Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fall Visit to Tina's Farm

Sometimes you just need to blow off work and spend a day on a farm in the mountains of North Carolina.

Sometimes you just have to blow off work and spend a day playing with your kids on a farm in the mountains.

Sheer joy (a tad terror)

Industrial pipe mountain slide

The boys have so much energy, sometimes I say I feel they could really use a day on the farm. Good thing we have a family member who currently works on a beautiful mountain farm!

I had me a vision...

That also has a seasonal corn maze...

Corn maze in the mountains

and a pumpkin patch, of course.


A goat walking in the rafters is totally normal.

A goat walking in the rafters is totally normal.

Rope swing shenanigans. Not exactly sure what is happening with Mike's body in this picture.

Rope swing shenanigans. Not sure what's going on with Mike's body here.

Every barn needs a trike track.

Every barn needs a trike track.

It was a very chilly, but fun day at the farm. And the boys were so happy to see Tina!

It was a chilly, but a great, fun day at Tina's farm in Asheville.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Wedding Weekend in Raleigh

Last weekend we attended the most thoughtful and beautiful wedding of two wonderful people.

We stayed with Beth at her new place in Raleigh. The boys were thrilled to have a sleepover with Aunt Bethie and Mike and I were thrilled to have some adult time - two nights in a row!

We were also able to have some family fun around Raleigh too - Pullen Park is great!

Bethie and Killian

Thanks for the pictures, Beth!

Halloween Pre-Gaming

We are getting excited for Halloween!

We get excited for Halloween.

Killian wanted to be Maleficent again this year. (He said that last year too but was distracted by a Cinderella costume in Target.) We could not find a kid's Maleficent costume - only sexy ladies', so Mike spent Saturday morning making Killian's Maleficent costume from black satin and purple velour fabric.  But we were able to buy the adult horns because Killian has an adult sized head apparently.

The making of Maleficent's cloak

The horns just happened to be delivered from amazon soon after Mike finished the cloak, and Killian couldn't wait to put it on. He headed straight outside and stood by the road, so that cars could see him. I was loving watching the amused faces driving by.

"Round King Stefan's castle..."  Maleficent is happening this year.

A very happy Mistress of All Evil:
A very happy Mistress of All Evil.

Halloween 2013

Also - Halloween Pre-Gaming is not complete without this 1982 Disney Halloween special. I enjoyed watching one of my favorite childhood videos with Killian this weekend:

Wall of Whimsy

A couple years ago, a friend in Oregon took some pictures of a fair that I loved. The colors were just perfect. I finally got around to asking for the raw files, so I could print them to add some color to our walls. I thought it would be fun to fill the house with art and photographs from people we actually know. I procrastinated several weeks in deciding how/what size to print these and then Mike saw 2 more great fair pics in his instagram account and asked his buddy for those files as well. The two sets of photos worked so well together.

The result... is a Wall of Whimsy! I love what they do to our living room.

Wall of Whimsy. Photographs from 2 friends of Mike and I. I fell in love with some pics my friend Kyoko took at a fair in Oregon a couple years ago (top left and bottom right.) I was just about to get them printed when Mike saw the other 2 pics in his Ins

Thank you, Kyoko!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

stories for the scrapbook

There are some things I hear come out of my boys' mouths that make so proud.

Like when Killian said he wanted the next president to be a women because all of the other presidents so far had been men. (I had kinda set him up for that by telling him a few days before that we've never had a women president - he was surprised.)

Or when Mike started talking about bacteria, and Killian quickly interrupted with, "Good bacteria or bad bacteria?"  The fact that he knows to ask that question!

Or the time Mike asked Killian if he wanted to watch a skateboarding video and Killian said, "No. I'd like to see a picture of mold."  (!)

And when Mike talks to Killian about what they'll study when we buy a microscope, Killian actually comes up with good ideas of what to look at under the microscope!

Mike gets all the credit for the boys' enthusiasm for science. Mike will read pages and pages to Killian from "The Way Things Work" and other science books we have in the house and enthusiastically explain pretty much any concept that Killian asks questions about.

And there are some other things that come out of my boys' mouth that make my heart swell. The biggest tearjerker I already wrote about last year when Killian asked me if I just needed a hug when I was having a cranky moment. And there are so many smaller, but still significant moments too, that I don't want to forget about.

At bedtime, a sleepy Killian rolling over to put his arm around me and saying, "I love you, Mommy" before falling asleep. In the early morning, a groggy Killian rolling over to stroke my arm, and saying in a comforting voice, "It's ok, Mommy, it's ok."  (I'm not sure why he comforts me like this sometimes - I suspect he might be having a dream, but his instinct has been to say re-assuring words to me.)

Mick announcing unprompted, "I love you Mommy!" in the middle of Papou's (I mean Pa-Poof's) magic set, and all the other times he says "I love you Mommy! I love you too, Daddy!" unprompted throughout the day. He always includes both of us if we are both present.

How in the middle of a standard, busy evening, Killian will occasionally just look at me and say, "Can we just go chat on the couch?" How at this age, he still just enjoys the simple act of spending time together and chatting.

Mick's eagerness to give hugs. And when he's too busy, he'll give us a "tiny hug" if we request it (which is him just leaning his forearms into us), but then he'll often then say, "Big hug too!" and give us his big squeezes he's famous for.

I always try to to tell the boys when I am enjoying an activity with them, or just had a fun experience with them, as a way to practice gratitude and mindfulness too. "I'm enjoying being with you right now, Mick" is something I hear myself say often.

Last night, we weren't doing anything really out of the ordinary (so much so that I can't even remember what exactly we were doing at the kitchen table - eating?), but Mick suddenly said, "I'm having fun sitting on your lap, Mommy." That made me heart just melt to hear Mick (at age 2) acknowledge that he is enjoying the present moment.

I'm having so much fun with you right now, Mick and Killian :)


Friday, October 4, 2013


After this past month, it was unanimously decided that September is the best month of the year. The weather here in Charlotte was beautiful. I enjoyed having the windows open and the warm and sunny afternoons at the park after school with Killian.

October is shaping up to be a pretty good month too. The boys put together a fire pit last weekend and we're looking forward to breaking it in this weekend.


Also... Halloween! The boys are already excited. I stole the Oriental Trading Halloween catalogue from my parents' house and Killian has been perusing it with great interest. This morning Mick wanted to look at it too and was fighting over it, so I pulled it up online for him, and they were both perusing scary costumes and decorations side-by-side. So cute.

Killian wants to be Maleficient again this year. He had said that last year too, but then changed his mind when he saw a Cinderella costume in Target. But this year, I'm sure he's sticking with it, so we need to start working on his costume.