Wednesday, November 2, 2016

October in Review

October flew by! And once again, I failed on the blogging front. Let's just say we were busy having fun.

Last weekend was Porter's last soccer game of the season. We were kind of relieved...he is naturally pretty good at soccer and after watching his first practice and the warm-up before the first game, we were kind of excited to watch him. Unfortunately, when the reality of sharing the ball and taking turns hit, things changed. He spent most of his games playing with the other kids on the team, collecting leaves or just sitting in the middle of the field. There was one entire game where he refused to step onto the field at all. He got a medal and a cupcake and was thrilled.

Paxton had Red Ribbon Week at school which according to him means "your friends might ask you if you like slugs and you say no because slugs are gross" so maybe we'll work on that next year....but he had fun wearing pajamas, a tie, and dressing up as Brother Bear from the Berenstain Bears.

Porter and Lincoln are becoming besties. Porter loves to entertain him, especially when Lincoln is supposed to be concentrating on eating. And most mornings, I find Porter in my bed snuggling with Lincoln after I get up to make Pax breakfast. It's pretty adorable. As close as Paxton and Porter are, I kind of worried that Lincoln would be the third wheel, but I think their time together while Pax is at school has been great for them.

Malynne stayed with us one weekend and we had a blast with her!

The boys were excited for her to join our Friday night pizza and movie night.

A gallon of my pumped, frozen milk was about to expire so I donated it to a local mom in need and felt amazing.

Porter isn't great at playing by himself while Paxton is at school, so we draw and do puzzles a lot to keep him busy. He sat down one morning and drew his first person and said it was Gramsy and her pet cat on a leash.

We had a pretty epic fall break. Jared had vacation days to burn so he took days off to coincide with Paxton's days off and we hit the ground running!

We renewed our Omniplex pass one morning and played there for awhile. It was Lincoln's first time to go and he liked playing in the baby water area.

We went to a Trader Joe's and then to the new Pops for lunch.

One morning we were all just sitting around, relaxing after breakfast and Jared suggested we drive to Mount Scott for a picnic lunch. We packed up and got ready and headed out the door. The mountain was just under 2 hours away and we got there right in time for lunch.

The boys thought it was so cool to be up that high and they had a blast climbing on rocks and looking for flowers.

I was a little nervous that they were going to fall off the side, but everyone made it out alive.

After lunch and some more exploring, we decided to check out the visitor center. We saw a few bison grazing in fields on the way.

The boys liked the visitor center and the "stuffed" animals they had there. They each picked out a notebook to remember the trip and we headed home.

Jared and the boys have been talking about camping for months now. Jared got a tent at the beginning of the summer and they camped out in the backyard the first night and loved it. They have been begging for an adventure in the woods ever since. Now that it has finally been a little cooler, Jared decided it was time to take them.

We all went out to Lake Arcadia and the boys picked a campsite and then played while Jared set up the tent. Jared and the P's went on a hike while Lincoln and I went to get dinner.

When we came back, they had gathered wood for a fire. Jared made a fire and we are dinner and then made S'mores and told scary stories.

As it got dark, we started hearing twigs snapping in the trees around us and it was a little too quiet for me. Lincoln and I headed home to sleep in a bed. As they were walking Lincoln and I to the car, Paxton said "uh oh" and Jared said "what's wrong?" And Pax said "I'm about to cry". Jared asked why and he said "cuz I'm gonna miss Mommy". It melted my heart. They did fine though; in fact, they had a blast and said next time they still wanted to stay in the tent and not come home with me.

We spent Monday relaxing after all of our adventures.

These three have spent a lot of time outside this month and have loved it!

And Lincoln turned 6 months old and has started working on sitting up and has started solid foods so that has been fun to watch.

We also packed in lots of Halloween fun!

It was a busy October which makes it fly! I can't believe Paxton has already spent 2 full months in Kindergarten and I only have 9 months left at home with Porter before he's in school.

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