“It’s a good night to look at pumpkins.”

At least that’s what Jonny kept saying as we had our annual pumpkin carving last night.

We bought our pumpkins almost two weeks ago, but because Mark and Isaac went to the Steelers game last weekend, we did most of our carving last night.  Isaac and Jonny did manage to trace their designs last weekend.  Jonny did a great job tracing his own design this year, although I did have to help him cut it out.  Isaac was able to work completely independently for the very first time!  Mark did all the yucky stuff for all of us (i.e. scooping out the pumpkin innards).

Jonathan was so excited!  All the photos I took of him last night are blurred because he was in a state of constant motion.

I found a Gyarados pattern online for myself.  For those not familiar with Pokemon, Gyarados is a flying water-dragon type creature.  I think it turned out well.  Mark did a creepy skull design.

Both Ben and Nate took very well-timed late evening naps allowing us to finish all four.  Here’s the final result:

I love pumpkins!



We made our annual trip to the pumpkin patch last weekend.  The weather was a little cool, but it was sunny and overall not too bad.  Actually, it was what Mark would call “A Perfect Fall Day”.   We put Ben in the stroller and I strapped Nate into his carrier where he promptly fell asleep.  For some reason Ben was very intent on putting his nose on the side of his stroller.

The big boys chose their pumpkins…

The pumpkin patch is run by a local farm.  They have great produce at this time of year, and we made sure to stock up on butternut squash, cauliflower, apples and cider before we went home.  Jonny was excited to learn that there is an apple variety named after him!

If it wasn’t for the 40 degree rain, I could really learn to love fall!

What a difference a week makes!

We actually had our first frost of the season last night.

A little more than a week ago we were having the most beautiful sunny fall weather.  On that Saturday we went to Isaac’s soccer game.  It was a glorious day; bright and sunny but not too hot.  Ben had a grand time rolling around on a beach towel on the ground.

Jonny alternated between playing with his gameboy, eating those yucky fruit rollups (we don’t buy these often because they are so sticky and messy and bad for kids’ teeth!), entertaining Ben, pulling off Nate’s socks, and playing with the other litte kids whose older siblings were on the soccer field.

Isaac’s team lost as usual, however he DID make a good defensive play that resulted in a goal for his team.  He was very proud of himself.

I will miss the warm weather.  I can’t wait for next June!

Memory Loss Meme

Whew!  I’ve had an extremely hectic couple of weeks.  I’ve had to work four late nights and both days last weekend, so that left very little time for blogging!  Hopefully things will be better next week.

I was tagged for this by Misty at A Day in My Life.  The instructions were pretty simple; open the 6th photo folder, then open and post the 6th photograph from that folder.  And hopefully you can remember what it is:

Since this is a relatively new computer, this was taken less than a year ago.  Jonathan got out ALL the plastic animals that he owned and spread them out on the playroom floor.  For some reason, they are migrating toward my computer chair!  I took the photo because they looked so purposeful.

I can also tell you that they weren’t very nice underfoot!

I’m supposed to tag 6 people.  I’m too tired to tag, so if you’d like to do this one, consider yourself tagged!

Jonny’s First Sleepover

One of Jonny’s best friends from kindergarten turned 6 a few days ago, and invited Jonny to a sleepover.  His mom spoke to us first to see if we thought Jonny would enjoy it.  She wanted to make sure that he wouldn’t be sad and miserable to spend the night away from home.

He was DEFINITELY not sad and miserable!  He was packed and waiting at the door a half hour before it was time to leave!

The house was strangely silent all that evening.  It turns out that Isaac is a quiet child when Jonny’s not around.  Ben enjoyed having his “little arm” left alone and Nate appreciated not having his socks pulled off every 5 minues.  The peace and quiet was nice, but at the same time we all missed Jonny.  Meanwhile, he was having a great time.  He never even phoned me at bedtime to tell me goodnight!

He arrived home early the following afternoon and our house is back to its normal decibel level.

We’re so glad he’s home!  🙂