Sunday, October 30, 2011

our own little pumpkin patch

Since we skipped the pumpkin patch this year I thought I’d at least attempt pumpkin pictures.  I’m just glad we didn’t pay money for pumpkin pictures because it would have been wasted!  Will sat for exactly 2 seconds, and brought Dora with him.  (And if you look closely you will see that his hair is spray painted purple from a previous outing.)


Wyatt kept trying to carry all of the pumpkins off.  He thought they were balls, and then he started throwing them.  One is rotten, thankfully it didn’t explode.


This was as close as I got to having a brothers and pumpkins picture.


Then I thought if I could hold them we’d get a group picture.  Of course, I didn’t really factor in the shade and shadows, or squirmy kids.


So 5 minutes after we started with pumpkins I gave up and we just had fun. Will used his “sled’ on the hills.  His favorite front yard activity.  Poor Dora went along for the ride, and got ran over a few times.


And Daddy took a few rides too.  Poor Gus didn’t know what to think of it.  He was trying to join in.


And like most activities, this afternoon ended in tears.  Which means Wyatt also cried.  He ALWAYS cries when Will cries.  Sweet, but loud.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

“last” summer day

I thought this was the last summer/hot day of the year, but apparently I was wrong….it was hot this week too.  Anyway, we had a nice “last” hot day with lots of playing outside with Mimi & Poppy. 
Wyatt explored, crawled, ate leaves and had a good time watching and chasing Brother.
Will had a great time chasing Riley and jumping out of the bushes aka forest and scaring us.
And there was lots of brotherly love going on.  In a rare move, Wyatt tackled Will first.  Will’s face cracks me up.
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Friday, October 28, 2011

it’s the great pumpkin!

We didn’t make it to the pumpkin patch this year, mainly because it cost so much and the boys are still a bit small for it.  So we went to the produce stand and bought a few pumpkins and took a few pictures.  Not quite the same, but close enough.  I still have hopes of some pumpkin/leaves pictures but we’ll see how the weather is this weekend. 

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We did get to see the “great pumpkin”.  Will was pretty impressed with that massive thing! 

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But Will was more excited about the mums than the pumpkins.  We had been there about 5 minutes when he said he was ready to go.  It doesn’t take much for Will to get bored.

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Wyatt enjoyed all of the pumpkins, but really loved the mums too.  Of course, he started picking off all the petals so I had to divert his attention.  Then he decided the parking lot was more fun so we took our two pumpkins and headed home.

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Maybe next year we can go to a real pumpkin patch!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Super Wy (picture overload, vol.2)

Wyatt didn’t have much of an opinion regarding his costume this year.  The plan was that he would wear Will’s Lion costume from a few years ago.  Will was excited that “Simba” would be his sidekick on Halloween.  Thankfully I decided to try it on last week only to discover that Super Wy’s head is a tad too big to fit into the costume.  We got it on him but he all he did was scream and try to pull the costume off.  SO, plan 2 kicked in really quick.  I was going to make him a Charlie brown shirt, like last year, but I decided he needed something special and new just like Will.  We already have a W cape but Wyatt will only wear it for a few minutes so we had to have another plan.  I decided to make a new cape and just sew it to a W shirt we already had. It was a hit!!!  Wyatt didn’t really care that he had it on and happily wore it all around.  I wish I could get him to ear a mask but I don’t see that happening.  He’s still a pretty cute Super Wy. (he’s too busy these days to pose for pictures, so his are just action shots….just like any good super hero, always in action)

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And like any good super hero, Wyatt is super friendly, waving at all the neighbors who drove by.  He even blew kisses and frantically waved at the lady next door until she noticed him.  He is nothing but persistent!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Picture DAY

I totally lifted these from the photographers website (but am ordering pictures…..).  Anyway, picture day was last week.  Wyatt did great.  Will looks like he’s already over it.  And at least they sat next to each other for the brothers shot.  I saw the other sibling shots and my two are the least friendly of the bunch, go figure.  At least they are festive.




Peter Pan (picture overload, vol. 1)

Will seems excited about his costume this year.  I asked him several times what he wanted to dress up as and several times we picked Peter Pan. I showed him the costume online and he excitedly chose it every time. I hesitantly made the top a few weeks ago and he got really excited but after wearing it for a few minutes he said he was ready to just be Will again.  Thankfully a few days later he asked for his hat and sword.  I put off making those in hopes of building excitement, so far it’s worked.  I finished the sword and hat during nap time Friday and he was so excited to have all of his pieces together. I think it’s safe to say this one is a keeper.

Will happily agreed to a few pictures as long as it was just Mommy & Will and in exchange for some S’s aka Skittles. (turns out he doesn’t like skittles)

He showed me all of Peter Pan’s moves and his “arrrrgh Hook” face.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

BOO at the Zoo!

