October has brought with it cooler temperatures. The coolness feels amazing after such a long, hot summer. Here is Adam bundled up for a morning stroll.
Today we went to the pumpkin patch with our friends the Coopers. The pumpkin patch also had bounce houses, wooden kid-size cars, hay bale rides, a few animals, and some hay bale mazes. These boys are so cute together. As soon as they got out of the car they held hands. In the picture below, Eli got too scared to go down the slide and decided to climb back down the other way. We've started Adam on rice cereal this week. I know it's recommended to start out with really runny cereal, but it is such a mess when it's runny!--as showcased below. Here is Eli with his preschool friends pretending that they're doctors. As you can see, Adam is their patient. My boy is in love with The Wiggles. The first Wiggles movie I saw was an early one, and it was so cheesy. I promised myself that I would never check a Wiggles movie out from the library again. Of course, soon after that promise was made Eli selected another Wiggles movie from the library--this time a newer video. He is now hooked on the Wiggles. He gets out his guitar and sings along with all the songs. Since these are library videos we usually return them after a week, but Eli still asks me to sing Wiggles songs with him all the time.
Eli's preschool had a field trip to the fire station last month. The boys got to climb on the fire truck, pet a fire rescue dog, spray a fire hose (see picture below), and look at a huge display of toy fire trucks. They boys were a little too young and nervous to fully enjoy the experience, but they still had fun.
Despite my attempts to keep Adam's fingernails cut short, he still manages to cut his forehead up at night when he is trying to fall asleep. As of today (end of October), his scratching habit is getting better, but below is a picture of his forehead at its worst. I'm also posting a picture of Adam asleep with his thumb in his mouth (he won't take a pacifier) because I think it's adorable.
Eli started his preschool this past Tuesday. Two of my friends also have boys who are within a few months of Eli's age, so we are trading off teaching preschool for them once a week for 3 hours. It's so fun to help Eli pack his backpack and lunch and then hear him talk about what he did in preschool. Here are a few pictures of Eli right before leaving for preschool and playing with his friends at the start of preschool. I'm looking forward to these boys building good friendships with each other.
I also managed to catch a few pictures of the boys as they were watching the mobile as I got ready for the day this morning. Adam is super strong. We decided to get out the exersaucer to see if he was big enough for it. Although we have to prop his feet up using a collapsed cardboard box, he is loving it.
A few weeks ago we took Eli to a place called Going Bonkers. It's this really fun climbing structure. Below are some pictures of it. We've been there previously, but this was the first time that he really went off climbing on his own without us helping him. This place gets 5 stars from us!
Do you see the boy in the turquoise shirt...that's Eli!
I took this picture of Adam and the video from the previous post on the same day we went to Going Bonkers. Adam has grown up even since these pictures were taken just a week and a half ago.
Here are Jake and Eli getting our turkey burger fixings ready. Eli is a big help in the kitchen. Cooking (imaginary or real) is one of his favorite activities. It takes a lot of patience to cook with a 2-year old, but it's totally worth it.
We decided to attend the North Texas State Fair in Denton this past Saturday. How have we lived in Denton for 3 years now and never attended the fair that is literally right down the street from us? We decided to go before the nighttime crowds arrived, so it wasn't at all crowded while we were there. We first visited the kiddy section with goats, pigs, and other animals that you could pet.
Next we went through the indoor (air conditioned!!) shopping area. Oh my, it was soooo Texas. All the clothes and purses were studded with gems and there were cowhide rugs and cowboy hats.
On a different note, Jake is wrapping up his externship at the VA Hostpital in Bonham, TX. He has really enjoyed his experience there. Below is a picture of him with his WWII/Korean war veterans group. These gentlemen have amazing stories. They've been through a lot.