Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from our "super" crew!

With Game 4 of the World Series falling on Halloween night, we joined the rest of the city in some daylight trick-or-treating to ensure we'd be back for game time at 7:07.

I can't tell you how surprised I was by Brooks. I had just come to terms with the fact that he was going to hate Halloween. The dressing up, the trick-or-treating, the scary decorations. This is my public apology. Aside from asking him to pose for a picture (and even that went better than I could have imagined), he was a total fan. I pulled out his costume this afternoon, and he couldn't wait to put it on. Even the cape. After he was dressed, he would point to himself and said "My Superman!" (as in "I'm Superman!")

At first, he was a little shy to go all the way up to a door, but he immediately ventured himself away from momma and halfway to the door while Owen walked all the way up to knock. Then when his brother would return from the door with an extra piece of candy for him, it was the greatest day ever. "Look what my have!" .. "Hatty Birday!" (A little off on the occasion, but excited nonetheless.) By the end of our walk, he was up at the door with Owen ready for his candy. He asked about the "Spooky" which was a witch who had handed out candy for the remainder of our walk.

Owen was a pro. He wasn't scared this time around -- could be because daylight was in our favor on some of the scarier houses. (We have a few houses in the neighborhood who really get into it.. a haunted house, a graveyard, and some pretty creepy "decor.") And our little Sadie was also pleased as pie to be along for the adventure. We had such a happy and agreeable crew. The evening was chilly, but tolerable.. and just overall really fun. (Can't say I'm oppose to trick-or-treating on the earlier end with small children who go to bed early!)

And then to sweeten the day.. the Royals pulled off a third WIN in New York for game 4 of the World Series! #takethecrown

Monday, October 26, 2015

my weekend in photos.

The kids were out of school for fall conferences at the end of the week, so our Friday afternoon birthday party with cousin Ella was a great way to run out some of that extra energy. Our second UrbanAir party for the books, and I'm already seriously contemplating a 6th birthday party here because Owen loves it so much.

A Friday night Royals victory sends us to the World Series.. again! Comonnnnnn Tuesday!

Watch out, world.. Sadie's behind the wheel!

I took my first visit to our Junior League's annual Holiday Mart with a girlfriend from work. Small, local vendors.. and a glass of wine (or beer or mimosa) while you shop.. genius? It was  overflowing with KC pride. 

Then after work, I joined some of my favorite ladies and their hubbies for some Mexican and margs. And my littlest crew joined us, too. 

A beautiful Sunday filled to the brim with fall. Leaves and pumpkins and pumpkin bread.

We had a busy and full and wonderful weekend. Looking forward to a fun and festive Halloween and World Series week in KC ahead!

Friday, October 23, 2015

life::an outtake

We have this picture hanging on a wall above Owen's bed. It was one of several pictures of my mom and the boys we had displayed during her funeral on a bulletin board that we had found in a bin in their basement over Thanksgiving. Colby had confiscated (with my dad's consent) several of them, along with a couple pieces of her jewelry and brought back and gave to me at Christmas the next month.

They sat in a pile on my dresser for months before I grabbed this one out and taped to Owen's wall one night when we had been talking about her. Owen use to ask to pray for her in our evening prayers a lot, even after being told that she no longer needed prayed for since she was now in heaven.. without cancer, without pain. I would try to redirect his prayers to be for himself, her family, or her friends who may still be hurting from missing her, but it really was a lost cause.

We haven't said those prayers for quite some time now. But one night recently as I had been putting the boys to bed we were talking about Grandma. He looked at the picture and said, "Oh, I remember that. We would go on nature walks and would find sticks and would stick them in the pond to see what we could find."

Me: Owen, I love that you can remember things about Grandma. See how small Brooks is in that picture? He was too young, and will likely not remember walks around the pond with Grandma.

Owen: Well, I'm going to try to remember as much as I can for a long time so I can tell Sadie about Grandma when she gets big, too.

Monday, October 19, 2015

my weekend in photos.

