Monthly Archives: October 2008

Pumpkin Carving

Better late than never!  I think that is the theme in our house half the time.  We always have great intentions but end up getting busy.  At any rate, yesterday we finally went as a family to the nursery and picked out a pumpkin.  When I saw the pumpkin Trav picked out, I thought he was awfully ambitious.  It looked pretty darn big to me.  Honestly, I figured we would just be putting an uncarved pumpkin on the porch.  SURPRISE!  Not only did we get a pumpkin, but this afternoon we carved it.  Well, Travis carved it with help from Jack.  It turned out really nice.  This morning while the kids and I went to a Halloween party at the park, Trav picked up a carving kit.  What a livesaver.  I think we all would agree it was the best $4 one could spend on Halloween supplies! 

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Halloween in the Park

Our first official Halloween activity was to go to playgroup in the park.  Our friend Kristy invited our playgroup to join her and some other friends at Lyon Park in Arlington this morning.  All the kids wore their costumes and played and everyone brought a breakfast snack to share.  We were late getting out the door, but it didn’t matter.  Everyone hung out and played well into the lunch hour.  The kids were super cute in all their little costumes.  Some were very creative!  The funniest part is that Kristy kids Benny & Ryan (who are almost exactly the same ages as my kiddos) were a firefighter & dalmation too.  Great minds think alike!

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Playgroup

Yea, this week were finally able to get most of the members of our playgroup together.  Jessica & Revie, we missed you!!  Susannah & Ian hosted us at their house.  Very impressive since Susannah has a 4 week old baby girl! 

So the kiddos ran and played with wild abandon.  At least the 2 year olds did.  All the babies were pretty tame.  Garrett & Isla pretty much took in the chaos from their post on top of the pool table.  The rest of the babies spent most of their time being worn by their Mammas.  There are 2 more babies due after the first of the year, so I think we all have visions of infants lined up in seats on the pool table while all of our older kids create mischief!

Playgroup is my favorite.  We all have kids right around 2 years old and everyone either has recently had #2 or is due with another baby after the first of the year.  It works out perfect.  Our kids play really well together (as well as 2 year olds play together that is!) and we all get along great.  I feel very fortunate to have connected with so many phenomal women.  I always know that whatever I am going through I can talk through it and get excellent advice from people I trust and that I know are going through similar challenges.  It’s amazing, I’ve lived in DC for 10 years now but since having Jack I’ve developed the best friendships I’ve had since moving to the area.  So to all my playgroup Mammas– thanks girls, I luv ya!

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Pumpkin Patch

Good Friends-- Charlotte, Jack & Jacob

Good Friends-- Charlotte, Jack & Jacob

Today Jack, Garrett & I went to a small pumpkin patch.  We were supposed to meet Marcy & Jacob and Elizabeth & Charlotte.  Poor Marcy’s car broke down on her way, so Elizabeth picked up Jacob and brought him with her.  We missed Marcy but the kids had fun and Elizabeth & I got to visit quite a bit.  When we arrived Charlotte came running up to us yelling “Hi Jack! Hi Jack!”  Then she proceeded to tell me that she was wearing Crocs and had a new sweater.  It was hysterical.  Jack of course had no interest in Charlotte’s outfit; he just wanted to get to the pumpkins!

We really just went to a local nursery that has a pretty good display for the pumpkins they are selling.  There is a big platform with pumpkins stacked all the way up that is decorated with wooden cutouts of ghosts and jack-o-lanterns.  Under the platform is a series of tunnels for the kids to play in.  The perimeter of the area was lined with displays of different kinds of pumpkins and gourds and there were wagons to use when picking out your pumpkins.

The kids had a blast.  They ran all around, went through the tunnels, drug the wagons around and crawled on and carried pumpkins everywhere.  It was super cute.  It is pretty amazing that an hour at a nursery could be so entertaining to 2 year olds.  Garrett was a champ and hung out in the sling the whole time.  He just took it all in.  I think we are going to go one afternoon next week.  I wonder if they get annoyed at Moms who bring their kids for an afternoon play-date at their business?!?!

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Pumpkin Painting

                                                                                    

We had friends over this morning to play and paint pumpkins.  It was nice to see a few friends and Jack had a great time painting pumpkins.  Jack loves to paint and for once wasn’t too messy.  He is very proud of his pumpkins and is excited to show them to Daddy when he gets home tonight.  We still need to get a big pumpkin to carve.  That should be an experience!!!

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If only bedtime was this happy…

I love this picture of our boys!  Garrett is growing so fast and looking more like Jack every day.  I was putting clothes away the other day in the boys’ room and Garrett wanted attention.  I put him on the bed to watch me.  He was perfectly content to see me and coo.  Of course, since Garrett and I were in the bedroom then Jack wanted to come in too.  He crawled into bed and was so sweet to his brother.  First he gave G-Man his Ducky.  (Anyone who knows Jack knows that his Ducky & Mimi blanket are sacred and sharing them, especially with his brother, is a pretty big deal!)  Then Jack gently layed next to Garrett.  It was super sweet.

Bedtime has been a disaster around our house lately.  Garrett is great.  He actually is down for the night sometime around 8pm and then nurses a few times throughout the night.  I get pretty good chunks of sleep though, so I feel like his schedule is really good.  Jack on the other hand is really have a hard time.  It really came out of nowhere too, so that is making it all the worse.  We have a great night time routine and we are super diligent about following it.  Then a few weeks ago things started to go south.  One night Jack was having a hard time sleeping and kept waking up so I ended up laying with him.  Big mistake!!!  He took this for a change in routine and started demanding that I lay with him every night.  The whole thing has spiraled out of control.  We are working on it, but we are far from our blissful going to bed experience we had previously.  I’m open to suggestions if anyone knows how you can get an active 2 year old to relax, quit talking and stay in their bed!!!

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Interpretive Dance, Anyone?



MVI_1508, originally uploaded by mgianchetta.

Jack has liked to dance for a long time now. When he first started dancing he would put his arms up and spin like a ballerina. Then his dance evolved to jumping and just spinning until he got dizzy. Since his new thing is to attempt handstands and cartwheels, it only makes since that we’ve moved on to this!

We were watching the Today Show the other morning and they had a segment on interpretive dance. He loved the music and started dancing. In no time at all he was kickin’ his feet and doing “finger tippin'” as he calls it. It was a crack up!

(Sorry the video is sideways for a second…I don’t know how to edit it!)

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