Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Talented Friends

One of my best friends from high school, Emily, has a photography website and she truly does some great work! Check it out. If you happen to be in Boise, Idaho and need some family photos - SCORE!

Why can't I take photos like that??????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Another great fall weekend . . .

We had another busy, but fabulous weekend. On Friday night we had our hayride and it was a blast despite the fact that it took me 50 minutes to get to Funk's Farm (normal time 15 minutes)and the fact that I organized the hayride and was the LAST person to arrive (10 minutes late). The weather was perfect and no small children were impaled on the giant roasting skewers, so I view that as a win/win. I was smart this year and brought glow necklaces so we could see the kids running in the dark. One very entrepreneurial youngster (KIMON) even tried to sell the necklaces and bracelets he had acquired for a dollar each! Ha! And a big thanks to Papa for watching Hughie for me and introducing Georgia to female pirate heroines. He got us sucked into this pirate movie starting Geena Davis and now Georgia wants to be a girl pirate. Well, at least it's not Ariel, right?

Saturday was the pumpkin party at the Dietrich's. The weather was horrible, but we managed to have fun and stuff ourselves with chili and apple pie. I made my "famous" apple pie for the apple pie contest and it was gorgeous, but somehow my tweaking of the recipe resulted in apple pie soup. I still managed to win the taste portion of the competition, but I placed second in presentation due to the soup factor. Have no worries, a turkey baster saved the day and the pie was still really yummy (and eaten).

Sunday was the York Halloween parade and the kids loved it. Nothing like marching bands, monster floats and free candy to really bring on the holiday spirit! Hughie insisted on wearing my bat headband for the parade.

The bathrooms are almost finished. Jerry is grouting the tile, finishing the wainscoting and framing the windows this week. He claims by next week they will be completely finished! Chris has the pleasure of painting everything, so he's been priming this weekend.Here's a preview (and no, that's not a bar it's the shower wall, the rest will be glass).

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Toddler Communication

I'm really starting to be able to see Hughie's frustration with communication that begins at his age. There's a lot of pointing and crying, but he does seem to be improving a bit. A few days ago I heard Hughie passing gas (rather explosively). Soon after, he came up to me and said, "go POOPY!!" I responded with, "do you want your diaper changed?" He nodded his head and said, "um hmm." It was just a simple thing, but I was really amazed that he was able communicate with me so effectively! His favorite words this week are "hug" (accompanied by big outstretched arms) and "outside." And as much as I adore my children, I will be so grateful to get back into my bedroom on the main floor. I don't think I've slept more than a few hours in a row since this renovation project has started. Hughie cries most nights for a bit (and goes back to sleep), Georgia is plagued with monsters and Chris snores. I think a nice padded, soundproof chamber would be heaven right now.

We have a really exciting fall weekend planned if the weather holds. Tomorrow we are going on a hayride/bonfire s'mores extravaganza, Saturday we have a pumpkin carving party and Sunday is the Halloween parade. Yee-haw!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Canadian Mounted Guard

The kids' daycare took them out to meet some members of the Canadian Mounted Guard last week (they were in town for the Horse Show in Harrisburg).

Halloween Preview

We had our first Halloween adventure last night - Dutch Wonderland Happy Hauntings. They have the park completely decked out for the occasion and they even have a little trick-or-treat trail. Hughie picked up on the concept immediately, holding his bag out for treats and signing "thank you" afterwards. Georgia was in her glory when she got to meet the Dutch Wonderland Princess and give her a hug. The weather has been amazing these past few weekends, lets hope it holds out for the next two. We have a ton of stuff scheduled for the next few weeks and everything is outdoors. PLEASE weather gods, hear my prayer!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Best of You

The other night as I was tucking Georgia into bed I told her that I loved her more than anything and that she was my best friend. I was getting a little teary when she responded, "I'm the best of you, Mommy." I don't think she meant to say that, but it was the sweetest thing. She is the best of me and Chris. I'm still in awe that we created this amazing little person.

As for Hughie, he's got lots of new words. "Let's go!" is his favorite phrase. Other new words are shoes, 'nana (banana), choo-choo, and bink (binky). We had his 18 month check up today and he is getting bigger. He's still not as tall as Georgia was, but he's a string bean like her. 60% for height and 20% for weight!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Aunt Jean's Birthday

I cannot believe that we forgot Jean's 37th birthday. Sorry Jean, we love you!

Dance Til You Drop

Make sure you pause the playlist so you can hear the sound on the video!

Paging Dr. Rogers

We've had a busy couple of weekends, what's new? Last weekend we went up to Bellefonte for Evie's SECOND birthday. I can't believe my sweet Evie is two!! Jean hosted a really great birthday party complete with pumpkin painting and bowling. I'm still trying to talk Erin and Stephen into letting me clone Evie for my third child. If I knew for sure I'd have one like Evie, I wouldn't hesitate!

Georgia hit a major milestone this past week - she can write her name on her own! Now, for some kids it's easy, but with two G's and four vowels, "Georgia" isn't exactly a breeze to write. We've been working on it a lot the past few months and she's got it now. She's also really into writing other letters and asking me what letter everything starts with. I think reading is right around the corner. Hughie's also doing a lot more talking these days, spouting out sentences and lots of new words. His latest passion? Medicine. Evie got an animal hospital for her birthday complete with a stethoscope. Hughie wore it ALL weekend, checking every one's hearts and breathing. Everyone was amazed that he knew what to do with the stethoscope, but I think his "skills" are more a testament to many his ear infections than his genius.

This past weekend we went to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Georgia loved all of the elaborate costumes, particularly the Queen. Personally, I can never quite get over all of the weirdo men in costume (who are NOT hired to do so), but I digress.