Sickness spent the weekend trying to attack, and I think Sunday finally let it in, and come Monday my mind was a fog. I've had the kind of day where my eyes are glassy and watery, and my mouth hanging open ready for the next sneeze to temporarily itch my nonstop state of feeling like I need to sneeze.

Friday was uneventful. After dinner and putting the kids to bed, I joined Colby and his buddy in our basement to sip some hot cider, edit some photos from Sadie's 6 month "session," and cheer on our Royals to another victory.

Whole Foods' Autumn Couscous = YUM.

Saturday was a chilly morning, so we put on some layers and headed outside Saturday morning to play. I told Brooks that it was a bit chilly outside and asked if he wanted to go to the basement to get a hat. "Yeah!" After rejecting a couple of [more practical, warm] options I had provided, this is what he came up with.

I took my dead batteried camera (with no bag) to Owen's final soccer game of the season. Whoops. It was a chilly morning for a game!

Bloomin' mums.

Then crashed in front of the tv for some Royals before Owen and I took a trip to see his cousin's soccer game. (Thankfully, it had warmed up quite a bit.)

I decided to keep us home from church on Sunday since I wasn't feeling my best. The boys went to the park a couple of times while I stuck around home sipping warm drinks saving up my energy for back to back photo sessions on Sunday eve before I crashed early, but was interrupted several times by small children before morning.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

life::an outtake

Yesterday was a chilly morning - the chilliest we've had this season. Colby wanted to play outside with the boys, so we put on some layers and headed out early that morning to play. I told Brooks that it was a bit cold outside and asked if he wanted to go to the basement to get a hat. "Yeah!" After rejecting a couple of [more practical, warm] options I had provided, this is what he came up with. This is so Brooks.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

my weekend in photos.

I took a lot of photos this weekend, and became overwhelmed by sharing about them. So maybe I will just share them, and not much about them. ;-) We had a beautiful weekend, as October does. Filled with family time at the pumpkin patch, the arboretum, O's soccer game, and hanging in our backyard.

We've traditionally thought Sadie and Owen have been baby-twins. But I am seeing resemblance between these two these days.

i call it a miracle Brooks was even in the same frame. 

He wanted in on my Stitch Fix selfies.

 Owen wanted to make a quick trip with me to the mall so that he could go up and down the escalator and stop at the lego store. 

Miss Personality.

Family photos are coming up.

 Busy weekends = car naps.

"Tickets! Tickets please!" (He's working at a train station window.)

A beautiful weekend, so we spent a morning at the OP Arboretum and marveled in God's beauty. 


Busy weekends also = naps on Nana's lap. 

Peek a boo!

Monday, October 12, 2015

life::an outtake

Upon returning home from Owen's soccer game on Saturday afternoon, we chose to sit out front while Colby mowed the lawn, and Owen says, "This is the life. Just sitting with my friend Brooks here, and it's a beautiful day."

Little does he know his words made it so much more beautiful.

Monday, October 5, 2015

my weekend in photos.

We had a beautiful October weekend.

Have you heard of Escape Room? I went out for a work team building activity to Breakout KC. It was SO.MUCH.FUN. Dying to go back and try one of the other rooms! Followed by a happy hour. Those co-workers of mine, they really are so great.

 A rare moment when I realized the house was quiet.

Because swings make her happy happy happy.

We had soccer on Saturday, with some extra fans in the crowd. Owen scored another goal on a "fast break" (not sure if basketball lingo works in soccer..), and loved having his cousins there to cheer him on. Brooks loved having his cousin there as a playmate.

No training wheels to the park, with Macy and Kirkwood following behind.

A girl on the move stops for a picture.

Colby couldn't be torn away from the Hoosier/OSU game, so I took the boys down to our neighborhood fall festival for some fall fun. Brooks was NOT a fan of the bounce house, so we watched Owen from the outside. And let him color pumpkins.

After church on Sunday, I attended a baby shower for a fellow Hoosier with some of my newest favorite ladies.

We made another trip to the park to close out our weekend, where I got Sadie's new signature face on camera.