Sunday, October 30, 2011

October Snow

Well, it snowed. In October! It wasn't enough to cause any problems, but it did keep us cooped up in the house, so come this morning we wanted to get the little guys (and ourselves) outside to get some fresh air.


It was a gorgeous day! Crisp, but not too cold -- my kinda weather. There was some snow on the grass and my little guys were infatuated!


I love seeing them so happy!


I made it into a picture (and apparently need to lint roll my coat).


We came back to the house and spent the rest of the day relaxing. It's WaWa "Gobbler" season, so Justin and I had them for lunch. I need to get my fill in because we only get them for a month!

Tomorrow is Halloween and we are ready for it! We went to Boo at the Zoo last weekend and the boys were able to practice their trick or treating. Nolan was particularly happy that strangers were giving him candy.

They've perfected their pirate "aaarrrrggg," so we're ready for tomorrow!


It's cold enough for footy pajamas!

For the past two nights, the boys have worn their footy PJs and for the past two nights we have had to go into the boys' room to find them in their cribs with only diapers on.

Those darn zippers.

They have also started wearing their hats & mittens around the house...just because they can.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Nolan and I were sitting on the sofa watching 'The Lion King' and we were talking about baby Simba when he put his hand on my leg and said, "I love babies, mommy."

"Oh really," I replied, "which baby do you love?"

"Luke. And Jake," he told me.

It's funny that he views his twin brother as a baby. I had to laugh and try to explain to him again that Luke is his twin brother and not his baby brother. Just like Jeffrey and Jason from Caillou.

I wonder if he still feels the same way even when Luke pins him down while they wrestle?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Linvilla Orchards

We did our annual trip to Linvilla Orchards this past Saturday for some pumpkins, apple-picking and hayrides. Well, this year the apple-picking didn't happen due to low crop, but we did have fun doing other fun things!


During our ride to the orchard, the boys kept telling me that they wanted to see lions at their petting zoo.

The best I could do was some goats. Sorry, kids.


The boys picked (and ate) some strawberries.


Notice the little boy bite mark taken out of this strawberry?


Mabel, Vince and some of her grand kids joined us for the day. I'm so proud of Mabel for kicking cancer in the ass and doing it with style.

Don't you love her newly-grown hair?! Gorgeous!


Uncle Jonny and Aunt Terri met up with us for the hayride. Jake kept us all entertained during the ride. This little guy is probably one of the happiest children I have ever met. He is always smiling and laughing!


Huckelberry Grammie.


Huckelberry Nolan.


I had a great time this year, but next fall, I might try and go on a Friday or Monday in hopes that it will be much less crowded.


Two Boys

I have been following Whitney's blog for a few years now and she recently found out she was having another little boy in addition to her son, Levi, who is close in age to my boys.

There is something she wrote today that really hit home with me because it has been said to me numerous times.

It is in regards to the fact that I have two boys and not a daughter.

I'm know that when it was being said, it wasn't meant as offensive, but I can't help but take it to heart a little bit because of the fact that my heart is complete with my two boys.

I am happy and proud to be the mother of my two sons and the fact that I don't have a daughter doesn't bother me in the least. Really.

If I were to get pregnant again and again and have a whole litter of little boys, I wouldn't (even for a single second) feel that I was unfulfilled because I don't have a little girl to put dresses on.

I love thinking about the future and the fact that they will most likely be the best man for each other's weddings. I know that they will be best friends. They love each other so much already - I see it every day. They will have each other to stand by as they grow and nothing could make me happier.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Mish Mash

I haven't really felt compelled to blog lately because nothing particularly special has been going on. We're gearing up for the holidays and I hope to work in a trip to Ohio to visit my parents and brothers. We're approaching our favorite time of the year!

I am taking a sewing class in a couple of weeks that I hope to actually put to some good use! I've been wanting to do this for a few years, but I've never found a class close by that I could participate in until Momma V suggested Joann Fabrics. I called up the very next day and discovered that they do offer classes!

We're headed out to the apple orchard tomorrow to ride the hayride with the boys and do some apple picking. I have no clue what I'm going to do with an entire bushel of apples, so I'm hoping that some people are willing to take some off of our hands. Last year we ate as many as we could and made baked apples with the rest.

Here are some pictures from earlier this week.

And Luke wearing one of my headbands.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

our favorite past-time

It seems like all the boys and I do lately is spend time at the park. We go a lot. It's a great way for them to burn off some of their (seemingly endless) energy.

Luckily, daddy was able to join us at the park this past Friday after we took the boys to the pediatrician's office for flu shots. Luke was very inquisitive about why we were visiting the doctor and he stuck very close to my side while in the office.

Nolan was the first to get the shot and he wimpered for a second before telling his daddy, "I'm oh-kay, daddy." Luke, on the other hand, insisted on watching the nurse inject him and cried for about 20 minutes. I felt so bad for my little bugger, so I stuck right by his side at the park that afternoon.

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On Saturday, I took the boys to Grammie & Pop's house to spend the night so that Justin and I could drive up to visit Aunt Erin & Uncle Tom in their new house. We spent the day talking and laughing and I told Erin about my love affair with Pinterest and my quest to become a crafty woman.

I've got just 2 more weeks until my very first sewing lesson and I'm really looking forward to it. I have visions of myself making Nolan and Luke's halloween costumes and curtains and pillows for my house. I'll consider it a success if I can manage to properly hem my pants.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Potty Training Fail

I swore up and down a river that I was going to have my boys potty trained after this past weekend. I was completely ready to go after reading the 3 day potty training manual. We had nothing planned for this weekend and I was convinced that my boys were going to pick up on it after a few days.

I was prepared for the event and had loads of underpants for the boys, two potty chairs, stickers, treats...the boys even helped me throw away all of their un-used diapers. I was ready to go.

I was ready to go. My boys weren't.

I won't go into details, but they made it perfectly clear to me that they were absolutely not having any of this potty business just yet. We'll be waiting a while before trying again!

Now that they were back in diapers, we were no longer prisoners in our house so my little guys and I went to the park and I helped them forget about their traumatic morning of (not) potty training.

On Saturday, Poppy came over to help daddy do some brick and paver work on our front wall and walkway. Nolan and Luke LOVED 'helping' and feeling like they were included in such a manly project.