Saturday, November 12, 2016


                The theme of fall in Michigan is usually leaves, pumpkins, cider and Halloween.

I raked a very small pile of leaves for the girls and they had a ton of fun.

Later we played with chalk.  This is the outline of my body that Sylvia drew.  Please tell me I don't really look like that ;)
My Mom, Sylvia, Evelyn and I headed back to Robinette's on a weekday morning.  We had the place to ourselves which was fun.  We played on their playground and enjoyed donuts, cookies, and cider.

The kids, up to this point, had been resistant in helping to clean out and carve the Halloween pumpkin.  There was a bit of bribery involved but we finally convinced Andrew and Sylvia to touch the pumpkin 'guts.'

Andrew getting ready...
Success!  He pulled out a seed!
Grandma and Grandpa Huizinga joined in the Halloween fun.  The weather finally cooperated!  Andrew is a pumpkin.  Sylvia is a princess (she was so excited to wear a bit of make-up).
And Evelyn is the infamous alligator
A more recent picture of how many leaves fall around here.  We had the great idea of making a path through the leaves in our driveway. 
And lastly, Andrew lost his other front tooth today.  I think he looks so cute!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fall 2016

Fall means going to the farmer's market and picking out fun pumpkins and gourds
GRCES fundraiser! 
Sylvia's class

Andrew's turn to run (arms wide open to give his Mom a hug. LOVE!)
Andrew's class
Running up and down the driveway is always fun

And of course we need to head over to Robinette's.  Sylvia chose to jump the the big pillow while Andrew and Ryan did the corn maze.
Evelyn saying 'horsies!"  Her choice would have been the hayride

The rest of September

Evelyn has such concentration, such will, and wants more than anything to do what her siblings can do. A few examples:
(I love how she lays on her belly to draw)

Andrew lost his first tooth!  How did he lose it?  Rough-housing with his Mom :)
Ryan and I took the kids down to Art Prize on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.  We didn't really see much art but the kids had a blast.  Example #1:  running up and down a hill

Attempt at one posed picture
Example #2:  Evelyn dancing to a one man show
Example #3: the kids hula-hooping
A sure sign of fall...eating lots and lots of apples!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

3 kids

                       Dinner time is always a fun time with Evelyn. She loves food, can you tell?

Sylvia:  'Mom, I just love this book.'  Sylvia taught herself how to read.  She has opened up a whole new world and loves it!
Andrew has really been into mazes.  He spent about 20 minutes making this maze.  I'm just so impressed how his mind works.  Of course I get to finish all his masterpieces :)