She grew two whole letters this year - from the A up to the I! I have a feeling in two more years, she will be taller than the post. Where did that little baby in the first picture go? And how did this happen so fast?
Outside my window... the fall weather is so lovely.
I am thinking... about crawling in bed.
I am thankful for... Nina not turning into an icicle on her campout last weekend. It got down below freezing, and I kept worrying that I hadn't packed enough warm clothes for her. She did fine though and had a great time! I'm also thankful that Addie's stomach bug Friday night didn't last long.
From the kitchen... meatball subs from the crockpot.
I am creating... Halloween costumes with the girls.
I am going... to Texas in January, I think, for my cousin's wedding. Why do my cousins choose the hottest and coldest months for weddings? The last wedding was Dallas in July. Scorcher!
Outside my window... we had sun today, finally! I feel like I've been living in a big grey cloud the last couple of weeks.
I am thinking... that I need to go to bed early tonight.
I am thankful for... the government shutdown ending. My cousin's adoption has been finalized, and they got visas from the US Consulate in Macedonia TODAY!
From the kitchen... pork chops on the grill, sweet potatos, broccoli and cauliflower, and biscuits.
I am creating... Christmas lists, Christmas gifts, Christmas cards, etc.
I am going... to get up early tomorrow morning with Elise. I love that J.C. does that job 95% of the time. The middle school bell schedule is torture.
I am reading... Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. I am really enjoying it so far. Elise said she wants to read it after me, and I'm hoping Nina will read it too. It is a little more challenging than what Nina usually reads, but she needs to challenge herself a bit more anyway.
I am hoping... my cousin's flights go OK with her boys later this week. Can you imagine traveling with 4 and 5 year old boys who have never been on a plane before from Macedonia to Croatia to Germany to North Carolina to Michigan? I am exhausted just thinking about it!
I am hearing... Addie muttering to herself as she cuts out pictures from the American Girl Doll catalog for her Christmas list.
Around the house... the aforementioned pictures from the AG catalog. She has them spread out all over the family room.
One of my favorite things... candy corn Oreos.
A few plans for the rest of the week... a couple of doctor appointments, the elementary school fall festival, a Girl Scout campout for Nina, the first middle school dance for Elise, and book club for Addie.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing... the Girl Scout camporee that Elise attended this past weekend. The picture isn't great, but that is a circle of 500 girls for the flag ceremony. It is great to see so many teen girls still active in Scouts!
The past week has been the House of Estrogen Great Pumpkin Patch Tour of 2013:
Saturday - pumpkin patch #1 as a family
Sunday - corn maze for Elise with her Girl Scout troop
Thursday - pumpkin patch #2 for Addison's kindergarten field trip
Friday - corn maze for Elise with her jump rope team
Saturday - pumpkin patch #3 with Addison's Daisy Scout troop
I have no pictures from the corn maze because after going through this particular corn maze with Elise's Brownie troop six years ago, I vowed to never set foot in it again. Elise spent about an hour and half in it with her Girl Scout troop this year and over two hours at night with a flashlight with her jump rope team. That doesn't sound even remotely fun to me, but she claims to have had a good time.
The pumpkin patches were a lot of fun though. They all had the obligatory photo ops:
pumpkin patch #1
pumpkin patch #2
pumpkin patch #3
They all had hay rides (some with more hay than others!)
pumpkin patch #1 (still haven't figured out how they get by calling this a "hay ride")
pumpkin patch #2
They each had a corn crib,
pumpkin patch #2
pumpkin patch #2
and of course, they all had pumpkins (although I'm not sure how the third one can claim to be a "pumpkin patch". It is really just a "big field with pumpkins".)
1. In the past week, my five year old has cut her own hair and put blue streaks in her hair. We have a future hairstylist, perhaps?
2. Remember the girl in the movie Sleepless in Seattle who spoke in acronyms? That's my nine year old right now. "SYL, Mom! BTW, I'm going to JH. I'll BRB." It makes for challenging communication at times.
3. Candy corn Oreos are in da' house! Every Target near me had sold out, but a friend at work snagged three bags for me at a Target near her. Score!
Outside my window... I am so done with the gloomy weather! I need some sun!
I am thinking... that the rain better clear up before I chaperone Addison's field trip on Thursday to the pumpkin patch. I really don't want to tromp around in the mud with a bunch of kindergarteners.
I am thankful for... Addie's first Daisy scout meeting going really well tonight. She gets so anxious about new situations. With her recent track record in starting kindergarten, I was a bit nervous at introducing something else new to rock her little world. I think she had a great time though. There were four girls from her school, and one who lives in our neighborhood who she knows from the bus. Whew!
From the kitchen... some pretty fall flowers for decor, but not much cooking going on.
I am creating... pumpkin patch and beach blog posts? I'm a bit slow wading through pictures at the moment.
I am going... to volunteer tomorrow morning at the elementary school collecting donations/votes for "Kiss the Pig." Do other schools do this? Kids can vote with quarters for which teacher they think should kiss the pig. Then at the fall festival, the teacher at each grade level with the most votes has to kiss the pig. Sometimes it is a cute little pink piggie. Other years, it has been a big ugly grey boar! I'm not sure I would want to be a popular teacher when it comes to that event!
I am reading... nothing at the moment, but I plan to read the October book club book next. I finished Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella. It was OK... typical Kinsella - outlandish storyline, but basically fun chick-lit.
I am hoping... that this ridiculous government shutdown comes to an end soon. There is really no excuse for it.
I am hearing... a very quiet house. Everyone is asleep.
Around the house... clutter. sigh.
One of my favorite things... the public library.
A few plans for the rest of the week... it is such a busy week - volunteering at the school, chaperoning the field trip, jump rope team parent meeting, Girl Scout meetings, early release day for school, jump rope judge training, Girl Scout pumpkin patch trip for Addie, and Girl Scout camporee for Elise.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing... Nina on the bounce pillow at the pumpkin patch this past weekend.
I am thinking... about the new iPhone camera. I know it is supposed to be an improvement, but I keep accidentally taking four times as many photos as I was trying for.
I am thankful for... J.C. returning from his bike trip all in one piece. I often have this for my "I am thankful for" prompt when he has been off biking, but it is especially pointed for this trip. He was with a group of four guys. One came home with a broken collar bone. One came home with a humerus bone broken in three places. JC came home with a bike with a busted shock and rim. Only one of the four came home uninjured and with a fully functional bike. That's not great odds. I am thankful it was only JC's bike that broke, and not any bones. His buddies were not so fortunate.
From the kitchen... chicken and stuffing, sweet potatoes, and salad.
I am creating... lots of laundry piles, both clean and dirty.
I am hoping... that my cousin's adoption is not impacted too much by the government shutdown. She and her husband are in Macedonia right now trying to finish up the last steps of their adoption of two little boys, hoping to have them home by Christmas. They have had nothing but problems, issues, delays, and red tape through the entire process, and I worry that the government shutdown will add to that even more.
I am hearing... J.C. tinkering in the garage... wouldn't want the bike to be out of commission for too long!
Around the house... signs of fall - Halloween decor, pumpkin pop tarts, Halloween Jo Jos, fall flowers.
One of my favorite things... Goodreads. If you enjoy reading, you should join!
A few plans for the rest of the week... lunch with an old friend, being the mystery reader in Addison's kindergarten class, and going to a pumpkin patch.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing... shrimp we brought back from the beach. Yum!