Monday, September 27, 2010

A Weekend with Friends

This past weekend some really good friends came to stay with us for a couple of days. It was such a sweet time of talking, watching our kids play together, and just being. We were all worn out from a busy week so it was good to just relax a bit together too.
Friends Visit
The kids had a ball together. On Friday evening after filling up on INDIAN food (excellent choice), we headed to the playground.
Friends Visit
WHOOSH! Pumpkin LOVES these spinny apparatuses at the playgrounds. She giggles and giggles.
Friends Visit
After the sweeties were all tucked into bed, we talked over tea, watched the season premiere of The Office and caught our friends up on the shenanigans of Joaquin Phoenix.
Friends Visit
On Saturday morning after delving into a plate of warm Cinnamon Oat pancakes we hit the town, family style. We took our friends to the Farmer's Market. This was also Daddy's first time EVER to go with us. The kids shared kettle corn. We oohed and ahhed over the tempting produce and talent. The weather was also finally perfect after a week full of HOT temperatures.
Friends Visit
Us mamas took the kids (minus Pumpkin) to a preview of the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" production that is coming to town. It was awesome! I desperately want to take Peanut to the full production. She got such a kick out of the preview.
Friends Visit
The Daddies got coffee and walked around campus for a while with Pumpkin in her stroller. This is what she looked like when we met back up at the library. I think she was worn out a bit.
Friends Visit
We headed to our favorite Mexican restaurant downtown for lunch and hit some fun shops after. It was such a fun time. I think my favorite thing is seeing our kids together. We've been friends since before we had kids, walked the paths of pregnancy together, and now to see these kids become friends is such an awesome thing. Peanut talks about these little friends often.
Friends Visit
They will be heading back overseas to continue their mission work after the holidays. We are hoping to be able to get another visit in before they leave as it will be two years before we see them again. Peanut will be 6 and Pumpkin 3! Wow!

"It takes a long time to grow an old friend." -John Leonard

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Going Home

Visiting Gigi
Last week the girls and I got to spend the week at Gigi's. We had so much fun but the week just went way too fast. Why does it do that? It could possibly have been from the remodeling project we did. We transformed Gigi's living room from a dark, paneled room to a bright, beautiful space. I definitely will share pictures with you but you're going to have to wait a couple of weeks. I completely forgot to snap a few pics before I left. Sorry about that! It will certainly be worth the wait though.
Visiting Gigi
We also got to see many friends and family which is always my favorite part. Gigi very willingly watched the girls 3 different times so I could meet up with friends. That meant so much to me. He didn't seem to mind spending time with Pumpkin and Peanut.

We also took in a couple of festivals while there. One of the festivals is my favorite one ever. I planned our trip up specifically so we could go to the fest. It is like stepping back in time watching Native American dancers, smelling campfires, watching settlers cook over the fires. It is such a cool thing. Peanut's favorite thing was watching the Aztec Indian dancers. They were amazing.
Visiting Gigi
Both girls enjoyed the famous rock candy. I think maybe Pumpkin enjoyed hers more than any other child that day.
Visiting Gigi
We enjoyed homemade potato chips, buffalo burgers, apple dumplings, and roast sweet corn. Peanut got to make a candle. We saw inside several teepees. It was a great day UNTIL the skies opened and the rains came, actually the downpour came. Thankfully Gigi threw in some ponchos and I had an umbrella. We crammed both girls in the stroller and took off through the storm. We were soaked to say the least but not as bad as those without ponchos and umbrella. Peanut kept yelling up at us, "Mom, I'm getting wet!" "Yes, Honey, I know!"
Visiting Gigi
The girls had so much fun just playing outside too. They enjoy the luxury of having a yard to go out to play in when we are at Gigi's. Oh, how I miss having a yard!
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Visiting Gigi
We also discovered that Pumpkin LOVES to eat corn on the cob and she is very good at it. It also keeps her occupied for a bit.
Visiting Gigi
We hated to have to say goodbye but on Monday we did just that and headed home. On the way home I was listening to a Sara Groves cd. The song "Going Home" came on and Peanut was listening. She heard the chorus:

"Of going home, I’ll meet you at the table
Going home, I’ll meet you in the air
And you are never too young to think about it
Oh, I cannot wait to be home."

