I love seasons. Even though the time change always throws us off our schedule for a little while, I love settling into crisp afternoons outside and cool, dark evenings at home. I love that season to season our activities change; my favorite fall/winter activities are pretend Kindermusik classes in our living room, watching Olivia and Leo play doctor with Daddy, and going to the playground all dressed in our outdoor gear! Here are some glimpses into these busy fall days!
One picture from the Birmingham Science center a few weeks ago. We love that place, too, and it is perfect for cold and rainy days! The three friends to the left of Olivia met us there, and we all had a ball!
Shopping one day a couple of weeks ago, and Leo put his head on Olivia's shoulder and said, "I love you, Ia."
Playing musical chairs in Olivia's bedroom one morning. Olivia and Leo are actually beginning to play together on their own for five to thirty minutes at a time without me. This is outstanding for me getting things done, and it is so beautiful to watch their little friendship developing!
Later, doing "tummy time" with their babies.
After a playground trip, the kids often play in the driveway while I get dinner on the table and/or they are waiting for Daddy. The got brooms out the other night and pretended they were horses. I love these creative kids! And look at that gorgeous sunset behind them!
These are with the good camera. I didn't adjust the settings correctly to get the kids, but the sunset is perfect!
And one day when I needed something new to do with the kids, I broke out this market from IKEA that I picked up on my trip this summer. The kids love it! I probably should have waited until Christmas, but...perhaps it can be a puppet theatre if we put it away for a while and bring it back out after Christmas!
Guess who? If you guessed Leo, you would be right! He loves to dump stuff out of drawers and baskets and bowls and plates. Oh, the messes we clean up in a day!
Nicholas's advisor from grad school came a couple of weekends ago for a conference that Nicholas helped organize on campus. Brian is super nice, brought the kids some gifts, played with them a lot, and didn't even act put out by their constant requests to play ring-around-the-rosy even when it was making him dizzy. They loved him!
On another playground trip, we ran into several friends from the neighborhood, and the kids had a blast jumping in, crunching, and throwing leaves! We all love fall!
We went to the historic train depot in Northport last Saturday. The model trains inside were a hit, especially Thomas, of course. The caboose outside was super fun, too!
Then on Sunday we hit the playground with one of Olivia's classmates. They had so much fun! Olivia had been asking me to have a one-on-one playdate with this friend, so it worked out perfectly...except that Leo was along, too, but they all had a great time on that cold, sunny afternoon!