Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pumpkin Patch

Last weekend we had a great time at a local pumpkin patch! The weather wasn't too cold; there were tons of fun activities; and we were home in time to watch the Army game (a win). 

It was the same farm where I took the kids strawberry picking back in June. But this time, Sweet Pea was the only one who had the courage to brave the zipline and swing on the huge rope swing. But they all had fun playing in the giant corn pit and climbing on all the other play equipment. We ended it with a run through the corn maze and a delicious apple cider slushie.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Photo Friday

Dog sitting for the weekend ... pure joy!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hooray for Pepere!

My dad completed the Appalachian Trail! After more than 6 straight months of hiking, he stood at the summit of Springer Mountain, Georgia, on Monday, October 9. And we were there to see it.

Pepere had no idea we were coming. On Sunday the 8th, we drove to Dahlonega, Georgia, and checked into the condo to wait for him. Meanwhile, torrential rains and strong winds forced him off the Trail that afternoon. My mom found him shivering on the side of the road, and brought him back to the condo. He was soaked to the skin, shivering from exposure, just wanting to get into a hot shower and pray for better weather the following day ... when my three monkeys jumped him and ensured that he would have NO rest that evening.

After he showered and (somewhat) recovered, we had a fun evening eating at a Cajun restaurant for dinner, playing Sequence, the kids' latest favorite board game, and watching the Yankees.

The next morning, my mom drove us to the trailhead, and Dad and I set off while Mom took the kids. It was wet from the day before, but we only got rained on a little bit, and we even caught a few glimpses of sun. 

At noon, my mom and the kids met us for the final mile up to the top of Springer Mountain. The kids surprised Pepere with signs we'd made and decorated at home.

They were troopers on the hike. It was a mile straight up a very rocky and slippery path, and then a mile back down to the car. There were very few falls, no whining to speak of, and the kids had pretty good attitudes about the whole thing. Thank goodness the weather cooperated!

It was so special to be there when my dad completed the Trail. We watched him record his name in the book of thru-hikers, and took pictures to document the milestone. This was as much an accomplishment for my mom, too, who followed him virtually the entire way and planned all his logistics -- a full-time job!

We prayed daily for Pepere's safety, and our prayers were answered: amazingly, he completed the entire Appalachian Trail at age 68 with zero injuries or illnesses. Hallelujah!

Sunday, October 8, 2017


The only thing that surprised me about this is that Sweet Pea said her favorite color was pink. Yellow has been her favorite color for more than a year now (as you can tell from her picture!).

I love Little Man's self portrait. And I love that Sweet Pea said I made her happy. Truth.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Piano Lessons

I finally found a teacher who will come to our house to teach the kids piano lessons! Sweet Pea and Little Man have theirs on Tuesday afternoons after preschool, while CC has hers on Tuesday morning before school, because her school gets out so late.

Sweet Pea has taken to it like a fish to water. She loves to practice every day, and her finger dexterity is very impressive. This week, Mr Jimmie gave her permission to sneak ahead in her practice book, so she's excited to be in the lead.

Little Man doesn't have as much patience as his twin, and he's not as interested in learning to play. But he's the most musically inclined of our kids, and when he heard Mr Jimmie play the Star Wars theme song this week, it almost made his brain explode. 

CC will start her lessons next week, but in the last two weeks I've taught her what her siblings have learned, so she hasn't missed much. Let's hope this is money well spent!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Walk to School Day

To celebrate International Walk-To-School Day today, CC's school put on a big bash with a huge turnout! We all parked about a quarter-mile away and processed to the school together. There were people in costumes to give high-fives and take pictures, our local fire truck was parked along the way, employees of local businesses lined the route to wave and cheer, the kids who participated all won little prizes.

We were having lots of fun with our friends until Sweet Pea noticed the giant costumed people. Clifford the Big Red Dog, a fire dog from the fire department, and a giant robot-looking thing. And Sweet Pea took her fear of mascots to a whole new level. She sprinted about 50 feet away and hid behind some trees until it was time to go. It sounds ridiculous, but the poor thing was shaking and crying, so we kissed CC good bye and headed to preschool.

Friday, September 29, 2017