November 20, 2012

Happy Birthday Nathan!

The big TWELVE!  Happy Birthday, my oldest son!  I can't believe that you are simply that old.  It is mind-boggling.  Only one more year until you are a teenager. (Sigh). 
I also can not believe how tall you are!  You make us proud with how much you've grown mentally and physically.  We have been amazed at how much you care for your littlest siblings, how many chapter books you've consumed this year, and how helpful you are with big chores.  We love you lots and are excited to watch you make the leap into young adulthood!

November 1, 2012


round button chicken

Liz and Nick spent the last days of August collecting anything they thought would be a chrysalis or cocoon.
This one hatched last week and they were so excited.
We've been keeping this pet alive with strawberry slices and wet napkins.
We figure there is no point in letting it go as it is too cold outside anyway and will just die.
So, we will enjoy it while it lives and put it in our "bug box" when it has died.
There is always a competition going on over here for Peter's affections.
(He is a lucky boy).
Today, Elizabeth was thrilled to have his snuggly love for the better part of an hour.
I think that since the older boys were busy with schoolwork, she benefited by being an available book companion.
Happy memories!
My dear husband thought it would be a good idea to make a human pyramid.
It isn't as easy as it looks.
Especially when the 3 year old thinks the best way to get on top is to make a running jump.
Everyone's expressions crack me up.
And yes, my husband is grimacing from pain!
One year olds have "real" work to do too!
Just like their big brothers!

Trick or Treat!

We had a great All Hallow's Eve celebrated with cousins and grandparents!  And thankfully, all treats and no tricks.  :)
Our little engineer and duck waiting to go.
The duck was not happy about his costume unless he had some candy in his hands! 
The group as we were heading out.
As usual, three jedis and a princess (Rapunzel) to accompany our duck and engineer.
Dad and Peter "faux" trick-or-treating.
Peter never went up to the door.
He really wasn't sure about all these strangely dressed people everywhere!
The weather was cold and wet anyway so after a short jaunt around the neighborhood Nicholas, Peter, and I were very happy to go be cozy next to the fireplace and visit while the bigger ones carried on the quest for more candy!