October 3, 2012

October FOUR

October FOUR 2012

I wanted trees. Now we have leaves... lots and lots of tiny leaves.

In our backyard at any given moment you'll see a chipmunk or two, sometimes begging with his white belly sticking out by our back French doors. They are finicky little fellows, leaving the unsalted peanuts for the giant squirrels and a humongous blue jay. They much prefer the trail mix I get from Target, especially the almonds and cashews. Gray said when we move he's going to leave a trail so they follow us to our new home. I'm already envisioning myself coming back here to feed them.


Noah is the first one up every morning, around six, and I crumple out of bed a little after to hang out with him before he gets on the bus. It's dark dark out and I open the blinds and put away dishes and sweep. After he leaves I'll get out my laptop and wait for the others to wake and get breakfast. Carter gets on the bus an hour and a half  later - he'll say goodbye and Ivy will yell "Kiss!" and he'll run to find her and smooch her on the cheek and then dash out as the bus drives down our road. Every morning.

Gray heads out fifteen minutes after that (and after we tussle about wearing socksshoesjacketsnackwhere'syourbackpack?) and I watch him through the window and he waves and I wave and then he piddles around and then waves and I wave back, again and again. Then I throw some nuts on the deck and visit with my little friends as they stuff their chubby faces. They are much too fast for my camera, so far.

I'll tell Ivy to put on some pants and today she declared that she didn't want to wear pants. "I just want to wear legs." We run errands and snuggle a lot, and lately she will even pretend to be back in my belly, under a blanket on my lap and everything. Or she'll beg me to have another baby, and I'll tell her I'm sorry but that's not going to happen. I still feel like we missed our window to give her a baby sister or brother to play with, but then I just think about something else...

This week I've been knitting and watching all the Listen To Your Mother shows or a movie or I take my chair outside while Ivy digs or climbs trees or puts water in little bowls to feed the acorns and fills cups with dandelions.

When everyone gets home I hear a lot of... "Mom where is... (something they want to play with but didn't make it in the move- a castle, car, board game)" and I'll say "Get a box from the basement. Make a new one!" They don't ask as much anymore. Then I send them outside.

Gray has the most homework, and he reads aloud while I make dinner or knit. After that we kind of just chill and straighten up from the day, and sign all the school papers and fliers and fundraisers and sign ups from three different schools, and get ready for tomorrow. I start my day because of them, and it finally comes to a slow and sleepy stop because of them.


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October, here we are.

I used to take photos of my kids on the first of every month, now it's on the fourth. Four for four. (Here's October 2010 & 2011.) You can see all past monthly photos here.   

23 comments:

  1. I am glad I am not the only one who "crumples" out of bed:)

    Bless you in these days, Steph!

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  2. LOVE this! And so glad you have trees and pets!

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  3. I love Ivy's dress. Lily likes to sleep "in her tummy." All of my kids went through that phase where they said in their body part when they meant no clothes. It makes me smile.

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  4. I love your days. And you can tell Ivy that I prefer to just wear legs, too.

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  5. Love her cute knees.. and the dress is adorable (from who.where??)!
    Last shot is awesome there! ;o)
    mel
    needle and nest design

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  6. If you want to watch the little critters and their eating habits, just put some sunflowers seeds in the shell on your deck. And then just sit and be entertained. They will sit and shell them and then stuff their cheeks. It's so cute. We used to do this on the deck at the lake and I could watch them for hours. But they are a rodent according to some and so we had to quit. :(
    Hugs from Minnesota
    Marie
    p.s. it's snowing here today Yeaaaa!! NOT!

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  7. Our days are similar. There's something to be said for knowing that other mothers all over are having similar days. :)

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  8. I just want to wear legs...hey me too! Love her. xo

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  9. How fabulous to hear your voice here at least. So precious, the children eh? Thanks for reminding me to CUDDLE with the BIG ONE. My focus this week has been to PLAY with my kids. It takes intent, isn't that sad?

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  10. I love it! Sounds like your days are fabulous. Those photos are so gorgeous, too!

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  11. I'm so happy you're so happy, Stephanie!

    Janelle

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  12. Beautiful, beautiful. As always!

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  13. My own four-year-old son loves to stick his head under my shirt to be my baby. It's sort of sweet - except when we're out in public and he manages to reveal too much skin. I laugh sometimes because I thought all this would be over when he stopped nursing, but not so much. It may even be worse, in fact.

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  14. i love your new header. =)

    glad you're all having good days there. glad you're making it back here soon--if only for a bit!

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  15. i love this. i love that you just send them outside. i'm still not really able to do that...living in los angeles has its own set of rules, i think. rules where children running free and unattended makes my heart all crumply.
    (although i had secretly hoped you were moving here!)

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  16. They are all so stinkin' cute! Sounds like you are one busy mom.

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  17. Best pic ever is that last one.

    I love the routines you wrote about.:)

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  18. They are so cute!

    Misha Lulu

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  19. This is my favorite post every month! Love that you're still keeping it up.

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  20. Sounds like a perfect day over and over!

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  21. Jealous! There won't be any falling leaves here. Just heat! Beautiful pictures btw!

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  22. I LOVE this story! How sweet that he kisses his little sister every morning! Love love love.

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