Friday, October 19, 2012

Pumpkin Picking

Last year we started a new family tradition. Going pumpkin picking at Jones Farm with our close friend Hillary and her four boys. Dylan, Jamie, Jack and Charlie. The boys all LOVE hanging out together, and Addie... well, she is just happy with all the attention she soaks in.

I didn't get a ton of good pictures, but I did get some!

The boys were all about the gourds and different color pumpkins.
Addie just wanted to be included. LOL
I LOVE this picture of Camden.
He is the only one who actually wanted to sit down and pose for pictures, and actually include a smile.

As you can tell, I got the best pictures of Camden. 

Ben wanted no part of pictures...

Addie just wanted to run around and play with all of them!

 I caught this one of her and just love the background.
Most of the pictures I snapped of Addison ended up being the back of her head. She was just too interested in everything going on to stop for pictures.

All the kids! 
As you can probably tell, Addie wasn't interested.
Poor Dylan didn't know what to make of her trying to wiggle away.

Hay ride!
I don't know HOW Jamie wasn't freezing his butt off!
Although I have seen him in December in SHORTS!

Addie decided she wanted to sit with Hillary on the hay ride.
Oh then she decided she wanted to get up and walk around because it wasn't exciting enough for her!

The couple pictures of the landscape that I took, all included that orb.
But NONE of the other pictures had it.
Someone special was with us all day.

This is the best picture I got of all the kids together.
Ben was mad.
Addison was distracted.
And poor Camden was just holding onto her arm for dear life making sure she didn't run away.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ben's Field Trip

This week Ben's school took two of their classes on a field trip to a local farm here in Shelton. Wells Hollow Farm. We go there all the time for their awesome ice cream shop (which is about to close up for the season).  Ben was confused why the ice cream shop wasn't open at 10 in the morning.  Haha!

I was one of the chaperones with Addison.

Each child got a yummy apple for snack when we first got to the farm.
(Which also is typically their snack time)

Ben has a new thing for sticking his tongue out in every picture I take.

Helping his teacher pick out the pumpkin for their classroom!

The two classes together.
Ben is in the first row on the right.
All the parents were lined up like paparazzi trying to get a good picture of them all sitting like this. It was hysterical!

After that we got to feed corn to the cows.
They loved it, and the kids were completely fearless.

Me and Ben on the hay ride.
He did amazing listening, staying seated and just sitting along for the ride.

I caught Addie in one picture.
Most of the trip she was on my back in the Ergo.
She was tired since it was typically her nap time.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Back To School Nights

In the past two weeks I have had the pleasure of going to the back to school nights for both of the boy's schools. Since they are no longer in the same school it was like a work out of meeting all new people in Camden's school, but it was really neat since he is such a "big kid" now.

I had the pleasure of meeting all the teachers he will see over the school year, with the art teacher totally being my favorite. He seems so into everything the kids will be doing this year. It was really touching!

I love Camden's kindergarten teacher, but then again I have had the pleasure of knowing her for a little over a year since we both worked on a friend's Mayoral campaign last year. I was pleased to learn she would be his teacher. Overall I love his school and the community. I am excited to be joining the PTO as well.

Above is Camden's teacher in the right hand corner. Then the self portrait on the left top. 

Then last night was Ben's turn. There have been a lot of changes at the Pre-School this year as well. Since Ben is just in the Pre-School 3 room (and won't move into the room Camden was in till next year when he is 4.) I got the chance to meet one-on-one with his new teacher Miss Jean. 

They have a lot of neat projects they will be working on for this year, including making cards for children in the local children's hospital for the holidays. Those are the projects I really like to see because I think they are most important at such a young age. 

We will also be going on our first field trip on Tuesday morning, which I will be chaperoning again this year (I went last year with Camden's class on the same trip) with Addison.

These great pictures were all around the classroom. I really love that this year the teacher is taking time to decorate the room with lots of pictures of the kids in the class. Although she did tell me how hard it is to get a picture of Ben. Something we have also been working on at home recently!

Oh and in other Ben news, we are ready for underwear! 

I can't wait for Halloween either!  We were going to do a theme for all of the children. Camden picked out Spider man for a costume this year, Ben decided on Iron Man because they are both learning a new love for super heroes. We were looking for a Wonder Woman costume for Addie, but all we came across were too big, and I wasn't about to spend $60 on Etsy for one.

So by default she is going to be Cinderella. She is IN LOVE with Cinderella since we bought the diamond edition of the DVD last week. She goes to bed with it EVERY night.  Disney store had 40% off the costumes online, and free shipping so that was a go!

I can't wait to post pictures!