Thursday, October 30, 2014

Goodbye October.

Four babies in, and I am still surprised at how time flies that first year. Suddenly October was upon us and with it the fair and pumpkins and costumes and parties. And, now just as suddenly it is coming to an end. September was pretty much the same way, and the few months before it really just seem to have all blurred together. This is my favorite season, so I wish it would slow down. The weather is pretty much wonderful. The leaves are starting to turn and fall, and well, there are pumpkins. I love pumpkins.
Fall Festival 2014  
There are also the costumes. It's so fun to put them together and/or make them for my little ones. They get such joy out of dressing up, and they will use and reuse their costumes all year round until they are literally falling apart. Then they'll come to me crying and ask me to fix them.
Fall Festival 2014 

The only costume I made this year was Levi's. He has been asking for a Toothless (from How To Train Your Dragon) costume for months. As usual he was very particular about how he wanted it, so I let him stay up late one night to help me make it.
Fall Festival 2014  

Fall Festival 2014  

My mom bought the girls "pumpkin princess" outfits. When we went to our church's Fall Festival Lillian decided to go as a kitty pumpkin princess, and Sophia went as a butterfly pumpkin princess.
Fall Festival 2014  

After a week of fun Fall events, we had our own little family "Pumpkin Party" tonight with my parents. The kids and I carved a pumpkin to bring to the party.
Tonight we carved a pumpkin and had a little family pumpkin party with a hayride, candy hunt, and apple pie.  

Joshua dressed like a bee for the party, but that lasted all of a nanosecond before he insisted his costume be taken off.

He made the cutest bee, but it only lasted a few minutes before he got tired of it. Surprisingly none of my crew wanted to wear their costumes for long tonight. Usually the bigs take every available opportunity to play dress up.

While Stephan kept the kids outside this afternoon I made a caramel apple pie for our dessert. You can tell I was all by myself in the kitchen because I actually had a chance to play with my food and then take a quick picture.

Caramel apple pie about to hit the oven.

Since we don't live in a neighborhood anymore trick-or-treating is a hassle. Last year we started doing candy hunts at home instead. It was such a hit, and it's looking like it might become a bonafide tradition around here.
Hunting for gummy bunnies and toys at Nanno's house.  
 This year we added in a hayride too.
Hayride time.  

It was a first for Joshua. He wasn't so sure what to think of it.
Joshua's first hayride. He wasn't so sure about it.  
Goodness. He's getting big.  
  It's been a fun month. I'm a little sad to see it coming to an end. But, hey, November is up next, and that's a fun month too!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Knit And Sew

 Crafting has been slow going since Joshua was born thanks to a bout with postpartum carpel tunnel. I've gotten carpel tunnel while pregnant, but this was the first time I'd ever gotten it after. It's finally nearly gone, so my knitting pace has sped up a bit. Naturally matching sweaters for my boys were the first things on my to do list. I put the buttons on Joshua's today, and I've gotten a decent way into knitting Levi's. I'm glad he got a little brother while he's still at an age where he thinks matching outfits are cool.
Winter sweater for Joshua. Finished. Except for blocking. I'm waiting until I finish Levi's matching sweater to do that.  
I love the buttons. Wish I could have found enough for both boys to have these.  

Next on my list is a quilt for Joshua. I've got the fabrics, and a basic idea of what I want to do. (Inspired by this.) I just have to work out exactly how I want things, and then get to stitchin'.
Working out a design for Joshua's quilt.  

I'm pretty sure that I just want one large, off centered star, but then I saw this quilt with multiple stars, and I'm starting to feel a bit uncertain. I think I'll sleep on it. 
 P.S. The sweater is the Andalusia, and I knit it up in some Beaverslide Mule Spun yarn.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Three Months

 Our little man turned 3 months old a few days ago. He's discovering the fun of laughing and flying and having raspberries blown on his tummy. And as long as he has socks on his feet and is not being subjected to a car ride then he's a pretty chill little fella. We're having a blast getting to know him, and I think he's beginning to enjoy getting to know us too....well, except for when big sister squeezes him too hard or tries to play catch and throws something at his head. Yikes. It's a hard job being the fourth baby!