Saturday, October 15, 2011

Merry Christmas-in-October!

Wow, we are really getting bad at posting. It's been two weeks again! Although, to be fair last week we were getting ready for Grandma J, Grandpa J, and Bethy to come and visit... and this week we were recuperating.

Saturday was a little bit of a lazy day - Liam, Grandma, and Grandpa played outside a lot, and Bethy and Mommy went thrifting.  Daddy worked on cleaning out the garage and started on the landscaping on the corner of the garage.

We love compost in this family!

Sunday after church we had Christmas.  Because we never know what the weather will be like at real-Christmas, we never know if we'll see the family then.  So we got it out of the way while they were here.  Liam got quite the haul!

A broom, brush, and dustpan - because he steals Mommy's when she tries to sweep.  (Also, Mommy's rocking chair - Grandpa built it for her when she was little.)

Our makeshift Christmas tree... aka, the part of the yew bush Daddy took out on Saturday.

Aunt Bethy brought a box, and inside the box were...

...Cabbage Patch dolls!...

...and a monkey puppet!

Liam LOVES his new babies.

Aunt Bethy also gave him a pop-up book about tractors, which we have read 4,538,296 times.  Seriously.

(Liam also got nice crayons and a new coloring book, which we're about 10 pages into already.)

On Monday morning (while a chicken was in the crockpot) we went to McCormick's Creek State Park for a hike to see the colors.  It was beautiful and quiet, unlike Brown County was sure to be.

Liam liked stomping on the wooden bridge.

He also rode on Daddy's shoulders for part of the hike.  He liked playing with Daddy's hat.

After the hike, we visited the playground.  Liam says, "Get on that swing, Aunt Bethy!"

Grandpa helped Liam on the slide...

...and Liam and Bethy swung some more.

On Monday Daddy and Liam also got haircuts: Mommy cut Daddy's for the first time, and Daddy cut Liam's again.  Grandma J got pictures, but hasn't sent them to us yet.

The family left on Tuesday morning.  What have we done this week?  Played A LOT.  We have been so busy we haven't gotten many pictures, but here are a couple...

Liam still loves his babies.

Why so serious?

See the towers Liam built all by himself?

There are those babies again!

Oh yeah, and Liam has started talking.  The most intelligible words so far are:
"Bah-doo" = Bounder
"Bee" = please
"Choo-choo" = train (obviously)

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