The vibrant trees here are absolutely gorgeous, and my babies are growing big. So much is going on, but I am attempting to remain aware of the “moment.” I ran into a 92-year-old man at Wal-Mart last week who commented during a brief conversation, “I’d give anything to be your age again.” So here I am, Lord willing, and, despite the wheels that continue to race, attempting to remain cognizant of the true blessings that surround my family.
Last weekend we took the kids south to Lewis Farms. We ran into good family friends there, Kalchiks and Mosiers. The farm was full of pumkpins, animals to feed, an elephant to ride, activities like a bouncy blow-up pumpkin, a giant pillow and huge slides for the kids to play on, and tasty fall treats. The kids LOVED the pillow and the slides.
I also attempted to do some hands-on activities with Maggie over the last two weeks. One day I had her string some fall necklaces for the ladies in the office. I was amazed by her ability to do this on her own! Another day we “made” a doll from a kit I purchased on sale at Hobby Lobby. She LOVED placing the foam sticker pieces on the doll’s dress. That day we also made chocolate pudding and put together “pudding in a cloud” desserts with fall leaf sprinkles. (I’ll admit that my motivation to do this activity was for the two of us to wear the adorable mother-daughter aprons my mom sent a while back!) Maggie helped herself to some of the sprinkles off one of the pudding cups when we finished. She was in hog-heaven!
And what did Walt do during all of this? He walked around the kitchen, getting into trouble (he’s been walking since a week before he turned fifteen months), or hung out in his high chair, snotty nose and all.