Thursday, October 24, 2013

Late October

Poor Sylvia was so sick last week. No walking. No talking. Just wanting to rest for a good 4 days.
I then she perked up and wanted to play with her hair accessories.  Yes, play with them, but not wear them the way they are intended.  Headbands are to be worn like a necklace, right?
Time to bust out the winter coat

Sunday, October 13, 2013

a typical fall day

Today there was actually a hint of fall in the air. The sun was out but the air was crisp. It was a perfect morning for a walk. Sylvia had a great time picking up leaves & checking out the neighbor's toys.

Later in the day, Andrew helped his Dada use the lawn sweeper, though he had more fun sweeping the sidewalk :)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Calvin College nature walk

We continue to be blessed with sunny, mild days and so each day I feel like we need to go outside and soak it up while we can. So I took the kids to the nature walk at my alma mater, Calvin College. We took a 'princess' bag with us to gather fun items along the way such as leaves, twigs, stones, and nuts. We also saw a deer, a dead mouse, and a large beehive. Fun times. When we got home, we had fun sorting through all our things. And my inquisitive Andrew had to see what was inside all those acorns/nuts we collected. I wish I had taken pictures of his face as we dissected and smashed open the acorns.

A fun large rock to sit on before our walk begins
And they are off!
This leaf is going in the bag!
We hear a noise so the kids had to yell 'hello?' for a few minutes before it was safe to move on
Sylvia taking a break by playing with leaves, sticks, and wood chips
Ready, set, go!
She is on the move, people :)
my happy girl

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Robinette's and more

On Saturday we headed over to Robinette's for some more fall fun. Unfortunately our fun was cut short by a giant tantrum. We got a few good pics before that epic event.

Chillin' with the pumpkins
Andrew:  Mom!  That apple is as big as you!
A game of fetch between Sylvia and Andrew:  Andrew kicks the ball and Sylvia brings it back :)

Friday, October 4, 2013

later that evening...

Unseasonably warm weather means we can play outside late afternoon/evening with minimal clothes. Andrew asked if I would put together a pile of leaves that he could jump in to. There are still not too many leaves on the ground (though that will not be the case soon) so I did the best I could. Sylvia jumped right into the fun.

 Sylvia in the must be a Midwest instinct
Don't forget to include the car

After father like son
goodnight kisses :)


Andrew, Sylvia and I went to Koetsiers today, a fun place for fall activities. The kids had a blast!

Andrew ... our future construction worker, of corn kernels that is!
Playing 'house'
Sylvia adjusting to the inflatables
Sylvia on a tractor, country girl at heart (much to Ryan's delight)
Inside an inflatable pumpkin with flying balloons.  Could there be anything more fun than that?
More tractor fun
Painting and 'glittering' a pumpkin.  Such intensity!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Catch up

It's been a while since I last made a post so here is the catch-up.  The weather has been warm and sunny which has made our Michigan fall quite pleasant.  We've been making applesauce, wandering around downtown to look at art, and overall just spending a lot of time outside with our sunglasses on.

This is Sylvia's chair.  She loves the thing and has a hard time sharing :)

Apple season!
Art Prize in downtown GR

Lookin' good