The boys both dressed up as Link, from the Legend of Zelda. We had a lot of fun making the costumes together as a family. Charlie was afraid that people would think he was a fairy and laugh at him. He insists that Link is not a fairy, even though he does have fairy ears. Needless to say, no one laughed :)
Daddy surprised the boys by showing up for the indoor parade. Tommy later told me that he was "SOOOOO happy" because Daddy was there. The picture above is of Tommy seeing that Daddy was there. That little face just makes me want to get all teary eyed.
Being room mom for Charlie's class is so fun! Monster cupcakes for the party...yum.
So thankful I get to share these memories with my boys and Trent!! So blessed!!
I love to make traditions with our family. Going to Mulberry Farms has easily become one of them! Infact, taking a photo of the children on the hay bales has also become one. Our family has sure changed in just a few short years. We are truly blessed!
In order to pick just the perfect pumpkin, one must sit on it first. The tooshie test ;)
I am seriously so in love with this guy! Seriously!!
Classic Charlie, being silly and pretending to fall of fthe bulldozer. That kid makes me laugh!
In mid-October Trent and I celebrated our Anniversary (which is in July) by taking a two day, 14 mile hike in the beautiful Ohio forests. It was the first time either one of us had attempted such an adventure and we were happy to do it together.
We hiked through dense forest, open fields, up, down and through large caverns carved though the lush folliage. Every twist of the path, if there was a path, lead to a new adventure.
We carried all that we needed for the two days on our backs in packs. Thankfully, I had a gourmet chef with me who served up lasagna, beef stroganoff, cheese, salami, fruit and the like. We did not go hungry that is for sure!
The difficulty of our adventure was equal to the beauty that surrounded us. The path often disappeared leaving us to search for our direction in which to continue. It was also very obvious that the path had not been cleared for some time. It was at times covered with large trees that had fallen during a recent high wind storm, or over grown with brush. The path was usually not much bigger then the width of our feet, leaving no room for a wrong step on a a decline in a gully or along a ridge. It was down right frightful at times and not the nicely cleared stone pathway I had invisioned....I was nieve in many regards!
We made camp before sunset. Trent searched out the perfect spot each night and set right away to putting up our tent and making a fire. We slept like logs except for when we heard a pack of cyotes howling and yipping at each other in the not so far distance. I was thankful to be protected by our bear bell ;)
It really was a wonderful adventure. I really had to rely a lot on Trent to not only feed and house me but to protect, comfort, doctor, and entertain me. I was thrilled to be with just him and doing this together. It felt like such a huge accomplishment when we circled back to the trail head.
I love them. They are the sweetest boys ever and I am so grateful to be their mommy!
Charlie cracks me up with his jokes and funny "old man" ways. That kid has a laugh that is seriously contagious. And Thomas is the little buddy who always wants "help" or snuggle on the couch.
The boys started school a few weeks back. It was bittersweet for all of us. I miss the lazy mornings all snuggled on the couch while the children watched their shows and I drank my coffee and check emails. I am grateful for a chance to catch my breathe but wish the school day was much shorter. I miss my buddies and so does the little lady. On those mornings when I am loansome for the pitter patter stampede of little feet, I grab their lovie or jaquar and say a little prayer for Heavenly Father to watch over my babies.
They are doing good. Charlie has smoothly made the transition to being a 2nd grader. He likes lunch and recess. Tommy had a rocky start of leaving his Mama but is fine now and loves to color and go to recess.
The "blue" team. Tommy is the 3rd on in the back row, standing.
This year we were able to participate in the Dad's Club Parade and it was great fun! The parade route is about 2 miles and it was a sweltering 10,000 degrees out. We lucked out though and were offered a ride on the Rocket Car!!
It was still hot, but it made the parade that much sweeter! We threw candy at the crowds and had a great time waving to fans....lol!
Life seems to be flying by, especially since having the guys! Everyday they say or do something that just tugs at our heart, amazes us or even brings us(me) to tears! We want to remember it all!! We want to remember all the fun we had, all the messy fingers, and yes, even the hard times! God has truly blessed us with a wonderful family, amazing children, and each other! How grateful are we!? So here goes trying "remember"!