My daughter. I never could have imagined we'd have a baby who fit into our family so perfectly, so smoothly, and so easily. This darling girl is sweet, gentle, and peaceful as can be. She's an amazing sleeper - quick to fall asleep on her own in her crib, and sleeping at long stretches at a time. She nurses like there's no tomorrow, and always has. She is easygoing and happy to no end. She loves her family, her books, and sucking on her two first fingers. Even though it's only been six months, I cannot imagine life without this sweet, darling baby!
he'd been saving his pennies for weeks patiently hoarding his coins, counting and re-counting to see if he had enough money he wanted a mint tea with honey, from the school Snack Shack. he tried to buy one two weeks in, but didn't have enough money. "I need two dollars to buy the mint tea, Mom." he told me. "Maybe tomorrow I'll have enough." "How much money does the tooth fairy bring me for my tooth? I'm saving for my mint tea." finally, the day Gram sent him a card with a dollar bill tucked neatly inside, he had enough money. the joy on his face was ridiculous when he discovered he had two dollars for his mint tea. off he went to school, "Bye Mom! I'll have a great day because today I get to have my tea!" when he came home, I asked him about it: "How was your much-anticipated mint tea?" "Well," he said, "I was on my way to the snack shack to get it... and I saw my friend Ben. He didn't have any money for the snack shack, so I gave him one of my dollars and we both got bagels." "You didn't get your tea?" "Nope. But Ben and I got bagels because they were only a dollar and we could each have one." he saved for weeks, anticipated his treat... and the day he was finally going to have it, he shared his money with a friend. he didn't boast or brag or even quite realize how generous it was of him. to him, it was a simple statement of fact: he could share with a friend, and so he did. as natural as breathing. I never knew I could be so proud of my son.
Cole was SO excited to carve his pumpkin this year! He's at the age where he can vividly remember each year's traditions, which helps him anticipate them. He still was absolutely grossed out by the guts, however - but once I scraped the inside clean, he went to town with his characteristic determination and focus!
Always the tongue out when he's concentrating!
Chase also was completely unimpressed and disgusted with the guts! He sat with me and we drew out the face together according to his specifications. Two triangle eyes and a scared face mouth like an oval!
This is what his pumpkin's face looks like:
"It's my best one yet." Cole matter-of-factly and modestly declared. "The mouth is a little wide, but that's ok."
The eyebrows are my favorite part! I love this time of year with my amazing and fun boys!
Hi! I'm Mandy: wife, daughter, sister, friend, teacher, Italian food-lover, and most recently, mama! We are all about love, family, and following your passions. This is the story of our lives as new parents to the most amazing children on the planet!