After last year’s “oops we’re too exhausted to live and it’s already Halloween and we completely forgot to carve our pumpkin…good thing Liam’s not old enough to notice and/or care” debacle we made sure to make time for pumpkin carving. Liam was *very* excited.
Tools at the ready!
And we have liftoff:
Liam’s expressions during the process were killer:
“Hey, Liam. How do you feel about pumpkin carving?”
Checking out the progress:
My sweet boy:
Getting to the guts of the matter:
Checking out Daddy’s handiwork:
Paige woke up from her nap and came in to check out the happenings:
“Hey, Liam. What’s that?”
“Well, Paigey — that’s a Jack-O-Lantern. Isn’t it great?!”
Liam was very excited to get it outside to its proper place:
Have I mentioned that Liam *loved* this Jack-O-Lantern?
“Hey, Liam — show me what that Jack-O-Lantern looks like.”
All lit up:
Liam had a fantastic time (and Matt was right there with him) and he’s already asking when Halloween will come around again. Also? If Christmas is tomorrow. And? If his birthday is next week.
A couple of weeks ago I took the camera with me to what was supposed to be one (of two) of Liam’s soccer “games” for the season. As it turned out, half of the other team had a stomach virus and the other half of the team was instructed to stay home as a precaution. So basically Liam had a cheering section for his practice. He loved it.
Liam gets warmed up:
And here’s where he became aware that I was taking pictures…
…and started milking it for all it was worth.
Kickin’ it with Daddy:
Paige takes Pop on a walk:
Liam shows me his stuff:
Paige shows me her stuff:
These days I find that I get the best pictures of Liam when he’s aware that I’ve just been taking pictures of Paige. Sometimes sibling jealousy works in my favor.
The official warm-up begins:
Paige finds this fascinating:
Paige & Pop:
Paige & Grammie:
“Which way should you shoot the ball?”
This is what a “scrimmage” of 3 year olds looks like (at least for the first 20 seconds or so until there is a total breakdown and people are running off the field or staring into space…):
A rare shot of Paige looking at the camera:
At this point she was still interested in what was happening on the field:
Liam has a tendency to play with the flag when he’s supposed to play the game:
(Note that the other children are largely chasing after the ball while my child is mugging hard for my camera)
“Go Team Bananas!”
Classic Liam move — running in one direction while looking in another:
Although the majority of these pictures may tell a different story, the fact that they were in the process of running in the wrong direction, off their field, and onto an adjacent one was not an infrequent occurrence…
This was the crown jewel of the running-in-the-wrong-direction-off-the-field shots as in this case Liam fully believed that he was scoring a goal. In the backside of the net. On another field.
At some point taking pictures of the scrimmage became harder and harder and I took advantage of the opportunity to snap some of Paige who was having an absolute ball. Pun intended.
It should be noted that she wasn’t walking independently at this point and yet her ball handling skills still surpassed those of half the children on the field:
I would attempt to take some pictures of his last “game” this Wednesday but without the additional cheering section to watch Paige I’m afraid it’s nearly impossible. That girl is on the move these days! Fingers crossed that it goes better than last week (at which time we were unaware that Liam was hours away from tossing his cookies and that his physical complaints probably weren’t solely an attempt to get out of playing the game). At this point I’ll settle for not having to make any trips to the porta potty with both kids in tow…
Several weeks ago we headed out to Berry Patch Farms to pick out our pumpkin. Last year I think Paige was around 6 weeks old when we went and I’m so glad that this year we were past the zombie phase of parenting. At least the initial, interminable, zombie phase…
Our camera died shortly after we arrived and the spare battery had been forgotten at home but luckily Gillian had her camera and we picked up where we left off.
Checking out the animals:
Paige is not amused. Something tells me I’m gonna see a lot more of this face in about 11 years or so…
Checking out the tractor with Aunt G:
Paige jumps in:
Could she be any more bershon?
Checking out the baby pumpkins:
Liam’s getting a lot better about making crazy faces when I ask for a smile, but we’re not quite there yet…
Off to find the big pumpkins:
Bumpy little guy:
Paige hasn’t learned how to run away from us yet so we can still get pictures like this…
Paige loved the stems…
…but neither kid loved the idea of sitting still and smiling at the camera. This is as close as we got (and this time it was Liam with the bershon).
I’m nothing if not determined…
Liam checks out the scarecrow:
Liam’s not so sure about this guy…
We tried to recreate our first family picture from last year…
Oh what a difference a year makes!
At this point it’s getting a little ridiculous to apologize for the tardiness of these posts…so I’ll just dive right in.
We celebrated Paige’s birthday with a family party the weekend after her birthday. I ended up catching some horrible virus (from her) the day before and Matt actually had to stay home from work because I was too sick to take care of the kids. We made it through the party and I collapsed in a heap. I’m not entirely sure I’ve recovered even 6 weeks later, but I digress…
We had a loose daisy theme (the theme was loose, the daisies weren’t) and the food matched up accordingly.
Daisy finger sandwiches:
Personalized Daisy Lollipops (also personalized Hershey Kisses, but Matt was in charge of the pictures because I was sick as a dog and he forgot to catch a shot of those):
Daisy smash cake (courtesy of Gran):
Daisy non-smash cake (also courtesy of Gran):
Daisy cupcakes (again, Gran):
More daisy lollipops:
Daisy cucumbers (because I am insane):
The birthday girl wakes up from her nap and gets into her party duds. [I was in the process of making her a daisy dress when I got sick so we improvised with this dress I’d already made. There was no diaper cover and I was bummed about not finishing the dress I’d planned (I did finish it eventually — another post for another day) but she was adorable, if I do say so myself.]
A little Mama Love for the birthday girl:
Gran takes a turn as Paige begins to fully wake up:
Paige works on her walking with Gran:
Making eyes at two of her fans:
Paige didn’t need anyone to tell her to go for the ribbon first…
Taking a break to hang out with some of her guests. And to see if she can snatch a camera. Allegedly.
Thwarted, she settles for a little walking with Pok:
Liam supervises the situation as Paige gets back to business:
She didn’t have to be shown how the present thing works more than once…
Checking out the goods:
“Look at that!”
Boy in a box.
(You don’t think she’s excited, do you…?)
“My, oh my!”
And there’s the inevitable tongue-of-concentration:
After some deliberation she decides the flowers must be removed before cake consumption may begin.
“Hey, Mama! Check me out!”
And here’s where I once again dissolve into a heap of inability to edit. Picture after picture after picture of Paige covered in cake…
Paige and Pop:
Grammie and Pop look on:
Aunt G checks out the damage:
Daddy gets ready for Operation Hose Down:
You know it was a good party when the guest of honor ends up in the tub at the end:
There have been so many more pictures taken between this and now but I make no promises as to how fast I can get them posted…