Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pumpkin Patch 2012

Philip was on call today, so this year's pumpkin patch trip was just the kids and I.

It was Caleb's second time to the pumpkin patch, but the first time out of the womb. =)

My three punkins

Smiley boys!

Look how Moriah has changed since last year!


Caleb looks so grown up here!

In the pumpkins

Giving one a taste

Very serious during face painting

I don't know why, but I love this one

Another serious face

Moriah's butterfly (the same thing she chose last year!)

Keenan's star

Nothing to stand on back there! =)

I love this picture Keenan took!

The best part (in my opinion).. holding the bunnies!

Not much cuter than this...

Happy kids

This one was sooo cute!

Time to try feed the animals who have been fed hay all day by a hundred other kids =)

This goat is still hungry!

The sheep, too!

We finished off with the bouncy house

Philip was gone the entire day today, so the kids and I cleaned house, did laundry, went to the grocery store and made food for tomorrow.  Philip is still on call tomorrow, but hopefully he'll actually get to stay home so we can have some family time.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Michigan... and We're Home (for five days already)

My mom is getting on me about not posting yet, so here I am...

Before we left Michigan, we stocked up on some new Michigan gear for the kids and I... and found these super awesome Michigan pop tarts to eat for breakfast the morning of game day!!

How cool is this??

Aunt Mary reading the kids a story while Philip and I packed up

Caleb discovered (and mastered) stairs while we were at Aunt Mary's!

Game Day!!

All wearing Blue and Gold

That night at the hotel
(Philip took the big kids for a swim and Caleb crawled around the workout room while I did a treadmill run)

Geocaching on Sunday morning

We found it!

Our third in the "Cache Across America" set

We passed this house (mansion/castle?) on our way... WOW!!

Almost home.. cotton fields!

I just can't get over how soft it is!

I have No idea why my shirt looks like it could fit two of me in there...

We got home early evening on Sunday and unloaded and then Moriah and I unpacked and got the laundry started while Philip and Keenan went grocery shopping.  Then we treated ourselves to DQ. =)

It has been a busy week with catching up on laundry, school, MOPS and chasing after the ever more independent Caleb!  =)

Here's our sweet stinker in the bathtub =)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Happenings in Michigan

We left my parent's house on Wednesday morning.  Before heading to Michigan, we stopped by Ada's MOPS group, where I had been invited to speak on "The Importance of Friendships as a Mom and Maintaining Those Friendships".   It was an honor to be asked and I hope that what I had to share was helpful to the other moms.   Thanks, Ada!

We arrived at Aunt Mary and Uncle Ty's around 3:30.   It was Gorgeous out...

Caleb playing in the leaves

The kids posing with the pumpkins Aunt Mary had left out for them with their names on them

Sweet boy

Keenan checking out the neighbor's huge spider web

Aunt Mary's mums are Gorgeous!!

Aaahh, Michigan in the fall

What we've been doing the last couple of days:
Spending time with family
Watching the Tigers beat the Yankees to go to the World Series!

"Cowboy Cookie" jar mix
(Part of my gift from the MOPS group)

Moriah and I made them yesterday afternoon and they were Awesome!

Tonight we had dinner with Anthony and Melissa, our oldest and closest Michigan couple friends.   We all met when Philip and Anthony were in med school, went to each other's weddings,  and now each have three kids!    We don't get to see each other as often as we'd like, but are able to pick right up where we left off each time!    This visit we got to meet their youngest, sweet baby Ellie, for the first time!

Sweet sleeping baby

Caleb checking her out

Keenan and Moriah Loved dressing up with Nino and Maddie!

A (blurry) picture of all of us

Moriah and Maddie
(Oh, how I wish these two lived closer together!)

All the boys

Melissa and I

Caleb on Daddy's shoulders

Tomorrow morning we head for home!   What a busy, jam packed, wonderful week of memories it has been!