the routine has been stay at school late working, come home, make dinner, play outside, do bedtime routine, then continue working on school work. Thus is the life of teacher. I did spend some time this past weekend choosing pictures for week thirty-three.
|Ian's first day. Continuing the tradition of pictures by the easel every year. This year, with the move, means a new school. So far on day 12 of school, he really enjoys the change.|
|The front of our house faces east. This was the sunrise on the first day of school. First time in a long time we were up early enough to see the sun rise.|
|As Darrin and I were going to bed this week, we noticed Annaleise's light was still on. We went up, and found her like this. When I asked her about it the next morning, she said she had wanted to stay up and read books like Ian does.|
|Spent my first weekend after teaching filling nail holes and sanding down the base cabinets for my scrapbooking table.|
|Just two pictures being her adorable self. On the left, she snapped that of herself. On the right, she was dressed up on Sunday after church in her brother's cowboy boots and carrying the purse she got at church in the swap meet.|