Sunday, December 4

another awesomely bad photo

October 1
Hopefully this is the first of many story times together. 

October 2
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?

October 3
Lewis Ginter
Her new favorite thing is to climb the windows in the tree house and look for the ducks in the pond.

October 4
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?

October 5
Another new favorite is "pushing" all the dogs in the neighborhood. Tater Tot obliges.

October 6
Libbie Mill
We rarely read when we go to the library. It's more of an indoor jungle gym for us.

Lewis Ginter
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.

October 7
Winning, for the second year in a row, "largest pile for community clean up day".

October 8
Libbie Mill
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.

October 9
Flood Wall
We decided to stroll the city in the morning. Nice to get out of our hood on occasion.

October 10
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.

October 11
Maybe we bought the house across the street just for the swingset. JK. But we do use it a lot.

October 12
My kind of progress. The kind where you can see significant physical changes in the building.

October 13
Front Yard
Edwin is killing the selfie game.

October 14
Lewis Ginter
He's also killing the pacifier game.

October 15
South of the James
More city outings. We are so not lame. And we have friends that meet us places. Thanks, Mike and Kristen!

October 16
ARC Park
More bonding!

October 17
Front Yard
Growing up so fast. She concentrates and has intentions when she colors.

October 18
Beets and bad hairlines.

October 19
Lewis Ginter
Dad's portrait studio.

October 20
Crump Park
The sound of her laughter that goes with this photo is fantastic.

October 21
Progress check.

Three Lakes Park
Meanwhile, another awesomely bad photo.

October 22
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.

October 23
Lewis Ginter
Feeding fish with Grandpa Bud.

October 24
Grits from Jeta and Matt's wedding for breakfast! Add a little smoked gouda and you are on to something!

October 25
Front Yard
For someone who usually ends of eating with her hands, she's not so sure about the slimy seed digging.

October 26
Big changes across the street. Like skin treatments. And getting ready for an estate sale so the other grandma can move in.

October 27
East End
The sky. With trails.

October 28
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.

October 29
St. Matthew's
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.

October 30
Warner's House
Halloween activity number two: Brooks' first birthday party.

October 31
The Stump
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.

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