Archive for October, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

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Pumpkin Patch! We went back to Carmichael’s Pumpkin patch with Mike, Kelly, Carson and Raegan again this year. Serenity loved it! She climbed all over the pumpkins fearlessly. =) She was too busy to stop for pictures mostly, although I did manage to get a hundred or so action shots =) She rode wagons, tried to pull the wagons, and had a blast with her cousins. I love this group shot. Serenity grabbed Raegan’s hands and wrapped them around her middle. She does this when we’re snuggling, I love it, it’s so sweet!
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Serenity actually asked me to ride the horses when she saw them come out! I was excited that she remembered and wanted to do it again! She got to ride a horse named Lucky, which thrilled her =)
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We picked several pumpkins. Serenity wanted the little white one the most. I picked the striped one. Eric chose the crazy green one for the new baby, and one big orange one for tradition’s sake =) Then we went inside for snacks, and fudge! Mocha chocolate fudge, yummy.
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"I will pull Daddy out of jail!!!"

Serenity’s Monthly Update (mid-October)

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

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10/7/10
The Adventures of Zoola, Wormy, and Verde (pronounced berdabay.) Serenity spends hours every day lately playing with her legos. She particularly loves the little lego people, and I love seeing all the creative games she plays with them. She was building a little tower a few days ago and said “Zoola and Wormy can sit on this, I will make them really STABLE.” (She gets warned about things being not stable a lot when she’s climbing things she shouldn’t.) Then later she made a car and said “Zoola can drive and Wormy can drive and Verde can drive!” We’ve built hot air balloons (like Benny on Dora) and airplanes and barns and caves. Once we built the whole story of Going on a Bear Hunt. It’s awesome playtime. I love that she enjoys doing it by herself and with me as well. Sometimes I just watch and sometimes we build together. Oh, and in case you’re wondering about the names, Daddy named them but Serenity now definitely uses the names. The first day we got the new legos, she completely surprised me by building a car that was pictured on the box! She found the blocks that matched and assembled it all by herself! I had to call Eric at work for that one, and as suspected he was totally jazzed.

I love that she loves to stack in towers by color =)  My little ninja kung fu color master =)

I love that she loves to stack in towers by color =) My little ninja kung fu color master =)


Serenity is seriously addicted to the IPAD. I’ve downloaded several little games for it now and it’s neat to see that she can play them by herself now. My favorite is the one that lets her trace letters on the screen. A month ago she could only do the straight lines but now she can do it all! We also really like Fish School. It’s great for the fine motor skills.
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We went to the fair with Grandma! It was a blast, at least after we got past the gigantic fit she threw when I wouldn’t let her run around the barns. Once she cried about it for a while she gave in and either let me carry her or hold her hand. She loved the pigs best, or so she said when I asked her later. My favorite part was petting the kangaroo, I had no idea they were so soft! She also rode a horse named Harry Potter and got pink sugar (cotton candy).
Feeding goats at the fair with Grandma

Feeding goats at the fair with Grandma


Holding butteflies at the fair.  Discovered it's nearly impossible to hold a butterfly, take a picture of it and your toddler, and prevent your toddler from grabbing the wings at the same time.  Sorry butterflies.

Holding butteflies at the fair. Discovered it's nearly impossible to hold a butterfly, take a picture of it and your toddler, and prevent your toddler from grabbing the wings at the same time. Sorry butterflies.


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She walked more than a mile at Turkey Mountain! We have hiked there several times now and she walked all the way around the pond without being carried. And we only carried her for short periods on the way back down!

We got a new book, Dora’s Costume Party, mostly so I could get Serenity talking about what she might like to be for Halloween. It has had the fun effect of making her even more interested in wearing her costumes! One of the characters, Tico, dresses up as a cowboy so we pulled out the hat from her first birthday party and she rode her horse from Grandma =) She keeps saying that she wants to be Isa for Halloween, and in the book she dresses up as a ballerina. That’s probably what we’ll be =) I love that she actually wants to wear the cute tutus at last!
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I wear my tutu everywhere!

I wear my tutu everywhere!


Exploradora Serenity with her backpack and map

Exploradora Serenity with her backpack and map


Serenity gives Daddy a kiss AND a hug every day before work =)

Serenity gives Daddy a kiss AND a hug every day before work =)


Karen and Phil and Liam came to see us!  It was AWESOME!!!  Liam is SO cute =)

Karen and Phil and Liam came to see us! It was AWESOME!!! Liam is SO cute =)


Riding Serenity's "sled"
Trying on some hand me down winter clothes from Raegan =)  She loves the gloves this year!

Trying on some hand me down winter clothes from Raegan =) She loves the gloves this year!


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Oh, and in case I didn’t mention this, she loves jumping now =) She just started getting off the ground a month or so ago. Now we jump all the time, sometimes like frogs =)