What a week (or 2… or 3)!

I’m super frustrated because I’ve actually been wanting to update the blog but our internet has been super shady and every time I go to upload some new pics it quits in the middle. Well, it’s working for now so we’ll see how far I get here….

Here are some pics from the Pumpkin Patch last week (er, a few weeks ago?). We had a BLAST with Jackson’s cousins Liz and Mimi.

Here’s J in the Corn Pool. Seth: “I bet this was a much better idea when corn was $3/bushel!” Ha! Ah, farm humor.

And here’s a flying squirrel, er, Liz:

And here’s the 3 kiddos at the end of the day. Right before Liz & Mimi broke in to full Gangman Style. Seriously- they got the moves!

Now here’s the finished Army Guys meet organizational jars:

I channeled my 3rd grade self and divided crayons into their respectable color families and put them in jars together. It’s too bad that J still prefers to eat crayons rather than actually color with them.

Here’s Jackson and Paul after family photos- Jackson was especially spit-firey so we are extremely impressed that Paul was able to capture so many amazing shots! I’ll be back another day with some of those sneak-peeks, but they are absolutely on par with the rest of Paul’s work. He’s awesome. Have I mentioned that we really really like Paul?? (www.paultaylorphoto.com) (Also- my apologies for the awful pic, it was on Seth’s cell phone and zoomed way out)

We had to reschedule these picture about 6 times because every time we had it planned it rained! What the heck! We just had the driest summer in the history of the world (<– not a researched fact) but as soon as I want family photos it rains. Awesome. So anyway, then we finally land on the 30th and OF COURSE the day before J falls at daycare and puts his teeth through his top lip. Whatever. It's inevitable, right? Someone is going to either have some kind of awesome-looking face injury or spill red Gatorade on the way to the studio…

So that was Tuesday. We came straight home and changed J out of his fancy pants into his costume to greet the trick-or-treators. He. Loved. It. Loved seeing the kids come to the door, loved chasing his dino tail, just had a great night over all. Here he is with Seth. I was happy he let me get some shots as he had just spent an hour being chased with a camera, but he was a trooper! This costume is so cute- I found the hoodie at Old Navy and my mom made a tail and some extra dino-spikes that we pinned to the back of the hoodie. Thanks mom!

And then. Everything good was forgotten. We had to get little sleeping J up around 5:15AM on Wednesday to head to Ames and get tubes. It was a quick procedure and the staff at Mary Greeley was phenomenal as always. The worst part was that as he came off the meds and was confused and scared. He didn’t recognize us so we couldn’t comfort him at all. He just cried and cried and cried. Finally they told us we could just head home (probably in hopes that the rest of the OR recovering patients wouldn’t be so scared). Seth ran ahead to get the car and I carried an inconsolable 15 month old out of the hospital, getting all sorts of stares as we left. It was so sad, I’ve never seen him this upset. When we got in the car he gave me the BEST eye daggers the entire way home- I had to get a pic (again, on a cell phone- obviously not an iPhone!):

When we got home, I got some good snuggles while he ate a few packets and watched Sesame Street. Then he took a 4 hour (FOUR HOURS! He has never slept that long!!) nap and woke up ready to play! It’s amazing how quickly they bounce back.

And now, for the creme de la creme…. THIS beaut came in the mail today! Holy cow, I’m so friggin’ excited. I haven’t even cracked it yet, I’m so excited. I imagine doves and confetti and champagne are going to burst out of it when I do finally open it.

My plan was to take an entire day off and go get a pedi while reading it, but I don’t know if I can wait. We’ll see… Jamie and I are supposed to get pedis Wednesday but her copy came today too so I doubt either of us can really wait. For those who do not know the excitement that is Young House Love (shame on you!), it’s a DIY/life blog written by John & Sherry Petersik. My cousin Kari turned me on to them a few years ago while I was planning my wedding. They had just done an outdoor totally DIY wedding and had some awesome ideas. I stole their picture line idea here (we had shepherd’s hooks strung with rope and these pics that lined the path to the ceremony) (photo via the amazing Paul Taylor!):

Anyway- so I started following this blog and shouting on the rooftops for everyone else to read it too. They have some awesome ideas and are generally really great people (and sometimes I feel creepily close to them considering we’ve never met and they don’t know who I am but I talk about them sometimes like we are BFF). The blog is here- http://www.younghouselove.com. They used to be called “This Young House” which is even awesomer as we grew up idolizing Bob Vila via our father, so it’s a nice homage to those days, but younger and fresher and a bit more relatable.

OK, well that’s all for today- we are off to dinner with Seth’s cousins! Hopefully our interwebs will cooperate a little better in the following weeks so I don’t have to triple time it and overwhelm with all the exciting happenings in one blog. It’s too much to handle, I know.


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