I really try not to start each post with talking about how busy life is - but it is! And the scary thing?...its only going to get busier. When I mention life being busy, its simply explaining all of the many things that we are blessed to be a part of.
Soccer continued in full swing for Pete as a coach and Claire as a player. Pete coached two other teams and then was also Claire's coach. Claire had practice and "academy" every Monday night and had a really great time. Recently, she asked if we could have her birthday party at Diamond soccer fields. (sigh) I am losing this battle of becoming a soccer mom :)
All three kids took swim lessons this month. Grace and Jake swam on Mondays while Claire was at soccer and Claire swam on Wednesdays while the younger two kids played in the block room.
We registered Claire for Girl Scouts this month and are waiting to hear when her first troop meeting will be.
We had visitors two different weekends this month.
The second weekend in September, my mom came to visit and we had a very, very productive weekend. It is so easy to take advantage of grandma who is dying to spend time with the kids. With my mom's help babysitting (and put to work some), we were able to paint the shutters and the front door, go through all three kids closets and my own, build a desk for Grace (took off closet doors and made a built-in desk) and clean/organize the garage. In addition to work, my mom and I went shopping to get some new clothes and had a really great time!
The last weekend in September, Keith and Debbie and my nieces Allison and Sarah came to visit. We had an absolute blast with them. The kids played in the bounce house, watched movies, played games, and had smores. We only left the house for Claire's soccer game, but otherwise just relaxed. Debbie and I took Sarah for a walk Saturday evening, and the four of us spent time catching up after the kids were in bed. Grace is a little mom and really tried to help hold and take care of Sarah. Claire and Allison clung together while Jake chased quickly behind.
Here are pictures from our month of September:
Claire's 2nd week of school, she got on PURPLE (highest possible) on the behavior chart.
She wanted a Sponge Bob popsicle as a reward.
Artwork that Grace made at school...melted my heart :)
We had our first bee sting - Jake was stung in the backyard while I was grilling dinner. Claire then got stung in early October. We went 6 1/2 years without a bee sting and then two out of three kids got stung within 2 weeks of each other!
A few outside changes - took out bushes and painted shutters/door:
Grace's built-in desk
One evening, for good behavior by all three kids, we took them to do some pottery. They each decorated a plate and really enjoy using them for "fancy" dinners.
Here are pictures from our visit with Keith, Debbie, Allison & Sarah: