Welcome, Fall

So it’s Fall and that means it’s “Festival Season!”

We missed the Latin Festival downtown, which is a lot less this:

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And a lot more this:

DANCE!

I was a little bummed because I think Brenna would have really enjoyed it, but there’s always next year.

But we did make it to Greek Fest (I managed to go several times!), Italian Fest, and of course a trip to the SC State Fair.

The fair was a BIG DEAL this year for Brenna because it’s the first year she’s actually been able to ride any of the attractions. We went on a simple “round and round” ride, a bee ride that rises up in the air, the ferris wheel, and the giant (kids) slide. Oh, and we got to ride an elephant! The fair was also a big deal for Parker because it’s her first Fair! Yay!!

Learning to drive

Riding a ride with mommy

Parker enjoying her first Fair donut and just looking silly

Brenna called him “Floppy” after the elephant in The Wonder Pets.

Yesterday we decided to head out to the pumpkin patch. I didn’t realize this even existed, but one of Meg’s co-workers clued us in. It’s out in Lexington and it’s called the Clinton-Sease Farm. They have a corn maze (actually they have like 3 corn mazes), a bunch of fun agricultural exhibits like wooden tractors you can climb on (almost all of them have a slide to get down), a big castle/fort with swings, a big 40-foot slide, and of course the pumpkin patch. Apparently they also have a haunted house of sorts, and they run the corn maze at night with flashlights, which I think could be a really great time for adults, but not so much for kids.

Top of the slide about to go down

Exiting the slide… this thing was FAST! Brenna loved it.

I want one for myself…. this thing was awesome.

Parker in the pumpkin patch

Brenna in the pumpkin patch

Corn mazes

Anyway, that’s what we’ve been up to. Festivals! Good times.

Parker will be 1 next week and we’re having a birthday party here, and then there’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Rocket’s 3rd birthday. Plenty of events that should keep me active with updates!

Thanks for reading… see you soon!

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You know where this is going…

The other night Brenna was picking bed time stories to read. We have a big pile of ‘typical’ stories that stay beside her bed that we can grab in a pinch and know she’ll enjoy them. But this night was different. She went to her bookshelf to pick something new. “Ok,” I thought, “We could use some new books, maybe we’ll rotate something into the Pile.” 

But then she hesitated over a book.

I instantly panicked. 

“Let’s read this story!” she said innocently and enthusiastically. 

“Oh, honey, let’s get a different story tonight.”

But her mind was made up. It was this book. Tonight. Now. Maybe twice.

“No, let’s read this one. Will you read it? I want to say ‘yes, please.'” (for those of you unfamiliar with Brenna this is how she indicates she’s asking nicely.)

“Ok honey, bring it over.” 

And so I read it. We enjoyed it. When I was finished she fortunately wanted to read another book; a lighthearted critter book about cleaning your room. It was significantly easier for daddy to read.

But it’s done. One of those weird moments I kind of dreaded and also really looked forward to. We’ve read it. We’ll read it again, and daddy will probably cry. Again.

But it makes us happy.

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Thumper’s first steps

Last night (October 4, 2012) Parker took her first unassisted step. Then she fell. But then she tried again. Then she fell. But later, she tried again….. and fell. But she was clearly ready.

I grabbed our shopping cart toy and set her up and grabbed my camera.

Our littlest one is starting to walk! Woohoo!!!

Wait… Our littlest one is starting to walk.. OH NO!!!

The long awaited “is anyone still here?” post

Where to even start??

First off, we’re slack on this blog. I’ve said it a dozen times – we WANT to be better about updates. We really do. I guess in this era of Facebook and Google, etc… it’s easy to feel like your updates are out there anyway, but the whole idea of this was to have a central place for updates 1) for people who don’t Facebook and 2) that we were in control of – if we wanted to take the site down we could, and we would always have access to the content. So we’re working on it. Even if it’s a little thing like “Brenna just did X” or “Parker just said Y” (she didn’t really say “Y” yet, by the way – we’re still working on words).

Turns out, two kids is more than twice the work of a single child! Who knew? (Well, a lot of you, actually, but thanks for the surprise!) And between the house cleaning, cooking, feeding, bathing, work, and of course the enormous number of festivals and parks visits we like to do, etc.. it’s hard to get motivated to focus on the blog. BUT! You deserve updates, and our children should see these when they’re older.

