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October 31, 2008

happy halloween!

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October 29, 2008

pumpkin carving

We finally carved Audrey's pumpkin tonight.

Audrey helped scoop out pumpkin guts but wasn't too keen on touching them.

Todd was the mastermind behind the design and the wielder of the knife.

Once the pumpkin was done and the candle was lit Audrey did not want to go near it. Todd was able to coax her to sit on his lap next to it for a moment. We may have scared her talking about getting burned by the candle. Oops.

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October 28, 2008

breakfast cereal

Last week Audrey decided she would not sit in her highchair anymore. So I got her booster out and she has been excited about her "new seat" ever since, even though it is essentially the same thing as sitting in the highchair.

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October 26, 2008

Grunge is alive and well at the Blueberry Hill Breakfast Cafe

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October 23, 2008

dressed for the occassion

Audrey and I haven't really been getting out much lately. Luckily today Amber and Brylen wanted to hang out with us. Unlike yesterday, I was able to convince Audrey to put a shirt on this morning so we stopped at the doctor's office where Audrey was given a clean bill of health from her most recent ear infection. Then we were off to meet Amber and Brylen for coffee. Brylen was her usual loving self giving Audrey kisses and sharing her carrots and bunny crackers. Audrey sat on this bench or on Amber's lap watching Brylen have the run of the coffee shop.

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October 19, 2008

the great pumpkin

Today we went to Kuipers Family Farm with Nana and Papa to get Audrey a pumpkin, just as we did one year ago.

Hitching a ride with the pumpkins.

How tall this fall...

... compared to last fall.

Audrey down on the farm.

Apple cider donuts. Yum!

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October 18, 2008

home alone

Mama was off to the big city today to help Aunt Erinn with wedding fun, which means I had the girl all to myself today. We kicked off the day by decorating the front windows with spooky images. She let me help, but it really was Audrey's show.

This afternoon we took the tricycle for a spin outside. She doesn't really have the hang of pedaling yet, but is getting better at it. Steering might be an issue too, seems whenever she started to get going, she kept ending up in the grass.

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October 13, 2008


Finally some action shots from gymnastics! Todd stayed home sick from work today but did venture out briefly with us for Audrey's little wigglers gymnastics class.

After gymnastics Audrey and I went to Cosley Zoo with Sara, Jack and Emma. We did a quick tour of the animals, then the kids played among the pumpkins.

Todd put together Audrey's tricycle last night that she received for christmas last year and is now almost big enough to ride. Even though she could barely reach the pedals, she loved sitting on it and ringing the bell.

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October 12, 2008

something to crow about

Audrey was all about Scarecrow Fest this weekend. Audrey and I went on Saturday and met up with my college friends Sarah, Priscilla and Rebecca and her two children for a mini Stevenson South 7A reunion. Todd took Audrey back today with Amber, Patrick and Brylen while I was at Erinn's wedding shower.

Audrey and a crow

Father daughter scarecrows

Patrick and Brylen getting ready for their photo

Audrey lasted just a bit longer at the fest than her poor balloon that Sarah got for her.

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October 06, 2008

Connor's Diabetes Kickers

On Sunday Audrey, Todd and I walked in the JDRF walk in support of my cousin Lori's son Connor. We never got the camera out during the walk but did at the family brunch at aunt Kim and uncle Bob's house afterwards. Kim and Bob's yard has all kinds of entertainment, complete with waterfall, putting green, bunny statues and cousin Holly and aunt Pam-o.

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October 04, 2008

twenty-two months

Audrey, my dear, you are closing in on two years! I've been with you every step of the way, yet it's completely hard to believe. Every month we take some time to reflect on your growth and lately it seems to have increased exponentially. Your vocabulary is huge and your speech is clear; I'll admit there are times I have no clue what you're talking about, but your Mama usually steps in to clarify things. I absolutely love seeing your mind at work, there is a certain degree of critical thought in your actions now that just astounds me. And while you have your less-than-perfect moments, you continue to be such a thoughtful and sweet little girl.

Your special day was marked by a little fun outside followed by a trip to the outlet mall to find a suit for your father. I know, we know how to have good time, don't we? I left empty handed, but you walked away with some cute clothes and a nice new winter coat. Happy 22 months, Audrey Mae!

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October 03, 2008

happy birthday, brylen!

Brylen turned two(!) today and Audrey and I spent some time with her, Amber and Patrick at the park.

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October 02, 2008


A few blocks from our house there is a fenced in field where two horses live. We have taken walks specifically to go see the horses and Audrey requests that we drive by every time we go anywhere just to try to get a glimpse. Today the horses were right up by the road, which is rare, so we stopped to take a look. Audrey was content sitting on my lap watching them for a long time.

Kisses for the horses

Taking photographic advantage of the stationary toddler on my lap

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