Every year we take the kids to Bishop's Pumpkin Farm. They love the hay ride, train, HUGE slides, corn maze, petting zoo, and hay bale jump. For me, it's all about the pumpkin apple muffins. I always buy a bag of 6 and horde them at home. Seriously, I don't share. We had a great day!
Most of you know that Jerry and I met in the Air Force while at Scott AFB, IL and that I got out just before Brandon was born and then Jerry got out a little over a year ago. Well, apparently there were more long lasting effects than I thought on Brandon's expectations out of life. Remember he is only 6 and we actually only moved 3 times with him. But here is last night's conversation:
B: "Mom and Dad, we haven't moved to a new house in a little while." M: "Nope, we're going to be here for a while." (Side note: especially considering how much our house has gone down in value since we bought it.) B: "But I've gone to this school for 2 years now." M: "Yeah, cool, huh?" B: "Dad, do we have enough money to buy a new house?" D: "Definitely not." B: "So how long are we going to stay in this house?" M: "I have no idea. Maybe until you go on a mission." B: "Whoa."
I'm not sure what to make of this. But it was funny and we love him!
Grandma bought Zach a really cool haunted house gingerbread kit last week...he had been asking for it earlier in the week. It actually turned out to be a little more tricky than I first thought, but Zach had a blast. He really loves projects like this...I should try to do more of them. Anyway, thank you Grandma!
This weekend was the Fall Family Campout for Brandon's Cub Scout Pack. We went to Collins Lake, which is one of our favorite campgrounds. It was so fun...although a bit too cold!!! Brandon earned his fishing and map and compass beltloops and got to participate in a flag retirement ceremony. Amazingly, for those who know Brandon, he didn't get silly about putting a flag in a campfire and managed to maintain the dignity of the ceremony. Way to go, Bud! Zach had a blast too and the best part by far was "Pack 507 Glowstick mania" when they busted out tons of glowsticks and the kids went nuts. Nate got a bit of a cold from being out, but all in all a fun trip!
Well, I have a new problem with Nate that I've never had with our other boys...what to do with him while I take a shower. You see this is our first 2-story house. When the other boys were Nate's age I would put their breakfast on their high chair tray and push them back on down the hall to the master bedroom where they'd eat while I got ready. Well, obviously I'm not going to lug the high chair upstairs every morning. Nate used to sit in his bouncy seat, then he moved on to the exersaucer. Well, at 11 months old he's outgrown these so he's just been crawling around the bathroom. Not such a problem except that he plants himself against the shower door so I can't open it when I'm done. I had to call Brandon to come rescue me from the shower 3 times last week. So I'd finally had it...I just stripped Nate down and plunked him on the floor of the shower. He played and splashed happily in the corner while I had a much more relaxing shower.
Our eternal family began on October 14, 2000. Nine years, 3 wild boys, 4 houses, 4 cars, and many laughs and tears later, we are so grateful for each other and the blessings we've been given along the way. Come share them with us!
This guy is so loving and forgiving. He's super smart and a friend to everyone.
This is one amazing little guy. He's a great brother and good at everything he tries.
This busy guy is a major handful! He's sure he can do everything his big brothers can do!