She asked me what she was singing about so I explained that she was talking about going home to Heaven and how she was longing to see Jesus. Later the song came on again and she reminded me that the girl was singing about seeing Jesus and she started talking a bunch about Heaven. She asked if that is where Uncle Scotty (my brother) is and if she would get to see him someday. I explained that she would if she believed in Jesus and asked him to live in her heart. I told her he would be waiting to meet her and would be so excited to swing her in the air. She wondered why he was already in Heaven and I explained that he had been sick and Jesus was ready for him to come home. Then she said, "Like Mimi." We talked about how Uncle Scotty and Mimi were all better and healthy. Peanut got a HUGE smile on her face, her eyes filled with excitement and she screamed, "And Mimi will be able to swing me in the air too! Mom, I want to go to Heaven NOW!" By this point I was a crying mess, but I told her that is exactly how it should be. We should LONG with our whole being to be in Heaven with Jesus. That is how we were created to be. What a great conversation we had ending with that we don't know what Jesus looks like but He is more beautiful than anything we could ever imagine.

I am so thrilled by the questions she has and that she is thinking about things that are not of this earth. What a privilege and honor!

And that is all folks! We're off!
Visiting Gigi

Friday, September 10, 2010

Art Fest

Art Festival
Our community holds an art festival every Labor Day weekend. We decided to take it on Sunday after church. We started by eating at one of the Indian restaurants. The girls were super but that could be because we fed them umpteen bowls of mango pudding! Whatever works...whatever works.
Art Festival
The fire station near the fest was open for tours. Peanut was thrilled to get to sit in a fire truck.
Art Festival
Pumpkin took a nice nap in her stroller as we took in the incredible art that was for sale. There were paintings, sculptures, fabric arts, jewelery, photographs, many beautiful things. Peanut loved watch the glass blowing demonstration.
Art Festival
The fest always has a really cool art area for kids to make their own projects too. Peanut made a really neat tie-dye banner. She was pretty tired by this point but was a trooper and kept working on her project.
Art Festival
At the end of our fun afternoon we walked to a local coffee shop. Daddy and I got some iced coffee and Peanut and Pumpkin shared a bowl of gelato. It hit the spot (as you can see below) after our warm trip to the fest.
Art Festival
We had a fun afternoon together enjoying our great town. This is one of my favorite buildings this time of year. Aren't those window boxes amazing? That building is a pale shade of pink too so it really sets the flowers off. Beautiful!
Art Festival

Sunday, September 05, 2010

What We Did

Last week was hectic, trying to get into a new routine, but the girls and I kept busy. That's what we're good at. Peanut and I had fun doing "preschool" together a few afternoons during Pumpkin's naps. She had fun playing this Color Egg Carton game from my preschool teaching days. She knows her colors well so it was good review and a good boost of confidence for her.
Color Carton GameColor Carton Game
We babysat for a friend's son, met them at a park later in the week, and spent an evening at another friend's house for supper and backyard playing. (I really miss having a backyard! If you have one, don't take it for granted. Go play in it for us!) We also had fun just playing together at home. I scored a great deal at a garage sale a few weekends ago. I got a set of Wedgits which sell for $30 online for only $2.00!!! The girls love them and so do Daddy and I.
Wedgits
We also spent another day at the zoo. We were blessed with awesome weather, great fellowship, and amazing animals! My favorite moment of the day was when Peanut was standing by the glass at the walrus pool and the walrus smooshed himself into the window right at the level of Peanut's face. We have been joking all week about the walrus that kissed her. It was so cool!
Zoo

Zoo
And of course, we took in the Farmer's Market. Have I mentioned how much I love it there? It is my favorite thing to do here in town. This time we took in the belly dancers, raspberry scones and the local folk artist's who sing kid's music.
Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market
The best part was it was just like fall. We wore our sweatshirts and bought mini-pumpkins! Fall is coming and I am really anticipating it! I had a celebratory Pumpkin Spice Latte in honor of it's coming arrival too!