We weren't sure the kids wouldn't get through the maze without a few tears and panic, like the bigger kids we went with last year, but they stuck together as much as they could, and we kept track of their little blonde heads bobbing around and they enjoyed it.
Chloe was the first to make it out.
Taking a pumpkin tour.
Chloe was just told we were having hot dogs for dinner.
Colin loved the pumpkin house.
He spent a lot of time organizing and shelving them.
I woke up one morning to Colin dressed in 3 tutus.
He loved trying on his cousin's hand me downs.
And then dressing as who knows what.
Dax taught Chloe how to play the card game 'war' and she loved it right away. See her hair swinging as she throws down her cards with great enthusiasm?
She got hold of the camera again for more close-ups and still lifes.
I personally liked this captured moment.
Hannah had to dress up a bear in a costume for her class wall display. She chose a circus bear since we had so many fun puffy balls and feathers.
Grandma and Papaw came for a visit during their fall break and the kids loved every moment with them. Chloe got a head start on birthday presents, so that pleased her as well. My parents were able to come to the Lone Star Wind Orchestra concert. I didn't tell them I was a featured musician in the program (in my story I talked about my dad's influence on me in music) and didn't tell them I had some big solos, so they were surprised and happy. They haven't been able to attend a concert in many, many years so it was special for all of us.
Papaw always intrigues the kids with his iphone videos- this time a funny owl.
And Grandma is always good for cuddles, games, learning, and book reading.
Colin loves the recorder Chloe got for a birthday gift. Chloe put it in bed with her tonight. At first my mom and I discussed getting her one. Then Chloe later told me she really wanted a flute (that goes sideways) so I emailed my parents a link..after my mom bought the recorder. They got her a little fife as well, and so far she prefers the recorder because it's so much easier to play, and a pretty purple. :)
I'm finally back with some random photos! More to come soon. Here is one of the colossal messes the younger two made when I decided to fold some laundry.
I love pretty days on the back porch. Chloe's doing her schoolwork.
Colin loves to dress up now.
These two demanded I hold a photo shoot and offered many poses. These two are my favorite.
Not sure what was going on here.
Colin just piled his entire dinner into the potato. Someone else made a manger out of theirs.
The only time this has ever happened.
Me thrilled with getting contacts and taking one of those self photos people always post.
With Chris and Nancy played 'The Most Happy Fella'- a wonderful show with wonderful company.
Chloe is into photography now. I found tons of pictures on the camera I certainly did not take. Here are a few- she favors the up close and personal still lifes.
I took Hannah to visit her grandparents and I went on to Nashville to visit Melody and see my horn teacher from high school. The weekend was full of good moments! Here's Melody at work giving me a tour.
The back property of Melody's work is beautiful. One of the fence posts is actually me.
Enjoying the concert in Music City.
Melody and I went to an art crawl and had a fun time. We met an animal photographer named Amy Butler and I bought a sweet giraffe photo from her. I meant to put it in Colin's room, but I love it so much, it's framed in our living room. We've been teaching the kids about peace and other such happy things, and this baby giraffe just has a look of peace and innocence and curiosity I love. It also reminds me of the trip to Nashville. Also that giraffe is at the Nashville Zoo where Melody was once an intern. Anyway, lots of connections, so I love the picture. Can you tell? I've talked more about the giraffe than anything else.
Hannah loved her time with Grandma and Papaw and her cousin Kayla. We also enjoyed our 1 on 1 drive together.
Hannah's first day of preschool this year. She's really loving it.