Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The many faces of a little stinker & the pumpkin patch!

Viviana is at that age where she is negotiating whether she is a baby or a big kid, whether she's independent or if she wants to be babied.
She wants to do mischievous things all day as she explores and even taking a few pictures of her this past weekend you can see it all over her beautiful little face!

She's thinking about doing something she shouldn't, like throwing that pumpkin across the room....
And she doesn't like me telling her what to do....

 But she wants me to know she still loves me and wants me to hold her...... 

Then at dinner she wants to do something very naughty, like put her food bowl on her head......
But when Guillermo reprimands her she rubs his arm to let him know she's not going to do it and she still loves him.  She is so silly!!

Can you tell someone didn't want to watch Annie this weekend and was feeling a little mischievous himself?? :)

Nothing says fall like your fall tablecloth, glass pumpkin and 'Pac!

Friday night we drove all over tarnation drinking in the gorgeous, chilly, fall weather trying to find a spot on the Francis Marion National Forest to build a fire, with no avail (note to self, do not drive around in the boonies after dark in Cordsville, SC, figure out where you're going during the DAY! lol)
So we ended up back home. Bur burr. Oh well. we tried!

Smores makes us VERY happy!

It's always fun to don our warm sweaters & boots!

Quinn of course prefers costumes & gloves to sweaters & flannels.  He said he was the football team the "green swamps"- pretty ingenious if you ask me!

More weekend fun!

Every year our pumpkin carving is fun, the kids watch, we're usually at my parents house, but this year we had exactly 1.5 hours to eat dinner (Gmo had been smoking meat all day) and carve pumpkins before Gmo had to leave, so seeing as our family pumpkin carvers were unavailable, I took it upon myself to figure something out. Fast! Lol... hey, the kids love them.... and they'll rot in 2.4 seconds in this heat anyways. 

They weren't kidding when they said girls are made out of sugar & spice!!

The kids are doing SO well with their chores! They earn 2 dollars a week, they empty the dishwasher and clean their room everyday and they dust & clean the bathrooms on the weekend. Now Quinn needs an adult to "clean" behind him in the bathrooms, but Judah does a jam up job with the dusting. Thank you Jesus!! Makes me feel like running around jumping for joy! One chore passed onto children! :) I am SO proud of their work ethic!

This weekend we also got to go to Boone Hall's pumpkin patch.. it's so much fun! Pumpkin patches are a little slice of Heaven!

Vivi "made" cake and then was yelling for JU-JAHHHHHH to come have a slice. Too bad Ju-jah was having too much fun on the 2 story slide that she couldn't go on!

How awesome is Kat for jumping with Vivi on the big jump pillow!

We loooove doing special holiday traditions with friends & family, we were so glad Tio & Miss Kat were able to come with us!

I hope all the little (adorable) stinkers in your life are behaving this week! :)

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Everyday Adventure

The best part of the fall, leading up 'til Christmas is that everything becomes an adventure!
You're not just dressing for the day, you get to wear LONG SLEEVES (or tights) or that jacket you got on sale at the end of the season last year.....
You're not just going outside, you're going outside only to ENJOY the cooler weather...
You're not just going to the grocery store, you're going to buy special ingredients for a special fall inspired meal....
Every moment of every day in this girl's life is exciting because 75% of the time she's doing something she shouldn't.  And we all know how "exciting" that is when you're 20 months old.
Like grabbing my cup of cranberry juice and spilling it over my whole nightstand, bed and stack of books.
I was so mad, I just told Gmo to literally take the entire stack of books and throw them away. Most I had read anyways and I was saving "just because" or the ones I haven't read I thought, I'll find it again for $1 at the thrift store- not messing with those cranberry juice covered books again.
So the next day Judah took the bag of books to the trash and brought back a devotional book and said "we can't throw this one away" and I asked why not and he said
"because it's about Jesus"
This kid kills me, he has such a tender heart and he gets it. He knows what's most important in life.  He's so special to me. Every day I notice something even more special than the last about his personality.
For example:
Guillermo has deemed the dinner table a "no humming" zone. As the kids literally HUM all meal, every meal if you let them. I don't care, but it bothers him. 
So while Guillermo was at church drumming the night service last night Quinn started humming. Judah told him to stop. I told Judah that they could hum and he said that he wasn't going to because Daddy had told him no and even though he wasn't there he didn't want to do it. 
I was so happy and told him what a mature decision it is to listen and obey even when those people who have created the rules aren't around and of course that God always sees what we're doing. 
 But I told him that it was Daddy's preference that we not hum at the table, so since he wasn't there he would be ok with us singing and for the rest of dinner I think we all hummed the entire Star Wars soundtrack as loud as we could! *nerd alert*
Also, this weekend I taught the kids how to play bingo.  I showed them what covered lines would win and Judah said "that's horizontal, that's vertical, but you can't do a spiral jetty or Gary line".  So at 6, in first grade my child has officially said something I didn't know what the heck it was. So in the case of "do you know more than a fifth grader?" - apparently I don't know as much as a 1st grader! Lol.

 Some days I feel like all I say is "Viviana, NO NO"  "That's NO NO" - I forget how tiring this age is!
I hate saying constant NO to the kids and I know this stage will pass, but she sure looks cute when she pouts!
 Judah is the best older brother in the whole world! 
 Doesn't he look like a ten year old here instead of 6?

We love our church! (and all of our awesome friends, big & small)

On the way home from lunch we stopped at an estate sale.  The woman gave the kids all sorts of goodies!

 She even gave the big guy a lollipop!
Quinn begged me to take his picture next to the pumpkin at the grocery store.... he's so funny! You know when the picture is Quinn's idea, because he gives a genuine smile!

Guillermo's eyes have been copy & pasted into Judah's head. They are his Exact.Same.Eyes. He even has his exact same astigmatism. And even now, the famous Guillermo eye squint (see two pics above)..... Lol......

Happy Adventuring!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Tights & Football!

I'm so stinkin' excited! It's actually getting slightly cooler here and you know what that means? TIGHTS weather!!! And I found so many cute tights at the end of the season last year that I forgot about (for Viviana) it was like Christmas finding them all over again! 
Yay! Tights!
And this time of year is awesome for the boys because of FOOTBALL (my husband's obsession). 
Once a year we get to work in the concession stand for City of Hanahan night at the Hanahan Hawk's game and it is so much fun! Like a little piece of Norman Rockwell's American world!
Ivan & Kat were so awesome to come watch the kids while we worked. 

And running into great friends!

Working the concession with great friends!

Since we don't have any Hawks gear we support their color by everyone wearing orange....
You know when you have those moments in your week where things are just perfect? Well, Sunday was sort of that day.
Viviana has been sick, on the mends, but we feared it might be hand/foot/mouth so we wanted to keep her away from babies at church so we decided to be super productive at my parents house. All of us worked really hard to clean up their yard since it's hard for my Dad to do that stuff  anymore and I was SO PROUD of the boys! They are such hard workers. I make them do chores everyday, empty the dish washer, clean their room and you can really tell it has paid off to see the pride in their work in bigger jobs like cleaning base boards, dusting & yard work.
As a mama, I am just so proud of them! I should've taken a picture but they helped us stuff at least 10 30 gallon paper/yard debris bags of limbs/leaves, etc.
And Sunday night we had a perfect night of pizza party, doors & windows open feeling a perfect chilly fall night & Elf (our favorite Christmas movie, well- neck & neck with Polar Express).
Those are the days where I just think God is good, we are SO BLESSED!
I am blessed by this little one......even though she is getting sassy!

And the countdown is on!!! I will start listening to Christmas music in exactly 16 days and I'm SO excited!!