Sunday, October 17, 2010

Enjoying Fall

I haven't blogged in awhile, so I thought I would do one post (it's a long one) to show you what I've been up to. Our fall always starts with this little guy's birthday. He turned 2 on Sept. 30th. Happy Birthday Brayden!

He loves Bob the Builder so I made him this cake. I got the idea from my favorite cake website, . This was a pretty easy one to make.

The gifts consisted of a lawn mower, weed eater, tool set, and some guns. He is the third child, so he has to keep up with his big brother and sister. I would never have bought my first son a gun for his second birthday. Things change people!

Brayden is our most spirited child, and most strong willed, but he adds so much fun and joy to our family. He is really starting to talk and even say sentences like, "Bryce pushed me" and "I love you mommy". It is fun to hear his new words and little ideas. He really makes himself known in our family. He does have a case of the terrible two's already, but is also such a sweet kid, that he melts my heart daily. You are special Brayden and I love you very much! You will go far in life!

He loves his Grandma and Grandpa. He actually would rather be at their house than our's most days. He calls them "paw paw" and "ge ma". I am very thankful that they are in his life!

I did my first sprint triathlon Oct. 3rd. The race consisted of a 1/4 mile swim, 13 mile bike, and 3 mile run. I did it with a few of my favorite girls. Here is my sister and I before the swim.

She was my toughest trainer preparing for this!

My good friend and training partner, Amy talked me into doing the tri. I was not really a strong swimmer or biker before this. We meet early two mornings a week to run or bike. We have some great girl talk while we run. As you can imagine, it was COLD that morning on the beach! Finishing up the bike ride...Finishing the run....almost there!

Our families came out to support us which made it so much more fun. Our hubbys had to have the kids up and out the door by 6:30 to make it in time. Very impressive guys! It meant a lot that they were there. I look forward to doing another one. It was so much fun!
We have enjoyed some time outside using Brayden's new finger paints.

The other two love it just as much.

We've made a few trips to the pumpkin patch, but not as a family yet... I have discovered that white pumpkins are hard to find in the south and those are my favorite.

We have become friends with a horse that lives near us and have been bringing him snacks of apples and carrots. Brayden asks to feed him just about every day. Bryce stepped in an ant bed this day and had to lose his shoe.

Makenna took her first school field trip to the pumpkin patch. I actually learned a lot about growing pumpkins too. I might try planting some this summer and see what happens...
We just returned from a camping trip too. We had some good laughs around the fire and ate lots of smores, one of my favorite things about fall!

Played some games...

Drank lots of hot cider and hot chocolate...

Played on the rocks by the lake for hours...

And did some hiking through the woods... Lots of memories were made that I will never forget and hopefully the kid's won't either. Some highlights of our trip were:
*hubby having to "borrow" someone's canoe without asking to rescue a ball from the lake
*Brayden using his hiking stick as a horse and laying down during the hike, saying "horsey nap"
*Makenna holding my hand while we were hiking and saying, "I love camping"
*Laying on a big rock in the sun reading a book for a few hours while the older kids played together.
*sitting around the fire cooking hot dogs, warming our hands, and talking at night about granddaddy long legs and whatever else came to mind.
I have been doing some fall decorating too, although I kept it simple this year. I will share what I have been working on very soon.
Happy Fall to you!


Elise said...

Wow!! Busy, busy...Love all the highlights!! Seems like Brayden is coming into his own. I just got one of those green pumpkins from the fake "pumpkin patch" at the church by my house. Love it!! Can't wait to see your Fall decor.

Artfulife said...

So fun! You guys have been super busy. Happy Birthday to your little man. Congrats on the first tri. I'm hoping to shoot for one by this time next year. Hope you guys have a very happy week :)

Sean, Mandy, Mack and Levi said...

Love your updates and can hardly wait to see your fall decor!!! Love ya!!! So proud of you guys and the tri!!

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

Fun Fall so far... Happy 2nd birthday to your baby... and congrats on your race!

J.A.M (Jonathan, Anna, and Michelle Norton) said...

Brayden is such a cutie!! Your are amazing--triathalon, decorating, family. Don't know how you manage it all. Camping trip looks fun too :)