At the beginning of November the boys and I took a day trip to Chesapeake to visit Will and Mandie. We met them at Chick-Fil-A where we had lunch together, then Mandie and I got to catch up over coffee while the boys played on the outdoor playground. Words are insufficient to describe how sweet it was to talk to Mandie for hours and watch our boys play.
As we were packing up to go to their nearby apartment to continue our visit, I got the car going and then closed the door to go get the boys one at a time. And then the car locked. With the ignition running. Thank goodness for AAA.... about 45 minutes later they saved the day and I was able to get in my car again! We headed to their apartment for a while after that mishap and then across the street to get some yummy Mexican food for dinner. All 3 boys devoured cheese dip, among other things.
After dinner we headed to the dojo to say hi to Jason and his mom Diana. It just happened to be "board-chopping-night" there (don't ask me what it's really called...) so Jason let all the little guys do their own board after the real students finished. So neat!! Here is Henry's turn.
Charlie's turn (and his little karate dude Diana gave him is sitting on the cinderblock).
In their jammies, ready to go! We tried to get a picture of the three boys together, but that wasn't going to happen. All three of them were sleepy, and my boys were grumpy.
One last picture. It's hard to believe it's been 11 years since we met! So very thankful that the seminary put us together as roommates in West Oak, apt. 370A.
Singing at LAMBS Bible Study
Since we haven't put Charlie in preschool yet, he had never sung in front of us in a big group until this morning at LAMBS! The boys and I have been going to a Bible study this semester that we have all loved... I go to my own class while the boys attend theirs! They have story time, craft time, time to play outside, music, etc. On this particular morning the 3-year-olds got to perform for us, and I was so excited!!!
Here they are in the next room getting ready. Charlie is sitting beside his buddy Joey (the little girl to the left). I was in there since it was my day to help with childcare.
They're a little blurry because, well, they're preschoolers and they move a lot!!
"Raking" the Leaves
Since we've been living in places where other people keep the yard, we don't have a rake. It seemed like Charlie really wanted to make a leaf pile, though, so we took some things outside and tried to do just that. Fortunately we didn't have to truly rake the yard with our broom, box top, and Swiffer.
The boys working hard!
It is astounding to me how much he looks like a boy in this picture (especially when you blow it up). Slow down time, slow down!!!!!
We used the wagon to drive the leaves to our pile.
Henry working while Charlie "supervised."
Decorating the Christmas Tree
We wanted to decorate our tree before heading to CT for Thanksgiving, so we turned on our Christmas music and put some snowman cookies in the oven!
Needless to say, they were super excited to cook and eat these!
Our cookie picnic!
Our tree is small because our boys are and so is our house. This is the perfect size for picking up after it has been knocked over! (Which thankfully has not happened yet.) Keeping our tree low-key also helps me be okay with them rearranging ornaments.
I can't remember if this is before or after Charlie tried to eat one of last year's cinnamon ornaments...
Putting the star on top (upside-down)... the one that he made last year!
Take 2. This time it went on the right way.
Love our little tree, and especially Henry's star!
Our first attempt to show me a "Yay!" face since the tree was done. I think Charlie was finishing his celebratory jump.
2nd attempt... at least they're both looking my direction.
Looking at the advent calendar!
Thanksgiving post coming soon!!!