Tuesday, October 23, 2007

A rousing game of "Concentration" with our dad. I didn't know you could think of so many things that technically qualify as..."ingredients?" You have to be quick around here.
Kendall, Josh and Thomas getting as much playing in as they could before the snow melted.

"Modeling" the gear!

How's that for the first snowfall of the season. I can finally justify firing up the furnace. It's so exciting to get out the coats, boots, hats and gloves in celebration of the changing of the seasons. After this we won't be able to find any of it. They'll probably just wear underpants and a t-shirt. Either that, or they'll just stay in because it's not cool anymore. It's cold!

This is our way of showing off the harvest of the summer season. These are David's pumpkins that he grew using his newfound organic gardening techniques. I'm afraid the picture doesn't do justice to how big and heavy they really are. The boy in the picture is representative of my efforts of the summer. Although he was too little to perform on our family recital in September, he did learn how use the potty completely on his own. He can also dress and undress himself. (Is that a good thing?)

In September, Tom ran his first marathon. He promised it was his only one. I'm not sure if that is true. Despite being injured early on, he finished the race in good time. He definitely proved his ability to persevere by sheer will-power and to accomplish something just by putting his mind to it. After watching some of the other runners, I realized how severely I underestimated this accomplishment. Chamane and I went to be the moral support and that was about the extent of it. If he were to do it again, I think I would make a WAY bigger deal out of it. In any case, we were very proud of our daddy. He decided to do something I would never dream of, set his mind to the goal and did a great job. All this said, we'll be happy when he can walk again and can determine that he won't need knee replacement surgery.