....and since Samantha thinks she's a Cub Scout, I thought I'd update this little neglected blog. So today, when we instructed the "Cubbies" (my affectionate nickname for the 8-year-old boys I have the pleasure of meeting with each week) to go to the front of the room and line up to practice a skit, Samantha got right in line. And when we passed out the parts, Samantha reached up for one. And when we practiced our parts, standing in that same line, she stayed focussed, more focussed than most of those 8-year-old boys.
So, all I'm saying is, just be nice to her when she comes to your door to sell Girl Scout Cookies. I mean, she's really into scouting, and I know the cookie thing is coming.
Oh... and....she can talk....a lot.... and it's cute.
Samantha reaching for her part.
(We accidentally skipped her at first, not really being prepared for her desire to participate. Luckily, she can't read yet so I was able to improvise.)
I probably haven't had Thanksgiving with my parents in at least 8 or 9 years, so it was very nice they could come this year, along with my Sister Annie and my Brother Jacob. The kids seem to go wild when relatives are around, they love all the extra attention. But, I don't think their aunt & uncle are used to being climbed upon, poked, tickled, and punched so frequently.
We were also very happy to spend Thanksgiving with our good friends, the Rousseaus. Christine was the first friend I made when we moved to Texas. We are often mistaken for sisters and it feels like we really are. I am very grateful for all of her goodness and her awesome coconut cream pie. I'm also grateful for their long awaited addition, Baby Pierce.
But, most of all I'm grateful for my cute, sweet, patient husband and my cute, mostly sweet, and rarely patient children, Henry, Caroline, & Samantha.
Speaking of gratitude, I can tell you what Caroline is not thankful for. (Three people came up to me today after church and told me about Caroline's loud comments during "Sharing Time.") In a room full of approximately 50 to 60 children and their teachers, Caroline noticed something she didn't agree with and spoke up. When another child was at the front of the room picking up a picture of fruits and vegetables to show what she was thankful for, Caroline exclaimed loudly: "That's weird! Who would be thankful for fruits and vegetables."
(I'm sure, because she eats at least five servings a day and they are an abundant part of her life, it is so easy for her to take them for granted.)
Oh, and I forgot to mention my mother's really nice turkey outfit.
Halloween lasted over a week at our house. So many fun Halloween events to attend. So much candy to eat all week long. And Caroline became a "Power Ranger"- no more princesses for her. Henry dressed as Frankenstein for our first trunk-or- treat. Samantha dressed as a kitty who likes to ride in strollers. Here is Caroline with our most beloved Halloween decoration "Spooky Kitty," which was renamed "Sofa." Spooky Kitty sits on our front porch with our pumpkins, but also sleeps in Caroline's bed. Here, Caroline is celebrating Spooky Kitty's birthday with a special Kitty cake. Notice how she carefully placed a bowl of water in front of the Kitty. (and yes, the guinea pig is being neglected) Adam and the girls. Henry switched from being Frankenstein to Tony Romo. I'm glad I didn't have to do the green face paint again. Caroline and her good friend "Giselle."
Caroline is finally potty trained. She still calls her hair "Sassy" and often cuts it herself. The Dad is a still a huge fan of the English Premier Soccer League, and has resorted to replacing framed pictures of the children with English Premier League Stars. Despite Henry's picture being replaced by a picture of Steven Gerrard, he's becoming a formidable threat on the soccer field himself. The newborn is no longer newborn, but is still adorable. She no longer sits through church, thus, providing mom with three hours of exercise on Sunday. Though this family is cutting edge- some think the mom may be on the edge. With that said we are actually all pretty nice.