But today was a little different because I just had to snuggle that girl up from before dawn until late tonight with so much else swirling on around us.
The way the sun filtered through those leaves…and the way the bark looked so black against the vibrant colors when it rained…I couldn’t get enough of it.
I know everyone reading this who lives in “real” Fall areas is probably saying to themselves, “that’s nothing” but man alive, it sure does something to my Fall-loving soul.
Dave’s sister came for a visit. We got to steal her away for dinner one night.
(I put the real recipe for that mouth-watering stuff back in my “International Night” post HERE.
We are all working on our journals a little bit more.
Lucy is digging that.
Yes, that is a brush on the kitchen counter…
I took Elle in for her fifth-ever-in-her-whole-life professional hair cut. (I usually do the haircuts around these parts.)
I figured that was the only way we were going to take care of these ends:
We did a little ombre just because I love her so.
Can you tell how excited we were?
It sure turned out pretty. (Thanks Ashley!)
One night when we were driving home from one carpool or another we heard Lu in the backseat saying, “oh, it’s just so beeaaaaauuuuuuutiful!” as she snapped away at pictures on my iPhone.
Not so sure she really saw anything so beautiful (see pic. below) or if she was just imitating her mother…
Max and Elle have started “training” for their sports coming up this next season. Gross picture, but Elle fell off a treadmill and bruised herself up pretty well during one of the trainings.
Love this dynamic duo.
More than I can say.
And this girl…
She sure adds even more spice to our family breaking out her cheerleading moves around the house all the time.
I got to go on the fourth grade field trip to the state capitol with these cuties:
How can you help but let your heart melt a little at sweet girls like these.
I was infatuated with the shadows that day.
The sun was at the perfect slant to cast beautiful shapes everywhere.
Love my girl and her giant coldsores.
We’ve been to a couple high school basketball games, mostly to spy on our teenagers.
They’re not too hard to spot since they both tower over their friends.
Max played a whole bunch of volleyball tournaments in December.
This is the only picture I got:
Lucy wrapped up her soccer season back HERE, but I couldn’t resist posting this one more picture of her running to play in the last game that was postponed until December because of the rain:
I can’t remember why I made Max stop in mid-Sunday-dressing to take this picture, but oh man, he’s cute, right?
Grace is missing because we found her order form and check in the bottom of her backpack a few months later…
She’s too busy with this to care, but Grace, we need those pictures!
We go through batches of this granola like it’s going out of style:
Recipe for that back HERE.
Lu looks real excited about that pose…
Claire had an assignment at school to make and “Elf on the Shelf” and talked about it forever. Finally when we sat down to make it we realized my sewing machine was still lent out.
So we resorted to hand-stitching that little guy:
Claire sure didn’t complain about that.
After the fact we decided that hot-gluing on a Christmas bulb was a little creepy but she still won the award at school so we’ll take it 🙂
We went on a date. This is when we got home and realized we forgot to take our traditional “date” picture.
Dave’s sweetest ever aunt made Lucy the most darling little sock doll.
We love you Aunt Helen!
Max is the only homework helper Grace can go to for Math these days.
I adore that.
It was “twin” day at school:
A birthday lunch for a friend…excuse that blurry pic…
We finally hunkered down and took pics of Grace’s volleyball certificate:
…and Cheerleading “You Made It!” form.
December ended with these guys staying with us:
Matching girl hair:
This game was SO funny to watch by the way (I wish I had a video). They play it with an iPhone and it’s like Guestures sort of. I’m pretty sure it’s called “Head’s Up.”
We need to get that thing.