Fall 2014 – October recap

October is another month with lots of fun stuff to talk about:

First, let’s just start off by saying that we have now started watching Disney’s Frozen almost on a daily basis.  Yes, the boys love it.  Especially Bennett.  When they’re in the right mood, they will even sing along to the songs in the movie, or shout out some favorite quotes.  One afternoon, Cooper asked me, “Mom, do you know Kristoff loves ice?  Ice is his life!”  So, since then, somebody in our house insists “Ice is my life!” a couple times a week.  🙂

Bennett has learned to sing his abc’s.  It’s pretty darn cute.  If you click HERE, you can view a video of it.  Bennett is also starting to enjoy singing more songs, especially at bedtime.  Favorites include Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Old MacDonald, and Barney’s “I love you, you love me…” song.

Probably the most exciting part of our October was the new addition(s) to our family.  One afternoon, we were home with no plans, and I saw something showing that the local animal shelter was having an open house.  Their website said something like “Come on down and visit with the animals, no requirements to adopt”… or something like that.  So, I thought it would be fun for the boys to go visit some animals.  Well, we went, just the three of us; Jeff refused to go.  And, we fell in love with two kitties – one adult cat named Jersey, and this little black kitten named Hyacat (what the heck kind of name is that, by the way?!?!).  We went home and talked all night and all the next day about how much we needed a new kitty.  Jeff wasn’t going for it, but it seems we finally wore him down.  We were out visiting the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival (another fun event, but no pictures to share), and on the way home, the boys and I convinced Jeff to go look at the kitties.   (Side note – I knew full well that if he took us there to “look”, we were going to bring home a kitty!)  So, we got there, and long story short, we all decided that the cute little black kitten was going to be the newest member of our family.  We quickly gave him a new name – Jack – and brought him home.  The boys were so excited (and so was I!).  Jack has been a great kitten and happily puts up with two crazy little boys, no matter how loud or rough they are with him.  Our older cat though, Pepper, is yet to be impressed.  We’re still hoping she’ll come around.

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A week after we brought Jack home, I knew that he was going to need a playmate.  The shelters recommend that kittens get adopted in pairs because they need a playmate to help burn off all that kitten energy.  We were gone too much with work and daycare (and sleeping at night!), not to mention that Cooper & Bennett kept fighting over who would get to hold Jack this time.  Ugh!  So, I went back every day for a week trying to find such a perfect kitten who would get along with our new adoption, our older kitty, and our kids.  (Truth be told, I went through at least a dozen, because so many of them were shy that I just knew they weren’t going to be a perfect fit.)  We finally ended up bringing home a little white kitten with orange ears and tail.  His shelter name was Ringo (all his littermates had Beatles names), but we quickly re-named him Colby.  So now we are a house with three cats: Pepper, Jack, and Colby.  Otherwise known as the cheese cats.  🙂

The kittens hit it off within 24 hours and have been best buddies since.  They cuddle together all the time – at least when they’re not cuddling with one of us – and get into EVERYTHING together as well.  They’re little rascals, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.  They are perfect for us!  Pepper doesn’t agree, but we’re hoping she’ll eventually come around, or at least learn to co-exist peacefully with them.

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In mid-October, we all headed down to The Farm to pick out pumpkins.  It was our first time there, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be our last.  There were so many fun activities for the kids, including hay mazes (even one with flashlights), slides, swings, and a giant inflatable platform to jump on.  After an hour or so of playing, we finally headed over to the pumpkin patch and picked out our pumpkins.

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Also this month, Cooper had a dentist appointment where he once again made this mommy so proud.  He was a model patient, of course.  He even had his first x-rays taken of his teeth and no whining, which was impressive.  But best of all, at the end of his appointment when the hygienist gave him his toothbrush kit, he asked if he could have a new toothbrush for his brother so he wouldn’t be sad for not getting one.  (Note, Bennett wasn’t even at the appointment with us; he just asked his all on his own.)  Such a sweet big brother!


And then there are the funny moments.  Cooper is apparently learning there are physical differences between boys and girls, and as any young child, is not afraid to say what he’s thinking.  So, as we were driving in the car one afternoon, Cooper says to me, “Mom, did you know Miss Erica is a girl?”  (Note – Miss Erica is the chef at school.  And yes, she is a girl.)  My reply was simple: “Yes.”  He then asked in such surprise, “HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT?!?!?”… But she doesn’t even have long hair!”  (Note – Miss Erica has a very short butch haircut.)  My next reply: “Well, some girls like to have short hair.”  And he agreed, “Yeah, like a boy.”  But I couldn’t let that conversation drop there.  I wanted to know what prompted this conversation, so I asked, “Who told you she is a girl?”  And he replied, “I just know because she has big hips!”   HAHAHAHA!!!  —  I was trying way to hard not to laugh at his comments that I didn’t even bother to ask about her so-called hips right then.  But later that night, I asked him about it.  I asked him to show me his hips.  At first he was very confused, so I repeated what he told me and asked where his hips are.  He then proceeded to pull his shirt down at his neck and point to his chest.  Needless to say, the laughing could not be helped that time!  Oh my goodness!!!

A week later, we had another similar conversation.  When I dropped him off in the morning, I noticed that his teacher had gotten a haircut over the weekend to a very short (read: boy-ish) haircut.  I knew, as soon as I saw it, that there would be something said.  So, not surprisingly, after school Cooper said to me, “Mom, do you know Miss Breanna is wearing boy hair?”  My response, “Yes, she did get a short haircut.  But she’s still a girl.”  And guess what?  Cooper agreed and said, “Yeah, cuz she still has big hips.”   —  I’m thinking he’s going to be a “hip” man…  🙂

For Natalie’s birthday, she asked for a fall-themed party, which quickly morphed into a Halloween themed party.  There was one requirement – everyone had to wear a costume.  And surprisingly, everyone did!  We had a great turnout:
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The picture of Natalie with the guitar is right after she got her last present, signed by The Band Perry.  She was definitely overwhelmed!

Finally, to close out the month, we had Halloween!  Cooper had insisted for months and months that he wanted to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle “the blue one”, and he easily got his little brother on board with the idea.  So, as usual, their ever-talented Nana whipped up some ninja turtle costumes and they were as cute as ever.  They started the day wearing their costumes to school for a party day there.  Then, when I picked them up, we headed over for an early trick-or-treating session at Bothell’s Country Village.  They were able to hit up a ton of stores, during the daylight, and see hundreds of other kids in costume, too.

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Later that night, we went trick-or-treating in our neighborhood as well.  The four of us ninja turtles headed out together.  We’d only planned to go to a few houses, but both boys were having so much fun, we ended up doing much more.  Bennett eventually got tired of walking and rode on his dad’s shoulders, but they both scored a ton of loot.  Cooper’s bucket was so full, it kept overflowing and spilling onto the sidewalk.

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