October 2012

Life15 Oct 2012 07:51 pm

On Thanksgiving day it was so warm we sat out in the sun and ate cookies, cheese and crackers for snack in the morning. Grandma was in charge of the snack menu and my kids were delighted, especially Leah. Joel loved holding his huge cookie but only took a few bites.

Morgan is taking two courses towards his Masters in Computer Science along with working full time in Vancouver which leaves him a very busy man. I came over with the kids in the morning so he could work in peace for a few hours before joining us. We brought over Leah’s bike and with the help of Grandma and Grandpa, she learned how to ride a two wheeler without training wheels. She still needs help starting off and she rides really slow but she gets it. Someone runs right beside her as she can only last for about 20-30 seconds but I’m so proud. She borrowed a Strider running bike from a friend which is where she learned how to balance and that helped a lot.
Uncle Chris carved Leah’s pumpkin with her.
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Joel played the wind chimes.
Over the past week or so, Joel has developed a big love of trains. Joel made this track on his own. He will play quietly on his own for a long time setting up the track and moving the train along while making car noises.
The rain has come and we are determined to enjoy the outdoors no matter the weather.
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Life06 Oct 2012 10:18 am

Joel has become very attached to his hat. Every time he sees it, he wants it and will wear it all day happily. If you want to create a fight, just touch, or even worse, take his hat. At nap time he would get frustrated as when he put his head down to go to sleep, his hat would fall off. His hat attachment has seemed to wane a bit in these past couple of weeks but he still likes it a lot.
Here he is first thing in the morning.
On our frequent walks to the park in the mornings, Leah and her pal climb on this barrier fence every time and wait for the stroller and the younger crew to catch up.
We follow the path up to this stump where it is mandatory, if you are able, to jump off. Joel has begun climbing on it and I help him ‘jump’.
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In the van. Leah goes to preschool three days a week now and loves it. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday I load up five kids in the van to take her and her pal there. The process is pretty smooth while involving a wagon, baby carrier, 2 backpacks, 2 lunch kits and lots of buckles and little hands.
Here’s Joel having his first bowl of Cheerios and milk alongside Leah.
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We went to the pumpkin patch this year with a group of friends and had a great time. There were cute little bunnies and a petting zoo with goats.
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Tractor pics.
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The picture of Joel is from last year and the picture of Leah from two years ago as last year she did not want to go anywhere near the tractor.
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There was an old ship for the kids to climb on and play in.
The corn maze to get to the pumpkins.

The other night I peeked in on Leah before going to bed and found her laying on top of her covers with a tutu and her slipper-clogs on.

Joel no longer has a soother anymore and doesn’t seem to care when others around him have one. It was the easiest transition ever. He would lay down without one a night so I didn’t give it to him and he didn’t fuss. I eased him of off it for naps and now he is totally fine. I’m so glad it went so well as taking it from Leah at 2.5 was quite the ordeal, though most of her friends gave it up smoothly.

I’m loving fall this year. It has rained only once for part of the day and been so sunny outside, short sleeves are called for. We’ve had beans, potatoes and tomatoes from the garden as well as 2 big pumpkins we haven’t cut up yet. I’m really enjoying watching Joel experience fall. Joel loves throwing leaves up into the air and jumping into a leaf pile. He’s only gone puddle jumping once this year but it was a big hit too.

That’s enough randomness for one post. Happy Thanksgiving!