Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Halloween 2020

 Iggety, ziggety, zaggety, ZOOM! 

It was a Room on the Broom Halloween for us! The day was fun-filled (and sugar-filled!) and stretched late into the night. We started the day with a Trick or Treat downtown. 

A cat, a witch and a dog. In the Room on a Broom story, the witch loses her hat, wand and bow. She's helped out by a cat, dog, frog and bird. She gives them all a ride on her broom and they, in turn, save her from a horrible dragon. It's such a cute story. 

After a few stores, Duncan decided he'd rather nap in the stroller. 

Caroline was so excited to run into her friend Lizzie. They even have matching coats!

After finishing up downtown, we stopped by our old neighbors' house to show them the costumes. Don gave the children all of their Halloween candy! We took a siesta in the afternoon and then headed out about 5 p.m. to trick or treat around our neighborhood. Most of our neighbors were still without power from Thursday's hurricane. Fortunately, ours never went out!

Afterwards we went to some friends' house for a party. They were all decked with some pretty spooky decorations. Caroline looked at this huge, scary pumpkin thing and declared, "that's not scary." I thought it was pretty spooky!

Monday, October 26, 2020

Teepee Camping in Bryson City

We camped for the first time with children this past weekend in Bryson City, North Carolina. It was so much fun! We left Thursday evening after Ryan's allergy boards (hurray for being DONE with all boards!) and got to the campsite about 9:30 p.m. The children all were asleep when we got there but woke up and were so excited to explore our teepee at Grumpy Bear Campground. It was really roomy. We set up two twin air mattresses, a double air mattress and a pack 'n play and still had room to move around. Addie had a lot of trouble getting back to sleep once we all got settled. But that was our only major hiccup of the weekend. She slept great the second night!

Friday morning we made the short drive into Bryson City and road the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. It was a four-hour tour through the Smoky Mountains on a steam engine train. We sat in one of the open air cars and took a picnic lunch. Ryan and I laughed that Addie is such the third child. She only ate the Oreos out of her lunchable. I would have never fed Caroline and Duncan and lunchable (much less an Oreo) at 15 months. 

The train made a one-hour stop in the Nanatahala River Gorge. Caroline was playing close to the water and, despite many warnings, got too close and fell in! We looked over and she was clinging to a rock completely soaked! Ryan quickly fished her out and she put on Ryan's vest and Duncan's extra underwear for the ride back. 

After our train ride we headed back to the campsite. Ryan showed Caroline and Duncan how to fish. They caught a bunch of leaves and sticks! We cooked smoked sausage, steaks, hot dogs and corn on the cob on the grill for supper. And then had s'mores. 

We were all asleep by 8:30! And up before the sun on Saturday morning. These three love Poptarts!

We walked around Bryson City Saturday morning and got me and Ryan some good hot coffee. Then we headed to Cherokee for the Oconaluftee Indian Village that showed how people in the area lived in 1790. Ryan and I enjoyed it more than the children! Then it was lunch at a deli and home sweet home. My bed has never felt so good!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Addie at 15 Months

 Addie at 15 months is such a joy! She says "mama" "dada" "nooo" and "uh-oh." She got a new tooth this month bringing the total to nine. She still prefers a bottle to sippy cup and I'm not in a rush to drop the bottle. She's successfully dropped the morning nap and now usually snoozes from around 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. But she is also incredibly flexible and if we have something going on can nap earlier or later. Caroline and Duncan were not that way at all! She's not all that interested in food but loves pasta, cheese and chocolate. Strawberries and grapes are her favorite fruits. She is definitely my child.


I've so enjoyed having one-on-one time with her while the bigger two are at school in the mornings. When Caroline was 15 months old Duncan was eight months old so I've not experienced this age with just one child. She's so easy! She plays well and just follows me around the house while I get stuff done. She doesn't ask to watch her shows so I've enjoyed watching the Today Show again!