A friend of ours has asked us to house her Christmas horses for a couple days until she can find a more permanent place, till the big day. We have loved the company. This morning I found Andrew feeding our house guests puzzle pieces out of a stacking toy drew enjoys playing with. What a good host! --emily
Saturday evening we carved our pumpkins as a family. Jacob enjoyed this so much this year. He started out sitting on his stool. He worked his way up to sitting on the counter so he could see what he was doing. He had a much better angle from above anyway. He did a great job. His pumpkin looks awesome!
I wanted to get a cute picture of the boys sitting on the porch with their lit pumpkins, but Andrew was all done by this point. He is not usually the screaming meltdown kid, but there was no energy left even for a cute picture. I love the look on Jacob's face! --emily
This morning we went to our local pumpkin patch as a family. Kelly's dad is in town and we thought it would be fun to get outside and get some fresh air especially since it wasn't raining. The boys had a great time with Grandpa trompin' through the mud to find the perfect pumpkin.
What a beautiful place this is.
The patch we go to has free hay rides, a jumping hay pit for the kids, popcorn, hot chocolate, and a candy bucket. It is such a great place.
This is all my mom's fault. My parents house has outside stairs that lead to a deck that their front door is on. Every year my mom would buy enough pumpkins to put one on each stair and in little grouping in the nooks. So as you can see, I have that same bring-the-patch-home mentality. I can never buy just a few or one for each person. It is always a mini patch and I love it! We actually have more than is in this picture. We had a few stragglers in the kitchen still. --emily
I was talking with your mom the other day and she had mentioned that you enjoy checking out our blog. So Jake wanted to send a fun picture to reminded you of the crazy fun you two used to have. You should tell your dad to send you and your mom up for an adventure! See you some time soon! --emily
Today is Andrew's second birthday. His story began with a bit of a surprise. He was a planned baby, but he came into our world 5 weeks early. I was at our baby shower planned by my friend Amanda; she gathered a few friends to celebrate our second baby. We had a great time chitchatting, eating good food, and opening a few gifts. It was a fun afternoon with my girlfriends. On the way home from this relaxing event, my water broke and Andrew was on his way. I continued my drive home to meet up with Kelly and take Jake to my mom's house. A few hours later Andrew was born. He was 6 lbs 3 oz and 19 in. long--big for a pre-mature baby boy.
He was given a room in the intensive care unit and placed on a CPAP machine to help him breath. We lived in the intensive care unit for 14 long days while Drew's lungs developed fully. I was given a room in the hospital for a few extra days until they kicked me out because they "needed" the room. So we where back and forth from Overlake Hospital and my parents' house in Bellevue for a few days. At the time our house was in North Bend and that is a long drive for the wee hours of the night and morning. So we crashed at my parents' place for that time.
What a crazy experience. I feel so blessed we have a healthy boy and we survived that experience. As stressful as it all was, we had wonderful friends and family to help us through unexpected moments like this. Drew has such a kind and loving spirit. He has always been so mellow and loving. I am so glad that he is part of our family. Happy Birthday baby Drew!
This is the first time Jacob had met his little brother Andrew.
Not so little Drew enjoying his birthday meal and momma-made cupcakes.
Drew was showing me all his new gear. His shirt was a desaster after the meal so that came off and we didn't get a shirt back on 'till after the bath. Drew is showing you his new skater hat and mittens, along with his new VW bus. Jacob found this car in the Target dollar bins. I love that the favorite toy is from Jake who knows what his brother is into, and it was only a buck! --emily
Today our local library hosted: Caspar Babypants a kid band. The lead singer use to be in a band called the United States Of America. They were a big deal when I was in high school. They started this kid band for fun and boy did they have a great turn out. They had to open the garage door to the main Library and the place was packed. There where so many people it was awesome. The kids had a great time! The look on Jacob's face is so not wanting to be there, but he had a awesome time. He sat front row jamming with the band. The guy in the blue hat even complemented Jacob on his cool shirt. On the way home in the car Jacob even mentioned that he wanted to get the shakers out and play in a band. --emily