Sing Songs, Bring Sweets

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

I love October!

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When you run into your bestie at Artwalk downtown!

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And the next morning, and painting birthday party to celebrate Riley!

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How neat is this?!

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“Would you like to come to my pretend library?”  Yes.  Yes I would 🙂

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Oktoberfest with the birthday girl!

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Sillies!

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This girl loves to have her face painted!

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Not really in the mood for a pic with Mommy.

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Yesterday the temp dropped below 90 degrees!  Time to bust out the fall attire!

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We were all very excited for MOPS!

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Eliza did his “super hero” makeup for him.

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This tote bag began as a craft project at MOPS, but since I didn’t do a great job, I let the kids embellish it.

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It looks so much better now!  And matches everything!

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They are both REALLY into The Nightmare Before Christmas right now, so we made another stop at Spirit Halloween to visit the talking Jack Skellington.  And to pick up more glitter hairspray 🙂

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This picture just cracks me up!

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Zombie Jed!

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Halloween is my favorite!

Busy bees.

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I forgot about these pictures I took at the hotel in San Antonio.  Hotel beds are so fun for play!

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This funny dude!

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Just another school morning!

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Eliza told me that Joy is planning to marry her friend Jackson.  She wants to hold this picture at their wedding.

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Science experiments with Daddy!

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They’ve really been enjoying kids’ church on Wednesday nights.  They were very excited to say their first memory verse:

For all people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord endures forever.

1 Peter 1:24-25

 

And Jed couldn’t wait to teach me this song today:

Hello, October!

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A princess event at Toys R Us. 

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The most magnificent princesses of all.

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A totally awesome neon/alien birthday party!

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Butterfly crafts at the library.

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A perfect meme for Eliza 🙂

Evening sidewalk art.

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Fall time!

A great time of year!  Still feels like summer, of course 🙂

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Ready for picture day!

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“Smile, Jed!”

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Picture ready!

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If you want to entertain your children, show them a video of a snake eating an egg.  A friend suggested videos about penguins pooping, which they also enjoyed.

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Rodeo day at school!  Wild and crazy fun.

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We ran into Joy at Target, so we (naturally) had fun in the Halloween section.

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A sunny afternoon by the bay.

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Daddy’s girl.

 

And…we’re back!

I’m incredibly sorry for the very long absence!  We’ve had so many things going on, and I’ve been falling further and further behind with posts and updates!  I wish I had more time to write, but I’ll do my very best.  As always, thank you so much for your patience.  Now, without further ado, here are a few glimpses into our life for the past month!

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On the way to Get Air with great friends.

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Riley and Eliza:  pals since 2013.

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Jed and Presley:  pals since 2014

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She finally agreed to take a selfie with me!

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The kids and I evacuated to the JW Marriott hotel in San Antonio when Harvey ominously threatened Corpus Christi.  It was SUPER nice.  Just wish Jimmy could’ve joined us.

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My friend Jen (whose husband also had to stay behind for work) had an adjoining room with her three kiddos!  We had a blast!

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Such a gorgeous view.

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They really enjoyed movie and popcorn night (every night we were there).

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Cute little sleepies.

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Morning yoga.

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Why can’t all hotels have one of these, complete with friendly and helpful staff?

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Complimentary treats delivered to our room.

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Just a couple of guys unwinding at the bar.

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Breakfast and conversation on the balcony.

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She was delighted to find some reading material in the hotel nightstand.

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Such a beautiful place!

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We made our way to a magical toy shop nearby.

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Floof, a delightful free gift from the friendly toy shopkeeper 🙂

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Isn’t she beautiful?!

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Back to school!  We feel very blessed to have a home that was untouched by the storm.

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Onto the next adventure!  A trip to the Hill Country for two weddings on the same day!  So glad Jimmy got to join us this time!

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My wildflower picked some wildflowers.

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A good place for a sit and think.

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We woke up early to feed the turkeys and chickens.  So much fun!

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Time to get wedding-ready!

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So glad to spend time with one of my besties!

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I sure do love this handsome dude.

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They love Mel as much as I do!

Life is beautiful!

Gosh, I love these kids.  They are just amazing 🙂

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Hugs before school.

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Peppa Pig birthday party at Brinca!

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Such an adorable cake!

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A little sweaty after all that jumping!

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First day back at ballet!  She rocked it 🙂

Since the kids are too young to understand why they can’t stare at the sun, and they don’t care about staring at a cardboard box (and I never bothered to search for eclipse-viewing glasses), we celebrated the solar eclipse by watching informative Youtube videos and singing this song:

 

Baseball and Jiu-Jitsu!

Hooks game on Saturday night.  What a blast!

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Eliza’s jam came on, so it was time to dance!

 

 

 

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Jed LOVED Jiu-Jitsu so much!

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Cutest thing ever!

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First week!

The kids had an excellent first week of school!  And their teachers are fantastic 🙂

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It was hard to get a good pic.

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The middle school track…Jed’s new favorite place.

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I’ve never felt safer in Wal Mart.

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We’ve been reading a short version of “Jabberwocky” since they were very little, and this is the result:

And summer winds down.

School starts tomorrow!  We had a thoroughly awesome summer, but I’m so glad that things will soon settle back into more of a routine.  I like the structure!  The kids are ready for it, too!  I’m hoping to be able to blog on a more consistent basis once the kids start going to bed earlier.

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We got “flocked” by my MOPS group!  the kids thought it was the greatest thing ever.

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I love that he’s always willing to take a selfie with me (unlike his sister).

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I told them to go get dressed for Meet the Teacher night.  This is the result.  And yes–they wore this to the school.  Pick your battles, right?

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You wish you had her style.

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The kids had a blast at a ninja-themed birthday on Saturday!

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Jed may be the youngest/smallest, but never underestimate him!

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He even got to sword fight!  It was such a cool party!

 

On Sunday afternoon, we attended a production of one of my absolute favorite shows–Fiddler on the Roof!  It was excellent!!  Eliza loved most of it (she got a little antsy toward the end), but Jed loved every minute!  Well, except for the last 10 mins when he fell asleep.  I was so proud of both of them.  The house manager had so many nice things to say about their good behavior!  Thanks also to Jimmy for being such a good sport about my theatre enthusiasm.

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She wanted to dress like one of Tevye’s daughters, but she also wanted to wear her favorite (stained) dress.  Again–I’m picking my battles here.

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Jed LOVES Tevye, and he was so excited to meet him after the show.

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L’chaim!

Of course, I tried my best to get them pumped about the show by introducing them to all the music and watching the movie beforehand.  It actually worked pretty well!  It was fun to watch their little faces light up when their favorite songs began.

Eliza loves “Matchmaker” best, and Jed’s favorite is “If I Were a Rich Man,” which is nearly impossible for him to sing.  But he tried his best and insisted on wearing a Tevye costume, complete with homemade hat.  I thought my heart was gonna explode!