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Monday, November 26, 2012

Halloween 2012

Halloween is always fun and this year was no exception. There was pumpkin carving, costumes, and of course the all important candy.

I gave my pumpkin googly eyes... and I was quite impressed with all the boys, they all carved their own pumpkins...scraped them out and all. It's fun now that I don't have to do it all for them. 
Benji, was really cute, he sang "Happy Birthday" to each pumpkin as a candle was put in it..
They all looked really good lit up.

Oh, the joy of costumes.... each boy wanted something different and had their minds made up. I know that Halloween is every year on October 31st. but I still feel like it sneaks up on me every year,  leaving me to scramble for costumes for each of the boys.

Tim was a knight... {or Robin Hood} He went through so many costume changes it was hard to keep up with them all. finally... the day before the Trunk or Treat for our church he settled {was gently talked into} this. I had it on had, it was a costume that a friend of mine made for James YEARS ago. Tim really is the only one who likes to dress up so until the costumes reach him they stay in pretty good shape. After Halloween he continued to wear the costume for 3 weeks.

Tommy is {the son of} Frankenstein,  he was pretty easy, and it was nice to just paint his face and add the bolts and call it good. {I would show you a picture of his father, but blogger is not letting me upload any pictures right now.... but Steve's costume was really good!!}
James was the Grim Reaper, again another easy costume with a black robe and a thingy... I don't know what it's called that he holds, so it's a thingy.
And Benji, was.... yeah, I'm not sure. This too was a recycled costume. He looked cute in it and he actually had a sword to go with it too. He didn't cry when I put it on him, and he could move in it without getting tangled, so it was a win-win.

Halloween was fun this year. The boys made out with a ton of candy and were able to have a little more freedom when trick or treating in the neighbor hood. Steve walked behind them and some friends of theirs while the boys went to each door. I stayed behind and walked with Benji. He was really cute he would say "trick or treat" at each door, proceed to stick his fingers in the bowl to grab things out himself, then instead of a nice thank you... he would just say 'more'. Good thing he is 2 and can get away with that.

Maybe next year I'll start early on costumes.... who am I kidding I won't and I'll be scrambling around again... oh well... I guess it's part of the season too.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Can you see my toes???

I can't either....

I am 29 week along, I feel really good physically anyways. I'm at that stage now were moving is getting hard, dressing is hard, and my belly is starting to bump into everything.

Moving our household has been hard. And I haven't really had time to think about being pregnant. This poor little guy has been pushed to the back of my mind as we are getting situated. There seems to be so much to to and not enough time {or energy} to get things done.

And we are not totally set on a name.

I am not one who instantly bonds with my baby as soon as I am pregnant. I think that's why I feel like I need to name him {or her} right away.

We have gone through our lists but nothing seems right. People have given suggestions and still... nothing seems to fit. Many people just wait until they have the baby and name him, and I guess I'm in that boat now, although I'm so scared that I'll have him and still not have a clue what his name should be.

I found a good doctor that is willing to let me labor and deliver naturally. After 2 C-sections I really had my work cut out for me in looking for a doctor. I'm excited to at least let my body try. It's strange that after 5 babies I have no idea what is going to happen. Because of each situation I haven't ever gone into labor on my own. This will be all new for me.

I am so excited, yet so scared. I am starting to nest and I always seem to find the weird things to clean... I wish I could feel that passionately about the day to day stuff... but no, it's more like the track for the sliding glass door.... or the baseboards in the closets.

The days are now being counted down until we welcome our new little guy.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

On the trail

Steve was off one day so we decided to toss our schoolbooks to the side and go outside instead. It was a beautiful fall day and the colors were just starting to turn. One thing that I have missed is being able to walk the trails. In Florida it's just... HOT and unwelcoming to be outside most of the year. And there really aren't any trails around that are not going to take you through swampy areas... at least I didn't find any. I don't think I was outside long enough to find any though.

We drove a measly 4.5 miles up to a little area that had some great paths. And because Steve was with us we decided to take him on his first GeoCaching adventure. {and because it was one that was more difficult and I didn't know how to program my phone's GPS to what it needed to do}

Along the way we saw this spider that was spinning a huge web. We stopped to watch how carefully and quickly it worked.
Here are my excited treasure hunters out looking for the next box. If you have never tried GeoCaching you should! It's free and so fun! It's like looking for buried treasure. They are all over the US... they are all over the world!!
You can kinda see them here. They are off the trail following the clues and the GPS for the next box. I didn't want to go stomping through all the brush and trees here, and neither did Benji, so we hung back and climb the little hills and rocks instead. I do have to say that James is really good at finding the caches. This one was a multiply cache so each box lead you to the next one, and of the 4 that were there James found 3 of them!
Look at the falling leaves! Watching the leaves make there way to the ground is so memorizing.  
Our little trail that we walked. Total it was about 2 mile, and the boys did great! 
Each person is different and prefers different settings. The beach was nice and was beautiful in it's own way, but I love the desert and the forest. I more at home here than I have since leaving Arizona. I love the beauty of the trees and the smell of the air.

More shots of the beauty that is here in North Carolina

 I love this picture... although I'm not sure who is taking who for a walk. Captain has been the best dog. He drives me crazy most of the time and the hair that is all over my house is insane, but he is so good with the boys. When I walk him he does really well, but if he sees something he will try to run after it. When Benji or Tim try to walk him he doesn't pull away. He doesn't chase anything and he is so patience with them as they are both tangled in the leash.
On last shot of the beauty that we found on our day out. 
Fall is my favorite time of year, but I look forward to seeing the blooming of spring.

{this post is dedicated to my friend Whitney from The King and I..... she likes North Carolina}

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