Month in Pictures – October

Month in Pictures | November 10, 2016 | By

October!

My how you flew by!

What a great month!  With great photo opportunities!  We went to a corn maze, and apple picking – which always leads to some great pictures (when someone remembers the camera….).  We also went to a local farm, had family dinners, Halloween, and normal every day stuff. 

(Whew – what a busy month!  I’m exhausting myself just listing it off.)

We had amazing weather for the first part of the month, and then were shocked into reality in the second half.  Fall really IS here!  The colours were amazing – some are holding on, mostly yellows and browns.  But the real beautiful colours are gone until next year.  

Whilst I look forward to winter in some aspects, I am overwhelmed by the thought that we could perhaps have months upon months of feet of snow.  Also by the thought that Christmas is coming.  I generally don’t feel overwhelmed by this until, I don’t know, December 24th, but I’m feeling it already this year.  The weeks have been soaring by so quickly, that I’m sure Christmas is going to arrive tomorrow, or maybe the following day.

Anyhow.  On to the photos.

Our Apple Picking Adventures:
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Some Autumn Leaf Throwing Madness:
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Pumpkin Heads and a Silly Goose:
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**I was much more excited about this than Briar was, apparently.

**The boys picking apples.
**The whole famjam.
**Cael and Jude raking, and throwing leaves at their grandparents’ house.
**Jude and his pumpkin
**Cael and his pumpkin
**Silly goose of a girl – saying CHEESE!

If you’re from the States, looking for a recipe for Thanksgiving, check out this Pumpkin Crumb Cheesecake recipe, or this Pumpkin Cranberry Bread recipe.

A Month In Pictures – September

Month in Pictures | October 14, 2016 | By

September. 

Where are you?!

I seriously don’t know where it went. 

Wayy too fast, as seems to be my song and dance these days.  The hours, days, weeks, months… years!  They just whiz by me like a bullet.  Light-speed even.  I know I’ve mentioned this before, and will again, but WOW!  I really don’t understand how it happens so fast.  

Sunglasses baby! - September Month In Pictures

My Jude Dude - September Month in Pictures

 

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We started homeschooling, ate many meals, and too many cookies, enjoyed the amazingly warm weather, got to the beach a few final times, appreciated the company of friends and family, and made some new friends!  Park dates, at the house play dates.  The kids definitely had fun. 

And I did too!  A dear friend came for a visit from wayy down in the States, and we got to go out for supper with some other equally dear & amazing friends.  We had visits at the house, and got to go for coffee together.  I love keeping in touch with people.  

Longtime friends - September Month in Pictures

Cookies! - September Month in Pictures

Imagination Station Breakfast - September Month in Pictures

Hubby and a friend of ours started making cheese at home.  They’re starting to get pretty good at it.  

We had 60th wedding anniversary celebrations for a sweet couple in the family.  (60 years!  It’s that crazy!?)

It was a pretty busy month!  (Aren’t they all?)  And it was a beautiful month.  I saw someone recently use the tag #sutumn on a post.  (Summer + Autumn… get it?)  Because it’s now October and it is so nice people are still going for a swim now and then.  I have pulled out some shorts (so great!) on more than one occasion.  

**I bought Briar some shades on clearance.  They are SO funny.  And she rocks them with all she’s got!  She’s really coming into a funny, spitfire personality as she nears on her second birthday.

**Jude generally doesn’t like pictures.  But I grabbed this one, even though it’s blurry.  He has such a sweet smile, it melts Mommy’s heart. 

**My friend from away and Briar Bear!  It is soooo special to me to see my kids connect with friends that are uber important to me.  I’m lucky enough to have some living close by, but this girl is away.  So it was fantastic to see her and Briar together again.

**Girls night out!  So much fun. Great food.  It took us about 45 minutes to order because we couldn’t stop talking long enough to look at the menus.  Ha.  

**We make cookies on a weekly basis-ish.  These were so yummy and cute!  We also cooked up some molasses cookies, and I can’t remember what else!

**Imagination Station: Breakfast Edition.  Jude has the most brilliant imagination!  It’s so fun to watch these two play together (when they aren’t arguing!).  

A Month In Pictures – August

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Another month – so many more pictures.  I had the camera out quite a bit this month.  Not for long shoots, but just to catch random day-to-day occurrences.  I know this sounds depressing, but I keep thinking that these kids won’t be small, cute, and funny for very long. (And thank goodness for that from a discipline/parenting point of view.  Whoever thought it would be easy to raise good kids?  It’s tough.)  Anyhow.  I try to get pictures when they’re being them.  Which means they’re not always the best ‘styled’ pictures.  But they’re my kids.  You know?

