- Donovan in October
- Serenity in October =) Halloween, Pumpkin Patches, and Daisies!
- Maia is 22 Months Old!
- Serenity in September
- Donovan in September
Donovan had a FUN month! He loved pretending to be Cyclops for Halloween. It was so cute when he said “Kachow!” and flashed his optic blast ( red led finger lights attached to futuristic sunglasses) He adored trick-or-treating. This is the first year that he actually asked to go out again after coming home tired from the first trip. We got to walk in our neighborhood parade and climb trees with some of our neighbors in the greenbelt too =) The neighborhood was such a fun place to be! There were blow up dragons that we visited regularly, houses with Halloween lights, just lots of festive fun. I’m so glad we moved here!
Ann came to visit us this month, which is always cause for celebration! Donovan especially enjoyed that she played so many games with him! She even played games she doesn’t especially care for normally, just to enjoy time with her grandson =) So fun! She took them for picnics, walks and bike rides around our new neighborhood too. And Donovan was very happy that she went with him to a tennis lesson and practiced some more with him just the two of them.
October was a fun and super busy month! I think I’ll take it in reverse, as Halloween is still on my mind =) Serenity decided to go as Nora the Arctic Fox Fairy. I love that she chose a fairy from her favorite series of books =) We had plenty of wings, and she had a dress that worked, so all we needed was a little furry vest and some fun hair =) This was our first year for colored hair spray, and we also got some hot pink extensions. Oh, and to make sure people could tell what her costume was, we made a little bag with a clear pocket to hold the book. And zip tied our stuffed arctic fox to the side so the fairy didn’t lose her friend =) And this year, I actually managed a costume for myself! I was Kitty the Tiger Fairy, friend to Nora =) Have I mentioned we have a ton of fairy wings? =) This is the first year the kids were really into trick-or-treating. They actually asked to go out again after the first pass! Still not really that into eating the candy. They ask for a piece or two and then forget about it. The candy sorting at the end of the day was epic though =) Carson and Raegan came to trick-or-treat with us! Carson and Serenity raced ahead, and Raegan stayed with Donovan =) So sweet!
The Halloween Carnival at school was fun as always. It was interesting being in two different commons, but we all had a great time! I think Serenity enjoyed the worry dolls the most =)
We went to the pumpkin patch two times! First we went with Ann. The kids love the pumpkin patch, especially riding the horses. It was crazy busy this year!
We went back a second time since Carson was sick during the first visit. This time we tried the corn maze, which we had never done. It was so fun! Except for losing Carson for awhile. There are big piles of logs and dirt to climb on. So the kids never wanted to leave. =) We rode the horses again as well, and Maia was especially thrilled, and also especially devastated to leave them =)
Another really special thing happened during Ann’s visit, Serenity learned to ride a bike! Ann bought her a new big girl bike, which instantly made her look so grown up! I kind of miss the tiny Tinkerbell bike she got when she was three =) They took the wheels off that to use as a balance bike, and she did seem to learn pretty quickly! She is wearing DZ’s helmet that fits her better than it fits him, and Donovan has an adult helmet =) So we are all set. Even Eric! Yes, he finally has a bike to go with the helmet he bought 18 years ago!!!! So exciting! =) Thank you so much Ann!!!!!
Serenity won her class spelling bee! She and Sophia will be going to the all school spelling bee this week. We had a lot of fun quizzing her on the challenging words. She likes that she can spell some words even Daddy can’t spell without practice. She learned all the words on the first and second grade list, and most of the third grade list. However we haven’t gone anywhere near the 8th grade words so the all-school spelling bee will be interesting. She was very sad when she misspelled exam one day when I was quizzing her. I tried to explain that it was the first time she had ever tried to spell it but she just hates getting stuff wrong. So it’s excellent practice =)
Serenity’s Daisy Scout troop got to visit the farm! Jen let them gather eggs and feed the chickens. Then they introduced them to the new baby chicks, and the sheep! Everyone was relieved to hear that they don’t plan to eat #17. =) They loved petting the puppies, and Casey let them drive the tractor! In typical Casey fashion, he first asked them to move a big bale of hay, and they all tried pushing this giant 800 pound bale of hay, before he let them try it with the tractor. They were thrilled! Jen helped us make suet cakes to help feed the chickens over the winter for our fall service project =) Most of the girls were not thrilled to touch the oooey gooey suet to mix it and roll it out, but it got done =) Everyone had a blast! We’ve also had a Daisy meeting where we did seed art, and an experiment with carnations. And lots of petal playdates for the new Daisies to come over and play at our house and earn a few petals =) These always seem to end with messy sidewalk chalk art, so a ton of fun!