With any luck, expect more updates. Smaller, simple updates; A photo, a 30 word anecdote, a link to a YouTube video. (OMG FORESHADOWING!)

So what’s been going on for the last few months? Well, funny you should ask!

Parker:
Parker has been growing at a rapid rate! It’s crazy! She’s gone from lying around to crawling and speeding around the house, and now she’s standing, cruising, and just a week or two short of walking it seems (OR LESS – OMG MORE FORESHADOWING!). Yeah, all that’s happened so quickly.

She’s growing so fast too. She’ll be a year old at the end of this month, but she’s already wearing some 18-month clothes. Of course baby clothes estimates vary wildly from manufacturer to manufacturer, but still… she’s nearly as tall as Brenna!

I have shoes!

Kickin’ back

Parker on the way to Thom and Rachel’s wedding

Parks had some nasty ear infections recently, and a lot of it was while I was traveling for work. Consequently she began to sleep with Meg in our bed for comfort. Unfortunately it was at an age when she latched onto the idea that this was now her bed. I came home to find myself sleeping on the couch, Parker sleeping in my place in bed, and the crib full of cats. Fortunately after a few months we’ve created a decent system where she tends to fall asleep in our bed for a few minutes and allows herself to be happily moved to her crib where she sleeps all night. Yay!

Brenna:
Brenna loves reading, and absolutely adores daycare, which we call “school.” And school it is! She has homework two nights a week where we reinforce number and letters they work on during the day, and she has her own Tinkerbell folder that she’s very proud of.

We’ve found a few TV shows Brenna likes now too. When we last left off I believe we were still highly into Wonder Pets and a little Dora. We still see some of that, but she’s more interested in Go, Diego, Go and an awesome TV show on PBS called Dinosaur Train. Diego has much better music than Dora and everyone loves Dinosaurs. I have to admit there’s little as adorable as listening to Brenna talk about her T. Rex named “Roar!” and her Apatosaurus named “Stompy.” They’ve made dinosaur fossils out of Play-Dough, and they’re “hatching” a dinosaur in class. It’s really lit her imagination on fire, and it’s just awesome to see.

she really does scream GAMECOCKS! at the TV or at the store.

“My dress is kind of like an art show” – Brenna (actual quote)

Boxes – still the best gift in the world.

Brenna will turn 3 in January, and she doesn’t want you to forget this. Also, it’s nearly “Pumpkin Time!” and “It’s gonna be Halloween!” Our first baby is officially aware of holidays, and gets excited about them. Months ago she told us she was going to be “a ladybug” for Halloween. We expected this to change pretty quickly since from minute to minute Brenna is interested in different things, but she’s stuck to her guns, and we’ve purchased her costume. She’s also informed us that Parker will be a butterfly, daddy will be a pirate, and mommy will be a flower. We’re still working on convincing mommy this is a good idea. Daddy is also considering being a Pandaren, because ninjas are cool, but Tai Chi Pandas are hilariously awesome.

Meg & Travis
We’re busy with work and figuring out how to raise children. We’ve been really enjoying Greek Fest, the Italian Festival and we’re looking forward to all the things to come – birthdays, the Fair, Halloween, Thanksgiving, St. Nicolas Festival, Christmas, etc… just so much!

We recently were able to go to the PGA at Kiawah Island thanks to my job, which was super-awesome-amazingly-special-keen. We had a great time

Out for a walk on the beach

Having a drink

We also just got back from our first BIG trip with the kids – an eight hour car ride to the Outer Banks, NC for Thom and Rachel’s wedding. It was an absolutely amazing time with incredible friends, great food, tons of laughs and a group of people who just adore kids. And honestly, the kids did pretty darn well in the car. We’ve learned a lot about traveling with them and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.

Though with the wind blowing it was really hard to get a photo of everyone looking at the camera

Other Things:
I’ve moved where we store our kids videos on Youtube. They’re now all under my account at the following link. (UPDATE – ok, well apparently wordpress is borked with links, so copy/paste this) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDE609522BA7E1027&feature=plcp

Flickr is still updated, though not as regularly as I’d like since most of our photos end up on Google/Facebook due to the convenience of being tied to our phones. But it IS still updated, so keep checking it! (Update – same issue as above) http://www.flickr.com/photos/sindex/

That’s it for now! Thanks for sticking with us.

We love you,

Travis, Meg, Brenna, and Parker.

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