Saturday, November 10, 2018

Henry, eight.

My sweet Henry- how on EARTH are you eight years old? The older you get the faster the days fly by, it seems. In the last few months you and I have been watching a lot of old "Amazing Race" episodes, so it was no big surprise when I got a resounding YES when I asked what you thought about that being the theme for your birthday party. We sent out invites to your favorite pals and then I got busy planning clues, detours and roadblocks!

The threat of rain hovered over us all week for the day of your party, but in the end it was clear and nearly 70 degrees (phew!). Just a perfect day for a birthday party! Once everyone arrived and got settled we went over the general concept of the Amazing Race, drew names for parters, got you guys to the starting line and then the racing chaos began.

Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;

Jack and Ava were the proud winners of the Amazing Race grand prize and each got a $10 gift card to Target! The race seemed like it was over SO fast (because you guys were racing maniacs!) but was so much fun! Afterwards we all ate pizza and guacamole and followed it up with some singing & chocolate birthday cake in the driveway.

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As is the yearly tradition, I presented you with a list of questions to answer. Minimal changes this year and still some questionable spelling, ha.

-What is your favorite color? Red
-What is your favorite toy? Legos
-What is your favorite animal? cat
-What is your favorite breakfast? muffen
-What is your favorite dinner? suiche
-What is your favorite holiday? beach
-What is your favorite place to visit? ohioh
-What do you want to be when you grow up? ???
-What are you best at? Bilding legos
-Who is your best friend? Jack

Henry, as always you continue to amaze us. You're still as lego crazy as ever. You're doing SO well on the piano these days- Mrs. Judy is so proud (as are we!). You were absolutely amazing during Fall baseball. During the last game you got so many outs playing first base and hit a home run! You and Charlie definitely bicker more than last year, but for the most part you are such an awesome big brother. You're as big of a bookworm as last year. You always have your nose stuck in a Captain Underpants or Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. With that said, you still love to be read to, especially if it's Daddy reading Harry Potter. You're doing so well at homeschooling (most days) and are loving your two days a week at Montessori. You've learned to play chess there (although some of your rules are a little sketchy) and were so excited when you got a chess set for your birthday. You regularly try to take me down in a game! Don't worry though, I'll still get you in MarioKart.

We are so so proud to be your parents, buddy. Now stop growing up so fast. We love you!

Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;

Friday, November 2, 2018

October hustle.

I don't think there's a month of the year that seems busier than October. One minute it has suddenly arrived, and it's always full to the brim of activities- parties, Halloween prep and a plethora of other things. The next minute it's slipped away and you're staring November right in it's chilly wet face. Here in Tennessee we get about two weeks of what I'd consider to be true "Fall" weather, with temps in the 70s. You're not sweating but you don't quite yet need a coat either. That's the kind of Fall weather we love, and knowing how short lived it usually is we tend to take full advantage of it!

One thing always on our October agenda is a trip down the road to Lucky Ladd Farms. This is honestly such a wonderful place to spend a day, with acres of things to entertain kids (and adults!). This was Charlie's second or maybe even third trip, but the first one that really got her attention. We went with our favorite neighbors (and friends), the Reeses, and what a really great day it was.

Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;

Will surprised Henry and me with another seriously fun day in Nashville. He asked me to arrange a sitter for Charlie but would not tell us where we were off to. Henry and were both so excited when we pulled up to Nashville Adventure Park! Henry was absolutely amazing, he caught on so quickly and was flying through the obstacle courses. What a fun couple of hours in the treetops (and a great workout too!). We can't wait to go back!

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The zoo has also been a frequent destination. One of the huge benefits of homeschooling is that if we happen to look at the forecast and the weather is going to be perfect- field trip! Even better when we can spend the day there with our best friends!

Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;

Not all of October has been spent outside. We spent our usual amount of time being entertained by a certain toddler, and also managed to squeeze in some wonderful time with Gaga and Pappy.

Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: October &emdash;

As with all things in life, the good sometimes comes with some bad. At the end of September we had to say goodbye to our friend Preston. At 14, he had certainly lived a long and happy life but it was still so hard to see him go. We planted a dogwood tree with Preston in the backyard so we will always be reminded. I told Will I hope the tree comes in a bit scruffy so that it will be authentically Preston.

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A couple of weeks ago we had Henry's party to celebrate him turning EIGHT (!!) so more on that soon! Happy Fall!