This weekend we went to Boo at the Zoo.  We debated all day about going.  We spent the entire day in our PJ’s and weren’t too excited about getting dressed and out the door but around 3:30 we decided to head out and surprisingly everything went pretty smoothly.

The boys donned their costumes and we went to play games and see the animals.

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It was an extra special day for Will.  Not only did he get to meet both Beauty & the Beast, he got to hug Dora!  Chris said the grin on his face afterwards was priceless.

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And no fall festival is complete without a pony ride.  Mister Wilson was excited about riding another pony!

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And we got to visit with Baby Jake aka Chunky Monkey for a few minutes!

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In the end we were glad we actually got out of the house, the weather was wonderful and the boys had a great time.  And bonus points for Will falling asleep on the way home.  Two boys in bed before 8:00 was worth the price of admission!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sunday Snapshot {waddle, waddle}

There’s something about a baby waddle.  I guess that’s why they call them toddlers, they toddle every where.  And this week I realized that’s the one thing I wish I could hold on to for forever. I’ve been watching Wyatt walk around with his elbows pulled straight back, hands all over the place while taking very un-rhythmic steps and I look at Will and wonder when he stopped walking that way.  I guess I thought Will still had a baby walk until I compared the two of them. If I had to guess, Wyatt’s waddle will disappear before he turns 2.  And like baby talk, it’s one of those things that slowly disappears and you don’t realize it’s gone until it’s too late to enjoy it one last time.  A lot of people say they miss that one last night feeding/rocking but I think the disappearing waddle toddle will be the thing I miss the most. I’m trying to burn it into my mental image bank forever

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

an incentive to disable the snooze button

Since the boys are now home full-time, I started working 7 to 4 every day. That way I get to avoid traffic going to and from work. While I don’t get to see the boys in the morning (everyone’s still asleep when I leave), I get to spend 2 more hours with them in the evenings before they go to bed. Good stuff!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

what's for dinner tonight?


By the end of the evening I'm out of words even though I have lots of good stories of the boys in my head, actually putting them into words is another story.  For now all I can think about is food....specifically, what am I going to feed the boys for breakfast and lunch, and will I get to eat too?  And what am I going to cook for dinner?!  I've talked about Wyatt's hatred of food, it stresses me out.  I went thru this when we had to avoid dairy with Will, so once again food is something I am constantly thinking of.  Luckily, I found this recipe that works for everyone but Will! (Will occasionally likes spaghetti, and no other variation).  It’s called Healthy Three Cheese Penne Bake and the recipe is here.  Anyway, Wyatt loves this and so do Chris and I.  I love that there is spinach in it (and yes, even I will eat it!) and recently I added carrots and no one noticed. I even made it with beef instead of chicken.  Both are great!  And an extra bonus, it makes enough for leftovers.  So 2 dinners and only one set of dirty pots and pans!  And I make it during naptime to bake later….are you sold yet?

Hopefully I will be back soon with an exciting post about family life....or maybe Chris will post soon.


Wordless Wednesday {Wyatt’s favorite Poppy game}

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

that face

Twice last week I had to hear the speech…..”DO NOT take my picture.  That is your last picture.  And do not follow me with that camera!”

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I’m not giving up though.  I’ve been able to get a few pictures, I have to just keep my distance. And keep him distracted. 

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wyatt {15 months, part 2}

A few more things I want to remember about Wyatt at this age.

His personality is really starting to show.  He is quite a little ham.  I think he’s going to be a class clown because he just loves to goof off.  He is constantly making crazy, funny, silly faces in hopes that you will laugh with him.  It always works.

He has perfected his fishy lips.  He makes kissing sounds ALL day long.  I think it’s the fact that he’s going without his pacifier a lot during the day but he’s still acting like it’s there.  Either way, it’s pretty cute.

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He LOVES to clap.  If he even hears a few notes of a song he’s ready to clap, clap, clap. If I walk in after he wakes up in the morning or from a nap and he claps when he sees me.  He’s usually crying too so the sentiment isn’t really there but it’s still kind of refreshing. 

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Speaking of music, it only takes a few beats for him to drop a few inches and bounce and dance along.  He has some moves and doesn’t hesitate to show off.

Wyatt LOVES to look in the carseat mirror.  He makes faces at himself and then laughs. He cracks himself up the entire car ride.  He’s clapping, laughing, kissing and dancing.  I don’t know what he’s going to do when we turn him forward facing and he loses the mirror.

He loves to “tell” you what to do with your hand.  If he wants it around him he lifts it up so he can get underneath it.  If he wants to give you five, he’ll flip it over and then start slapping.  Even if it’s the middle of the night……

I’m sure there are a few more personality traits that I’ve neglected to mention, but he is quite the ham these day. We love seeing this fun side shine!

Friday, October 14, 2011


Happy 11 years to my Julie.

Looking forward to 111 more…