Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Grandma comes to town

Last week Grandma Wallace came to visit for the week while Dave went deer hunting in Pennsylvania with Pop Pop Stephens (and Grandma Stephens, but she didn't go hunting). Dave and Pop Pop both got their does so our freezer is full again.

On Sunday we went to a local pumpkin patch.

Sam just started saying his name for the first time last week. He is really starting to pick up on words and improving on his vocabulary.

I had a parent-teacher conference last week for Ben's preschool. Ben's teacher, Ms Renee, said Ben is an excellent student. All the kids (about 8-9 and only 3 are girls) get along well. Ben has a great memory and always does a great job at talking about stories they read. He has improved on his coloring and writing skills.

Here we are with our pumpkin Ben picked out.

Ben and Mom testing out our deer hunting skills.

Ben and Sam driving.

We took Grandma to the zoo to see all of the Halloween decorations.

The weekend before Grandma came to visit we all took a walk in the woods to enjoy the beautiful fall weather.

The boys are in front of the sign of the park we went to called the Res.

Buckets of pizza dough. Dave made all of this for our church youth group fundraiser. They ended up making 70 pizzas.

Ben and Sam waiting for Grandma at the airport.

We had our annual chili and pie bake off at church. I made this peanut butter pie and came in 3rd place.

After we dropped Grandma off at the South Bend Airport, we decided to check out the Military Memorial Park next to the airport.

The boys had fun running around but were disappointed that they couldn't climb on anything.

Then we went to the park by the zoo to hang out for awhile.

This is supposed to be a brotherly hug but Sam didn't want that.

Playing pirates at the park.

Thanks Grandma for coming to visit and helping out. See you soon!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Autumn 2014

We haven't been up to much lately. Dave canned 40 quarts of applesauce this week. Ben really enjoys preschool - he can recite the Pledge of Allegiance, we were very amazed the first time we heard it.

I forgot to mention in the last post that the boys had their well child visits in August. Ben weighs somewhere around 43 pounds and 43 inches tall putting him in the 90% for his age. Sam weighs just under 30 pounds and in the 60% for his age. Both boys are healthy and growing up quickly!

A couple of weeks ago the boys stopped by my office after work for a picnic and to feed the ducks before the weather got too cold. The boys had a great time seeing all the different birds.

Roar says the dinosaur.

The boys love throwing rocks into the water. My office is right by the river so we decided to take an adventure after our picnic.

Last week we went to the Shiori Garden before it closes for the winter.

Our best attempt at a family picture.

Last night the boys helped rake up the first leaves of the season. They had a great time jumping in the piles and helping us move them.

It was pretty difficult to have all 3 of them look at the same time.

Sam did a great job of letting me take his picture. Ben was too busy running around to stop. Notice Sam's new hair cut. He finally let me buzz his hair. He looks like such a big boy now.

Sam loves to run and jump, but on his own terms. Otherwise he prefers to be carried, especially on someone's shoulders.

Today we had some visitors stop by for supper. Grandma and Pop Pop Stephens, Uncle Larry, and Aunt Carol came by to visit.

We took our guests for a tour of the Shiorji Garden.

The boys with Uncle Larry and Aunt Carol.

Group photo.

Thanks again for the visit. We had a great time!