Saturday after Kris was done working, I was done running errands and we were all done eating lunch, we hopped in the truck and headed south. It was time to visit Great Grandpa Wally! Great Grandpa’s birthday was Sunday (He’s a Halloween baby!) and we wanted to go visit him to say Happy Birthday. He’s still in a nursing home but is feeling better and getting stronger and was able to join us in his wheelchair in the craft/therapy room. They kids had a fun time playing a new Thomas game from Nana and Papa. We also got to see two of Kris’s cousins (Jill and Jake) and their kids. We haven’t seen Jill and her son Xavier in a while because they live in Vegas so that was a special treat! And even though Jake lives nearby, I don’t think we’d see him and his daughter Autumn since Grandpa’s birthday last year! Anyway, I think Grandpa liked having his family with him that day and I know we enjoyed seeing him too.
Sunday morning we started our Halloween festivities early by going to church in costume. Well, the kids were in costume. They had a trunk or treat event instead of Sunday School. Major success! And Levi was a hit at Adult Ed in his Yoda costume. Several women had to play with him and comment on his cuteness. I couldn’t agree more!
That afternoon I did some shopping (by myself!) for baby shower invitations (to those family members reading – I’m hosting a shower for Krystle for Gramme’s side of the family at my house on the 4th and Dad’s side of the family at Dad’s house on the 11th!). It was nice to spend a couple hours by myself without worrying what kid was getting into what at the store. When I got home I helped get the kids in their costumes, said hello to Nana and Papa (who came to our house to hand out treats so Kris and I could both go out with the kids) and then we all went to the neighbors house for our traditional pizza dinner and group trick or treating. Annika dressed up as Princess Leia. James was Darth Vader, complete with red light saber. And Levi was Yoda, wearing the same costume James wore a couple years ago. They were so cute! My little geeky sci-fi family! Ryan, Erin and Annika are all old enough that they wanted to go fast and run from house to house. James, Charlie and of course Levi are too young for that and went a bit slower. We ended up with accordion style trick or treating where one parent would stay with the older kids and the younger ones would fall behind then they’d skip a couple houses to catch up with us and we’d start all over again. The kids had a great time though and brought home tons of candy as usual. It doesn’t help that we visit two aunts on the way (Ryan and Erin and Charlie’s Aunt Kari and of course our Aunt Krystle) who load up the buckets with handfuls of candy. We’ve managed pretty well so far in limiting the consumption to a few pieces a day for the kids. As for myself, I’ve had one piece each day since Halloween. So far so good!
Monday night Annika got out her bucket of candy and spread every piece out across the dining room table. Then she wrote out the calendar for November from 1-31 and cut each date into a small square. Then she started taping a date to each piece of candy, thereby pre-determining which piece she would each on which day. I think she has my planning genes! Of course that didn’t last long and she is now begging to consume multiple pieces each day but I like how she was thinking ahead!
James has been a wild man lately. He gets into this goofy mood where all he wants to do is run around and run into you with his head (which hurts when it’s square on your thigh) and have you chase him, etc. I think the boy could use more large muscle activity but with the colder temps we’ve been sending the kids outside to play less. It may be time to just bundle them up and send them out anyway! I could do with less running in my house!
At six months and five days old (otherwise known as Tuesday), Levi figured out crawling. Boy are we in trouble now! He’s been on the verge of crawling for a couple weeks now and I knew he was getting close when last weekend he’d move a knee forward before falling on his chest when he wouldn’t move his hand. Tuesday night he figured out how to move both and within an hour he was motoring around the living room looking for toys and choking hazards alike. I’ve already given Kris instructions that his one to-do list this week is: find the gates and get them up. It gets more difficult to baby proof one’s home when one has multiple children. All the other moms of more than one are nodding their heads in agreement right now. With one child it’s easy. Plug the outlets, put up some gates, easy peasy. Now? Not only do we have to do the basics but we also need to be hypervigilant about Polly Pockets, Barbie shoes, Legos, crayons, etc. The kids are pretty good picking up their items or playing with them at the table instead of on the floor. We’ll have to keep up those good habits. I can already hear the protests of “Mom, Levi is trying to take my toy!” though. I wonder how much they’ll both adore Levi when he starts wanting to play with their toys too.
We don’t have a ton planned this weekend but that’s good. We have some house chores we need to take care of so it’s good to have some “free” time to get them done!