Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Otherwise it's just life as normal around here.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sweet Sixteen

Sidhe is now 16 years old. Holy Smokes people, SIXTEEN. As in years old. And man alive is she even more amazing than ever. I try not to talk about the teens too much because they have their own stuff now, ya know? And a right to privacy and I don't want to embarrass them, but I just want to say that this young lady is really special, so smart and talented and just down right gifted. We love her so much and are so proud of all she has accomplished and can't wait to see what she comes up with next. Happy Birthday Sidhe, I hope you have a great year being sixteen!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Our Ever Growing Orchard

Well it's officially time to share some exciting news....

This coming April there will be another plump juicy Ojibirish baby joining our family.

I'm 15+ weeks along now and have had quite a while to wrap my head and heart around this news. The little one growing inside is already the size of an apple, fully formed and dancing around in there. I think we were very vocal about how Oisín was going to be our last child, about how he was going to be "THE BABY" of our family. And I can't lie, part of me felt guilty at first when I realized he was being stripped of his title at such a young age because he is in fact still a baby. At least to me he is.

But then I thought about how lucky our kids are to have one another, and how it's really a beautiful thing to watch them growing up together. There is something so special about their relationships, something that will hopefully serve them well for many many years to come. Something that I don't even get to fully be a part of but have experienced first hand with my own brother. Something I am now honored to witness as it unfolds between the siblings in this family we've created. Perhaps Oisín's role as "the baby" isn't as important as I thought it was. 

I know for a fact that there is room for one more in my heart and it looks like there is still a spot left on the porch, so come on little apple your orchard is waiting for you. 

P.S. I totally hope it's a boy.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Pumpkins Galore

Fall is my absolute favorite.
The leaves, the smell of the fireplace, pumpkin anything baking in the oven, the colors of the trees, carving pumpkins.....all of it.

We went to a pumpkin patch this weekend, complete with a hayride, a corn maze and caramel apples. I loved the apples, but I'm not sure about the maze. We almost didn't go because of some rain, but just look at what can happen when you take a chance.

The rest of the weekend was pretty low key.
Some knitting, some go fish, a Skype date with France and some Halloween preparation.

Ruari went to the eye doctor on Friday. Turns out she's nearsighted and needs some reading glasses.

Despite the fact that he's still not walking, this little man gets into everything. EVERYTHING.

Teenagers love having their photo taken by the way!
Ruari and Charlotte made delicious cookies.
I wish there were some left.

We capped off the weekend with a quick and simple trip to the park. As usual, the whole thing came to an end way too quickly, but I love that we took advantage of those last few hours of sunlight to spend some more time together outside.

Monday morning, the baby is asleep, the kids are at school and I'm contemplating what comes next. October is rolling right along here and we'll be trick or treating before you know it so it's probably time to get serious about some costumes. Nuala really wants to go shopping, but I do not feel like spending a small fortune on costumes this year. I just might have to break my no Pinterest rule to get some ideas.