Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Birthday Party...

...with no pictures. Oops! We were busy having so much fun that I forgot to take pictures!

The highlight for the girls was the bounce house. It was delivered a day early, so the girls have been bouncing to their little hearts' content.

Testing it out with Daddy

Many other fun things, where I did manage to take pictures, filled our week, too.

Kiwi Crate continues to be one of our go-to activities. This month's box was great, hobby horses!

Ride 'em Cowboy

Cora went all around the house saying 'Giddy Up', it was adorable!

Our weekly visits to Sciencenter also continue to be fun for all.

Always something new

Little Dylan has started to enjoy our outings. Actually, he seems to enjoy everything! A new high was reached today when one of the girls sneaked him some applesauce.

Liking solids and not looking back!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dylan is Six Months Old?!

It seems like we just blinked our eyes and little Dylan went from newborn to playful, happy baby. Perhaps tomorrow I'll turn around and this little guy will be walking!

Dylan: months 0-3

Dylan: months 3-6

This little man is such a joy to have around. He 'goes with the flow' and really just takes things as they come. Dylan doesn't know a stranger (yet) and beams smiles at everyone he meets.

Especially heart-warming for me is how he seems to enjoy his sisters' company/entertainment/harassment. Yesterday, when they got home from daycare, they rushed to greet him and he met them with equal enthusiasm.

The kiddos enjoying each other

There is, of course, the odd moment of hair pulling (a baby has to defend his space a little)! The vast majority of the kids' interactions are very positive, though. I'm sure the drama (good and otherwise) will only increase as these guys grow!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Apple Picking

Yesterday my mom and I took the kids to Indian Creek Farm for apple picking. We were hitting the tail end of the picking season this year; most of the dwarf orchard was picked. We had no trouble, however, filling our bags with giant apples.

Picking away
The good picking was Mutsus, which are known as wonderful baking apples. So, of course, we made pies as soon as we got home! These pies did not disappoint; they may be the best apple pies I have ever made. I will definitely be trying to use Mutsus whenever I bake from now on!

We were greeted with a wonderful surprise when we headed up to our usual picnic spot; the farm had installed swings, a huge sandbox and a climbing structure. The girls were thrilled! This little farm was already a favorite of ours and now we'll be visiting even more frequently.
Enjoying the new installation!

Picnic on top of the table? Why not?

In addition to the apples, Noelle picked her very own Brussels sprouts. She was very proud of them. Unfortunately, picking them herself did not ensure that she would eat any of them. Ha =)

Aren't they beautiful?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pumpkin Picking with the Grandparents

Grandma and Grandpa Brock are visiting for the weekend. That made for a perfect opportunity for me to get some help taking the kids to the fall extravaganza that is Iron Kettle Farm.

We went to this last year and I'm sure it will be an annual ritual for us, especially since we're only 20 miles from it. This place maxes out the profit to be gained from a fall/Halloween festival to be sure, but it's great fun for all so we don't mind too much =) It's hard to beat a good old hay ride and corn maze!

How do we choose?
Progressing through the pumpkin patch 

Taking in the sights

Hay Ride!
Our little bear fell asleep before the ride was over =)

More fun and then More fun

Friday, October 10, 2014

A trip to the zoo and Harvest Festival

Last Thursday was a beautiful day so the kiddos and I took advantage of the fall weather and headed to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse.

This zoo is perfect for the preschool/toddler crowd. Five years from now it will likely seem too small, but it's just the right amount of fun for those with short legs and short attention spans! Two hours of fun walking around is about all our crew can take!

Taking in the sights

Dylan was not terribly impressed with the zoo. Hopefully next year he'll be able to enjoy it!

We made this trip last year also (post here) and had an equally good time.  Below is a comparison between the kids last year (bottom) and now (top). A lot changes in a year!

The difference a year makes =)

After our fun during the week we stopped by Ithaca's Apple Harvest Festival this weekend. Ithaca's calendar is full of festivals that offer local fun and flavor and this one was no exception.

The streets were full of caramel apples, face painting, music, games and, much to Noelle's delight, a Ferris Wheel!

Her very first ride!
I have vivid memories of my first Ferris Wheel ride when I was Noelle's age. It was with my maternal grandfather =) I hope Noelle's memories stick around too!

Unfortunately, Cora was too far below the height cutoff to squeeze in. It's tough being the little sister! Her consolation prize was playing a rubber ducky game for prizes. She 'won' twice and selected a ball as her prize each time.

Which duck should I pick?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Visits with Friends

Dylan's newborn period went very, very smoothly. We're very lucky! We did, however, spend much more time at home this spring and summer then we otherwise would have. 

We were fortunate to have several friends (and their kids) visit and come over to play! The girls especially enjoyed this since they're old enough to appreciate having and making new friends.

Hopefully in the coming year(s) we'll be more 'mobile' able to repay these visits!

Hanging out on the floor

That's a lot of blond hair!

First Date?

Mmmmmm, Pizza!

Hitting the trails with cousin Jack

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Noelle Turned Four!

I will be doing a flurry of post soon to catch up on my backlog of activities and pictures. Let me start with the most important:

Noelle Turned Four!

It is hard to imagine that we have already had four years with this wonderful little girl; and hard to imagine that we have been parents for four years!

From baby to little lady!
This is the first year that Noelle was old enough to be really excited that it was her birthday. We had a lot of fun planning and anticipating! 
Normally, I make a special-request cake but I was, well, busy this year. So, I took Noelle to Wegmans (local grocery store) and let her pick ANY cake she wanted. Noelle was in preschooler heaven as she browsed the cakes. cookies and cupcakes. Then she saw it; the largest chocolate cake on display, a Chocolate Chocolate Mouse Cake. Sold!

Dancing around the store post birthday-cake-selection. She chose well.

This little girl is such a sweetheart and we have so much fun with her!

Enjoying the good stuff at the farmers' market

Such a sweet sister