Photo Friday

Happy snowy Friday everyone! Actually, the snow is pretty much melted by now, but Lewis was very excited last night to step outside and see the big fat flakes starting to fall and gather on the grass, and as soon as he was out of bed this morning he was requesting to go out in it. (A good idea actually because it was a sunny day and it melted quite quickly. We went out a little after 8:30 and by 9:30 a good portion of it was already disappearing.)

Fall seems to have sped by us and we are now going head-long into holiday season. Thanksgiving in just a few weeks, the stores full of ridiculously early Christmas stuff, people on Facebook posting about listening to Christmas carols already… I love Christmas,  but I’m trying to block out all the Christmas-y stuff and focus on Thanksgiving for now. I should probably come up with some turkey-themed crafts to do with Lewis now that I think about it.

Anyway, some photo-cuteness! I nice mix of Fall and our first glimpses of Winter.

Perched in a tree with a homemade flag.

Perched in a tree with a homemade flag.

Wilderness exploration.

Wilderness exploration.

Why paint the paper when you can turn your hands muddy colors instead?

Why paint the paper when you can turn your hands muddy colors instead?

Last night after dinner Lewis demanded "Play Skylanders game. Play Skylanders game. Yes play Skylanders game!" so he got to sit and play with Daddy while Mommy took the opportunity to have a nice relaxing shower.

Last night after dinner Lewis demanded “Play Skylanders game. Play Skylanders game. Yes play Skylanders game!” so he got to sit and play with Daddy while Mommy took the opportunity to have a nice relaxing shower.

His main objective outside: Eat all the snow!

His main objective outside: Eat all the snow!

Once he had eaten enough he discovered that it is fun to throw snowballs at walls, sidewalks, and trees and watch them shatter!

Once he had eaten enough he discovered that it is fun to throw snowballs at walls, sidewalks, and trees and watch them shatter!

Warming up with some hot cocoa and a snack. Yum!

Warming up with some hot cocoa and a snack. Yum!

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Photo Friday

Hello! You may have noticed the absence of a Photo Friday post last week. This is because we were on our way to my parent’s home in VT to celebrate my sister’s wedding! Hurray! It was a lovely weekend spent with family, and the wedding was beautiful and perfect. Congratulations Cyndie and Dave! Lewis did as well as can be expected from a two year old. He sat through most of the ceremony and then we stepped outside briefly, but came back in to see them walk out. He enjoyed all the food and said that his favorite part of the whole thing was the cake. 🙂

This week has gone by very quickly, I think because the weather has been so lovely and we are spending lots of time outdoors, although apparently not taking the camera along while we are out.

He love popcorn just like his Daddy.

He loves popcorn just like his Daddy.

Toilet roll painting and stamping with autumn colors.

Toilet roll painting and stamping with autumn colors.

Hanging out with an auntie and an uncle in VT.

Hanging out with an auntie and an uncle in VT.

All dressed up and ready for the wedding.

All dressed up and ready for the wedding.

Just cuteness.

Just cuteness.

He is loving Halloween so I set out all his dress up clothes as an invitation to play. He picked out all these things and declared it his "witch costume." Yesterday he made himself into a "pig butterfly" with a pair of blue wings and a pink belt tied around his waist and dangling down behind him.

He is loving Halloween so I set out all his dress up clothes as an invitation to play. He picked out all these things and declared it his “witch costume.” Yesterday he made himself into a “pig butterfly” with a pair of blue wings and a pink belt tied around his waist and dangling down behind him.

Very intent on hacking apart a piece of styrofoam with a plastic knife.

Very intent on hacking apart a piece of styrofoam with a plastic knife.

He stole an apple seed from my scrap bowl and ate it, which he thought was hilarious.

He stole an apple seed from my scrap bowl and ate it, which he thought was hilarious.

My applesauce helper!

My applesauce helper!

Apple Picking

We have finally reached some kind of end to the super-busy times at Chris’ work. He was able to take yesterday and today off from work to help catch up on missed relaxing and missed family time. Yesterday morning we took Daddy along to story time at the library and he got to join in on stories, songs, and a scarecrow craft. After coming home and having a quick snack we headed over to the blood-draw lab.

When Lewis had his iron levels tested a year ago they were at the low end of normal, so when we went in for his 2-year check up this year the doctor requested that we get a follow up test done just in case. The difference between last year’s appointment and this one was phenomenal. Last year he was crying before the needle even touched his arm, had to pinned down by both me and Daddy, needed to nurse afterwards to calm down, etc. This year he sat on my lap and was so brave. We barely had to hold him still, he hardly flinched and didn’t cry at all. I think the big difference was that he actually understood it somewhat and knew what to expect this year because I was able to explain it to him ahead of time and warn him about what would happen. He got a sticker afterwards and went home happy as could be and excited that he got to drink from a water fountain and ride in an elevator.

After nap yesterday we had fun playing outside with our neighbor-friend J, and Daddy made delicious peanut butter cookies for everyone to enjoy. (We also made some yummy veggie enchiladas, but Lewis was less excited about those.)

And today, we went apple picking!

