We spent Evie's actual birthday in downtown Denton, hitting all our favorite spots. We started out at Quakertown Park to play on the playground, then headed to J&Js Pizza for lunch, then Recycled Books & Records for books, and then stopped by Atomic Candy on the way out for a little treat! Pretty good birthday, I'd say!
Sam's getting to be a good tree climber. He's climbed several different trees in Denton, but hadn't yet tried this one at Quakertown Park near downtown. He stayed up there for quite a while and enjoyed the view.
Evie's sweet preschool hosted an awesome Thanksgiving potluck for the kids and their families. Since Gram came with us on our pumpkin patch field trip, we invited Pops to join us for the potluck meal. The kids performed a couple of songs and then we all ate some home-cooked, Thanksgiving food. Yum!
Took a walk to Evie's favorite park - the "park with the purple swing". She could swing on this thing forever...
We had a GREAT Halloween again this year. The kids kept going and going and came home with quite the loot. Trick or treating is always a fun time in our neighborhood, especially on our street. Neighbors are out on their porches passing out candy and the sidewalks are packed with little costumed critters!
A quick picture with Don and Joyce, our neighborhood grandparents! So glad they live across the street. We are very lucky to have them as neighbors!
A picture with another neighbor we're lucky to have across the street - Ms. Tina! She loves to spoil the kids with treats, and she has a cool pet duck, Patsy.
Sam and Tyler went around together again this year, this time they were both Harry Potter.
Last house - time to go home! Another successful Halloween in the books!
Evie's preschool does a "Character Parade" for Halloween, where each class dresses up like a character from a story they've read in class. Evie's class dressed as cats from If You Give a Cat a Cupcake.
Our little town's Halloween Festival was this weekend. The kids played games and won lots of candy, we chatted with a CareFlight pilot and a firefighter, and Daddy won Evie a couple of prizes at the Rubber Chicken Toss. We ended the afternoon with snow cones, of course!
We enjoyed a - WARM - fall day at the Grace United pumpkin patch with Gram and Pops. We played each other in the bean-bag toss game, the kids did the bounce house, ran the hay maze and even tried their hand a Pumpkin Chuckin'. We left sweaty but had a fun time!
She asked to take Peter Rabbit to the park. He got to ride with her on her bike, climb the rocks and play on the swings. Lucky bunny!
This girl was so excited to take her daddy to school with her for Donuts with Dad. He drove her to school, just the two of them, met her teacher, and got to see how her class does "circle time". Exciting day!
Gram treated us to a big day at the theater to see our favorite storybook characters Elephant and Piggie in "We Are In a Play!" Elephant and Piggie are the cutest best-friend duo and they did a great job in their first play.
Evie's first field trip! Gram and I joined Evie and her class for a trip to the pumpkin patch in Aubrey and it was such a great day. The weather was perfect and the farm was so nice, with lots of room for the kids to roam and plenty for them do. The kids had a blast and we had so much fun watching them. Yay for her first field trip!
I've embarked on a mission to paint the largest space in our house, the living room / kitchen / hallway, changing it from the yellow Brian painted it before we moved in to a warm "greige" called "Lamb's Ear". Evie was home the day I got started and was dying to be my helper. She didn't do too bad!
Time for some arts and crafts!
One day the kids came in from the backyard and asked me for some seeds because they wanted to plant a garden. I gave them some lima bean seeds and black bean seeds from our craft closet that, up until that point, had only been used as decoration for our play-doh gingerbread men. I also grabbed a few popcorn kernels from the pantry and then sent them back outside. To our surprise, we've recently discovered their plants are actually growing. It looks like a real, miniature garden back there. I guess technically it is a real garden! There was no prep involved - no garden soil, no fertilizer, no mulch. Just two kids who dug a little hole in the red clay and did some sporadic watering at best and - voila! We grew stuff! They've already asked for a more legit garden next year. I'm thinking with their green thumbs we'll be able to do quite a bit!