Tuesday, September 20, 2016

October (2015)

The other day hubby asked me if I knew that I was a year behind on my blog. I corrected him: I am not quite a year behind! I posted September of 2015 BEFORE September of 2016, and here is October of 2015 well in advance of October of 2016.

Hannah started what is traditionally know as first grade last year and was thrilled to discover that her classroom (lower elementary in a Montessori school) had a furry class pet: guinea pigs. When the first 3-day weekend arrived and the guide was looking for someone to take home the piggies, she very eagerly volunteered. Our house guests reminded me very much of the various piggies I had growing up, and it was a fun walk down memory lane. I don't think the piggies are coming back this year--whoever cared for them over the summer seems pretty attached. Fortunately, she has her own piggies now (and a puppy!), but I'm ahead of myself...these are posts for 2016 if I ever get there.

Eric's closest friends came all the way from Michigan last year to visit us. Here's Hannah and Stacey at an apple orchard that was having a festival.

Our almost finished play room in the basement! Of course, at the time of writing it's been finished for almost a year so the almost finished part is not so exciting....

I can't remember why we went back to my aunt and uncle's in October...but these pics were in my October 2015 folder, so we must have gone!

A front yard full of deer (and lately a front yard with a hunchbacked white deer) has become commonplace at this point, but still we congregate by the big front window and watch them graze.

Halloween is pretty high up on our list of favorite holidays, especially for Hannah. She was a grim reaper last year and was quite scary. I don't seem to have any pictures of that though...

We celebrated Clay's birthday at a bounce house place in Hagerstown last year, and the kids did a few rounds in the hurricane machine before I cut them of financially.

Jacob was not a lion last year--he was that the year before when the whole family went as the cast of The Wizard of Oz. Last year he was a pirate, but I don't seem to have any pictures of anybody from Halloween last year...I'm not sure how that happened, but I guess that's a good reason to post pictures much closer to their date of occurrence.

These next two are two of my favorites. I have them printed and taped to the wall at the moment (in the process of trying to find gray frames...when I do, they'll be framed).

In this next one, Hannah is wearing the flower girl dress that she wore to Brandy's wedding when she was 3. On the night before school pictures, Hannah disappeared to the basement and was quite for a disconcerting amount of time. When she came up, she said her outfit for pictures was ready, but she didn't want to show me. I snuck downstairs after she'd gone bed and found that she'd painted some of the flowers on this very expensive dress to add a little color. In the morning I feigned surprise and was able to tell her she looked nice since I'd gotten over the shock. I had no idea that she'd even carried that dress downstairs with her. She's quite the ninja when she wants to be.

And yes, she wore this in her school pictures. She was quite dismayed to realize that the colored flowers didn't make it into the head shot.

Jacob wanted to try it on too. How is it possible that this dress fits everyone who puts it on??

Jacob's first of many field trips to Roger's Farm.

Alright, so see, I'm not a year behind! Not yet anyway, and I'm doing my best to keep it that way.

Friday, August 26, 2016

September (2015)

Again, in an effort to catch up, I'm restraining my overly type-happy fingers from story-telling....short captions only!

This is one of our favorite little nooks in our woods wherethe stream bends.

Does anybody know what this is?? It's like a raspberry flower or something...so strange.

Hannah made her first pot holder! I made so many of these as a kid...

Chip made me try the dirt bike first, and when I managed to not kill myself, he bucked up and gave it a go.

Hannah started growing shark teeth last year! Her new teeth tend to grow in quite a while before her old ones fall out. This was the very first one, and then the pic below shows her with smile with her first lost tooth.

My finished office!! I think the destruction pics were in the July 2015 post...

I forget the name of this festival--maybe some sort of fall day at the Baltimore County Ag center--it was pretty fun though. I think Hannah might be too big for the ponies...

The highlight was definitely the rides in these giant tractors.

Eric decided that a good way to get rid of all the wood he tore out of what is now my office was with a bonfire...a giant bonfire...I was worried that the tress were going to go up in flames, but fortunately, they did not.

This shirt belonged to my aunt when she was younger, and I rocked it in my twenties quite a bit (though I really shouldn't have--I'm not slender enough for the size), and now it's one of Hannah's favorites.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

August (2015)

As we ramp up for Hannah's birthday, I'm plagued by the realization that if I don't post the pics from last August post haste, I will officially be a full year behind with the blog, and that's just too intimidating. I don't know if I can every return from that...Ever since we moved I've been saying that I'm just going to do photo dumps with no text, but I end up not being able to resist narrating the pictures. Today I am going to try really, really, really hard to just dump and not narrate...wish me luck.

Birthday waffles for Hannah on her 6th birthday!
Birthday carrot cake!

Random visit from Mason while the big kids were at school.

Spined micrathena--my favorite spider and abundant in our woods in July and August.

Our week in Michigan.

We visited an alligator sanctuary while there that is run by a guy who Eric was very close friends with growing up. Very awesome place!!

As usual, we swung by my Aunt Sharon's and Uncle Tom's house on our way home.

Dang. That was a chubby summer for me. Blaming it on the broken foot that forced me into a contraption from April through July.

We let Hannah invite some friends over to celebrate her birthday with her for the first time last year. I always promised her that we'd do it when we had a yard, and she held me to that promise!

Decorated visors at the Walter's Art Museum.

Good times at the state fair!

Jacob's first time milking a cow with veteran big sis to show him the ropes.

Hannah's first sleepover with a friend!