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We headed over to Bowman Orchards, which is one of the two local orchards that we switch between. Bowman is a pretty large orchard with lots of apple types, and it is always VERY busy. It is quite commercialized and has a lot of family things besides apple picking. There is a petting zoo, play area, bake shop, gift shop, food trailer, pony rides, cow train ride… We went today because we knew that a week day would be much less busy than the weekend, but it was still quite busy with families and several bus trips from various schools/groups/whatever. There was one weekend we tried to go last year when we waited out in the road for half an hour before even being able to turn into the driveway, and eventually gave up and drove to Riverview Orchard instead. Riverview is a bit smaller and much more low-key. It was still busy when we went but without the feelings of craziness and overcrowding. If we go picking again in October that is most likely where we will go.

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We started off with picking today. Lewis wasn’t too keen on picking apples from the branches – he much preferred just munching away on any apples that Daddy and I passed his way to try. He made sure to snack on every type we passed, and seemed to enjoy them all equally. I think there were around 10 types of apples being picked today, although we didn’t hit up quite all of them.

"Mommy says this sign has a funny apple name on it!"

“Mommy says this sign has a funny apple name on it!”

We picked a huge heap of apples (over $40 worth!) and plan to use them both for snacking and also for baking. Once we make some space in the freezer I will get to work on a nice big batch of homemade apple sauce. Yum!

We finished up picking around 11:00 then headed over to the shops and play area.

Lewis loved this bear statue and checked it out both on our way in and out.

Lewis loved this bear statue and checked it out both on our way in and out.

He was excited to go over to the play area, and played around a bit but was rather overwhelmed by all the bigger kids running around.

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We also had fun feeding some corn to the animals. Lewis wanted to feed the alpacas, but they dissed us and a greedy goat came over instead. (Which is fine with me – I love goats!)

IMG_7537Finally, we headed over to the bake shop to get a snack and some donuts to bring home.

We each chose an item from the bakery counter and ended up with an apple turnover, an apple fritter, and a cappuccino muffin to try. Chris also got his absolute favorite thing that they have: Apple Cider Donut Ice cream! Lewis was also a big fan, while I opted to skip having any ice cream and just enjoy my baked treats.

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We stopped briefly in the other shop, where I bought a pretty basket and Lewis picked out two teeny tiny gourds, and then it was time to head home.

Once we got home Lewis realized that he had forgotten to bring his toy caterpillar along, and proceeded to have his biggest tantrum yet yelling and crying at the door saying we needed to go back to the orchard so he could bring his toy there. Thankfully, all is happiness again now after his nap and he has enjoyed a lovely evening playing outside with Daddy.

 

Photo Friday

I can’t believe it is Friday again already. I’m really not sure where this week has gone. We played, both outside and inside, did some cleaning and cooking and mess-making, went to the library multiple times, did a bit of shopping… Pretty much a typical week for us.

On Sunday the three of us went to the annual Carrot Festival. It was a lot of fun, but Lewis was baffled by the fact that there were no carrots anywhere to be seen. It really is more of just a fall festival or harvest festival sort of thing. Craft vendors, good food, animals, lots of booths with things for the kids from local businesses. Lewis got to see alpacas, llamas, and various reptiles. He also got to make a pasta necklace, play with a glue stick and crayons, color a picture, and play with an array of musical instruments. It was really fun watching him go right in and interact with everything with barely a hesitation. There were a few other booths we could have visited too, but after a while he started saying things like “Done coloring. Ready pick carrots.” We had to explain that there were no actual carrots for us to pick, and so we went over to the big veggie tent and showed him that there were carrots for sale there as well as many other local fruits and veggies. He was pretty interested in the gourds, although we didn’t buy him one yet. We will probably get a few whenever we make it to the orchard for apple picking.

This week our library story times also started back up after a month long break. We have moved up to the 2 year old’s group now, which is a bit different. The story and song part lasts a little longer and afterwards there is an organized craft project instead of play time. Lewis was very excited to make an apple tree using a glue stick and pieces the librarian had cut out of paper. He got to add red stickers for the apples and then color it with crayons as well. We do a lot of art at home, but I think it was fun for him to be doing a project with someone besides Mommy leading, and he also liked that it tied in to an apple song we had sung during the story time.

Anyway, enough chatting! Here are your cute photos for the week:

Hello alpaca, you have something in your fur!

Hello alpaca, you have something in your fur!

Feeding the alpaca.

Feeding the alpaca.

Yum, apple cider donut! And a glimpse of the pasta necklace he made.

Yum, apple cider donut! And a glimpse of the pasta necklace he made.

He put all his mini trucks in the back of the big truck and told me it was a mommy truck with babies in its belly.

He put all his mini trucks in the back of the big truck and told me it was a mommy truck with babies in its belly.

As we walked home from the library he picked up a stick and started walking with it and calling it his cane.

As we walked home from the library he picked up a stick and started walking with it and calling it his cane.

He stood popping pieces out of his alphabet puzzle. I asked him what he was doing and replied matter-of-factly "Making more mess there."

He stood popping pieces out of his alphabet puzzle. I asked him what he was doing and replied matter-of-factly “Making more mess there.”

Trying out his new potty seat. He's had a little potty of his own for a long time, but he has been wanted to use the big toilet more and more.

Trying out his new potty seat. He’s had a little potty of his own for a long time, but he has been wanted to use the big toilet more and more.

Cutey handsome boy, posing with his hippo who happened to match his shirt today.

Cutey handsome boy, posing with his hippo who happened to match his shirt today.