Wednesday, September 18, 2013

September happenings.

Our warm summer days are starting to trickle away here, I'm afraid. Some mornings you step outside and catch a hint of crispness in the air. Soon we'll be shopping for Halloween costumes and with any luck we'll see the beginning of our new house taking shape! After three long months of waiting for soil testing and land platting to be finished, we finally closed on our land! This pretty much illustrates our feelings on the subject.

While I'm pretty sure Fall has some amazing things in store for us the end of summer always causes just a little pout to cross my Brit's lips. He annually mourns the time of year when he has to tuck away his shorts and pull out long sleeves. He's a summer boy at heart. Emphasis on the "boy at heart" bit. How could I not love this man?

For the record, he did let the younger boy have a turn next.

Knowing that our warm days are numbered really entices us to try to squeeze out the last of summer's goodness. Henry's favorite is when his two constantly-talked-about cousins are involved in our outdoor shenanigans. Especially when he's able sucker cousin #1 into giving him a lift to the park.

Our agenda of late has also been filled with things like impromptu park picnics-

and girl chasing- (really, Henry)

We also snagged a pair of cool new school shoes for little feet. I really can't think of anything much cuter than a little guy in Converse. Especially while he eats what he refers to "an ice cream snow cone".

Even though we have spent a big part of our free time outdoors there have been some days at home. Unfortunately for my two boys, a couple of them were sick days. Lots of resting and therapeutic movie watching were had by all. This one is especially pitiful when he's sick.

We've also been doing a little makeshift tent building.

And topped it off with a little late night movie watching with friends. Henry didn't watch a lot of the movie, however. Apparently Aladdin borderlines on terrifying to a three year old. But they were cute while it lasted.

Last year I bought Henry a little wooden train set for $10 at Ikea. He played with it only a little bit. Until recently. Now you can't walk through the house without having to step over an ultra long train track set up by the resident train constructor. I'm pretty sure a lot of little guys go through this phase and it's pretty darn cute to watch. So cute that we poked around on Craigslist and found a great deal on a train table. I think is going to keep a position on the favorite toy list for a while.

Henry also had another train surprise recently. Will got online and bought tickets and on the appointed Sunday we got up, had breakfast and headed out. Henry only knew that we were going on a "special trip". He couldn't believe his eyes when we finally arrived and he got to ride on, what is in his opinion, the most amazing train ever in existence.

Will and I both agree that we love watching Henry as a (nearly) three year old. He is so curious and so amazed by things we overlook on a regular basis. You really never know what might come out of his mouth. Some recent Henry'isms:

-"You're making me nervous!" (as I'm driving him to school). Really? I asked "What does nervous mean, Henry?", to which he replied "I not don't know."

-"Oh Golly Gosh!". He says he learned this from his (adorable) friend Jonathan at school. It makes me laugh every time.

-"You're curiousing me out!". We've deducted that curiousing=stressing. So we make him nervous and stress him out. Poor kid.

-When he's ready to start something or go somewhere he'll sometimes pop out with "Let's Rock and Roll!".

-All too often lately he's been lodging this complaint with household management- "No fair!". It's a hard life to be 3 in this house, apparently.

-This one is the best. Lately Henry will say, out of the blue, "You know what Mommy/Daddy. I wuv you." Heart. Melting. He's such a loving little guy (when we aren't stressing him out and making him nervous).

Thanks for looking in to see what we've been up to. Hopefully we'll have house news to post soon!!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Summarizing summer.

This year Henry has developed a clear list of his favorite summertime activities. He is in school three days of every week, but that still leaves plenty of time to meander among his favorite places and with his favorite people.

Wagner Berry Farm has to rank at least in the top three of his favorite places. And Miss Martha's homemade strawberry popsicles just make the excursion a little bit sweeter. You know it's good when it's elbow-dripping-good.

And we always love it when this handsome guy gets to join us on outings. Making faces at your wife- really!

Usually when we go to the farmer's market we visit the one most local to us in Thompson's Station. But last week we branched out for some reason and made a trip to the Nashville Farmer's Market. I felt very safe on the drive there thanks to the hero in the back seat. And we bought so many peaches even Peter Parker couldn't carry them to the car.

We've discovered a new playground about a mile from our house, just at the end of the walking trail. Henry was so happy about going the other day he even cooperated for a photo or two on the way there. Rarity!

The new playground contains something that leaves nearly-3-year-old Henry powerless to resist. He just can't walk by one without stopping.

But alas, Henry isn't the only one who gets to take little field trips in this house. Brunch with one of my favorite friends and a trip to the Southern Living Idea Home was a great way to spend a Sunday last weekend!

The heat of some of August's days has kept us inside at times. The sweet temptation of air conditioning was just too much to resist. But we kept busy.

(He loves all his babies so much.)

Today we went to Target and they were putting out Halloween candy, signaling to us that summer is officially winding down. It hard to believe that soon we'll be picking out a Halloween costume! The days truly do fly by!