We had a fun Halloween this year. We had a number of events to go to, so we got a lot of use out of our costumes! Billy and the Boy Scouts ran the haunted hallway at the school party. Of course I didn't get a picture of his zombie costume that evening, but Wes and Wyatt played the games in the school gym and got their first load of candy! Wes was a bit shy at first, but Wyatt understood the idea pretty quick... Grab as much candy as you can as fast as you can!
Wyatt wore the hand-me-down dragon and Wes was a "green ninja"
We trick-or-treated with Ali and Delainy. Billy was a banana
Savanna was a boy (since we said she couldn't be a "pimp". If you are old enough to think that's funny you shouldn't be out asking for candy. Geeze) Delainy was "candy" and Ali, well I'm not sure what she was! Some sort of Halloween themed girl. Olivia went out with friends in York and had a great time.
Today on the actual Halloween day Wes had a parade at school. The class was adorable. Wes' shoe came off during the marching. It was awful cute.
We also dressed back up and went to grandma and grandpa Houston's this evening since we missed them last night. Wyatt is very fixated on his pumpkin of candy. I'm not sure how long it will last. I'm already tired of his whining for it. It just might have to disappear sooner rather than later!
Grandma Beth was coming over with some Halloween treats. Despite it being pretty chilly Wes wanted to wait for her outside. He insisted he wasn't cold and made it 10 minutes or so, which is a long time for Wes to do anything. It wasn't very long after he came in that she arrived... I was sorry she didn't get to see him. He sure was cute sitting out there waiting for Grandma Beth
One day I laid out the boys clothes in the living room as I was going out the door. I asked Wes to be helpful and get himself dressed, and said if he did it he could use my iPad. Well, after I left Savanna came into the room and found this:
He indeed had gotten dressed, but entirely in Wyatt's clothing! Silly guy. For the record, at 3.5 he is a 3t bottom and a 4t top, Wyatt is 16 months and in 18month clothing. Wyatt is about 23 lbs and Wes 32. I guess it's good to know that in a pinch they could share!
Savanna was on the 8th grade field hockey team this year and again really enjoyed the sport. She was busy- practice three days and games the other two afternoons but her team and coach were great and she had so much fun!
Of course having Delainy there was a huge bonus! I got to hang out with KeKe and the girls got to squeeze a few more hours of time in together!
Overall the season was more successful than last year- they even won some games. Savanna was so excited for their first win... She even teared up a little!
I'm so glad she enjoys sports, I love to see her fit and active, and being part of a team is such a good experience! Now, she says she isn't going to cheer this winter... So I wonder what lies next?!
Just like that Wyatt has given up the bottle. Well, it was taken not given... But it went just like that! We have discovered some issues with Wes' teeth and determined not let him have milk as long as Wes did I switched Wy to water. That went well, so over a week ago I just dropped the bottle out. He asked for it a few mornings. "Bop?!" But that was all. I've been rocking him to sleep, and it works just as well. Maybe, just maybe this might help with his sleep patterns?! I sure do hope so- bye bye "bop;" Hello big boy!
This past weekend we started phase one of the next project: A shed row off the back of the barn- storage space for Bill... And more real estate inside the barn for me!
Saturday afternoon Savanna Bill and I (and Wes helped too!) got the posts in and the start of the roof.
By the end of the day Sunday it was done- the first 12 x 24 section. We will add on as we save, hopefully having the entire length of the back under cover before the ground is too frozen to dig! I'll be glad to have the "toys" out of my barn aisles, and it will be nice to have another job off the list!
The leaves are at peak right about now. I can't believe how quickly October arrived and took over! It is fall for sure- the snow isn't in the air yet, but the feeling that it's just around the corner is starting to creep up on me! I'm trying to get in as much outside time now, for it won't be long before we are too cold to get out as much.
We had about a dozen total apples on our little apple trees. Hopefully our orchard will fill out and we can grow as many as we use. Maybe I'll have to pester Bill for a root cellar or some other sort of cold storage!
I went up to Maine maritime with the Girl Scouts (savanna went to vt) and it was especially pretty with the small coastal towns. New England is really a neat place, and I fear we don't take enough time to really explore!
I love this spot along the drive to drop Olivia at camp Meridian. I look forward to the view every year!
The horses are eating the last of the pasture grass. They get a little hay when they are in, but for now there is still plenty to munch. It won't be long though
While Olivia was away at camp Meridian we scooted down to the orchard to get some apples... 71 lbs to be exact! It was a nice morning for picking, and while it is getting late in the season we still found plenty! There might have been more walking than Bill liked, but it's the process that's part of the fun anyhow.
I'll make pie, and apple sauce. I may try my hand at apple butter this year too. Wes and Wyatt each eat an apple a day (many days Wes has more than one!) so it won't take us long to get thru the haul! We missed having Olivia there to help, but she can make up for it in the eating! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad
I've managed to ride off and on all summer and now that fall is upon us, it's my favorite time of year to get out there and log the miles. I'm so thankful for my lovely ring, but now that the heat is past and the bugs are dying off I love to get out into the woods!
Linda's horse Miller spent 6 weeks here while she recovered from her fall, so I had extra ride time. Having the second horse (somehow grace doesn't count!) allowed me to invite a few friends along.
KeKe and I went out one afternoon and miller and beau were great. I think she really enjoyed being out on horseback. I wish we had more time for it!
I've done a few of the hunts and have been enjoying that. The season seems slow this year- which is somewhat disappointing but it's good for beau since he gets so jazzed!
Bill and the kids go out with me sometimes- with him on the four wheeler we can all get out! Beau is great with the motorized vehicles so it allows us to spend time together and I still get my ride in! Billy is getting good on his dirt bike, and he and I have gone out too!
We ride the hunter pace here- it was a bit crazy with miller, beau and grace, but we managed and came in 3rd place.
I hope to get a few more good rides in before the weather really changes- I need to soak it all up before winter comes and we take the trails in from the back of the snowmobiles!
Another year has come and gone and early October brings Bills birthday! We had a hectic weekend so we managed to squeeze in a quick dinner Thursday night.
Of course there were a few presents, and grandma Houston made her cake... All the necessary ingredients for a party! Wyatt undecorated as fast as Wes, Billy and I could hang up streamers and balloons- but it was festive none the less!
I could myself very lucky to have this man in my life- happy birthday honey, may there be many more!