Jude - Cocoa Mustache

We had a super busy month.  It just kept getting busier, trying to stuff as much as we could (mostly as much as could) into getting the most out of the warm summer season.  I’m still trying to squeeze summer things in.

 Movie and Popcorn

We did ALL.  The.  Things.  

Wedding day

We hung out at church camp on and off for two weeks, had beach picnics, playground dates, made lots of food, decorated a few cakes, jumped on the trampoline forever and a day, went to a wedding.  It seemed like we were gone every evening.  Which was fantastic.  Part of me is happy it’s coming to a more scheduled end.  The rest of me is screaming, and bucking at the idea of having an organized anything.  

Fam Jam at the wedding

I think I’ve mentioned before, we are starting to homeschool Cael this fall, starting next week.  So the scheduling is starting to become real.  He’s super pumped, and I’m excited and nervous.  But I think it’ll be good.  They scary part is trying to school with two littles.  And the fact that his education is in my hands.  I’ll update on how that’s going…

Cael's Cheesy Smile

So, this is the final hurrah to August.  Not to summer.  We still have a few weeks left of that.  Get it straight, eh?  I’ll do a last hurrah to summer next month.  😉  And a welcome dance to leggings and long sleeved shirts.  And lattes.  (Though, who in their right mind really gives those up over summer?  NOT ME!)

**Jude decided he wanted hot cocoa in the middle of August.  I’m down with cocoa any time of the year.  He had the best hot cocoa mustache going on. 

**We had to take some chill time – movie and popcorn time!  

**My handsome (but grumpy-looking/he doesn’t like pictures) hubby and I at a beautiful wedding.

**The whole fam-jam at the wedding.  Briar and Jude were flower girl/ring bearer, respectively.

**Cael – how he’s starting school is beyond me.  My handsome oldest dude. 

A Month in Pictures

Month in Pictures | July 25, 2016 | By

I was thinking that maybe I should do a series called, “A Year In Pictures”, instead of just a month, seeing as I’ve had such a bad rap as far as posting regularly in the past 3 or so years.  But, we can strive to improve, right?  Even when we’re in the midst of three kids driving us absolutely bonkers at times.  Right?  

Right? 

Somebody please tell me I’m not the only one going crazy. 

Breakfast Smiles

Really though, as much as they might drive me insane, they are pretty darn cute.  And I really want to document their cute, ever-growing faces here.  So a MONTH in pictures it shall be.  Maybe someday we’ll be able to get down to a week in pics.  That’d be something, eh?

We’ve been loving the warm weather.  I really feel like it’s been a great summer here!  So much warm weather.  Only one straight week of rain since May.  That’s got to be a record.  At least for the last few years.  It’s been hot.  I.  LOVE.  Hot.  

We were given a second-hand trampoline from my lovely aunt and uncle, and the kids have been jumping their little hearts out.  Briar has actually become quite an accomplished jumper, for a one-year old!  It’s so funny to watch them all on it.  (Except when it’s not.  Like when they’re driving me bonkers.  But it’s worth it – most of the time.)

Breakfast Smiles - Briar edition

We’ve been at the beach quite a bit, which is lovely.  The summer outside times remind me why I don’t work full-time.  Being able to hang outside with the kids is awesome.  

Cael - Chopping Help

This month of pictures comes to you from JUNE, because I refuse to believe that July is almost over.  There must be a scientific explanation for why summer flies by like a bat out of heck, where winter only flies at a breakneck speed.  Anyone know why?  It’s craziness.  I suppose it’s because we try to cramp alllll the fun outside things in a couple of months.  But hey, what can you do?  Let’s enjoy it.  It’s pretty amazing.  

Jude - Horseback

***Believe it or not, it’s super hard to catch a picture of Jude smiling!  He doesn’t like the camera.  Breakfast is the best time.  

***Briar loves her breakfast too.  Can you tell? 

***Cael’s learning how to help Mommy chop stuff.  Rhubarb here – freezing a bunch for winter.

***That photo-scared Jude is not-too-scared-to-ride-a-horse-though Jude.  Funny, eh?  

That wraps up photos for June.  I’ll get to July in a few weeks!