Hopefully this is the first of many story times together.
You know you've become an adult when for your birthday all you want is some alone time. Andy (and Gramps) took the kids for the morning, I went to a movie (the new Bridget Jones. It felt like the most appropriate one to go see by myself in the middle of the afternoon as a thirty-four-year-old female.), and we went to Mekong for dinner as a family. The icing would've been sleeping through the night, but we can't have everything, right?
Her new favorite thing is to climb the windows in the tree house and look for the ducks in the pond.
The fourth is the new first. This guy's half birthday. It really is hard to believe six months have already passed with him in our lives. It's gone by so fast. But also so slow. Has somebody said that before?
Another new favorite is "pushing" all the dogs in the neighborhood. Tater Tot obliges.
We rarely read when we go to the library. It's more of an indoor jungle gym for us.
Sometimes your kids take really bad photos and they are just as great as the good ones. Especially when you catch a glimpse of their teen years (hopefully late teen years, or never, for that matter) and the first time you catch them drunk or high.
Winning, for the second year in a row, "largest pile for community clean up day".
Probably the one he will be getting drunk and high with, but for now they are cute little babies sitting innocently in the window seat at the library.
We decided to stroll the city in the morning. Nice to get out of our hood on occasion.
Lloyd Family Farms
Took the kids to the pumpkin patch while Andy worked on the shop. Coolest one I've ever been to with all the pumpkin varieties as far as the eye could see. And it's impossible to get a picture of a 23 month old and a 6 month old together, looking at the camera. So we will settle for Leena looking at this little gourd.
Maybe we bought the house across the street just for the swingset. JK. But we do use it a lot.
My kind of progress. The kind where you can see significant physical changes in the building.
Edwin is killing the selfie game.
He's also killing the pacifier game.
South of the James
More city outings. We are so not lame. And we have friends that meet us places. Thanks, Mike and Kristen!
Growing up so fast. She concentrates and has intentions when she colors.
Beets and bad hairlines.
Dad's portrait studio.
The sound of her laughter that goes with this photo is fantastic.
Three Lakes Park
Meanwhile, another awesomely bad photo.
Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games
Watching bag pipers and trying not to let our hats blow off our heads. Porter's head. He's the only one wearing a hat.
Feeding fish with Grandpa Bud.
Grits from Jeta and Matt's wedding for breakfast! Add a little smoked gouda and you are on to something!
For someone who usually ends of eating with her hands, she's not so sure about the slimy seed digging.
Big changes across the street. Like skin treatments. And getting ready for an estate sale so the other grandma can move in.
The sky. With trails.
The estate sale. Underway with no shoppers. Luckily, we still have a couch to sit on, a tv to watch old Grey's Anatomy, and a rug for babies to play on.
The first of our Halloween activities and the one plus side to Leena taking a short nap: enough time to make it to Trunk or Treat.
Dinner and bath at Sister's house afterward. It's been a very cousin-filled weekend running the estate sale. Definitely made it more fun and manageable, especially when the haggling got heated.
Halloween activity number two: Brooks' first birthday party.
Halloween activity number three: the real deal. Happy to have several opportunities to wear our American Circus costumes (which got progressively more complete) since there were a few handmade components. And loving festive family opportunities. Leena is old enough to enjoy them now and Edwin is a good sport.