But I'm not going to show you their costumes yet - have to leave something to post for the big all-hallows day! But I have plenty of other material that needs covering.
First: Riley is binky-less (in case you missed the title). It was a problem because she wanted it day and night and would talk with it in, not helping her lisp at all. So one night while she wasn't looking, Dave clipped off the tip, making it unsuckable. She was none too pleased when she found out. She initially blamed Joe, but has since been persuaded that binkies get old and break and that's ok because she is too old for binky too.
Anyways, between missing bink and having colds that cause coughing at night, it has been a rough couple weeks sleep-wise, tantrum-wise, etc. Last night we finally got a night of unbroken sleep and it cheers you right up! Makes me want to blog, apparently!
Ok, so next: we went on a farm excursion with our student housing co-op. It was awesome! We went to the farm that supplies the co-op with weekly, organic, local produce orders - how cool is that - and we got to ride a genuine school bus! Those things are a lot smaller than I recall. I distinctly remember sharing a seat comfortably with two or three other people, and now my knees barely fit in! And I am not long-legged! The kids cheered when it pulled up, as if it were Santa's sleigh pulled by reindeer, and not a retired, faded old school bus. Whenever a bus passes us, Riley asks when can she go to school, so it was kind of a dream come true.
Joe's preschool friend who is smiling so nicely taught him how to make faces and Joe thought that was the best ever. Kept at it long after pictures were over.
|And Joe ended up getting a free ride.|
Then we finished off at the apple orchards and petting zoos, picking and munching really delicious apples, just out of reach of the poor, poor little goats..
Saturday we went to Sever's Corn Maze with the MBA peoples. It is gigantic and intricate, or so I hear - we didn't actually take the kids in there. Because we aren't insane. Luckily, there is more than enough to keep you occupied and we spent a very pleasant afternoon with friends, petting animals, listening to jazzy musicians who actually sounded more blue-grassy than jazzy, in a good way, rolling around in forty million tons of corn in the corn pit (my professional estimate, that. It was a lot of corn), playing on playgrounds and running through a mini-maze made from bales of hay. We brought a picnic but Riley and Joe were way to distracted by the goings-on and didn't actually eat till we got back in the car at four o' clock! I tried, heaven knows. I tried so hard that they have started playing a game where Riley is me and Joe is Joe and Riley says over and over again, "You wanna sandwich/apple/chip?" and Joe says, "Nah!" over and over. And then they laugh. It's endearing, really.
I should mention that I did abandon the men and children for a time to visit the mouth-watering food vendor line. I finally got my roasted sweet corn on the cob mmm.....dripping with butter, sprinkled with sea salt, pipping hot off the grill. I went back to the corn pit to share with Dave and babies but...well, I didn't look too hard. I gave up after a minute and went and sat at the jazz band stage, and it was a real pleasant moment.
Then I found them here:
|Our big Carlson School group.|
Lets end on a nicer note. Here's a sweet little dragon to take us out: