Gabe's feeling better, but not quite good enough to go back to school today. Since he did nothing but watch TV yesterday I figured I ought to step up my game today. Blanket Fort! Complete with twinkly lights. All before I finished my morning coffee! Can I go back to bed now? I've accomplished enough for the day, right?
Hot damn. When you live near Sleepy Hollow, Halloween isn't a day...it's a season. There was the ragamuffin parade, the grown up parade, the kindergarten parade, and then FINALLY actually Halloween. I'm exhausted. Bring on Thanksgiving.
Elle at the neighbors. They take Halloween very seriously.
See what I mean?
At the pumpkin patch. I came dangerously close to failing on the pumpkin front. Anyone looking for a christmas tree? Home Depot's your place.
One of Gabe's many, many costumes.
Ellie's kindergarten class at the school parade.
Scraping the "spider webs" out of the pumpkin.
Queen Elsa descending the library steps.
Andrew and his margarita.
Waiting for the show to start.
The actual costume I made Gabe that he wore for approximately six minutes.
Gabe's preschool sends "Butter the Elephant" home with each student for adventures. Naturally, he (she?) went scootering on the block. Can I say? Documenting Butter's activities for a weekend felt like a lot of responsibility, and we returned him two days late. Homework is going to be quite the shock.
My FIVE YEAR OLD (yes, this is still blowing my mind) had her annual check-up yesterday, so she stayed home from school for some special girl time. She's 40" tall and 35 pounds. Still, as always, a peanut.
And just like that, Ellie's birthday is gone. The Birthday Banner on the mantel is down and won't go back up until Brian's birthday in January. Luckily we have Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hannukah, and Christmas to get us through and satisfy our cake and candy cravings! I love this time of year.
A little leaf throwing after getting off the school bus.
Showing off her birthday-crown from school.
Chocolate milk and leftover birthday cake is the best afterschool snack ever.
A few weekends ago Sleepy Hollow held both an Oktoberfest festival and a carnival supporting the local EMS in the same park, on the same day. It was awesome. Beer, sausage and polka music for the grown ups. Rides, rides, and more rides for the littles.
Our lovely neighbors invited us to spend Columbus Day weekend at their cabin in the Poconos, and it was Mira's first time sleeping away from home! We're so close to three months I can taste it. The big excitement of the weekend was that we accidentally found ourselves in the middle of a manhunt, so we were surrounded by cops constantly patrolling and searching the woods. Maybe not the best time to let the kids run mad outside. So we chilled in the cabin (mostly), cooked chicken upside down (Andrew), ate burnt apple crisp (me), and played games. All in all not a bad weekend.
Chilling with the baby by the fire. I could have stayed like this for days.
L and G.
Gabe is not exactly into posing for pictures lately.
Ellie and L having a grand ol' time.
Playing in the field. Anyone see a fugitive in the background?
The fairies moved in! The fairies moved in! We built this fairy door into our porch last fall, and eagerly anticipated our new fairy neighbors' arrival. We waited, and waited, all winter, through summer, and still nothing. Until today. Gabe and I were at the mall, and when we picked up Ellie after school look what we found! The fairies must have moved in while Gabe and I were shopping. They set up a little patio table, and even put a pot of flowers on their step. All we need is a french press and a copy of the Fairy-New York Times and I'd feel right at home.
Gabe left a box of rocks as a present for them, and Ellie wrote a card covered in hearts welcoming them to our house. I sure hope they write back!
Last weekend we threw the kids in the car and put another state under Mira's belt, Pennsylvania! Brian's grandmother was visiting from Florida and we couldn't miss the opportunity to get these two together. Thanks to Brian's cousin Kathleen Jacobsohn for the picture.