Life around here has been a little humdrum for me lately. I love autumn, but the impending winter, cold hands and dry skin that invade my well-being, coupled with the innumerable runny noses and possible extra trips to the doctor just to hear him say "keep the humidifier running all the time", just seems to be exhausting me already.
In the midst of my mind being consumed by the future, I have moments like these...
Ilana is 3 and a half years old today - crazy!
The windows were open and the kids were comfortable in their short sleeved shirts. It was warm. They were happy. We were just finishing up dinner and the post-dinner, full-belly happiness was settling in for the evening. I loved this moment. I love these kids.
And although the winter is coming when simply getting out the door threatens to undo me, I am challenged to live today and love my kids in the moment. The sun'll come out again...in June.
There were a lot of them, but they didn't scare her one bit.
Then we found the "horsies." Again, without hesitation she walked right in all by herself, found her favorite, climbed in, buckled herself up, and started warming up her horse for the big ride. Gray was a bit young, so he couldn't join her - next year sweet bundle! I was amazed at how independent my little girl is.
Good thing she had complete control, that horse looks like he needed a strong leader.
After waiting for this ride, and getting all geared up. It broke after one turn around the tracks. Ilana handled it just fine. I thought she would melt down, but no. We just went on to the next ride. Great job, big girl!
THE TRUCKS!! I think Gray was really upset that he couldn't participate in this one. Ilana was a great driver.
It was her first "up and down" ride. There was one small hill. :)
After a break for lunch, we fed the "greedy goats." This one was my favorite. He was little.
This goat was especially greedy and even ate the cup right out of Ilana's hand. She was upset, but handled it alright. Especially when I gave her the rest of my cup. Again, she was such a big girl and fed these goats right out of her hand without any kind of fear. It blew my mind!
Ilana found her favorite. He was wandering around the outside of the pen and super docile.
I offered for Ilana to ride on the real ponies, but she insisted three times that she was NOT interested. I didn't push it. Maybe next year. So we got four little pumpkins and some bumpy gourds and went home.
All in all, I was simply floored by how grown up Ilana is becoming. She is still really hesitant and cautious (for which I'm thankful because she's still almost as tiny as a peanut), but she's really growing up these days.
You can tell the air is on the verge of changing here in Evanston. In fact, it may have changed today while we buried ourselves under the covers. The kids Grayson is a bit on the sick side so we (finally!) took it easy today.
Lately we've been seeing a lot of these...
This even made its first appearance at the middle school down the street.
I think Moses is a little worried about the coming weather.
I think he's mostly concerned about his invasion of peace and privacy.
And who can blame him with things like this happening around here!
Seriously, this is what is looks like outside right now:
See all those small, orange streaks against the brown house? Those are falling leaves. Yep, I'd say it's officially AUTUMN!!!
No, the decorations are not going up quite yet in our home (although I can't say the same for our local Target!). But, combine one little girl who LOVES purple and one Momma who's finally taking some sewing lessons and learning how to quilt...and you've got one kid's Christmas present in the making!
I am so excited for Ilana it's silly.
This is what the quilt currently looks like, at the sewing studio. Somebody else picked out the fabrics and made the 4" squares (made of three strips of different fabric). Last lesson we laid all the squares out, evened out the colors and began sewing the 4" squares together. It's going to be a tedious process, but I can't wait to see Ilana's face on Christmas morning.