we've had a fun week carving our jack-o-lanterns, gathering the last bits of costumes, and then getting dressed up twice. once for school (dug out stuff from our dress up box) and then tonight for treating around the neighborhood.
first the pumpkins. kellen always sketches out a whole page before choosing his perfect design.
casey knew what she wanted right away and went for it. i love their pumpkins every year, but i do think these are my new favorites.
kitty and blockhead
they both decided to be book characters this year.
we met up with Minecraft Steve and a friendly ghost for a walk around the hood for treats.
it did not rain, or snow, so it was a win! a bit chilly but nothing a hot shower and cup of cocoa couldn't cure.
well i have neglected this space terribly through summer and here we are well into october!
life is good, and full, and busy.
we settled in.
we soaked up as much summer as possible.
a girl i love cut 9 inches of her hair off and donated it.
a boy i love played a fall season of soccer where he really bloomed into a good scorer this year. (having only scored one goal all last year)
school is in full swing and they are both doing amazing (3rd and 5th graders!!!)
that soccer playing boy, picked up the trumpet and is giving it a try.
making me i am a soccer momma and band momma. :)
we are busy readying up for winter. ordered and stacked 3 cords of wood. this is a new life skill for us having never had a wood stove before now. we are excited to see how well we do this winter with it. learning curve!
i've been making a lot more crock pot meals lately, they seem to suit the colder weather.
we have yet to fit in our annual apple picking trip. and we have a porch full of pumpkins waiting to be carved. halloween is fast approaching too! i better finish up those costumes.
busy gathering leaves, bittersweet and chestnuts.
taking walks and leaf peeping drives.
getting outside as much as possible before winter gear is required...
end of july is creeping ever so near, yet it feels like summer has only just arrived. oh summer please slow down. we just saw far away family off today after a few days visit. so nice to share our new home with them. i spent the day stripping beds, cleaning, and rearranging our space back to just us 4. the rains fell hard early, then gave way to clearer skies this afternoon. we had a simple dinner of blt sandwiches (SO good), then packed a basket of books, beach toys, cameras, and 2 travel mugs of coffee and headed to the beach. evenings at the beach are an entirely different thing. the sand is wide open. dogs are there. usually a kite flier or 2. many couples walking hand in hand. it's quieter, feels more private and intimate. i love that time. i need to remember to do this so much more.we made it home just in time, as the rain arrived once more.
are you reading this summer? my husband found me the book in my hands above, that i have been seeking unsuccessfully at our local libraries, The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. so excited to dive in. i'm also finishing up thePlainsong trilogy by Kent Haruf and then i have Delancey waiting in the wings. what are you reading?