Sunday, November 17, 2013

Maize Maze Days

As Fall is very quickly coming to a close, I confessed to Steve that I was bummed that we never made it out to a pumpkin patch for our annual pumpkin pictures. Those are some of my favorite pictures of the year, but gah it's been a busy Fall and we just haven't had time. I was delighted and surprised to find that some of the Dawsonville farms were still open in November, supposedly with pumpkins, so we loaded up the kids and headed north.

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I gambled on a place called Uncle Shuck's. It looked like fun and had good reviews online, and it seemed like it had activities for kids. I was pretty disappointed when we showed up and didn't find any pumpkins (despite all indications that they did in fact still have pumpkins on their website), but I consider that a lesson learned for not calling ahead. They did, however, have several corn mazes, goats to feed, and hay rides to ride, so we managed to have a good time anyway.

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The girls are wearing their adorable new dresses that were gifts from SuSu.

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Anna surprised us with the corn maze. We thought maybe she would wander through the kiddie maze and then be bored, but we let her take the lead and she had fun directing us on which paths to take. The mazes had some kind of little scavenger hunt built in, with hole-punch stations, and she enjoyed getting to find the stations and punch her card. I was so proud of her for finishing the bigger maze, and I suspect that the corn mazes will become an annual tradition as the girls get older. Uncle Shuck's apparently also has nighttime festivities, with bonfires, marshmallow roasts, and haunted corn mazes, so I bet that could be fun for older kids.

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After the mazes, lunch was eaten, the goats were fed, and the hay ride was ridden. There was only one other group of people there while we were there - the tractor driver said that it's pretty crowded in October but as soon as November hits, it's like a ghost town. It was a nice change though, instead of having to battle the crowds!

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My little walker is getting steadier every day!

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Thanksgiving

I know the official Turkey Day isn't until next week, but my heart has been full of thanksgiving after an outpouring of support and love from friends and family after my seizure. Y'all, I seriously can't even express how much your words of comfort and offers of help have meant to me. And I am even more touched that my friends seem to know what I need even more than I do. I have had offers to drive me to my favorite gym class, to take me to the grocery store, to pick me up for a night out, to drive me to doctors' appointments, even to drive Anna to her Mommy's Morning Out twice a week. Dinners have been dropped off and one friend even brought a cake because "chocolate fixes everything" (very true). I am seriously astounded at how amazing my friends and family are and I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. We are fortunate right now that Steve is in a slower period at work, and we are just kind of taking everything week by week, but I really do appreciate all of the offers of help and I am sure that I will have to take some of the offers up sooner or later. And thank you too to all of my friends who have been understanding about my schedule - I have been canceling a lot of things and I really do appreciate how sweet everyone has been about it.

We are heading into the next six months with a good attitude. I am generally a homebody anyway, and I had already planned to take a break from the kids' organized activities for a little while. I am looking forward to life slowing down for a bit. I am hoping to get Anna over her last bumps of potty-training. I am looking forward to having more time to work on the house, and I've even employed the little girls next door as "mother's helpers" once a week to give me time to work unfettered. I've been stocking my cleaning supplies with some fun new things to try, and I'm intending to spend the extra time at home decluttering, polishing up routines, and redecorating. I'm eagerly awaiting the girls' ear tubes surgeries, as I am hoping we can finally get both of their naps and night time sleep on track and up to par. Steve has been a total champ at taking over driving duties, and we're hoping to get things settled into a good rhythm in preparation for his busy season. I am also looking forward to hosting more play dates at home to help break up the monotony and get some social interaction for both myself and the girls. We are loading up the girls' holiday wish lists with fun toys and activities, and I am loading up my library ebook queue with some new books to read. I'm not anticipating these next few months being easy but hopefully we can make the best of the situation and a lot of good can come out of it!

Physically I am doing fine. I had a rough couple of days of it with my swollen tongue, and my shoulder and head were pretty tender. I am pretty much back to normal and am looking forward to my EEG (brain waves test) and MRI this week. I promise to post any updates but so far no news is good news.

Thank you again to all of my wonderful friends and family, and I am sending all of you big hugs and warm Thanksgiving wishes!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Baby's First Haircut!

I had been getting the feeling for a while now that Anna's hair could probably use a trim, but this silly sentimental mommy couldn't bear to cut those sweet little baby curls. I have a feeling they are gone for good now, but she generally refused to let me put it up in a ponytail and her hair was starting to look pretty frazzled.

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Finally one afternoon, I packed up the girls and took them to a little salon nearby that specializes in children's haircuts.

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Anna got a kick out of getting to pick her special seat (she picked the race car, if you can't tell) and she sat very still for the hair stylist.

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Maddie helped by taking off her socks.

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The stylist finished off her cut with cute hair bows, and then I let Anna pick out a new bow to add to our collection. She picked orange and white, and I'm sure Steve is proud - of course she insisted on wearing it right away!

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The salon even saved all of her curls in a little keepsake bag, and gave us a "Baby's First Haircut" certificate. I guess we're a little late to the game, haha.

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Anna is thrilled with her new hair cut and she loves letting me brush it...and you should have seen her beam when her teachers gave her a bunch of compliments the next day at school!

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Play Time!

At the Atlanta Children's Museum with Steve:

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At the park:

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Around town:

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Look at Maddie standing, like such a big girl! She is toddling all around now, although she still feels like she can get places faster by crawling. Anna thinks it's hilarious and will hold Maddie's hand and march her all around the house.