Last Saturday morning was probably the coldest morning we have had so far this fall. It was also the morning of the OMES Color Me Run. Isabel wanted nothing to do with this run but Will had talked about it for weeks. Josh volunteered to run with him (not realizing it would be 35 degrees and that we forgot most of his long sleeved winter stuff back in Hendersonville). It was a cold but quick 1 mile run and they both had a lot of fun.
Will and his daddy ready to run
Will's teacher, Mrs. Slovensky, was there to run too
Lots of color at the beginning of the run
Mid-run getting color
still running....those shirts aren't white anymore!
We had a great Halloween this year! It was a little cold and windy but nothing too terrible so we enjoyed being outside. We met Matt, Lauren and their 3 girls at Nana's house to do some trick-or-treating. The cousins had a lot of fun being together as always. Isabel LOVES being the oldest cousin and "taking care" of the younger ones and Will handles being the only boy really well!
Leonardo is the coolest!
I love these two!
Isabel spent most of the night holding their hands and she loved it!
"Trick or Treat!"
He's so tough!
He's all boy but so sweet too!
Isabel and Addy saying "cheese"
Why does this beautiful girl look like a teenager in this picture?
Gotta sort that candy!
I think Isabel loved passing out candy almost as much as getting her own.
"Can I just eat one more piece?"
Poor Will always has to take out all of the peanut candy. We've been to the allergist recently and his numbers are low so we will do a food challenge soon. Maybe next year he can eat this candy too!
Halloween started a little early this year because our church did a Trunk or Treat for the children and preschoolers. The students (and their parents) decorated most of the trunks and organized the games. They did a great job and the kids had a great time. We are slowly getting to know this new group of teenagers and are constantly impressed by them and our new church. As frustrated as we are that our house has not sold, I am so thankful that God brought us to Birmingham and to Valleydale Church.
Leonardo and the honey bee are ready to go!
sweet honey bee (who has a wand because at one point she was a honey bee fairy but then that changed but she kept the wand....or something like that)
Apparently this is the official teenage mutant ninja turtle pose
Preschool (kindergarten is still included in preschool) went trick-or-treating first and then the 1st-5th grades came out after so I got to go with each kid separately. It was so fun!
Will loved the superhero trunk!
Will and his buddy, Logan
Of course he had to get his picture taken at the TMNT trunk!
Isabel loved the 50s car because they gave her a lot of bubble gum!
Well we didn't actually go to the Boo at the Zoo nightime event but we did go to the zoo last weekend and still got to see a lot of the things they had set up for Boo at the Zoo as well as the animals. It was a perfect day to spend hours outside. We met some new friends there and all had a great day!
Aaaahhhhhhh the monster's got us!!!
Posing with their maps in their laps!
Josh loves the animals he can touch the most!
Will and his friend, Yates, brushing the goat's hair
Isabel has read a lot of the fairy books recently and she is loving tinker bell these days!
We ended up with a ton of pumpkins this year so of course the kids (ok Josh) felt like we needed to carve each one. There was never enough time to sit and carve all at once so we ended up carving them at different times. Apparently we are way too busy these days. As usual, Isabel and Will spent more time playing with the seeds while Josh actually cleaned out the pumpkin and then carved them and I took pictures and supervised!
Will actually helped clean out the pumpkin a little this year
This is the face Isabel made every time she got a little of the "pumpkin slime" on her. She must have washed her hand off a million times!
Time to carve another (aka play with the seeds)
she's crazy and no one believes those seeds will ever get near her mouth! :)
the only completed pumpkin I took a picture of,,,oops sorry Josh!
Playing with chalk while daddy works hard carving the pumpkin
Last Saturday the kids' school had their Fall Fun Fest. Isabel and Will had been counting down the days until this event for weeks!! Isabel was mainly excited about the fact that her cheer leading squad was going to get to perform. Will saw a picture of a dunking booth on the advertisement a month in advance and thought it was the greatest thing ever. He talked about it constantly and could not wait to try it out. Have I told you lately how completely opposite my children are most of the time?
We couldn't have asked for better weather for the festival. It was the perfect day with SO MANY things for the kids to play, make and enjoy...
Unfortunately my camera decided to stop working right as Isabel and her team did their cheers. I was so sad but she did an amazing job!!
Isabel and her sweet friend, Katie, who is also in her class at school.
I was so thankful as I watched both Isabel and Will run around and play with their school friends. It seemed like there was always some kid running up to them calling their name. They have both handled the move so well and have already made some great friends. God is good!
We LOVE Mrs. Smith, Isabel's teacher and cheer leading coach
Love this little man (who insisted on wearing his OMES shirt!)
Love my sweet cheer leading girl
Will found one huge inflatable with different types of sport activities on each side. He could have played at this one thing all day and would have been completely happy! At this batting one, he hit the ball into the smallest hole in the inflatable. I think he loved that the high school kids helping out were impressed.
Of course he had to play basketball for a while too. As I was warning him that the goals seemed really high and he may not be able to make a basket, the ball went in. What do I know?
quick family photo
After talking about the dunking booth for weeks, Will finally got his chance. He dunked the guy with the first ball he threw!! It was hilarious because Will immediately looked at us with a look of excitement, shock and a little bit of worry that he did something wrong by making the guy fall in the water.
just a little bit excited!
Isabel almost dunked the guy too! I think she hit the right spot but just not quite hard enough
The Fall Fun Fest had tons of craft stations set up, cake walks, balloon animals, tons of inflatables, a hay ride, tons of games, Chick-fil-A and so much more. It was pretty impressive and the kids loved every bit of it. I'm so thankful for this school and for fun family days!