Saturday, October 21, 2017

days...and days...and days.

Hey guys.

Wow. I can't believe the last time I posted was in September! I had a good posting streak going for a bit! Ha. This is what happens, I always take a ton of pictures and I love to share them. I also have a TON of thoughts and some I would love to share but there's really no need. Some I do want to share and I do feel like they are thoughts to share but when too much time starts passing, all of these pictures and thoughts pile up in my head and then I don't feel like I can get it all out! 

I know. This is so silly, but it's the truth! Haha. 

Once again I'm going to load a bunch of pictures and tell you about the last few weeks and at some point next week I'll sit with this little laptop and try another post...with some of the things stirring within me. 




A couple weeks ago Cale and I went to a Jack Johnson concert. It was a fun date and we enjoyed it with friends :) We made banana pancakes for breakfast that morning!! 



Nora is loving soccer. It's funny though...this girl. She'll love it and be so excited and she really is pretty good but she's three and that makes for some really entertaining Saturday mornings. :) This morning she was a hot mess. 


Easton is getting SO big! He's just cute. 




Nora helped Grammy make a cake the other night and the progression of waiting for it to bake cracked me up. She just wanted it to be done! It was extra funny because we baked the cake in the evening to have for breakfast the next morning...so there was a lot more waiting. Haha! 



Moms, three is hard. Two was hard for us here. Like, a wild hard but three came and at first I was thinking, ok, this is easy. Well, then it wasn't so easy. And I'm not saying parenting is easy-we all know that's not the case. Especially when you add another kid! The day we took these pictures was a day that this mommy needed to slow it down and take a breath with her sweet littles. I know the mommy I want to be. I know the life and home my heart desires to have, but getting there, thats not just an ABC formula. There is grace-I'm oh so thankful. We can pray-oh my goodness thankful. But, the days and situations that come up aren't always easy to navigate. 

I have a whole lot more thoughts but for now, I'll stop and say that on this walk, we paused. We listened. We looked at and enjoyed everything around us. 


We fed ducks with Mimi! 


Easton watched Daddy on the ice playing sled hockey! I love watching Cale and his excitement on the ice. He loves it. 









{these pictures were taken in a row within seconds...!}








We went on a pumpkin patch express. It was a blast! I love when we can do these as a whole family and all of us enjoy it :)


So...I had come up with this brilliant idea. Easton loves eating cheerios and putting them in a mini muffin tin makes him work a little for them and it's just more fun. Well, the first time I tried this-success! Second time was when I took this picture. He dumped this in less than a second after I snapped this photo. Not exactly as cool as I thought I was...


These two ladies. Man. They are gifts. Like, real amazing gifts and I love them so much. I want to be like them when I grow up. 


pumpkins!


Nora made this cuuuuuute little hedgehog at preschool. Isn't he SO cute?!




I love this crazy life. 






Chick-Fil-A host really fun events for families. One of the many reasons why i love them. Last weekend they had a fall party. Nora had a blast with friends! 



So this little man climbs everything. EVERYTHING. The other day he pushed the chair over to the door and decided he was going to exit to the backyard to play. Ha! He's walking all over and gets into everything. EVERYTHING. I adore him. 




{I love all three of these!}






Bapa and Nana came to visit! These are friends we had met when we first moved to NY. They both have the biggest hearts and have loved on us for so many years now. When I was preparing to go to Malawi for 6 months during Cale's first deployment, Mama had sewn a whole bunch of skirts for me and Jean took the time to hem each one. Time has passed and two babies have joined life and she loves on them just as sweetly! It was like a dream having them here in our home. They aren't just friends though; they're family. 








Nora and I had so much fun at the NC State Fair! We were given an admission ticket for me and a wristband for Nora which was a blessing! We both had so so so much fun. She has been saying it's her favorite place and asking if we could go back!


We actually did go back the next day for family pictures! Yes! Easton is turning one soon and we have had pictures on the calendar for awhile now. Thursday is can day so if you bring a certain amount of cans you get in free-yahoo! 

Ann is a sweet sweet friend I've met here who happens to take our pictures as well! She is super talented and I love her so much. I CAN'T wait to see how these pictures turned out! 


Easton has teeth coming in. It's awful. :( He's had a hard time and Friday he just wanted to be held and decided he was just going to be fussy. I loved the cuddles! They happen less frequently now. 


I took 15 shots and they all turned out just like this one. Picture fail.


He even makes running errands a good time. 



I took Nora to her first Ballet! There's a place downtown that has very inexpensive small ballets performed by one of the youth programs. We went with friends to see Cinderella and Nora even asked to wear her Cinderella dress. It was fun. Some of her excitement was on the stage and some was her friend next to her...a good time was had either way :)






Today we went to visit friends and visited a pumpkin patch! The kids once again had a blast. They ran and played and ran and played. I expected it to be a lot cooler out than it was. We were all sweaty and rosy cheeked. Shawna is such a dear friend. Do you remember her spending time with me when Cale was in the hospital that first year? She stopped life and spent time living hospital life with me. I treasure our friendship. She lives like an hour away and we don't see each other near enough!! 

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Oh. wow. 

That was a million pictures.

That is October so far!