Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fall Fun!

Hot soup on a rainy, fall day.
IMG_0292

IMG_0293

(Bella's class had a Native American day earlier at school that day.  Lots of activities and games, which is why she has a bow and arrow painted on her face). 
IMG_0294

One Saturday morning, a local museum had a Halloween program.  We learned all about the Halloween symbols, did a craft, and carved pumpkins!
IMG_0298

IMG_0299

IMG_0300

We've had these Jack o' Lanterns for over a week now and I finally decided to get a photo of them.  Bella's is located on the deck steps.   
IMG_0334

Graydon has two (the left is from the museum and the right is from our trip to the pumpkin farm - photos below). 
IMG_0333

Curtis's "Happy Pumpkin" (that's what he calls it).  He wanted it in his room.  There is a little flameless candle in there that works as a night light. 
IMG_0335

Here's the photos from our visit to the pumpkin farm the next day. 
IMG_3871

IMG_3872

IMG_3876

It started to rain on us while we were out in the field, cutting our picking short a little bit. 
IMG_3878

IMG_3880

But there was also a bouncy house and face painting, so the kids were content. 
IMG_3881

IMG_3884

IMG_3885

IMG_3887

IMG_3888

IMG_3889

I found these selfies from Bella a few days later. 
bella

Monday morning, while waiting for the school bus with Bella and Graydon, I stood in awe of a gorgeous sunrise. 
IMG_3891

After I said my goodbyes to the kids, I turned around and and there before me was THE MOST BEAUTIFUL rainbow that I have ever seen.  It was huge and I could see both ends of it - something that I've never seen before.  I ran into the house and had Andy and Curtis (who was still in his underwear) come out to see it.  I was so excited to share this with them and didn't know how long it would last.   

Since we were pretty much under the rainbow, I couldn't get a photo of it in its entirety. 
IMG_3897

But then I looked on Facebook later in the day and saw that a friend did get the whole thing. This picture is from right in front of the kids' school.  What a wonderful sight as they began school that morning. 
1961048_10152542453523001_2769231857210733963_o

The sky and rainbow were such a sight.  I just had to thank God for such a beautiful morning. 

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights." 
~ James 1:17

One of our big jobs this week has been painting the bedrooms in this house. 

Bella helped paint her room pink ("Quebec Calm"). 
IMG_0305

IMG_0306

And seeing her do this reminded me of our not-quite-two-year-old Bella "helping" to paint her purple room back in New Jersey.  
102_3418

She sure has grown since then!

Curtis helped out with the boys' room.  It's a light gray ("Gravity").   
IMG_0309

IMG_0310

I painted the boys' room while the older two were at school.  Now as I'm looking at these photos, I'm feeling a little bad that Graydon didn't get a chance to paint.  It's good that we still have our bedroom and a bathroom to do.  He'll get his turn. 

Some church friends offered their camper to us this weekend, so the Kilps family enjoyed our first camping trip together.

I didn't take any photos of our fire from the first night.  

A morning game of Spoons. 
IMG_0312

Our second evening was pretty rainy, so we stayed inside. 
IMG_0314

IMG_0315

IMG_0316

The kids entertained themselves with a pillow fight. 
IMG_0318

A lot of their stuffed animals are now sporting the kids' summer pajamas. 
IMG_0321

The sun came out the next morning.  The wood had gotten wet, so starting a fire was pretty tricky, but Andy did it. 
IMG_0323

And it lasted just long enough for roast the very last marshmallow. 
IMG_0324

Later that afternoon, we went to watch a Pumpkin Cannon.  Andy got a chance to do a launch.  I was standing too close to get the whole thing in the photo.  And once the pumpkin was launched, it became a tiny little speck in the sky before landing several hundred feet away and splatting into the field. 
IMG_0327

The boys had even more fun climbing through the pile of pumpkins. 
IMG_0332

We look forward to finishing up our painting projects.  Hopefully this week.  Then we will officially be settled into our house (with the exception of the basement and garage areas).  Once things are finished, I'll be posting pics. I know that some of you have been patiently waiting!

Monday, September 29, 2014

These are the days. . .

Curtis made a "snorkeler" and wanted to try it out in his bath. 
IMG_0220

Three kids doing homework.  This is a new sight. 
IMG_0225

The older two dressed old-fashioned for a special day at school. 
IMG_0235

That same day was "Talk-like-a-Pirate" Day.  Curtis preschool went to a special storytime at the library where they dressed up and learned how to talk like a pirate. 
IMG_0236

IMG_0239

I'm used to Bella leaving us the notes, but now Graydon is starting.  I love finding these!  This one was taped to our closet door. 
IMG_0247

While at Best Buy (in the market for a flat screen TV - our first one!), Graydon found a price tag and asked me to buy him.  I think he's worth way more than $209!
IMG_0249

Curtis is a good kitchen helper. 
IMG_0250

I'm not sure why I bother making him clean these up every day because it always ends up like this.  He loves his Legos!
IMG_0251

Our town celebrated its 47th annual Heritage Days.  Thousands of people inhabited the city for the weekend and enjoyed lots of food, music, and activities.  One thing offered for the kids was a tractor pull.  All three of our kids participated. 
IMG_0259

IMG_0261

Graydon and Curtis were in the same weight class.  Curtis came in 2nd and Graydon in 4th.  
Bella was in a different weight class.  She came in third.  Each of them did great!
10268588_10152800642921554_3536892514422980383_n

Sunday afternoon was the parade.  Our church's youth group had a float and we all participated. 
IMG_0267

IMG_0269

Bella did a great job handing out candy. 
IMG_0270

This was also Andy's and my 12th anniversary!
IMG_0283 Our neighbor lent us a gator for the day. 
IMG_0272

Andy took advantage by bringing Curtis to preschool in it. 
IMG_0276

Andy and I are heading out to dinner tonight to properly celebrate our anniversary after such a busy weekend!