Oh, we finally opened Dash and Dot! I bought these last December, but they had so much fun stuff from Christmas I saved them… Didn’t mean to wait this long though. The kids love them! Serenity especially is making long programs for them. She taught Dash and Dot to sing, “No one sees me IIIII’m a ninja!” and sent them around the house to surprise us =)
Maia is 22 months old! She is snuggly and extremely determined. She has started greeting her brother and sister with enthusiastic hugs! When she says Serenity sometimes it sounds like “sen-ty”, and sometimes more like “sissy” so we’re not sure if she’s saying Serenity or Sister or both. It’s adorable though. She’ll run to her and huuuug her, and then she’ll turn around and back into her so she can be held, standing or in a lap. And today she gave her real kisses too! She does the same to Donovan, and sometimes his name sounds like “Donovy” which is too cute. She also tends to pat him a lot, which is usually sweet but sometimes painful. Eric and I chorus “awwww” when she bursts with these displays of sibling affection. She also runs to Mama and Dada when she sees us. Eric came home from work today and all three kids ran to him and knocked him over and piled on top. I just melted. And grabbed the camera 😉 And Maia’s whole face lights up when she runs to me. I swing her up in the air and snuggle her. And she sticks her hand down my shirt. I have failed so far in discouraging this habit. Hence, determined baby.
She also throws herself on the floor a lot when things aren’t going her way, and sometimes intentionally bonks her head to make Mama feel guilty for doing dastardly things like insisting on shoes or car seats.
She loves reading books, which she calls “Bookeeee! Read read?” Too cute! (Milk also sounds like “Milkeeee!”
She is turning into quite the gymnast. One day I got watched her get out of bed. She basically did a supported headstand, with her head on her mattress, kicked her feet up onto the side of the crib, and slid down and out of her bed. I went to get the camera to record this phenomenon. Well, when I had the camera, she decided to do a front somersault out of bed. And now I know what she does for hours in her room when she is NOT NAPPING. Yeah, naps are rare and wondrous things these days.
She loves being outside, but the bugs love her way too much. Poor baby has gotten mosquito bites, or possibly oak mites, all over her poor face. And it makes her swell up really badly! Right now she has one right on the end of her nose, and she’s scratching it a lot =( We put her in a sleeper and spray her with bug spray every time too. We can’t spray her skin though! She adores being outside. She loves the sandbox best of all. She seems to be emptying it one shovel full at a time into the playhouse. She also loves swinging! She enjoys riding Beep-Beep (Donovan’s little red push car) on walks around our neighborhood and to the playground. We all love our new neighborhood so much!
We had several fun events this month. Pierce, Eddie and Andreana came to visit. We had an absolute blast! =) Maia adored chasing Pierce around the house, and the giggles from both of them were adorable!
Ann came for a visit! We are all so thrilled when she comes! She did puzzles and read books to Maia =) I’ll save more about the rest of her visit for Serenity and Donovan’s posts, as they had some super exciting stuff thanks to Ann!
Ann also accompanied us to the pumpkin patch! Maia was busy as she could be. She climbed over pumpkins, and objected strenuously to being removed from them, until she discovered that meant she got to ride a horse! “Horsey neigh neigh! Yeee ha!” Too cute. And then afterwards she asked me “Horsey? Neigh Neigh? Yes?” And when I said no, we didn’t have more tickets to ride the horse, she rolled around in the hay for awhile in despair.