Saturday, October 1, 2016

Fall Days...

School started the Thursday before Labor Day. I was happy to welcome the routine/schedule school always brings, and even a little relieved to have a quiet house during the day. By summer's end, it seemed most of my days were filled with refereeing arguments, listening to grumbles about being bored, or asking for the kids to please leave each other alone!! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my kids, and I love summer, but sometimes too much of even a good thing, can just be too much! Dylan is now quite content playing by himself, and the two of us enjoy each others company as we go about our days.
 Collin-6th grade
 Halle-5th grade, Bryce-3rd grade, Dylan-preschool at home with mom
 
That same day, we received a huge box, delivered by the UPS. My sister had filled the box with treats and games for us to enjoy!  What a fun, fun idea, and VERY well received on our end! Thank you Marcia, Rob and family!! 
 Collin and Dylan opening their presents

 Dylan and Halle
 Bryce
This next picture I'm not sure whether to be impressed by their ingenuity, or embarrassed they were giving each other rides in the recycling bin! I'm choosing impressed, because they spent a good part of an afternoon playing in and around the bin.

 Bryce, Dylan, Halle...in their school bus/fort
One night as I sat on the couch reading, Halle came to me and asked if we could go on a Mommy/Halle date. Of course! How can a mom say no to that? She decided she wanted to go to Dunkin Donuts, since we had already had supper. We did a little shopping before we returned home. Such a fun little spur of the moment date!
 Halle enjoying her donut
When we got home, she showed Lucas the new fingernail polish she had picked out. Then she asked if he would paint her fingernails. So he did...with an audience!
me, Dylan, and Jesse
Labor Day we welcomed a new little cousin/nephew to our family! Lucas' brother and his wife were excited to announce Jesse Dean had come to stay! We LOVED being able to go visit them in the hospital, and smother him in kisses!
 Bryce, me, Collin, Halle, and of course, Jesse
Later that week, I picked up the big brother Micah for a playdate at our house. And gave the new momma a break! Micah is 9 days older than Dylan and they had/have so much fun together! I'm so thankful for their little friendship!
 Dylan and Micah
 
In our care/fun package from my sister, we got a silly game, "Googly Eyes," that produces LOTS of laughs! Kind of like "Pictionary," but with glasses that distort your picture as you draw! Sunday game night!!
Lucas

 Me and Collin
 Halle
Work has been going good for me. I am still getting at least 2 if not 3 days a week. It is enough for now. I have a great home daycare that I am looking forward to using in the near future.  However, in the meantime, there are several lovely ladies from church who have been willing to take Dylan for me, days at a time. Our neighbors across the street have been willing to help with getting Halle and Bryce off the bus, when Collin isn't home. Collin decided to join the cross country team this year, so we are experiencing the challenge and excitement of juggling practices, meets, and coordinating schedules.  We are very blessed with so many people who love us and help us, here in CT. I can't even begin to express how humbled and thankful we are for each of you! We have been treated like royalty!
 
A few weeks ago was the Four Town fair. Dylan got to tag along with Lanae, to the cow barn one day, while I was working. The kids also enjoyed the Four Town parade and all the candy they picked up too! 
 Dylan with the cow!
 watching the parade with Micah
 Two weeks ago Collin had his first Cross Country meet. He placed in the top 1/3 (which was his goal) running against 6-8 graders. He is right in the middle! He is excited to see his improvements as the year progresses.
 
Last Friday Mom and Dad Gudeman came for a visit. Not the most timely visit with Lucas in the middle of their biggest event of the year, the Big E. But we managed a trip up to the fair with mom and dad, Sarah, and kids in tow.
 Dylan, Collin, Micah, Bryce, Halle
 Bryce and Halle on the McDonald's slide-we even got Mom on this too!
 Dylan, Mom G, Bryce, Micah
 Collin, Halle, Micah and Sarah
on the Ferris wheel
 Bryce, Dylan, and me
 Micah and Dylan sharing a snow cone
 
Saturday we planned to get some projects accomplished with the great help we had here. Mom and Dad helped us remove, paint, and reattach all our shutters. Dad also replaced some melted siding from the previous renters. 
 all down...
 removing and replacing
 Our before (top) and our after(bottom)!!
What a difference a fresh coat of paint makes!
sorting M and M's
Dylan and I have been doing a preschool program at home together. I'm not sure what is normal or expected for a three year old, but I think he is doing pretty good! He is counting, matching, sorting, and enjoying our preschool lessons. (at least I think he is!) I have already seen improvements in his coloring and following directions too!
 Thursday's coloring activity
Me holding the hose.
Lastly, my husband is definitely his father's son. While he was here last week, Dad Gudeman spent a few hours at our local fish pet store. He noticed a 65 gallon fish tank for sale, second hand, and at a greatly reduced price. Lucas has been wanting to "go bigger" for a while now, but I've been able to talk sense into him! Not anymore!! After being challenged/encouraged by his dad to go ahead and get a bigger tank, Lucas came home with the tank Thursday night. Thankfully the pet shop was willing to take our old one as a trade. So Thursday night, Lucas and I got/had, depending on who you ask ;), to set up the new tank. Isn't that what most normal people do at 9:30 at night? Run hoses in windows and haul water? We were also required to move furniture to accommodate the new tank! The filter is running, the water is clear, and soon we will have fish swimming in a new and improved, bigger and better tank! I'll try to post pictures once its filled with something other than 65 gallons of water.
 
Life has a way of carrying on, whether we like it or not, ready or not. We have been busy with everyday things. Lucas working, me working and attempting to keep house, the kids at school and each busy with their own activities. I am thankful for a husband who loves me so deeply, and lifts me up when I'm down. I am doing better with my loneliness and homesickness, and I am really excited about a trip home, for me, in a few weeks. Lucas told me, "go...we will be fine!" I think he knows I'll be better when I've gotten to see my parents and siblings in real life! I'm looking forward to my quick trip home. Otherwise, its only a few short months until we will all be home for Christmas. In the meantime, if you decide to come east, we would love for you to stop by. We love familiar faces of "home!"
 
Until next time, lots of love and hugs from CT!