Thursday, November 16, 2017

Catching Up

Things have really slowed down here with the colder weather. It takes a lot of effort to get myself and the three boys fed, bundled, and out the door, so I am learning to be content with staying home more. In Pennsylvania, we had more space in our house, so Stephen had a little office to work from home, but here, he goes to campus every day to plan and grade in the quiet. The boys (and I) are so excited to see him when he comes home!

The trees in our neighborhood turned the prettiest colors. We don't have a tree in our yard, which is sad to me, but on the plus side, we don't have to rake? :)

On the last 60 degree day, we went apple-picking again. There weren't too many apples left at eye level, so we had to reach up high!

This orchard might be my favorite thing about Indiana so far.

August is into EVERYTHING... pulling on cords, investigating the outlets, taking the magnets off of the fridge, clearing the papers off of the coffee table. Picking up after these three boys keeps me busy!

He love to self-feed with puffs, yogurt melts, shredded cheese, and bites of homemade bread.

A few weeks ago, we took a road trip back to Pennsylvania to visit our family and friends. I was really happy to see Ivy! She is doing well with my in-laws. Their dog, Cuddles, (you can see her head in the photo) is 10, and she and Ivy have become best friends. I don't think Ivy is having as many seizures as she was when she was with us, and it really is a calmer environment for her.

Petting his doggie. :)

I have a photo of baby Ephraim in this spot, too. Our church family had a potluck that day so we could have a chance talk to everyone. We got to see some of the new construction on the building, and it's going to be amazing!

August & Grandpa

It's not a trip home without our favorite donuts!

Playing outside at Mormor and Papa Don's house.

 The weekend trip seemed too short, but we'll be back soon enough for Christmas :)

Back at home, we went to a couple of Trunk or Treats for Halloween. The kids got their faces painted as cats and dogs (and Ephraim as a giraffe, haha.)

My sister-in-law's sister has a pet pig, and she is adorable! Nolan got to hold her for a while, and Ephraim fed her some Cheerios. 

Uncle Phil got in the photo booth with August.

We really didn't have any plans for Halloween, so our costumes were completely last-minute (seriously, an hour before). We dressed the older two boys as soccer players, and the baby as a puppy. 

They had so much fun playing games and collecting candy! Nolan went home, laid out all his candy, and made a list of it all. Ephraim kept asking for candy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until it was all gone. 

It was a great end to October!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Fall Fun

October passed so quickly, and I can't believe we've almost lived in Indiana for three months. We're  feeling settled, but it seems like there are a lot of pieces to the puzzle left to figure out. We want to find a neighborhood that we love so that we can start house-hunting (we're in a rental house now). And we also want to find our church home so we can start plugging in there. Both of these decisions seem pretty huge to us, and we need to really soak them in prayer.

The boys have been playing really well together lately. Their imaginations are running wild, and they are constantly role-playing with cars or building with Legos and MagnaTiles.

My littlest buddy. :)

Oh, the faces I get when I ask Ephraim to smile! 

I think his eyes are turning from blue to green.

Once or twice a week, we do some baking as a part of our homeschool. This day, it was pumpkin spice donuts.

At nine months, August is crawling and standing and almost-cruising. Since trying "puffs", he now uses his little thumb and pointer to put every little crumb on the floor into his mouth. He loves to watch his brothers and cousins play, he laughs a lot, and he says "dada" and "yaya" when he's excited. Despite being our biggest baby at birth, he's our lightest baby at this stage (17 pounds). He wakes about three times in the night (still), but thankfully, he doesn't wake up too early. :)

And now that I waited a while to post this, he is TEN months old today!

This was a dark chocolate pumpkin swirl bread, and I later added a marshmallow buttercream drizzle. So good!

It's definitely sweather weather now. . .
blanket & hot chocolate weather.

Found him asleep on top of Scouty. So cute!

We went apple-picking twice in October. I hadn't been apple-picking since I went with Girl Scouts when I was in kindergarten! The first day was really warm, and the trees were bursting with apples. We tried several different types of apples, and our favorite was the "blushing golden".

My cousin Zac works in the tallest building in Indy. His office is moving now, so we had to check out the view before he left! 

Coincidentally, my brother-in-law works in the same building, so we can go back another time and see the view from his floor :)

Indy is such a sprawling city!

Happy little guy watching us eat lunch after church.

Steve had a couple days off from teaching (fall break), so the five of us went to the zoo! 

The zoo has a pool of dogfish sharks that the kids can reach in and touch. 

I didn't do a great job at picture-taking, but August's and my favorite animal was this tiger who kept brushing up on the window right next to us. :)

Hope you have a great start to the week!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Things we've enjoyed lately

A few things we've enjoyed lately:

Mums of all colors.

Baby August smiles.

Warm October weather.

Snail mail.

Homemade Oreo popsicles.

Praying mantises. 

Caterpillars turning into chrysalises before our eyes.

Neighborhood walks at dusk.

Shay's new "Simmers" slow-cooker recipe book.

Free tows. (And thankfully no accidents.)

Playtime with cousins.

Chewing on everything.


Baby dimples.

Mexican food.

Happy Trader Joe's pumpkins.

Soccer games.

Long eyelashes.

The Cheesecake Factory. A slice of the Godiva. And making new friends!

I've got another post of apple-picking and zoo-visiting to get up soon!



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