While Matthew was happily doing his homework...
...and James was making his Christmas list...
Jacob plopped in the corner, leaned back and enjoyed a nice marshmallow.


I didn't realize it had been a month since I posted last. Oops.
Tonight we hung up ornaments and the kids loved it. I couldn't decide what pictures to post, so I put them all up.
This is James' "irresistible" smile. Or so he thinks. I don't have the heart to tell him it's more of a teeth bearing grimace. Hmmm... maybe it's working.
Here it is again. Look at that cute picture crasher back there.
Can you tell we had spaghetti and meatballs for dinner? Apparently I don't wipe my kids' faces off or put on bibs.
This is the face Jacob makes when you tell him to say, "cheese."
I love this season! I can't wait for the next 25 days. Except I'm always sad when Christmas arrives because that means it's all over. So I better enjoy it while it lasts!


We had such a busy Halloween weekend! James' preschool had a Halloween/costume party. James wanted to be a mummy and wanted his face painted. At first, he loved it.
See those goats behind Jacob? He couldn't stay away from them. Even when they were butting heads and fighting, he was trying to play with them. We're lucky he didn't leave the party brain damaged.
The preschoolers made a pinata and it was James' favorite part of the party.
Matthew's class also had a party, that was luckily right after James'. Parents and siblings were also invited.
Jacob found this rocking chair and thought he was in heaven. Or king of the class. He could have sat in the chair the whole party and been happy.
Friday night our ward had a trunk-or-treat, but I don't have any pictures from that night. Tim was a hot pocket. James was still a mummy but did NOT want his face painted.
Saturday night we went to Greenway's trunk-or-treat. James was dressed up as a mummy in the beginning but changed his mind just before the trick-or-treating started.
Getting a picture of these three boys lately is ridiculously hard. Especially since Jacob has started walking. Quite independent and too much to do.
We decided to let the boys go out Sunday. They loved it and we met lots of new people in our neighborhood. Oh, and James decided to be Spiderman, sans mask.
I love the story the next four pictures tell.
I only wish I had one of the tackle. Nobody was hurt.
Matthew showing me his awesome ninja moves. Mr. Miyagi would be so proud.


We celebrated Fall and the arrival of cooler weather by visiting our local pumpkin patch. Meaning the local farm that ships in hundreds of pumpkins and then charges at least 4 times more than you would pay in a store. It's fun nonetheless.
We checked out the corn maze.
Matthew loved being our leader. He decided each twist and turn we would make. James was the reliable sidekick that would reiterate whatever his big brother said.
Jacob loved the pumpkins. He sat down on one and bounced up and down. I think he thought it was a big bouncy ball. Cute boy.
We always let our boys pick out a little pumpkin and then we buy the big ones from the store.
Jacob picked out his own props for the picture.
We headed over to the pig races. Pigs are smelly. Really smelly. But also very cute, in a disgusting, stinky barnyard animal way.
We enjoyed a chili dinner afterwards. Jacob couldn't get enough of the cornbread or apple pie. However, only the chili left any evidence. Look at those big blue eyes!
There was a band that set up to play and as soon as they started, Jacob was mesmerized. He wanted to join the band. I also think that he thought walking in circles was dancing.
The guy on the keyboard was in our Greenway ward. Woohoo, Bro. Curtis!
I have no idea who this kid was, but these two were breakin' down.
We got home with very sleepy, very dusty, and very cute kids. Success.