We’ve had so much fun lately! We’ve done so many fun activities. It started a week ago Saturday with a trip to the local pumpkin patch. We went with our neighbors Andrew and Katie and their daughter, Isla along with Krystle and Pierce. Andrew and Kris were both wearing their infants in their baby bjorn carriers. It was pretty cute and of course we had to take a picture of that. Then we all did some quick family pictures before the tractor and wagon ride were ready for us. Annika was a little scared of the wagon ride. She asked me if it was scary and if she had done it before. I assured her that it would be fun and we all climbed on board. Of course it was fun and she was fine and worried over nothing. Once we got out to the field of pumpkins the kids had a great time running to each pumpkin and deciding if it was the one they wanted or not. They also had a great time “ewwing” at all the mushy, broken or otherwise undesirable pumpkins left in the field. Oh, and they were constantly tripping over the pumpkin vines too. At least it was dry out there so we didn’t get all muddy like we did last year! We picked a couple pumpkins as did the others and then hopped back on the wagon. The kids really liked picking out their pumpkins. Annika picked out a teeny tiny one for herself. She thinks it’s so cute!
After picking our pumpkins we hurried down to Minneapolis so we could go to the Augsburg homecoming football game. We made it there by half time which was perfect – we didn’t have to pay to watch the second half! Ha. It was a packed house and we ended up standing by Papa near one of the end zones. It didn’t take long for the kids to grow restless so I took them across the street to the park while Kris and his dad stayed to watch the end of the game. The kids found some sticks to play with and a park bench and ended up “drumming” and singing for a while. After the game was over we went to the block party where we had brats and some drinks and the kids made friends with some other kids and one huge balloon. Who doesn’t love hitting a giant balloon into the air over and over? Kris was able to see some old friends too. It was a nice afternoon.
Last Monday I left work a bit early and went to Annika’s school so I could be there for her “Harvest Party.” They don’t celebrate Halloween in her school and this was the alternate celebration. The kids made spiders with oreo cookies and twizzlers as a snack and then played Bingo. Of course in true school fashion, every kid left with a prize. Can’t leave anyone out! Annika did win the third game of Bingo though and was so excited to yell out Bingo as loudly as she could. I was glad to see she was so comfortable (and not shy) to do that.
Last Tuesday was another fun day! This time it was James’ turn for a field trip. I went with him. It was his first time riding on a big yellow bus which he thought very cool. We got to see cows and calves and ponies and kittens and dogs and chickens and goats at the farm. Oh, and a bunny! James said his favorite was the chickens. I think that’s because he got to actually go into the chicken coop to look for eggs. They got a string cheese and an ice cream sandwich for a snack. I’m sure that was a highlight too. Most kids had a parent with them. One little girl named Jamie didn’t though so I was in charge of James and Jamie for the day. The two had fun sitting next to each other on the bus and tromping all over the farm together. Jamie wasn’t shy about going off on her own though so I had to really keep an eye on her! It’s not like she was going to go far but I didn’t want anything to happen to her while she was on my watch.
Last week was MEA break (or whatever it’s called these days) so Annika and James didn’t have school Wednesday through Friday. Friday Kris brought the kids down to Minneapolis to have lunch with me. I brought my friend Lisa with us. I rarely eat lunch out anymore, instead bringing one from home each day, so this was a special treat for me to have a yummy lunch and get to see my kids! We put Levi in a high chair at the table with us for the first time. He’s such a big boy! He got bored there quickly though and spent most of the lunch on my lap. He was hungry and wanted some food so I gave him some avocado from my guacamole. He loved it! I didn’t want to give him anything chunky or any onions or tomatoes so I had to be careful and he would get so mad between bites. More Mama! Faster! That was his second food after peas. He’s since added sweet potatoes to his arsenal of foods. He’s been a big fan of all three. Can you believe he turns six months old on Thursday!?! Six months!!!
Yesterday I got the kids all dressed up and had their pictures taken. It was for Levi’s six month birthday, Annika’s six year birthday and then a Christmas picture. All three kids did so well! Levi sat up on his own (he can do that now!) for some cute pictures. And he laid on his belly for some and I held him up standing for a couple. He would give out his adorable smile for all of them. Next Annika came in for hers while Krystle changed Levi into his Christmas outfit. I was a little worried how Annika would do because sometimes she puts on her shy self and won’t break out of it. Not this time though! She smiled and laughed and we got some absolutely gorgeous shots of her. I was so proud. And I told her that too with lots of hugs and kisses. I can’t wait to get those pictures of her! Then I had all three kids in there for some group shots. We got a couple really cute ones there too. My kids are so cute! I picked out a cute Christmas card featuring the kids that I’m excited to send out this year.
The only downer the past week is Levi’s cold. Either he has the longest cold ever (we’re going on a month now of the stuffy, runny nose) or his teeth are giving us all a run for our money. We’re pulling out all the stops now to help the poor baby breathe and sleep at night. Last night we put saline drops in his nose, put a vaporizer outlet in his room, had him sleep upright in his carseat, put a cool mist humidifier on his room and a small space heater to combat the cold temps in his room. He had a decent night. He didn’t get up to eat until 3am with only one small peep around 9pm. Then he was up again at 6am. I almost felt decent this morning. Of course if I had gone to sleep before midnight then I really would have. This was much better than the every 1.5 -2 hours he’s done the last couple weeks though. I am barely human right now. I’d really just like some sleep. I took a two hour nap yesterday while Levi napped and I could have used another one today. As it is, I’m watching the Vikes/Packers game so I probably won’t be getting to bed early tonight either. 5:30am wake up call comes pretty early if you ask me!
And tomorrow starts another week and another school day. Annika will be excited to go back. She always tells me on weekends that she wishes it was a weekday so she could go to school. I’m glad she likes it so much! Tuesday is my second PTO meeting. This time we’re having a presentation by the school lunch staff which I’m really interested to hear.