Thursday, November 19, 2015

What a WONDERFUL Fall!

One of my favorite things of fall is that
for 2 weeks 
we have 6 kiddos
that are 9 years old!

Madeline turns 9 in October and then Melissa turns 10 in November!
So between their two birthdays we have a bundle the same age!
We love it!
And I'm thinking they love it, too!

In the very beginning of the fall we went to Valleyfair!

It's a theme park in our neck of the woods!

This is the first time we have been there with our younger kiddos!
It was a perfect early fall weekend
and everyone else was busy with football games, except us!

No crowds, just lots of fun!

We have some daredevils that love the crazy fun rides!

And others that DO NOT like them.

There is a ride for everyone and for everyone there is a ride!
Sweet Emma wants nothing to do with those scary rides and little Joey
is just not big enough for them.

Ellie can go on some of the scary rides
but as she has gotten older she seems to prefer the safer more calm rides.
I really love it when our kids support their siblings special needs,
they meet them where they are at and have fun together.

We filled the whole submarine!

They all now that their Momma loves to take pics
so they have a ready smile!

The other kids hopped on this ride with Joey and Luke!

They just aren't tall enough to go on many of the rides!

Love these two!
They can be dickens together though so I always have to keep an eye on them and have them in earshot cuz ya just never know what they will get into!

One of the rides scared Ava and she needed a moment to re adjust...
and not throw up ;-)

This was the last ride the kids went on as we were leaving...

And it was seriously scary!

They swung right over us!
I ducked!

I didn't need to... but I still did...

This is Alfie.
He is an adorable bunny rabbit!
He was being rehomed and well...
I couldn't help myself...

The kids were thrilled that Alfie was joining our family!

We've never had a bunny rabbit so this was the first time for all of us.

Sadly... he just wasn't a fit for our family.
He was a bit overwhelmed by us and he had wickedly strong back legs that went a million miles an hour every time we picked him up.
A couple of us got scratched
so we decided that he might be a better fit
for the other family that really wanted him.
They were experienced bunny parents!

Hubby and I went to the
Empowered to Connect
and so helpful!
It gave us a new outlook on how to parent 
our treasures.

We had some visitors!
Which just makes our day!

And then a couple days later Momma came back to show off her baby!

I thought this was funny!

And this was cute!

The weather this fall was BEAUTIFUL!
the kids went bug hunting and played outside in their shorts
through September and into October!

We met our Mandarin teachers parents!
They are here for 6 months so they can help out when she has baby #3!

We found a stray doggy!

He was such a sweet dog!
The kids loved him and he loved the kids!
So much so, that he came back a couple times!

We found his owners and it turned out
that they were our new neighbor though the back woods!

The second time he visited we just walked him home!

Big brother Billy is the cat whisperer.
When he was little we had a cat that liked ONLY him.
Celia feels the same way, she just cuddled right up next to him!
Ava is our other cat whisperer.

We went to the play "Junie B Jones" at the Stages Theater!
It was really good!

In the beginning of the fall many of the leaves just dried up and fell off the trees.
It had been a dry summer so we didn't get all the colors we usually get.
our yard does not disappoint...
Lots of maple trees and oaks!
The colors were fantastic!

Everyone needed a trim or haircut.
Summer swimming can be hard on the girls hair!

It was a long day BUT we got the job done!

I love fresh haircuts on the boys!

We went to homeschool day a Sea Life in the Mall of America!

We had the behind the scenes tour!

And then went and enjoyed the exhibits!

It's so much fun to touch sea anemone, stingrays and more!

No one climbed in but we had a few wet shirts!
It was nice to have a day off from our school work!

Somebody got new glasses!

Our first snow flakes came in late October!

No shave November ;-)

Cozy afternoons watching football on TV!

Lattes before our school day starts!

Lukey lost his first tooth!
He was our last little one that hadn't lost a tooth yet!
He's thrilled to join the ranks with the bigger kids!

This is what our driveway looks like in the fall!

It takes my breath away!

God is such an amazing artist!

Our kitties are a year old and all grown up!

They have been a perfect fit for our family!
All the children love them!
And so do the parents!

We had a busy fall being soccer fans!
I will post more on this soon!

So other than everything else I have been posting on,
this is what we have been doing!


Vicky said...

Love your driveway! I miss the color changes that we see so little of here in the deep south! Thanks for sharing God's beautiful handiwork!

Love your updates and seeing all your treasures having so much fun together!

Jennie said...

Priceless photo - Abby clutching onto to Sam's arm (and look of terror) as Sam handles the critter.

Always thoroughly enjoy your accompanying comments with the photos - thanks much for sharing.

lizzielou said...

Jean your family is so very beautiful. Every time you post a picture of your kiddos all together it makes my heart smile. God is so good to have brought them all home and now you are all together as a family. Love Love Love! God bless you all! sending you love from Canada, elisabeth

Kimster said...

What cute pictures! I love theme parks and roller coasters! I was on such a giant swing also, and I am really surprised that your kids rode it! It is hard thrill and in Europe I think you have to be much taller (1,40m and over) and at least 12 years old to ride it!

I found a little mistake in your line-up! Anna seems to be taller then Melissa, and Sam is taller then Abby obviously, maybe also taller then Melissa? :)